Maybe we’re being obvious here, but there’s something really special about being outside. Stepping into nature has been shown to boost happiness and relieve anxiety on the mental health side, and activities like hiking can strengthen your bones and improve your heart health—and that’s just for starters. For Labor Day Weekend, REI (the company for all your outdoor needs) is hosting a major sale event that includes thousands of items for all your outdoorsy needs. So if you’ve been meaning to stock up, there’s no better time than the present.
Now through September 5, REI is slashing prices on basically everything you need to have fun in the sun. Think: camping gear, bike rigs, running shoes, hydration bladders… the works. Plus, REI co-op members will enjoy additional price reductions, so if you haven’t signed up for their $30 lifetime (yes, lifetime) membership, now is the time, fam. If you enjoy the Great Outdoors, the co-op membership is super worth your time.
Below, shop our favorite picks—whether you’re a runner, hiker, or someone who just loves to chill under the stars.
$195, originally $250
This sleeping bag is rated for 30-degree temperatures and features PFC-free down for a snuggly night of sleep. Of course, it’s important to remember that a 30-degree bag is actually code for a 50-degree bag (camping is confusing), so don’t plan on relying on this guy for all four seasons.
$45, originally $60
When all that hiking is said and done, and you’re ready to kick back with some s’mores, you will need a cozy chair. This option weighs in at just five pounds and folds down small so that it won’t take up too much room in your trunk.
$224, originally $300
This roomy, three-person tent is perfect for just you, TBH. That way, you can spread out, relax, and even remove the rain fly to gaze up at the stars. (But yes, it’s technically made for three people, which is perfect for you, your partner or friend, and your doggo.)
$172, originally $230
Enjoy a luxurious sleeping experience with Exped’s 3.5-inch thick pad. Reviewers are raving about how comfy this pad is. However, they do note that you have to keep your weight evenly distributed across the surface—otherwise, you will feel the ground.
$195, originally $260
Osprey famously makes some of the best hiking packs money can buy—and the Eja 58 is no exception. Five-star reviewer Hillary says it all. “Great lightweight pack for weekend warriors or three- to four-day lightweight trips. The pack us versatile and packs down smaller when full capacity isn’t required,” she says.
You have the choice between a 55-liter or 58-liter option, and this bag is made of 100 percent recyclable materials.
Fitness clothing deals
$47, originally $68
If you’ve been dying to try Beyond Yoga’s Spacedye sets but didn’t love the high price point, rejoice! Through Labor Day Weekend, these buttery-soft, high-wasted biker shorts are on sale in various fun, bright colorways.
$46, originally $66
Snag the matching top and enjoy its soft, movable fabric in your next yoga class. “I wear this top climbing indoors, on hikes, and casually throughout my day. Very comfortable— the texture is very soft,” writes one reviewer. (For what it’s worth: Beyond Yoga Spacedye sets are senior commerce editor Gina Vaynshteyn’s absolute favorite when it comes to athleisure and workout-wear.)
$70, originally $100
Suit up for the cold runs to come with this warming cold-weather jogging jacket. The fleece and stretched polyester blend material will keep you cozy while allowing you to move naturally as the miles stretch on. Plus, there are thumb holes… need I say more?
$50, originally $70
Look, there are two opinions when it comes to running shorts: You either love loose-fitting, free-flowing fabrics or tight materials that stick close to the skin. For those in the latter group (friends!), these shorts are about as good as it gets. With plenty of pockets and stretchy, sweat-wicking material, the endless run shorts are truly designed for those runs that, well, feel endless.
$30, originally $60
I will go to my grave swearing that this is the best running bra on the market. If you’re training for a half marathon or a full 26.2, you can rest assured that this garment will never chafe underneath the boobs (miracles happen). It’s also sized by band and cup size, making for a closer fit that feels designed for your body.
$56, originally $80
Layer up with On’s “breathable yet warm” mesh-knit fabric Although it’s hard to see in the pictures, this tee comes with reflective features that will keep you safe in low light.
$115, originally $165
So you love bouncy, comfortable walks around the neighborhood? Fresh foam is about as good as it gets. These sneakers provide plenty of cushioning without weighing you down and feature a mesh upper to keep you cool as you stride on.
$129, originally $160
The internet has been all abuzz about the Bondi 8, but you can snag last year’s version on a major discount. Our senior commerce editor wears these supportive kicks on her daily, 3-mile dog walks, and loves them for their ankle support and protection. “The energy return is definitely on the higher side, which is ideal for my needs (a comfortable shoe that gets me through at least three miles of non-stop walking, sometimes on volatile surfaces),” writes Vaynshteyn.
$90, originally $120
IMO, these are the black leggings of running shoes: They’re versatile, comfortable, and universally beloved. I’m currently on my fourth pair of Pegasuses, and their springy rubber and foam soles never let me down. The best running shoes are the ones you forget you’re wearing, and I forget these babies again and again (and again).
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