If you’re headed to REI this Black Friday, then you shouldn’t. Yes, you read that right – REI shocked the retail world last year and announced that all 143 stores nationwide will be CLOSED on Black Friday and all 12,000+ employees given the day off to spend with family or #optoutside… to hike, bike, or, in all likelihood, to do their own Black Friday shopping 🙂 . We’ve been able to confirm that this is what they are doing again here in 2016 with all stores closed on Thanksgiving and Black Friday, reopening on Saturday as usual (regular business hours).
And this is not the only store to do so. Patagonia and Brooks Running have also followed suit and have closed their doors on Black Friday. We expect to see even a few more stores to do so here this year as well.
Of course that does’t mean that they won’t have any deals, but you’ll have to go online to get them. Although we don’t yet have the details on what’s on sale for 2016 (we’ll post it here once the ads, if any, are leaked). You can take a look below at what was on sale last year during the Thanksgiving weekend to get an idea on what’s possibly to come.
Until we have more details, be sure to sign up to our Black Friday newsletter (located to your left) where we will be sending out the top deals this year to help you get ready for the sales occurring from Black Friday to Cyber Monday. If you can’t wait then you can also check out REI’s current sale prices and their online outlet store to see what you can pick up pre-Thanksgiving.
What things are you planning on getting this year at REI? Let us know in the comments below!
The last Black Friday Sale from REI was in 2014:
For all of us outdoorsmen and women, REI is the go-to store for all of our gear. And for those who waited and prospered their purchases until now, the wait was worth it. This year we saw up to 50% off deals on items not normally discounted. If you were lucky and got in-store or online early, you could save on the latest camping gear, running shoes, bike accessories, and gps monitors. The sale started on Thanksgiving day on REI.com and Friday at 8:00am in stores.
For those into winter sports, the Black Friday was the perfect time to pick up a new REI-brand Revelcloud jacket at 40% off (men’s, women’s and kid’s sizes), new ski and snowboard equipment, and some warm winter boots (including Salomon’s Quest 4D Gore-Tex boots for just $159.99).
But our favorite deal had to be the REI outlet coupon (for use at rei.com) which let you save an EXTRA 30% on one single item purchased on the already discounted outlet stuff. Coupled with free shipping and extra member savings, the sale prices topped out any of the other sales we saw all year.
Finally, for those that take advantage of REI Adventures, you could save $800.00 (about 20%) on all 2015 departing “Machu Picchu: The Inca Trek Trail” adventures if purchased by Cyber Monday. This trip includes a guided 9-day adventure following the ancient path to Machu Picchu. It includes exploring Cusco, seeing ancient ruins, and visiting traditional Andean towns. Each day included about 5-7 miles of guided hiking with either camping or hotel says in the evening (3 nights camping and 5 nights in hotels). Best of all, just about all the gear and food is included so there is little needed to bring besides a sleeping bag and some cash for food.
Here’s a look at the full Black Friday ad: