hiking

September 3, 2021

The Perfect Kit for Leaf-Peeping

A woman strolls through the woods in fall when the leaves are turning bright orange

Autumn, with its crisp mornings and sunshine-on-your-shoulder afternoons, brings a special kind of magic—particularly when the maples, dogwoods and aspens burst into hues of yellow, orange and red. Ready to go leaf-peeping? Gather up this collection of cozy apparel and essential accoutrements and head out for a long hike or Sunday drive. After all, ’tis […]

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August 17, 2021

Gear I Hold Dear: My REI Co-op Fleece

REI Co-op Trailsmith fleece

When I pull the olive-colored fleece over my head, I am transported back. The intense nostalgia wraps me up into a tight hug, and I feel safe. Of course, the tightness I’m feeling might be because my REI fleece—a constant companion over more than a decade—may be a size too small. I think it’s a […]

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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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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

Kena Peay: Limitless Sides to Outside

Kena Peay

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. Why do I love the outdoors? I ask myself that question each weekend while exploring Mother Nature. I think the answer is that it’s the only place […]

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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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