Filson’s Ranger Pack is made to last you a lifetime, thanks to features like rugged twill fabric and bridle-leather buckles. “It has everything you need without being overkill, and its simple design means there’s less to wear out,” wrote our tester.
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.
You’ll want to slip into these booties after a long day on the slopes. We included the Puff N Chill in our roundup of our favorite après shoes. We especially liked the faux-shearling liner, puffy-like upper, and sawtooth outsole for getting drinks at the lodge bar or brief errands in tame weather.
Each one of these packs are one of a kind and made from repurposed fabric. The 24L Luzon is a bigger version of the 18L Luzon which we praised as a solid lightweight carry-all. This pack doesn’t have an internal hydration sleeve, but it does have two external water bottle pockets and a zippered compartment for dirty clothes or shoes.
We included these chopsticks in our roundup of under-$50 food and drink essentials. Elegant and simple, the Wabuki Chopsticks are collapsable and come with a carrying case. The stainless-steel handles and bamboo tips are designed to last, so you don't have to use disposable wooden chopsticks when eating sushi or ramen.
We love Alpine Start's original instant version made from high elevation Arabica coffee. It’s easy to brew, perfect for backpacking and actually tastes good. One dollar from each POW x Alpine Start purchase will go to Protect Our Winters to mobilize the outdoor sports community against climate change.
This natural alternative to plastic wrap is made from organic cotton cloth coated in beeswax, so it's an earth-friendly purchase you can feel good about. Plus, the wraps are fully compostable and work as natural fire starters that don’t contribute to a landfill.
Stasher's sandwich bag was our Gear Guy’s favorite piece of gear from 2019. Made from silicone, the bag is an environmentally friendly alternative to standard plastic bags. The sealable container is also highly heat tolerant, so it can handle boiling water. Did we mention it’s dishwasher and microwave safe?
The Spartan Sport Baro is one of our favorite pieces of trail running gear. The watch not only tracks distance, pace, and heart rate—it also provides barometric pressure, altitude, elevation gain, and recovery time. Plus, it has 80 different sport modes and is water resistant up to 100 meters.
This sleeping pad was our top choice for winter camping in our 2020 Winter Buyer’s Guide. Our tester spent a week in Wyoming’s high country with the Trail Boss and confirmed it’s one of the warmest and toughest pads out there. It’s built with heat-reflecting Prima-Loft Silver insulation wrapped in puncture-resistant, airplane-grade nylon.
We featured the Challenger ATR 4 in our roundup of the best trail-running shoes of 2018. Though it's thick soled, testers described it as “admirably nimble.” It’s great all-around, too: “Extra-long days on hardpack? Easygoing efforts? Both felt great,” our testers wrote.
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