I’ve been smitten with REI ever since watching Reese Witherspoon (as memoirist Cheryl Strayed) toss her red-laced boots off a mountaintop in Wild. Such an iconic scene really sticks with you. And once you get your hands on REI gear, the quality of the outdoorsy staples will steal your adventure-loving heart pretty darn quickly.
This time each year, the brand throws an epic (e-p-i-c) sale. Just perusing the site makes me want to pack a bag and head for the nearest forest (or, I don’t know, a scenic national trail that stretches from California to Washington), stat. In past years, I’ve checked out of the sale with half-priced running shoes, wool socks fit to battle the most brutal days of winter, and athleticwear that rings up at 30 percent of its full price.
It’s the most wonderful time of the summer—so, without further ado, here’s how to shop REI’s glorious markdowns like the nature-nerd-slash-fitness-enthusiast that you are.
See our fitness editors’ 7 top picks from the epic REI sale.
Made for high-impact sports and adventures, this bra will take you far (like, geographically and metaphorically). Five colors have made it to the sale, so invest in more than one if you so desire.
Once you own a Smartwool base layer, wintertime becomes approximately 43 percent more doable—swear.
prAna Ardor Dress, $44
Haven’t you heard? Exercise dress are all the rage. This one borrows the style of racerback bras for a sport #lewk to carry you from summer to fall.
Soak up summer’s finale with a floral swimsuit that’s just as functional (read: ready for swimming and splashing) as it is cute.
KUHL Horizn Pants, $42
The sweatpant disguised as a work pant is a staple of the Well+Good office. This pair comes with all the pockets so you’re never without a place to store your keys, phone, headphones, snacks, etc.
This flowy romper was made for Saturdays when you feel like walking around in your birthday suit, but, like, should actually run a few errands. It also comes in a vibrant red for a more eye-catching style moment.
Rock sneakers all fall without a sock turtleneck.
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