August 8, 2018

What’s the Difference Between Women’s and Men’s Bikes?

What's the difference between women's and men's bikes?

Where once women’s bikes were simply smaller, “prettier” (whatever that means) and, sadly, more poorly spec’d than men’s models, thankfully those troglodyte days are behind us. Aside from aesthetic nuances, quality women’s bikes today offer the same performance and components as comparable men’s models. The big difference between women’s and men’s bikes is the fit: […]

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July 17, 2018

The Best Water Bottles of 2018

Best water bottles of 2018

Adventurers need to stay hydrated to get the most out of their outdoor sports, and that means always carrying the right water bottle for the job. Owning a few water bottles with activity-specific benefits—but which are all easily washable, leak resistant and durable—will encourage you to drink adequately around the clock. To help you drink […]

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July 16, 2018

Best-Selling Outdoor Gear in 2018 (so far)

We’re pretty obsessed with gear—and have been for the past 80 years. And if you’re here, that means you’re also probably pretty obsessed. We are constantly choosing, testing, reviewing and re-choosing gear, and a lot of it has to do with what resonates well with you, our customers. So we’re bringing you the top purchased […]

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July 12, 2018

Summer 2018 Customer Favorites

Here at the co-op, we test tons of products. Small to large, complicated to simple, we’ve tried them out and brought you reviews of the best of the best. However, sometimes it’s even better to hear from the people who buy the products. Especially when those people are SO EXCITED to share their feedback. Sit […]

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July 9, 2018

The Best Hiking Socks of 2018

Hiker putting on hiking socks

If you’ve ever worn cotton socks on the trail, you know how bad things can get for your feet: Cotton socks hold moisture next to your skin, which can cause chafing and blisters galore. That’s why you need at least a few pairs of moisture-wicking wool or synthetic hiking socks in your pack. To bring […]

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July 2, 2018

What’s the Difference Between an External Frame Pack and an Internal Frame Pack?

There was a time when the external frame pack was the backpacker’s workhorse. Now, though, spotting one along the trail is like seeing a classic car on the highway. Sleeker and more innovative internal frame varieties rule the trails. While the majority of backpack buyers these days will choose an internal frame pack, it’s worth […]

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May 29, 2018

Gear Review: Osprey Eja 58

Backpackers looking to enjoy their time in the wilderness face a perennial question: What’s more important, having comfortable gear or lightweight gear? Your backpack is one of the most important items that impacts how you feel on the trail and how quickly you can move during your outdoor adventures. Osprey has long created packs with […]

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May 24, 2018

The Best Backpacking Packs of 2018

Backpackers along the South Rim

A pack that comfortably fits your body’s specific shape and size can make all the difference between a joyful journey or a suffering slog in the backcountry.  There are two essential considerations in finding the right fit: Your torso length. A snug grip on your hips. Many packs come in multiple sizes, including gender- and […]

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May 17, 2018

The History of the Backpack

This year marks our 80th anniversary. We’re celebrating by going back in time, to trace the history of the modern-day backpack, a history slightly older than we are. Humans have been carrying loads around on their backs since time immemorial. But it hasn’t always been easy. Years ago, hikers struggled under cumbersome, ill-fitting packs. This […]

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