October 12, 2020

Numb Fingers and Toes? It’s Not Frostbite, But Raynaud’s Can Still Be a Pain to Deal With

A person's hand showing signs of Raynaud's

I was cross country skiing up a long hill the first time I noticed my fingertips turn ghostly white and numb. It wasn’t bitterly cold out and I was wearing warm gloves. Was it a serious condition like frostbite? I later learned that I had Raynaud’s (pronounced ray-NOZ or ray-NAZ) syndrome, a condition in which […]

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July 28, 2020

How COVID-19 Could Impact Our Outdoor Habits

Person walking on a sidewalk

Editor’s note: Please consult the CDC or your state health department for information related to the COVID-19 pandemic. When spending time outdoors, please recreate responsibly. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, 20-year-old Julia Madajczak, a Polish au pair working with a family in Virginia, liked spending time with friends outdoors. They’d hang out in the evenings, playing […]

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March 9, 2020

How to Choose Headlamps

Climber wearing a headlamp

When you’re setting up your tent at night, trail running at dusk, or just looking for something in your attic, you can't beat the hands-free lighting convenience offered by a headlamp. Headlamps today use LEDs almost exclusively as their light source. LEDs are rugged, energy-efficient and long-lasting. So, what sets one headlamp apart from another? […]

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August 8, 2019

Trade Secrets of 8 Elite Athletes

You may not be ready to sign up for a 100-mile trail run or mountain bike race. That’s OK. But you can still learn a thing or two from the athletes who do those types of endurance events at the most elite level. (For example: Try dreaming of ice cream whenever a ride gets tough. […]

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June 24, 2019

Top New Trail Gear at Summer Outdoor Retailer

At last week’s Outdoor Retailer trade show in Denver—where new gear debuts to the outdoor industry—we noticed a consistent trend among hiking and running gear built for trails. Everything transitions well off the trail, too. Call it hybrid gear: This latest crop of new goods, from hiking boots to backpacks, is anything but one-dimensional. Here are […]

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May 24, 2019

Staff Picks: The Best Fitness Trackers of 2021

An outdoorsperson checks their watch in a snowfield

Editor’s note: Inventory can be unpredictable this year with COVID-19, so some of the items in this list might be temporarily out of stock when you read this guide. We’ll do our best to update it accordingly. Fitness trackers and watches do so much more now than count steps and track your distance, time and […]

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March 6, 2019

Your Definitive Guide to the Best Base Layers Money Can Buy at REI

A base layer top, water bottle, passport and map laid out in a cabin

Why do you need to buy base layers? When you get warm, your body begins to sweat. Sweat is great—it’s your body’s way of keeping you cool—but if that sweat stays trapped next to your skin for long enough, it can lead to a range of miserable and even dangerous happenings like chafing, overheating and […]

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February 11, 2019

The Athletes Who Brave the Cold for Winter Triathlons

Sheri Schrock has been a multisport athlete, competing in events featuring more than one sport, for 13 years. The 64-year-old diving and mountain biking coach has competed at the International Triathlon Union Duathlon World Championships, and as a Minnesota resident, is a lifelong cross-country skier. So in 2016, when she learned there would be a […]

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February 5, 2019

The Great American Rail-Trail Is on the Way

The Casper Rail Trail in Wyoming.

A new multiuse trail connecting Washington state to Washington, D.C., is more than halfway complete. Called the Great American Rail-Trail, the route makes use of old railway corridors that have fallen into disuse and abandonment, converting them to pathways—separate from roads and cars—for pedestrians, cyclists and equestrians. Once complete, proponents say the Great American Rail-Trail […]

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