15 Gear Essentials Every New Outdoor Enthusiast Needs

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15 Gear Essentials Every New Outdoor Enthusiast Needs


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Interested in exploring new outdoor pursuits? Have a friend or significant other keen to explore more in the new year? Love our photo essays but not sure of camping or backpacking on your own yet? We’ve got you. This carefully considered gift guide features high quality yet affordable essentials sure to improve the life and experience of every new outdoor enthusiast.

Best of all, it’s all up to 50% off thanks to the REI Cyber Week* sale, running now through Sunday 8 December.

Kelty Gunnison 3 Tent w Footprint - 20% Off

A 3-person tent is the perfect size. In reality, a one-person can feel like a coffin, a two-person is ideal for one plus a pack, and a three-person is actually comfortable for a couple. This classic from Kelty features two doors and an easy to setup center-pole hub design, helpful for seasoned campers and novices alike.
Price: $239.95 179.73 (Take an additional 25% off the sale price with coupon code "CYBERDEAL19") SHOP NOW

REI Co-op Flexlite Chair - 40% Off

Equally suited for sitting fireside while camping or chilling in your own backyard or local park, the REI Flexlite Chair features a deep seat for sinking into, mesh side pocket for stowing a book, flashlight, phone, etc, and still packs down to an easy to carry—and easy to store—size.
Price: $99.95 $47.89 SHOP NOW

Therm-a-Rest Questar 20 Down Sleeping Bag - 20% Off

Perhaps the most key piece in any gear closet is a sleeping bag. You can easily borrow a tent, but sometimes folks are weird about lending out sleeping bags. So invest in a quality, 3-season bag like this from Seattle-based Therm-a-Rest—made with 650-fill Nikwax Hydrophobic Down—and be ready for all adventures to come. Packable, warm, and lightweight—exactly what you want.
Price: $249.95 $199.73 (Take an additional 25% off Outlet sale price with coupon code "CYBERDEAL19") SHOP NOW

REI Co-op Flash Insulated Air Sleeping Pad - 50% Off

The biggest turn off for new outdoorists is a poor night’s sleep, so it makes sense to be careful when buying a sleeping pad—don’t just go for the lightest or cheapest. An insulated option like this helps prevent waking up in the middle of the night freezing cold. Plus it’s stable, comfortable, and packs down super small for backpacking.
Price: $99.95 $48.99 SHOP NOW

REI Co-op Flash 18 Print Pack - 37% Off

This clever little lightweight pack is perfect for day hikes or stuffing in your luggage while traveling for extra carrying capacity on the way home. At just 9oz and hydration bladder compatible, it’s great for basecamp hikes while backpacking too. Also works well for the daily commute in town.
Price: $39.95 $24.99 SHOP NOW

Rumpl Down Puffy Blanket - 25% Off

After years of wondering why I’d ever need a special blanket for camping, I finally got to test a Rumpl and let me tell you, I’m never going camping without it again. Keep your backside cozy at the campfire, improve a lightweight sleep setup, stay warm on chilling mornings, or use it around the house. Either way, the lightweight, packable, and water-resistant design is ideal for keeping in your camp kit or car for when adventure calls.
Price: $159 $119.19 SHOP NOW

Gregory Paragon 58 Pack - 24% Off

Imagine waking up in a tent, knowing your only responsibility for the day was to walk a handful of miles, eat a bunch of rich food, maybe take a nap or swim in a lake, then watch the sun set. No email, no group chats. That’s backpacking. And this lightweight pack is your ticket to getting after it. Plenty of support, enough room for a multi-day trek, and a built-in rain cover for that storm that wasn’t on the forecast but will inevitably show up anyway.
Price: $229.95 $172.73 (Take an additional 25% off Outlet sale price with coupon code "CYBERDEAL19")
Women’s Option: Yes SHOP NOW

United By Blue To The Woods 22oz Enamel Mug - 50% Off

An enamel camp cup is both classic and practical. The single-wall design allows it to be used over an open flame—and this 22oz size is perfect for heating up soup, making cowboy coffee, or simply eating breakfast from. Enamelware is easy to clean, durable, and looks great both in photos and on your desk holding pens and pencils.
Price: $28 $13.99 SHOP NOW

Gerber Suspension-NXT Multi-Tool + Paraframe I Fine-Edge Knife Bundle - 30% Off

Like a pocket knife, you may not need a multi-tool every day, or even every trip, but when you do, you’ll be beyond glad it’s there. This bundle comes with both—perfect for stashing in your rig and your camp kit.
Price: $49.95 $34.89 SHOP NOW

Black Diamond Spot Headlamp - 25% Off

An absolute essential for camping and backpacking, we’d suggest even bringing a headlamp along for day hikes, ski tours, or any other outdoor pursuit—if you wind up spending the night outside, it could literally be a lifesaver. Heck, I even keep one in my glove box in case of roadside emergency. Also, be sure to keep spare batteries on hand.
Price: $39.95 $29.73 SHOP NOW

REI Co-op XeroDry GORE-TEX Jacket - 30% Off

Like a headlamp, it’s important to always pack a rain shell when hiking, camping, or really doing any extended activity where an unexpected weather shift could spell seriously bad news. This two-layer GORE-TEX jacket is fully waterproof, breathable, weighs just 12.5oz and packs down small. Plus the many colorways are pretty dang stylish.
Women’s Option: Yes
Price: $159 $111.29 SHOP NOW

REI Co-op 650 Down Jacket 2.0 - 30% Off

Made of recycled nylon shell with DWR finish and 650-fill-power down insulation, this lightweight puffer from the Co-op offers some serious bang for your buck. The minimalist design is super packable, looks great in the city and on the trail, and contains certified blue sign materials, meaning the manufacture took deliberate steps to reduce negative impacts on environment, workers, and wearer.
Women’s Option: Yes
Price: $99.95 $69.89 SHOP NOW

La Sportiva Akyra Trail-Running Shoes - 25% Off

It’s easy to think you need massive hiking boots to hit the trail safely, but the most essential thing when hiking or backpacking is comfort. And sometimes a lightweight trail runner is the answer. This option from Italian mountaineering mainstay La Sportiva features a structural design inspired by origami that’s ultra supportive and stable. Plus, the wild design looks rad in town too.
Women’s Option: Yes
Price: $140 $104.99 SHOP NOW

REI Co-op Merino Midweight Base Layer Half-Zip Top - 40% Off

Merino wool is like magic. The natural fiber comes from a special breed of sheep native to the high altitudes of New Zealand. It’s naturally antimicrobial, moisture-wicking, thermo-regulating, and odor resistant. And it doesn’t shed plastic microfibers into our waterways like synthetic materials do when washed. So trust us, you need a Merino mid layer, and finding one for this price is essentially unheard of.
Price: $89.50 $53.69 SHOP NOW

Camping, Hiking, and Climbing Classes, Tours, and Events with REI Co-op - 30% Off

Everyone starts somewhere. And the best place to start when new to camping, hiking, or any other outdoor pursuit is alongside a veteran of that activity. With REI's class initiative, you get the opportunity to learn from the pros in a safe and supportive environment, taking with you valuable experience and knowledge to use as a foundation for your new life as an outdoorist.
Price: $20 - $1000 with code "OUTSIDE2019" SHOP NOW

Published 12-02-2019

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