REI makes its own outdoor gear marked by the REI Co-op brand logo. Trusted, affordable, and built for everyday adventures, this is REI’s top-selling in-house gear this year.
From down jackets and sleeping bags to tents and travel bags, there are more than 1,000 REI Co-op brand items in REI stores and online. But each one must pass a sustainability check: REI doesn’t take adding more outdoor gear into the market lightly. In fact, it measures every Co-op product footprint and tests each against an industry index for sustainability.
The extra effort in stewardship pays off. REI Co-op brand merchandise consistently sells well and makes loyalists out of REI shoppers. But it also sets eco-conscious supply-chain standards for the other brands REI sells as well.
So what did outdoor aficionados buy most this year? Here are 10 of the top-selling outdoor items. And, guess what? Most are still on sale!
Why buy it: The price point, especially right now on even deeper discount, is tough to beat for an everyday down puffy (certified by the Responsible Down Standard) that can take you to work or into the woods.
Why buy it: We can all help reduce single-use plastic one water bottle at a time, so why not make it a unique one? The Hydro Flask-REI Co-op collaboration’s top sellers are the 32-ounce Wide-Mouth Vacuum Water Bottle with Flex Cap and the 21-ounce Standard-Mouth Water Bottle with Flex Cap.
REI Co-op Flash Insulated Air Sleeping Pad: $54-59 (limited quantities)
Why buy it: Sleep is critical and is often tougher in a tent. Because weight is critical in backpacking, the REI Co-op Flash aims to strike a smart balance: 30-denier ripstop polyester base material for durability without the weight.
REI Co-op Flexlite Macro Chair: $60 (40% Off)
Why buy it: With a simple, proven design that’s only 60 bucks right now, this collapsible, vented camp chair is built to last way longer than knock-off camp chairs on the market.
Why buy it: What you put next to your skin matters, and REI Co-op’s soft merino base layer bottoms cater to this. You won’t get any itching, rubbing seams, or uncomfortable waistband in these wool base layers. And they’re even better at 40 percent off!
Why buy it: Roomy and restful, it’s your family’s (or friends’) giant camping kingdom! When you want one tent solution for multiple people at a price that won’t break the bank, this is it.
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Why buy it: With a retro flare that’s all the rage right now, flannels are hotter than ever. And these men’s and women’s button-ups from REI Co-op’s nostalgic Wallace Lake collection are a piece of the brand’s legacy. We even chose it as one of the best women’s flannels of 2019.
Why buy it: You’re experienced at sleeping under the stars and are ready to push the boundaries of camping or backpacking to the shoulder seasons. The Down Time is an price-competitive way to add a warmer snuggler (tested to -2 degrees F) to the sleeping bag quiver.
Why buy it: As its name suggests, this minimalist pack should stash plenty of necessities in a flash. Its build looks well-suited for the experienced day hiker, and REI tests it to last for years of use.
REI Co-op Tourwinder 22″ Rolling Luggage: $131 (40% Off)
Why buy it: Good travel gear inspires us all to go farther. And the Tourwinder carries a classic design that checks all the boxes: smooth wheels, accessible compartments, and carry-on-approved but with room enough take plenty of gear along for the ride.
This article is sponsored by REI. Shop all REI Co-op outdoor gear right now.
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