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Expert Advice

From Our Gear Closet to Yours

Our co-op members and staff tested top-performing products and picked the best of the best. We have a feeling you'll love them, too.

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Gear Guides

The Best Hiking Pants of 2023: Staff Picks

46 reviews with an average rating of 3.6 out of 5 stars

Our staff and members choose their favorite day hiking pants, technical hiking pants, plus-size hiking pants and more.

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Gear Guides

The Best Bike Bags of 2023: Tested

6 reviews with an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars

Bike bags fit securely on different parts of your bike and keep your kit in check. Here are our testers' picks, available at REI Co-op.

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Gear Guides

Best Hiking Packs of 2023: Staff Picks

35 reviews with an average rating of 3.3 out of 5 stars

Hit the trail with our favorite hiking packs for traveling, snowsports and more.

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Bird-Watching for Beginners

26 reviews with an average rating of 3.8 out of 5 stars

This guide can help you start bird-watching and includes the benefits of birding, tips for spotting new species and gear recommendations.

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Buying Advice

How to Choose a Gravel Bike

6 reviews with an average rating of 3.7 out of 5 stars

A gravel bike offers versatility and off-pavement capability. Here's everything you need to know before buying a gravel bike.