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The Best Labor Day Outdoor Deals From REI – The New York Times

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We've added a number of new deals from REI's Labor Day sale.
Whether you’re hoping to gear up for a few more camping trips while it’s still T-shirt weather or looking to snap up some equipment for the chilly days to come, you may find just what you’re looking for at REI’s annual Labor Day sale event. This year’s sale runs from August 26 through September 5 and includes discounts on Wirecutter favorites from brands like Darn Tough, La Sportiva, and Black Diamond.
Most sale items are available to all shoppers, but REI members get exclusive deals and an added bonus—an additional 20% off one REI Outlet item with the single-use code LABOR22. An REI membership (check out our breakdown of it here) requires one $30 lifetime membership fee and gets you perks like free shipping on all orders, dividends, and exclusive membership sales…However, non-members can still secure most of this event’s discounts and opt for store pickup on orders under $50 to avoid added shipping fees. Here are the best deals we’ve seen so far on Wirecutter-approved gear sold at REI.
Marmot Women’s Teton Sleeping Bag
Deal price: $224; street price: $280
Our upgrade pick for backpackers, the Marmot Teton Sleeping Bag is perfect for narrow-bodied people who sleep cold. Rated for temperatures down to 15° F, the Teton was one the softest, warmest bags we tested, with thick stuffing that swaddles you while you sleep. It offers features like an electronics bag and water resistant down, and also comes with Marmot's lifetime warranty. It's down to $224 in the regular length, and if you're a bit taller, the long length is also available for just $15 more.
Read our review of the best sleeping bags.
REI Co-op Siesta Hooded 25 Double Sleeping Bag
Deal price: $57; street price: $230
Although it's not a bag we've officially tested, REI has a double version of our top sleeping bag. It’s warm, comfortable, moisture resistant, easy to clean, easy to stuff away, and big enough for two people to comfortably cuddle and sleep. Like the regular Siesta 25, it's primarily meant to be used in car camping and basic camping situations since it's only rated down to 25 °F, but we still think it's a great three-season (good for spring, summer, and fall, but not winter) bag. This deal is an incredible drop in price for REI Members and is unlikely to last.
Read our review of the best sleeping bags.
Athleta Salutation Jogger
Deal price: $45; street price: $70
A pick in our guide to the best gifts for new moms, a pair of stretchy but chic pants can help not just new moms, but anyone, feel just a little more put together without (technically) dressing up. Athleta’s Salutation Jogger fits the bill. Thanks to a wide waistband, stretch fabric through the legs, and multiple color options, it suits many different bodies and styles. Non-REI members can opt for store pickup to avoid shipping charges.
Read our review of the best gifts for new moms.
TRX Fit Suspension Training System
Deal price: $75; street price: $100
If you appreciate the convenience of being able to workout from home, suspension training straps are a flexible tool that work in a variety of spaces. Portable and able to be hung from pretty much any sturdy anchor, we like the TRX Fit system. Down to $75, this kit has all the basics to get you started on your workout journey.
Read our blog on how to DIY your own dumbbells, weights, and more for home workouts.
Therm-a-Rest Z Lite Sol Sleeping Pad
Deal price: $41; street price: $55
Camping without a sleeping pad can be a pain in the back, but many budget sleeping pads aren't worth it. The Z Lite Sol won't trick you into thinking it's a luxury bed either, but it's lightweight, nearly indestructible, and inexpensive enough that you can pick up an extra as a spare. Just make sure to add it to an order over $50 to get free shipping.
Read our review of the best sleeping pads for backpacking and car camping.
Eureka Copper Canyon LX 6 Person Tent
Deal price: $236; street price: $315
The Eureka Copper Canyon tent offers the best combination of a spacious interior, easy setup, good durability, and a reasonable price if you’re searching for the ideal car-camping tent. It was among the roomiest tents we tested, and it is durable enough to ride out moderate rain and windstorms. In our experience, the six-person tent is perfect for two adults, two or three children, and gear. This deal matches the previous low.
Read our review of the best camping tents.
REI Co-op 650 Down Vest 2.0 – Women’s
Deal price: $56; street price: $80
The REI Co-op 650 Down Vest 2.0 is back down to the lowest price we’ve seen at $56. Available in various sizes and a few colors, this impressively designed vest boasts continuous baffles to lock in warmth and prevent the insulation from bunching. Though its durable water repellent coating could be better, this is a stylish and cost-effective outerwear staple for those who want a bit more freedom of movement during walks, commutes, and light outdoor activities.
Read our review of the best insulated vest.
EcoFlow Delta Portable Power Station
Deal price: $880 (pick up in store or pay $20 oversize shipping); street price: $1100
The EcoFlow Delta is no longer one of our main portable power station picks, but it is still an excellent option if you want more ports or if you intend to use a power station to support high-drain devices for a shorter period of time (the Delta couldn’t match our top pick in our runtime test). The Delta has six AC outlets, two USB-C ports, and four USB-A ports, and we measured its maximum output at 2,040 W. This deal is the best price we’ve seen for the Delta in new condition.
Read our review of the best portable power station.
Nemo Stargaze Recliner Luxury Chair
Deal price: $187; street price: $250
You’ll want to stay seated by the campfire or relaxing as you gaze up at the stars with the Nemo Stargaze Recliner Luxury Chair. The Stargaze is an innovative hybrid between a hammock and a recliner, featuring a swinging seat suspended on a sturdy aluminum frame. Even though the street price has recently risen, this deal comes close to the lowest we’ve seen.
Read our review of the best portable outdoor chairs.
Manduka eKO Lite Yoga Mat 4mm
Deal price: $63; street price: $80
Supervising editor Ingrid Skjong’s experience with the Manduka eKO mat speaks for itself—Skjong used it regularly for about four years, and the mat held up well, save for some fraying at the edges. The natural-rubber mat is plush and grippy with a subtly striped surface texture (reminiscent of tree bark), so you don’t slip and slide all over the place during hot (or dry) yoga.
Read about what Ingrid uses to work out at home.
Bontrager Solstice Bike Helmet
Deal price: $34 for REI members; street price: $50
For casual cyclists with less than $50 to spend, we recommend our former budget pick. This discount from REI means that the Bontrager Solstice costs quite a bit less than our new budget pick. It comes in fewer sizes and has significantly lower crash-test ratings from Virginia Tech, but Bontrager offers a Crash Replacement Guarantee within the first year of ownership. This deal is a new low price, but those who aren’t REI members have to opt for store pickup to avoid shipping fees.
Read our review of the best bike helmet for commuters.
Injinji Run Lightweight No-Show Socks
Deal price: $10 with store pickup; street price: $13
While toe socks do look a little silly, they’re worth the private humiliation if you’re prone to blisters. Since each toe is ensconced in fabric, there’s no chance of skin-on-skin friction. A heel tab protects the backs of the ankles, and a band surrounds the midfoot for steady arch support. The socks are also lightweight and machine-washable, and they come in four sizes.
Read our review of the best hiking socks.
La Sportiva Ultra Raptor II Mid GTX Hiking Boots – (Men’s)
Deal price: $150; street price: $200
For hikers who prefer the fit of trail running shoes, the Ultra Raptor II offers solid underfoot support without added weight. Plus, it’s easier to flex your foot (which makes driving and walking a breeze compared with our other picks), and you’ll also notice that it’s easier to put the boots on and take them off. The Raptors run a bit small, so we recommend ordering a half to a full size up from your street shoe size. This deal doesn’t match previous lows, but it’s still a solid discount.
Read our review of the best hiking boots.
La Sportiva Ultra Raptor II Mid GTX Hiking Boots – Women’s
Deal price: $150; street price: $200
La Sportiva’s Ultra Raptor II Mid GTX hiking boots offer a lightweight, flexible setup with added toe protection and a slightly longer break-in time. They’re more similar to trail running shoes with added ankle support. They’re easier to flex your foot in, and they’re also easier to put on and take off. They tend to run a bit small, so order a half to a full size up from your street shoe size. While this deal doesn’t match previous lows, it’s still a solid discount.
Read our review of the best hiking boots.
Astral Loyak Water Shoes (women’s)
Deal price: $72; street price: $95
If you spend a lot of time around the water doing vigorous activities, these shoes offer good traction, and our testers found them to be extremely durable. They come in women’s sizes 6 to 11; REI has them in two colors for a new low price of $72. The Astral Loyak Water Shoes are our pick for the best water shoes for outdoor adventurers. They’re robust enough for a day of white-water rafting and won’t look out of place getting dinner afterward.
Read our review of the best water shoes.
Astral Loyak Water Shoes (men’s)
Deal price: $72; street price: $95
The Astral Loyak Water Shoes are our water shoe pick for outdoor adventures. They’re built for heavy use and are specifically made to be extra durable. Although these shoes are one of the most expensive pairs we recommend, they’re a good value if you do a lot of hard-wearing, water-specific activities. They’re available in men’s sizes 8 to 13—REI has them in two colors for a new low price of $72.
Read our review of the best water shoes.
Keen Little Kids’ Newport Shoe
Deal price: $52; street price: $70
For a sturdier water shoe for your kiddos, consider Keen Newport shoes. This pair can go on rougher treks, such as a weeklong canoe camping trip, but it is also great for wading in calmer waters like lakes and beaches without discomfort. The Newports are available in (little) kid’s sizes 8-13—two color options are discounted.
Read our review of our favorite kids beachwear.
Black Diamond Alpine FLZ Trekking Poles
Deal price: $128; street price: $170
Our ultra-packable trail-pole pick is a tent-style pole made of lightweight aluminum, with a comfortable cork grip. If you’re a casual climber, the FLZ Z-Poles probably aren’t for you, but if you are often in highly specialized scenarios where you need a pole that packs down especially small, they are best of the bunch. Although this deal falls short of the previous low, it’s the best price we’ve noted in about a year.
Read our review of the best trekking poles.
REI Co-Op’s Rainier Rain Jacket – Men’s
Deal price: $70; street price: $100
The REI Co-op Rainier Rain Jacket is well-made and well-priced, and it comes in a solid variety colors. It fully repelled water in our tests. Although it comes in fewer sizes than the comparable Columbia Watertight II, it was the next best hip-length rain jacket we tested for men. It’s down to a new low of $70, but keep sizing in mind—two of our testers needed to size down for a slimmer look.
Read our review of the best rain jackets and raincoats.
Nathan Adjustable-Fit Zipster Running Belt
Deal price: $21 with store pickup; street price: $30
If adjustable fit with compartmentalization are important to you in a running belt, our runner-up pick has three separate pockets and an adjustable strap that you secure with a clip. It’s light, breathable, and doesn’t bounce around during runs. However, the clasp is more finicky than that of our top pick, and the belt covers a slightly narrower range of sizes. This deal is a new low price but requires store pickup or an REI membership to avoid shipping fees.
Read our review of the best running belts.
Athleta Ultra High Rise Elation Tight
Deal price: $45 with store pickup; street price: $89
The very soft and comfy Athleta Ultra High Rise Elation Tights are a wardrobe staple that just missed out on being one of our picks. These leggings hit all of our testers at a flattering spot on the ankle, felt cool, and were gently supportive no matter what our testers were doing. Athleta also offers a wide range of sizes. At $45, this is in line with some of the best prices we’ve seen from Athleta during sales.
Read our review of the best leggings.
The Wirecutter Deals team scans the virtual aisles of the internet, searching for the best prices on Wirecutter-recommended products so you don’t have to. For even more discounts, check out our Deals page and follow us on Twitter @WirecutterDeals.
This article was edited by Ignacia Fulcher.
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