Backpacking

Explore lightweight tents, backpacks and gear that will take you to the backcountry and beyond.

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Keep on backpacking

Cooler weather means less crowds, crisp air, and maybe even snow. Extend your backpacking season with 4-season tents, insulated jackets, warm sleeping bags and more.

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The most important top ten list of all

Pack these ten items every time you venture into the outdoors and you’ll be better prepared for almost any emergency.

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REI Co-op jackets

Created from scratch and tested until we get them right. Each one (including our new Flash jacket) is crafted with fit, function and sustainability in mind.

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Helpful advice and inspiration

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How to Choose Headlamps

You can’t beat the hands-free lighting convenience of headlamps. Learn about beam distance, light output, run time and more.

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How to Choose Between a PLB and a Satellite Messenger

On an outdoor adventure, satellite messengers and PLBs are the best options for sending distress signals. Find out which is best for you.

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How Do You Know Which Sleeping Pad Will Keep You Warmer?

Learn about R-value, a standard test measurement that lets you easily compare the warmth rating of major sleeping pad brands.

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Backpacking gear at REI

There’s something freeing about hitting the trail, trekking poles in hand, with all the backpacking gear you need in your backpack. Whether you head out solo or with friends, don’t forget to bring the backpacking essentialsbackpacking food, bivy sacks, headlamps and more – that will turn your next night under the stars into a perfect adventure.