13 Great Deals Under $50 at REI’s Labor Day Sale

On a budget? You can still stock up on this gear.

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REI’s Labor Day sale is here. Check out our primer on everything you need to know about the sale, or shop below for our favorite budget-friendly products, which are marked down through September 3. 

MSR Alpine Stowaway Pot ($13; 25 percent off)


This stainless-steel pot is durable enough for hundreds of delicious meals in the backcountry. The hinged handle doubles as a locking device to keep the lid in place during storage. 

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Hart Health Weekend First Aid Kit ($14; 40 percent off)

(Hart Health)

Perfectly sized for two people on a two- or three-day trip, this first-aid kit includes a manual with most of the information you need to deal with accidents in the backcountry. 

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Black Diamond Astro Headlamp ($15; 25 percent off)

(Black Diamond)

This headlamp uses one LED bulb to emit 150 lumens. It has three settings—streaming, dimming, and strobing—so you can choose the right light for your situation. When you run out of juice, simply replace the three AAA batteries. 

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Ruffwear Knot-a-Leash Dog Leash ($26; 25 percent off)


Keep your pup close and secure with the locking carabiner on this leash. The rope has reflective accents for better safety at night, and the top gear loop gives you a place to clip on small accessories.

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Honey Stinger Energy Waffle ($1; 34 percent off)

(Courtesy Honey Stinger)

Fashioned after a Dutch stroopwafel, Honey Stinger’s version is made completely 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 not to reach for one while looking for a midafternoon snack at your desk.

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Katadyn BeFree Collapsible Water Filter Bottle ($34; 25 percent off)


Have clean, safe drinking water anywhere with this easy-to-use squeeze-bottle water filter. It filters up to two liters of water per minute, and the 0.1-micron microfilter removes protozoa and bacteria.

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Black Diamond PosiWire Quickdraw ($13; 25 percent off)

(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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Sunski Headlands Polarized Sunglasses ($36; 25 percent off)


The Headlands sunglasses have a classic silhouette and protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. The polarized lenses reduce visible glare from water, snow, sand, and pavement.

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MSR TrailShot Pocket-Sized Water Filter ($37; 25 percent off)


If you’re traveling light and fast in the mountains, the TrailShot will make sure you’re well hydrated. It will fill a one-liter bottle in under a minute while straining out bacteria, protozoa, and particulates.

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Goal Zero Lighthouse Core Electric Lantern and USB Power Hub ($40; 20 percent off)

(Goal Zero)

This lantern pumps out 430 lumens in all directions so it’s perfect for a centerpiece at your campsite. It also has a 4400 mAh battery to charge your phone or tablet. 

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Manduka Recycled Foam Yoga Block ($12; 25 percent off)

(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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SealLine Discovery 50-Liter Drybag ($46; 25 percent off)


Keep your belongings dry in this burly 50-liter drybag. The oval bottom allows the bag to stand up straight when you’re searching for items, and the roll-top closure ensures a secure seal every time. 

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Mountainsmith The Cooloir 24 Soft Cooler ($48; 66 percent off)


This cooler keeps food chilled for up to 72 hours and can hold 24 cans, plus ice. The front sleeve pocket and the internal under-lid pocket provide extra dry-good storage. 

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