July 13, 2020

The Perfect Kit: Backyard Camping

summer camping

Summer is here, and while spending time outdoors might look a little different, there’s still adventure to be had. All you have to do? Head into your own backyard. Backyard camping may not be as extreme as the alternative, but there’s solace in the easiness of it. No permits, no red tape, no forgetting any […]

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June 16, 2020

Innovators: Tim Leatherman

A version of this story appeared in the summer 2020 issue of Uncommon Path.  Like microbreweries and chocolate shops, the Leatherman factory in Portland, Oregon, offers public tours. Visitors come to watch silver ribbons of steel cut into intricate shapes by a massive press that booms like a giant’s footsteps, applying 300 tons of pressure with […]

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June 7, 2020

Head to Head: This Little Light of Mine

A version of this story appeared in the summer 2020 issue of Uncommon Path.  1. Best for Running: BioLite HeadLamp 330 Weight: 2.4 oz. (with batteries) Battery: Lithium-ion rechargeable Max brightness: 330 lumens Max burn time on lowest setting: 40 hours Price: $59.95 For nighttime jogs, you’ll want a headlamp that has good front-to-back balance with […]

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June 7, 2020

Material Science: Everything You Need to Know About Sleep Systems

sleep systems

A version of this story appeared in the summer 2020 issue of Uncommon Path.  The Sleeping Bag Many bags you’ll find at REI come with two temperature ratings: one for comfort and one for a lower limit. The labeling looks like this. Comfort Rating (T-Comfort): If the ambient air temp outside is this number or higher, […]

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April 29, 2020

Gear I Hold Dear: My Handsewn Puffy

Kay's puffy red jacket

When I run my hands over my red jacket—now quite grubby around the seams—a memory of my mother pops into my head. It’s the early 1970s, I’m 12 years old and my mom, Roslyn, has gotten three sew-them-yourself kits from REI, including this red puffy for me. She’s pushing the feathers out of plastic bags and into the jacket’s […]

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April 29, 2020

Gear I Hold Dear: My First Pack

Two young children on a backpacking trip

We had just made it to our camp above Crater Lake when large, wet snowflakes started falling from the sky. My 8-year-old twin sister and I were on our very first backpacking trip, 3 miles from the trailhead, and we didn’t have long to gape at the impossibly blue, impossibly deep waters of the lake before our dad […]

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April 29, 2020

Camp Monsters Podcast: Kids’ Edition

Camp Monsters Podcast Kids' Edition

We can all use a little bit of imagination and creativity these days. What better way than with Camp Monsters podcast coloring pages? From the legendary Tahoe Tessie to the infamous Batsquatch, there’s a monster for everybody. Looking for more information on these monsters to inspire you? Check out season one of Camp Monsters or, […]

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April 29, 2020

Gear I Hold Dear: The Teva Ember Moc

Teva Ember Moc

Your days probably look quite a bit different right now. Mine certainly do. I’m showering on my lunch break, writing stories from the backyard, baking bread between phone calls and spending my weekends underneath my car methodically sniffing out all the small noises that I’ve been putting off silencing. I’m not even wearing real pants […]

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April 24, 2020

The Perfect Kit: Movie Night

Editor’s note: After a great deal of careful consideration, we temporarily closed our retail stores nationwide. For more information, review the 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 […]

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