The 32 best items in REI Anniversary Sale 2024

Who doesn’t like a sale?! I love them, and I’m sure you love saving money too! They’re branding it the biggest sale of the year. This May, the REI Anniversary Sale 2024 offers adventures the ability to gear up at a discount. To me, there’s no better time to load up on gear that you have been holding out on or just realized needs to be upgraded after a winter of no use. (Check those water filters, ya’ll).

There are undoubtedly hundreds of good deals out there, but I’m focusing on the 32 best items that I think you would find value in while hiking, backpacking, camping, and traveling. Each item listed is less than full price, though the percentage off ranges from 20-30%.

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The best outdoor gear for the REI Anniversary Sale 2024

When is the REI Anniversary Sale 2024?

The REI 2024 Anniversary Sale runs from May 17 to May 27. While you have ten days to decide what to get, don’t decide last minute, as REI could run out of some items.

Remember to sign up for a REI Membership.

First, ensure you’re an REI Member to get an additional 20% off of one item. 

If you’re not an REI member yet, I highly recommend joining. It’s a one-time cost, and you end up accruing 10% of your full-priced purchases each year in dividends that you can use on new gear next year. 


Member Only Discounts

Do you like discounts? I sure do! Members will receive 20% off one full-priced item and one REI Outlet Item when they use the Coupon Code ANNIV24.

The Best Hiking Deals of 2024

1 – Smartwool Socks (25% off)

These are some best wool socks on the market. I highly recommend Smartwood and Darn Tough, as they absorb moisture and help decrease your blister risk. They’re the only two brands I consistently wear on my treks. For this REI Aniversary Sale, though, only Smartwool sock are 25% off.

2- REI Trailmade Fleece (30% off)

Everyone needs a comfy fleece for hiking, traveling, or camping. This one’s perfect and is quite affordable! Plus, it comes in some fun and unique styles to stand out on the trail.

3 – NEMO Sleeping Bags, Pads, and Pillows (25% off)

If you’re looking to get a backpacking set up, dive into the NEMO products for all your gear. Sleeping bags, sleeping pads, and pillows are 25% off.

4 – REI Co-op Vented Trailsmith Hat

Sun protection has never been more important, and this wide-brimmed hat will help keep your face and neck out of the sun. I would recommend this as a must for the REI Anniversary Sale 2024.

5 – Prana Zion II Pants (25% off)

They are probably my favorite hiking pants on the market, and super stoked they’re included in the REI Anniversary Sale 2024. You can wear these in all climates, and they will not fail you.

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6 – Sahara Shade Hoodie

These are high-quality sun hoodies that will keep your skin protected as you adventure all summer long. These have a bit heavier material than others, so keep that in mind. If you’re hiking in the 90s, I might opt for the Astroman or Patagonia below.

Since my recent cancer diagnosis, I’ve become a sort of sunshirt savant, as I have to limit my sun exposure now. The following are other brands and sun shirts I really like, but they might not be discounted for the REI Anniversary Sale 2024. (But you can use your 20% off coupon on them.)

Outdoor Research Astroman – Holy smokes, this is an incredible shirt. It’s comfy, stretchy, cool, and lets airflow. It’s risen to the top of my list. The only downside is no hoodie.

REI Sahara Long Sleeve – This is a less stretchy shirt but still offers good airflow. I took this on a 30-mile backpacking trip into Kings Canyon with temps in the 80s, and it worked well.

Patagonia Capilene – A classic in terms of sun shirts. These are a favorite for hikers and backpackers, as you can wear them for multiple days with no issue.

7 – Outdoor Research GORE-TEX Rain Jacket (25% off)

While it might not seem like a traditional time to buy rain jackets, if you can get a good one on sale, do it! Plus, you never know when an afternoon rainstorm will hit you, and there’s nothing worse than being unprepared.

8 – Salomon X Ultra 4 Mid GORE-TEX Hiking Boots (25% off)

Salomon hiking boots have exploded onto the scene in the last couple of years, and they are phenomenal shoes.

9 – Hiking Day Pack

Most of REI’s daypacks are 30% off, and it’s a great time to snag one. I won’t recommend one specific one, as everyone is looking for something different. Just remember: less than 20L is a short day hike, 20-35 is a longer day hike, and 40+ you could possibly pack right to do an overnighter.

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The Top Backpacking Gear You Can’t Pass Up

BONUS – MSR Hubba Hubba Tents 40% off

I forgot this one was on sale, and it’s probably the best deal in the entire sale. You’ll save over $200 on most of these tents, which means you shouldn’t pass it up!

10 – Big Anges Copper Spur Tent (30% off)

One of the best and lightest backpacking tents on the market. They aren’t cheap, but you’re investing in quality. I own the 3P Copper Spur and have loved the extra room for my fiance and me. Plus, it’s so light and amazing.

This is probably the biggest steal of the entire REI Anniversary Sale.

a big agnes copper spur UL3 tent with hiking boots in front
Photo Credit: Alec Sills-Trausch/ @Alecoutside

11 – REI Trailmade Backpacking Bundle (30% off)

This is the most affordable way to get a tent, sleeping pad, and sleeping bag. This bundle deal is perfect for those just getting started backpacking and do not want to break the bank. It’s not the highest, but you’re also not paying ultralight prices.

12 – Osprey Multi-day backpacking packs (25% off)

It’s time to hit the trails for some overnights! The REI Anniversary Sale 2024 has Osprey Bags at 25%. They have 50 and 65 packs on sale. I would opt for the 65L as this will allow you to do three and four-day trips with ease.

13 – REI Flexlite Air Chair (30% off)

When it comes to backpacking, having a place to sit with a backrest versus sitting on the ground can’t be beaten. At just over one pound, it’s a weight that I’m okay with taking on.

14 – Mountain Hardware Aspet 3 Tent (40% off)

Another good option for a three-person backpacking tent. This one is a pound heavier than the Copper Spur but gets good reviews. And you’ll save an extra ten percent on this one.

15 – REI Magma 15 Sleeping Bag (30% off)

I have a 15-degree bag and love its versatility as I’m never cold in the mountains (three-season treks only), and if I’m warm, I just unzip. When looking for a good bag, look at fill (this one’s 800) and weight (right around 2 pounds).

16 – JetBoil Flash (25% off)

Another one I’ve had since I started backpacking in 2018. My Jet Boil Flash keeps cruising along and has helped provide me warm food in some of the most remote parts of America. If you’re on the fence, I highly recommend.

17 – Black Diamond Distance Z Trekking Poles – Pair (25% off)

I got these five years ago, and they are still going strong! They don’t allow you to resize them, but they fold up and are lightweight. They get my seal of approval! Also, all Black Diamond Gear is 25% off.

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18 – Garmin Mini InReach 2 ($100 off/25%)

Way better than last year’s sale! The REI Anniversary Sale 2024 is taking $100 off which is a great time to buy this! I got one last year and I bring it on every trip for my peace of mind and my fiances.

19 – Garmin Fenix 7X Sapphire Solar Multisport GPS Watch ($200 off – Up to 30% off)

One of the best hiking and backpacking watches on the market. I personally have the Fenix 7, and it’s excellent. If you’re looking to track your hikes this year, grab this one!

Must-Have Camping Items for this Summer 

20 – Black Diamond Spot 400 Headlamp (25% off)

Everyone needs a headlamp for camping and finding their way in the dark. The Black Diamond brand makes great ones, and they will last you a while!

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21 – REI Co-op Camp Blanket (30% off)

It’s time to get cozy by the fire with this REI camp blanket. It’s perfect for colder nights or staying out for sunset while your partner does photography (like me, ha).

22 – REI Co-op Skyward Chair (30% off)

One of my favorite parts of the REI Anniversary Sale 2024 is the amount of top-quality gear on sale. This chair is no different. We got one to replace a broken chair and have been enjoying how comfy it is.

23 – Coleman Cascade 328 3-Burner Camp Stove (25%)

Time to get cooking! Every camper needs a trusty stove, and this one’s pretty good on a discount! If you don’t like this exact one, make sure to browse the entire REI Anniversary Sale—I’m sure you’ll find one that works for you!

24 – Dometic Electric Cooler (20% off)

You no longer have to worry about melting ice and going back into town to keep your food cold. Get an electric cooler and have cold food and drinks the entire weekend and road trip!

25 – ENO DoubleNest Hammock (25% off)

There’s nothing better than being in the forest with a cool breeze and in a hammock. Make this a reality with the ENO DoubleNest.

26 – REI Co-op Kingdom Insulated Air Bed – Queen (30% off)

Whether or not you’re camping with a partner, spread out on this queen air mattress and live life comfortably. I know I personally love having more room while sleeping!

27 – The North Face Wawona 6 Tent (40% off)

You won’t run out of room in this tent and I think you’ll be able to stand up (or close to it). My parents got this (seen below) for their camping adventures now. It allows them tons of and another vestibule to store their gear and get ready in the morning.

A picture of an orange tent with a fire in the foregroun.
Photo Credit: Alec Sills-Trausch

28 – GSI Stainless Troop Cookset (25% off)

Having a reliable cooking set while you camp is paramount. Plus, stainless steel is crucial for limiting clean-up and preventing little flakes of non-stick from coming off and getting in your meals.

Traveling Gear for Your Next Adventure

29 – Motion XT Alpine Roof Box (20% off)

Planning road trips this summer? There’s no better way to go than to add a Thule to the top of your car and save space inside! You can save $200 by buying during the REI Anniversary Sale 2024.

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30 – REI Big Haul Recycled Rolling Duffel – 34″ (30% off)

Having a comfortable and sturdy duffel to travel with is key while flying or going on trips. Make sure your bag has room for everything you’ll need!

31 – REI Co-op Big Haul 60 Recycled Duffel (30% off)

Everyone needs a duffel bag! I travel with mine all the time and love its portability and ease of carry. If you have flight plans this year, it’s time to load up!

32 – REI Co-op Expandable Packing Cube Set – Medium/Large (30% off)

I’ve found that packing cubes dramatically help with my packing efficiency and planning. If you’re holding out, it’s time to stop and join the packing cube family.

Bonus: LOWA Renegade Boots 25% off

Since 2019, I’ve been rocking my LOWA hiking boots for backpacking trips, snowshoeing, and other hikes that may require water crossings and other meandering where I need sturdy footing. I truly love them and have gotten my fiance to wear them, too.

Wrapping Up – REI Anniversary Sale 2024

Summer’s nearly here (or already here for some of you), and it’s a perfect time to get geared up for your adventures. Use the REI Anniversary Sale 2024 to your advantage and land some great gear.

Happy trails and travels to you all!

Until next time, adventurers, take care and be safe.

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Author: Alec Sills-Trausch

Title: Founder of Explore with Alec

Expertise: Hiking, Backpacking, Photography, and Road Trips

Alec Sills-Trausch is a hiker, backpacker, landscape photographer, and syndicated travel writer. He enjoys showing off the beauty of the world through his photos, videos, and written work on Alec is also a 2x cancer survivor and bone marrow transplant recipient, showing the world that there is a future from this terrible disease.

He lives in Washington, where he gets to enjoy the stunning PNW mountains in addition to all the other places he attempts to visit each year! You can see more work on IG at @AlecOutside