I want to cash in my REI Rebate while the 20% off member deal is still in effect and I want to get something to use while camping with my girlfriend this spring/summer. We'll be doing mostly drive-in style camping in cool to hot, mostly-dry climates. I can afford to spend around $100.
Here are my ideas so far:
Tent: Right now we have a cheap-o Coleman tent that I scored out of a free pile on Craigslist. It definitely does the job but has a rainfly that would probably be insufficient in anything besides a heavy misting or sprinkle. The REI Camp Dome 2 seems like it could be a good option.
Multi-tool/knife: I've always wanted a Leatherman and it's just a matter of time before I get one. The New Wave looks like it has most tools I'd want/need.
Day-Pack and First-Aid kit: The last option I've come up with is getting a day-pack and first-aid kit, as we don't have either. The Flash 18 pack looks like something I could get a lot of use out of for day-trips and I like that it doubles as a stuff-sack. I'd also use it when I visit my folks or as a carry-on when I take a flight.
Thanks for voicing your opinion and helping us decide!