Recreational Equipment, Inc., commonly known as REI, is an American retail and outdoor recreation services corporation. It is organized as a consumers' co-operative. REI sells sporting goods, camping gear, travel equipment, and clothing. It also offers services such as outdoor-oriented vacations and courses.

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  • Skis have changed immensely over the last 150 years. Here’s a look back—and a glimpse at what’s coming next. Ski technology these days seems to move at lightning speed—just when you’ve gotten a new pair of skis, some fancy, new technology hits the market to rave reviews. It’s hard to keep up. But when you […] The post An Abbreviated History of Modern Ski Technology appeared first on REI Co-op Jou...

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  • While Thanksgiving is usually considered an “inside” meal, there are some intrepid individuals who prefer to spend this holiday outdoors. Car camping is one thing, but celebrating your Turkey Day out on the trail takes things to a whole new level. This meal is design to help those bold and brave Thanksgiving backpackers enjoy the […] The post Backpacking Recipes: Thanksgiving in a Collapsible Bow...

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  • While Thanksgiving is usually considered an “inside” meal, there are some intrepid individuals who prefer to spend this holiday outdoors. Car camping is one thing, but celebrating your Turkey Day out on the trail takes things to a whole new level. This meal is design to help those bold and brave Thanksgiving backpackers enjoy the comforts of a home cooked meal out in the backcountry. Enjoy! Full ...

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  • Co-op Journal interviews the filmmakers of Reel Rock 12 Each fall, for just over a decade, Reel Rock has been the second most anticipated event, right behind Rocktober’s sending temps. This rock climbing focused film tour, with 380 stops, is a collaboration between Colorado’s Sender Films and New York’s Big UP productions and has become […] The post Behind the Lens of Reel Rock, Climbing’s Best F...

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  • How do you break records for a distance you’ve never run before? At exactly 7:42 p.m. November 11, 2017, in a pitch-dark Illinois night, Camille Herron raised her arms and crossed the finish line of the Tunnel Hill 100. With a time of 12 hours, 42 minutes and 39 seconds, the Oklahoma native smashed the […] The post Camille Herron’s 100-Mile World Record appeared first on REI Co-op Journal.

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  • The season of holiday rituals is upon us: a turkey or tofurky on the table, the post-prandial nap, the exchange of gifts, the lighting of candles, the baking of garish cookies. And with these come some inevitable, attendant pains in the neck. The ones that irk me: clogged freeways, weather delays at airports, moments of […] The post The Nature Fix: Creating New Rituals, Outside appeared first on ...

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  • The National Park Service is proposing to increase entrance fees at 17 of our most popular national parks during peak season. They’ve asked for public input, and we’re making it easy for you to provide it. Under the proposal, the one-time fee for a passenger car would go from $30 to $70. Motorcycle fees would […] The post Submit Your Comments: Proposed National Park Fee Increase appeared first on...

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  • The Co-op Cycles team at REI knows how lucky they are to be based in the Pacific Northwest. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of many, Washington has seen an explosion of mountain bike trails in recent years, providing great testing grounds with a variety of terrain. This includes the newly opened Dockton Forest […] The post Hitting the DRT: Test Riding Co-op Cycles Mountain Bikes appeared f...

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  • Record-setting long-distance hiker Jennifer Pharr Davis slows down to help bring families outdoors—including her own. Most parents can recount at least a few dirty diaper fiascos. However, it’s a rare breed that can cop to handling a poop-filled nightmare during the darkest hours of a brisk September night in Alaska’s Denali National Park. Jennifer Pharr […] The post Fastest Known Mom appeared fi...

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  • This crucial layer keeps your core insulated by trapping precious body heat. Plus, the right down jacket simply makes winter endeavors more enjoyable. Throw it on at camp after a day of backpacking, during a snack break on your ski tour, or when you’re strolling around the local dog park. We’ve compiled a list of […] The post The Best Down Jackets for Cold-Weather Adventures appeared first on REI...

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  • Move aside, planned obsolescence. Over the past few years, we’ve seen a push among outdoor companies to help consumers extend the useful lifespan of their clothing and gear through in-house repair shops, customer education and the use of recycled products. This focus on reuse keeps products out of landfills and creates less waste, offers a […] The post For the Long Haul: Making and Maintaining Ge...

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  • For many members of our armed forces, returning home signifies the beginning of a different type of battle. The laser focus that allows you to keep your tires tracking on the trail’s narrow tread. The playful challenge of picking your way through the rocks strewn on the trail. The hooting and hollering of buddies behind […] The post How Cycling Is Helping Veterans Find Peace at Home appeared firs...

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  •   The true stories of unexpected, awe-filled, magical moments outdoors. What happens when you take one day to #OptOutside? Is it possible to bring joy to ourselves and others, get a booty burning, make lifelong friends and restore faith in humanity in 24 hours? Yes, we believe it is. And we believe you can do […] The post #OptOutside: The Stories Behind the Photos appeared first on REI Co-op Jour...

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  • We hear this question a lot from new and experienced hikers alike: How much should your backpack weigh? Lots of factors go into determining pack weight, making it tough to give an exact weight recommendation for every hiker. To get some help, we turned to one of our pack-fit pros, Valerie Loughney, from our REI […] The post How Much Should Your Pack Weigh? appeared first on REI Co-op Journal.

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  • Whether you’re an occasional cyclist or a daily commuter, a little wet weather shouldn’t scare you off your bike for the season. Keep your ride streak going with these tips and hacks for biking in the rain, and turn a dreary forecast into a bearable commute. Bonus: The bike lane will be way less crowded. […] The post 11 Tips for Biking in the Rain appeared first on REI Co-op Journal.

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  • When wet weather arrives, many of us are reluctant to hang up our bikes. And why should we? There are many ways to stay warm and comfortable on our bikes, despite the weather, and fenders are key for blocking splattered mud and water. Whether you want to save a few bucks or are just looking […] The post DIY Bike Fenders appeared first on REI Co-op Journal.

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  • Jenny Bruso, founder of an online community of self-proclaimed unlikely hikers, shares what she’s learned from hiking with others and offers advice for organizing your own group hike. Exploring the outdoors with a group, witnessing their reactions to the same things you’re seeing and engaging in teamwork paints a broader picture of what nature has […] The post Building Community Through Group Hik...

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  • The mountains have always beckoned Olympian Julia Bleasdale. Today, she’s answering that call. If you watched Julia Bleasdale in the 2012 London Olympic Games, where she finished eighth in both the 5,000-meter and 10,000-meter races, you’d probably never know it. But the slender, blonde 30-year-old circling the oval again and again, displaying a Great Britain […] The post A Track Star Returns to ...

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  • Learn More at: INGREDIENTS 1 ½ cup (1 oz) freeze dried apples 3 tablespoons brown sugar 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon ¼ teaspoon ground cloves ⅓ cup granola ¼ cup chopped walnuts DIRECTIONS At home- Place the freeze dried apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, and cloves into a sealable bag. In a second bag, place the granola and the walnuts. At camp- Empty the apple mix into your cookpot. Add about 3 oz...

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  • There’s no shortage of choices when it comes to recreational kayaks. Luckily, we can help you narrow it down. Our video will help you decide if you might want a sit-inside kayak or a sit-on-top, and whether an inflatable or folding kayak might be right for you. Check it out, then gear up and head to the water. Come into your local REI to talk to the experts, browse kayaks and pick up accessories....

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  • Whether you’re prepping for your first paddle or you’re just looking for some tips, our video is here to help. We cover the essential kayaking gear you’ll need, making basic fit adjustments in your boat, tips for getting your boat in the water, and some basic paddling technique. Check it out, then hit up the experts at your local REI for kayaking gear, classes and advice to get you out on the wa...

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  • Getting situated in your kayak doesn’t have to be awkward as long as you follow a couple simple steps. This video shows you how to launch from a beach, how to get in your kayak at a dock, and some tips for getting out at the end of your trip. Watch the video, grab your gear and give it a shot. Then head to your local REI and chat with the experts about kayaking gear, classes and advice. To learn...

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  • Good paddling technique will take you places—and your arms won’t be tired when you get there! Our video goes over the right way to hold your paddle, how to do the forward stroke, turn with the sweep stroke and come to a stop with the reverse stroke. Watch the video, then grab your kayak, paddle and PFD and give it a shot. And, head to your local REI for kayaking gear, classes and all the advice y...

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