Through Memorial Day weekend, REI hosts its annual anniversary sale, its biggest and best sale of the year, with discounts you generally don’t see again until Black Friday. This year is no exception, with great deals on 15 Wirecutter picks ranging from boots to bags to base layers to bike stands.
In addition to the discounts on our picks that we’ve laid out below, REI Co-op members (a membership that’s a good deal itself) can use the coupon code ANNV19 to save 20 percent on one full-price item (so, none of the items below). The sale ends at 11:59 p.m. Pacific on Monday, May 27.
Street price: $230
Deal price: $173
The last time the Salomon Quest 4D 3 GTX boots dropped below $180 was Black Friday last year. The top men’s and women’s pick in our guide to the best hiking boots, these boots are comfortable, well made, versatile, and lightweight, yet they don’t sacrifice protection or durability. This style is available in two color options as well as a variety of sizes.
Street price: $130
Deal price: $104
If you hike only occasionally, consider the budget pick in our guide to the best hiking boots, the Merrell Moab 2 Mid Waterproof. At full price, these boots are nearly half the cost of our top boot pick, and this sale makes them quite affordable. The last time we saw a deal on these boots was during last year’s REI Memorial Day sale, for this same price, so don’t miss out on this sale if you have some hiking plans this summer.
Street price: $80
Deal price: $56
Generally we see this Smartwool long-sleeve base layer on sale once a year, either during REI’s Memorial Day sale or on Black Friday. It’s the top pick in our guide to the best men’s base layer and the best women’s base layer, and we like it for being comfortable, fashionable, soft, and durable. REI has the black color on sale for $56 (down from $80) with free shipping. This price matches the lowest we’ve seen, so stocking up even though it’s out of season may be advisable.
Street price: $30
Deal price: $23 with in-store pickup
This rugged tumbler (a durable, insulated cup with a lid) makes a great gift. The Yeti 20 oz. Rambler Tumbler is $7 cheaper than usual when you opt for store pickup at your local REI (free shipping requires a minimum $50 purchase). A variant of the wider, heftier pick in our guide to the best tumbler, this version of the Yeti Rambler comes with a MagSlider lid. The wider profile makes it ideal for camping, but it could be too large for some cupholders.
Street price: $250
Deal price: $174
The Patagonia Nano Puff Hoody, with its versatile design, water-resistant exterior, and breathable insulation, makes a great addition to any wardrobe, and six months have gone by since it was this heavily discounted. We recommend it as a jacket for all seasons in our guide to the best men’s travel clothes, and it’s available in a nice selection of colors and sizes.
Street price: $190
Deal price: $143
Although this is not the lowest price we’ve ever seen (that would be $135), this discount on a pair of Ortlieb Back-Roller Classic Panniers makes for the best price we’ve seen in months. The classic pick in our best bike rack, basket, and panniers for commuting guide, the Ortlieb Back-Roller Classic Panniers are an extremely reliable option for commuters. Designed with a simple mounting system, they’re also fully waterproof, seam-welded, and versatile.
Street price: $130
Deal price: $97
During the sale, you can get 25 percent off a rugged duffel that’s built to last. The Patagonia Black Hole Duffel is the most versatile pick in our duffle bag guide, and we also mention it in our list of the best things we bought in 2018. This price is close to the lowest price we’ve seen for the 60-liter size, and sales on this bag don’t come around often—if you need a multifunctional travel bag that will hold up for years, now is a good time to buy.
Street price: $240
Deal price: $180
Here’s the best price we’ve seen in six months for our synthetic pick for men and women in our guide to the best down jacket. In our review, Catherine Harnden writes, “Fitted for active use, this alternative to down can handle rugged wear and tear.” If you prefer to steer clear of down, this jacket is a great option at a more affordable price.
Street price: $200
Deal price: $140
Get some winter boots now and save $60. The women’s version of the Durand Polar WP, our top pick for the best winter boots, is now discounted to $140 in select sizes between 5 and 8½. You can also ship to a store for free pickup. These boots have seen a number of sales, but any price under $160 is worth noting.
Street price: $160
Deal price: $126
Hardcore cyclists, take note: The top pick in our guide to the best bike repair stand is within $1 of the lowest price we’ve ever posted. If you do your own repairs and you’re in need of a lightweight, durable, and foldable stand, this sale is an excellent opportunity to pick one up.
Street price: $26
Deal price: $21 with in-store pickup
The top pick in our guide to the best packing cubes, this Eagle Creek set keeps a week’s worth of clothes well organized. These polyester-construction cubes are simple and sturdy, and they have an all-around zipper for easy access. Note, however, that you need to pick up this set in-store or hit a $50 order minimum for free shipping.
Street price: $230
Deal price: $150 to $180
This is 2019’s first significant discount on the comfiest sleeping pad pick in our guide to the best car-camping gear for wheelchair users. Dense and insulated, the Exped MegaMat 10 provides not only comfort but also support and warmth.
Street price: $40
Deal price: $29 with in-store pickup
The Adventure Medical Kits Mountain Backpacker Kit is the top pick in our guide to the best first aid kit for hiking and the outdoors because it’s compact and lightweight but has most everything you need for a weekend outside. Matching the lowest price we’ve seen, this deal is a great opportunity to pick up a first aid kit before any summer excursions.
Street price: $1,100
Deal price: $825 with in-store pickup
This is the first sale we’ve posted on the Goal Zero Yeti 1000, the top pick in our guide to the best portable power stations. A portable power station is essentially a giant battery with built-in standard AC outlets (unlike a generator, it doesn’t need gas and doesn’t emit any fumes). It’s perfect for tailgating, powering lights and other gear on a camping trip, or keeping in your home for an emergency. As our review notes, the Goal Zero Yeti 1000 offers 950 watt-hours, so it provides the best value for its price. It’s usually over $1,000, but right now it’s down to $825 with store pickup at your local REI.
Street price: $1,800
Deal price: $1,350 with in-store pickup
This is also the first sale we’ve posted on the Goal Zero Yeti 1400 WiFi, the upgrade pick in our guide to the best portable power stations. By far the most powerful model we tested, it nearly doubles the output of our top pick, offering 1,330 watt-hours compared with 950. But since it weighs 44 pounds, it isn’t the best choice to transport on foot. It’s perfect if you need an emergency backup for a medical device such as a CPAP machine.
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