Mar 17, 2011 at 9:04 am #1270669
@greginmiLocale: SE Michigan
I was just talking to an REI customer service representative about some gear and they mentioned I should see the 20% coupon in my email inbox on Friday, 3/18.Mar 17, 2011 at 9:42 am #1710175
@areichowLocale: Northern Minnesota
Why is it that whenever the 20% off coupon comes up I can't remember what I was waiting to get? :) Bah!Mar 17, 2011 at 9:58 am #1710183
@b-g-2-2Locale: Silicon Valley
On a normal year, the annual REI dividend checks are mailed out around the end of January. Any idea when those are being mailed out this year? I had a couple of hundred in normal purchases there last year, so my check should not be huge.
–B.G.–Mar 17, 2011 at 10:00 am #1710186
Not sure when they get the hard copies out, but if you login with your member number on the website you can view your dividend now.Mar 17, 2011 at 10:01 am #1710190
Steven AdeffBPL Member
agreed, what was it I wanted to purchase again?!
and do I buy winter gear for next winter or find something I can use now that the weather is warming up?
decisions…Mar 17, 2011 at 11:32 am #1710240
Tad EnglundBPL Member
@bestbuilderLocale: Pacific Northwest
Bob, the dividend should be out around the 24th of March, give or take a few days.Mar 17, 2011 at 12:18 pm #1710261
@chrisfolLocale: Denver, Coloado
I really wanted a new pair of crampons or snowshoes with the $130 dividend I have, but in typical fashion it looks like my wife will get the money since she needs a new pair of trail runners and I may end up with a book or chlorine tablets again haha!Mar 17, 2011 at 12:28 pm #1710268
@b-g-2-2Locale: Silicon Valley
The 24th of March? OK. Thanks.
I will alert the mail room staff.
I wonder why REI was so late this year.
–B.G.–Mar 17, 2011 at 3:14 pm #1710378
Jim W.BPL Member
The REI dividend was available online on 3/13/11 (I checked to find $36 credit). I'm waiting for the coupon supposedly coming tomorrow.
Past REI emails announcing the dividend and coupon were dated:
2/28/07 "PERK4U" (I spent it on 2/26 though)
3/26/10 "MEMBER20" (Though it was available online as early as 3/13/10)
JimMar 18, 2011 at 1:51 am #1710619
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@greginmiLocale: SE Michigan
No email, but I noticed the 20% discount information was on the REI homepage this morning.
Time to shop for some new boots!Mar 18, 2011 at 8:07 am #1710670
Ben 2 WorldBPL Member
@ben2worldLocale: So Cal
I just bought a pair of REI Adventure pants — using up my $18 dividends and the MEM2011 20% discount. CURSE YOU ALL!!!Mar 18, 2011 at 10:03 am #1710748
"Time to shop for some new boots!"
Same here… mine were in pretty rough shape after a few hundred miles of hiking in the last three years, culminating in the 40-mile hike up Kilimanjaro, scree-skating off of the summit, and then the 18-mile hike back to the gate… so I gave them to one of our porters rather than carrying them home, figuring it would be dividend time soon, and I was going to need new boots soon anyway :)
(Hopefully that will be a happy porter… a lot of those guys were wearing shoes (or flip-flops) that were in *much* worse shape than mine.)Mar 18, 2011 at 11:26 am #1710802
That was very nice of you to give your boots to one of the Kilimanjaro porters. I'm sure he really appreciated your kindness. And 'thumbs up' for heading to Tanzania to climb Kili…..that's on long climb. The last time I was in Africa I saw a guide with my exact boots on. He said client gave them to him. They were $300 boots and looked brand new.
I just got an email from REI…..$99.00 coming my way. Time for some new crampons.Mar 18, 2011 at 12:03 pm #1710820
It was quite a long climb! One reward was one of the most memorable sunrises I've ever seen, both because it was spectacular (we were really lucky with the weather on this trip!), and because our camp the previous evening was at the foot of the mountain that the sun's rising over in this shot.
My only regret is that because I was starting to feel altitude sickness setting in and I was out of water (which probably contributed), I only shot this with my digital camera, not with my film camera.
I also gave my GoLite jacket to the porter who did the summit trip with me; he carried my 4×5 (which I wish I'd been able to shoot that sunrise with!), and he also helped me back down when he realized I was losing it…
Those guys were awesome though… we had an amazing group of guides and porters on that trip!Mar 18, 2011 at 1:37 pm #1710856
Noel TavanBPL Member
Got both coupon and dividend notice today. $254 hmm what to buy?Mar 18, 2011 at 3:13 pm #1710896
@jainsworth123Locale: Greater LA area
Houdini's are back in stock. Picked one up after trying to find one for the past 6 months, and having them being sold out everywhere. After coupon and dividend, 20$, can't beat that.Mar 18, 2011 at 7:16 pm #1710999
REI has the new thermarest Neoair Trekkers available now.Mar 18, 2011 at 10:24 pm #1711044
Yuri RBPL Member
those pads are OK, but not great. They take up a lot less space, but pricey and somewhat heavy for a pad with R2 rating. My Z-lite is only 14oz, has same rating and only cost me $15 for a long version (brand new). Yes, it takes up more space, but so what – it sits on the outside of the pack.Mar 18, 2011 at 10:51 pm #1711052
Diana VannBPL Member
The difference between your Z-Lite and the Neo Air, size small, is 5 ounces. For me that's a significant weight difference. Ounces saved here and there add up to pounds saved, and ultimately to a much lighter pack.
The Neo Air, size small, weighs only 9oz. small Neo Air
This should not be confused with the Neo Air Trekker, which is a heavier pad, and the size small weighs 16 oz.
If I'm going to be in conditions that require more insulation, I can also carry a Gossamer Gear, Thinlight pad. So I would get some added warmth for the extra 5 ounces.Mar 18, 2011 at 11:03 pm #1711058
@shortbusLocale: So Cal
1 oz difference between a small Z-lite (10 oz) and a neo-air small (9 oz). Comparing a Regular to a Small wasn't exactly fair. The solite small is 9 oz as well, with a better R-Value, but is bulkier than both. There are trade offs all around, we all find something we like the best.Mar 18, 2011 at 11:05 pm #1711059
Diana VannBPL Member
Point taken. I wasn't trying to be unfair. It was an honest oversight. I didn't see that Yuri specified pad size. Also, I thought he was comparing to the Neo Air Trekker. I just wanted to stick up for the Neo Air.
Yuri said, "those pads are OK, but not great." I think the Neo Air is a great pad, and I've used one for a lot of trips. One thing I like about it is the incredibly small packed size. I know a lot of folks like to carry their pads outside their packs, so for them size may not be as much of an issue. But I prefer to keep my pad dry, so I carry it inside my pack. I'm still amazed at how little room it takes up.Mar 19, 2011 at 12:16 am #1711070
Ok, here is a replacement for my previous link of the Neoair Trekker. :)
The : Exped Synmat UL 7
I believe this was just released in the states this March (2011) and I was shocked by the price. Perhaps the 20% would help in this purchase?
Hopefully this link makes up for me linking the Neoair Trekker? :)Mar 19, 2011 at 8:45 am #1711139
"I really wanted a new pair of crampons or snowshoes with the $130 dividend I have, but in typical fashion it looks like my wife will get the money…"
My deal is what every she buys at REI she has to use hiking.Mar 22, 2011 at 9:15 am #1712628
"those pads are OK, but not great. They take up a lot less space, but pricey and somewhat heavy for a pad with R2 rating. My Z-lite is only 14oz, has same rating and only cost me $15 for a long version (brand new). Yes, it takes up more space, but so what – it sits on the outside of the pack."
When talking comfort, there is no comparison of a Z-Lite (not even an inch thick), to a Neoair (2.5 inches)!
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