REI Anniversary Sale: 26 Best Summer Outdoor Deals for 2019


This year, REI’s Anniversary Sale is running from May 17 to May 27. Whether you’ve been eying a big-ticket item like a paddleboard, or need to pick up another knife or replace a popped sleeping pad, it’s the best time of the year to pick up outdoor equipment at a huge discount. Conveniently, the Anniversary Sale also starts before Memorial Day, so you have time to pick up a new cooler before you show up at the campground.

We don’t highlight individual store sales all that often, but we really like REI. Recreational Equipment Inc was founded in 1938, and are one of the biggest customer cooperatives in the country. For many outdoor enthusiasts, REI is where they pick up their first piece of gear, along with expert advice, and top-quality rental service. We also like their policies on sustainability and environmental stewardship.

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Are you curious about mountain biking? $424 is an astonishing price for a mountain bike that has front fork suspension and hydraulic disc brakes, and it’s pretty easy to upgrade the plastic pedals. It also comes with REI’s free tune-up within six months of purchase. You won’t find a better price for an entry-level trail bike.

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Camping Deals

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Apparel and Footwear Deals


Bags and Travel Accessories Deals


  • Osprey Aether 85 AG Pack for $247 ($83 off): Osprey and Gregory have lots of men’s and women’s backpacks on sale. Osprey is known for their excellent frames and weight distribution, and this pack has an enormous capacity for the weight. It also has a heat-molded hip belt, and you can take the top off if you want to reduce weight.

  • Yakima 3-Bike Bike Rack for $199 ($50 off): This is a great time to pick up bike racks, roof boxes, or other transportation accessories if you don’t have them. Yakima’s rack has cushy, anti-sway cradles for bikes that weigh up to 35 pounds.

  • Eagle Creek Tarmac Carry-On Luggage for $217 ($38 off): Eagle Creek’s luggage might not be the most stylish, but they’re durable and come packed with features. This carry-on has padded laptop and tablet sleeves, add-a-bag straps, and oversized, treaded, heavy-duty wheels.

  • Patagonia Black Hole Duffel 45L for $89 ($30 off): This is the most useful bag I own. Backpack straps and a durable DWR finish mean that it can go with me on both work trips and two-week-long backpacking trips in Southeast Asia. It has been tossed into canoes and tied on to the backs of motorcycles. When I wipe it off, it looks as good as new.

  • Timbuk2 Classic Messenger Bag for $67 ($22 off): Timbuk2’s beloved classic messengers are also on sale. They have weatherproofing features like a waterproof thermoplastic urethane liner, lots of internal storage pockets, and a removable cross-body strap.

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