2019 Lightweight Hiker’s Guide to the REI Gear Up Get Out Sale

Here’s how to get the best deals the REI Gear Up Get Out Sale. I’ve been an REI member for almost 45 years and I still get excited about a REI Sale. 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 our 2019 Lightweight Hiker’s Guide to the REI Ssle:

  • EVENT: 2019 REI Gear Up Get Out Sale. Save up to 30% off at REI.
  • PLUS: Members Get 20% off one full price item and 20% off one REI OUTLET Item (online only)
  • Use CODE: GEARUP2019
  • Dates for the sale are 11/15 – 11/25 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

  1. First: hit the REI OUTLET to use your 20% off any one OUTLET items like Osprey Packs or Big Agnes Tents. Stuff goes fast and sizes/colors are limited to begin with. I’ve noted a number of 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Third: shop Full-price Items. This is the last area I would look over but Full-price Items like a REI Co-op Magma 850 Down Hoodie 2.0 might give you the most dollar savings. 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.

10 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, or it might just sell out.

best hiking gear - Garmin inReach Mini 2-Way Satellite Communicator

Garmin inReach Mini 2-Way Satellite Communicator

Save $75

This is a big deal as GPS and Satellite Communicators rarely go on sale!

The Garmin inReach Mini is our Staff Pick and what we take into the backcountry when guiding and on our personal trips | In short, staying in touch in the the backcountry has never been so easy, small and light! The  Garmin inReach Mini allows text-messaging-like simplicity of communication even when far from cell service. This differentiates it from the more limited check-in or alert abilities of the SPOT devices. It also adds a layer of safety, comfort, and connection that used to cost much more! The new Mini is really small and light, 3.5 oz vs. 6.9 oz of the the older inReach units. And it’s so small it can easily fit in a pocket. The minor downside of the Mini vs. older inReach units is slightly shorter battery life. This can easily be solved by charing it in field with the ubiquitous USB battery that most of us carry with us anyway. In summary, the The inReach is an indispensable backcountry communication tool for keeping loved ones updated, and for receiving weather and other important updates from the front country.

Of course the larger inReach Explorer+, (which has built in mapping, a larger screen, and longer battery life) and Garmin GPSMAP 66i GPS and 2-Way Satellite Communicator also on sale for $75 off!

Big Agnes Tiger Wall Tents

25% Off

The Big Agnes Tiger Wall UL2 and UL3 Tents are top picks in our Tent Guide! And now they are on sale at a sweet price! The Big Agnes Tiger Wall UL2 Tent  and its big sister the Big Agnes Tiger Wall UL3 Tent  combine the best of the heavier and fully featured Copper Spur Series tents, with the lighter and lower cost of the Fly Creek Series. But to save weight and cost, they are semi-free standing like the Fly Creek tents. That is, the two rear corners need to be staked out. To our minds, not a big deal to save both weight and cost. Even for two people, we prefer the Big Agnes Tiger Wall UL3 Tent for it’s huge interior volume (38 ft2) and livability.

All Tiger Wall Tents on Sale: Even the Platinum and Carbon Tiger Wall Tents are on sale, so check all of them out.

REI Coop Quarter Dome Tents

30% Off

REI fans rejoice; the REI CO-OP Quarter Dome 2 is a legitimately great option for any backpacker seeking a premium, free-standing, lightweight tent that won’t break the bank. Among our favorite freestanding options, it’s $50 cheaper than the MSR Hubba Hubba NX 2 and $100 cheaper than the Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL2 while still offering the same large vestibules and near-vertical sidewalls. And at 3.3 pounds it is over a pound lighter than budget tents and can be carried into the backcountry with ease. If you are looking to save more weight take a look at the REI Co-op Quarter Dome SL 2 Tent which at 2.5 pounds, shaves . The bottom line is that this tent is an REI best-seller because it meets all the requirements of a lightweight backpacker for a very reasonable price.

GREAT FOR: Backpackers seeking a premium tent that won’t break the bank.

Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket – M’s & W’s

30% Off

For 10 years the Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket has been the classic, light do-it-all jacket. Biking, climbing, hiking, backpacking, bikepacking, you name it, this ultralight jacket is a great tool for the job. Synthetic PrimaLoft Gold Insulation Eco is a very light and warm insulation. It is more water resistant than down is made from 55% post-consumer recycled fibers. If you add in the  wind and water resistant bluesign® approved fabric shell, the jacket is 75% recycled materials so you can feel good about the environment.

TIP: we prefer the warmer and even more versatile Patagonia Nano Puff Insulated Hoodie

Osprey Exos and Eja Backpacks

25% Off

One the the most popular, if not the most popular, thru hiking backpacks is on sale.

Osprey Exos 48 or 58 Backpack (Unisex/Men’s)

A Thru-hiker’s choice and the most popular pack in the Appalachian Trail. The Osprey Exos 48 is light but will still hold enough gear and food for 7 days (use the larger Exos 58 if you carry more gear). Of course the Exos has the famous Osprey fit and comfort. It’s fairly durable for a lightweight pack but best of all, at $200 it’s a good deal for a pack of this weight and quality. And of course it comes with REI’s return policy.

Osprey Eja 48 and 58 Pack (Women’s version of the Exos)

New for 2018 is a women’s version of the incredibly successful Osprey Exos, the most popular pack in the Appalachian Trail. The Osprey Eja Backpack’s have women’s specific fit, like optimal sternum strap location for women, less bulky shoulder straps and of course an improved hip-belt design. Otherwise all the features that made the Exos packs great are there including the AirSpeed Suspension system that keeps the weight (and sweat) off your back with a tensioned breathable-mesh back panel.

REI Co-op Igneo & Joule Down Sleeping Bags

30% Off

The REI Co-op Igneo Sleeping Bag – Men’s and REI Co-op Joule Down Sleeping Bag – Women’s are REI’s “value” sleeping bags. The are less expensive than the top of the line REI Co-op Magma Sleeping Bags, but are still reasonably light and filled with Water-repellent 700-fill-power duck down that is certified to the Responsible Down Standard (RDS) and bluesign® approved. We think the REI Co-op Igneo 25 Sleeping Bag – Men’s and REI Co-op Joule 30 Sleeping Bag – Women’s are good candidates for 3-season backpacking for folks that don’t want to break the bank.

Salomon Footwear

25% Off

For over a decade Salomon XA Pro 3D Trail-Running Shoes (or their predecessors) have been a go to shoe for ultralight backpacking, adventure racing and aggressive trail running. They combine a rugged design, an aggressive sole, good traction and durability while not being too heavy. They are way lighter than backpacking boots and far more comforatable and useful.

All Outdoor Research Hats Gloves and Gaiters

25% Off

  • For cold weather we love Outdoor Research Transcendent Down Beanie. It’s pefect for keepin’ the noggin warm when hangning out in a winter camp.
  • The Outdoor Research Seattle Sombrero is another classic hat, that is a lot more pleasant that a rain jacket hood.
  • Finally the Outdoor Research Sun Runner Cap is a hat that does everything well. It’s convertible between a lightweight running hat and a more serious expedition hat by allowing a neck shade to be attached to the hat. The neck shade can block sun and protect from bugs. It comes in light colors to better help deal with solar radiation, but other colors are available if you don’t like the bright white. This this is one of the most functional hats I’ve ever put on our heads. And it works great to control the brim on your rain jacket.recycled materials so you can feel good about the environment. But don’t stop there.

All Outdoor Research Hats Gloves and Gaiters

25% Off

  • We love the Outdoor Research Versaliner Sensor Gloves. So adaptable to so many situations. We used them on our climbing trip in Patagonia this January. Key is the glove’s removable shell made of Waterproof and breathable AscentShell fabric, that fits it to a pocket on the back of the gloves when not needed.
  • And of course there are the light and toasty warm Outdoor Research Transcendent Mittens filled with Lightweight 650-fill goose down.

All Smartwool Items (and that’s a lot!)

30% Off

  • The Smartwool Merino 250 Base Layer Quarter-Zip is one of our go-to baselayer in cool weather. we use it our “hiking shirt” and baselayer. This saves weight and and the complications taking on and off your baselayer. The half-zip regulates temperature and the long sleeves and full neck are good for sun protection. Wool is warm when wet, does a good job of wicking moisture away from your skin and is naturally antimicrobial so it dramatically reduces stench. Finally soft merino wool does not itch.
  • Smartwool PhD Run Elite Low Cut Socks are Smartwool’s smartest socks and a favorite of ours. Light and durable they have a nice fit which they retain well even when wet and moving fast. They have good underfoot cushion only where you need it — on the ball and heel of the foot. Wool helps with foot stench.

Other Smartwool: And the line of Smartwool stuff, is huge gloves, balaclavas, sweaters, underwear and socks is huge so take advantage of this 30% off across their whole line.

Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite Sleeping Pad

25% Off

The Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite Sleeping Pad  has been the standard 3-season sleeping pad for ultralight backpackers’ for years. But it rarely goes on sale. Compared to self-inflating, foam core pads it’s lighter and way more comfortable. If you don’t own one of these, you owe it yourself to try one. It will change your backcountry sleep experience for the better, while lightening your pack.

All Smartwool Items (and that’s a lot!)

30% Off

A Smartwool Merino 250 Beanie beanie is just the thing if you like natural fibers against your body. It keeps your noggin warm without overheating and has a nice cuff to keep your ears warm. Not too bulky it fits as nicely under hoods and is comfortable to wear. And of course it’s made of incredibly warm, soft and natural merino wool, that will last for years!

Therm-a-Rest NeoAir UberLite Sleeping Pad

25% Off

Great pad for approximately +32 F or above and for larger people | At only 1/2 pound for a size regular (72″ long) there’s been a lot of buzz about the Therm-a-Rest NeoAir UberLite Sleeping Pad. First, we’re stoked there’s a 25″ version of this pad. Some folks find that a 20″ pad is not quite wide enough. That is there’s room for you and one arm but not both. At 12 oz in a 25″ width the Size Large solves that problem without a weight penalty. Second, with an R 2.0 we find this pad warm and comfortable to around freezing. For temps colder than freezing we recommend the M’s XLite (R 3.2) or our preferred W’s XLite (R 3.9).

Altra Lone Peak Trail-Running Shoes

30% Off

Altra Lone Peak Trail-Running Shoes are Alison’s and my favorite backpacking and hiking shoes. These are the most comfortable shoe after a 30+ mile day on the trail. One key is the massive toe room that is so kind to trail-swollen feet at the end of the day. They are light and have a zero drop heel for a more natural stride. These come in both Men’s and Women’s models. But there are a few other models to choose from: Altra Superior another favorite of ours (lighter and less cushioned than the Lone Peak). And for those liking more cushioned shoes: The Altra Timp 1.5 Trail-Running Shoes (more cushioned than the Lone Peak) and the Olympus (max cushioned shoe).

Suggestions to get the most from your 20% off any one full-price item

REI Co-op Magma 850 Down Hoodie 2.0 – Men’s & W’s

REI Co-op Magma 850 Down Hoodie 2.0 is great value in a very warm ultralight jacket. This jacket is a favorite of ours and a great deal at $219 but when it’s on sale it’s a steal, especially compared to competitors jackets than can run $300 or higher. It offers easy movement and just-right warmth for backpacking, hiking and travel. And the Magma 850 Hoodie has all the features you want in a down jacket — the  lightest high fill power water resistant goose down, a hood critical to increasing warmth, a durable Pertex® ripstop shell, well articulated shoulders for free range of motion, and variable baffles that provide warmth where it’s needed and reduced bulk where it’s not. Finally it has pockets that aren’t blocked by a pack hipbelt, a gripe we have with a lot of jackets. [And yes, there are a few lighter jackets out there but you’ll pay a lot more $ to lose a few ounces]

Big Agnes Copper Spur Tents

A storm-worthy ultralight tent. While a bit heavier than the Tiger Wall Series, Copper Spur tents are fully freestanding, with crossing poles in the rear so they are stronger and more storm worthy. And if you want to cut a little weight, but keep lots of space, Big Agnes has you covered with the high volume versions (HV) versions of their Copper Spurt line. The Copper Spur HV UL 2 Tent comes in at 2 lb. 12 oz on the trail, and can be pitched even lighter using just the fly. This is one of the more spacious 2-person tents out there, which is great if you are going to be stuck in your tent playing cards for a while in bad weather, or just prefer highly livable tents.

best backpacking gear - Hyperlite Mountain Gear 3400 Southwest Pack

Hyperlite Mountain Gear Packs

Adventure Alan Staff Pick: The HMG 2400 & 3400 Southwest Packs are a Staff Favorite and a Backpacker Magazine award winner for “Best UltraLight Pack.” HMG makes very light, functional and extremely durable packs that are virtually waterproof — no need for a rain cover!  HMG packs have stiff frames that comfortably support even heavy loads.  It’s slim profile gives great balance for scrambling or difficult trail. HMG packs are made with Dyneema Composite Fabric Fiber (formerly Cuben) which is light, waterproof and extremely durable. We prefer the 3400 Southwest Pack for it’s larger volume while weighing just a few oz more than the 2400.

Ursack Major XL Bear Bag

The Ursack Major Bear Bag  will keep bears out of your food. It weighs a fraction of a typical bear canister, and costs about the same. This is the largest, 15 L model which can easily fit 6+ days of food! There’s a smaller version too for shorter trips. It holds about 10.7 L, and costs $70. These are easily the best bear protection available, but make sure it’s a sanctioned solution where you go as sadly, not all parks have caught on yet.

Gift Guide for Hikers

Hyperlite Mountain Gear Pods

Hyperlite Mountain Gear Pods sold out last year before the holiday sales! Use stackable Pods as a key organizational, space-saving and weatherproofing tool. Pods fit perfectly into HMG (and likely other) packs, leaving no volume unused, so you can replace your unwieldy, football-shaped food bags and heavier stuff sacks. Ultralight Pods also allow you to organize your gear more efficiently, and the clamshell design makes it easy to find food quickly. Made of 100% waterproof Dyneema® Composite Fabric (formerly Cuben Fiber) and with waterproof zippers, they help weatherproof your pack system..

REI Co-op Magma Trail Quilt 30

New for 2019 | Off the shelf and ready to go! | REI Co-op Magma Trail Quilt 30. We are super stoked to see REI offer a quilt version of the award winning Magma series bags! Pair this with the “Women’s” version of the XLite, (yes it fits men fine — all the men we know use it) and you will be toasty warm at night. And no wonder since it’s stuffed with an incredible 11 ounces of Water-resistant 850-fill-power goose down. This quilt is cut a bit wider than most to give you lots of room and a good seal around the edges. What’s not to like!

REI Co-op Magma Down Sleeping Bags

Top Pick Sleeping Bag & new for 2019: A new and lighter and less expensive version of 2017 Backpacker Editors’ Choice. We feel that the new REI Co-op Magma 30 Sleeping Bag M’s & W’s is a good all-around three season choice for many campers than the +15 version. The REI Co-op Magma 30 just a bit over a pound but filled with 8.5 oz of 850-fill-power goose down! That will keep most sleepers warm but still not weigh a ton! BUT you do sleep cold: check out the original, award winning REI Co-op Magma 15 Sleeping Bag. It will either keep colder sleepers happy in peak 3 season camping, or take most folks into colder shoulder (3+ season) camping of early spring or late fall.

Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite Sleeping Pad – “Women’s”

sadly out of stock already

The Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite Sleeping Pad – “Women’s”  is the best pad for men too! The “Women’s” version of the XLite is actually the right size for most backpackers (all the men I know use it). At 12 oz and with an R-value of 3.9, it’s warmer and lighter than the “Men’s” version. Super warm and super comfortable we find its closer to a 3+ season pad!  For us it works well even into the colder shoulder seasons of late fall and early spring, so you can skip the weight and cost of the Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XTherm Sleeping Pad.

Jetboil MiniMo Cooking System

The best Jetboil Stove! The award winning Jetboil MiniMo Cooking System gives you all of Jetboil’s new technologies: A proprietary regulator and enhanced regulator diaphragm for consistent performance down to 20°F. And their redesigned valve gives you better simmer control. Finally, we’re huge fans of the wider pot. It’s easier to eat out of and clean and has a more fuel effect shape to boot. No wonder this is the stove we take guiding. We can make tons of coffee for clients in no time. And a caffeinated client is a happy client.

Suggestions to get the most from your 20% off any one OUTLET item (online only)

Black Diamond Spot Headlamp I REI Outlet

20% off with coupon for an already 25% off item

The Black Diamond Spot Headlamp is the light I take when guiding or on a personal climbing trip. Put otherwise, this is the one headlamp that will do it all — while still being light at only 3 oz. It can put out brilliant 300 lumens of light to safely travel/climb on technical terrain, or make an all-night emergency exit on rough trails. But it is also dimmable and tame enough for camp use. In it’s 8 lumen “camp mode” it will last you a season of hiking on a single set of batteries.

Marmot PreCip Rain Rainwear I REI Outlet

20% off with coupon for an already 30% off item

Marmot PreCip Rain Rainwear is well deserved ultralight classic in rain pants and Jackets.  And the newer model is 43% more breathable.  This is an inexpensive, lightweight waterproof, breathable jacket. It has pit zips to cool you off, handwarmer pockets to keep your hands toasty, and weighs well under a pound. The rain pants are no slouch either. There are Men’s, Women’s, and Children’s sizes.

Outdoor Research Helium II Rain Jacket I REI Outlet

20% off with coupon for an already 30% off item

At only 6.4 ounces! the Outdoor Research Helium II is a great value for an exceptionally light and functional rain jacket (most in this weight range are $200 to $300+). While it weighs far less than most other rain jackets it still has a good feature set — drawcord adjustable hood, elastic adjustable cuffs, a waterproof interior pocket, and a chest pocket that can stow the entire jacket.

Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Down Jacket I REI Outlet

20% off with coupon for an already 30% off item

Available for Men and Women, Mountain Hardwear touts the Ghost Whisperer as “the world’s lightest full-featured down jacket.” For 1.2 oz more than the Montbell EX Light Down Anorak you get a full front zipper and pockets. MH uses a unique “Whisperer 7D x 10D Ripstop” fabric that is light, tough, down proof, and fairly water resistant. Oh, and the Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer has won a ton of awards.

Patagonia Down Sweater Jackets I REI Outlet (mostly gone now)

20% off with coupon for an already 25% off item

Patagonia Down Sweater Jacket is a classic lightweight down Jacket. At $100 less than their UL jackets, this is a great warm layer for backpacking or any outdoor activity, really. It’s reasonably light (13 oz, non-hooded), and uses 800-fill-power traceable down. It comes in Men’s and Women’s, as well as hooded versions, for a little more money. Of course, there are adorable kids versions as well! Patagonia’s quality, warranty, and customer service are legendary, ensuring you’ll keep this jacket for a long, long time.

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    • Alan Dixon
      Alan Dixon says:

      Hi Avelan, these jackets so different in design and purpose that it’s hard to compare them. One is a puffy down jacket designed to be worn in camp or rest stops. Not really an active layer but very warm when not moving. The Atom LT jacket is a mid-layer that can also function as a moderately insulating outer layer. It has synthetic insulation in the torso and arms, and air permeable fleece side panels and underarms. As such, it is really an active layer for cold weather similar to Patagonia’s Nano Air, and Nano Air Hybrid, both jackets we really like for active layers in cold weather. In summary, which is better will be decided by your intended purpose for the jacket. Hope this helps. Warmest, -alan & alison

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  1. E.C.
    E.C. says:

    Helllooooo HMG 3400. This is what I’ve been waiting for! But if I get it, then I HAVE to get my son a new, down sleeping bag because I’ll no longer be able to carry the Marmot Mavericks 30F bag in my pack (along with my quilt, tent, and sleeping pad). Ugh, that’s just too bad that I’ll have to get him a much lighter weight and warmer bag. And he’ll be able to carry it himself now that it will fit in his pack. That’s just too much ‘win’ to ignore!

    Great summary…keep up the great work.

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    • Alan Dixon
      Alan Dixon says:

      Hi E.C. and thanks for sharing you amusing mental machinations about gear. I don’t think there is a question for me in there, but let me know if there was. Otherwise carry on! Warmest, -alan

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  2. Ronald Kerley
    Ronald Kerley says:

    Hi,Alan
    I noticed the Garmin Instinct watch is on sale(30% off).Do you think this would be a good tool to help navigate off trail
    (GPS)? I’m thinking about the Grand Loop of the Linville Gorge in North Carolina.I also love the other features of this
    watch.Love your site!
    Thanks alot.

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    • Alan Dixon
      Alan Dixon says:

      Nice to hear from you Ronald. Wrist GPS watches, are great training tools and do a great job of keeping track of time and distance — I use the all them time for my day to day training. But they make crappy navigation tools, screen is too small, there is no useable map, and GPS accuracy is not great. As such for off-trail navigation, you would be far better off with a basic wrist watch (I prefer a basic analog field watch) and using GAIA GPS on your phone, see my post on this. This is the system I use, even when guiding in Alaska or Trekking in Patagonia. Hope this helps, -alan

      BTW, I do find the inReach Mini invaluable and it goes on every trip for any number of reasons. If I were buying GPS electronics that would be my choice.

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  3. Denise
    Denise says:

    Hi, What’s the max height you’d recommend for the Women’s NeoAir? It is 66″ long, so what are assumptions about sleep style, etc. assuming you recommend it for people over 66″ tall? I’m debating whether to get that or a different one for my son who is 5’10” and growing…Thanks Alan!

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    • Alan Dixon
      Alan Dixon says:

      Hi Denise. I think the answer is what is your sleeping style. My 6’5″ hiking partner uses the pad. For me as long as my calves are supported when I sleep on my back I am fine. Having my heels resting slightly on the ground is just fine (most of the weight is taken off of my heels via my suppored calves). One can always put a bit of clothing or something under your heels but I have never found it necessary. Side sleeping presents a shorter “length” and usually my whole body fits, or close to it. Hope this helps. Best, -alan

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    • Alan Dixon
      Alan Dixon says:

      Hi Ben, the Hornet is a good tent and a good deal. Depends on how good a fit it is for your backpacking style. See more on my 2019 Best Backpacking Tents | Lightweight & Ultralight.

      But in summary: For those seeking one of the lightest traditional tents, Nemo Hornet 2P is a great option. At 1.9 lbs it is our lightest recommended traditional tent. And for $370, it’s the second most affordable. So it’s a great value! And the amazing part is that, despite the weight and cost trimmings, Nemo still managed to deliver what is only a somewhat smaller living space and vestibule setup than its heavier competition. Yes, the slanted sidewalls (tent lacks a spreader crossbar at the peak) make it better suited for sleeping than hanging out in (some even consider this a large person’s solo tent), but if small and light is your style, you were probably going to hike all day anyway. Note that this tent has light fabric and should be treated with care.. We would definitely recommend something under the tent to protect its 15 denier floor.Keep in mind that the Nemo family goes deep and quality options abound. Larger hikers or anyone seeking livability will appreciate the expanded footprint, vertical sidewalls, and bigger vestibules on the Dagger 2P (also a very nice tent!).

      Best For: Those seeking the lightest traditional tent, even if it means compromising a bit on space and livability. Light fabrics should be treated with care.

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      • Mary B
        Mary B says:

        I just picked up the 2p on sale at REI. The 2019 version has 2 plastic spreaders at the top of the tent. This seems like the light weight version of my old first love, the 2p quarter dome.

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  4. Matthew
    Matthew says:

    I’m curious why it is said that the women’s version of the therm a rest is lighter than the men’s, when they are both said to be 12 oz. In the specs. Is it just the R value that is higher on the women’s?

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    • Alan Dixon
      Alan Dixon says:

      Matthew, you are correct they are the same weight. (The text was an artifact of cutting and pasting). It now reads “At 12 oz and with an R-value of 3.9, it’s warmer for same weight as the “Men’s” version.” Wishing you a great year of hiking. Warmest (pun intended), -alan

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  5. Vic Hoyt
    Vic Hoyt says:

    Great suggestions! I’ve been waffling around trying to decide what to buy during the sale. Sadly, a lot of the items on the list are already discounted, so do not qualify for the 20% off member discount. For instance the InReach Mini would be cheaper at 20% off full price. You alluded to this in your very good preamble post.

    Nevertheless, I grabbed one of those Flash pads for $20 using my dividend (and your affiliate link!), so a win/win. Thanks for all your hard work and research.

    By the way, relative to the Altra entry, I’ve been coveting a pair of Olympus 3.0, but they’re nowhere to be found. I called Altra today and they’re about to release the 3.5 model sometime in July. Sadly too late for any discount :-).

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  6. Denise
    Denise says:

    Thanks for this Alan! In looking at the sleeping bag options, I noted that one of them–the Magma 17 Women’s sleeping bag (https://www.rei.com/product/110927/rei-co-op-magma-17-sleeping-bag-womens) is on sale already for $275 and appears to have the same specs across the board to the Women’s 15 except that the “stuff volume” is 8 liters instead of 10 liters. It is on sale but not in the outlet, so doesn’t qualify for either 20% coupon, but does qualify for the 10% member bonus. Do you see any difference in this bag that I’m missing, compared to the Women’s 15?

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  7. CraigK
    CraigK says:

    Hi Alan – thanks for summing up sale highlights…super helpful. Picked up an Atom LT hoodie…it’s fantastic!

    Could you double check the Darn Tough entry…thinking only the ski socks are on sale, not the hiking editions. I walked into a store yesterday, and I was so darned confused about the pricing. :)

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    • Alan Dixon
      Alan Dixon says:

      Good catch Craig, only ski socks were on sale. Since this is backpacking and hiking site, I pulled the socks out of the guide. Still there are some very nice Smartwool socks on sale for 30% off and that includes hiking and running socks. Best, -alan

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  8. Steven
    Steven says:

    Great post but want to clarify one thing. The Exos backpack shown is last year’s model; the 2018 version lost the hipbelt pockets (which is a real shame)

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    • Alan Dixon
      Alan Dixon says:

      Thanks for finding that Steven. Yes, the actual link is was and is correct for the current model but the image is not. I already had the image of last years in my image library and forgot to change it in the rush to get the guide out in time for the sale. Hoping you had a great Memorial Day Weekend. Warmest -alan

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  9. Amy
    Amy says:

    This is a great list! I’m fairly new to backpacking and have some of these items already but I’m adding the Joule 21 sleeping bag, MSR pocket rocket 2, nuun tablets, and a climbing harness from this sale. Steep & Cheap seems to be competing with this sale because they’ve added new items. I purchased prAna Halle pants in a color not available at REI and a compression sack. Excited to test out my new gear :)

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    • Alan Dixon
      Alan Dixon says:

      Very nice Amy. Glad you are getting some new light gear. And so smart to shop sales and closeouts when you are getting started. Will save you a ton of $. Warmest, -alan

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  10. Katherine
    Katherine says:

    I used me member discount on a Ursack All-White. Because my “bear hangs” are more often “chipmunk hangs” and it’s time to stop pushing my luck.

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