For many travelers, Labor Day marks the end of warm-weather travel and ushers in a few months of cooler weather. If you're looking for outdoor gear to make the most of the little heat left in the year, want to stock up for a trip somewhere with a better climate this winter, or are already prepping for next year, we've got the sale for you. After all, fall is on the way, and you’d better be ready!
Get outfitted with great gear for the upcoming season during the REI Labor Day Sale and Clearance, which runs from Aug. 25 to Sept. 4. REI Co-op members can save on select outdoor essentials, and everyone can save on gear for new adventures.
Whether you're looking for new travel, outdoors, or active gear, this list has you covered—literally—from head to toe. From hoodies to footwear, REI has it all. We can't list all the great deals during this year's sale, but these are a few favorites at Pack Hacker HQ. Be sure to check out REI's site for more deals all week long!
- REI Co-op Rainier Rain Jacket
- NEMO Fillo Backpacking & Camping Pillow
- REI Co-op Sahara Convertible Pants
- Sawyer Picaridin Insect Repellent
- REI Co-op Lightweight Base Layer Long-Sleeve Crew Top
- REI Co-op Sahara T-Shirt
- adidas TERREX Free Hiker GORE-TEX 2.0 Hiking Shoes
- Darn Tough Hiker Micro Crew Cushion
- Mountain Hardwear Crater Lake Hoody
- REI Co-op Lightweight Base Layer Tights
- Altra Lone Peak 7
- NEMO Moonlite Reclining Camp Chair
In many parts of the world, fall means rain. More rain doesn't mean less travel, but you'll probably need a rain jacket. Lucky for you, the REI Co-op Rainier Rain Jacket is on sale for this year's REI Labor Day Sale.
The Rainier is a budget-friendly rain jacket that keeps you dry and won't break the bank. It isn't the most breathable model on the market; however, you shouldn't have an issue for fall trips. In warmer climates, it might get a bit warm; however, it has pit zips to ensure your armpits don't get too warm and stinky.
There are a ton of colorways to choose from, so you can get a model that fits your vibes, matches your pack, or adds a pop of color to your travel checklist. It comes in a wide range of sizes from Small up to XXXL, so you can find the perfect fit, too. If you're looking for a new rain jacket, the REI sale is the ideal time to do that!Why We Like It
- It’s budget-friendly
- Materials will keep you dry
- Not very breathable
- Doesn’t pack down very small
If you're constantly looking for a place to catch a few extra minutes of sleep, the Nemo Fillo Pillow is for you! It blows up like you'd expect a travel pillow to; however, it also has foam to ensure your comfortable. This makes it feel more like the model you use at home, which we dig.
However, this foam comes at a cost, though it's part of the REI Labor Day sale, so that cost comes from the extra space in your pack, not your wallet. However, we think the larger size is worth it to make your next airplane, backpacking, or camping trip a little more comfortable.
After all, you want to enjoy your trip, not be sore afterward!Why We Like It
- It has extra padding for comfort
- Folds down small enough for most packs
- Larger than other travel pillows
- Doesn’t attach to your neck
Labor Day ushers in the start of more rain, changing leaves, and cooler mornings. We've all been there—we leave for work or head out on a hike on a chilly morning only to be greeted with sweltering temperatures by the afternoon. With the REI Co-op Sahara Convertible Pants, you can turn your morning pants into afternoon shorts and stay comfortable all day. Plus, there's a zip up the side of the leg, so you can make the pants cooler without removing the entire leg for days when it isn't quite warm enough to go with shorts.
With three colorways to choose from, there are pants for every kind of adventurer. The design feels outdoorsy, so some folks might not dig the look, especially for urban use. However, these pants are extraordinarily comfortable; plus, they're a part of the REI Labor Day Sale, so their price won't hurt your wallet!Why We Like It
- Transition between shorts and pants easily
- They are quite comfortable
- The design is outdoorsy
- Won’t be a perfect fit for all travelers
Some of the world's most beautiful places are deep in the woods, prairie, or jungle. Along the journey, you'll probably run into a few bugs. We aren't insect haters, but certain species like ticks and mosquitos can carry diseases that put a damper on your trip and make it hard to travel in the future. Picaridin spray from Sawyer will repel pesky bugs for 12 hours, so you can enjoy the journey and not worry about lime disease or the Zika virus.
This bottle from Sawyer is 3 ounces so that you can take it on a plane, and it is a part of the REI sale, so you can save a few bucks in the process. This will work for light use, but it might not be big enough for the whole family. Either way, it'll fit inside your travel backpack, daypack, or sling!
For many travelers, the holiday is an excellent opportunity to get out into the great outdoors and signals a change in the weather. Whether you're making the most of the remaining warm weather or flying somewhere with a better climate, this insect repellant from Sawyer will keep you covered!Why We Like It
- Keeps ticks and mosquitoes away
- TSA compliant size
- Not a great size for family use
- Smell isn’t the best
Whether you're looking for a cozy shirt for the plane, something to workout in on chilly mornings, or a baselayer to build your warm weather outfit for cold climate travel, the REI Co-op Lightweight Base Layer Long-Sleeve Crew Top is an excellent choice. Plus, it's included in this year's REI Sale!
Some users have noted that it's prone to stretching; however, we haven't had any issues. It's crafted from bluesign® approved materials that include polyester and spandex, which makes it a good shout for both lounging and exercise. Various colorways and sizes are available, so you can snag a shirt that fits you and your style.
You can wear it on the plane, underneath your other clothing to layer up, or casually once you arrive. If you want a do-it-all article of clothing, you've found it!Why We Like It
- Layers well with other clothing
- It can be worn solo
- It might stretch after a while
- It’s a bit tight for some users
We all need a casual shirt to travel with, no matter the time of year. However, considering the REI sale is going on now, why not snag a few today?
The REI Co-op Sahara T-Shirt is a comfortable shirt that looks professional enough to wear into the office and is sufficiently cozy for use on the plane or wandering around a new city. It's a 92/8 polyester/spandex blend, which dries quickly and can be worn for workouts, too.
The look may be too casual for some, but this t-shirt is a great do-it-all model for your next trip, whether you wear it on a hike, layer with it on a cooler evening, or want something comfortable to wear on the flight. With six colorways to choose from at the time of posting, you can save a ton during the REI Labor Day Sale this year!Why We Like It
- It’s comfortable and versatile
- No issues with stretching
- Look may be too casual for some
- Larger users may have issue with sizing
Who says hiking shoes must be bland, boring, and brown? The adidas Terrex Free Hiker GORE-TEX 2.0 Hiking Shoes come in four fun colorways and have a unique style that looks just as comfortable in the city as on the trail. We don't recommend these for trips solely on concrete as they'll wear out the tread faster; however, they're an excellent choice for adventures that span the trail and the tram in town.
These shoes are heavy, but you can wear them for most things, so you don't need to bring an extra pair of larger shoes. We recommend bringing these alongside a pair of more minimalistic shoes, like sandals, so that you can give your feet a breather now and then.
They fit like mid-height hiking shoes, offering ankle and heel support—a feature that may be necessary for some travelers. However, if you like a more minimalistic shoe, that might be hard to get used to.
Whether you're looking for a new trail companion or something to wear on walks with the dog, snagging a deal on the Free Hiker GORE-TEX 2.0 Hiking Shoes is an excellent shout during this year's REI Sale!Why We Like It
- The colorways are fun and sleek
- Extra support for your ankle
- Not great for urban travelers
- Bulky design is hard to pack
We've got the sock for you if you're looking for one as fun and durable as you are. Plus, it's part of the REI Labor Day Sale, so you can save some cash for your next adventure. The Hiker Micro Crew Cushion Socks from Darn Tough come in numerous colorways, so you can find a pair that matches your personality. Plus, they're rugged and can be worn for various activities, from the airport to the trail.
Some users note that they're too hot to wear in warmer climates; however, that depends on how warm your feet typically get and what footwear you'll wear on top of these bad boys. There are four sizes to choose from, so you have more options when compared to generic brands that only offer two. After all, if you're on your feet most of the day, you should have as much choice in the size of your socks as you do as the shirt on your back.
Regarding deals at the REI sale this year, this is probably the item you can get the most use out of!Why We Like It
- Durable and odor-resistant
- Numerous sizes and colorways
- Can be a bit warm
- Hiking look may not translate to daily wear
Everyone needs a comfortable hoodie that they can wear anywhere. The Mountain Hardwear Crater Lake Hoodie comes in various colorways, is breathable, and can be worn worldwide, from the plane to the trail or urban environments. At the time of posting, there are eight colorways available. There's a drawstring on the bottom, so you can wear it as loose or tight as you want.
It's not the most durable material out there, so it might not work for rugged adventures or camping in a tent. However, for most other travel occasions, it works well. Because it's breathable, you can wear it in warmer and cooler climates when layered with other clothing.
Plus, it's featured in the REI sale, so you can snag a deal!Why We Like It
- Comfortable enough to sleep in
- Layers well with other clothing
- Not the most durable materials
- Drawstring waist is tough to get used to
We've all got a friend whose legs are always cold. Whether winter is coming, a breeze kicks up, or they've got bad circulation, a pair of leggings can go a long way. Plus, they're comfortable on the airplane, too. Luckily for your friend (or you if you're that friend), REI Co-op's Lightweight Base Layer Tights are on sale during the REI Labor Day Sale, so you (or your friend) can save some cash.
Whether you're bundling up for incoming lousy weather or looking for a comfortable pair of leggings to lounge at the hotel or AirBnb, these will fit the bill. They won't work perfectly for every body type, but they're stretchy and will work for many travelers. There are four colorways and five sizes at the time of writing, so you have options to work with!Why We Like It
- Comfortable for any kind of journey
- Layers well under other clothing
- Won’t be a perfect fit for all travelers
- Will need to layer with other clothing in cooler weather
The Altra Lone Peak 7 Trail-Running Shoes have been favorites of hiking guides and bushwacking hikers for years. Their hefty price is backed up by hikers all over—however, with the REI Sale price over Labor Day, you can get a solid deal on an excellent pair of trail running shoes.
The Lone Peak 7 looks more casual than other hiking shoes, so they look good in an urban environment. Plus, there are numerous colorways to choose from, so you can snag a pair that matches your travel clothing. Some users have reported that they run too narrow for their feet, so it's worth looking into the sizing if you have wider feet. However, most users have reported them as comfortable, and we agree.
No matter where you're heading—the trail, the city, or somewhere in between, the Altra Lone Peak 7 Shoes will get you there—and at a steep discount for the REI Labor Day Sale.Why We Like It
- Comfortable and supportive
- Casual look gets by in the city, too
- Runs a little narrow
- Some users say they aren’t as durable as prior models
With summer coming to a close, tailgates, bonfires, and other fall activities are fast approaching. No matter what your plans consist of, odds are, you'll be sitting outside at some point. The NEMO Moonlite Reclining Camp Chair is small enough to fit inside your pack, trunk, or hand for a short walk.
It's heavy to carry for ages without a proper backpack; however, it folds up small enough for most uses. You can recline backward while using it to get more comfortable or to get a better look at the stars, which we dig. It's an excellent model to keep in your trunk or to take on a road trip, so you've always got it if you want to take a load off or have a picnic.
Best of all, this chair is featured in the Labor Day REI Sale, so you can save a few bucks to put toward your autumnal adventures!Why We Like It
- Packs down small
- Comfortable to sit in, even for long periods
- Not small enough to fit into your little daypack
- On the pricier side compared to other camp chairs
So there you have it; some of the best gear available at the REI Labor Day Sale and Clearance. Hopefully, you’re ready to take your next adventure by storm, no matter what time of year you’re going. We’ll see you in the next one!