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Archive for 'January 2012'

    Best of CES: Action Cameras, GPS Messengers and More

    fileWant a sneak peek at future electronics for the outdoors? At last week's massive Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, REI's product team of Mike McCarty and Christopher Fajardo scoured the halls seeking out the latest gadgets that promise real function in outdoor settings. (OK, most are just plain fun, too.) Below are a few items that were attracting attention. Some aren't yet in production, but we hope to offer one or more of these in REI stores later this year. Cereberus global ...

    Posted by Steve T on January 24, 2012 11:56 AM & Tagged CES, Consumer Electronics Show, Photography and satellite messengers | permalink | Comments

    REI SoHo Video: 5 Boroughs, 5 Projects

    fileSomething cool is going on in New York City. As you might expect, the REI SoHo store's 150 new employees have been working tirelessly to train and prep the store for its official grand opening December 2 through 4 in the historic Puck Building.  What may be less expected (though is typical of REI store employees nationwide) is that the entire REI SoHo team recently put their outdoor values to work by volunteering in each of New York City's 5 boroughs. These projects allowed REI employees to ...

    Posted by Bethany H on January 23, 2012 4:04 PM & Tagged Manhattan, Puck Building, REI SoHo, stewardship and volunteer | permalink | Comments

    More Snow, Please: Outdoor Retailer Show Kicks Off in Salt Lake City

    fileOutdoor Retailer Winter Market 2012 is now underway, and our roving reporter Sara Lingafelter is on the scene to keep us apprised on what's going on. Here is her first post of the show: The All Mountain Demo kicked off Outdoor Retailer on Wednesday at Solitude ski area, a short drive from Salt Lake City. OR is the largest U.S. trade show for the outdoor industry, and the All Mountain Demo is our opportunity to try out gear from manufacturers a full season before it hits the market. This isn't ...

    Posted by Steve T on January 20, 2012 5:03 PM & Tagged Outdoor Retailer, Salt Lake City and skiing | permalink | Comments

    REI Ranks #8 in FORTUNE's "100 Best Companies" List

    fileREI was named eighth in FORTUNE magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For," moving up one spot from last year. The announcement today marks our highest spot in the 15 consecutive years we've received this honor. In addition to opening our first Manhattan store, the 2012 list recognizes that our "outdoor-loving employees take advantage of sabbaticals, free equipment rentals, and hefty discounts on merchandise." REI was also featured fourth among companies for work-life balance. Watch the video ...

    Posted by Bethany H on January 19, 2012 12:53 PM & Tagged 100 Best, Fortune, employees and rei | permalink | Comments

    Ever Dream of a 17,500-mile Bike Ride? Meet an REI Employee Who Lived It

    fileHow big are your outdoor adventure dreams? For Matt Kelly, a sales specialist in the action-sports department of the REI Northbrook, Ill., store, his dream was big indeed. An avid touring and commuter cyclist, Matt last year (prior to working at REI) completed a 21-month-long bike journey from Alaska to Argentina—some 17,500 miles of riding. The laid-back 27-year-old recently spoke with The REI Blog about his experiences, and he shares his remarkable photos here. Like what you see? Join a live ...

    Posted by Steve T on January 19, 2012 12:21 PM & Tagged Argentina, Cycling, alaska, bicycle and touring | permalink | Comments

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