Gear Picks

The Half-Off Gear You Should Snag Before the Year Ends

A bunch of premium gear is up to 50 percent off through the end of the year at REI. Here are our picks.

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$150 $113 from Columbia
25% off
The Escape Summit OutDry was our favorite boot for wet hikes in our 2021 Summer Buyer’s Guide. “We raced up trails during muggy New Mexico monsoons and were flabbergasted by how well the membrane pulled sweat off our feet, keeping them dry and blister-free,” wrote our testers.
$85 $51 from Backcountry
40% off
Testers Ryan Stuart and Stephanie Pearson picked the Groundwork as a killer-value sleeping bag. “We were shocked to learn that this 20-degree synthetic mummy rings up under $100,” they wrote. “It’s a great pick for car camping or even short backcountry jaunts.”
$180 $135 from Dick’s Sporting Goods
25% off
“The Nike ZoomX Invincible shoe might not break speed records, but it rules for recovery runs,” wrote our Buyer’s Guide testers. “From top to bottom, Nike has created the best max-cushion shoe we’ve ever tested.” That’s why we gave it a Gear of the Year award.
$230 $172 from Backcountry
25% off
The Perimeter 50 pack won our Gear of the Year award in our 2021 Summer Buyer’s Guide for its no-frills design and ability to swallow gear. “If you’re looking for a pack that can fit both Mom and Dad and pivot from through-hiker to family wagon, the Perimeter is hard to beat,” wrote our testers.
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$68 $48 from Backcountry
29% off
“Baggy shorts sag during inversions, but a too-svelte fit can make lunges awkward. Manduka’s four-way-stretch Agility nails the balance, with a nine-inch inseam and 22- inch leg opening that feel just right,” wrote our Buyer’s Guide tester.
$110 $65 from Keen
41% off
“This strappy number is best for those who want the wind on their toes, even on technical terrain,” wrote our Summer Buyer’s Guide tester Jill Robinson. (Men: check out the Targhee Open Toe sandals.)
$150 $130 from Asics
13% off
Running shoe testers Cory Smith and Lisa Jhung picked the Asics Gel-Nimbus Lite 2 as the best shoe for everyday miles in our 2021 Summer Buyer’s Guide. “It feels like a well-worn favorite right out of the box,” they wrote. “Overall, it’s a refreshing departure from the traditionally stiff and firm Asics platform.”
$200 $160 from Backcountry
20% off
The fully-submersible Cyclone hip pack is the bag you want for SUP adventures. Its waterproof compartments made it one of our favorite accessories in our Summer Buyer’s Guide.
$179 $159 from Bose
11% off
Summer Buyer’s Guide tester Will Palmer picked the Bose Sport as the best earbuds for running. “The fit on the well-sealed, sweat- and water-resistant Sport is more secure than anything else in our test,” he wrote.

Gear Picks is a curated selection of products we’ve tested and heartily recommend. We stand by this gear—and the brands that sell it—and many of our editors and writers use this stuff weekly. Whenever possible, we provide a link to a past review so you can make sure it’s something that suits your lifestyle—ideally at a steeply discounted price. Happy shopping—and gear-picking.