Here’s how to get the best deals at REI’s biggest sale of the year. I’ve been an REI member since the mid 70’s. Still, when a REI sale comes around, I get overwhelmed trying to find the best lightweight gear among the vast inventory. To prep for the sale I usually do a 1 to 2 hour visit to my local REI Store, and then some extensive research online to find even more great lightweight hiking and backpacking gear. The result is my 2018 Lightweight Hiker’s Guide to the REI Sale:
- EVENT: 2018 Anniversary Sale. Save up to 50% off at REI.
- PLUS: Members Get 20% off one full price item and 20% off one REI OUTLET Item (online only)
- Coupon Code: ANNIV18
- Dates for the sale are May 18-28, so get there early and look around to get the best selection.
Below, I share with you my strategy to get the best out of the REI sale. This is in the following sequence
- First: hit the REI OUTLET to use your 20% off any one OUTLET item. Stuff goes fast and sizes/colors are limited to begin with. I’ve noted a few OUTLET items that I found to be good deals here, but be flexible since sizes and colors can go quickly. And do some searching. If you’re a small or very large person, you can totally score here. I’ve only put in items that had several good sizes. Keep in mind that something labeled “men” might be good for women, and vice versa.
- Second: Hit the Regular REI Sale Items (I have some Regular Sale picks below). The best items on sale will go quickly. There’s a section below that has Regular Sale Items I thought were good.
- Third: shop Full-price Items. This is the last area I would look over. Again in a section below, I have noted some high priced items where 20% off would be welcome, as well as some lower cost options.
Oh, and happy 80th Anniversary REI!
Lightweight Hiker’s Guide to the REI Sale
12 Quick Pics for the Sale
Short on time? Here are some key picks for great gear deals that should appeal to most lightweight hikers and backpackers. Best, they are already on sale so you can save your 20% Off One Regular Price Item for something else that meets your fancy.
The best items on sale will go quickly. So if you wait too long, you may not get your choice of size, model or color, etc. Below are my picks for Regular Sale Items that are both lightweight and exceptional performers. Note: you can’t use your 20% off coupon on this. [But you can in my selections for some of the best full priced items.]
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