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April 19, 2018

Backpacking Recipe: Dehydrated Risotto with Spring Vegetables

backpacking meal

Risotto is one of our favorite comfort meals. It’s rich, creamy, and adaptable to any season. While we can have it any time of the year, spring is when we crave it most. It’s still kind of chilly out, so we want something that’s going to be filling and hearty. But at the same time, […]

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April 16, 2018

The Best Rain Jackets of 2018

It’s hard to live a life outside without encountering rain. That’s why a good rain jacket (or two) is an important part of every outdoorsperson’s closet. To pick the right jacket you’ll want to make sure it is seam sealed with a waterproof and breathable fabric,and a quality hood. But the rest is up to […]

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April 13, 2018

What Does Moisture-Wicking Mean?

woman zipping up a base layer

It’s pretty much impossible to shop for outdoor clothing without running into the phrase “moisture wicking.” Brands are forever telling you their apparel is made of this moisture-wicking stuff, so it must be important. But what exactly do they mean? A moisture-wicking fabric has two jobs: one is quickly moving (wicking) sweat to the fabric’s […]

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April 10, 2018

10 of the Best Hikes Near Atlanta

Sweetwater Creek at Sweetwater Creek State Park

With history, scenery and generally pleasant conditions for hiking year round, Atlanta is packed with plenty of options for everyone from beginners and families to experienced hikers. The many miles of easily accessible trails make the area ideal for both short day trips and all-day outings at one of the many state or local parks […]

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April 6, 2018

How to Pick the Most Breathable Fabrics

runners on a trail

If you’re looking for the most breathable fabric, you’re probably trying to keep your cool in the heat. But there’s more to staying cool than having breathable fabric. If you’re going to be even a little bit active, then you’re really on a quest to find the coolest fabric. We’ll start the discussion with the […]

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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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