Limited Time Offer: Save 20% on REI’s Top Gear this Spring!

It’s REI Dividend season, ya’ll! Everyone who spent money at REI last year has received 10% back on their full-price purchases. You’ll find this in your account or in the mail. Furthermore, this sale is the perfect time to grab gear for spring and summer adventures so you’re ready when the weather gets good!

REI is giving members 20% off a full-priced item and an REI Outlet Item until March 25.

Details about the REI Member Coupon Sale

Become a Member

To get your 20% off coupon, you’ll have to become a member. It costs $30 but lasts the rest of your life. It’s a steal, and I’ve been a member for over a decade. 

Also, as a Member, you can access exclusive deals like 30% off The North Face clothes and gear, Co-op bikes for kids, and Co-op Skyward Tents

When does the REI Member Moment Start and End?

This REI spring sale, if you want to call it that, runs from March 15 to March 25. Order over these ten days to get the biggest savings, and use the REI Coupon Code MEMBER24 when you check out for 20% off one full-priced item. 

This code also works for one item on an REI Outlet item. This means you’ll get 20% off on top of an already discounted piece of gear. 

Top Gear to Use Your 20% Off Coupon On

Let’s dive into some top-tier gear!

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Hiking Gear

Merrell Moab 3 Mid Waterproof Hiking Boots

This is a perfect hiking boot for day hikes, no matter your destination. Merrell makes phenomenal gear that will last. I’ve had an earlier rendition of this one, and my girlfriend is still rocking her Merrells from years ago. 

Men’s | Women’s

Patagonia Down Jacket

Maybe your old down jacket is on its way out, or you’ve just never had one before. This is the perfect time to grab one and utilize your 20% discount plus dividends!

Men’s | Women’s

Altra Lone Peak 8 Trail-Running Shoes

A staple in my hiking closet, the Altra Lone Pines has been my go-to for years. Lately, I’ve been trying out the 8s. They’re just as good as my previous shoes. If you’re looking for a great grip and the ability to move fast, these are for you! 

Men’s | Women’s

Photo Credit: Alec Sills-Trausch

Hiking Backpacks

For day hikes, you’ll be pretty content in the 24L-34L range. My partner has a 30L, and I have a 38L (camera gear takes up room), but if you’re looking to go light or just don’t have a lot of gear, being in the low 20s is perfect. 


I almost only wear sun hoodies now after my cancer treatment, as I’m at a higher risk for skin cancer. This has allowed me to test out different brands and styles (which helps ya’ll out!).

REI Co-op Sahara Shade Hoodie

This one is heavier and less breathable, so it’s not great for hot hiking days. But if it’s mild or you have a colder morning, it’ll be great. 


Outdoor Research Astroman Sunshirt

I’ve got this in both a long-sleeve and short-sleeve. It’s SO COMFY and a staple on my trips. It’s also a little more “classy” with the button-down look. Highly highly recommend these. 

Patagonia Capilene Cool Daily Graphic Hoodie

One of the OG sunshirts is the Patagonia one. It is light, breathable, and will last you multiple days backpacking. I have a short-sleeved version, and it’s one of my favorite pieces of hiking gear


Wool Socks

You can’t go hiking without having socks you rely on. Make sure you fill your closet with wool socks, which keep your feet dry and odorless and decrease your risk of blisters. Darn Tough and Smartwool are two of my go-to brands. 

Backpacking Gear

Lowa Renegade GTX Mid-Hiking Boots

These are my favorite hiking boots; I’m on my second pair over the last five years. They’re definitely better for backpacking as they’re waterproof and sturdy, allowing you great support when you’re covering tons of miles. 

Men’s | Women’s

Backpacking Tent

This is the time to splurge on an ultralight backpacking tent. You’re going to get a discount AND you have your member rewards to add on. Go with a good one once, and you won’t have to worry about it again!

I personally love Big Agnes. It was my first tent in 2018, and it’s still going strong. I upgraded to the Copper Spur last year and love it!

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

Backpacking Bag

For your backpacking bag, you’ll want to think about how many days you plan to be out. For two nights, you can be under 60L. If you plan three or four nights, move into the 65L+ range. 

I own the Gregory Baltoro 65L and have had it since 2018. It’s been a staple for me and is still doing great!

A great option for the ladies

Jet Boil

I love my JetBoil, which I bought in 2018 and is still in perfect shape. (Get the theme here? Everything you buy is an investment!) It is predominantly used for quickly boiling water for backpacking meals and coffee, as you can’t cook in it. 

Grab a JetBoil

Sleeping Pad

Another item I bought in 2018 was my Big Agnes sleeping pad. Knock on wood; it hasn’t caused me any issues since, and I’m stoked about its longevity! I highly recommend it!

Consider R-value (which is how insulated it is) and weight.

Check it out

Sleeping Bag

I always tell people to go for a 15-degree ultralight bag, as it’ll be able to handle almost all of their adventures and won’t weigh them down. My Big Agnes bag from 2018 is still giving me great nights’ sleep.

Now, that bag doesn’t exist anymore, but other options are similar. 

Travel Gear

GoPro or Insta360

Need a new way to capture your travels? Have you considered grabbing a GoPro to get sick underwater or action shots? Or maybe you want to get drone-like videos on an Insta360

I just got a new GoPro when my nine fried after being in -20 degrees chasing the northern lights. And the images are beautiful from Hawaii. 

Photo Credit: Alec Sills-Trausch – Alaska 2024

Peak Design Capture Clip

My favorite camera accessory for hiking. This allows me to always have my camera ready without it swinging around as I walk. 

If you hike with a camera, you NEED this. 

Grab it here

Peak Design Everyday Backpack V2 30L

This is also a great traveling pack for your photography and laptop. It can hold multiple lenses, your camera body, and maybe even a drone. Plus, it’s pretty sleek!

Check it out. 

Gregory Quadro Pro 22″ Hardcase Wheeled Luggage

I love this hardcase luggage and take it on all my big trips. I’ve had it since 2019, and it’s been incredible. 

See it here. 

REI Co-op Big Haul 90 Recycled Duffel

Do you think you’ll need a big-time duffel bag this year? Grab this 90L one for all your road trips and travel. 

Grab it today. 

Road Trip Gear

If you need more space for your road trips or are looking for a way to bring your bikes, getting a roof-top carrier or a bike rack is a great way to bring more gear without getting a bigger car! 

Best REI Outlet Items

Shop all REI outlet gear

This is one of my favorite parts of the sale. REI outlet gear is ALREADY heavily discounted, and one you can add 20% on top of that discount. This means you can get 60-80% off gear. 

Mountain Hardwear Bishop Pass GORE-TEX 15 Sleeping Bag

Need a new sleeping bag? This one’s 24% off already. It’s perfect for backpacking and more! You’ll save almost $140 on this one!

Check it out.

Helly Hansen Banff Insulated Shell Jacket – Men’s

This top-tier hiking shell will keep you dry and allow you to continue crushing miles in less-than-ideal conditions. Originally $220, it is now $131.

Check it out.

Patagonia Line Ridge LoPro Trucker Hat

If you need a new hiking hat, grab this Patagonia one that is heavily discounted.

Finally, I suggest taking a peek inside at all the discounted deals because there’s something for everyone! 

Thanks for reading, and I hope you find some stellar gear that will get you into nature and make you appreciate the great outdoors! 

As a quick reminder, purchasing via these links supports my business for free and doesn’t cost you a dime! 

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