Hey @TennesseeJed, thanks for your question!
I don’t really know what gear people should be buying more, but here are my top 3 pieces of REI gear that I recommend all the time!
I’ve taken this car camping as well as long-distance hiking. While on a section of the PCT, I lucked out and only had to use the rainfly once but the bug net came in handy literally every night. It’s light-weight too!
2. REI Trail 40
I’ve used this pack for long-distance hikes and traveling as a carry-on. For me, the room in the main compartment combined with the pockets was just right for trail and travel.
These totally stepped up my organization game while traveling, I should’ve gotten them much sooner. Plus, when you’re not travelling, they pack down to almost nothing so they’re very easy to store.
Hope this helps!
Hey @TennesseeJed ! I second what James said about packing cubes, I LOVE them and wish I had started using them earlier.
I also recommend the REI Co-Op Flexlite Chairs, because who doesn't want a comfortable place to sit after a long day!
@TennesseeJed thanks for this question! On long drives with friends, when we're bored/tired, we often play this game - talk about your top 5 favorite pieces of gear...nerdy side effect of working at the co-op I suppose!
Right now, my favorite pieces of co-op gear:
Again, thanks for asking such a fun question for us to answer!
This is my favorite REI item! I use it year around for so many things like hanging in the garage with the neighbors in the summer or a small work table to hold bike parts while I work on bike sin the basement. Oh yeah and I use it camping!
@TennesseeJed I love this question!! My favorite REI gear lately are: