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Your go-to source for expert outdoor knowledge you can trust. All the information you need to learn new skills, choose and maintain gear, prep for your trips and have amazing adventures.

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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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Cold-Weather Hiking Tips

398 reviews with an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars

Cold-weather hiking doesn’t have to be uncomfortable. Learn to have a good time with these clothing, gear, food, hydration and health tips.

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How to Maintain Fitness on Vacation

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

This how-to guide will help you achieve your fitness and activity goals even while you are on vacation or away from home.

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Care and Repair

Intro to Electric Bike Maintenance

34 reviews with an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars

Maintenance tasks on an electric bike and a regular bike are actually quite similar; get tips on e-bike care, including key areas of concern.

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Tips for Winter Bicycling

524 reviews with an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars

Winter riding requires added preparation for you and your bike. Learn gear, clothing and riding strategies to keep you rolling in cold, wet weather.

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5K Training Plan for Beginners

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

Learn how to run a 5K, whether you're a beginner or a seasoned runner, at REI. We have tips to help you run the distance, and maybe even enjoy it.

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Best Sandwich Recipes for Day Hikes

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

Few things are better than pulling out a tasty sandwich on a mountain or by a river. This chef shares her go-to backcountry recipes with the Co-op Journal.