There's nothing quite like waking up in a tent in the woods. Here are our favorite camping products on sale now during REI's Anniversary Sale which runs from May 18 to May 28.
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REI Co-op Base Camp 4 Tent ($258; 30 percent off)
The ultimate car camping tent, the Base Camp 4 has two large doors with solid fabric for privacy and mesh for ventilation, a large pole-supported vestibule for storing gear, and a coated 150-denier polyester floor that's abrasion and puncture resistant.
Exped MegaMat Duo 10 Sleeping Pad ($277; 25 percent off)
The hands-down, the Mega Mat Duo is the most comfortable mattress we've used for car camping—a 10-centimeter-thick air pad with foam insulation and support. It’s pricey, but it’s the closest we've come to feeling like I was in my bed at home while camping.
MSR PocketRocket 2 Mini Stove Kit ($60; 25 percent off)
The updated version of the most popular backpacking stove ever made, the Pocket Rocket 2 is lightweight, compact, and works with a wide range of fuel canisters. This kit comes with the stove, a 0.75-liter hard-anodized aluminum pot, a 16-ounce bowl, a clear lid with straining ports, pot grip, and stuff sack.
REI Co-op Joule and Igneo 30 Sleeping Bag ($195; 30 percent off)
The men's Igneo and women's Joule are rated down to 25 degrees Fahrenheit making them excellent three-season bags. Stuffed with water-repellent 700-fill-power duck down they weigh just over two pounds, and are made with panels of waterproof-breathable fabric.
Rumpl Original Puffy Blanket ($96; 25 percent off)
There’s a healthy dose of synthetic insulation in this blanket, so think of it as a backcountry quilt that’s perfect for warmer nights in the tent. You can also use it as a wrap on early mornings before the campfire starts raging or when you want to sit and watch the stars. Bonus: it’s machine washable.
Adventure Medical Kits Mountain Series Backpacker Medical Kit ($29; 25 percent off)
We're big proponents of buying pre-made first aid kits. Unless you’re medically trained, it can be a bear to compile a first aid kit correctly on your own. This kit has most things you need should you get cut, have an allergic reaction, or sprain an ankle in the backcountry.
Merrell Moab 2 Vent Low Hiking Shoes ($80; 20 percent off)
The Moab 2 Vent Low was built from the ground up for hot weather. It's a low-height boot, but its uppers are about half mesh, with leather as well. It also has an EVA midsole, an air pocket in the heel, and grippy Vibram soles.
REI Co-op Rainier Rain Jacket ($60; 33 percent off)
This 19-ounce, fully waterproof-breathable shell is built from a 2.5-layer stretch polyester fabric that’s great for mobility. It also has pit zips, massive chest pockets that sit above a hip belt, and a stowaway hood.
Thule Pulse L Roof Box ($383; 20 percent off)
Once you fill up your trunk with gear look to the 16-foot, 36-pound Pulse L to carry what's left over.
REI Co-op Half Dome 2 Plus Tent ($160; 30 percent off)
The Half-Dome 2-Plus tent is an absolute classic. We've used it for years on sandy beaches, snowy high-alpine terrain, in Pacific Northwest downpours, and Utah desert heat. It's super roomy, lightweight for the price, and durable.
Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket ($139; 30 percent off)
Although it packs down to the size of an orange, the Nano Puff jacket has kept our testers warm when temps drop to the 30's. Filled with high-loft synthetic insulation, the ripstop face fabric is treated with DWR to repel water.