Every year the The sun comes out from behind the clouds. Like newborn horses, we shake out our wobbly legs and stagger back onto the paths, blinking. Every year, just before Memorial Day, REI holds its biggest sale of the year so we can replace that leaky old tent ahead of the first camping, climbing, or mountain biking trip of the year.
This year’s sale runs May 19-29 and offers up to 30 percent off select gear. If you’re a REI Co-op member, the code also entitles you to 20 percent off a full price item at REI and the REI Outlet ANNIVERSARY23. outdoor trader Backland has a competitive sale and moosejaw offers a 20 percent discount on a full-price item with the code CHEESE BURGER.
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Offers for fitness and clothing
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All the cool girls have been wearing these pants for climbing and hiking all spring and I want a pair. This is REI’s collaboration with outdoor afro, a nonprofit organization that celebrates, connects, and inspires black leadership and community in the wilderness. These pants suit a variety of body types, are made from breathable, durable water-resistant nylon/spandex fabric and come in a range of eye-catching colours.
Buying adventure shoes for young children is difficult. If they go too cheap, they won’t be able to hike or have fun due to blisters and other problems. Go too expensive, and you’ve spent a lot of money on shoes that won’t last more than five months. I usually pick up my kids’ shoes and raincoats at the annual REI sale, but there are also special offers at Amazon to.
Janji makes sustainable running apparel and often collaborates with artists and athletes for limited editions. The company is committed to eliminating PFAS from its rainwear and its clothing comes with a five-year guarantee. I’ve had this running bra for almost that long and it’s still in great condition after years of weekly use.
Altra is a small Utah based company that makes shoes that replicate the barefoot experience as much as possible. They have no drop from heel to toe and a wide toe box to allow your toes to flourish freely. This year’s version has a slimmer, more seamless upper (and better colors) than last year’s version, but still features the stone plate and big lugs on the soles. This is one of our best hiking boots and shoes.
For years, several reviewers at WIRED have agreed: Garmin’s Fenix series is the best outdoor fitness tracker if you love any outdoor sport. It connected to multiple satellite tracking systems faster than any GPS watch I’ve tried, even under clouds and trees. It measures every biometric there is, collects loads of sport-specific data, is durable, looks good and has great battery life. During the sale all Garmin Fenix and Epix watches get $200 off but can’t redeem your membership coupon.
If you need to put on raincoats again, now is a good time. Outdoor Research’s Helium line is a great value hiking rain jacket that won’t break the bank. It’s also available from Backcountry in a slightly more limited size and color range, in both men’s and women’s sizes.
Product reviewer Scott Gilbertson and I agree: Merino is the lightweight, versatile fabric king. You might think that summer isn’t an ideal time to shop for base layers, but if you’re camping or climbing at altitude, it’s likely to get chilly at night. These are soft enough to serve as camp jam jam as well. The Smartwool base layers recommended by WIRED are 25 percent discountto.
Deals on camping stoves, tents and gear
Coleman’s ubiquitous green camp stove has been a staple at campsites since your grandparents were kids. It is well made, stands stable on the table and just works. It’s not the most powerful stove, but it can hold a small flame, simmer soups and cook scrambled eggs without browning them.
Coleman’s Cascade (8/10, WIRED recommends) is an evolution of the above classic and our most popular luxury camping stove. It’s well-made and features heavy-duty cast-iron cooking grates, as well as a griddle and griddle for more cooking options. The latch and handle keep it securely locked and it’s easy to transport. Combined with the electronic ignition and excellent flame control that can even simmer, there’s little to complain about aside from the price. So buy it now on sale.
This 100-watt folding panel set is one of the most compact options we’ve tested. It’s not the cheapest – you usually pay more for compactness – but if you’re short on space this is our top pick in our upcoming solar panel guide.
This is Goal Zero’s most compact portable power station. It is also the lightest and most portable model. The capacity is 187 watt hours, which is enough to charge phones and tablets on your next trip. It pairs well with the aforementioned Nomad 100 solar panels when you’re away for long periods and need to recharge.
We wrote about this for the 2022 wish list and I have two more. Made from lightweight microsuede, they’re soft enough to wipe your nose and tie around your neck, but absorbent enough to soak up an entire bottle of water in case you accidentally forget to screw the lid on tightly while tossing in your climbing bag.
With over 3,000 watt hours, this massive powerhouse can keep your life going even when the grid is unavailable. There’s a wide variety of plug options including AC plugs to power your fridge, power tools, charge e-bikes and anything else you need to fend off the zombies. If they just keep going (and zombies always do), the bigger Yeti 6000X is available for $4,800 ($1,200 off).
Dometic electric cool boxes are a great alternative to the freezer. As long as you have access to electricity, a cooler beats heat in a way that coolers can never match. We like Dometic for the beautiful displays and the battery protection system that keeps the car battery from dying – which wouldn’t be the way you want to end your trip.
Dometic’s Go jug has two features that set it apart from the average plastic water jug: the large opening that allows you to reach in and clean it, and the tap that screws in when you want to remove it . If you really want to be fancy you can add the pump tap for $80 ($20 off) to transform it into a flowing water system.
Nemo’s Dagger Osmo 3P tent (8/10, WIRED recommends) is one of my favorites. It’s incredibly strong, well made and lightweight. It’s expensive, and if you want a million pockets and internal organization options, there are better tents. However, if you want a lightweight, almost bombproof shelter to see you through the night, this is a great option. We also like that it’s made from 100 percent recycled nylon and polyester yarns and contains no flame retardant chemicals or fluorinated water repellents (PFC and PFAS).
I can’t do many solo trips these days, but when I do, this is the tent I want. It’s super light (just over 2 pounds) yet roomy and comfortable. It’s very safe to drive and the steep sidewalls and good headroom make it feel bigger than it is. It’s also made from the same chemical-free materials as the dagger above.
This is your chance to save on our most popular two person tent. It is sturdy, easy to set up and offers ample living space for two people with equipment. The mesh design coupled with the rain cover and a good fastening will stand up to storms and you won’t get toasted when camping in the midsummer heat. The double doors with two vestibules ensure that you don’t climb over your partner in the middle of the night. The only real downside is the rather small anterooms.
Exped is known for its durable, uncomplicated and affordable outdoor gear. I’ve been testing the Typhoon package for about a month now. The roll-top closure and seam-sealing make it the perfect waterproof daypack, either for extremely variable climates or if you enjoy paddleboarding or other water sports. There is a 25 percent discount on all Exped backpacks, sleeping bags and sleeping pads; I’m keeping an eye on it too megamat for my family tent.
I have a lot of backpacking gear, but the items that probably get the most use are these camp chairs; I’ve had versions of this that are over a decade old. This latest version is made from bluesign-approved polyester, but features the same basic four-legged bar design with a seat suspended via tension points. It’s fairly comfortable, easy to set up, and packs down very small.
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When I tested it a few years ago, I liked the Burley trailer’s moderate price and ease of use. I had some concerns about durability, but it’s slimmer and easier to assemble and pack (and a lot cheaper) than that Thule Chariot. It takes a lot of accessories to make it useful, but luckily all Burley trailers, accessories and strollers are 20 percent off.
Thousand helmets are standard for anyone who wants to pedal around town in a relaxed manner without looking like a dedicated bike dingo. It features the multi-directional impact protection system that protects your head from rotational forces in the event of an impact, as well as delightful Thousand features such as a removable strap that allows you to attach it to your bike, as well as lights and a visor.