This jacket was one of our favorite pieces of streetwear in our 2020 Winter Buyer’s Guide. We love the Lightning’s toasty PrimaLoft Gold insulation and front snap closures. The synthetic fill isn’t as warm as traditional down, but it still traps heat when wet.
Opt to Act for Life Outdoors
For the last five years, REI has closed its doors on Black Friday, encouraging employees and customers to #OptOutside. This year, when we #OptOutside, let’s all Opt to Act. Share why you Opt to Act to get others on board.
Join us on Black Friday to be part of a nationwide cleanup—kicking off a year of action. Together, let’s start something big just by getting out and cleaning up.
Not sure how to get involved? It’s simple: Go outside, clean up, and leave that place in the world better than you found it. For more inspiration, check out these tips from United By Blue and Leave No Trace.
The one-day nationwide cleanup is just the start. Check out REI's Opt to Act Plan for 52 weeks of simple actions you can take to leave the world better than you found it.
If you’re looking for more ways to help the world, be mindful of your consumption. We take, we use, we toss. And then we do it again. And again. This is contributing to destroying the outdoors we love and so desperately need. It’s time to act.
When it comes to reducing impact, REI knows individual choices aren’t the whole story. Businesses need to act too. That’s why REI is working to radically reduce waste throughout their business and calling on the outdoor industry to join them.
We love the Howler Brothers fall collection and the Kameron Hoody is one of our favorite pieces in the lineup. The cotton blend fleece has a mega-comfy, fuzzy interior, and a discreet zippered stash pocket in the lower back.
We featured the Rounder in our selection of the best puffy vests. It melds classic western style with modern materials, like a water-resistant, rip-stop outer shell and Primaloft One insulation. “We like the touch of corduroy on the shoulders and the front snap pockets,” our tester wrote.
This performance flannel looks classic, but has a modern twist with its cotton-polyester blend. The shirt’s relaxed fit and brushed cotton feels cozy, while the 30 percent polyester helps wick moisture and offer stretch. We especially like the pearl snaps that add a classy touch.
Last spring, our Gear Guy tested five different fleeces and the Tekno Ridge came out on top. “It excelled during every activity and looks so good that my wife stole it from me,” he wrote. This hoodie is close-fitting for easy movement, sturdy enough to fend off 15-mile-per-hour headwinds, and has side-seam zips to dump heat.
After six months of testing the Capilene Cool Trail shirt, our Gear Guy loved it so much he wrote an ode to it. “I love this tee because it quietly does everything I expect from a technical layer extremely well while still looking good,” he wrote. The shirt boasts a soft, moisture-wicking fabric, odor control, and a flattering fit.
We included the Dart in our 2020 Winter Buyer’s Guide as one of the best pieces of men’s running gear. “This single-bottle holster sits comfortably around the waist, thanks to mesh and an adjustable belt,” we wrote. The included water bottle is 1.3 liters and the main zippered pocket can hold your phone and keys.
The Micro Puff was our favorite jacket of 2018 because there’s a lot to love about this warm, super-light piece. “The PlumaFill is tacked between sheets of ten-denier nylon fabric in long strands, so it won’t shift and create cold spots,” our tester wrote.
The Little Black Dress of fleeces, the Denali is as essential as it is simple. The fleece is inspired by the 1988 design, but it's been updated in a few ways in the sustainability department: the Denali is now made with recycled material, and you can track the fleece's journey from factory to gear shop.