June 14, 2019

The Racers of the Longest Off-Road Cycling Race in the World

On the second Friday in June, cyclists from around the world will gather at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada, for the 12th annual Grand Départ of the Tour Divide. Considered one of the original and most important races in ultra-endurance bikepacking, the Tour Divide is a competition for the […]

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June 11, 2019

What Is a Hammock Underquilt and How Do You Use One?

Hammock underquilts are the best way to stay warm during cold campouts.

If you’ve grown to love hanging out in your hammock, perhaps you’ve contemplated sleeping overnight in your outdoor cocoon. Two obvious needs for overnight comfort are bug netting and a rain tarp, which you can buy separately or may come included as parts of a hammock tent system. One often overlooked issue, though, is how […]

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June 11, 2019

How to Travel Through the Desert Like a Pro

Tarp tent set up in the desert, short rocky mountains behind.

The desert creates a sense of awe with its gravity-defying rock formations, ancient cultural artifacts and endless expanse of life living on the edge. However, the desert can also be an unforgiving place. Many uninitiated visitors find themselves in a hostile environment caked in dust and dirt, and filled with challenge. I sat down with […]

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June 11, 2019

The Best Snack Hacks for Any Outdoor Adventure

Snack Hacks for Any Outdoor Adventure

Few things inspire as much passion as adventure snacks. They’re a great way to motivate and reward yourself, friends and kids during your outdoor adventures. We asked REI employees and members how they get creative with trail snacks and they delivered. Use these ideas to spice up your next outdoor excursion, or to come up […]

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June 11, 2019

My Kids Turned Me Into an Electric Bike Convert

When my oldest child, Nora, now 4, was an infant, I was adamant that having a baby wouldn’t prevent me from riding my bike around town like I’d always done pre-kids. I live in Tahoe City, California, a lakefront mountain town with stellar bike paths. Our summer traffic can be thick, so riding a bike […]

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June 6, 2019

Mammoth’s Trailblazing Path for Electric Mountain Bikes

When Mammoth Mountain Bike Park opens for the 2019 season—a date that has been pushed back due to late winter storms—riders will be able to explore the California resort’s trail network not only aboard standard mountain bikes, but also using electric-assist models. This is the second season that pedal-assist mountain bikes, or electric mountain bikes, […]

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June 4, 2019

The Best Cycling Jackets for Commuting, Mountain Biking and More

Two cyclists pedal a remote paved road near a sparse forest under grey skies

Whether you’re a casual cyclist or take the sport seriously, a good cycling jacket can make the difference between an enjoyable ride and a miserable slog. Navigating the realm of cycling jackets can be difficult due to the amount of options available, and the right jacket for you depends on how you ride and your […]

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May 30, 2019

Inside the Mind of Heather ‘Anish’ Anderson

Heather Anderson walks with a heavy pack across a bald mountain with stormy skies in the distance

“Well, here goes,” she wrote in the trail register at the southern terminus of the Pacific Crest Trail. She second-guessed her vagueness, and her modesty. “To Canada!” she added, in tiny print, before walking north—alone. Sixty days, 17 hours, and 12 minutes later, on Aug. 7,  2013, Heather “Anish” Anderson would tag the marker at […]

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May 30, 2019

The Best Bike Locks of 2019

A cyclist securing their bike in an urban setting

Nearly every cyclist has a story of a stolen bike. Too often, that bike was left unlocked, locked up incorrectly or entrusted to a lock that was too easily defeated by thieves. And while it’s true that every lock can be broken, a good lock used properly can greatly reduce the chances it will be […]

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