The cold just keeps getting colder and, if you’re anything like us, you’ve come to the haunting realization that you’re seriously underprepared in the winter gear department. We swear that trendy down coat we bought in college was may more snow proof last year, as were the winter boots that are currently falling apart at the soles… whoops!
If you’re questioning how the heck you’re going to make it through the next 3-5 months of sleet and snow, we strongly suggest shopping the REI Holiday Warm Up Sale that’s happening right now. Through Monday, Dec. 19, the outdoor retail giant is offering up to 30 percent off on everything from knit sweaters and fleece zip-ups to insulated puffer coats and warm base layers—basically everything you need to ride out the cold in peak comfort. Bonus points for REI Co-op members, who can save an extra $20 on orders of $100+ with the code OUTDEC22.
With thousands of outerwear essentials up for grabs, narrowing it down is the hard part. Top of our list? (Besides a new coat and boots, of course.) The Patagonia Better Sweater Quarter-Zip Fleece Pullover ($91), which is a versatile staple no winter wardrobe should go without. Made from better-for-everyone recycled polyester, it can be worn as a base or mid layer when the cold gets particularly brutal. Brr-ing it on.
Patagonia, Better Sweater Quarter-Zip Fleece Pullover — $89.00
Originally $129, now $91
Available sizes: XXS-XXL
This pullover sweater by Patagonia is entirely from soft, recycled polyester that can be worn solo or also as a top/middle layer during intense cold. Versatile enough to see you through the entire winter season, the stand-up collar helps lock in warmth around your neck, and the quarter-length zipper gives you the flexibility to cool down when you need. It’s no wonder it’s a top-rated find on the REI site.
Member or not, the REI Holiday Warm Up Sale is without a doubt the best time to invest in functional, fashionable cold-weather essentials from top-tier brands, Patagonia and otherwise. Find the other styles we’re swapping out our worn-out gear with as we speak, before they indefinitely sell out.
REI Co-op, Beyonder Fleece Jacket — $118.00
Originally $169, now $118
Available sizes: XS-3XL
True to its name, REI’s Beyonder Fleece Jacket goes beyond being just a cold-weather coat. It’s fashionable silhouette elevates any outfit with a hygge look you’ll want to rock now until the first buds of spring. Look closer and you’ll find detail after detail that give you all the more reason to add it to your cart, like the adjustable hood that seals out wind and flurries, or the button-snap side vents when things get a little too stuffy.
The North Face, ThermoBall Eco Insulated Jacket — $119.00
Originally $199, now $119
Available sizes: XS-3X
To stay warm in the biting cold without adding bulk, this insulated jacket by The North Face has your back. The lightweight, quilted nylon jacket uses post consumer recycled polyester as insulation to keep you warm even while damp. And it’s packable, making it perfect for travel and winter hikes.
Mountain Hardwear, Kor Nimbus Insulated Hoodie — $150.00
Originally $250, now $150
Available sizes: XS-XL
Designed to keep you warm on the slopes, Mountain Hardwear’s Kor Nimbus Hoodie will be a fast favorite for daily wear too. The stretchy shell offers flexible range of movement and trusty weather resistance, while the synthetic insulation inside—which is made up of a recycled polyester blend—delivers heat trapping warmth where you need it most.
Prana, Polar Escape Half-Zip Jacket — $66.00
Originally $110, now $66
Available sizes: XS-XL
Just looking at this cozy jacket makes us want to curl up near the fireplace with a mug of hot cocoa—it looks like bliss. Like the others on this list, it’s made of 100 percent recycled polyester fleece, making it a light but toasty layer you can wear underneath heavier coats and jackets or on its own when the cold is more mild. What’s more, the already relaxed fit is made even more cozy thanks to its oversized hood and roomy front pocket. We’ll take one in every color.
Athleta, Hanover Refined V-Neck Sweater — $76.00
Originally $109, now $76
Available sizes: XS-2X
This relaxed, v-neck sweater by Athleta has a classic look that’ll easily transition into the warmer months. The polyester-merino wool blend material makes it the soft and cozy base layer of your dreams, and the chic color options mean it’ll pair well with just about anything in your closet. “I love everything Athleta in my closet and this sweater is no exception,” writes one REI shopper in a 5-star review, “Comfy, warm AND beautiful—the trifecta!”
REI Co-op, Merino Wool Lightweight Socks — $12.00
Originally $20, now $12
Available sizes: S-L
You’ll have to be a member to get these socks on sale, but we strongly recommend you become one if you’re not already. For $30, you get a lifetime membership with serious perks, like free standard shipping, the ability to trade-in gear, and extra savings during sales events like these. Sign yourself up (or a friend—it makes a great gift!) and then add these kitten-paw-soft socks to your cart, plus thousands of other styles only on sale for members.
Chaos, Brioche Cuffed Beanie — $25.00
Originally $32, now $25
Available sizes: one size
This adorable beanie had us at “brioche.” The super cozy winter hat is made with fuzzy (but not itchy) nylon, acrylic, and polyester that keeps your noggin nice and toasty in the frosty cold. The only thing we appreciate more are the stylish color options that boast a multicolored, space-dyed look.
Buff, Lightweight Merino Wool Multifunctional Headwear — $22.00
Originally $29, now $22
Available sizes: One size
Ah, the magic of Buffs. They’re your cold-weather BFFs, designed to keep your face warm and wind-chap free when the snow starts to blow. Wear it as a headband, a balaclava, a neck wrap, a beanie—really whatever you put your mind to. Its moisture-wicking merino wool will keep you totally toasty on all your cold-weather adventures.
REI Co-op, Beyonder Slim Jogger Pants — $45.00
Originally $75, now $45
Available sizes: XS-3XL
Cozy sweatpants are a non-negotiable winter wardrobe staple, and these slim joggers tout a comfortable, stylish fit you’ll feel totally justified wearing outside of the house. Another members-only option, they’re made to give you total freedom of movement, so whether you’re squatting at the gym or sprawling on your sofa, you’ll be good to go. Brownie points for the hand pockets on either hip and a zippered internal pocket on the right side to keep all your personal items safe.
Patagonia, Long-Sleeve Midweight Fjord Flannel Shirt — $69.00
Originally $99, now $69
Available sizes: XS-XXL
Flannels are the plain white tee of the winter months, which means you can never have too many. This Patagonia Flannel Shirt is made of 100 percent cotton flannel you’ll never want to take off. REI shoppers love its effortless fit that looks great in each of the seven patterns. “The buttery soft cotton is a little thicker than the average flannel, built for years of wear,” writes one REI shopper in a 5-star review. “This shirt looks and feels amazing…I want one in every color.”
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