April 3, 2018

DIY Vanlife: How to Make a Sleeping Platform

Person putting duffel in van

Have you fantasized about taking off on an adventure, embracing the freedom of the road and sleeping comfortably in your car, wherever your tires take you? Whether it’s for a months-long trip or a weekend at the crag, this DIY sleeping platform will make your #vanlife dreams come true, thanks to a pullout design and […]

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April 3, 2018

How to Ship a Bike

Editor’s note: This article was originally published on April 3, 2018. It was updated Oct. 30, 2019. Packing a bike for the first time presents some challenges. Bikes can be delicate, expensive pieces of gear, and their size makes packing them awkward; getting them to a destination safely requires planning. Learn how to properly break […]

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March 27, 2018

How to Have a More Eco-Friendly Camping Trip

I recently returned from a camping trip with pockets bursting with single-use snack wrappers. As I shoveled it all into the garbage, I wondered how it was possible to generate more waste “roughing it” than I do in my city life. I wanted to do better so I consulted with three REI experts on how […]

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March 20, 2018

How Your New Jacket Got Its Color

When you go paddling, hiking or skiing next year, which colors will you prefer to wear—electric blue, navy, chartreuse, turquoise or pink? To a novice scanning the blur of rainbow shades on the color wheel of outerwear and midlayers, it seems like only a wizard can predict. In fact, for leading outdoor apparel companies like […]

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March 16, 2018

The Best Men’s Underwear of 2018

Men's underwear

The last thing you want when you’re miles from nowhere is underperforming underwear. Your underwear should keep up with your active pursuits, delivering comfort and performance in hard-charging activities, extreme conditions and far-flung travel destinations. Unless you want to exfoliate a layer of sensitive skin to chafing, endure swamp-like misery in hot weather or risk […]

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March 16, 2018

The Best Men’s Underwear of 2018

Men's underwear

The last thing you want when you’re miles from nowhere is underperforming underwear. Your underwear should keep up with your active pursuits, delivering comfort and performance in hard-charging activities, extreme conditions and far-flung travel destinations. Unless you want to exfoliate a layer of sensitive skin to chafing, endure swamp-like misery in hot weather or risk […]

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March 15, 2018

The 8 Best Hiking Apps You Need to Download Now

We believe in the power of the outdoors—which usually means putting your phone down and getting out there. But sometimes, your smartphone is your window into a better time in the wild. We tapped our outdoor community to find the best apps available. These are the top eight hiking apps that will help you get […]

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March 9, 2018

DIY: Make Your Own Bucket Bike Panniers

The beauty of cycling is its accessibility. A bike, whether it’s old or new, cheap or expensive, is freedom on two wheels. Kitting out your bike doesn’t have to be costly either. Upcycled plastic buckets make sturdy, reliable panniers for urban commuting or weekly visits to the local farmers market. Throw on some stickers and […]

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March 7, 2018

The Solace of the Sierra

Sara Fry and her dog, Tank

Sara Fry can still remember a few moments from that day in the summer of 2005. Her water polo team faced a rival high school, which deepened her desire to win. The water cooled her body as she swam arm to arm with her teammates. Despite a shoulder injury, she felt driven. Just 15 years […]

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