As we enter the holiday season, Thanksgiving is almost upon us. And what better way is there to give thanks than to treat yourself to some new, bargain priced outdoor and travel gear?
Here at the Broke Backpacker, we don’t exactly condone or encourage the rampant consumerism commonly associated with holiday sales like Black Friday (AKA “Death Duel For the Last Half Price TV’”) but we absolutely do look forward to REI’s post thanksgiving gear (near) giveaways.
This year, starting on 11th November, REI are launching their epic Gear Up Get Out sale (GUGO to friends) which features thousands of incredible, high quality pieces of outdoor and travel gear at utterly compelling prices. Whether you need (or simply want) a new tent, jacket, pair of boots or simply an “I Love Camping” novelty coffee mug, this is your chance to get it at a reduction of up 50% of the RRP.
In this post, we are going to run through some of the best items we found in the REI Gear Up Get Out sale.
Top Picks From the REI Gear Up Get Out Sale
Co-op City Bike 1.1
- RRP > $649
- Sale Price > $448.93
REI Trailbreak Sleeping Bag
- RRP > $109
- Sale Price > $65.40
Merrell Moab 2 Mid Waterproof Hiking Boots
- RRP > $105
- Sale Price > $100.93
Bote Lono Aero Sit-On-Top Inflatable Kayak
- RRP > $1,749
- Sale Price > $1486.59
Reef Cushion Strand Sandals
- RRP > $45
- Sale Price > $28.41
All About REI
REI is one of North America’s largest retailers of outdoor and travel gear (and in our opinion, the best). They now operate and run an impressive 165 stores in 39 different states. Originally formed in 1938 by a group of outdoor enthusiasts, the noble REI mission is simply to connect the great American public with the great American outdoors.
They stock gear from big name well known, International outdoor brands such as Osprey, Patagonia and Arc’teryx and also make a helluva LOT of excellent, affordable gear under their own REI Co-Op brand banner.
In particular this is one of the things we absolutely love about REI – by making quality, reasonably priced outdoor, hiking and camping gear they are making the outdoors accessible to those of us who simply can’t afford $200 for a tent.
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Top Picks From The REI Gear Up Get Out Sale!
Firstly, we need to make this absolutely, abundantly crystalline, clear – there are thousands of items in the REI Gear Up Get Out sale. As such the best way to take maximum advantage of the generous discounts now on offer is simply to head over to REI and dive into the sale for yourself.
However, to help you get started, we have handpicked these awesome items all of which we have used and loved ourselves and can totally vouch for.
- Normal Price – $145
- Sale Price – $100.93
Over the years, our team has tested out loads of different pairs of hiking boots and as such, have learned a few valuable lessons about them. The most prescient one, is that to buy cheap is to punish your feet.
As such, decent hiking boots rarely leave you much change from $150 – $200 and this is why the Merrell Moab (Mother of All Boots!) 2 now priced at $100 is such an epic buy.
These waterproof hiking boots deliver out-of-the-box comfort (yes you don’t need to break them in…) with durable leather, supportive footbeds and the patende Vibram® grip.
- Normal Price – $299
- Sale Price – $88.83
I am a native of the UK’s wet and wild North-west and so I was pretty much born wearing a rain jacket. The Obermeyer Celestia is going on sale at under a third of its usual retail price which represents a bargain way too good to ignore.
The Celestia is a winter jacket designed for the slopes but equally at home for wearing to Christmas markets or going out for winter hikes. Amongst the features, the Obermeter Celestia offers a fleecy hood, thumbhole cuffs—and pockets for your ski pass, goggles and electronics.
The jacket is well insulated although welcome Ventilation is provided by pit-zips and the Block Sport waterproof/breathable laminate waterproofing will laugh off those winter showers (although note that it is not a “proper” waterproof jacket so maybe don’t wear it in a typhoon).
Oh, and it comes in a very lovely and girly purple finish too.
- Normal Price – $220
- Sale Price – $109.93
This time, I will spare you the doey-eyed, romanticised, cliched platitudes about the joys of camp cooking under the stars and get straight to telling you why the Camp Chef Redwood Gas Fire Pit with Lid and Heat-Dispersing Lava Rocks, rocks!
This gas cooker utilities, smokeless, propane-fueled flame with matchless ignition, it Includes a lid and heat-dispersing lava rocks, and an adjustable flame-control dial helps keep the flame the right size when roasting marshmallows or cooking hot dogs
What else? Oh yeah it includes a regulator and a 5 ft. hose offering a maximum total output of 64,000 BTUs per hour and the fire pit diameter is 18 inches which is not exactly big enough for a thanksgiving turkey, but big enough for around 4 hot dogs.
Remember that fuel is not included so maybe order some of that too. Oh, and when cooking outdoors always honour the leave no trace principles as well as adhering to any and all fire safety regulations.
- Normal Price – $649
- Sale Price – $448.93
Personally, I reverse bicycles as being amongst the greatest inventions that humanity has yet devised. Not only are they an effective and cheap way to get around, they’re fun, they’re ennvripnmetnaly sound and the exercise they provide can add years of longevity to our lives. Sadly though, most Amercians haven’t ridden a bike since they were teenages…so maybe now is the time to get back in the saddle?
The Co-op Cycles CTY 1.1 is the perfect intermediate level bike for urban and suburban use. It’s made with an aluminium frame making it lighter to carry, it offers rack and fender compatibility, a versatile 3 x 8 drivetrain, an upright ride, and beefy tyres that can even withstand a bit of light off-roading.
The wheel size is 700c and the bike has 24 gears (way more than enough). I won’t go any harder on the tech spec, just suffice to say this is an excellent value bike for adults who want to get back into cycling. Yes, there are cheaper bikes over at Wallmart but if you do buy cheap, I can almost guarantee you will want to replace it within months so if you can spare re bucks, just go for this one.
- Normal Price – $159
- Sale Price – $113.73
Patagonia is one of our all time favourite outdoor brands and their brand ethos beautifully matches that of REI; the founder recently put the company into a non-profit, pro-eco trust.
This pullover is a perfect layer for winter days, or a perfect stand-alone for autumnal evenings. It’s a heavy fleece that provides a nice warmth. It is and is equally at home on the mountainside, in the woods or in the city.
Patagonia doesn’t make cheap gear. Their supply chains are ethical and sustainable and their gear is high spec so you get what you pay for here. As such, I always look out for reduced Patagonia gear in sales with REI’s Gear Up Get Out so buy this before I do.
- Normal Price – $109
- Sale Price – $65.40
The REI 2022 GUGU sale offers a decent choice of sleeping bags. This one is the Trailbreak 20 from REI’s excellent and affordable in-house Co-op brand. The REI Co-op Trailbreak 20 sleeping bag offers the perfect balance of warmth, packability along with weight. It’s an excellent piece of entry level gear priced for those who are new to backpacking and everything that comes with it.
As the name suggests, the temperature rating is 20F which makes this a 2 season sleeping bag (Spring and Summer) so you may not have the chance to actually use it for a while BUT is is an ideal ideal for anybody planning for next year, or anybody who wants a sleeping bag to take with them on a winter trip to warmer climes (such as SoCal!).
- Normal Price – $89.95
- Sale Price – $62.93
Good tents usually don’t come cheap and yet even at its full price the REI Co-op Groundbreaker 2 comes in at under $90. Now reduced to just $62.93, this excellent 2 person, 3 season tent is a great addition to your backpacking, festival and travel arsenal.
This tent is very easy to pitch, and well ventilated making it excellent for summer use. With a packed weight of 4Ibs 13oz it’s not too much of a burden to bear either. It’s dome shaped, the poles are made from strong fibreglass, and comes with a rainfly. What’s not to love?
- Normal Price – $1,749
- Sale Price – $1,486.59
There’s only one thing better than looking out over a beautiful lake, and that’s paddling across one. The Bote Lono Aero Kayak is inflatable and comes in at just under 40lbs, meaning it can tuck away in a closet and fit snugly in a sedan without the need of a kayak rack.
Also due to the Bote Lono’s modular nature, you can turn the kayak into a stand-up paddleboard by simply removing the seat support. Two boats in one, means double the fun!
The kayak also features a spot for your cooler, straps to hold your paddle, and a plethora of other optional attachments you can purchase to build out the ultimate fishing or adventure kayak of your dreams.
- Normal Price – $15.95
- Sale Price – $7.83
Stacy’s Mom might have it going on, but everyone’s at Heather’s place for her mom’s cooking. With an ingredients list you can actually pronounce, this dinner staple will have you all fueled up for whatever your adventure throws at you. Also, who doesn’t want some classic Spaghetti with Beef and Marinara Sauce after a long day of trekking around.
Heather’s Choice has been finding itself in my backpack a lot more my last couple trips. Call me crazy, but when I eat clean, organic meals such as their’s on the trial, I truly feel better. You really can taste the difference.
- Normal Price – $120
- Sale Price – $83.93
Whether you’re taking on some backcountry skiing or exploring a new city, the DAKINE Heli Pro 24L is like a swiss army knife of bags. From its rear compartment able to hold skis and a snowboard, to it’s innermost compartment designed to carry a hydration pack or laptop, the Heli Pro checks a lot of boxes on the functionality-to-value scale.
Constructed from 600-denier recycled polyester, this bag is tough and won’t fall apart on you.
Partnered up with 1% For the Planet and Protect our Winters, to name a few, DAKINE is one of those no-brainer brands you can’t help but root for. With such an exceptional pack 30% off, this 24L pack is a no-brainer.
- Normal Price – $215
- Sale Price – $106.93
If you’re like me, you might have a slight obsession with jackets, so here’s your sign to get another one! Coming in at just 11.1oz, the Abisko Midsummer is a lightweight and packable jacket that protects from the sun on those long summer hikes.
Being able to packdown and toss in your bag when not in use is also a huge bonus.
Fjallraven are also a quintessentially cool Scandinavian brand so you will get few hipster bonus points for wearing this.
- Normal Price – $45
- Sale Price – $21.83
Sandals so soft, you might forget you’re even wearing them. As an avid sandal guy myself, I can say with honesty that Reef makes some of the most comfortable sandals on the market. Nothing feels better than giving your feet a break at basecamp after a long day and slipping into something light and comfortable.
With straps made from 100% recycled PET from plastic bottles, your feet will thank you for making the eco-friendly footwear choice. They also sport a cork sole providing you with all day comfort.
- Normal Price – $343 (Long)
- Normal Price – $322 (Regular)
- Sale Price – $256.93 (Long)
- Sale Price – $240.93 (Regular)
Check any gear review on sleeping bags, Marmot will always be at the top of that list. Utilising high-quality down certified to the Responsible Down Standard, combined with their ElixR Eco fibres, the Argon 25 is a stellar bag. And for all my fellow car camping warriors out there, this beauty also unzips into a warm quilt for those nights you crave a little extra wiggle room.
Coming in at just 3lbs. 12oz. (4lbs. 1oz. for the long), this 25 degree bag would do great for those chilly nights in the backcountry. As a broke backpacker myself, I can promise you a sleeping bag is not the piece of gear you want to go cheap on. The bag also sports Down Defender to give you that extra layer of protection against wet conditions.
Final Thoughts on The REI Gear Up Get Out Sale
Did you see anything you fancied? As we said earlier on, there are thousands of items and you could fully kit yourself for an expedition with the wares on offer so do take the time to visit the REI store and see for yourselves what’s on sale.
And remember, picking up an REI membership card while you are there unlocks some extra savings and advantages.
Bye for now, but not forever!
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