This past weekend we finally made it to our first REI garage sale. We became REI members and have spent WAY too much money there since moving from Arkansas to New Mexico. We really jumped back into hiking with the move to this awesome landscape. Plus there wasn’t a REI in Arkansas.
REI has had a couple of garage sales, which is where they sell off returned or demo equipment, since we have been in Albuquerque but they started at 7am and the only way I’m getting up that early on a weekend is to hike, end of story. The weekend after Christmas our local REI store did a garage sale that started at 9am which was right up our alley. Combine that with 11:25am tickets to see Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and we had our Saturday morning planed. For those wondering I thought The Rise of Skywalker was far from perfect but actually about as good of a job correcting episode 8’s numerous issues and bringing a mostly satisfying conclusion to the Skywalker Saga as could be hoped for.
I was actually really surprised how many items were at the garage sale and some of the awesome deals. I was almost sold on a new 15 degree sleeping bag that was over $100 off. But my steal of the sale was a new sleeping pad. I am going on an Introduction to Mountaineering course offered by Mountain Madness in the Pacific Northwest this summer. So I was really hoping to find an insulated sleeping pad before then. At the REI garage sale I found a Nemo Vector insulated sleeping pad for $25, full price is $130.
The Nemo Vector is rated by Nemo for 15-25 degrees thanks to Primaloft insulation. Dimension wise it is 72x20x3 inches which I am pretty happy with. The Nemo Vector does come in at 1 pound 4 ounces thanks in no small part to a built in foot pump for inflating the pad. So far I located one small hole in my $25 bargain purchase that I patched up. I have been unable to locate any further issues so it is currently sitting inflated for the next 12 to 24 hours to make sure it is holding air. If everything goes to plan then 25 bucks and 15 minutes of work got me a great sleeping pad for my trip this summer. If you are a REI member I would strongly recommend giving their next garage sale a look.