June 22, 2021

Gear I Hold Dear: The Svea 123 Camping Stove

Svea 123 Camping Stove

“Flame on!” Even after 42 years, I can still hear the words bellowed by my fellow Appalachian Trail thru-hiker as I moved a match toward my Svea 123 stove. Then, a near-tectonic whoosh, and the pleasant woodland noises that served as a serene soundtrack at camp would be auditorily obliterated until my meal was cooked. […]

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May 24, 2021

Molly Schneider: Limitless Sides to Outside

Woman posing in wheelchair.

There are so many ways to enjoy time outside. This is one of many unique stories we’re sharing as part of our effort to highlight the Limitless Sides to Outside. The pelting of rain on skin during a rainstorm. Watching the wind whip through trees as tall as hills. Soaking in sun as it cascades through pine […]

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May 24, 2021

Vanny Mwamba: Limitless Sides to Outside

Person wearing sunglasses sitting outside on a ledge

There are so many ways to enjoy time outside. This is one of many unique stories we’re sharing as part of our effort to highlight the Limitless Sides to Outside. My name is Vanny Mwamba, and walking has always held a special place in my life. Walking is a radical opportunity to express freedom and to occupy space. For me, […]

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March 26, 2021

Gear I Hold Dear: My Camping Pillow

my camping pillow

I always thought that camping was supposed to be uncomfortable. Everything from abandoning four walls and a mattress to rubbing your heels raw from big miles in big boots to sticking to the plan even when the skies open requires some amount of resilience. I believed that part of the glory of backpacking is in […]

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March 11, 2021

First Look: New Hiking Boots from REI Co-op

The secret is in the name. When Isabelle Portilla and her team of product designers and strategists began noodling on the idea of building REI Co-op’s first-ever footwear line, they went straight to the heart of the business: co-op members. “They told us they were ready for us to enter the footwear space,” says Portilla, […]

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March 9, 2021

Gear I Hold Dear: The Pocket Burrito

pocket burrito

Don’t choke on your granola bar. This is serious. I know the internet is filled with controversial opinions, and I don’t mean to add to the noise, but when it comes to gear that is literally held, there is nothing dearer than a burrito. Simply extricate it from your pocket (or the top lid or […]

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March 2, 2021

A Favorite REI Pack Gets a Sustainable Upgrade

Two women dancing on the beach; one of them wears the undyed Flash 22 pack from REI Co-op

Like most good ideas, the latest version of the REI Co-op Flash 22 Pack started out as an accident. In the summer of 2019, the REI materials team fielded a call from their textile mill in Daegu, South Korea. The glitch? The mill had accidentally made too much of a highly technical, bluesign®-certified fabric while […]

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February 11, 2021

Everything You Need to Know About Personal Locator Beacons and Satellite Communicators

Garmin inReach Mini

Nobody ever wants to have to call for help on an adventure. But when you do need a hand—whether it’s because you missed a turn and can’t find your way back or because you took a tumble and broke a leg—you’d better make sure whatever lifeline you have works. That’s where a personal locator beacon […]

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January 22, 2021

A Climb for Greater Accessibility

Quinn Brett enjoys a reflective mountain panorama at Lawn Lake

n a breezy October day, professional big-wall climber Quinn Brett clipped the climbing rope for protection at the bottom of the Boot Flake, an exposed pitch about halfway up the iconic Nose route on El Capitan in California’s Yosemite National Park. Brett and her climbing partner Josie McKee moved fast and light up the 3,000-foot […]

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