Our Favorite Gear at the REI Anniversary Sale

Start your summer off right by taking advantage of these deals on some of our staff-approved gear

Our staff’s favorite gear on sale at REI this Memorial Day weekend (Filip Mroz/Unsplash)
Photo: Filip Mroz/Unsplash summer

When you buy something using the retail links in our stories, we may earn a small commission. Outside does not accept money for editorial gear reviews. Read more about our policy.

Summer doesn’t officially start until June 21, but we all know that the outdoor season really kicks off on Memorial Day weekend. Which means it’s time to pull the trigger on the gear you’ve been looking at all spring. And REI makes it (too) easy with its massive anniversary sale. Here are some of our staff’s favorite items that will be included.

Prana Rai Swim Tights ($52; 25 percent off)

gear
(Courtesy Prana)

These ultralight UPF 50+ tights are my go-to for shielding my legs against rays (and reducing the amount of sunscreen I’m putting in the water). As with Prana’s excellent yoga pants, the fold-over mid-rise waist stays put nicely. —Aleta Burchyski, associate managing editor

Buy Now


Black Diamond Trail Ergo Cork Trekking Poles ($97; 25 percent off)

gear
(Courtesy Black Diamond)

I hiked the Pacific Crest Trail confidently and quickly with these collapsible trekking poles. The grips are angled to fit the natural tilt of your hand and are made of cork, which I found comfortable to hold in both the heat of the Mojave and snowstorms in the northern Cascades. —Taylor Gee, editorial fellow

Buy Now


REI Half Dome 2 Plus Tent ($160; 30 percent off)

gear
(Courtesy REI Co-op)

The Half Dome 2 Plus is the perfect starter tent. I’ve had mine for seven years, and I’ve slept in it in the high alpine, in the dusty-hot desert, and everywhere in between. It’s easy to set up, lightweight enough to take on long backpacking trips, and has proven totally durable and reliable. It’s also roomy—you can cram three people into it if you’re feeling friendly, and with just two it feels spacious. —Abbie Barronian, assistant editor

Buy Now


Yakima Gatekeeper Tailgate Pad, Large ($135; 20 percent off)

gear
(Courtesy Yakima)

Forget an add-on rack. A pickup truck paired with a tailgate pad like the Gatekeeper is by far the most efficient, cheapest way to safely carry a load of bikes. The large size has space for six road or mountain rides, and all you have to do is throw them in the bed, wrap the Velcro around the frames, and you’re good to go. I’ve had this pad on my Toyota Tacoma for a little over a year now, and other than one busted strap (I yanked on it too hard), it shows no real signs of wear from the New Mexico elements. So long as you’ve got the truck, you’re good to go. —Axie Navas, digital editorial director

Buy Now


Manduka Eko Lite 4-Millimeter Yoga Mat ($58; 25 percent off)

gear
(Courtesy Manduka)

Last year I did a ton of research when looking to upgrade my yoga mat from the well-loved one I got at Target. I was mostly looking for extra grip so I wouldn’t have to keep readjusting my hands and feet. But when I saw this nontoxic rubber option from Manduka that was friendlier for the environment than your average mat, I was sold. One year later, I’m still loving it for its incredible grip and sturdiness. —Jenny Earnest, audience development director

Buy Now


Leatherman Wave Plus Multitool ($75; 25 percent off)

gear
(Courtesy Leatherman)

I lost my Leatherman Wave Plus last year to a TSA checkpoint and still haven’t recovered. It had the perfect weight in hand, all the tools I wanted and none that I didn’t, and that solid Leatherman craftsmanship I knew would likely outlast my ownership. Now that I’m (almost) done mourning, it’s time to rekindle the affair. —Will Taylor, gear director

Buy Now


ENO DoubleNest Printed Hammock ($56; 30 percent off)

eno-printed-hammock_h.jpg
(Courtesy ENO)

Hammock season is fast approaching, and I wouldn’t want to miss out on a single day of cocooned sun-basking bliss. This two-person hammock comes in wild prints, so you can comfortably and stylishly snuggle up by yourself or with a buddy, whether human or canine. —Maren Larsen, editorial assistant

Buy Now


Salomon Speedcross 5 Trail-Running Shoes ($97; 25 percent off)

gear
(Courtesy Salomon)

After a past confined to city sidewalks, I picked up trail running when I recently moved to New Mexico and bought Salomon’s Speedcross 5’s. With an updated tread pattern and shorter drop than earlier versions, they have a snug fit for my narrow feet and great traction for my natural clumsiness and sprain-prone ankles. Getting to wear them is often my main motivator for hopping on the trail, even after a long day at work. —Samantha Yadron, editorial production fellow

Buy Now

More Gear