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The 7 Best Gear Deals for Hikers at REI's Labor Day Sale

Grab serious savings on GPS units, sleeping bags, lighting, and more.

It’s officially September, and we’re thinking about fall: changing leaves, crisper temperatures, primo trail conditions, and, yes, Labor Day gear discounts. If you’re looking to stock up for your own autumn adventures, we’ve scouted out 7 of our favorite deals from REI’s Labor Day sale, now in full swing. From water filters to electronics to tents, this is what we have our eyes on now.

Sawyer Squeeze Water Filter System — $28 (25% off)

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The Sawyer Squeeze has been a popular choice for thru-hikers for a long time, and it’s not hard to see why: It’s lightweight, trail-tested, and simple to use. Just fill one of the included pouches, attache the filter, and, well, squeeze. Buy It Now

Garmin eTrex 22x Handheld GPS — $150 (25% off)

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When we sent a crop of GPS devices into the field in 2019, this affordable model came out on top. It doesn’t cost a mint, but still has every feature most people will want from a receiver, including a full-color display, a micro SD card slot, and a compact form factor that let us slip it into a pocket. Two AA batteries will power it for about 25 hours. Buy It Now

Deuter Aircontact Lite 65 + 10 Pack / Women’s 60 + 10 SL Pack — $165 (25% off)

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Made for comfortably toting big loads, the Aircontact Lite features dual-density foam in the hipbelt and 3D mesh construction in the backpanel to ensure that your gear sits comfortably on your back without leaving you sore. Smart feature: A separate bottom compartment holds your sleeping bag in place with no awkward barreling. Buy It Now (Men’s) / Buy It Now (Women’s)

Big Agnes Q-Core SLX Sleeping Pad — $105 (25% off)

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No matter how warm your sleeping bag is, if you don’t have a toasty enough pad you’ll be out in the cold. Rated for conditions down to 15 degrees Fahrenheit, this insulated pad kept us warm even when we were camping directly on the snow, thanks to a mix of reflective material and short-staple insulation. Buy It Now

Big Agnes Tiger Wall UL2 Tent — $300 (25% off)

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Lightweight tents often come with a lot of compromises. Not this one: At a respectable 2 pounds, 3 ounces, the Tiger Wall UL 2 still includes handy features like ceiling pockets and a structured geometry that maximizes living space. Buy It Now

GoPro HERO8 Black Camera — $300 (25% off)

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Shoot better video the easy way: The HERO8 Black corrects for camera shake automatically, lets you toggle between four different lenses, and even includes a mode to automatically shoot time-lapse photos at night for better star shots. Buy It Now

Big Agnes Torchlight 20 Sleeping Bag — Starting at $225 (25% off)

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Our testers called this a quiver-killer for a reason. Two extra-long zippers on the side let you expand this mummy from 60 to 70 inches in circumference, allowing you to add extra layers on colder nights or just buy yourself some extra elbow room when you need to get comfy. Buy It Now (Men’s) / Buy It Now (Women’s)