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1. REI Co-op Screen House Shelter – Editor’s Pick
No one likes mosquitos, unless you’re weird, so finding ways to keep them away while you’re outdoors is always a plus. Screen tents work wonderfully for this purpose, and they can provide some shelter for the sun and rain, too. The REI Screen House is a 10-foot by 10-foot tent with two zippered doors with a 7-foot high ceiling. The floorless tent weighs just 13 pounds and packs down to 9 x 29 inches. It has sturdy aluminum poles and a fabric lip that covers the inside edges, keeping away any bugs that want to crawl in from below.
Pros/Easy to pack and set up, keeps bugs out
Cons/Doesn’t have a full floor
Bottom Line/A great screen tent to help you enjoy the outdoors more
2. Rainier Rain Jacket
Rain jackets are extremely important. I own multiple. Getting a feature-packed rain jacket for under $100 is a big deal, and this one from REI is a smoking deal during their Labor Day Sale. The Rainier is made from recycled materials and has a 2.5 layer laminate construction that withstands winds up to 60 mph and deflects rain keeping you dry. There is a three-piece hood with a drawstring to tighten it down. Pit zips let you ventilate when it’s hot out and an inside pocket helps you keep stuff dry and where you want it. This is a durable, waterproof jacket that you’ll enjoy. It was a good deal at $89.95, but with the sale, you can grab one for just $62.89!
Pros/Features you’d expect on a higher-priced rain jacket
Cons/None – this is a great deal
Bottom Line/Buy one. Just do it. It’ll make you happy
3. NEMO Stargaze Recliner Luxury Chair
We’ve talked about the Nemo Stargazer chair before, so you know we love it. Nemo is one of the premium makers of extremely high quality outdoor gear. This chair is simply amazing, too. It has a sturdy aircraft-grade aluminum frame that adapts to the terrain, so you can plunk it down just about anywhere and find instant comfort. The chair itself reclines with a subtle motion from you, making it a sweet way to – you guessed it – gaze upon the stars at night. The chair rocks and reclines, quietly and supports you everywhere you need to be supported. It has a pocket for your stuff and, of course, cup holders. It’s not cheap at $164.89, but that’s a great price for this chair which will easily become your favorite chair for camping, hanging out and enjoying the outside.
Pros/The most comfortable chair for hanging out under the stars
Cons/It’s not cheap, but it is comfy
Bottom Line/A great deal on a chair you’ll wind up fighting over when you’re outside – so maybe buy two?
4. 650 Down Vest 2.0
Vests make great layering garments and are perfect to wear alone when there is a chill in the air, but not enough for a full-sized jacket. This quilted, down vest is made using recycled materials for the outer shell, which is then coated with DWT water repellant, to make this vest highly water, snow and wind resistant. It has impressive 650 power down that is warm, lightweight and packable. This will make this vest your favorite this fall and winter. The vest will pack down into the left pocket, so you can throw it in the truck and pull it out should the weather take a turn. Grab one this Labor Day for just $55.89, a great price for a down vest!
Pros/Great features in a vest for a great price
Bottom Line/You’ll kick yourself if you don’t get one
5. Flash Hiking Boots
When you go hiking whether it’s for scouting for hunting season, sneaking into a great fishing spot, or just to enjoy nature and the great outdoors, you need a pair of comfortable, supportive hiking boots to get you there. These boots have a sock-like fit and feel, making them very fluid with your foot movements. They use HydroShield to make it 100% waterproof, yet still breathable to pull moisture out and away from your foot. A generous layer of foam-based padding in the insole gives you a custom fit, specific to your foot. These boots are also made from mostly recycled materials, making them a smart choice in more ways than one. Score a pair now for under $100.
Pros/Recycled materials, comfortable fit, waterproof
Bottom Line/A really great hiking boot for the money
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