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Best Backpacking Gear Deals from the REI Labor Day Sale

It’s that wonderful time of the year again. The peak of the summer heat has passed, the crispness of autumn creeps into the mornings, the kids are back in school, and bugs have run their course. This is prime hiking season. It’s also the time of year to find big savings at the annual REI Labor Day Sale. Running for over a week from August 25 to September 4, score up to 40% off select items.

Members of REI are also gifted with an additional 20% off one item coupon at REI Outlet with the code LABORDAY23.

Head over to to shop the Labor Day Sale. But first, check out our top picks for hiking and backpacking gear from the sale.


September 27, 2023

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