With the holidays right around the corner, REI’s December sale is the time to save on quality gear for the outdoor adventurers in your life.
Editor’s note: This article was originally published on Switchback Travel.
From winter jackets to camp stoves and accessories like gloves, headlamps, and winter traction devices, REI’s Holiday Warm Up Sale — which runs from Friday, Dec. 9 to Monday, Dec. 19 — is a great chance to score big-ticket items at a sizeable discount.
This sale is particularly heavy on REI-brand discounts, including steep savings on their in-house outwear collections, base layers, and ski accessories, among others.
Below, we outline the dates and details of REI’s holiday sale, our choice of discounted items, and how to shop both in store and online.
Dates and Details: Dec. 9-19, 2022
From Dec. 9 through 19, you can shop in store or online at REI.com and save up to 40% on products from top brands like Petzl, Hestra, Eureka, Mountain Hardwear, and more.
As we mentioned above, there are also several notable deals on REI’s in-house collection, including sizeable discounts on insulation, base layers, and accessories like hats, gloves, and mittens. Importantly, some of the deals are only available to members — a lifetime membership to the co-op is $30 — and we call out those discounts where applicable below.
Finally, members also get $20 off when they spend $100 at the REI Outlet (online only) between Dec. 16 and 19 with the code OUTDEC22.
Read on for some of our top picks for on-sale gear.
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Holiday Warm Up Deals
REI Stormhenge Down Hybrid Jacket — Men’s & Women’s: 30% Off (Members Only)
A quality winter jacket is one of the best investments you can make this time of year, and REI’s own Stormhenge Down Hybrid just might meet those needs.
This jacket offers weather protection via a two-layer waterproof shell and fully sealed seams, 850-fill down insulation with synthetic fill in moisture-prone areas, and pit zips for dumping heat while on the move.
Other features include a three-way adjustable hood that can accommodate a snow or climbing helmet, hipbelt-compatible hand pockets, and a lofty draft tube at the collar to seal in warmth.
This jacket is available in plus sizes for women and a parka-length version for men and women.
Eureka Ignite Plus 2-Burner Camp Stove: 25% Off
Eureka’s Ignite Plus has two 10,000-BTU burners that pump out plenty of heat, the cooking area was made to accommodate bigger pots and pans, and this stove has simmer control and push-button ignition, which keeps your hands safe from large bursts of flame.
You can also save on the Camp Chef Everest 2X, three-in-one Coleman Cascade, and single-burner Fore Winds Luxe during REI’s Holiday Warm Up Sale.
Hestra Heli Three-Finger Gloves: 20% Off
The Hestra Heli Three-Finger Insulated Gloves combine attributes of glove and mitten designs with separate slots for the pointer finger and thumb to maximize dexterity without compromising on warmth.
As expected from Hestra, the Heli’s construction includes a windproof and waterproof fabric along the back of the hands, polyester-insulated liners that are removable for easy cleaning, and hardwearing and flexible goatskin leather on the palms.
If you prefer a more traditional style, the Heli Insulated Gloves and Insulated Mittens are also 20% off.
Finally, for those looking for more of an everyday winter option, Hestra’s Wayakama Gloves and Mittens have a sleek cowhide shell, cozy wool lining, and a neoprene patch on the inside for added warmth.
REI Merino 185 Half-Zip — Men’s & Women’s: 30% Off (Members Only)
REI’s Merino 185 Half-Zip is made from 100% merino wool, is made for stretch for mobility, and wicks moisture, making it a viable option for everything from backpacking to cross-country skiing.
It also boasts a UPF 30 rating to protect against harmful UV rays, has flat seams to reduce chafing, and is both Fair Trade Certified and meets the Responsible Wool Standard.
The Merino 185 is also sold in a standard crewneck version for men and women that is also on sale. For a step down in warmth, REI’s thinner Lightweight base layers (men’s and women’s) are also 30% off.
Petzl Actik Core Headlamp: 25% Off
Every outdoor adventurer needs a headlamp, whether you’re embarking on a long day hike or performing camp chores after the sun sets.
Petzl’s Actik Core puts out 600 lumens at maximum brightness, has a long battery life to perform across its burn time, and weighs 3.1 ounces. It also comes with a rechargeable battery pack that can be swapped for three AAAs.
All Petzl lighting is 25% off through Dec. 19, from the budget-friendly Tikkina to the minimalist, trail running-ready Iko Core.
REI Co-op Flash 18 Pack: 30% Off (Members Only)
Simplicity wins out here with the updated REI Flash line: The Flash is frameless by design, meaning it lacks the rigidity of other daypacks and manages to keep weight extremely low at just 9.5 ounces (even less if you take out the back pad, hipbelt, and sternum strap).
It also packs down extremely small for stuffing in a larger backpack or duffel during travel, is streamlined enough to double as a follower pack on multi-pitch rock climbs, and still offers support and comfort when carrying lighter loads according to the brand.
Perhaps most importantly, the Flash costs just $40 (and around $28 during the sale for members) and includes the use of recycled and Bluesign-approved materials. It is available in solid colors, multiple print designs, and a Pride Graphic Edition.
Hillsound Trail Crampons: 30% Off
Winter traction devices — aka microspikes, ice cleats, and snow grips (among other designations) — stretch across the sole of your shoe or boot and are designed to provide added grip on slick winter surfaces like ice or snow.
Hillsound’s Trail Crampons are designed for avid winter hikers. The 11 carbon steel spikes are moderately deep (0.67 inches) and are made to withstand regular use and offer traction on steep and icy terrain.
The Velcro strap across the foot and textured harness also allow for a fit over everything from hiking shoes to insulated winter boots, and the devices pack away into an included carrying case for storage.
For a more everyday-friendly option from Hillsound, check out their lower-profile, chain-free FlexSteps (also 30% off).
REI Co-op Hunkerdown 20 Sleeping Bag: 30% Off (Members Only)
The HunkerDown 20 sleeping bag offers three-season warmth with 600-fill-power down insulation and a 20-degree temperature rating and is rectangular for comfort and space.
It has an oversized hood that can accommodate a standard pillow (bonus: It folds down when not in use) and a wraparound zipper that allows you to open the bag up for use as a quilt in warm weather. This bag is made from RDS-certified insulation and Bluesign-approved materials.
For those who regularly camp with a significant other, REI also makes a double version for $329 (discounted to around $231 for members during the sale).
LifeStraw Peak Squeeze Water Filtration System: 25% Off
Made to accommodate fast-paced outdoor adventures like day hikes and trail running, the LifeStraw Peak Squeeze is a 33.8-fluid-ounce option for an all-in-one water filtration system.
The included soft flask is durable and lightweight, and the filter can be threaded onto any other water bottles with standard-sized mouths or used as a gravity filter at camp (you’ll have to purchase the tubing and “dirty” reservoir separately). It boasts a 3L-per-minute flow rate and it has a 2,000L lifespan which is twice the length of most competitors according to LifeStraw.
You can purchase the Peak Water Filter Straw separately, and the smaller 22-ounce bottle and Peak Gravity System (available in 3L and 8L capacities) are also 25% off.
Mountain Hardwear Ghost Shadow Jacket — Men’s & Women’s: 30% Off
Unlike down, which tends to clump up and lose its insulating abilities when wet, the synthetic fill in Mountain Hardwear’s Ghost Shadow will continue to keep you warm. The Ghost Shadow weighs in at 11.7 ounces (for the men’s hoodie) with a trim-fitting cut that accommodates a base layer underneath and contributes to the streamlined look.
With 80g PrimaLoft in the core and 60g in the hood and sleeves, it could also serve as a midlayer for activities like cold-weather backpacking or resort skiing.
The minimalist design is decidedly thin and forgoes features like hood and cuff adjustments. But it’s a down-mimicking piece for those who want to go fast and light while retaining some wet-weather assurance.
Adventure Medical Kits Mountain Series Hiker Medical Kit: 25% Off
The Mountain Series Hiker Medical Kit is a pre-built first-aid kit for middle-of-the-road adventurers who hit the trail regularly.
The kit is clearly labeled with see-through, injury-specific pockets that make it easy to find what you’re looking for quickly, from butterfly bandages to medical tape and medications for allergic reactions, pain, fever, inflammation, and more. It also includes high-quality tools like EMT shears and precision forceps, as well as detailed wilderness first-aid tips and information.
The entire package checks in at just 7.2 ounces, making it a no-brainer for throwing in your pack on upcoming adventures. If you’re looking for something a little different, Adventure Medical offers everything from dog– and marine-specific kits to more backcountry-ready options for guides and outdoor professionals.
REI Flash Hybrid Hoodie — Men’s & Women’s: 40% Off (Members Only)
Joining REI Co-op’s Flash lineup of fast-and-light-inspired hiking products (including the Flash 18 above), the Flash Insulated Hybrid Hoodie is a lightweight piece built for performance use.
The “hybrid” designation relates to the Flash’s mixed insulation. The body of the jacket uses 60g PrimaLoft Silver Eco for warmth, while the sides are made of stretchy spandex that’s both breathable and quick to dry, making it fully capable for high-output activities like cool-weather hikes or short ski tours.
Combined with the windproof and water-resistant shell and the ability to stuff away into its left-hand pocket for storage, the Flash Insulated Hybrid Hoodie is a well-rounded performance piece.
BUFF Original Multifunctional Headwear: 25% Off
Although ski jackets are often built with higher neck collars, a neck gaiter like BUFF’s Original Multifunctional Headwear helps extend up to or over your nose and provides an impressive amount of added warmth and protection against the elements.
It can be worn in many different ways — including as a headband, helmet liner, bandana, or standard neck gaiter — and is made with flexible fabric and offers UPF 50 sun protection. It’s also sold in a ton of fun colors and patterns and is moisture-wicking.
For a more odor-resistant option, BUFF also sells a merino wool version.
REI Merino Wool Lightweight Stripe Hiking Socks: 40% Off (Members Only)
First and foremost, you get a healthy dose of merino (68%) in REI’s Lightweight Hiking Socks along with nylon and a little spandex for good all-around durability and stretch.
These socks were made to wick moisture and offer padding for most moderate hiking and backpacking with added reinforcements in friction-prone areas like the heel, toe, ankle, and footbed.
The Blocked Hiking Crew Socks are also on sale for around $12 during the sale and have an identical overall construction but with different styling.
AeroPress Go Travel Coffee Press: 25% Off
Many outdoor-goers turn to instant coffee when camping or backpacking, but there’s no substitute for fresh-brewed java after a restless night in a tent. AeroPress’ Go Travel Coffee Press is a solution for making quality coffee miles from the trailhead, and it’s telling that it’s recently become our preferred at-home method too.
The process is quick and simple: Place one of the included microfilters in the base (it comes with a whopping 350), screw it onto the bottom portion of the AeroPress, add a scoop or two of your favorite ground coffee, fill it up with boiling water, and press down. The entire unit is functional and portable, and it makes smooth coffee every time.
To clean the AeroPress, the filter and used grounds pop right out with a push, which only adds to the backcountry appeal.
More on the Sale
There are a few ways to buy during REI’s Holiday Warm Up Sale. If you live near a brick-and-mortar REI, you can shop in store. This is a great way to try on gear and clothing in person and make sure you’re getting the right fit.
If an item is not in stock at your store, a sales representative can place the order for you online — you’ll have the option of picking it up in store or having it shipped to your home address.
Alternatively, those who prefer to shop at home can make purchases at REI.com. Shipping is free on orders over $50 (members get free shipping regardless of the total), and you also have the option of sending your order to your local store for free pickup.
Regardless of how you choose to shop, all items are covered by REI’s 100% Satisfaction Guarantee and can be returned either by mail or in store within one year of purchase for members (non-members have a 90-day return window).
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