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REI’s Gear Up Get Out Sale 2022: The 16 Best REI Deals from the Alternative Black Friday Sale

By Kaitlin Mahar
Updated November 22, 2022
REI’s Gear Up Get Out Sale 2022: The 16 Best REI Deals from the Alternative Black Friday Sale
Photo: Jenni Gritters

On October 4, REI announced that it has officially split from Black Friday. Given the outdoor recreation retailer’s choice to keep its doors closed on Thanksgiving as part of its #OptOutside campaign launched seven years ago, this separation may not come as a total shock for some, but the ripple effect is certain to be felt by all shoppers, because that means if you plan on scouring some discounts from REI, you’d better start now.

Though REI’s online store will still be active on Black Friday, its physical locations will be closed, and warehouses will not ship sold items until the day after November 26. This makes the retailer’s 2022 Gear Up Get Out Sale all the more important, as this is likely the best chance for many shoppers seeking early Black Friday deals on travel, camping, hiking, and sports equipment. We’ve dug up the best discounts for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts, but for even more savings, REI Co-op members also score an additional 20% off a single full-price item and one Outlet item from November 11 through November 21 using code GEARUP22.

A Rumpl blanket packed inside its dark blue storage bag, leaning against the trunk of a tree on some pine needles.
Photo: Rosette Rago

What we like: Densely-knit construction with quick-drying nylon shell. Recycled material stuffing. Durable and stain resistant. Ideal for outdoor use.

Other things to know: Stiffer, less packable, less breathable, and heavier than our top pick. Available in multiple colors and patterns.

Read our review of the best puffy blanket.

A person wearing a black REI Co-op 650 Down Vest 2.0 while standing outside surrounded by fallen leaves in autumn.
Photo: Sean Gritters

What we like: Half the price of our main picks, but nearly as warm and still well constructed. Comes in a good range of sizes for many body types.

Other things to know: Price cuts were evident in wider baffles and leaking insulation, and it doesn’t repel water well. Deal matches previous low.

Read our review of the best insulated vest.

A person smiling while wearing a black REI Co-op 650 Down Vest 2.0 Plus in front of a white background.
Photo: REI Co-op

What we like: Same well-made and inexpensive down vest available in an extended size range of 1X to 3X. Our testers ranked this vest as their favorite option that’s just warm enough.

Other things to know: Suffers from the same shortcomings as the other offerings in the REI Co-op 650 Down 2.0 line of clothing.

Read our review of the best insulated vest.

A person walking through an outdoor park while wearing a black Cotopaxi Allpa 35L Carry-On Travel Backpack.
Photo: Caleigh Waldman

What we like: Best small carry-on travel backpack for most situations. Easy to organize and comfortable to carry. Comes with a rainfly and some water-resistant surfaces.

Other things to know: Minimal amount of administrative organization. Available in multiple colors.

Read our review of the best carry-on travel backpacks.

A person wearing a brown Janji Rainrunner Pack Jacket while standing in front of a white background.
Photo: REI Co-op

What we like: An outer layer to repel the elements, recommended in our winter running-gear guide. A lightweight, ventilated jacket that excels in the face of rain, sleet, snow, and freezing winds.

Other things to know: Deal price available in three colors and sizes S-XL.

The Black Diamond Spot 350 Headlamp, in red and black, with its light turned on, resting on a grey surface.
Photo: Sarah Kobos

What we like: Bright and easy to use. Has a long-lasting battery.

Other things to know: Requires store pickup to avoid shipping if purchased by itself. Ships free with REI membership or a larger purchase of $50 or more.

Read our review of the best headlamp.

A person wearing a pink REI Co-op 650 Down Jacket 2.0 while standing next to a tree and fallen leaves in an autumnal setting.
Photo: Sean Gritters

What we like: Stylish, easy to layer, and comes in a wide range of colors and sizes. Doesn’t show too much noticeable wear thanks to sturdy stitching.

Other things to know: Wide baffling sheds down fairly quickly. DWR coating isn’t fully waterproof. Zippers occasionally get stuck. Available in six colors and sizes XS-XL.

Read our review of the best down jacket.

A person wearing an orange REI Co-op 650 Down Jacket 2.0 Plus while standing in front of a white background.
Photo: REI Co-op

What we like: Same great, affordable down jacket in sizes 1X to 3X. Available in a nice range of colors.

Other things to know: Same shortcomings as all offerings in the REI Co-op 650 Down 2.0 line of clothing.

Read our review of the best down jacket.

A person wearing a dark blue REI Co-op 650 Down Jacket 2.0 while standing in a forested area in an autumnal setting.
Photo: Jenni Gritters

What we love: Warmer and has a more attractive fit than other low-cost puffy jackets. The 650-fill performs well in moderately cold climates. Easy to layer under and comes in a wide range of sizes.

Other things to know: Doesn’t have all the added features of some of our more expensive picks. Not fully waterproof.

Read our review of the best down jacket.

Two pairs of Superfeet Green Insoles next to each other on a wooden surface.
Photo: Michael Hession

What we like: Strikes a good balance between support and cushion. Provides a comfortable fit for a wide range of shoe styles and sizes.

Other things to know: Available in sizes B-G. Deal matches the best price we’ve seen this year. REI members qualify for free shipping. Otherwise, opt for store pickup or add to a combined order of $50 or more.

Read our review of the best insoles for running and walking.

A person wearing a blue Smartwool Men’s Merino 150 Base Layer Long Sleeve while standing in front of a blue surface.
Photo: REI Co-op

What we like: Our thermal underwear pick for the best long sleeve for outdoor activities. Basic, functional, fitted but not tight, comfortable to wear all day, and wears well under backpack straps.

Other things to know: Fabric is 87% merino wool blended with nylon. Nothing notably bad about this shirt. We don’t recommend the matching bottoms.

Read our review of the best thermal underwear.

A gray sedan with the Saris Bones EX 3-Bike Rack Carrier mounted on the back, over the trunk, with a bike loaded onto it.
Photo: Rik Paul

Saris Bones EX 3-Bike Rack Carrier — Also Great
REI deal price: $208; street price: $250

What we like: Our pick for the best trunk bike rack. Can adjust to fit almost any vehicle. Light, easy to use, and durable. Easy to install. Folds up tightly for storage.

Other things to know: Doesn’t work on pickup trucks. Makes contact with the car finish that can lead to scratches.

A portion of the discounts from REI’s Gear Up Get Out event are only available to REI members. If you’re already a member or want to join (here’s our breakdown of whether an REI membership is right for you), you can save 20 percent on one full-price item and 20 percent on one REI Outlet item when you use code GEARUP22. We’ve gathered some of our faves that are eligible for the code below.

 

What we like: Durable, lightweight, and well ventilated. Simple and easy to setup. Solid weather resistance. Full mesh dome allows for closer connection to nature (though we recommend sleeping with the adaptable fly on).

Other things to know: Easily fits two people with a full-size mattress. Only comes with 6 ground stakes. REI members can use the single-use code GEARUP22 to get the deal price.

Read our review of the best camping tents.

 

What we like: Simple design keeps away water better than other outdoorsy options we tested. Deep hood with plenty of coverage and a stiff brim. Generous cut makes it ideal for layering. Triple-layer fabric is waterproof but breathable.

Other things to know: Post-2019 design is a bit heavier and pricier, but more durable. REI members can use the single-use code GEARUP22 to get the deal price.

What we like: Simple, no-frills, lightweight design that’s more effective than the other options we tested. Large hood with plenty of coverage and a stiff brim. Full fabric interior lining. Extra-watertight with lined pockets and double flap over the zipper.

Other things to know: Front pockets don’t work well with a backpack. New design is a bit heavier than the older model. REI members can use the single-use code GEARUP22 to get the deal price.

 

What we like: Non-breakable glass interior prevents flavors from lingering in the bottle. Sleek design that can hold hot and cold drinks. Durable and long-lasting. Lifetime warranty.

Other things to know: Spout cap can be tricky to open due to the tight seal. REI members can use the single-use code GEARUP22 to get the deal price.

Read our review of the 8 best water bottles.

 

What we like: The same set of basic tools as our top pick with additional outdoor-oriented tools such as an effective whistle and fire starter. Versatile option for camping, hiking, and orienteering.

Other things to know: More robust than our top pick. REI members can use the single-use code GEARUP22 to get the deal price.

Read our review of the best multi-tool.

This article was edited by Ignacia Fulcher and Nathan Burrow.

About your guide

Kaitlin Mahar

Kaitlin Mahar

Kaitlin Mahar is a staff writer for Wirecutter’s Deals team. Her byline has appeared in Delish, Esquire, and Town & Country. When she’s not hunting for deals and fiercely defending the Oxford comma, she’s a proud cat parent, an avid yogi, and a co-producer and co-host of the podcast Crime Culture. Please tell your pets and grandparents she says hi.

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