Gear Guides

April 27, 2019

The Best Mother’s Day Gifts for Outdoor Lovers

Moms on a hike together with baby carrier backpacks

We know every mom is different, and we also know that a woman’s love of outdoor adventure isn’t dependent upon whether or not she has kids. That’s why we spent extra time this year gathering up a list of our favorite Mother’s Day gifts for women in every life stage. Whether she’s rejiggering her hiking […]

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April 18, 2019

The Best Trekking Poles and Hiking Staff for Every Type of Adventure

Two women hiking on a sunny trail in the late afternoon along the coast

Trekking poles are useful for walking, hiking, backpacking, thru-hiking, trail running and snowshoeing. Up scree slopes, through creek crossings, over mud and uneven terrain, they keep you upright as you maneuver difficult sections of the trail by providing support and stability, while also reducing impact on your knees and joints. They’re even handy for splitboarding […]

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April 10, 2019

The Best Camping Lanterns of 2019

A woman carrying a camp lantern on the beach right after sunset

Camping lanterns have been used to light up the night for centuries. Originally made to enclose a candle flame, lanterns have evolved to be powered by gas, batteries, USB ports and solar panels. Whether you are looking to illuminate a dark campsite near your car or deep in the backcountry, lanterns offer a reliable light […]

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March 8, 2019

The Best Down Jackets of 2019

A woman gazes at a rushing river surrounded by evergreen trees

A version of this story appeared in the fall 2019 issue of Uncommon Path.  Mastering a true layering system takes work. But once you’ve done it, we think you’ll never go back. Layering systems are typically made up of a base layer, a mid layer, an outer layer and possibly a weatherproof shell, which allows you […]

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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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March 1, 2019

The Best, Comfiest, Stretchiest Yoga Pants You Can Buy at REI

Women standing at the top of some forested concrete steps with yoga pants on

If you plan to practice yoga even occasionally, you’ll need to buy a good pair of yoga pants. Yoga pants typically stretch easily and fit close to your body, thus allowing you to bend into contorted positions while remaining covered. Good yoga pants will also breathe well and wick odors away, and they should be […]

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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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December 17, 2018

2018 and 2019’s Best Waterproof Pants for Hiking and Biking

A woman and a man hiking on a trail in rain gear

Rain pants are one of those purchases you won’t need until you really, really do. When it starts pouring rain and the temperatures drop, you’ll be glad to have a pair of waterproof, breathable pants stashed in your pack. For this guide, we looked for comfortable, waterproof rain pants offered in a variety of sizes. […]

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December 17, 2018

2018 and 2019’s Best Waterproof Pants for Hiking and Biking

A woman and a man hiking on a trail in rain gear

Rain pants are one of those purchases you won’t need until you really, really do. When it starts pouring rain and the temperatures drop, you’ll be glad to have a pair of waterproof, breathable pants stashed in your pack. For this guide, we looked for comfortable, waterproof rain pants offered in a variety of sizes. […]

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