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35 Best Outdoor Gear Deals During REI’s Labor Day Sale

Save up to 40% on the best outdoor gear and apparel for camping, hiking, backpacking, van life, and more during the REI Labor Day Sale!

Get up to 75% off! Here are the best deals on our favorite outdoor gear and clothing during the REI Labor Day Sale.

Once a year, the REI Labor Day Sale happens which offers huge savings on top outdoor gear and apparel. With this year’s sale taking place from August 25 – September 4, we joined forces with REI and handpicked the best deals on our favorite items so you can snag them while they’re on sale.

Make the most of the rest of summer, prepare for future adventures, and score up to 40% off with these savings. Act fast – quantities are limited!

Sponsored by REI Co-op

REI Co-op is our favorite outdoor gear retailer and a long-time supporter of our work here at Bearfoot Theory. We appreciate their 1-year return policy, their Member-only coupons, and the fact that REI Members receive 10% back on their purchases every year. We only recommend products we truly love and think you will love too.

Best Deals on Apparel & Shoes

Oboz Sypes Hiking Boots – 25% off

I’ve tried a lot of hiking boots over the years, so it’s a bold statement for me to say that the Oboz Sypes are my favorite hiking boots I’ve ever owned. They are comfortable right out of the box and require no break-in period. Plus I love how lightweight these boots are while still feeling super sturdy with great ankle support. These are great for day hiking and backpacking, and right now you can snag them for 25% off during REI’s Labor Day sale!

Oboz Sypes Hiking Shoes acorn
Woman hiking on a ridgeline in BC wearing leggings, a long sleeve shirt for sun protection, a hat, a hiking backpack, and holding trekking poles
Wearing the Oboz Sypes Mid hiking boots in BC

REI Co-op Lightweight Base Layers – 30% off

Quality base layers are key for staying warm in chilly temps. The REI Co-op Lightweight Base Layer Top and matching Lightweight Base Layer Tights are essential for outdoor activities from skiing to backpacking and camping. Made of a soft polyester blend that wicks sweat and dries fast to keep you warm, snag these staples for 30% off during REI’s Labor Day Sale.

REI Co-op Lightweight Base Layer Long-Sleeve Crew Top

REI Co-op Sahara T-Shirt – 30% Off

Whether you’re hiking, camping, or just out and about, the REI Co-op Sahara T-Shirt offers the perfect combination of comfort, sun protection, and durability. It offers UPF 50+ sun protection plus it’s breathable and quick drying making it ideal for sunny days and extended outdoor adventures when you don’t want to wear long sleeves. We love the comfortable cut that’s loose and provides space for movement yet isn’t too baggy.

REI Co-op Sahara T-Shirt
Woman smiles at the camera standing on a hiking trail. She is wearing a white REI Co-op Sahara T Shirt
Linda is 5’3″, 120lbs, and wears the REI Sahara T-Shirt in size Small

REI Co-op Rainier Rain Jacket – 30% off

The REI Co-op Rainier Rain Jacket is one of the most versatile, lightweight, and budget-friendly rain jackets out there. This is BFT Director Linda’s go-to shell for dicey weather because it’s durable, windproof up to 60 MPH, waterproof, and has pit zips for ventilation. Plus, it’s lightweight and packs down into its own pocket making it compact and easy to throw in your day pack or backpacking pack.

The Rainier can be found on our list of best lightweight rain jackets and you can pair it with the Rainier Rain Pants (also on sale). The Rainier is best-suited for light rain showers, so if you’re looking for a more heavy-duty rain jacket, the REI Co-op XeroDry GTX Jacket is a great option that’s also on sale.

REI Co-op Rainier Rain Jacket

Oboz Katabatic Hiking Shoes – 25% off

This spring and summer, I’ve been testing out Oboz’s new hiking shoe – the Katabatic – and I’m hooked. I wore them every day during the month I spent on Vancouver Island, as well as long neighborhood walks, day hikes in the local hills, and even around town when running errands. They’re so comfortable, versatile, and low profile that they really can be worn anywhere and are great for travel too. These are my go-to hiking shoes when I don’t need something more rugged (like the Oboz Sypes at the top of this list).

Closeup of the Oboz Katabatic light and fast hiking shoes on a dirt trail with a dog and mountains in the background
Wearing the Oboz Katabatic Low (color: Dark Mineral)

REI Co-op Merino 185 Half-Zip Base Layer – 30% off

Having a variety of base layers makes all the difference in the outdoors. We love the REI Merino 185 Half Zip for chilly hikes, nights around the campfire, and as a base layer for winter sports. It’s slightly thicker than a lightweight base layer, and merino wool naturally regulates your core body temperature while also being naturally odor resistant.

REI Co-op Merino 185 Long-Sleeve Half-Zip Base Layer Top

REI Co-op Sahara Shade Hoodie – 30% off

We’re big fans of sun protection, and the REI Co-op Sahara Shade Hoodie is one of the best outdoor sun shirts we’ve tried. I wore this shirt for a week straight in Maui without washing it and found that it didn’t stink, and the loose fit kept me surprisingly cool even in warm weather. Check out our full sun protection for hiking guide for more product recommendations and tips.

REI Co-op Sahara Shade Hoodie
A woman wears a pink REI Co-op Sahara Shade Hoodie while hiking in Maui
Kristen wearing the REI Co-op Sahara Shade Hoodie in Maui

Darn Tough Socks – 25% Off

We’ve tried many hiking sock brands over the years and Darn Tough is by far our favorite. These socks stay in place all day, with no slipping, bunching, blisters, or hot spots – even on long backpacking trips. During REI’s Labor Day Sale, you can score 25% off all Darn Tough socks, which is perfect for stocking up before the fall hiking season.

Darn Tough COOLMAX Micro Crew Cushion Socks
A close up of a woman wearing Oboz Sawtooth X Mid Hiking Boots and Darn Tough hiking socks. There is red rock surrounding her
BFT team member Courtney wearing the Darn Tough Ray Day socks

REI Co-op Flash Hybrid Tights – 30% Off

If you’re looking for a versatile pair of leggings you can hike, camp, and lounge in, check out the REI Co-op Flash Hybrid Tight. With a wide waistband and high-waisted fit, these tights are super comfortable for the trails. Plus they have an easily-accessible side pocket that’s perfect for your phone. Snag these pants for 30% off – perfect for fall hiking!


Columbia Bora Bora Booney Hat – 25% off

The Columbia Bora Bora Booney hat features a large wide brim that shields your face, neck, and ears from the sun making it an excellent choice for hiking, paddling, and more. The adjustable drawcord and toggle offer a customizable fit, making it the perfect companion even in windy conditions. With its lightweight and breathable construction, this is a great hat for all of your outdoor adventures.

Looking for a different hat style? All Columbia hats are currently 25% off!

Columbia Bora Bora Booney II Hat

KUHL Freeflex Roll-Up Pants – 30% Off

The KUHL Freeflex Roll-Up Pants are highly-rated convertible hiking pants with UPF 50+ sun protection. These versatile pants can be easily rolled up into capris, which is great for those fall season hikes that can have varying temperatures. The Freeflex pants have the perfect amount of stretch to allow for movement yet are durable and made of quick dry material – all things we love in a hiking pant!

Kuhl Freeflex Pants

Oboz Bridger Hiking Boots – 25% Off

By now, you know how much I love Oboz. And their Bridger Mid Hiking Boots are my top pick for heavy-duty hiking boots. These are the pair I reach for first when I’m backpacking and carrying a heavy load where I need extra stability and ankle support. These are bulkier than the Sypes, so they’re not my go-to for everyday hiking, but they make a world of difference when tackling tough terrain!

Right now, all Oboz shoes are 25% off at REI, so no matter what your hiking boot preference is, there’s a great pair for you.

Oboz Bridger Hiking Boots
Woman hiking on trail in high alpine terrain carrying backpacking gear and holding trekking poles
The Oboz Bridger hiking boots are my go-to for challenging backpacking trips like this one in Sequoia National Park

Best Car Camping & Van Life Deals

NEMO Aurora Highrise 4P Tent – 25% off

The NEMO Aurora Highrise 4P Tent is a reliable and spacious tent that’s perfect for car camping trips and will last for years of adventures. The tent’s high-rise construction and vertical walls provide generous headroom (its peak height is just over 6 feet!), maximizing interior space and livability. It also includes multiple interior pockets for organizing your gear and has two vestibules for storing muddy boots and extra equipment.

NEMO Aurora Highrise 4P Tent

NEMO Roamer Double Sleeping Pad – 25% Off

Having a solid sleep system is a must for getting shut-eye on a camping trip. The NEMO Roamer Double Sleeping Pad is nearly 4 inches thick, so you won’t be feeling the ground, and you won’t have to worry about getting cold at night. I took the Roamer Double on a camping trip to Maui and was super impressed with how cozy and comfy it was (you can read my full review here).

Plus the Roamer is way more durable, reliable and less bulky than using a traditional blow-up mattress on camping trips, and way more comfortable than using lightweight inflatable sleeping pads. Once you try this sleeping mat, you won’t go back.

If you’re headed on a solo adventure, there is a 1P version available too.

Roamer Double Sleeping Pad
View from inside of a tent looking out to a campsite from laying on a sleeping pad
I slept like a baby on this NEMO Roamer double sleeping pad while camping on Maui

REI Co-op Siesta Double Sleeping Bag – 30% off

If you’re looking for a cozy double sleeping bag for car camping, the REI Co-op Siesta Double Sleeping Bag is it. It’s super comfortable, silky soft, spacious, and has dual 2-way zippers so each person can control how warm they want to be. BFT team member Linda and her husband use this on trips in their camper van and they love it.

The single version is on sale too for 30% off during the REI Labor Day Sale!

REI Siesta Double Sleeping Bag
Interior view of a Storyteller Overland sprinter campervan looking out the back showing the bed made with pillows and a double sleeping bag
Using the REI Co-op Siesta Double Sleeping Bag on a camper van road trip

Eureka Ignite Plus Camp Stove – 25% off

A camp stove might just be the most important piece of equipment in your camp kitchen. We love the Eureka Ignite Plus Camp Stove for whipping up delicious meals (it’s what Kristen used for years in her van!). It has two powerful burners, auto-ignition, great simmering capability, and solid construction that will help you cook up delicious camp meals for years.

The Plus size allows you to fit two 12-inch pans side by side and is great for cooking up big meals. If you’re looking for a smaller, standard-sized 2-burner stove, the regular Eureka Ignite (which fits two 10-inch pans) is also on sale.

Eureka Ignite Plus Camp Stove

REI Co-op Skyward Chair – 30% off

The REI Co-op Skyward Chair is a great budget-friendly classic camp chair that will last you for years of adventures. It’s sturdy, comfortable, and has a versatile cup holder that can fit a variety of beverage sizes. It also has a side stash pocket for books, maps, and anything else you want to keep on hand while you’re lounging.

REI Skyward Chair

REI Co-op Roadtripper 40 Duffel – $29.99 (reg $44.95)

Whether you’re living the van life, car camping, or just heading out on a quick adventure, the REI Co-op Roadtripper 40 Duffel is the perfect carry-on size weekender bag. This duffel is lightweight yet durable and packs down to about the size of a Nalgene when not in use.

REI Roadtripper duffel bag

Rumpl Blankets – 25% Off

I’ve used Rumpl blankets in my van and at home for over 6 years because they’re super comfy and soft yet still durable for the outdoors. The blankets come in several different materials including recycled synthetic, a warmer NanoLoft synthetic, and down. You can also choose from a wide variety of colors and styles. Since they’re water and dirt-resistant and can be thrown into the wash, they’re perfect for any adventure.

Rumpl blanket
Two dogs laying on a blanket on the bed inside a Sprinter camper van
Using a double Rumpl blanket in my van – the dogs love it too

MPOWERD Luci Solar String Lights – 25% Off

Up your camp ambiance game with the solar-powered MPOWERD Luci String Lights. They require no batteries and charge from the internal solar panel – just flip it upside down during the day to recharge. Camping in the shade? You can also recharge these string lights via USB cable. Best of all? You have two color options to choose from: warm light or multi-color.

MPOWERD Luci Solar String Lights
Sprinter Camper Van parked at a campsite at night with two camp chairs set up next to a campfire with string lights hanging for a nice ambiance
We use the MPOWERD Luci Solar String Lights to create a nice ambiance at camp

REI Co-op Camp Roll Table – 30% Off

Having a solid table to cook, play games, and hang out around is essential for car camping trips. We love the REI Co-op Camp Roll Table which packs down to the size of a camp chair, making it super easy to pack away and stow (it even comes with a carrying case). It’s lightweight yet sturdy, and the aluminum top is heat-resistant so you can use a camp stove (like the Eureka Ignite Plus) on top.

REI Co-op Camp Roll Table

Stanley Even-Heat Camp Pro Cookset – 25% Off

The Stanley Even-Heat Camp Pro Cookset is a reliable, all-in-one cooking solution for campers. The set includes two stainless steel pots with vented lids that can be used as strainers, a pan, a cutting board, a spatula, and a spoon. Everything nests together for compact storage and is all in one place, ready to go when it’s time to get cooking. Since this set is stainless steel, it’s induction friendly too! A cook set like this will last you for years – and right now is a great time to save!

Stanley Even Heat Cook Set

PackTowl Personal Towel – 25% off

PackTowl Personal Towels are the perfect on-the-go, multi-functional towel for van life, traveling, and camping. The material is soft, quick-drying, and absorbent and the towel itself is lightweight and packable – perfect for camping and backpacking trips, and even as a beach, shower, or dish towel. They come in multiple sizes to best fit your needs!

Packtowl quick dry towel

Black Diamond Moji R+ Lantern – 25% Off

A portable lantern is a camping essential, and we love the Black Diamond Moji R+ Lantern. Instead of relying on batteries, this small lantern recharges via micro-USB. It has tons of different light modes including colorful rainbow and strobe mode. It’s packable (fits in the palm of your hand!) and has a hook so you can easily hang it from your tent.

Black Diamond Moji R+ camping lantern

Stanley Classic Vacuum French Press – 25% off

If you’re like us and need a daily cuppa joe on a camping trip (and don’t want to settle for instant coffee packs), leave the breakable glass French Press at home and check out the Stanley Vacuum French Press! This is easy to clean, incredibly durable, and will keep your coffee hot.

Stanley Vacuum French Press

Best Deals on Hiking & Backpacking Gear

Osprey Tempest 20 Daypack – 25% Off

Osprey makes some of the most, comfortable, durable, and functional daypacks on the market, and we love the Tempest 20. This daypack is lightweight and comfy to wear with padded, breathable backing and straps that help keep you cool as you hike. The hydration sleeve makes it easy to take your hydration reservoir in and out to refill (sold separately) and the pockets help you stay organized. Right now you can snag this daypack for 25% off!

Osprey Tempest day pack
Back of a woman hiking uphill wearing hiking clothes, a hat, hiking daypack, and hiking shoes
Linda wearing the smaller 9L size Osprey Tempest daypack

Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL2 Tent – 25% off

If you’re looking to invest in a lightweight, freestanding backpacking tent, the Big Agnes Copper Spur 2P is one of the most popular on the market. With 2 doors and 2 vestibules, it’s easy to share and feels plenty spacious inside. Plus it’s easy to set up and holds up well in wet and stormy conditions. Tents are one of the biggest investments you’ll make for your backpacking setup, so right now is a great time to save!

Big Agnes Copper Spur backpacking tent

Leki Lhasa Trekking Poles – 25% Off

A pair of lightweight trekking poles, like the Leki Lhasa AS Trekking Poles, is a must for hiking and backpacking, especially on trails with lots of uphill and downhill to protect those knees and joints. They are lightweight, shock-absorbant, durable, and comfortable yet budget-friendly.

All Leki trekking poles are 25% off during REI’s Labor Day Sale so you can find the perfect pair!

Leki Lhasa AS Trekking Poles

Mountain Hardwear Bishop Pass 15 Sleeping Bag – 25% Off

Gone are the days of shivering in your sleeping bag in the backcountry! The Mountain Hardwear Bishop Pass 15 sleeping bag is one of the most highly rated bags on the market and it’s a great choice for colder temps (or anyone who tends to run cold!). It’s lightweight and highly compressible, saving space in your bag. Right now you can save 25% off during REI’s Labor Day sale!

Mountain Hardwear Bishop Pass 15

Black Diamond Cosmo 350-R Headlamp – 25% off

Every outdoor adventurer needs a trustworthy headlamp to light their way whether you’re going for an evening walk, an early-morning dawn patrol, or an overnight camping trip with friends. We love the Black Diamond Cosmo 350-R Headlamp because it’s USB-rechargeable, meaning no need for single use batteries. It’s lightweight, easy to use, and reliable.

Black Diamond Cosmos headlamp

Osprey Aura AG 65 – 25% Off

Osprey makes some of the best backpacks out there, and the Osprey Aura AG 65 is no exception. This lightweight backpacking pack fits like a glove due to the fully adjustable torso and customizable fit. The ventilated back panel offers incredible breathability and there are tons of compartments, pockets, and bungees to easily organize and store all of your gear. As a bonus, it even comes with a raincover in case the weather turns on your trip.

Osprey Aura AG women's backpacking backpack
Woman standing on a cliff overlooking Havasu Falls with a red backpacking pack on
I used the Osprey Aura pack the last time I went to Havasu Falls

REI Co-op Half Dome SL 2+ Tent – 30% Off

The REI Co-op Half Dome SL 2+ Tent is one of the most well-designed, budget-friendly 2-person backpacking tents on the market, and right now it’s 30% off during REI’s Labor Day sale. The near-vertical walls provide more space for sitting up and the vents on the fly allow for breathability even in the rain. The large doors make getting in and out easier, and a variety of pockets and loops in the interior help with organization.

Half Dome SL2 Tent

Platypus GravityWorks 4L Water Filter – 25% Off

The Platypus GravityWorks 4L Water Filter is my backpacking water filter of choice because it’s super easy to use. As the name implies, this is a gravity filter, so you simply fill the dirty water bag with water, attach the filter and clean water bag, then wait a few minutes for drinkable water! This is a great filter if you’re backpacking with friends too as it can filter up to 4L at once.

Platypus GravityWorks Water Filter
Letting gravity do the work with the Platypus GravityWorks water filter

CamelBak Rim Runner 20 Hydration Pack – 25% off

If you’re looking for a budget-friendly daypack that includes a hydration pack, check out the Camelbak Rim Runner X 20 Hydration Pack. The women’s version is specifically designed with an S-curved shoulder harness to better accommodate curves and it has 6 pockets for maximum organization. Right now all Camelbak hydration packs are 25% off so it’s the perfect time to upgrade!

CamelBak Rim Runner X 20 Hydration Pack

JetBoil MiniMo Cooking System – 25% off

The JetBoil Mini Mo is great for car campers and backpackers alike and is one of our favorite backpacking stoves. The integrated cookware system efficiently transfers heat to the lock-on pot so you can enjoy a quick meal or hot drink when you wake up, without having to fumble around. It takes, on average, 4 minutes 30 seconds to boil 1L of water (faster if you are boiling less water).

Looking for a larger size? All JetBoil products are 25% off during REI’s Labor Day Sale.

JetBoil MiniMo
a woman sits at a picnic table pouring hot water from a Jetboil Mini Mo into a Knorrs Rice pouch
BFT team member Courtney using the JetBoil Mini Mo on a backpacking trip

What’s on your wishlist for the REI Labor Day Sale? Leave a note in the comments below!

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  1. Thank you, a great selection. I feel like ai want to take the time to research the items to consider purchasing. Problem being I reside in Queensland, Australia and perhaps not as easy! Great selection