Winter isn’t over just yet. But the burn from purchasing full-price gear can be. Today, one epic midseason sale blows in: REI Winter Clearance.
There are thousands of products from top outdoor gear brands at deep discounts on sale during the annual REI Winter Clearance event. Here, we chose some of the best values on great products we love. Shop on.
Patagonia Bivy Down Vest: $119-142 (Up to 30% Off)
This vest from Patagonia is classy and capable. The wife of one GearJunkie editor wears it almost every day and loves it. The down insulation keeps the cold at bay while hiking and kicking it around town. Moreover, it looks great and is really comfortable. Both the men’s and women’s versions are $55 off right now at REI.
If you’re in the market for a rooftop tent, take note: REI offers both two- and three-person Yakima rooftop tents at a significant discount during this sale. They are a big investment, so 31 percent off equates to a lot of dough. Yakima’s entry into the rooftop tent market follows a fairly well-established design paradigm. While we haven’t tested this specific model, we’ve crawled into it at trade shows, and it looks to be well made.
Outdoor Research Meteor Mittens: $55 (30% Off)
Mittens are known to keep your hands warmer than gloves, whether you’re shoveling snow or ripping through the backcountry. The Meteors are surprisingly light for the waterproof protection they provide from the elements. Remove the fleece liners on warmer days, and pull back the finger hoods to expose those digits when you need them.
DPS Skis Cassiar F95 Skis: $639 (20% Off)
The DPS Cassiar is a super-versatile ski for frontside and resort skiing that will be at home from groomers to powder turns. It’s a ripping ski with a 95mm waist. The bamboo and poplar wood core with unidirectional carbon and triaxle fiberglass overlays deliver a solid, powerful ride while damping vibration. DPS Skis aren’t often on deep discount, so 20 percent off is a deal.
From a best-selling wide-platform trail shoe brand, the Speedgoat 2 doesn’t disappoint, especially at 40 percent off. This model is made for moving through the mountains with insane efficiency. Mesh on the upper lets feet breathe on the go. There’s moderate cushioning underfoot, and Vibram Megagrip high-traction outsoles and chunky lugs mean runners can tackle all kinds of terrain.
REI Co-op Roadtripper Duffel 100L: $24-60 (Up to 60% Off)
At 100 liters, this big ol’ duffle is a perfect water-resistant travel companion to haul your kit for all kinds of sports or travel. All the REI Roadtripper Pods feature a rugged design with a big zip top and webbing handle for easy access on the road.
If you hit the backcountry on the regular, this is one intelligent investment. The aptly named D Ontop packs have stash pockets for key essentials like shovels, plus pole and ice axe attachments. But, most importantly, should you ever get caught in an avalanche, the ABS Twinbag system inflates in seconds to help you float at or near the top for a quick rescue.
Black Diamond Trail Trekking Poles: $60 (40% Off)
Designed with female hikers in mind, these three-section, low-profile poles weigh in at 15.6 ounces per pair. Poles extend from 23 to 49 inches. And you can adjust on the fly, even with gloves on, thanks to Black Diamond’s FlickLock. Plus, foam grips and padded wrist straps add comfort over the long haul.
Want a solid unisex option? Consider the Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Z trekking-poles. At $95, they’re 50 percent off.
Buff Original Multifunctional Headwear: $14-20 (Up to 30% Off)
You can never have enough Buffs. This stretchy GearJunkie favorite can function as a gaiter, bandana, and everything in between. You won’t find any of our Minnesota or Denver crew outside without one — summer or winter. The latest Buffs are made from recycled plastic and have sun-busting UPF 50.
Cannondale Bad Habit AL 3 27.5+: $2,310 (30% Off)
The Cannondale Bad Had Habit AL 3 is a lot of bike for a good price. At 33 percent off, it’s a steal. The 27.5+ bike packs a RockShox Pike RC with 120mm travel onto a slack-ish frame. Add a Shimano XT 11×1 drivetrain and hydraulic brakes, and you’ve got a really solid bike. We’ve ridden it and really enjoyed this bike.
Sego Ski Co. Gnarwhal Skis: $431 (40% Off)
Lyndsay Dyer worked with Sego Ski Co to create the Gnarwal, a women’s ski that aboslutely rips. Better yet, bedazzled with Dyer’s Unicorn Picnic logo, it looks wicked cool.
Burley Encore Bike Trailer: $311 (35% Off)
Burley is a trusted name in bike trailers. And the Encore will keep up to two kiddos safe and comfy while parents get in a workout. Youngsters can spectate through the windows or sunshade, or snooze from their hammock-style seat, while adults know they’re locked down with a padded five-point harness. Good family time, right?
DAKINE Mission Pro 18L Pack — Women’s: $63 (25% Off)
This winter sports pack holds all those essentials whether you’re in bounds or out, snowboarder or skier. Carry your gear vertically or diagonally on the outside of the pack. Then, load up the inside with snacks, skins, mittens, and more. The snow tool and fleece-lined pockets are big bonuses.
Salomon Shelter Climashield Waterproof Boots — Men’s: $70 (50% Off)
These soft-shell waterproof boots walk as well in the city as the countryside in temps as cold as 14 degrees F. But it’s all the comfort features that make this boot a go-to all winter long: lightweight uppers, crud-busting tongues, cushy midsoles and sockliners, tough mid guards, and grippy rubber outsoles for serious traction.
Smith Colette ChromaPop Polarized Sunglasses — Women’s: $118 (30% Off)
These lightweight medium-fit polarized sunglasses reduce 99 percent of visible glare from water, snow, sand, and pavement. And while that helps you see better during sports with less eye strain, these feminine frames may just look as good as they perform.
Outdoor Research Skyward II Jacket — Men’s: $280 (20% Off)
This winter shell is the last layer you want between snow, wind, ice, and whatever winter throws at you. Updated since the last GearJunkie review, the Skyward II still delivers solid protection for alpine sports like ski touring in a trimmed-down profile.
It’s light but soft, not crunchy. It’s fully seam-tapped but still breathable thanks to vents. And, best yet, it’s versatile for all those outdoor adventures still to come this season.
This stretchy 800-fill down jacket from Mountain Hardwear is warm, durable, and doesn’t restrict movement at all. We’ve been using the men’s version most of the winter and really like the simple but effective jacket. The high-quality down and no-stitch design keep weight super low and warmth high.
If you’ve ever slipped on winter ice, your next boot choice might make you think twice. Luckily you don’t have to with these bomber waterproof winter women’s hikers. On the outside, Vibram Arctic Grip does the trick on the slicks. Inside, low-bulk, high-output insulation keeps those digits toasty on the trails.
Icebreaker Hike Medium Crew Socks — Women’s: $16 (25% Off)
Icebreaker is legendary for sustainably sourcing its super-soft merino wool from the highlands of New Zealand. And nothing feels quite like happy sheep wool against hardworking feet. This medium crew length has a nice rise with just enough cushion for comfort during long cold-weather treks.
Scarpa Freedom SL 120 Alpine Touring Ski Boots — Men’s: $450 (40% Off)
While this boot is a couple years old, being released in 2016, it is still an exceptional model. The downill-oriented 120-flex boot gives a decent 27-degree range of motion in walk mode. For those looking for an ski boot that can transition to the side country or backcountry, this is a score at $450. Be aware it has an interchanageble sole for use with traditional alpine bindings.