Gear Guides

June 22, 2020

Tested: The Best Backpacking Tents of 2020

backpacking tents

A version of this story appeared in the summer 2020 issue of Uncommon Path. Take the long way home with the year’s best backpacking tents. These eight dependable shelters prove that you don’t need to sacrifice quality in order to create the perfect backcountry living space. Our 15 member-testers spent last summer and fall evaluating […]

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January 3, 2020

The Best Winter Boots of 2020

Best Winter Boots

Leave hibernation to the bears. These seven boots are proof that you don’t need to shiver or sacrifice sure footing in order to enjoy winter. Our favorite cold-weather kicks boast incredible warmth for the weight, sticky-as-glue traction and user-friendly price tags, so you’re sure to wear them all season long. Oboz Bridger 9” Insulated BDry […]

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January 3, 2020

The Best Winter Boots of 2020

Best Winter Boots

Leave hibernation to the bears. These seven boots are proof that you don’t need to shiver or sacrifice sure footing in order to enjoy winter. Our favorite cold-weather kicks boast incredible warmth for the weight, sticky-as-glue traction and user-friendly price tags, so you’re sure to wear them all season long. Oboz Bridger 9” Insulated BDry […]

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October 4, 2019

Tested: The Best Hiking Sandals of 2020

There was a time when sandals were reserved for the beach or the public shower. Blessedly, those days are long gone. Outdoor-oriented companies have taken the same core DNA of your standard flip-flops and leveled it up with features like a beefier sole, more secure webbing, greater arch support or some combination of all three. […]

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October 1, 2019

Liquid Assets

Outdoor Drinkware

A version of this story appeared in the fall 2019 issue of Uncommon Path.  Every outdoor get-together is better with a drink in hand, so here’s our favorite outdoor drinkware for car campouts, trailhead tailgates, beach parties and backyard barbecues. What did it take to make our list? Beautiful design, bombproof construction and, above all, seamless […]

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June 4, 2019

The Best Cycling Jackets for Commuting, Mountain Biking and More

Two cyclists pedal a remote paved road near a sparse forest under grey skies

Whether you’re a casual cyclist or take the sport seriously, a good cycling jacket can make the difference between an enjoyable ride and a miserable slog. Navigating the realm of cycling jackets can be difficult due to the amount of options available, and the right jacket for you depends on how you ride and your […]

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May 30, 2019

The Best Bike Locks of 2019

A cyclist securing their bike in an urban setting

Nearly every cyclist has a story of a stolen bike. Too often, that bike was left unlocked, locked up incorrectly or entrusted to a lock that was too easily defeated by thieves. And while it’s true that every lock can be broken, a good lock used properly can greatly reduce the chances it will be […]

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May 24, 2019

The Best Fitness Trackers for Athletes

A woman pausing during a trail run

Activity trackers help you gather data about your movement throughout the day, thereby pushing you to reach your fitness goals and holding you accountable. Most fitness trackers on the market give you information about your heart rate, mileage, steps, elevation, length of workout and exertion level. Some provide you with reminders to get up and […]

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May 18, 2019

The Best Father’s Day Gifts for Outdoors Lovers

Two dads laughing together in a forest in the rain

Father’s day is just around the corner and we know it can hard to figure out what to buy for those gadget-loving, mountain-climbing, triathlon-crushing dads in your life. That’s why we gathered up a list of our favorite gifts for outdoor-loving dudes. We based these ideas on recommendations from REI staff and customers, and we […]

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