Travel News Tech & Gear Shop REI's Biggest Sale of the Year: The Anniversary Sale Snag great discounts on hiking, climbing, traveling, and other outdoor gear By Amelia Arvesen Amelia Arvesen Amelia Arvesen is a writer specializing in recreation, travel, and lifestyle. TripSavvy's editorial guidelines Updated on 06/23/21 Share Pin Email Our editors independently research, test, and recommend the best products; you can learn more about our review process here. We may receive commissions on purchases made from our chosen links. As REI's Anniversary Sale has come and gone, we’ve stopped updating this post with sales and can’t promise the ones below are still available. Check back later this year for updated deals. REI Co-op is an outdoor adventurer’s playground. Whether you’re preparing for a months-long thru-hike or gearing up for a weekend of adventuring, this is the place to go—and right now you can save up to 50 percent off during the Anniversary Sale. To celebrate and reward its 20 million members, REI hosts a sitewide sale. It’s the best time to snag discounts on hiking, backpacking, running, climbing, traveling, and other outdoor gear. What is the REI Anniversary Sale? It’s REI’s biggest sale of the year, to celebrate its growing member base and its founding in 1938. Members can shop sales between 10 and 50 percent both in stores and online. The other annual sales happen during Labor Day, right before Thanksgiving, and in March. “One of REI’s sayings is a life spent outdoors is a life well-lived,” says Tyler Phillips, a Denver-based outdoor guide and a former employee of the REI outdoor school. “I see the Anniversary Sale as the co-op’s attempt to lower the barrier of entry so that people from diverse backgrounds can get a taste of that idea.” When is the REI Anniversary Sale 2021? This year's sale starts May 21 and runs through May 31, 2021. This sale usually happens annually around the end of spring. In 2020, the sale lasted 10 days, starting Friday, May 15, ending Monday, May 25. Do You Need to Be an REI Member to Shop the Sale? You don't have to be an REI member to take advantage of the Anniversary sale deals, but you do get added discounts as a member. REI memberships are the gifts that keep on giving. We recommend getting one before the REI Anniversary Sale. Memberships cost a one-time fee of $20, but they pay themselves off over time thanks to the numerous perks. With every purchase, you receive 10 percent back toward your Member Dividend, which you can redeem every year for more gear. They also unlock members-only Garage Sales, coupons and discounts, and special pricing. A member for nearly 15 years, Phillips shops there so often that he’s memorized his member number by now. His best purchase during one of the Anniversary Sales was an REI brand two-person backpacking tent. “That tent has taken me to some incredible places like Zion, Mt. Rainier, and Ecuador. I haven’t even patched it; it’s in great condition.” What's on Sale During the REI Anniversary Sale? Last year the deals were as steep at 50 percent off select items, and this year's promises to be just as big. Discounted categories in 2020 included apparel, kayak and paddling items, bikes, car racks, electronics, and tents. Here are the best sales you can still shop right now. Kelty Cosmic Down 0 Sleeping Bag Courtesy of REI Buy on REI Normally $250, Now $185 This three-season down sleeping bag will keep you warm even as temperatures drop below freezing. Its draft collar and comfortable hood keep you toasty all night, and the two-way zipper allows for easy access. Plus, members can save an extra 20 percent off one item with code ANNIV21 through May 31. MSR Hubba Tour 2 Tent Courtesy of REI Buy on REI Normally $650, Now $426 This tent is one of MSR’s best sellers. A spacious vestibule keeps your gear stashed overnight, and watertight seams and waterproof coatings keep you dry in all weather conditions. The 10 Best Beach Tents of 2022 Mammut Trion Men’s Pack Courtesy of REI Buy on REI Normally $350, Now $262 Whether you’re hauling gear to the crag or on a multi-day hike, this backpack can fit it all. Two-layer padding on the hips reduces rub, and the back system can be adjusted to any height. Patagonia Insulated Snowbelle Jacket Courtesy of Backcountry Buy on REI Normally $329, Now $164 It’s never too early to start dreaming of the next winter season. Patagonia’s Snowbelle Jacket is a must-wear in the backcountry or at the resort, with durable water repellent coating and plenty of pockets. Igloo Mission Cooler Courtesy of REI Buy on REI Normally $250, Now $187 Keep all your perishables and drinks cold in this giant cooler—it holds 124-quarts—for up to eight days. Handles on either side make it easy to carry with a friend, and a drain has fast and slow-release speeds. The 7 Best Small Coolers of 2022 REI Co-op Flexlite Camp Chair Courtesy of REI Buy on REI Normally $60, Now $42 This easy-to-setup and breakdown camp chair is ideal for backcountry hikes, tailgates, soccer games, and roof hangouts. An aluminum frame keeps it lightweight and the abrasion-resistant DWR seat is shockingly comfortable for such a minimalist chair. The 11 Best Beach Chairs of 2022 REI Co-op Flash Folding Trekking Poles Courtesy of REI Buy on REI Normally $149, Now $74 Grab a pair of poles in either 125- or 135-cm. These are great for trail running, long hikes, and when tackling tough terrain. They are super light-weight (just under 15 ounces), and fold up into 3 pieces. Osprey Transporter Carry-On Bag Courtesy of REI Buy on REI Normally $180, Now $117 If you’re an organized packer looking for a versatile carry-on, the Osprey Transporter Bag might be more your speed. This bag can be used as a backpack or padded briefcase depending on your needs. As far as space is concerned, there are two zippered mesh interior pockets, a large external pocket as well a hidden RFID security pocket for valuables. Outdoor Tech Turtle Shell 3.0 Waterproof Speaker Courtesy of REI Buy on REI Normally $110, Now $75 A durable Bluetooth speaker is a must for endless fun under the sun—whether boating, camping, or holding a pool party—and this speaker is one that will get the job done. Not only does it boast a rugged turtle shell frame, it is fully IPX7-waterproof which means it's well-protected against the elements. Its lithium-ion battery is also rechargeable, with up to 20 hours of play on a full charge, and can be used as a portable power bank for your phone. REI Co-op Norseland Pack Courtesy of REI Buy on REI Normally $100, Now $50 Take 50 percent off this 24-liter minimalist pack. You can choose either orange or navy—both are made with heavy-duty abrasion-resistant and water repellent fabric. Use as a carry-on pack or as your daily commuter. Hydro Flask Wide Mouth Vacuum Water Bottle Buy on REI Normally $44, Now $34 Save 25 percent off all Hydro Flask bottles, drinkware and accessories. Check out the 32-ounce wide mouth bottle that'll work just as well on the trail as it does at your desk. Patagonia Arbor Market 15L Pack Courtesy of REI Buy on REI Normally $79, Now $55 Perfect for treks, travel, and commute alike, this water-repellent backpack from Patagonia will get you through the day come rain or shine. It has a spacious main compartment for your gear, plus a padded sleeve where you can store a laptop or tablet (up to 15 inches). The sleeve can also be used as an insulated hydration pocket. A zippered pocket on the front lets you keep necessities like keys, wallet, and passport for easy access. Goal Zero Sherpa 15 Power Bank Courtesy of REI Buy on REI Normally $50, Now $25 Weighing less than 5 ounces, this slim aluminum power bank is small enough to fit in your hand. It comes with two built-in cables, one micro-USB and one USB-C, so it can charge a myriad of devices. Another cool feature is the Sherpa 15 can be recharged from a wall charger (in about 2.5 hours) or a solar panel (in about 4 to 8 hours). Mountain Summit Gear Self-Inflating 2.5 Camp Pad Courtesy of REI Buy on REI Normally $95, Now $75 In terms of weight, comfort, and warmth, this sleeping pad is 2.5 inches thick with an R-value of 5.7 with a self-inflating foam cushion. Additionally, it is PVC-coated, which makes it ideal for harsh cold weather. DAKINE Pavones Board Men’s Shorts Courtesy of REI Buy on REI Normally $68, Now $51 Whether you’re walking on the beach or catching waves on the surf, chafe is no fun. These board shorts from Dakine are constructed from recycled REPREVE fabric that stretches four ways to mimic your natural range of motion with a 19-inch inseam for a comfortable fit. NRS Purest Travel Duffel Bag Courtesy of REI Buy on REI Normally $140, Now $105 With 60 liters of storage, you could be the Mary Poppins of outdoor gear with this duffel bag. Handles double as backpack straps, and the 300-denier polyester exterior is everything-proof. Starboard River Inflatable Paddle Board Courtesy of REI Buy on REI Normally $1,400, Now $1,119 You’ll want to spend all your time on the water with this almost 11-foot inflatable paddle board from Starboard. It’s stable and sturdy for even the greenest of paddleboarders. The 9 Best Inflatable Stand-Up Paddleboards of 2022 Garmin Forerunner 945 GPS Watch Courtesy of REI Buy on REI Normally $600, Now $550 Track every run, paddle, bike, and swim with this fully capable watch from Garmin. Monitor the altitude and atmospheric pressure, and evaluate your performance with this data-packed device. REI Co-op Diamond Pin Courtesy of REI Buy on REI Normally $7, Now $1 Pins are a great way to show where you've been, plus your support for a business. This one has retro vibes and is down to just $1. Nalgene Sustain Wide Mouth Bottle Courtesy of REI Buy on REI Normally $15, Now $7 You can't go wrong with a wide mouth Nalgene. It's lightweight and easy to carry on all your hiking or backpacking adventures. Looking for more sales? We've pulled together all our top deals stories below: The Best Travel Memorial Day Deals The Best Luggage Deals Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Share Pin Email Tell us why! Submit Continue to 5 of 20 below. Continue to 9 of 20 below. Continue to 13 of 20 below. Continue to 17 of 20 below.