March 6, 2019

Your Definitive Guide to the Best Base Layers Money Can Buy at REI

A base layer top, water bottle, passport and map laid out in a cabin

Why do you need to buy base layers? When you get warm, your body begins to sweat. Sweat is great—it’s your body’s way of keeping you cool—but if that sweat stays trapped next to your skin for long enough, it can lead to a range of miserable and even dangerous happenings like chafing, overheating and […]

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February 26, 2019

The Best Warm and Breathable Fleece Jackets of 2019

Hiker puts on a North Face fleece

Why should you buy a fleece jacket? Fleece jackets are breathable, cozy and warm, which makes them a mid layer ideally suited to outdoor adventures when you need to adjust your outfit according to your level of exertion and the weather. Fleeces are also a stylish, everyday jacket option for people who live in colder […]

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February 25, 2019

Are Outdoor Preschools the Wave of the Future?

A child staring into the distance with sunglasses on

A group of toddlers waddle down a muddy path at Tryon Creek State Natural Area in Portland, Oregon, alternating between moving at a snail’s pace and running full-speed ahead. A handful of parents and caregivers are standing back, letting the children lead the way. No one is in a hurry and there’s no obvious teaching […]

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January 24, 2019

Top Picks for North Carolina Fall & Winter Camping

Hikers trudge by a wooden structure in Great Smoky Mountains National Park with the autumn leaves all around

North Carolina offers an incredibly diverse portfolio of terrain, stretching from the sand dunes that flank the Atlantic Ocean, through the rolling Piedmont and up to the jagged peaks that form the state’s western border with Tennessee. Some of the tallest mountains on the East Coast are tucked in there. So is one of the […]

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January 23, 2019

How Extra are Your Luxe Adventure Items?

Glamping site with camping couch, camping kitchen and large tan tent.

Camping doesn’t need to be basic. We believe that a life outdoors is a life well lived—and a luxurious life outdoors is a life extra well lived. Last week we asked our Instagram audience what their most extra luxury adventure item was. And they responded with everything from super soft pillows to heavy Dutch ovens! […]

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January 23, 2019

The Trust for Public Land: Crisis in our National Parks

A view of the "High Road" trail in Malibu Creek State Park in the Santa Monica Mountains NRA, CA. National Park Service, NPS. 2000, CA

This Op-Ed represents the opinions of The Trust for Public Land. On average in January, nearly half a million people visit our national parks every day. This year, as a result of the federal government shutdown, now the longest in our nation’s history, park-goers have been greeted not just by nature’s majesty, but by mounting […]

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January 17, 2019

The Gear REI Members Love

REI Co-op members using gear in the field.

We love our members here at the co-op. They’re an outdoorsy, savvy bunch with skills and opinions (lots and lots of opinions, judging by the number of product reviews on REI.com). When they make their gear preferences known, we take notice. These 10 pieces of gear are among our members’ favorites so far this year; […]

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January 8, 2019

Top Trip Ideas for the Traveling Family

Family getting splashed on the Rogue River.

Traveling with kids can feel daunting. Unpredictable schedules, long travel days and new foods can quickly create a stressful environment to navigate as a family. But instead of waiting until your kids are mature enough for a big vacation, choose a trip that works for your family—and don’t be afraid to try something new. You […]

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January 3, 2019

How to Visit and Explore Patagonia

Tents sit in front of jagged spires in Patagonia.

n paper, Patagonia is simply a region. A 260,000-square-mile expanse of land that covers the southern half of both Chile and Argentina as they narrow into nothingness at the bottom of the globe. But in person, Patagonia feels like a test lab for adventure, where every possible environmental variable has been turned up to 11. […]

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