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March 29, 2021

The Perfect Kit for the Perfect Picnic

Barebones Enamelware

Celebrate warmer temps by throwing an epic picnic. Our favorite outdoor-cooking gear is portable, easy to use and high-performing, so you don’t need to sacrifice a good meal when you head out the door. Set up in your yard, at a local park or at a campground. We’ve selected our favorite gadgets for the occasion—plus […]

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March 26, 2021

Gear I Hold Dear: My Camping Pillow

my camping pillow

I always thought that camping was supposed to be uncomfortable. Everything from abandoning four walls and a mattress to rubbing your heels raw from big miles in big boots to sticking to the plan even when the skies open requires some amount of resilience. I believed that part of the glory of backpacking is in […]

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March 15, 2021

How to Build Your Own Smart Indoor Bike

Smart indoor exercise bikes have been all the rage of late—and for good reason. These calorie-squashing workout machines bring professional-level cycling instructors and virtual cycling communities into your living room, giving you both a great workout and a chance to interact with (or compete against) other riders. But they tend to be expensive. Many run […]

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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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