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August 23, 2018

Staff Picks: The Best Sleeping Pads of 2020

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. We’ve come a long way from the days when campers laid out bedrolls on pine boughs. Sleeping pads […]

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August 22, 2018

Staff Picks: The Best Sleeping Bags of 2020

sleeping bag sleeper

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. Considering how much time you spend in it, your sleeping bag may be the one piece of gear […]

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August 21, 2018

First Look: REI Co-op Rainier Rain Jacket

When the rain hits, you want gear that keeps you dry, but not at the cost of breaking the bank. Enter the REI Co-op Rainier rain jacket. It’s waterproof, breathable and wind-resistant—and costs $89. “[The REI] founders’ original intent was to provide people with affordable gear,” said Scott Mosher, senior product art director for REI […]

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August 21, 2018

Thirty Years of Trails and Counting

Mountain bikers on a trail

There’s a new trail in a spot I like to ride that winds up switchbacks through tall Jeffrey pines to a lookout. It replaces a steep, eroded elevator shaft that was a nemesis to all mountain bikers and hikers. Now, on the new trail, the dirt is fresh and smooth. The berms are perfectly elevated […]

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August 21, 2018

Gear Review: Trango Phase Alpine Draws

“Your draws are looking a little fuzzy.” said every person I’ve ever climbed …
August 21, 2018

Tested: The Best Car-Camping Tents of 2020

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A version of this story appeared in the summer 2020 issue of Uncommon Path.  Whether you’re a family car camper, an overlander or somewhere in between, settle in—your next nylon apartment search begins here. This year’s crop of car-camping tents proves that there’s a perfect home away from home for everyone who wants to get […]

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August 20, 2018

Too Old for Long-Distance Walking?

Maybe you backpacked in your 20s, ran road races in your 30s and 40s and climbed Kilimanjaro in your 50s. Suddenly you’re 65 and wondering, “What next?” Or maybe you did none of these but wish you had. I’ve met countless pilgrims, hikers and explorers well into their 70s out taking a walk that just […]

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August 17, 2018

How to Dehydrate Food

A dehydrator with multiple shelves and dehydrated food lining the shelves

Editor’s note: After a great deal of careful consideration, we are temporarily closing our 162 retail stores nationwide. Learn more about that decision here and review FAQs regarding REI’s recent store closures. Please consult the CDC or your state health department for advice related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including information on symptoms, testing and how to protect yourself and others during social distancing.  This article was originally […]

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August 17, 2018

The Best Mountain Bike Rides Near Atlanta

With the diverse terrain and well-developed trail systems, the region around Atlanta, Georgia has some unexpectedly amazing rides. Whether you’re looking for a mellow day out with the kids or hoping to get in a workout, you’ll be able to find what you’re looking for within driving distance of the capital city. With an abundance […]

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