The best deals from REI’s Labor Day Sale

There are plenty of bargains to be had at REI’s Labor Day Sale, whether it’s $5 off a wonderful pair of socks or a huge reduction on a big-ticket item like a GPS watch. Outside staffers utilise the finest markdowns on outdoor gear for hiking, climbing, trail running, and lounging around the campfire, so I looked for them.

Darn Tough Hiker Micro Crew Cushion ($17; 25% Off)

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Darn Tough’s Hikers (available in men’s and women’s sizes) have been dubbed the greatest hiking socks by Outside’s Gear Guy. Because the micro crew sits just slightly lower on the thigh than the crew length version, they can be worn with both shoes and boots. Padding is present on important parts of the socks rather than an all-over wrap with Darn Tough’s typical amount of cushioning, helping to reduce foot stress without being too bulky inside footwear. These are basic everyday socks that are perfect for lengthy hikes or after-work beers at the pub. Darn Tough also offers a lifetime warranty, which is about as good as it gets.

Suunto 9 Baro GPS Watch ($400; 20% Off)

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If you’ve been eyeing the 9 Baro, now is your chance to save a hundred dollars. Andrew Skurka described it as “the most accurate and extensively equipped watch in Suunto’s line, while also being the nicest to look at, wear, and operate” in his long-term evaluation. The multisport GPS watch boasts a long battery life that endurance athletes will appreciate (up to 120 hours in Ultra mode), as well as a built-in barometer, wrist-mounted heart rate sensor, easy-to-read screen with up to seven data fields, over 80 sport modes, and a high level of customisation.

Storm 400 Headlamp ($37; 25% Off) by Black Diamond

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The Black Diamond Storm Headlamp is “a critical part of [his] loadout,” according to reviews editor Jeremy Rellosa. This 400-lumen headlamp has three output levels (high, medium, and low), as well as three separate night vision modes and a battery metre to keep track of how much run time you have left, so you won’t be caught off guard in the dark (high output will get you around five hours of light). The Brightness Memory feature is also useful, as it allows you to toggle the headlamp on and off at the brightness level you want without it reverting to its full power default setting.

Luna Harness Kit ($142; 25% Off) by Petzl

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The Petzl Luna climbing harness was added to Outside’s V-day wishlist because “it comes with large loops that are comfortable with extra padding.” The women’s fit offers a higher rise and better conforms to the lower back and hips, distributing weight and making for a more comfortable ascent. The harness may be used for rock, ice, and gym climbing, and it includes a GriGri belay device and a locking carabiner.

Leki MCT Superlite Carbon Trekking Poles ($150; 25% Off)

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The Leki MCT Superlite poles’ streamlined design and carbon fibre shafts enable for light, rapid, and precise movement, so much so that Outside’s senior gear editor Ariella Gintzler uses them for mountain running. By omitting standard locking systems, these fixed-length folding poles save weight, and the simple push-button allows for speedy disassembly. The grips are the coolest feature: in a matter of seconds, breathable mesh gloves click in and out of the trigger quick-release system.

Stargaze Luxury Recliner Chair by Nemo ($164; 25% Off)

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Outside columnist Graham Averill noted, “Because of its comfort, the Stargaze is now a mainstay in my car-camping pack and the first chair I reach for during any tailgate situation.” This hammock-camp chair hybrid is ideal for relaxing at the beach, having a backyard BBQ, resting on the sidelines at your child’s sporting event, or sitting around the campfire. The newest edition offers a wider fit range and a lower centre of gravity than the prior model, allowing you to rock back with more stability. In just a few easy steps, the flexible aluminium frame suspends you above the ground for the ultimate in relaxation. It also has a comfortable adjustable headrest, cupholder, and a little stash pocket for your phone and keys, and it folds into its carrying bag for simple transport.

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