Author Bio

Ken Knapp

Ken Knapp

Ken Knapp has been an REI Co-op writer for a quarter-century and a member longer than that. He’s a father of daughters (thriving) and monitor of marmots (threatened). Ken is a big fan of sustainability and sharing the ball.

Stories by Ken Knapp...
Hikers on a trail

What Does Moisture-Wicking Mean?

It’s pretty much impossible to shop for outdoor clothing without running into the phrase “moisture wicking.” Brands are forever telling you their apparel is mad...
Climber on wall indoors

What to Wear Climbing Indoors

You’ve finally decided to take the plunge, or rather to take on the vertical wall. You’ve heard what a great workout indoor climbing is and how delightfully add...
Down jacket

What Is Down Fill Power?

Down fill power is a number you encounter even when you’re not delving into technical specs or shopping for outdoor gear. If you’ve ever pondered the virtues of...
Person putting on a shell jacket over a down jacket

How to Dress in Cold Weather

On days when your breath hangs in the air, your clothing strategy is key. Here are our tips for how to dress when the temperatures drop. Layers, Layers Everywh...
person in a sleeping bag

How to Stay Warm in a Sleeping Bag

Whether you’ve just plunked down your hard-earned dollars on a brand new sleeping bag, or you’re still using a trusty old bag that’s seen better days, you can h...