What are you spending your REI dividend on? 2016 Edition

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What are you spending your REI dividend on? 2016 Edition

Post by Ingo » Thu Mar 24, 2016 1:01 pm

Well my dividend didn't quite cover it (hardly at all :? ), but I took advantage of the 20% off and a couple gift cards and splurged on a Sierra Designs Flash 3 FL tent: https://www.rei.com/product/879919/sier ... -3-fl-tent.

The appeal is that I usually keep my pack in the tent anyways and don't care about vestibules, I get annoyed when it rains in a tent when going in or out, I like to be able to control ventilation while in my sleeping bag, and the weight. The intent was to replace the couple's tent, but it's only a couple ounces heavier than my solo (2-person), so it will probably serve as a very luxurious solo tent, too--at least until I get a lighter 2-person.

I've only set it up, but like it a lot already. Weight is dead on the specs: 4lb 11oz all packed up, 4lb 3oz just tent and poles. 7 mins to set up the first time, staked out, without reading instructions, and dealing with packaging blowing across the yard. It was gusty, but it firmed up nicely once everything was clipped, and seemed a lot more stable than it might appear from it's shape. I will guy it out if any chance of any significant wind--but always have. The line-locs on the stake out points are great and make adjusting easy. Inside feels huge, even though the floor space is a fairly standard 3-person size--headroom and full height vertical walls make difference. Would be no problem with 4 people playing cards on a rainy day.

The jury is out on the attached fly: it certainly makes it quick and simple to set up. My questions are how will it hold up and how difficult is it to repair (hopefully won't need to find out). And if there is any condensation when you pack up, it's going to be on the inside and at least dampen the tent itself--you obviously can't fold the fly into itself to contain the moisture. We will see if that's an issue or not. Time will tell.


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Re: What are you spending your REI dividend on? 2016 Edition

Post by JerryB » Thu Mar 24, 2016 1:35 pm

I ordered a fix-blade knife-- the "Gerber, Strongarm Fixed Serrated, COYOTE". I have absolutely no way to justify it, as I already own many folding knives. But with the dividend and discount, it was almost free! I could not afford not to get it.

I may start a thread of preferred knives--big, small, folding, fixed, weight cost, etc.

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Post by hooky » Thu Mar 24, 2016 3:45 pm

I have no idea what to spend mine on, but it's only $5.46. Everything I bought last year was on clearance, except for the Allite chair I picked.

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Post by Tom » Thu Mar 24, 2016 4:24 pm

Like Ingo I decided the 20% off coupon (and a meager dividend) justified getting a new, lighter tent. I've been eyeing the Big Agnes Copper Spur UL 2 (https://www.rei.com/product/865389/big- ... -ul-2-tent) and picked it up today.

It was roomy enough to ride out a rain storm (the 1 person models just seemed a bit tight, and didn't lose all that much weight) and the Copper Spur can be 100% freestanding, compared to their Fly Creek and slightly lighter models. Can't wait to try it on the trail.


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Post by Gimp » Thu Mar 24, 2016 5:28 pm

My dividend was only about $9 and some change but I invested that and the 20% discount in a new women's backpack as a gift for my niece. She hiked the Greenstone along with my daughter and I in her first backpacking trip two years ago using an older borrowed pack. I'm trying to encourage both of the young ladies to take up backpacking as a lifetime activity. I figure that the new pack will incentivize her to complete the Pictured Rocks Trail with my daughter and I late this summer. I purchased an Ursack bear bag for myself since I expect to be canoeing in bear country at Killarney and Algonquin Provincial Parks for my next few trips.


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Post by Tightlines01 » Thu Mar 24, 2016 7:47 pm

Tom wrote:
It was roomy enough to ride out a rain storm
I rode out quite a gulley washer storm at Lane cove in mine last year.

You'll really like it. I also went with the #2 for a small bit more weight you get lots more room and an extra vestibule.


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Post by DonNewcomb » Fri Mar 25, 2016 3:15 pm

I have not decided what to do with the whole $6.

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Re: What are you spending your REI dividend on? 2016 Edition

Post by fonixmunkee » Sat Mar 26, 2016 5:45 am

Lots of new gear for 2016. New gear is always exciting.

I've been eyeing up the Therm-a-rest Treo chair for a while now, and think that a 20% off coupon will help seal the sale:

https://www.rei.com/product/898531/ther ... treo-chair
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Post by Tightlines01 » Sat Mar 26, 2016 5:53 am

Finally pulled the plug on a Marmot Precip jacket (although my dividend was only like $20).


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Post by Tom » Sat Mar 26, 2016 6:34 am

DonNewcomb wrote:I have not decided what to do with the whole $6.
Somehow I always conveniently overlook that limitation... :)

Honestly, it always seems to be the 20% off coupon that gets me to the store; some of that stuff rarely, if ever, goes on sale.
Tightlines01 wrote:Finally pulled the plug on a Marmot Precip jacket
Back at you with the product love. Marmot seems to hit a home-run with that design and manufacture; it just works. I burned through two other "higher end" rain jackets before finally picking up a Precip; it's been a solid purchase. I'd probably would have picked up the pants, too, if I hadn't scored a pair of Filson River Bank rain pants at the Filson outlet store in MN. I always feel like when I'm wearing the Precip, the pants, and my gortex boots I could jump off the back of the Voyageur at McCargoe Cove, walk up to shore, and still be dry.

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Post by hooky » Fri Apr 01, 2016 9:32 am

fonixmunkee wrote:Lots of new gear for 2016. New gear is always exciting.

I've been eyeing up the Therm-a-rest Treo chair for a while now, and think that a 20% off coupon will help seal the sale:

https://www.rei.com/product/898531/ther ... treo-chair

fonix, might I suggest an alternative?

https://www.rei.com/product/846402/alit ... rfly-chair

It's lighter by a pound, same weight capacity and packs smaller. I love mine. I was apprehensive at first with the whole idea of balancing on 2 points of contact, but it isn't a big deal at all. Spent an entire day rain bound in it under a tarp with no issues and very comfortable.


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Re: What are you spending your REI dividend on? 2016 Edition

Post by johnhens » Fri Apr 01, 2016 2:05 pm

Bought a pair of Mamut hiking boots.

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Post by Ingo » Fri Apr 01, 2016 8:36 pm

hooky wrote:
fonixmunkee wrote:Lots of new gear for 2016. New gear is always exciting.

I've been eyeing up the Therm-a-rest Treo chair for a while now, and think that a 20% off coupon will help seal the sale:

https://www.rei.com/product/898531/ther ... treo-chair

fonix, might I suggest an alternative?

https://www.rei.com/product/846402/alit ... rfly-chair

It's lighter by a pound, same weight capacity and packs smaller. I love mine. I was apprehensive at first with the whole idea of balancing on 2 points of contact, but it isn't a big deal at all. Spent an entire day rain bound in it under a tarp with no issues and very comfortable.
I second Hooky's love for the Alite chair.

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Post by Base654 » Sun Apr 03, 2016 6:09 pm

A drysuit for my trip this year. $6 and 20% off of $1200. Woohoo!

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Post by fonixmunkee » Mon Apr 04, 2016 3:32 am

hooky wrote: fonix, might I suggest an alternative?

https://www.rei.com/product/846402/alit ... rfly-chair

It's lighter by a pound, same weight capacity and packs smaller. I love mine. I was apprehensive at first with the whole idea of balancing on 2 points of contact, but it isn't a big deal at all. Spent an entire day rain bound in it under a tarp with no issues and very comfortable.
Dangit. That is smaller. I already ordered the Treo, though. Maybe when I'm up for the next tech-refresh I'll pick this one up. I bookmarked it :)
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