Camping

Ask An Expert: When Does Women-Specific Gear Matter?

This month’s question: Jane Watson, an REI Co-op member since 1989 and manager/editor of REI’s Expert Advice program, has helped put together dozens of REI buying guides and often gets asked, “When does choosing women-specific gear really make ...

The Tale of the Iconic REI Quarter Dome Tent

With the upcoming release of the 2017 REI Quarter Dome tent, we interviewed the people behind the magic. Our designers took us back in time through the history of the Quarter Dome.The BeginningsTo truly know the Quarter Dome, ...

Reflect and Reset: Outessa Adventures

A women’s weekend done differently.Rachel Collet is just one of hundreds of women who flocked to the two 2016 Outessa weekends, REI’s custom-tailored women’s outdoor getaway. The weekend exists for women to try new things in the outdoors ...

Recipe: Hot Apple Ginger Cider

In summer, the sun’s warmth sets us free. We shed our heaviest layers and venture outdoors. We wander through forests, climb mountains, swim in salty waves and stay out late under the stars. When the weather is warm, ...

A Year Outside: 2016 in REI Classes and Events

At an REI National Free Weekend event in West Hartford, Conn., a rider brought his bike out for its inaugural ride. The tires were soft and the brakes loose. An REI master tech popped it onto the stand ...

Member Portrait: Simone “The Green Dreamer”

REI Member since: 2015 Favorite activities: Hiking, travelingAs a lifelong city dweller, Simone sees nature all around her. Rooftop gardens, plant conservatories, urban green spaces and trails—so many corners of Chicago are thrumming with natural life, and Simone ...

Four Performance Socks That Are Worth the Money

COLD COMFORTOur team tested four pairs of merino wool socks to discover which can handle cold weather best.1. BEST OF THE TEST: Farm to Feet Cedar Falls Wader$26; farmtofeet.com ★ ★ ★ ★ ★— Specs • Seamless toe ...

Malheur Occupiers Found Not Guilty, Conservation Community Responds

Shocked, stunned, and angry.That summarizes the reaction of the greater outdoor community yesterday, when a Portland, Ore., federal jury said “not guilty” to conspiracy charges against the gang of anti-government protesters that staged an armed takeover of the ...

Nooner Booner

The biggest bucks commonly move around noon, because they know that’s when hunters tend to be out of the woods. But they rarely stray far from cover or go great distances. Even rut-crazed bruisers stay close to the ...