With storm season in full bluster, the need for dependable raingear develops a greater sense of urgency. If you’re shopping for a new rain jacket, you’ll quickly encounter a trio of seemingly interchangeable terms: water resistant, waterproof and water repellent. Is there really a difference between them? Spoiler alert: “Waterproof” beats “water resistant” and “waterproof/breathable” […]
As we hiked uphill toward Gunsight Pass in Glacier National Park, on a three-day family backpacking trip, a couple in their 50s stopped to talk with us. They smiled at our 9-year-old son, Nate, and 7-year-old daughter, Alex, and said, “We’re impressed! We never had any luck trying to get our kids to backpack when […]
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In a time when more and more people are embracing outdoor recreation, here's how to combat the destruction of the wild places we love. Last year, for the centennial of the National Park Service, park visits were up by over 25 million across the nation. Yosemite traffic increased by 21 percent year over year—up almost […]
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In this series we interview our members and share why they believe a life outdoors is a life well lived. Ted Lo participated in a research project for our REI Co-op Private Brands team, answering questions about how he uses and views his gear in order to shape future REI brand products. He’s been a […]
Paracord is one of the most useful items to have on an adventure. From replacing a broken shoe string to making a fishing line, it has a wide variety of uses that come in handy in both day-to-day situations and wilderness scenarios. DIY survival bracelets make great gifts since you can personalize the size and […]
And inclusion could mean industry growth, too. The first-ever Women’s Off-Road Cycling Congress (WORCC) launched in October at the Pearl Izumi World Headquarters in Louisville, Colorado. The goal of WORCC Founder Elori Slater was twofold: to evolve the classic cycling industry ladies’ nights—where retailers invite women to gather over hors d’oeuvres and shop for goods—into […]
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Perfect for a chilly fall morning, this hearty breakfast skillet is a great way to start the day. The further we push into fall, the greater the motivation needed to get us up and out of bed. The nights are so long and the mornings are so cold that some days it seems impossible to […]
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