With the holiday buying season right around the corner, REI’s Gear Up Get Out Sale—which runs from Friday, Nov. 10 to Monday, Nov. 20—is a prime opportunity for outdoor enthusiasts to save. From ski jackets and accessories to baselayers, winter gear, hiking footwear, and much more, it’s a great chance to score big-ticket items at a sizable discount. Below we outline the dates and details of REI's annual sale, our favorite discounted items, and how to shop both in store and online. Given the extensive scope of this year’s sale, we’ve also included a curated list below our picks highlighting more of the biggest and most notable deals.
This article has been sponsored by REI, but the picks and descriptions below were made independently and based on our experiences with and opinions of the products.
From Nov. 10 through 20, you can shop in store or online at REI.com and save up to 30% on products from top brands like The North Face, Smartwool, REI Co-op, Salomon, Smith, and many more. 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. In addition, each member receives two 20%-off coupons: One provides a discount on a full-priced item and the other can be used at the REI Outlet (online only) with the code GEARUP23. Members also get 20% off one lightly used product (gear, clothing, or footwear) through REI’s online Re/Supply program with the code USEDGEAR20. Below we outline some of our top picks for on-sale gear, including ski apparel and accessories, insulation, hiking footwear, and winter essentials like mittens and insulated boots.
REI Co-op Men’s Stormhenge and Women’s Stormhenge Down Hybrid: 30% Off
A quality winter jacket is one of the best investments you can make this time of year, and REI’s own Stormhenge Down Hybrid stands out as an excellent all-around value. For an approachable $279 full MSRP and around $196 during the sale, you get reliable weather protection via a 2-layer waterproof shell and fully sealed seams, high-quality 850-fill down insulation with synthetic fill in moisture-prone areas, and even pit zips for dumping heat while on the move. Other technical 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. All told, it’s a highly versatile and well-built design that transitions nicely between outdoor and around-town use—it can even pull double duty as a backup ski jacket or summer mountaineering piece.
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Smith I/O Mag ChromaPop Goggles: 20% Off
Smith dominates the snow goggle market, and their I/O Mag ChromaPop has held the top spot in our ski goggle rankings for years running. Their ChromaPop technology offers HD-like color quality that translates to fantastic on-slope clarity in a wide range of conditions, while the magnetic quick-change system makes it easy to swap between lenses depending on lighting (the I/O Mag comes with two). Rounding out the design, you get an expansive field of view, a supremely comfortable fit, and excellent ventilation. For an even wider field of vision, Smith’s own 4D Mag (also discounted, from $320 to $256) has a curved lens at the bottom to increase visibility, but it’s a small boost and not worth the price jump for most. Finally, it’s worth noting that Smith’s helmets are also 20% off during the sale, including their Vantage MIPS, which is our favorite ski helmet this season.
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The North Face Men’s ThermoBall and Women’s ThermoBall Triclimate: 25% Off (Members Only)
Ski jackets are a pricey bunch, with top-end hardshells from brands like Arc’teryx and Patagonia reaching well into the $600-$700 price range. For resort skiers looking to save, turning to a 3-in-1 jacket is a great compromise: With a single purchase, you get both a waterproof shell and an insulating midlayer that can be zipped in on cold days or left at home in spring conditions (you can also wear the insulated jacket on its own around town). While far from the cheapest option available, The North Face’s ThermoBall Eco Snow Triclimate is our favorite 3-in-1 design this season. The jacket has a nice fit, offers decent exterior storage, and includes upgrades like pit zips and water-resistant zippers. And for insulation, you get the brand’s popular ThermoBall Eco zip-out jacket ($230 on its own), which does a pretty good impression of lofty down and continues to insulate when wet. Added up, that’s two well-built jackets for just $300 during the sale, which is a great all-around value.
See the Men's ThermoBall Eco Snow Triclimate See the Women's ThermoBall Eco Snow Triclimate
Smartwool has been the industry leader in baselayers for years, and merino wool is the most sought-after material for the job. Made with 100% merino (many baselayers are blends or synthetics), the Classic Thermal 1/4 Zip is the whole package: It’s warm, super soft against the skin, resists moisture, and doesn’t hold stink like polyester alternatives. All in all, it’s a great baselayer for skiing and other winter sports, and it's classy enough to wear après and around town, too. Based on the popularity of the Smartwool Classic Thermal, it’s also offered in a standard crew top and hoody (also 25% off during the sale), but we appreciate the ability to lower the zip and regulate heat when active. And for warmer conditions, their thinner Classic All-Season Long Sleeve is a great match for spring skiing, shoulder-season hiking, and cool summer nights.
See the Men's Classic Thermal 1/4 Zip See the Women's Classic Thermal 1/4 Zip
You can get a lot of use out of a quality down jacket, whether you plan to wear it casually or on dedicated backcountry adventures. And Cotopaxi’s signature Fuego Hooded Down Jacket is a seriously versatile and good-looking option. What immediately stands out is the fun, retro styling with vibrant stripes across the chest, but there’s more to the Fuego than meets the eye: The jacket is well built with premium and lofty 800-fill down, a reasonably tough shell, and good crossover appeal for wearing from trail to town. For an alternate midlayer option with added wet-weather assurance, Cotopaxi’s synthetic Teca Calido is also available for 25% off through Nov. 20 and shares the same vibrant styling as the Fuego collection.
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REI Co-op Camp Dreamer Slip-Ons: 30% Off
A comfy pair of slippers is a must for the fall and winter months, and REI pulls the formula off nicely with their Camp Dreamer Slip-Ons. Comfort is excellent thanks to the shoes’ smooth lining and plush TrailBed insoles. The finer details are well sorted, too: The outsole is tough and decently grippy, the drawcord at the front is a nice touch for dialing in fit depending on your sock choice, and the slippers are easy to get on and off with just enough material at the back to keep your foot in place. All in all, it’s a cozy and long-lasting design at a great price, and we love the down puffy-like upper that looks the part both around the house and outdoors (it’s an equally great camp shoe). If you prefer a little more ankle coverage, the mid-height Camp Dreamer Booties are also 30% off.
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Yakima SkyBox NX 18 Roof Box: 20% Off
Yakima’s SkyBox is one of the most ubiquitous rooftop cargo boxes on the market—we see it on more vehicles than any other carrier. With a generous 18-cubic-foot interior (Yakima also sells a smaller SkyBox NX 16 that’s 20% off), there’s ample space for hauling skis and bulky camping equipment, and we appreciate that the mounting hardware barely protrudes from the floor to maximize storage. It’s also very user-friendly with access points by both the driver and passenger sides and features easy, tool-free setup and removal. Finally, the design is impressively well built for the price, including a quality lock system, full metal handle, and smooth finish. All in all, it’s a capable and reliable hauler at a good value, and the 20% discount only adds to the appeal. For a step up in fit and finish, Thule’s Motion XT XL is also 20% off through Nov. 20 and an expertly built alternative for those willing to spend up (it’s around $120 more than the SkyBox NX 18 during the sale).
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Salomon Men’s X Ultra 4 Mid and Women’s X Ultra 4 Mid GTX: 25% Off
Salomon’s X Ultra is legendary in the world of hiking footwear, and their latest X Ultra 4 Mid GTX offers a standout mix of trail runner-like agility with added support and protection around the ankle. Most boots that weigh under 2 pounds per pair sacrifice some durability or on-trail comfort, but not the X Ultra: It’s light and nimble underfoot, stands up well to long-term abuse, and retains solid stability and grip on everything from steep, loose rock to dirt, mud, and even snow. For fast-moving day hikers, lightweight backpackers, and even some thru-hikers, there’s really no question: The X Ultra 4 Mid GTX is the ticket. If you prefer something a little sturdier for shuttling a heavy pack, Salomon’s Quest 4—discounted from $230 to $173—is another standout with a sizable boost in all-around protection and support. And for those who don’t need the ankle coverage, the X Ultra 4 is also available in a low-top version for less.
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Kahtoola Microspikes: 20% Off
Winter traction devices—also known as 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. Designs range from budget-friendly models for around-town use to aggressive options for hiking over steep and icy terrain, and Kahtoola’s Microspikes hit a real sweet spot for avid winter hikers. The 12 stainless steel spikes are moderately deep, burly enough to withstand regular use and abuse, and offer standout traction on steep and icy terrain. And despite a fairly middling weight of just under 12 ounces per pair (for a size medium), the Microspikes pack away quite small and easily disappear into a daypack. The crampon-like build is overkill for daily wear (Kahtoola’s own Exospikes are less aggressive and also 20% off), but the Microspikes are hard to beat for frequent trail use.
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The North Face’s ThermoBall Eco Snow Triclimate above is a great option for those who want a waterproof shell and insulating midlayer in one, but many skiers prefer the versatility of separating their jackets and midlayers. For resort skiers looking for a more breathable and streamlined option, REI’s First Chair GTX stands out as one of the most affordable Gore-Tex-equipped designs on the market. For $319 full MSRP and just $224 during the sale, the First Chair offers reliable protection in harsh weather, a soft-touch interior, and valuable features like a powder skirt, pit zips, and seven well-distributed pockets. To complete your kit, the First Chair GTX Bib Snow Pants are also 30% off through Nov. 20. And for those who run cold, REI’s Powderbound Insulated Jacket uses in-house waterproofing rather than Gore-Tex but adds a healthy dose of synthetic insulation (80g around the core and 60g in the sleeves) for just $140 during the sale.
See the Men's REI First Chair GTX See the Women's REI First Chair GTX
If you struggle with persistently cold hands or simply want to maximize warmth, a heated glove or mitten can make a world of difference. Outdoor Research has been a leader in this field for years, and their Prevail Heated GTX Mitts (also available in a glove style) are a top-notch performer. Built around their AltiHeat system, a button on the gauntlet triggers the battery-powered heating element to deliver a rush of warmth throughout your hand and fingers. You can cycle through three heat settings (low, medium, and high) depending on conditions and personal needs. And in between uses, it’s easy to replenish the OR’s lithium-ion battery with the included wall charger (extra battery packs are also available for $25 each). The Prevail Mitts and Gloves are an undeniably steep investment at $329 MSRP, but the $247 sale price makes them much more approachable. For those who don’t need the heated tech, OR’s own Carbide Sensor Mitts are another standout for just $87 during the sale.
See the OR Prevail Heated Gore-Tex Mitts
The North Face Men's Chilkat V 400 Boots: 30% Off (Members Only)
Winter isn’t the time to skimp on quality footwear, and The North Face’s Chilkat V 400 is one of the most well-rounded winter boots on the market. The full-grain leather design features a waterproof membrane for sealing out moisture, TNF’s Surface Control sole for truly impressive traction in cold and icy conditions, and 400-gram synthetic insulation that offers a generous amount of warmth for sustained exposure. The Chilkat is also high on style without sacrificing performance-ready features like D-ring gaiter attachments and a heel clip to keep your snowshoes or winter traction devices in place (bonus: The latter makes it easier to take them off). It all adds up to a highly versatile design that’s equally at home shoveling the driveway and running errands as it is hiking on slick trails. Note: We linked to the men's model above, and the women's version is discounted by 25% for members.
See the Men's TNF Chilkat V 400
Garmin inReach Mini 2: $100 Off
For reliably staying in touch on far-off adventures in the mountains or across the world, we turn to satellite messenger devices, and Garmin’s inReach Mini 2 leads the pack. Don’t be fooled by the diminutive size: This device packs a serious punch with texting capabilities, weather forecasting, navigation and tracking functionality, an impressively long battery life (up to 14 days), and a last-resort SOS feature to coordinate a rescue in the event of an emergency. We bring along our inReach pretty much any time we’re going to be out of cell service—whether we’re going on a multi-day backpacking expedition or car camping in a national forest. These devices don’t come cheap and require an active subscription for use, but it’s hard to put a price on having a dependable safety net.
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There are a surprising number of excellent deals at this year’s REI Gear Up Get Out Sale, and the products and deals mentioned above are just a small snapshot. Several other notable discounts are worth having on your radar, and below we highlight some of the additional standout savings on clothing, hiking footwear, winter gear, backpacking accessories, and more.
- 50% off all REI brand Nalgene water bottles
- 50% off all Exped Dura sleeping pads
- 30% off all REI brand gear, clothing, and footwear
- 30% off all Sea to Summit camp kitchen gear, sleeping bags, and sleeping pads
- 30% off all Janji clothing and accessories
- 30% off all BioLite cooking gear
- 25% off all Danner footwear
- 25% off all Outdoor Research outerwear and winter accessories
- 25% off all Gregory Nano packs
- 25% off all Petzl headlamps
- 25% off all camping and backpacking pillows
- 25% off all MSR stoves, cooking gear, and water treatment
- 25% off all Icebreaker and Kari Traa baselayers
- 20% off all Yakima and Thule racks, roof boxes, and accessories
- 20% off all Smith helmets and goggles (bike and snow)
- 20% off all Sea to Summit tents and footprints
- 10% off select REI Adventures hiking and kayaking trips (members only)
There are a few ways to buy during REI’s Gear Up Get Out 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, you can go online and make your purchases either on REI.com or through the REI Outlet (remember, members get one 20%-off coupon to use online at the Outlet and another for a full-priced item). 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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