You may not find today's Gear Up item - that sweet little Katadyn water filter - but you can find bargains on other gear at the annual members only garage sale Saturday at REI.
This is "as is" gear - stuff that has been used and returned. Get there at 9 a.m. for the best selection.
Before I set off on my three-year trek around Africa I picked up a pack at an REI. I was all set to buy another bag and a salesguy said, "Wait a day and come back for the sale. There's some great packs we've used as rentals." Saved myself about $100. Nothing to sniff at, as they say. $100 goes a long way in Congo, let me tell you.