BEFORE YOU buy that next piece of gear you’ve been eyeing, you should get familiar with how to navigate the REI Outlet. Whether you’re looking for gear like travel backpacks and camping essentials, or for outdoor apparel and footwear (like hiking boots and trail running shoes), the REI Outlet is a central hub where you can make strategic upgrades and replacements to better enhance your outdoor lifestyle—all while saving a ton of money in the process.
To give you an idea of the wide range of products you can find in the REI Outlet, we’re highlighting the best current sales breaking at the digital storefront ahead of Labor Day. There are hidden gem deals from brands like Arc’teryx, Patagonia, HOKA, The North Face and more; and category wide sales ranging from bikes to travel gear. Check out some of our favorite editor-approved deals below, and make sure to bookmark this page so you can keep visiting this guide as we update it leading into the holiday weekend.
Best Editor-Approved Deals at the REI Outlet
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What’s the Difference Between REI and REI Outlet?
Most of us are aware REI is home base for all things recreational equipment. From hiking to camping, to climbing and fishing, you can find almost any piece of gear you need from all the top brands. The REI Outlet is much like a sale section for the outfitter, holding all of its past-season gear and its famous flash sales. What makes the REI Outlet special though is its wide array of product offerings that reflect all types of seasons—yes, even in summer you can find deals on warm weather gear in the REI Outlet.
This is all to say REI is constantly moving massive piles of product to the REI Outlet, cutting deals on major brands and creating savings up to 60% off in order to compensate for its rapid product turnover.
How to Use an REI Co-Op Membership to Save More
Sometimes REI offers limited-time sale events. These special sales are usually made available to REI Co-op members, which is an annual membership program that gives you access to perks like major sale events, a 10% giveback on eligible purchases year-over-year, and a discount on gear rentals and member events. You do not have to have an REI Co-op membership to shop the REI Outlet, but if you are someone who is spending a lot of time and money on outdoor hobbies then we recommend looking into the one-time $30 membership REI is currently offering.
Gear and Commerce Editor
John Thompson is the Gear and Commerce Editor at Men’s Health, where he covers fashion, grooming, gear, and technology. He was previously the Style & Gear Editor at BroBible.com, and a commerce writer for TheManual.com. His interests include attending concerts, spending time outside, and following his favorite baseball team, the Kansas City Royals.