Summer is here, and if you’re trying to get out in the open, you’ll probably take a trip to REI. Going to the store in a hurry because you just decided to go camping this weekend is something of a transition ritual, and whether you’re walking, camping, climbing, skiing, kayaking or cycling, you̵
As more and more people come outdoors, we thought we would spend all our years shopping at REI using and posting some of our favorite purchases of all time. Below you will find equipment we have personally used (some of our products are not available or have been discontinued, in which case we found a similar item from the same brand) for hiking, climbing, camping and more.
Eno SingleNest hammock ($ 49.95; rei.com)
Eno SingleNest hammock
We are always looking for opportunities for a good hammock session, and whether it is on our balcony or on the campsite, there is nothing like dozing in a hammock. This one from Eno is super solid, and holds up to 400 pounds, and it comes in a solid range of colors. If you want even more space, choose the larger Eno DoubleNest hammock, which has enough space for two people.
Eno Atlas hammock system ($ 29.95; rei.com)
Eno Atlas hammock suspension system
One disadvantage of the Eno hammock is that the suspension system is not included. The straps are absolutely necessary to hang the hammock, but they are super easy to set up and pack very small.
Camp Chef Teton 2-Burner Stove ($ 149; rei.com)
Camp Chef Teton 2-Burner Stove
We’ve had a now defunct stove from Camp Chef for a little over a year, and it’s definitely been a game changer. Having a stove large enough to handle two full-size pots or pans was important when cooking for 10 people during a week-long trip. This Teton oven is a scaled-down version of the one we have, but it still has plenty of room to fit your regular pans. In addition, the stove is super light and portable, so you can use it in the garden if you want to get some fresh air around dinner.
GSI Outdoors Glacier Camp Oven ($ 27.95; rei.com)
GSI Outdoors Glacier Camp Oven
While the Camp Chef oven is great if you need to cook a lot, if you are camping alone or with just one other person, it is a little over the top. For small-scale clay kitchens, we love this GSI stove. It’s not as small as an MSR Pocket Rocket, but the large burner gives you plenty of room to balance your cookware. In addition, you can adjust the level of the flame so that you can do everything from boiling water in a few minutes to simmering over low heat.
GSI Outdoors Breen Stainless Frypan ($ 39.95; rei.com)
GSI Outdoors Breen Stainless Frypan
If you are planning to cook at the campsite, you can definitely bring cookware from home, but it will probably take up a lot of space and it may get a little extra wear and tear. Therefore, we think it is wise to get a separate pan just for camping. The GSI pan we have is no longer carried on REI, but it has a foldable handle like this, so it takes up much less space when you pack.
REI Co-op Flash 18 Pack ($ 39.95; rei.com)
REI Co-op Flash 18 Pack
This is one of our favorite day packages, because whether you use it one day around the campsite for a strenuous trip, it has everything you need. It opens and closes in an instant with a quick-draw drawbar, it has a chest strap and it even has a sleeve for a water reservoir, so you can stay hydrated without having to stop and pull out the water bottle every 10 minutes.
TheTentLab The Deuce # 2 UL Backcountry Trowel ($ 19.95; rei.com)
TheTentLab The Deuce # 2 UL Backcountry Trowel
If you are out in the woods long enough, you need to cut. And while many campgrounds have restrooms, sometimes nature rings unexpectedly and you have to dig a hole. Therefore, it is always wise to have some toilet paper and a reliable filler in the bag, because believe us, it is much better than the alternative. This ultra-light filler is extremely thin and can fit almost anywhere in the backpack, so you will always be prepared.
Osprey Men’s Aether 65 Pack ($ 280; rei.com)
Osprey men’s Aether 65 package
We love backpacking, but if you are going to hike in the middle of the woods and camp, you need a great package. We love this one from Osprey, since it has plenty of storage space, it distributes its weight in an incredibly comfortable way, and the upper part of the package comes loose and becomes a small daypack.
Big Agnes Mica Basin Camp Chair ($ 129.95; rei.com)
Big Agnes Mica Basin Camp Chair
Armchairs are a must when you go out into the woods for a long time. Sure, you can find a rock or a log to sit on, but it is often uncomfortable and the lack of backrest is not ideal after a long day of hiking. We use a slightly smaller, lighter version of this clay chair that is not currently in stock, but this is just as easy to set up and super light, so it is a breeze to carry it in your backpack or down the block to the beach. In addition, there is even a version with cup holders that keep your drink handy.
Altra Lone Peak Hiker Hiking boots for men ($ 140; rei.com)
Altra Lone Peak Hiker Hiking boots for men
After starting backpacking during 2020, we spent a long time finding the perfect hiking shoe. In the past, we have used traditional hiking shoes, but never loved the heavy, bulky design. Trail running shoes were tempting, but carrying a heavy package made the ankle support something of a necessity. Then we found Altra Lone Peak Hikers, which is a perfect combination of hiking shoes and trail runner. They are light, they are super comfortable and they have an oversized toe box, so when the feet swell from a long day on the trail, the toes become spacious.
Nemo Dagger 2 Tent ($ 429.95; rei.com)
Nemo Dagger 2 Tent
This is without a doubt the best tent we have ever owned. It is perfect for backpacking, which weighs less than 4 kilos, but does not sacrifice in place. Sometimes two-person tents are not as spacious as they sound, and if two people actually slept in it, you would enjoy yourself all night. However, The Dagger has more than enough space for two people to sleep comfortably and even has extra space for equipment. In addition, it has two large vestibules for the rest of your things, so you can protect it from the weather, and the setup is incredibly easy and fast.
Black Diamond ReVolt 350 Headlamp ($ 64.95; rei.com)
Black Diamond ReVolt 350 headlamp
We love this headlamp for a big reason: It is compatible with both a rechargeable battery and traditional AAAs. This feature is so good because using a rechargeable battery does not have to waste the batteries all the time, but if the headlamp runs out of juice in the woods, you can turn on AAAs and not have to worry about charging the battery with once .
Scarpa Drago climbing shoes for men ($ 189; rei.com)
Scarpa Drago climbing shoes for men
As an avid climber, we have loved wearing these shoes from Scarpa. They are soft and relatively comfortable for such an aggressive shoe. If you are new to climbing, you can take a look at La Sportiva Finales, a more spacious and much more comfortable shoe.
Patagonia Torrentshell 3L jacket for men ($ 149; rei.com)
Patagonia Torrentshell 3L jacket for men
Patagonia Torrentshell, which wins ours for the best rain jacket in 2021, is an incredibly waterproof, packable and durable jacket. We have been using it for several months now and have no complaints.
Yeti Rambler Vacuum Bottle With Chug Cap ($ 40; rei.com)
Yeti Rambler Vacuum Bottle With Chug Cap
During the hot months, we really can not stand room temperature or hot water. Especially when you are out hiking, there is nothing like an icy water that cools you down. That’s why we have a Yeti double-insulated water bottle, even when we backpack and save weight. At the end of a long, hot day, you still have ice, and we’ve found that the Rambler bottle is more durable than other double-wall insulated alternatives.
Rumpl Original Puffy Recycled Rug ($ 99; rei.com)
Rumpl Original Puffy recycled rug
We recently reviewed the Rumpl fairytale rug and absolutely love the warm, durable building. Even when we are not camping, Rumpl is our trip to a movie night on the couch.
Swiss Army Explorer Knife With Pouch ($ 52; rei.com)
Swiss Army Explorer Knife With Pouch
A Swiss Army Knife is absolutely important to us. Even if the knife blade is not very large, you just can not beat the number of useful tools you will find on the smart little thing. Our favorite tools are the can opener, the corkscrew (you never know when you will need to open a bottle of wine!) And the scissors.
Ruffwear Grip Trex dog boots ($ 37.50; rei.com)
Ruffwear Grip Trex dog boots
Of course, if you are going outdoors you will want to bring your puppy. We use these dog boots not only for hiking, but also for the dirty streets of New York City.
Ruffwear Highlands dog sleeping bag (from $ 99.95; rei.com)
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Ruffwear Highlands Dog Sleeping Bag
This sleeping bag can keep the puppy warm and cozy in the woods, but honestly, our dog uses it more often as an extra dog bed in the house. It is durable and water-repellent, so you do not have to worry about your hairy friend ruining it.