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UPDATE: The 2019 REI Anniversary Sale is almost here. The outdoor retailer celebrated a big hallmark in 2018 (the store's 80th anniversary), there's no reason to believe this year's sale will be anything less than impressive. The sale usually lasts for about 10 days in mid-May, with start dates ranging from the 15th to the 20th. Check out the article below for the best deals from last year's sale, and keep an eye out for a preview flyer in the mail.
The REI anniversary sale is right around the corner, and the popular outdoor store just released a 24-page preview of the upcoming event. We're taking a look at some of the best deals you'll find at REI's biggest sale of the year and sharing how to put your REI coupons to good use.
REI Sale Overview
The 2018 REI anniversary sale kicks off May 18 and runs through May 28. It takes place both in-store and online, and features exclusive discounts, as well as 20% off coupons for both REI and REI Outlet (formerly "REI Garage"). Check your mail for the sale flyer, or browse the digital version of the flyer here. REI members will receive free shipping on orders of $50 or more, and this year's REI sale also includes free same-day pickup. According to Slickdealer silvery79 (and the OP for this year's REI sale thread), the online deals usually go live at 12:01 a.m. PT.
In order to use the coupon offers for the REI sale, you'll need to either have a valid REI membership or purchase one prior to or during the event. A lifetime membership costs $20, which isn't much considering the savings you'll get from the deals in this sale. Non-members can still take advantage of sale prices, but not the 20% off coupon codes.
How to Use Your REI Coupon
REI Co-op members will receive 20% off one full-price item in-store or online AND an extra 20% off one REI Outlet item online only when they enter their membership number and use coupon code ANNIV18 at checkout. You can also purchase a membership with your order (in which case, you won't need to enter your membership number). The 20% off discount will be applied to the highest full-price item and the highest-price REI Outlet item in your cart.
These additional discounts don't apply to any of the featured deals in the flyer. That being said, it never hurts to try. During last year's sale, Slickdealer goped0freak said, "YMMV: For the GoPro Hero5 Black, they gave me both the 20% off ($80) and the $60 gift card. It brought the price before tax to $320 and I also got the $60 gift card." (Lucky!)
If there's no REI convenient to you or you just don't want to shell out for a membership, you have some options. Slickdealer Icyj says, "Most other outdoor retailers will match the 20%" and recommends picking "the one without tax and with highest $$$ back for yourself. BackCountry, Moosejaw, etc." Slickdealer dsbender confirmed this, adding "I just price matched a product at Backcountry.com and told them about the upcoming 20% coupon at REI. They agreed to the 20% off - no tax - free shipping." Additionally, Silvery79 added, "Amazon tends to drop their prices to match what the REI price will be after the coupon."
Just remember that merchandise purchased using this offer is excluded from the REI member annual dividend, and the coupon can't be combined with any other discount or promotion.
- Offer not valid for sale (prices ending in $._9) or clearance items (prices ending in $.83 or $.93).
- Discounts not valid on bicycles, strollers, hard-shell boats, paddleboards, any item with GPS technology, action cameras and accessories, activity trackers, personal locator beacons, avalanche transceiver and airbag products, skis, ski boots or ski bindings; snowboards, snowboard boots or snowboard bindings.
- Offer not valid on REI Adventures or REI Outdoor School.
- Offer not valid on prior purchases, used gear, special orders, package discounts, REI gift cards, REI e-gift cards, memberships, shop services or rentals, passes and tickets.
Score a Free REI Membership
Not an REI member? Now's a really good time to consider joining. If you spend $100 or more at REI before the REI sale goes live on May 18, you'll earn $20 toward your next purchase when you become a member (essentially making your membership free). Here's how it works:
- Make a $100+ purchase at REI.
- Buy a $20 lifetime membership.
- Use coupon code JOINREI at checkout now through May 17 to snag a $20 bonus.
New REI email subscribers will also receive a coupon for 15% off one full-price REI brand or Novara item (not including bikes). Plus, you'll stay up-to-date on the latest products, new offers, and store events. Sign up here.
As an REI Co-op member, you'll get lifetime access to exclusive perks, including 10% back on eligible full-price purchases in an annual dividend. Members also gain access to special offers and sales, as well as discounts on classes, events, rentals, and bike and ski shop services.
This Year's Best REI Deals
The REI sale will feature big savings on all types of outdoor gear, as well as REI Co-op brand gear and clothing. (Remember, these discounts all reflect sale prices and are therefore excluded from the 20% off coupon.)
This year's anniversary sale once again includes price breaks on Patagonia jackets, Thule racks, Joule and Igneo sleeping bags, Osprey daypacks, and REI-brand tents, sleeping pads, and trail packs.
According to Slickdealer jer-ber, "Their sales are usually a good resource for Thule roof boxes. Just my .02." A lot of our forum users agreed. The Garmin inReach Explorer Plus is a decent deal at $375, but we just saw the Garmin Fenix 5 GPS Watch go for only $387 earlier this month with the 15% off eBay coupon (which beats REI's lowest price of $450).
We've also seen the store's $120 Osprey backpacks sell for $90 to $100 on Amazon and eBags, while stores like 6PM and Gander Outdoors have competitive prices on Keen footwear and Vasque hiking boots. Right now, Mountain Steals has several of the same clothing and footwear brands on sale for up to 50% off. Plus, you can take an extra 20% off one clearance item.
With that said, here are some of the highlights from this year's REI sale:
Watches and Electronics
- $100 off Garmin Fenix 5 Series (Ends June 16)
- $75 off Garmin inReach Explorer Plus
- 25% off PFDs for Women, Men and Kids
- 20% off Werner and Aqua-Bound Paddles
- 15% off Kayaks, Canoes and Paddle Boards
- Half Dome Tents
- Sleeping Pads
- Women's Joule and Men's Igneo Down Sleeping Bags
- Base Camp Tents
- Trail Packs
- Exped Megamats
- The North Face Dolomite Sleeping Bags
- BioLite Products
- Osprey Ariel and Aether Packs
- Osprey Farpoint and Fairview Travel Packs
- Sherpani Travel Bags
- Gregory Maven and Paragon Packs
- The North Face Rolling Thunder Wheeled Duffels
- Patagonia Black Hole Duffels
- Big Agnes Copper Spur Tents
- Rumpl Blankets
- Petzl Climbing Gear and Lighting
- Sawyer Water Filters and Purifiers
- Platypus GravityWorks Water Filter Systems
- Adventure Medical Kits and First-Aid Kits
- Women's and Men's Patagonia Nano Puff Jackets
- REI Co-op Sahara Collection Clothing for Women, Men and Kids
- REI Co-op Brand Fitness Apparel for Women and Men
- Patagonia Nine Trails Fitness Apparel Collection for Women and Men
- Women's and Men's Patagonia Stretch Rainshadow Jacket
- Women's KUHL Spire Shorts and Pants
- Select Men's KUHL Apparel
- KATIN Apparel
- Men's Arc'teryx Beta AR Jacket
- Select Women's prAna Organic Cotton Styles
- REI Co-op Brand Lightweight Base Layers for Women and Men
- Smartwool 150 Base Layers for Women and Men
- Women's and Men's Underwear
- The North Face Aphrodite Collection for Women
- Women's The North Face Mountain Sweatshirt Hoodie
- Women's Arc'Teryx Adahy Hoodie
- Select Men's Button Down Shirts from Patagonia and prAna
- Board Shorts, Rashguards & Wetsuits for Women, Men and Kids
- Co-op Cycles Clothing
- Pearl Izumi Clothing, Shoes and Accessories
- Merrell Women's Mix Master Move Glide Trail-Running Shoes
- Sanuk Footwear for Women, Men and Kids
- Oboz Sawtooth Hiking Footwear for Women and Men
- Keen Targhee Hiking Footwear for Women and Men
- Vasque Hiking and Running Footwear for Women, Men and Kids
- REI Co-op Brand and Smartwool Socks for Women, Men and Kids
- Superfeet and SOLE Insoles
- Outdoor Research Hats, Gloves & Gaiters
- Altra Running Footwear
- La Sportiva Hiking, Running and Climbing Footwear
- Keen Sandals for Women, Men and Kids
- Merrell Moab Footwear for Women, Men and Kids
- Kryptonite Locks
- NiteRider Bike Lights
- Bike Saddles
- Ortlieb Packs, Bags and Panniers
- Osprey BigKit and TrailKit Duffels
- Yakima and Thule Racks, Roof Boxes and Rack Accessories
- Five Ten Bike Shoes and Race Face Pedals
- Co-op Cycles, Diamondback, and Electra Bikes
- Use coupon code SCHOOL20 to save up to $20 on one REI Outdoor School class
Bonus: Earn a Free $100 REI Gift Card
Finally, REI is offering a limited-time bonus to new credit card applicants. Just apply for the REI Co-op Mastercard, and you'll receive a $100 REI gift card when you make any purchase within 60 days of your approval. The credit card has no annual fee, and it offers special incentives like 5% back at REI and 1% back on everyday purchases on top of your REI member dividend (which is typically 10% on your eligible REI purchases). In addition, REI will make a donation to the National Forest Foundation every time you make a purchase with your card.
What will you buy during REI's biggest sale of the year? Let us know which deals you're eyeing in the comments section below!
Images courtesy of REI.
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