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When it comes to picking up some new gear for the rest of winter, my mind immediately goes to REI. The outdoorsy store has everything from camping essentials to snow boots to winter coats—a.k.a. exactly what you need to survive the cold weather.
Plus, since we’re approximately halfway through the chilly season, REI is offering up to 50% off winter gear from top brands like Yeti, Patagonia, The North Face, and more. This makes it a great time to save on the new winter coat you’ve been putting off buying or finally replacing your 10-year-old snow boots. This clearance sale only goes until Monday, February 17, so you have a limited time to snag these products at great discounts. We’ve already sifted through the sale, and picked out 17 of the top-rated items you can get right now.
1. This iconic quarter-zip sweater
The Patagonia Better Sweater is one of the most iconic pieces of clothing you can own. They’re stylish, cozy, and manage to be both casual and fashionable at the same time. Seriously, you just throw it on and you look put together. Right now, you can get it in both men’s and women’s for 30% off—so get it while your size and favorite color is still available.
2. Our favorite water bottle for the outdoors
When it comes to a water bottle for hiking or camping, you’re going to want something that’s built to take a tumble and will actually keep your water cold in the blazing sun. The Yeti Rambler fits the bill and earned the title as the best water bottle for the outdoors we’ve ever tested. We love that its made of stainless steel that’s puncture, dent, and rust-resistant and has a simple design that easy to drink from when you’re on the move. Right now, you can get it for $10 off, which is the lowest price we’ve ever seen.
3. A raincoat guaranteed to keep you dry
This raincoat from The North Face is waterproof, breathable, and perfect for hiking. Although it’s quite light, you’ll be happy you scooped up this jacket when the spring showers arrive. Plus, reviewers say it’s roomy enough to wear a fleece underneath, so you can still stay toasty on chillier days. It’ll look good and is breathable for outdoor activities like hiking or cheering on the sidelines of sports games.
4. A blanket for camping and beyond
For extra comfort when on the hard campground floors or during a picnic, you’re going to want the Rumpl blanket. This thing is essentially an insulated down jacket in blanket form, meaning it’s both comfortable and warm. It has 600-fill-power duck down and can be packed away in a convenient carry case for easy travel. Plus, it’s both water-resistant and machine washable, which is ideal if you’re using it outdoors. Right now, it’s 25% off in the stylish compass pattern as well as a few other colors.
5. Boots made for trudging in the snow
Tough, snowy winters call for a pair of snow boots that are just as strong—like these ones from Sorel. I personally own these bad boys, and they’ve helped me dig out my car when I was snowed in Upstate New York and trudge to work after a blizzard. They’re warm, stylish, and are tall enough to keep the snow out. Right now, you can get them for 40% off, which is a total steal.
6. A great backpack for school or work
Back in high school, nearly everyone I knew owned a backpack from The North Face. The Recon model, in particular, has comfortable mesh-covered padding and a ton of pockets for storage, which is ideal whether you’re heading to class or the office. After spending four years using one daily and tossing it into lockers on the regular, I can personally attest to their durability, too.
7. A lightweight, yet warm Patagonia jacket
This jacket might actually be magic. Despite only weighing 10 ounces, the Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket manages to keep you nice and toasty thanks to its incredible insulation. It can also be packed into a bag and is made of 55% recycled content, so you can feel good about your purchase from an environmental standpoint. Plus, it’s 30% off, which your wallet will feel good about.
8. Colorful socks that will keep your toes toasty
Sock aficionados know the name Smartwool. These wool socks are known for being both warm and breathable, which makes them ideal for a variety of outdoor winter activities. Plus, they’re high enough to work well in a pair of boots and are at a great price in some fun patterns right now.
9. A headlamp for hiking and more
During the winter night (which seems to start at 5 p.m.), you’re going to want something to light the way when you’re hiking or camping. This popular headlamp is a hands-free way to cast light on whatever you’re doing instead of a flashlight. Plus, it has practical uses aside from the outdoors. You can use it to illuminate your grill when cooking after dark, to go for a jog when it’s dark out, or to search around the dark corners of your basement while keeps your hands free to clear away cobwebs before they hit your face.
10. A solid pair of hiking boots
Whether you’re attempting to hike the Appalachian Trail or are doing a quick 2-miler on a trail near your home, a good pair of hiking boots are necessary—especially in the winter. You do not want to risk slipping and falling on an icy trail, trust me. These hiking boots from Vasque are highly-rated for their breathability and support with reviewers claiming they’re blister-free straight from the box. Right now, you can get them for half off.
11. A duffle that can be worn as a pack
They call bag the Black Hole Duffle for a reason: At 40 liters, it literally fits so much stuff. Not only is there a large main compartment to stuff in your clothes, toiletries, etc., but there’s a side pocket that can be accessed interiorly or exteriorly and a smaller mesh pocket for smaller items. Plus, it can be carried as a duffle or pack for easy travel. My college-aged brother uses this bag when he travels home for the holidays and it can hold enough for weeks worth of travel.
12. An inflatable sleeping bag for camping and slumber parties
If you don’t like the feeling of the cold, hard ground, then you’re going to want a sleeping pad when camping. This one from Big Agnes is insulated to keep you nice and toasty throughout the night, plus at just one pound it’s easy to pack up and go to the next campsite. It’s ideal for even the coldest camping night—and is comfortable enough for your child’s next slumber party.
13. Capri leggings for lounging or working out
Whether you’re running errands or hitting the pavement, you want comfy, sweat-wicking leggings. These capri joggers are the perfect length and come highly rated for being breathable and comfortable for all sorts of activities. They also have a ton of pockets, so you can store your keys, credit cards, and energy bars. Right now, they’re half off and at an incredible price.
14. Some seriously warm mittens
You know it’s cold out when you have to bust out a pair of mittens. They’re so much warmer than gloves, especially when your digits are surrounded by fleece lining. This pair from Outdoor Research is quite popular because they’re waterproof and filled with 800-fill-power down, which makes them superiorly toasty. Although they’re made more snow sports, I think they’re ideal for walking to work in sub-zero temps.
15. An incredibly popular parka
Nothing says you’re ready for winter quite like a parka. The Arctic Parka is stuffed with 550-fill down insulation and is waterproof, breathable, and windproof. It has some feminine details, with a faux fur hood and elastic waistband, so it doesn’t appear too bulky. Right now, it’s 30% off, which is a great excuse to grab it for the rest of this winter season and the next.
16. A travel mug that’ll keep your coffee hot for hours
Hydro Flasks have made a name for themselves in the water bottle community, but they also make an incredible travel mug. With a double-wall vacuum insulation, the Coffee Flask can keep hot drinks hot for up to six hours and iced drinks cold for up to 24, which makes it ideal for every season. Reviewers love that it has a large mouth for easy sipping. Right now, you can get it for a few bucks off in the charming watermelon color.
17. A heavy duty winter coat made for freezing temperatures
When the temperature drops below 32 degrees, it’s time to bring out the big guns—a.k.a a heavy winter coat. This insulated jacket from Columbia is warm, waterproof, and breathable, which is essential for trudging through the snowy weather. Reviewers love using it as their go-to ski jacket or to stay relatively warm while shoveling snow.
Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.
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