a big agnes copper spur UL3 tent with hiking boots in front

Huge REI Backpacking Sale: 30-40% off Big Agnes and MSR tents and gear

To the new visitors reading, I want to let you all know that I own Big Agnes gear and love it. My first backpacking tent lasted me 5+ years, and I still use it when I go alone. We just upgraded to the Copper Spur 3 person (​my review on it​) and love it. Additionally, my brother and I slept in his MSR tent all of summer 2020, and it was fantastic.

I say all this because I want you to know that the gear I recommend is things I’ve tried (or at least know of) and have been a great investment.

These tents usually run in the $450-$600 range at full price. Getting it at a discount is an incredible steal.

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

HUGE REI Backpacking Flash Sale

Big Agnes 30% off Sale

Big Anges doesn’t just do ultra-light tents. They have chairs, backpacks, and sleeping pads. I own a BA tent, sleeping pad, and sleeping bag. All have lasted six years and go strong. You can literally get your entire backpacking set up right now for 30% off!

Copper Spur tent I highly recommend:

These tents are lightweight and a perfect three-season tent (unless you’re in a high-wind area, as these are lighter and not as sturdy). But you’ll be fine if you’re not going to Patagonia or into a hurricane!

Sleeping Pad I recommend:

The one I have feels like sleeping on a cloud. It’s amazing, and I’ve had no issues since I bought it in 2018. The R-value is how warm and insulated the sleeping pad will be. Cold air rises from the ground, and a more insulated bag will keep you warmer.

Sleeping bags I recommend:

I think a 15-20-degree bag is perfect. It allows you to backpack in three seasons (maybe even four… I did winter tent camping in my 15-degree), and there’s no need to buy multiple sleeping bags. Plus, getting ultralight means it’s not weighing you down.

​See the entire Sale​

backpacking summiting mt daniel tent views

MSR Hubba Hubba Tents 40% off Sale

This is only for Hubba Hubba Tents and footprints, so fewer options exist than the Big Agnes one. However, 40% off can’t be beaten!

What I recommend:

​See the entire Sale.​

What size tent do you need?

A good rule of thumb is a two-person tent is good for solo camping, and a three-person tent is perfect for two people. Now, you can totally do two people in a two-person – my brother and I did it – but it’s tight.

Also, if you have wider sleeping pads (my girlfriend and I do), it makes it cramped in a two-person, which is why we moved up to the Copper Spur 3P.

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 ExploreWithAlec.com. 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