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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

Best Backpacking Stoves: Staff Picks

21 reviews with an average rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars

Our experts recommend their favorite portable canister stoves for backpacking, plus a liquid-fuel stove, an alcohol stove and a wood-fuel stove.

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Gear Guides

Best Trekking and Hiking Poles of 2022: Tested

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

In our gear guide, find trekking poles (and a staff) for hiking, mountaineering, trail running, snowshoeing and more.

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Care and Repair

When to Retire Climbing Gear

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

Sadly, your climbing gear won’t last forever. Learn when to retire your climbing rope, harness, carabiners, helmet and slings.

Padded pants

Buying Advice

Real Talk about Padded Pants and Cycling Comfort

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

Padded shorts aren’t only for road cyclists. Check out these tips on making your ride more comfortable and enjoyable when you go the distance.

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Gear Guides

Best Water Shoes of 2022: Staff Picks

4 reviews with an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars

From land to sea and back again, these are the top five water shoes currently available from REI.

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Gear Guides

The Best Fire Pits of 2022: Tested

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

From backyard s’mores to backcountry cookouts, these fire pits provide warmth and cheer without charring the ground.