March 8, 2019

10 Top Hikes Near San Diego

A wide beach and the ocean.

The temperate climate and varied topography of the greater San Diego area delivers an enjoyable getaway for hikers of all abilities. Whether you are looking for a seaside stroll, a rolling hike on open hillsides, a tough climb to a peak with a view or a route-finding challenge in the desert, the trail systems at […]

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March 8, 2019

The Best Down Jackets of 2021

A couple secures their tent; the person on the right wears the REI Co-op 650 Down 2.0 Jacket

A version of this story appeared in the fall 2019 issue of Uncommon Path.  Mastering a layering system takes work. But once you’ve done it, we think you’ll never go back. Layering systems are typically made up of a base layer, a mid layer and an outer layer. A down jacket, typically worn as a warm […]

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March 6, 2019

National Park Service Saw More Than 300 Million Visits in 2018

Hikers in Grand Canyon National Park

The National Park Service (NPS) saw 318.2 million recreation visits in 2018, according to an announcement released yesterday. This is the third highest number of annual visits on record since 1904 (when the NPS started tracking visitation numbers), though it is about 12.67 million visits fewer than 2017. The announcement also showed that visitors spent […]

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March 6, 2019

Easy Seat

Camper with pink coat on sits in orange Flexlite chair while two people filter water in the background.

A version of this story appeared in the fall 2019 issue of Uncommon Path.  The Flexlite Air story begins with a problem: how to create a camp chair that weighs just 1 pound. Why a pound? For the luxury of a real camp chair, backpackers told REI they’d be willing to carry an extra pound, but […]

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March 6, 2019

Your Definitive Guide to the Best Base Layers Money Can Buy at REI

A base layer top, water bottle, passport and map laid out in a cabin

Why do you need to buy base layers? When you get warm, your body begins to sweat. Sweat is great—it’s your body’s way of keeping you cool—but if that sweat stays trapped next to your skin for long enough, it can lead to a range of miserable and even dangerous happenings like chafing, overheating and […]

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March 4, 2019

Through the Arctic on Two Wheels

In early February, as temperatures in northern Canada hovered between -20 degrees Fahrenheit and -40 degrees Fahrenheit, four retired pro-cyclists made a first-ever, self-supported fat bike traverse along the shores of James Bay, Ontario. Situated on the world’s third largest muskeagh, or bog, the region is roadless and unreachable by land 10 to 11 months […]

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March 2, 2019

Put a Hike to This North Carolina Lookout Tower on Your List

A view of blue skies and mountains in the distance from Rich Mountain Lookout Tower

One of Pisgah National Forest’s historic fire lookout towers has been restored to its former glory. Rich Mountain Lookout Tower, near Hot Springs, North Carolina, was built in 1932 and was used to detect fires in North Carolina and Tennessee for more than 60 years. But the tower fell into disrepair after regular use was […]

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March 1, 2019

Staff Picks: The Best Yoga Pants of 2020

A woman practices a deep side lunge in black yoga pants

Editor’s note: Inventory can be unpredictable this year with COVID-19, so some of the items in this list might be temporarily out of stock when you read this guide. We’ll do our best to update it accordingly. Whether you’re channeling a warrior, chair or tree, a great pair of yoga pants can help keep you […]

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February 28, 2019

8 Best Hikes in the Grand Canyon Area

  Within striking distance of Flagstaff, Phoenix and Las Vegas, Grand Canyon National Park is great for weekend jaunts or week-long stays, and is suitable for anyone from avid hikers to those new to the sport. The breathtaking views and gorgeous trails make this area well worth the visit; plus, as one of the Seven Natural […]

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