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Don’t Wait for Black Friday: Save Now With REI’s ‘Gear Up Get Out’ Sale

Hunting down Black Friday deals isn't everyone's cup of tea. So grab an early sale at REI, and then spend the day in the woods.

a man smiles at the camera while on a hiking tripYour GearJunkie experts found a few of the coolest deals at REI's Gear Up Get Out Sale; (photo/Shutterstock)
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Black Friday and associated sales are right around the corner. But if you’re the kind of person who’ll pass on barnstorming Walmart in favor of hitting your local trail, then REI Co-op’s Gear Up Get Out Sale is for you.

The sale offers up major savings on gear from socks to bicycles and runs from now ’til the 20th. So it’s perfect for stocking up on goodies so you can spend Black Friday having an adventure instead of rampaging through your local big-box store.

We scoured the sale and selected a few standout items that might be of interest. But if nothing here catches your fancy, head over to REI and do some exploring of your own! You’re sure to find something useful.

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Save Up to 30% Through Nov. 20

From Nov. 10 through 20, you can shop in-store or online at REI.com and save up to 50% on products from brands like The North Face, Smartwool, REI Co-op, Osprey, and more.

Aside from the sale, each member receives two 20% off coupons; one can be applied to a full-price item and the other can be used at the REI Outlet (online only) with the code GEARUP23.

Garmin inReach Mini 2: 25% Off

A satellite communicator is probably the single best purchase you can make if peace of mind is important while you’re in the backcountry. The Garmin inReach Mini 2 runs off the reliable Iridium satellite network and makes it relatively simple to summon help in a pinch via a large, friendly SOS button.

The gadget also allows for two-way text-based communication, route tracking, and weather reports. And while I think most of us head into the woods for a certain degree of solitude, loved ones always appreciate an evening check-in (you can tag your text messages with GPS coordinates if you so choose).

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NEMO Disco 15 Sleeping Bag – Women’s: 50% Off

Sleeping bags are a pricey investment, so when you see a great-quality bag like this at half price, you tell your friends who need sleeping bags! The NEMO Disco 15 packs good-quality 650-fill-power hydrophobic down into a “classic spoon” shape that packs down small, yet provides comfortable warmth to about 15 degrees.

This bag has a phone pocket and “gills” that allow the user to vent body heat when it’s too warm. At $160 to $175 depending on size, this is a quality down sleeping bag that will keep backpackers or campers happy in a broad range of conditions for many years to come.

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Smartwool Intraknit Merino Tech 1/4 Zip — Men’s & Women’s: $127 (25% Off)

Smartwool’s Intraknit adds articulation and ventilation to the wool’s insulating traits. Targeted mesh adds breathability in areas prone to pooling sweat while the front panel and upper sleeves offer knit-in wind protection

Additionally, thumbholes help keep sleeves in place, a zippered chest pocket lets you stash small items, and a DWR finish helps moisture bead up off the surface.

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REI Co-op Camp Dreamer Slip-Ons: $42 (30% Off)

The camp (and home) slip-ons are insulated like a puffy jacket to keep feet warm and provide anti-slip traction with a rubber outsole. REI incorporated recycled materials in the lining and outsole as well as a bio-based foam in the midsole. These aren’t just heavy slippers; the brand’s TrailBed insole was created with podiatrists to provide support.

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Smartwool Smartloft Running Vest — Men’s & Women’s: $139 (25% Off)

Runners and cross-country skiers know that a big part of staying warm on the move means blocking the wind. The front of the vest is a wind-resistant recycled nylon shell, while the merino wool insulation behind it traps body heat. A wool liner helps move sweat and ward off odors while a DWR finish beats back light snow or rain. Stretchy merino wool-blend fleece side panels aid fit and mobility. Lastly, two zippered hand pockets and a zippered internal chest pocket allow you to stash essentials.

The same wind protection and stretchy sides extend to the Smartloft Pull-On Skirt, too.

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Fjällräven Men’s Skogso Padded Jacket & Women’s Kiruna Padded Parka: $365 & $350 (25% Off)

When temps plunge, reach for one of the brand’s heavy-duty winter garments using the brand’s G-1000 Original fabric and G-Loft Supreme synthetic insulation in damp conditions.

The men’s Fjällräven Skogso Padded jacket resists wind and stays dry in short showers while still allowing body heat to escape while on the go. It fits close, has an adjustable hood, and maps the synthetic insulation with 145 g in the body and 125 g in the sleeves.

A similar jacket and versatile, the women’s Fjällräven Kiruna Padded parka is weather-resistant and lightly padded with 80 g of G-Loft Supreme insulation in the torso and 60 g in the sleeves.

The jackets use a two-way front zipper with inside and outside protective flaps with button closures at the collar, waist, and hem to block drafts, as well as plenty of pockets.

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Osprey Ozone 2-Wheel Carry-On Wheeled Luggage: $210 (25% Off)

Osprey upgraded the frame and fabric for a carry-on bag that’s lighter than its predecessor. The High Road LT frame helps the bag retain its shape, extending outside the bag at the corners, and forming an integrated bottom handle that also helps it stay upright when standing on its side.

The streamlined design lets you stash smaller essentials inside the lid with organizational flaps inside to hold clothes in place. A 16-inch laptop sleeve grants easy access to your electronics to simplify the security line. It has a buttonless trolley handle, with a monopole design that lets you securely stack another bag on top as you roll the bag on its 90mm wheels.

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Salomon Cross Hike 2 Mid GTX — Men’s & Women’s: $190 (25% Off)

Salomon’s running shoe DNA carries over into the Cross Hike 2 Mid GTX hiking boots for a lighter feel with trail-minded protection and traction. This sequel has a roomier fit and an updated shell pattern with additional eyelets for more foothold.

The Cross Hike 2 shoes use the brand’s Quicklace system, a Mud Contagrip outsole for traction on muddy and loose terrain, with deeper lugs in the heel for more confidence on descents. The GORE-TEX membranes offer waterproof/breathable protection to keep your feet dry inside and out.

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Fjällräven Vidda Pro Ventilated Trousers Men’s: $135 (25% Off)

Fjällräven gives its durable G-1000 Eco fabric a good waxing for moisture resistance and doubled down on the knees, adding a layer for greater durability while bushwhacking or working in the elements. Preshaped knees and a gusseted crotch aid mobility. The knees make room for knee pads while the leg endings have detachable strap adjustments and boot hooks.

The pants come with lots of places to store gear, from the usual hand pockets to oversized leg pockets to the dedicated knife pocket and axe loop on the waist.

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Smartwool Run Cold Weather Targeted Cushion Crew Socks Men’s & Women’s: $17 (25% Off)

Prepare for winter runs with Run Cold Weather Targeted Cushion crew socks for added warmth under tights and a breathable design to keep feet dry. The socks are mostly merino wool with targeted zones with nylon for better durability and breathability. These use the brand’s 4 Degree elite fit system to keep the fit close in the right places.

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Allbirds Wool Runner Sneakers Men’s & Women’s: $110 (30% Off)

These everyday wear shoes have a merino wool blend upper for a forgiving fit that naturally thermoregulates. Additionally, the wool in the uppers and heel linings are ZQ-certified to meet environmental and social sustainability standards.

In fact, the shoes are made with a myriad of eco-friendly elements like a sugarcane-based EVA midsole foam, shoelaces sourced from plastic bottles, and insoles made from castor bean oil-based foam.

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Nikon Monarch Binoculars: From $250 (13% Off)

REI Co-op has deals on several Nikon Monarch models. Shown above, the Nikon Monarch M5 8 x 42 binoculars have the widest view in the series and gather lots of light. The 8x models help take in landscapes or find subjects. The lenses have a dielectric, high-reflective, multilayer prism coating for a uniform light across the range of view. That translates to brighter images and more natural colors.

The binocular body has touches of rubber armor for protection against bumps and a better grip. The binoculars are filled with nitrogen and the O-rings are sealed for fog-free performance. A central focus knob allows for smooth focus adjustment down to 8.2 feet.

For a closer view of objects, the Nikon Monarch M7 10 x 42 binoculars can bring you detailed views 10 times closer than they are. The binoculars come in a compact, waterproof build with the same optic treatments as the M5s. Lenses also get an oil- and water-resistant coating to make it easier to wipe away moisture and smudges. Once you’ve fine-tuned your binoculars to your vision, a locking diopter keeps it in place.

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Outdoor Voices RecTrek Zip-Off Overalls — Women’s: $111 (25% Off)

These overalls are ready for hikes, climbs, camping, and travel, yet the zip-off legs serve as another option when temperatures rise. You can zip off the legs at the height of shorts or capri pants and store the legs in a cargo pocket to keep them handy. That leaves the other nine pockets for stashing essentials.

The overalls use RecTrek fabric, a mix of nylon with elastane that’s lightweight, stain-resistant, and stretches four ways — yet durable enough for hikes.

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This post is sponsored by REI Co-op. Find more deals on your favorite gear during the Gear Up Get Out sale.

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