The Best Gear for $15 or Less at REI’s Labor Day Sale

Just because it’s a sale doesn't mean you have to go exclusively for the big-ticket items to save money

It’s a great time to grab these essentials. (Averie Woodard/Unsplash)
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Sure, you can splurge on a steeply marked-down tent that’d normally cost an arm and a leg (and might still). Or you can stock up on tons of these easily overlooked essentials.


Honey Stinger Energy Waffle ($1)

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(Courtesy Honey Stinger)

Fashioned after a Dutch stroopwafel, Honey Stinger’s version is completely made from organic ingredients. The two waffles surround sweet syrup, and the whole thing packs in 21 grams of carbs for a during- or post-workout kick in the pants. Though we dare you to not reach for one while looking for a mid-afternoon snack at your desk.

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Klean Kanteen Vacuum Insulated Tumbler ($13)

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(Courtesy Klean Kanteen)

Just big enough to hold what you need and not a drop more. The 8-ounce Insulated Tumbler has the double-wall construction we’ve come to expect from quality drinking vessels, so it’ll keep espresso hot and whiskey chilled for hours.

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CamelBak Podium Bottle 24-ounce ($7)

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(Courtesy CamelBak)

The Podium boasts CamelBak’s JetValve nozzle—that seals on its own—meaning you can drink from it with one hand while keeping the other on the handlebars and not worry about spillage.

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Slime Self-Sealing Smart Presta Tube ($8)

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(Courtesy REI)

Like the Podium, Slime’s Smart Presta tube has its own self-sealing tech. The inner layer of proprietary sealant will block up puncture holes up to an eighth of an inch wide, so even if your shins and forearms need patching up after taking a digger, your tire won’t.

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Black Diamond PosiWire Quickdraw ($12; 25 percent off)

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(Courtesy Black Diamond)

It can be easy to forget you don’t have enough quickdraws until you’re 75 feet off the deck with an empty rack, staring at three bolts between you and the anchors. Bring along the PosiWire, and you can carry plenty (at minimal weight) for even the most run-out of routes.

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Schrade Little Pal Pocket Knife ($8)

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(Courtesy REI)

Little Pal is right. This 2.3-inch-long blade may be small, but its titanium-coated, high-carbon stainless steel construction will hold up through years of chopping up kindling or slicing lengths of rope.

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Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Stuff Sack ($9)

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(Courtesy REI)

Torn your sleeping bag stuff sack or looking for something to help organize your pack’s contents? The Ultra-Sil fits the bill. Cordura nylon with hardy, double-stitched seams make it burly and waterproof.

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WrightSock Coolmesh II Crew Socks ($10)

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(Courtesy REI)

We like our hiking and running socks to do two things: stave off blisters and keep sweat from getting our feet soggy. The Coolmesh II handles both with aplomb.

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OnGuard Akita 4-ft Cable Bike Lock ($7)

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(Courtesy REI)

No bike is safe from thieves without a cable or two or seven. Bolster your security with this vinyl-coated steel option.

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Blackburn Click Front Bike Light ($12)

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(Courtesy Blackburn)

Stay visible on your steed with this tiny light from Blackburn. It’s waterproof and easily attaches to and comes off handlebars or a helmet, plus the 20-lumen output lasts 70 hours—or nearly twice that in flash mode.

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Manduka Recycled Foam Yoga Block ($12)

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(Courtesy Manduka)

Yoga blocks are a dime a dozen. What sets this one from Manduka apart is that it’s made from 75 percent recycled EVA foam. It may be on its second life, but that foam is still plenty grippy.

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Delta Cycle Leonardo Da Vinci Bike Storage Hook and Tray ($15)

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(Courtesy Delta Cycle)

Keep your gear shed organized with this bike hook and tray from Delta Cycle. With a 40-pound weight limit, it can hold most road and MTBs, leaving no excuse for clutter.

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