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March 11, 2021

First Look: New Hiking Boots from REI Co-op

The secret is in the name. When Isabelle Portilla and her team of product designers and strategists began noodling on the idea of building REI Co-op’s first-ever footwear line, they went straight to the heart of the business: co-op members. “They told us they were ready for us to enter the footwear space,” says Portilla, […]

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March 10, 2021

The Perfect Kit: Leisure Biking

three people biking

There are days when you feel like suiting up in head-to-toe spandex and going as far and as fast as your bike will take you. And then there are days when you just want to feel the sun on your face and the wind in your hair as you spin down the street. For the […]

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March 10, 2021

The Perfect Kit: Leisure Biking

three people biking

There are days when you feel like suiting up in head-to-toe spandex and going as far and as fast as your bike will take you. And then there are days when you just want to feel the sun on your face and the wind in your hair as you spin down the street. For the […]

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March 9, 2021

Gear I Hold Dear: The Pocket Burrito

pocket burrito

Don’t choke on your granola bar. This is serious. I know the internet is filled with controversial opinions, and I don’t mean to add to the noise, but when it comes to gear that is literally held, there is nothing dearer than a burrito. Simply extricate it from your pocket (or the top lid or […]

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March 3, 2021

Good Gear: Nalgene Sustain

Nalgene water bottles made with Tritan Renew

We have a plastic problem: we’re practically swimming in the stuff. Most Americans realize that our issue with plastic waste is an environmental crisis affecting virtually every marine and freshwater ecosystem out there. And yet, we keep churning out single-use plastic at an incomprehensible speed. According to the data, we could have more plastic by […]

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March 2, 2021

A Favorite REI Pack Gets a Sustainable Upgrade

Two women dancing on the beach; one of them wears the undyed Flash 22 pack from REI Co-op

Like most good ideas, the latest version of the REI Co-op Flash 22 Pack started out as an accident. In the summer of 2019, the REI materials team fielded a call from their textile mill in Daegu, South Korea. The glitch? The mill had accidentally made too much of a highly technical, bluesign®-certified fabric while […]

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February 25, 2021

The Biking Cure

Two cyclists pedaling along a highway in Florida

After the first 12 miles, the bike trail petered out and we turned onto the shoulder of a four-lane highway. Heading west, the graceful porches of old Florida gave way to gated developments, which turned into double-wides with chattery corrugated roofs. Cars in the yard, dishes on the trailers. My mother and me. We pedaled […]

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February 11, 2021

Everything You Need to Know About Personal Locator Beacons and Satellite Communicators

Garmin inReach Mini

Nobody ever wants to have to call for help on an adventure. But when you do need a hand—whether it’s because you missed a turn and can’t find your way back or because you took a tumble and broke a leg—you’d better make sure whatever lifeline you have works. That’s where a personal locator beacon […]

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January 27, 2021

The Perfect Kit: Winter Cycling

If pedaling through winter sounds daunting, that’s because it can be. There’s salt and slush on the roads, numb fingers to worry about and a good chance that the sun is already retreating when your ride begins. But you don’t have to let your bicycle gather dust when the temperatures drop—with the right gear, riding […]

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