The 15 best things you can buy under $100 at REI
From hammocks to water bottles these are great picks for your next adventure.
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REI is homebase for both the outdoorsy and indoorsy alike. From high-quality hiking boots to super cozy pullovers, they really have something for everyone. While some of their more luxurious outdoors items (think: a paddle board) can run on the expensive side, you can get some incredible stuff for under $100 at the adventurous retailer.
Aside from top outdoors lifestyle brands like Patagonia and The North Face, you can find gear that we’ve put through rigorous testing in our labs, so you can rest easy knowing they’ll stand up to your outdoor (and indoor) adventures. We looked through the entire REI site to find some the best and most highly-rated products that are actually worth your money. From top-rated products to items we’ve tested ourselves to personal favorites, these are the 15 best things you can get at REI for under $100.
1. These popular ‘hippie’ shoes
While Birkenstocks are known for their comfortable and “granola” footwear, my personal favorite style of these shoes is the Mayari Birko-Flor Sandals, which happen to be just under $100 at REI. They have a cleaner, more fashionable look to them compared to traditional Birks, in my opinion, as well as a 4.25-star rating to back it up. They’re also super comfortable and quick to break in, which is why I wore them for an entire week while exploring Italy last summer.
2. A hammock to lounge around in
My picture perfect summer is clear skies, a book in my hand, and my butt in a hammock while I read the day away. And ENO makes one of the best portable hammocks around. With more than 600 reviews and nearly perfect 5-star rating, reviewers love the DoubleNest Hammock because it’s easy to set up and large enough to sleep two people. It’s ideal for any campsite or college campus quad.
3. This popular rain jacket
When it comes to staying dry during spring showers, The North Face’s Venture 2 has got you covered. It’s light, water resistant, breathable, and has plenty of rave reviews. People recommend it for everything from drizzly hikes to trudging through downpours—it’s that good. Plus, it comes in a ton of color options to suit your unique preference.
- Get the Women’s The North Face Venture 2 Jacket for $73.93
- Get the Men’s The North Face Venture 2 Jacket for $74.19
4. One of our favorite portable speakers
During long hikes or trips to the beach, it’s nice to have the option to play your own tunes aloud. That’s why we recommend the JBL Clip 3 Portable Speaker. It’s one of the best portable speakers we’ve ever tested and it easily clips onto your backpack or belt loop—A.K.A. no carrying required. We also found that it has a pretty big sound for its small size and it’s also waterproof, which is always a bonus.
5. A fun, but challenging lawn game
The premise of Spikeball is simple: bounce the ball off the net and try to bounce it so that your opponent can't return it. But it’s actually incredibly challenging and can keep you entertained for hours. It’s a great game to bring to the beach or summer barbecues, plus you only need two people to play and you can almost always wrangle up a partner.
6. The ever-popular Patagonia pullover
Patagonia’s Better Sweater is iconic for a reason. These quarter-zips are comfy, cozy, and always make you look put together whether you’re running errands or cheering on the sidelines of a sports game. I own two Better Sweaters and they’re my go-to loungewear, especially when I’m working from home.
- Get the Women’s Patagonia Better Sweater Quarter-Zip Fleece for $69.29
- Get the Men’s Patagonia Better Sweater Quarter-Zip Pullover for $69.29
7. A blanket you can bring everywhere
Between camping, picnicking, and beach trips, a blanket is a must-have to avoid getting dirt and sand all over you. This Matador Pocket Blanket folds up into a convenient carry case and is quite popular with more than 1,500 reviews and a 4.25-star rating. It’s both water- and puncture-resistant, and is easy to toss into a backpack or tuck into a pocket.
8. Our favorite water bottle for the outdoors
When you’re constantly on the move, your water bottle tends to take a few tumbles—at least for me it does (my stainless steel one has more than a few dents). That’s why we love the Yeti Rambler Vacuum Bottle and named it the best water bottle for the outdoors. It’s puncture, dent, and rust-resistant and keeps your drink ice cold, making it ideal for long hikes in the summer heat.
9. The best pocket knife we’ve ever tested
If you need a pocket knife for everyday tasks like cutting through boxes or whittling wood in the woods, we recommend getting the Spyderco Delica 4. It’s the best pocket knife we’ve ever tested for a reason. We love that its thumb-hole design gives you better control and it’s incredibly durable, so you can rely on it in your camping bag for years to come.
10. These outdoor sandals with a cult following
Whether you love them or think they’re the ugliest things on the planet, you can’t deny that Tevas are popular among the outdoors community. With cushy foam soles and quick-drying polyester straps, they’re comfortable enough to wear for hours and are puddle and stream safe. Reviewers even claim they’re great for hiking and have more than 1,500 reviews to back them up.
- Get the Women’s Teva Original Universal Sandals for $50
- Get the Men’s Teva Original Universal Sandals for $50
11. This portable chair for quick seating
Finding a fire pit at your campsite is all fun and games until you realize you have nowhere to sit other than the cold, hard ground. That’s where this portable chair comes in handy. The Flexlite Air Chair comes in a carrying case and is easy to set up, plus it’s quite light at just one pound, so it won't be a nuisance to carry with the rest of your gear. Reviewers praise that it’s a must-have for adding a little more comfort on your adventure.
12. A duffle that’s great for weekend trips
At 40 liters, the Patagonia Black Hole Duffel is perfect for weekend trips. It literally fits so much stuff. Not only is there a large main compartment to fit your clothes, but there's a side pocket that can be accessed internally or externally as well as a smaller mesh pocket for smaller items. My brother uses this bag when he travels home for the holidays and he can fit a week’s worth of stuff in there.
13. A pair of durable hiking boots
A cheap pair of hiking boots is always a mistake. You’re likely to end up with blisters and achy feet that you’ll have to deal with for the rest of your miles. But with more than 500 reviews, people recommend these Timberland hiking boots, which are also quite affordable at just under $100. One reviewer claims that they survived hiking 200+ miles sans blisters thanks to these boots, and others rave that they’re lightweight and comfortable.
14. A great backpack for school and work
The North Face has made trusty backpacks for high schoolers and collegiates alike for years. One of our favorite backpacks is the Jester Daypack. It’s comfortable and has surprising space, and I think it’s great to pick up for work or the school year.
15. A handy multitool for every situation
Multitools are like an entire tool kit at your fingertips, and our favorite one is the Leatherman Wave Plus. It replaces the need for 18 tools, including pliers, premium replaceable wire cutters, a serrated knife, a saw, and more. We also loved how convenient it is and were able to use it for a variety of tasks—like installing a dishwasher.
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