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One of the questions I receive more than any other goes something like this: “Why is outdoor gear so expensive?” Truth be told, there isn’t one definitive answer, but it has a lot to do with product innovation, costly materials and the fact that we as consumers actually like when brands hike their prices. But if you’re reluctant to drop a lot of money on new gear, I always recommend waiting for deals like those found at REI’s Labor Day sale. It’s taking place now through September 6th and features an incredible lineup of discounted gear.
In the interest of time, I’ve browsed the entire sale to round up the best outdoor gear deals available right now. From lightweight camping equipment to versatile apparel, consider adding these items to your cart before they’re gone.
REI Co-op Rainier Rain Jacket
REI’s signature waterproof, windproof jacket features underarm zippers that dump excess heat on warm, muggy days.
Darn Tough Hiker Micro Crew Socks
Made from a blend of merino wool and nylon, these crew socks enhance comfort and durability outdoors. Wear them for years and replace them for free with Darn Tough’s lifetime guarantee.
Eureka SPRK+ Butane Camp Stove
Portable and powerful, this do-it-all camp stove makes use of simmer controls that fine-tune the flame for backcountry eats.
Merrell Breakwater Strap Multisport Sandals
From sandy shores to rocky trails, Merrell’s multisport sandal features a durable Vibram outsole for incredible traction over any terrain.
REI Co-op 650 Down Jacket 2.0
This lightweight down jacket packs into its own pocket, giving you an excuse to take it almost anywhere through chilly weather.
Stanley Adventure Base Camp Cookset 4
Stanley’s entire 19-piece cookset packs into the cooking pot for on-the-go eats, and pairs perfectly with the camp stove featured above.
Brooks Ghost 13 GTX Road-Running Shoes
A Gore-Tex membrane defends your feet against wet weather and combines with supersoft cushioning to help you outrun every mile.
REI Co-op Kingdom Insulated Sleep System 40
This queen-size air mattress, padded cover, insulated quilt and matching topsheet prove that camping doesn’t have to sacrifice comfort.
Gregory Zulu 65 Pack
Gregory’s spacious year-round hauler features a laundry list of innovations, from dynamic suspension to a fitted rain cover, that boost comfort on every backcountry adventure.
Grayl Ultralight Compact Purifier Bottle
This all-in-one water purifier removes over 99 percent of waterborne pathogens thanks to a series of activated carbon filters.
Black Diamond Storm 400 Headlamp
Perhaps the most popular headlamp in the world, this spotlight emits up to 400 lumens in a dustproof, waterproof housing.
REI Co-op Hyperaxis Fleece Pants
With cold weather on the way, these fleece pants will quickly become your best friend from the backyard to the backcountry.
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