Memorial Day is right around the corner and retailers are off to the races. Ahead of the big three-day weekend, Memorial Day sales are already offering all sorts of bargains on tech, home appliances, clothing, and more, and with the weather finally warming up, now’s a fine time to stock up on some outdoor goodies before you head out on your summer adventures. The REI Anniversary Sale is also taking place alongside those ongoing Memorial Day blowouts, giving you even more chances to score discounts on some shiny new kit. If you’re especially in need of some new outdoor gadgets, then you’re in luck: Below, we’ve hand-picked the five best tech deals from the REI Anniversary Sale, which feature some of our own all-time favorites.
Goal Zero Sherpa 40 Power Pack — $55, was $80
Every adventuring techie knows you won’t get far without power (or your electronics won’t, at least), so a good power bank like the Goal Zero Sherpa 40 is a great place to start when assembling your outdoor gadget loadout. Goal Zero makes some of our favorite portable power stations and the Sherpa 40, about the size of a small tablet or large smartphone, packs a 12,000mAh internal battery that delivers more than 44 watt-hours of power when fully charged. It also features USB, USB-C, and Lightning ports, meaning it can juice up pretty much all of your devices. The REI Anniversary Sale lets you score the Sherpa 40 power bank for $55 ($25 off), and REI Co-op members can take another 20% off at checkout with the code ANNV20.
Garmin Forerunner 45S GPS Watch — $150, was $200
Garmin fitness smartwatches have been giving Fitbit a serious run for its money in recent years, and the Forerunner 45S is the near-perfect activity tracker. It packs a full suite of fitness and health tracking functions (including the all-important heart rate sensor) along with a full-color non-touch display and a built-in GPS, giving you pretty much all the tools you need for just about any exercise or outdoor activity. The Garmin Forerunner 45S is already a solid value at its normal price, but the REI Anniversary sale has this fantastic smartwatch on sale for $150 right now, giving you a very nice $50 savings.
Goal Zero Sherpa 100 Power Bank — $225, was $300
If the Sherpa 40 whetted your appetite for portable power but you need a bit more juice on the go (say, for a larger tablet or laptop), then consider adding the Goal Zero Sherpa 100 to your adventure kit. This power bank features a beefy 25,600mAh battery that supplies almost 95 watt-hours and features four USB ports — two USB-A and two USB-C — as well as a 100-watt AC port for larger devices. It even has a built-in Qi charging pad for charging up your compatible wireless gadgets, something you rarely find on power banks. A $75 discount knocks the Sherpa 100 down to $225.
GoPro Hero8 Black Action Camera — $350, was $400
GoPro all but put action cam on the map, and it’s still the go-to for anyone looking for a rugged, heavy-duty portable outdoor camera. The Hero8 Black is one of the newest GoPro flagships and it improves on pretty much everything we’ve always loved about these devices: It’s tough, it’s waterproof, it’s easy to use, and most importantly, it records excellent video with fantastic built-in image stabilization. These things don’t come cheap, but the REI Anniversary Sale gives you the perfect chance to snag one at a discount: A $50 price cut brings this name-brand action cam down to $350 right now.
Garmin Fenix 6S Pro Multisport GPS Watch — $550, was $700
For serious extended outdoor adventures, you’ll want a wearable that goes above and beyond your standard fitness trackers. The Garmin Fenix 6S Pro is the one: Along with a full set of activity and health tracking functions, this smartwatch features satellite-based mapping (via GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo), an always-on 1.2-inch daylight-readable color display, great battery life, a compass, and even pre-loaded map data for thousands of locations. The heavy-duty, feature-rich Garmin Fenix 6S Pro would normally set you back a whopping $700, but the REI Anniversary Sale slashes the price down to $550 through May 25.
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