For many newbies, the first outdoor gear store they set foot in will probably be an REI. One of WIRED’s favorite retailers, the venerable customer collective has been around since 1938. Because its shareholders are members, it’s able to prioritize environmental stewardship over quarterly profits. In fact, REI donated 70 percent of its profits in 2018 to projects that create more access to public lands, combat climate change, and more.
This year, REI’s annual Labor Day sale starts on August 23 and continues through September 2. In addition to 40 percent off sale items, members can also get 20 percent off full-price REI Outlet items with code LABORDAY19. These are our top picks for the early Labor Day sale, your last big adventure of the summer. Read on for gear that will take you into the fall and beyond.
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A Great Folding Kayak is 20 Percent Off
One of the biggest problems with owning watercraft is that storing and transporting them is a hassle, especially for apartment dwellers. We love Oru Kayak’s ingenious folding kayaks, and they’re almost never on sale. This one-person kayak is made from durable, lightweight polypropylene. It also has storage in the hull, a weight capacity of 300 pounds, and a padded seat.
Buy the Oru Kayak Bay ST for $1,279 ($320 off)
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