The Best Desk-to-Trail Gear from REI’s Labor Day Sale

Gear that performs as well outside as it looks in the office

You won’t need a change of clothes with these options. (Aranxa Esteve/Unsplash)
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From now until September 3, REI is offering some killer deals on big-ticket products like skis, boats, SUPs, and hard shells. They're also marking down versatile gear that'll work just as well on the weekdays as it will on the weekends. Presenting the outdoor lover's ideal closet quiver. 


Mammut Kachemak Hoodie ($100; 37 percent off)

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The Kachemak is a fleecy, supersoft knitted sweater. Two zipper pockets upfront and a hood make it practical and cozy. 

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Kuhl Rebel Pants ($55; 30 percent off)

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These pants pass the Martindale abrasion and dress code test. Made primarily from cotton, the abrasion-resistant fabric is cut with a looser fit, increasing flex and range of motion. Bonus for the DWR treatment.

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Darn Tough Chase Micro Crew Ultra Light Socks ($14; 25 percent off)

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These socks can do Wall Street or the AT. The merino wool-nylon blend blocks stink and dries moisture. Light cushioning underfoot makes for an easygoing ride in even the most worn hiking boots. 

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Vasque Breeze III Low GTX Hiking Shoes ($105; 30 percent off)

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With a Nubuck leather and air-mesh upper, these shoes have some class. At just over two pounds for the men’s version and a low profile midsole, these hikers feel almost like trail runners, with more support. 

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Gregory Miwok 18 Pack ($75; 25 percent off)

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At 18-liters, the Miwok holds just enough for an evening hike. The pack has hip belts with zippered pockets, a stash pocket up top, and easily accessible stretch-mesh pockets on the sides. 

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Osprey Poco AG Child Carrier ($187; 25 percent off)

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Parents, look to the Osprey Poco AG child carrier. An adjustable harness and seat provides a comfortable ride, while a five-point safety harness and ventilated back system keeps the kid secure and you cool.

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Black Diamond Distance Z Trekking Poles ($75; 25 percent off)

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If you're hitting the trail at lunch or after work, these poles pack down small to minimize space in your car or office. Made from ultra-light aluminum, the pair only weighs 12-ounces.  

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Native Eyewear Ashdown Polarized Sunglasses ($74; 25 percent off)

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For the sunset hikes, the Ashdown’s provide 100 percent UV protection and the N3 polarized lenses block 40 percent of infrared light. Cushions on the nosepiece and temples make it easy to wear the glasses for hours. 

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Clif Chocolate Builder’s Bar ($1.50; 34 percent off)

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This bar packs 20 grams of soy and nut proteins and is comprised of 35 percent organic ingredients. With a three-to-two carb-to-protein ratio, this bar is a solid afternoon pick-me-up before hopping on the trail.

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