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The 13 Best Deals at REI's 4th of July Sale

Gear up for summer with up to 50% off on tents, packs, shoes, and more.

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REI Co-op Passage 2 Tent

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Can you really get a solid backpacking tent for a Benjamin? You can with this affordable shelter. “This three-season dome performs as well as tents twice its price,” our reviewer said after a test in Colorado’s Mt. Zirkel Wilderness. “After setup, it barely budged. Two nine-square-foot vestibules were big enough to hold a pack and boots. Buy REI Co-op Passage 2 Tent now for $99 (37% off)

Osprey Atmos AG 65 Pack

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For desert hikers—or anyone who sweats—the mesh antigravity back panel on this lightweight load hauler is a lifesaver. Nine external pockets make organizing gear a snap, while upper and lower compression straps keep gear from shifting around. Buy Osprey Atmos AG 65 Pack now for $169 (35% off)

Vasque Breeze LT GTX Hiking Boots

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Thanks to a less-thick Vibram Megagrip outsole and a relatively light weight (1 pound, 11 ounces), the Vasque Breeze LT move over rocky mountain terrain like a scrambling shoe while still offering the cush and protection of a boot. ““I scampered over hard slabs, up talus, and across off-trail routes and always felt confident in my footing,” said one tester after taking them on a search-and-rescue mission in Washington. Buy Vasque Men’s Breeze LT GTX Hiking Boots now for $127 (25% off)Buy Vasque Women’s Breeze LT GTX Hiking Boots now for $127 (25% off)

Lander Cairn XL Smart Lantern + Power Bank

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When we needed more—more power, more light, more options—we packed the Cairn XL. With 350 lumens on its highest setting, the XL could illuminate a whole cabin, while a 10,000mAh battery kept our tester’s phone charged through days of tent time on an Editors’ Choice trip to Banff National Park. Bonus: Cycle through different colors of light using the power button or a companion app. Buy Lander Cairn XL Smart Lantern + Power Bank now for $50 (50% off)

NEMO Switchback Sleeping Pad

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We love closed-cell foam pads for their durability and simplicity, and the Switchback passes both of those tests handily. Unlike other models, the Switchback has a hexagonal design that offers extra cush and better insulation. Buy NEMO Switchback Sleeping Pad now starting at $30 (25% off)

Altra King MT 1.5 Trail Running Shoes

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Altra’s lightweight, zero-drop shoes are popular on long trails around the country, and the King MT is a perfect fit for anyone who likes to move fast. With a velcro power strap to adjust fit and built-in rock plates, these shoes can handle the roughest climbs and descents. Buy Altra Men’s King MT 1.5 Trail Running Shoes now for $100 (28% off)Buy Altra Women’s King MT 1.5 Trail Running Shoes now for $100 (28% off) 

NEMO Disco 15 / Rave 15 Sleeping Bag

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If you hate feeling constricted in a traditional mummy bag but aren’t quite ready to deal with the extra weight of a rectangular sleeping system, this hourglass-shaped offering from NEMO is a happy compromise. The 650-fill bag features comfort-first touches like a neck baffle and twin 23-inch zippers to help you vent more efficiently. (Don’t need a 15-degree bag? The Disco and Rave‘s 30-degree versions are on sale now for $30 and 7 ounces less.) Buy Nemo Disco 15 Sleeping Bag now starting at $225 (25% off) / Buy Nemo Rave 15 Sleeping Bag now starting at $225 (25% off)

UCO AIR Headlamp

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If light weight is your priority, the AIR is your headlamp. “It felt like I was wearing a headband, not a piece of hardware,” our tester said after taking this 1.6-ounce, 150-lumen model on a backpacking trip to Saguaro National Park. Fair warning: The built-in 170 mAh battery doesn’t pack a lot of juice, so plan on charging it from a power pack for anything longer than an overnight. Buy UCO AIR Headlamp now for $21 (30% off)

REI Co-op Quarter Dome Air Hammock

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If you’ve avoided hammock camping because you can’t sleep with your back slouched, the ingeniously designed Quarter Dome Air could be your ticket. “Two poles, contained in integrated sleeves at both ends, prop the hammock open at the head and foot, creating a flat, rectangular sleeping surface,” our reviewer explained. A 15-denier nylon fly warded off a shower easily. Buy REI Co-op Quarter Dome Air Hammock now for $140 (30% off) 

REI Co-op Quarter Dome SL 2 Tent

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As our reviewer put it, the Quarter Dome SL 2 is the “Goldilocks of two-person tents”: It’s light enough, roomy enough, and affordable enough that it deserves a place in every backpacker’s gear closet. The tent breathes superbly, thanks to full-mesh walls, while color-coded poles made setup easy. Buy REI Co-op Quarter Dome SL 2 Tent now for $223 (30% off)

Granite Gear Crown VC 60 Pack

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This lidless, lightweight pack comes in at just 2 pounds, 2 ounces for a regular, but thanks to a removable HDPE frame, it can comfortably tote up to 35 pounds. 100-denier body fabric with 210-denier Cordura reinforcements in key areas leave it strong enough to stand up to the rigors of the trail. Buy Granite Gear Crown VC 60 Pack now for $120 (40% off)

Osprey Manta AG 28 / Mira AG 26 Hydration Pack

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This pint-size hydration pack punches way above its weight. “Few packs this size have so many storage options,” wrote our reviewer, with a main compartment fitting extra layers while exterior pockets held chapstick, snacks, sunglasses, and more. Testers sung the praises of the included 2.5-liter reservoir, which had a 360-degree bite valve that made it easy to use. Buy Osprey Manta AG 28 Hydration Pack now for $124 (25% off)Buy Osprey Mira AG 26 Hydration Pack now for $87 (50% off)

Mountainsmith Morrison 3 Tent

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“Like Mountainsmith’s no-nonsense, high-value approach to pack-making? Then you’ll love the company’s new tent line,” said our reviewer when the Morrison first premiered. This update features dual doors and vestibules, a bathtub floor to keep moisture at bay, and a detachable ceiling loft. At a trail weight of 5 pounds, 11 ounces, it’s not the lightest three-person tent on the market, but if dollars are more important to you than grams, it’s a steal. Buy Mountainsmith Morrison 3 Tent now for $142 (38% off)

Summer is officially here, and that means cookouts, sun, and, if you’re anything like us, a *lot* of trail time. In advance of the 4th of July holiday, REI is offering big discounts on everything from tents to sleeping bags to outdoor electronics. We picked 13 of our favorite products to help you get geared up and get out there.