Using gear from the REI Co-op holiday warm up sale

The Best Performance Hiking Gear Featured In The REI Co-op Holiday Warm Up Sale

The REI Co-op Holiday Warm Up Sale event is on now and everyone gets access to savings up to 50% off! But how best to take advantage when there is an overwhelming amount of hiking and backpacking gear?

That’s why we’ve created this REI Co-op Holiday Warm Up Sale guide; we’ve done all of the product research for you. By meticulously scanning their online shelves, we have cut through the fluff to identify the very best lightweight and high performance hiking and backpacking gear with the maximum savings potential.

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REI Co-op Holiday Warm Up Sale Details

  • Holiday Warm Up Sale
    • December 8-18, 2023
    • Up to 50% Off Select Styles
  • Outlet Offer
    • December 15-18, 2023
    • Spend $50, Save 20%
    • Spend $100, Save 25%
    • Spend $200, Save 30%

 30% Off Select Down Jackets & Rain Gear

REI Magma 850 Down Hoodie

12.3 oz | $249

The REI Magma 850 Down Hoodie exemplifies the notion of premium-basics-done-well. This is a durable workhorse puffy with good quality, ethically sourced materials for a fair price. Similar models from most mainstream outdoor brands cost $50-100 more. Our hands-on testing indicates that Magma is a bit warmer than average.

REI 650 Down Jacket

10.9 oz | $129

It’s really difficult to find a down jacket from a reputable outdoor brand for this price. Yet the REI Co-op 650 Down Jacket is still lighter than average. Sure, it uses low fill power down, has no hood, and isn’t exactly the warmest puffer, but it certainly gets the job done without breaking the bank. Plus, it’s 100% recycled.

REI XeroDry GTX Jacket

12.5 oz | $179

Likely the best value Gore-Tex rainwear on the market, REI Co-op XeroDry GTX Jacket is a lot of bang for your buck. This 2L rain shell has the full suite of two hand and chest pocket, as well as hood, hem and cuff cinching. We wouldn’t have minded pit zips or 3L construction, but it’s a very fair trade off for the price and quality of Gore-Tex waterproofing. Great jacket!

REI XeroDry GTX Rain Pants

10.5 oz | $159

For a basic-yet-effective pair of Gore-Tex pants, grab the REI Co-op XeroDry, available in all possible size configurations for all body types. They’re constructed with 2-layer Gore-Tex Paclite fabric and features galore, including ankle zips, articulated knees, and zippered hand pockets. We also nod to the 100% recycled polyester face fabric.

The North Face Alta Vista Jacket

The North Face Alta Vista Jacket

11.6 oz | $140

We nod to The North Face Alta Vista Rain Jackets as a basic hard shell, complete with two hand pockets and one chest pocket, pit zips, recycled materials, and it all comes in a lightweight hiker-friendly package. The 2.5L DryVent waterproof/breathable fabric is totally functional and gets the job done. And did we mention PIT ZIPS – a rain jacket’s single most important feature, and pleasantly surprising to find at this price point.

Up To 30% Off Sea To Summit Tents, Sleeping Bags, Pads

Sea to Summit Altos TR2

Sea to Summit Telos TR2

52.3 oz | $599

The Sea to Summit Telos is a fully-featured backpacking tent that’s well-made and intelligently designed. It’s most notable for having exceptional headroom, thanks to the near-vertical side walls and inverted brow pole, which drastically increases livability. Further improving the camp experience is the oversized Apex Vent, which dumps condensation as warm humid air rises up and out. You can even roll-up most of the rain fly in hot weather. We also nod to the clever fly-only pitch optionality, and availability of a solid, non-mesh interior version for use in cold weather and dusty environments. This tent is designed to compete with the Big Agnes Copper Spur series.

Sea to Summit Alto TR2

40.7 oz | $549

Choose the Sea To Summit Alto tent for a lightweight, semi-freestanding design that does not compromise on features or livability. Like it’s slightly-heavier-but-larger-and-more-deluxe sibling, the Telos, Alto has an inverted brow spreader bar to maximize headroom, enlarged doors an oversized apex vent to dump humidity. This tent is designed to serve longer distances with emphasis on lightness of weight, and competes directly with the Big Agnes Tiger Wall series.

Sea To Summit Ether Light XT Insulated

17.2 oz | $199

The Ether Light XT Insulated is our pick for the comfiest sleeping mat for backpackers. What stands out about this model are its four inches of thickness and Air Sprung Cells, which effectively disperse pressure, especially for side sleepers. The 3.2 R-Value is perfect for moderate temps, and we recommend this pad from late spring through early fall.

Sea to Summit Ultralight Insulated Air Sleeping Pad

16.9 | $159

If you just want a good lightweight sleeping pad for backpacking at a reasonable price, the Sea to Summit Ultralight Insulated Air Sleeping Pad is our recommendation for best value. Notably, in the $150 price range, you have to choose between low weight and high comfort. You don’t get both at once like with the premium models costing >$200. This model prioritizes value, then weight minimization, then comfort.

Sea to Summit Spark Ultralight 18 Sleeping Bag

24 oz | $509

Sea to Summit Spark 18 is the best sleeping bag currently sold at REI because it delivers the highest warmth-to-weight ratio. We love how the baffles switch from horizontal to vertical to reduce cold spots, and we applaud their mixture of ultralight 10d/7d fabrics. This is a truly excellent and exceptionally well-made actually ultralight sleeping bag.

Sea to Summit Flame Ultralight 15 Sleeping Bag

31 oz | $589

Sea to Summit Flame 15 is the best women’s specific sleeping bag at REI. It’s designed to help cold sleepers while minimizing weight and bulk, which it excels at. This sleeping bag is so preposterously warm that we feel it would be more aptly named Flame Ultralight 0, as it’s basically a winter bag masquerading as a three-season bag. Like its sibling the Spark 18, we love the mixed baffling and use of ultralight 7d/10d fabric. Flame 15’s warmth-to-weight ratio is as high as you could possible hope for in a sleeping bag. That said, it’s a bit too warm for true summer use, so you might also consider the Flame 35.

Sea To Summit Ember Ultralight Quilt 25

25.6 oz | $469

Sea to Summit Ember Ultralight Quilt 25 is a great all-around backpacking quilt from a major outdoor brand that is well-made and widely available. We love that it’s overfilled with 17.6 oz of 850 fill power dry down, and built in a classic minimalist style chassis without bells and whistles. Along with Therm-a-Rest Vesper, it is one of the two best ultralight sleep systems sold at REI.

30% Off Select Merino Wool Base Layers

Smartwool All-season merino quarter zip

Smartwool Classic All-Season Merino Quarter Zip

8.0 oz | $95

The Smartwool Classic All-Season Quarter-Zip Top is your quintessential lightweight base layer with a 150 weight merino/nylon blend. Good for cool to moderate conditions, this will be the most versatile merino base layer top in your quiver.

smrtwool all season merino bottoms

Smartwool Classic All-Season Merino Bottoms

7.5 oz | $90

The Smartwool Classic All-Season are an incredible versatile base layer, ideal for layering underneath hiking pants in cool weather. But they’re also great for running, cycling, and all-purpose, all-season outdoor use.

REI Merino 185 Base Layer Top

REI Co-op Merino 185 Long Sleeve Half Zip

8.5 oz | $90

You can’t argue with 100% merino wool base layers, and the Co-op 185 is the best deal on a half-zip top. And that’s not even accounting for discounted sale pricing! The 185 merino fabric is distinctly midweight, perfect for late fall through early spring.

REI Merino 185 Base Layer Bottoms

REI Co-op Merino 185 Base Layer Bottom

7.4 oz | $80

Just like the top, REI’s merino 185 base layer bottoms are a killer value on a cold-weather essential. These 100% merino midweight leggings are warm, comfy, wicking, and odor-resistant; perfect for use underneath hiking pants when temps drop to freezing.

Smartwool Classic Thermal Merino

Smartwool Classic Thermal Merino Hoodie

11 oz | $145

For ultra cold-weather base layering, choose the Smartwool Classic Thermal Merino (formerly the 250 weight series). These base layres are considered heavy weight, and are made with 100% merino for maximum coziness, softness, and odor-resistance. As a use case, we recommend the Classic Thermals for winter camping, and the hoodie ensures your head will always have warmth available to it.

Smartwool Classic Thermal Merino wool leggings

Smartwool Classic Thermal Merino Base Layer Bottoms

8 oz | $115

For winter camping and other cold temp, low-to-moderate movement activities, we recommend the Smartwoold Classic Thermal Merino Bottoms (formerly the 250 weight series). These heavyweight base layers are made with 100% merino for maximum warmth retention, and layer exceptional well to “winterize” a pair of standard hiking pants.

Up To 40% Off Select Hiking Gear & Accessories

REI Flash 22

14 oz | $60

The REI Co-op Flash 22 Pack (shop now) is a versatile and great-all-around day pack for hiking, travel, and adventuring. It is less then half the weight and price of the most popular daypacks, and it achieves this through minimalism. It is a frameless design, but the foam back panel is comfy enough. We wish it had a large external mesh pocket on the front face, but the existence of a lid and extra tall water bottle pockets make up for it mostly. See more in our full-length REI Flash 22 Review.

Platypus QuickDraw Filter

Platypus QuickDraw Water Filter

3.4 oz | $50

Platypus QuickDraw is one of the three best water filters for efficient on-the-go hydration while hiking. The complimentary bladder has a nice pull loop so you can drag it through a shallow creek or the surface of a lake without getting your hands wet.

Sea to Summit Alpha Light Spoon – Long

Sea to Summit Alpha Light Spoon – Long

0.4 oz | $12

Specifically designed for freeze dried bags but perfect for all backountry food ingestion, the Sea to Summit Alpha Light Spoon – Long is 8.5″ in length and weighs only .4 oz. Constructed with tough and durable aircraft grade aluminum alloy, it is the perfect ultralight eating utensil.

Adventure Medical Kit .7L

8 oz | $33

The best first aid kits are homemade. Ours typically include a combination of the following: Leukotape, Ibuprofen, Tylenol, benzoin tincture, assorted bandages in different sizes, gel blister cover, 4×4″ gauze pads and gauze roll, Neosporin, Benadryl, nitrile gloves, alcohol wipes, Pepto-Bismol, Imodium, caffeine pills, heavy duty pain killer, personal prescriptions, nail clippers, safety scissors, tick removal, safety clip. But if you’re unable or unwilling to make your own first aid kit, the “ultralight watertight .7” bundle from Adventure Medical Kits will do in a pinch.

REI Co-op Lightweight Logo Beanie

2 oz | $20

The basic-but-functional REI Co-op Lightweight Logo Beanie keeps your head warm and looking good at a great price. We like the wool/acrylic blend and found it comfy and cozy while hiking and while at camp. The doubled back beanie cuff provides extra warmth around the ears, or can be pulled down for a deeper fit.

REI Wind pro hinged balaclava for winter backpacking

REI Co-op Wind Pro Hinged Balaclava

2.5 oz | $40

In cold weather, we prefer balaclavas to traditional beanies since they cover more of your noggin and seal in more warmth without gaps. This hinged balaclava is a nice piece of winter backpacking gear, since it can be pulled up and down as needed to insulate the face against wind and snow. Plus, who doesn’t love classic Polartec Wind Pro – such a great fleece.

REI Sahara Path Hat

REI Co-op Sahara Path Hat

2.5 oz | $50

Based on the popular Tilley sun hats, REI’s Sahara Path Hat offers even more ventilation and at half the price . This safari hat looks great and is rated to UPF 50. The brim is stiff enough to hold its shape and floats in water. The hat is quick drying and wicks sweat off of your brow. A great buy for $50.

REI Co-op Fleece Gloves

REI Co-op Fleece Gloves

2.3 oz | $30

We like these all-purpose REI Co-op Fleece Gloves. The reinforced palms prevent them from fraying when used with trekking poles. The recycled Polartec fleece is sustainable, warm, and breathable enough to use while hiking. Pair with shell mitts for a complete handwear-warmth system to use for 3-season backpacking.

REI Co-op Minimalist GTX Mittens 2.0

REI Minimalist GTX Mittens 2.0

2.0 oz | $50

A pair of Gore-Tex shell mittens is a perfect add-on to a pair of fleece gloves or mitts. This creates a versatile, modular system with a wide array of configurations for weather protection. These mittens in particular fit the bill nicely for a good price, are lightweight, and not over-featured.

Balega Blister Resist Socks

Balega Blister Resist Socks

1.5 oz | $20

The Balega Blister Resist Socks are a 30% mohair sock designed to eliminate friction, wick moisture, dry quickly, and thermoregulate. They have lots of technical features, including mesh ventilation panels and rib tops which reduce pressure.  What’s more, these socks score impressively high user reviews, averaging 4.7 stars on 186 reviews for the quarter height. Excellent when paired with trail running shoes.

Buff Original Multifunctional Headwear

1.4 oz | $20

Oft copied but never bested, the Buff Original Multifunctional Headwear (AKA Neck Gaiter) is still the top dog in its niche. It has even achieved name-brand-as-category status. We like to bring a Buff for managing extreme sun, and especially for glacier travel when UV reflects back up at your neck. Plus, Buffs are useful in all sorts of modes. Headband, hat, face-cover, durag and much much more.


REI Co-op Holiday Warm Up Sale Conclusion

Thanks for reading our guide to the REI Co-op Holiday Warm Up Sale. We hope you found the perfect gear upgrades and maximum savings. As this is your last opportunity of the year to take advantage of big time savings, we highly recommend endulging.