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8 Perfect Last-Minute Gifts from REI's 5 Day Sale

Join us in procrastination nation. With these great gifts, no one needs to know.

Still haven’t gotten your holiday shopping done? It’s not too late. Start with these eight easy BACKPACKER-approved picks from REI.

KEEN Terradora Mid WP Hiking Boots

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These boots are shaped to accommodate front-end breathing room and back-end stability, with features like Achilles cushioning for extra comfort, straight out of the box. Buy KEEN Terradora Mid WP Hiking Boots Now

Suunto Core Watch

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We love this watch for its unyielding accuracy and reliability. Though bulky, its size is worth it for the memory capacity, and it’s packed with an altimeter, barometer, compass, and logbook. Buy Suunto Core Watch Now

Petzl Actik Headlamp

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This headlamp’s four brightness levels and excellent light spread make it reliable in all situations from tent to trail. Buy Petzl Actik Headlamp Now

REI Co-op Flash All-Season Insulated Air Sleeping Pad

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This sleeping pad is as smart as it is ultralight: Dimples evenly distribute air to keep the sleeping surface even and synthetic insulation meets reflective Mylar to keep the R-value high. Buy REI Co-op Flash All-Season Insulated Air Sleeping Pad Now

KEEN Targhee III Mid WP Hiking Boots

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We were already sold on this boot’s major support and stability. Its eco-friendly leather, vetted with a Leather Working Group certification, makes the choice feel that much better. Buy KEEN Targhee III Mid WP Hiking Boots Now 

Leatherman Micra Multitool

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Unlike its bigger brethren, this multitool is small enough—just 2.5 inches, when closed—to fit in pockets of any size, while maintaining functionality: The Micra’s spring-action scissors really work and non-detachable tweezers keep expeditions free from misplacement. Buy Leatherman Micra Multitool Now

Yaktrax Pro Traction System

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These microcrampons are ideal for trail running and easy- to medium-level hiking. Low profile coils provide great traction for moderately icy excursions, transition easily to dirt and pavement, and won’t lacerate bystander apparel or bags. Buy Yaktrax Pro Traction System Now 

Sea to Summit Comfort Light SI Sleeping Pad

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Triangular cuts drop this pad down in weight, without compromising comfort. If a good night’s sleep isn’t enough of a selling point, it takes just minutes to self-inflate and the air valve prevents the pad from re-inflating while packing up. Buy Sea to Summit Comfort Light SI Sleeping Pad Now

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