outdoor sports

September 26, 2020

First Look at the New Co-op Cycles CTY e-Bikes

Co-op Cycles CTY e2.2 Electric Bike

Since launching in 2017, Co-op Cycles bikes have been designed not just for our community but with them—a process REI calls cooperative design. This fall, with that same approach in mind, Co-op Cycles debuts its first-ever e-bikes with the new CTY e2.1 and CTY e2.2 models. In developing the new line of e-bikes, the co-op […]

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September 11, 2020

Gear I Hold Dear: My Compass

In 1992, I became plus-or-minus the 30th person to thru-hike the Colorado Trail. Though today the 485-mile trail is signed, marked, mapped and waypointed well enough that a hiker or mountain biker can travel all the way from Denver to Durango with minimal fear of experiencing orientational discombobulation, it wasn’t so three decades ago. The […]

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September 8, 2020

Best Hiking in Florida

Hikers on a trail in Florida

Florida doesn’t have the summit vistas, alpine lakes, red rock canyons or broad glacial valleys that define our nation’s other hiking hot spots. But if you’re not hitting the trail in the Sunshine State, you’re missing out. Mighty mountain landscapes are replaced with dense forests teeming with life, inky waterways that are home to alligators, […]

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August 20, 2020

Gear I Hold Dear: My Box of Maps

topo map

From where I sit, I can see the blue-blazed Northville-Placid Trail snaking through the rough-and-tumble High Peaks Wilderness Area in New York’s Adirondack Mountains. It jumps sky-blue streams and emerald-green meadows, passing three-sided lean-to shelters named for the water they overlook. I can pick out Big Eddy, a giant whirlpool along the Cold River, and […]

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August 12, 2020

Which GoPro Camera Should I Get?

gopro hero8

Like most (all?) tech, action cameras keep getting better every year. So it used to be that the best available option was the newest model, but with last year’s releases of both the GoPro HERO8 Black and MAX cameras, adventurers have two current models to choose between. We’re here to help you make that decision. […]

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August 6, 2020

Gear I Hold Dear: My Flash 52 Backpack

rei co-op flash 55

I don’t get warm fuzzies when I reach for my Flash 52, but that doesn’t mean I don’t love it. This pack has steadied me as I shimmied across cliffs, and carried my filthy-wet gaiters when I couldn’t bear to touch them myself. It’s helped me reach distant campsites that seemed beyond my range. It […]

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August 5, 2020

The Best Hiking Gear for Dogs

adventure dog

You have good gear—why shouldn’t your doggo? Whether you’re in the market for a new leash or your fluffer’s first pack, find the perfect addition to Fido’s kit among these 10 staff picks. Wolfgang Man & Beast LokiWolf Collar Looking to upgrade your pooch’s necklace? Made in partnership with Loki the Wolfdog (of Instagram fame), […]

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August 3, 2020

REI Presents: Pedal Through

"Pedal Through" film cast riding bikes through Oregon

The following article was originally published by Travel Oregon. Available to read here. Analise Cleopatra had never ridden a mountain bike before. The 29-year-old Portland filmmaker had never gone camping, either, and she suffers from long-term anxiety. Yet in September 2019, she embarked on a major adventure to push herself out of her comfort zone: […]

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July 31, 2020

How to Ride Your Bike Like a Kid Again

11-year-old on a bike going over a ramp

My manual needs work. Watch a biker who can perform a good manual, where the front wheel of the bike stays off the ground in a perpetual wheelie, and it’s a thing of beauty—like that biker is toying with the natural laws of gravity. When I attempt this trick, it’s short-lived, a few seconds on […]

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