backpacking

July 2, 2019

In Search of the Perfect Sports Bra

A variety of sports bras.

I hiked the Pacific Crest Trail with one sports bra. Yes, one. For six months. Am I crazy? Probably. But that’s beside the point, which is that I searched for the perfect bra for months, and when I found it, it was all I needed. Of course, I didn’t realize finding it was going to be […]

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June 25, 2019

The 7 Coolest New Products for Backpackers We Found at Outdoor Retailer

Black Diamond ReVolt 350

We scoured the massive show floor of last week’s Outdoor Retailer trade show in Denver in search of the most exciting pieces of backpacking gear hitting shelves—and trails—in the coming months. From stoves to sleeping pads to backpacks, the innovation of your favorite brands didn’t disappoint. Backpacking gear is getting lighter, more comfortable and more […]

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June 11, 2019

The Best Snack Hacks for Any Outdoor Adventure

Snack Hacks for Any Outdoor Adventure

Few things inspire as much passion as adventure snacks. They’re a great way to motivate and reward yourself, friends and kids during your outdoor adventures. We asked REI employees and members how they get creative with trail snacks and they delivered. Use these ideas to spice up your next outdoor excursion, or to come up […]

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May 16, 2019

Beat Bugs: Thermacell Radius Zone Mosquito Repellent

Thermacell Radius resting on moss on a gray rock.

The sun was setting over a still, high-desert lake along the Pacific Crest Trail, 15 or so miles south of Timberline Lodge, Oregon. It was August 2018, I was well into my 24-hour birthday hike, and I wanted to enjoy the last rays and a snack before trekking on into the night. I sat down […]

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May 14, 2019

Your Guide to Last-Minute Backpacking

Campsite with backpacking gear set up

Whether you’re an experienced backpacker or just getting started, it can be difficult to find the time to get out. With work schedules and busy lives, many of us have only one or two days per week to spend nights outdoors. By the time a day off rolls around, it can be tough to find […]

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April 5, 2019

Comparing the Arc’teryx Beta and Zeta Jackets

My first hike after moving to the Pacific Northwest took me on a 7-mile haul to one of the best views of Seattle, if the day is clear. Unfortunately for me, it rained the entire time, and my three-year-old rain jacket that I previously considered “good enough” just didn’t hold up. By the time I […]

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April 5, 2019

How to Measure How Much Fuel is Left in a Canister

Person holds scale with a fuel canister dangling in front of a peaceful river.

Stoves that run on canisters are very popular, and for good reasons. They’re lightweight, easy to ignite and quick to boil water. But you may have noticed that it’s not easy to keep track of how much fuel is left in a partially used canister. In this article we’ll discuss two ways you can figure out how […]

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March 20, 2019

How to Set Up an Ultralight Tarp Shelter for Backpacking

A tarp shelter sits ready for camping.

Thru-hikers and minimalist backpackers love using tarps instead of tents because tarps are ultralight and take up very little space in a pack. And those backpacking tarp shelters are nothing like the big blue tarps at your hardware store; instead, they are made of a thin-yet-strong nylon or polyester that’s either waterproof or highly water […]

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February 17, 2019

Gear Review: Women’s REI Co-op Flash 45 and 55 Backpacking Packs

Whether you want to travel super light or feel super comfortable, you’re going to need the right backpacking pack for your outdoor adventures. And you’ll want your backpack to work as part of a seamless camping system that includes your pack, shelter, sleeping bag, pad, stove and other essentials. Together, these items comprise your core […]

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