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Save up to 30% on This Outdoor Gear During REI’s Memorial Day Sale

Popular Mechanics logo Popular Mechanics 5/20/2022 Maggie Slepian
Through Memorial Day, save up to 30% on hiking gear, camping equipment, apparel, and more. These are the can’t-miss deals according to an outdoor gear expert. © Staff Through Memorial Day, save up to 30% on hiking gear, camping equipment, apparel, and more. These are the can’t-miss deals according to an outdoor gear expert.

Each year, REI’s Anniversary Sale marks the unofficial start to the summer season… at least where I live in Montana, where we expect surprise spring snow until the end of May. This annual sale is REI’s biggest of the year, and starting today through Memorial Day, you can save up to 30 percent on hundreds of items throughout the store and online, along with special deals just for REI Co-op members.

I’ve been an REI member for more than 10 years—the cost of a lifetime membership is just $30—and have outfitted myself with everything from climbing harnesses to tents to kayak paddles from the outfitter’s shelves and its sales. Along with some highlights from the 2022 REI Anniversary Sale, I’ve included some of my top gear recommendations from these deals. Sales continue through May 30, and everything on sale can be found here.

The Expert: I started hiking in New Hampshire with my dad when I was just a kid, eventually ticking off most of the state’s 4,000-footer list. These days, I’m an avid backpacker, trail runner, bikepacker, and horseback rider and have thru-hiked thousands of miles on the Appalachian, Colorado, and Ouachita trails, among other backcountry trails. I’ve also been professionally testing and reviewing outdoor gear for the past seven years. In 2020, I cofounded Backpacking Routes, a website that connects backpackers with long-distance trails across the country.

Can’t-Miss Special Offers

REI Co-op members can save 20% on one full-price item, as well as an extra 20% on an REI Outlet item by using code “ANNIV22” at checkout. If you’re looking to make a bigger purchase (like a sleeping bag, tent, or boots), this is a good time to buy it. Keep in mind this won’t work with kayaks, canoes, strollers, GPS-enabled gear, and a few other exceptions.


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20% off all Goal Zero solar panels and Yeti power stations: I never regret bringing an extra battery pack or power source on camping or backpacking trips, and these models from Goal Zero offer a solid variety of charging and power options.

25% off ENO DoubleNest Hammocks and Atlas Straps: I’ve used the DoubleNest for park outings each summer, along with the super-strong Atlas Straps that haven’t faltered in all my years of use.

30% off REI Co-op Brand Clothing & Accessories: This members-only deal makes already reasonably priced clothes and accessories a downright steal. Under its own label, REI has high-quality apparel from merino socks to down jackets and everything in between.

25% Off Pearl iZumi cycle clothing, shoes, and accessories: Get fully outfitted for summer cycling with the full range of shoes and gear for all your road and mountain biking adventures, or even your daily commute.

25% off all Brooks shorts and bras: The Brooks Dare Crossback Run Bra 2.0 is my all-time favorite sports bra. It’s the perfect combination of support and ventilation with a nearly seamless construction.

Top Deal Recommendations from Expert Maggie Slepian

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