Latest Reviews

Flexlite Chair

rated 4 of 5 stars Lightweight camp chair. Purchased the Flexlite in 2016 after considering against the Helinox. Ultimately chose the REI on price ($20 less) and comfort with REI products.  The chair is pretty great—comfortable, super easy to set up and breakdown. Bought for weekend backpack trips for comfort. It's a little bulky/heavy, especially as a non-necessity, but a nice reward after lugging a pack all day.  Pretty happy with it. Full review

Base Camp 4

rated 4 of 5 stars A very strong family/base camp tent with an excellent backpack style carrying bag. Due to privacy walls, the mesh screens are higher up and there is reduced airflow in hot weather. Best in inclement weather or where you might experience wind/rain. The fly is color coded but the footprint does not come with tent. Need two people to install. Best for 2-3 adults or comfortably two with cots. As a long serving (suffering?) Scout leader, I've got tents galore. I own an REI Kingdom 8, Base Camp 4, Half… Full review

Stratus Insulated Air Pad

rated 4 of 5 stars Affordable, comfortable backpacking mattress. Purchased in 2013. Has held up well over four years with a lot of usage. Long option fits a 6'3" person well. Pretty easy to inflate and comfortable. Packs up decent after getting used to it. Pretty heavy as they go, but for the money, very solid. Full review

Lumen +25

rated 4 of 5 stars Comfortable, long lasting three-season sleeping bag. Purchased in 2012 when I first got into backpacking. Wanted an affordable bag for backpacking. Packs down (with aid of a compression sack) to about the size of a basketball. Relatively heavy, but very warm and cozy.  Have used a lot in five years and it's held up great. Eventually would like to upgrade to a lightweight down, but for the money, it's hard to beat this bag. Full review

Kingdom 6 Tent

rated 5 of 5 stars A massive, incredibly well thought out 6-person tent. Ideal for car camping luxuriously. Purchased in spring of 2017. Used for car camping and backyard sleepouts with kids.  Very easy to set up. I can single-handedly set this up in less than 10 minutes—quicker with assistance. Three separate collapsible poles that don't require forced-fitting. I'm 6'3" and can stand up straight inside. Footprint is like a small apartment, can absolutely fit six adults comfortably.   Purchased as a "lifetime"… Full review

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REI Coverage in the Trailspace Blog

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REI just released this infographic on "How to Choose & Use a Backpack." In a brief layout, it covers a fair amount of introductory info for the beginning pack buyer/carrier in an easy-to-read format. Read more
March 5, 2012

Go Outside with REI’s Passport to Adventure
REI invites children and families to explore the outdoors with Passport to Adventure, a free program that encourages kids to participate in outdoor activities. Read more
May 21, 2009

Guides to Eco-Materials
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August 30, 2007

REI Introduces Eco-Sensitive Icon
Select REI brand products will carry an eco-sensitive label, designating items manufactured with a high percentage of recycled, rapidly renewable and/or organic fibers. Read more
August 18, 2007

REI Adventures Announces Carbon-Neutral Travel
Through REI Adventure's new 100 percent carbon-neutral offering, outdoor enthusiasts will be able to “green” their travel – including the air travel to and from their destinations. Read more
October 4, 2006


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