REI is holding a massive 4th July sale, and we've hand-picked the 5 best deals

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REI is holding a massive 4th July sale, and to save you the effort of hunting through all the deals, we've picked out the five offers that you absolutely shouldn't miss.

For us, the standout deal this year is the excellent Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL2 backpacking tent, which is down from $529.95 to just $317.89. Big Agnes makes some of the best tents we've ever tested, and this one is particularly light and compact, with a packed weight of just 3lbs 2oz. Read on for the rest of our recommendations, with handy links that'll take you straight to the deals.

If you can't see what you're looking for here, you can also browse the whole sale using the quick links below. Alternatively, if you can wait a couple of weeks, we'll be rounding up all this year's best Amazon Prime Day camping deals, including offers on tents and sleeping bags.

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The best deals


Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL2 Tent: $529.95 $317.89 at REI
Save $212.06 Big Agnes makes some of the best tents you can buy, and with a 40% price cut, they're even easier to recommend. This two-person model is brilliantly designed for backpacking, packing down to a tiny 6 x 19.5in bundle, with a packed weight of 3lbs 2oz.

Big Agnes Sidewinder SL 20 Sleeping Bag:$249.95$149.89 at REISave $100.06

Big Agnes Sidewinder SL 20 Sleeping Bag: $249.95 $149.89 at REI
Save $100.06 The Sidewinder is our favorite bag for side-sleepers, who often struggle with standard mummy-style bags. When we tested the women's version, we particularly appreciated the use of down cushioning to reduce pressure at the hips and shoulders.

Petzl Actik Core Headlamp: $84.95$63.69 at REISave $21.26

Petzl Actik Core Headlamp: $84.95 $63.69 at REI
Save $21.26 This lightweight unit is currently sitting in second place in our roundup of the best headlamps, and is the one I use myself for running after dark. It weighs just 75g, but has a maximum brightness of 450 lumens and an excellent max beam distance of 90 meters. At this price, it's a steal.

Nike Wildhorse 8 Trail Running Shoes:$140$104.93 at REISave $35.07

Nike Wildhorse 8 Trail Running Shoes: $140 $104.93 at REI
Save $35.07 We've tested a lot of trail shoes over the years, and the Wildhorse 8 is one of the best. Our writer Julia Clarke said they "stood up better than any [shoes] I'd tried before" on slippery trails, and they're going cheap in the sale at REI.

Balega Blister Resist No-Show Socks:$20$14.99 at REISave $5.01

Balega Blister Resist No-Show Socks: $20 $14.99 at REI
Save $5.01 We're big fans of Balega's anti-blister socks, with their extra deep heel pockets to stop them sliding down, and breathable panels to prevent swear. They've earned a place in our guide to the best trail running socks and they're a bargain in the REI sale.

You can also get 15% off one REI Co-Op brand item when you sign up for the REI newsletter, and if you're an REI member, you can get $20 off when you spend $100 in the Outlet through July 4.

Cat Ellis

Cat is the editor of Advnture, She’s been a journalist for 15 years, and was fitness and wellbeing editor on TechRadar before joining the Advnture team in 2022. She’s a UK Athletics qualified run leader, and in her spare time enjoys nothing more than lacing up her shoes and hitting the roads and trails (the muddier, the better), usually wearing at least two sports watches.