31 Things From REI That Reviewers Love And You Probably Will, Too
Reviewer-approved gear for camping, backpacking, rock climbing, kayaking, and more.
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two-person tent so you and a friend can camp under the stars. On the trail or in the backyard, you have the perfect, simple setup.
The tent has plenty of inside pockets and comes with a rain fly.
Promising review: "I must have close to 100 nights in my Camp Dome. All of them have been car camping, mostly at designated camp sites. The ease of setup and breakdown are my favorite part about the tent. I can set this thing up in the pitch black with a flashlight in one hand in less than five minutes. Super basic design means not a lot of stuff to break. Most of the time I don't even use a footprint and floor fabric has held up great. If you're looking for a cheap, quality, car camping tent get this." — Gnarnia88
Get it from REI for
$99.95 (available in two colors).
Jade yoga mat that will *actually* keep you from slipping and sliding about during yoga without the help of towels. I would know — I am the sweatiest person alive, do a lot of yoga, and this is the only mat that's EVER been grippy enough to support me!
This yoga mat improved my ~practice~ by about a million percent. I used to be totally occupied by finding ways not to slip, but now I can just relax and focus on class. It's easy to clean, not too heavy to carry around, and is just...the best. 10/10.
Promising review: "My feet and hands sweat during hot yoga practice and slipping has been a problem for me. I've tried yoga towels on top of my previous mat (Manduca) but they tend to bunch up and disrupt my practice. The Jade Harmony mat is much more grippy, and I don't use a towel anymore. It is also very light and easy to travel with. This is an excellent yoga mat." — CE the novice Yogi
Price: $79.95 (available in two colors)
Promising review: "I bought this compression sack for my down sleeping bag because I needed to keep it dry. This does the job better than anything else in it's class. Recently, I was setting up camp on top of a large waterfall. I accidentally kicked this sack, packed with my brand new sleeping bag into the river and watched horrified as it went tumbling off the waterfall. It took at least 15 minutes to get to the bottom to retrieve it, and it was stuck directly under the fall the whole time! To my great surprise, (and relief) my sleeping bag emerged from the sack BONE DRY. This product is well worth your money!" — TrailRat92
Price: $32.95+ (available in five sizes)
Osprey Aura AG 65 pack that'll carry your entire life on any backpacking trips. It has basically endless pockets, zippers, and straps to help you stay organized, and its unique suspended mesh back will help you stay comfortable during long days of walking.
This is the backpack that I have, and while I haven't taken it for a TRUE spin yet, endless research and trying on every back in REI led me to this one!
Promising review: "The Aura AG is a dream. The new cherry red color is gorgeous and the technical aspects of the pack make trekking comfortable and accessible. The pockets on the hip belt perfectly fit my iPhone 8+ (which as that's my main source of photos, made it accessible). The other easily fit a days worth of snacks to eat while walking. The compartments are perfect to keep everything organized and again, accessible. The small improvements from previous versions make it even better. I love all the places to adjust the sizing so that it truly can be a perfect fit. My girlfriends were jealous of the bag and kept asking about it. The only change is that I wish it could magically be lighter!" — marshgarsh
Price: $270 (available in three sizes and three colors)
A bottle of
Campsuds biodegradable soap so you can wash your dishes, hands, anything without harming the environment. Just remember to bury your soapy water!
Promising review: "Great for cleaning dishes, bottles, and hands at camp. Not recommended for showering or bathing. Also, used as laundry detergent in hotels while driving across the nation." — Midwest James
Helinox camping chair that weighs a minuscule one pound, so taking it as a camping (or even backpacking!) luxury item isn't going to be a hassle. Not to mention, your booty will be thankful.
Promising review: "I absolutely LOVE this chair and will make room in my pack any day to take it with me. After a long day hiking there's nothing I want to do more than sit back and relax. We all know sitting on rocks and logs sucks! This chair is easy to set up and tear down and weighs very little. Highly recommend!" — Mypib
Price: $119.95 (available in three colors)
camping love seat so you and your boo can snuggle up close and admire the fire you built together.
Promising review: "A camping couch is way more friendly and more compact than individual chairs. I have used mine indoors and out. Comfortable, lightweight enough to carry, and cool looking. Highly recommended." — LFountain
Price: $99.95 (available in three colors)
A pair of
Brooks Ghost 12 running shoes that'll keep your groovin' for mile after mile. These cult-fave shoes have *just* the right amount of cushioning while still staying durable and light as can be.
Promising review: "These shoes are fantastic. They are not too cushioned and not too firm. They are supportive enough that I don’t get the pain I get when shoes are too cushioned or not supportive enough. So much better than the Ghost 11. I think I even like these better than the 10s (and I loved those!). They are great for long runs and speed work. Basically this is my perfect shoe." — Selena P.
Price: $130 (available in sizes 6–12, as well as wide sizes, and seven colors)
A big ol'
Nalgene so you can take part in the age-old tradition of putting stickers allllll over one of these bad boys. Nalgenes are light as can be, have un-lose-able lids, and are simply classic.
Promising review: "This bottle is bomb proof. I use it daily for school, work, and camping/climbing on the weekends. Sometimes I forget it in the car and in more than one occasion it has frozen and turn into a round bubble — a couple hours at room temperatures and it returns to its original shape. Bang, throw, drop, kick, bury it...do your worst and for under ten bucks you won't find anything better. I'm getting four more." — DFullMonty
portable Jetboil camp stove, which boils water in just 100 seconds, has a color-changing boil indicator, and is super duper easy to take camping or backpacking.
Fuel canisters aren't available for purchase from REI online, but are available in stores!
Promising review: "I couldn’t ask for a better way to cook in the wilderness. This tool boils water fast — and I mean FAST! It’s durable and fairly light. I always look forward to getting back to my campsite after a long hike to cook with this bad boy." — LittleMicrobe
Price: $109.95 (available in four colors)
Patagonia puffer coat that's the perfect combination of warm and breathable. Patagonia, #1 gear brand of my heart, you've done it again!
Promising review: "The jacket is perfect for 25–50 degree weather and can go colder if layered properly. While very thin and almost weightless, the jacket seems to have the ability to adapt to the temperature around you and make you forget you are wearing it. Perfect for wearing under waders in cool to cold climates. While in Alaska, I noticed that 75%+ of the fishing guides have one (the hoodie version for fast boating). Liked it so much that I bought the vest, too. Both compress down to almost nothing for easy packing." — Bearcat85
Price: $98.83+ (available in sizes XS–XXL and 11 colors)
Eno Doublenest Hammock so you can literally ~hang out~ among the trees. Especially when paired with the Atlas Straps, you can perch almost anywhere for a quick little snooze.
Promising review: "I bought this last summer a few days before my week long Yosemite trip with a bunch of friends. Alongside of this hammock I bought the atlas straps (I'll keep it short but you NEED these, these straps allow you to hang anywhere you please, and are quick to setup). After my first time hanging the hammock, I was 100% confident in the quality and durability with this guy. The size/weight can't be beat, my girlfriend and I are able to sit/lay wherever we please, and it barely takes up any room in my backpack! If you are on the fence of buying this, go with it! It is well worth the money, and now I use mine almost every single week!" — thomaskovacik
Price: $69.95 for the tent (available in 17 colors) and $29.95 for the straps
lightweight beanie, because who doesn't need a beanie with them at all times, especially when outdoors? Beanies are the great equalizer, and I stand by that.
Promising review: "It has a great design, comfort, and just works whenever and where ever you wear it. I’ve worn multiple beanies before but this one is the perfect size and comfort for an affordable price and looks amazing!" — Nk1021
Price: $6.83+ (available in five colors)
Gregory hydration pack whose built-in hydration pocket holds three liters of water. Go on and sip casually from your pack as you continue on your day hike, you absolute pro.
Promising review: "This is my favorite hiking pack. Other packs I find bulky and uncomfortable but the Gregory Nano is the perfect size for a day pack. I also like that the reservoir is in a separate zipped pocket to keep it away from the other contents in the bag." — Rosie D
Price: $55.93 (originally $69.95, available in two colors)
A pack of
Wilderness Wipes so you can give yourself a pseudo-shower after a long day on the trail and before turning in for the night.
Promising review: "These work very well when no shower is available, and eliminate the sweat and dirt. It's no replacement by any means, but they do work well with no sticky or gooey film afterwards. I've tried waterless soaps and shampoos, and those always leave me feeling worse than if I'd have used nothing." — JeepGuy78
GU Energy Gel to give you an extra boost of energy whenever you need it. If only Michael Scott knew you should use these for a carbohydrate boost instead of fettuccine alfredo...
Promising review: " I used three of these during my half marathon last week and they provided me the energy necessary to finish the race. The salted caramel tasted closest to the true flavor and the others have a similar pleasant taste. I'm a big fan of these products during my long runs." — Running KT
Price: $1.50 (available in 10 flavors)
A pair of
Darn Tough hiking socks that are just what they claim to be — darn tough! Their merino wool wicks moisture and regulates your temperature, so be prepared to fall in love with them.
Promising review: "I got these socks on my 2013 NOBO thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. I needed a sock that would last more than a week, and the Darn Toughs are those socks. My first pair went over 1000 miles before the first hole appeared. They carry a lifetime guarantee, but I did not utilize it because I felt I had gotten way more than my money's worth. By the end of the thru-hike, Darn Toughs were the dominant choice in my hiking circle." — Cory
Price: $23 (available in sizes M–XXL and six colors)
rock climbing training board for gaining the strength you're going to need on the mountain in the comfort (and safety!) of your own home.
Promising review: "I just got this hangboard for Christmas and its great! I had no problem mounting it, (it comes with directions, you must get some plywood and some decking screws). It is great and very durable. There are a variety of holds to help work on different fingers, muscles, etc. overall this is a fantastic hangboard, way better than the others online (my friends have some)." — bttb008
A pair of
Prana capri yoga pants that'll be your new go-to for yoga, yes, but also jogging, the exercising, and uhhhh sleeping. Life's better in leggings, we know this.
Promising review: "These are my favorite workout pants yet. The first thing I noticed about them, was the thickness of the material, and how supportive it was while still remaining breathable. The high waist fit perfectly where I usually run into issues with waists being too tight or too loose because of my stronger thighs. I wore these pants in a variety of workouts (yoga, running, hiking, boxing, lifting), and I was impressed with the flexibility, support, and comfort during each. I would buy these pants and other like products for all future exercise clothing needs." — magnufun
Price: $69 in straight sizes (available in sizes XS–XL) and $69 in plus sizes (available in sizes 1X–3X)
FlipBelt running belt so you can zip your valuables away around your waist while you're training. This one goes out to every time I tied my house key to my shoelace before a jog.
Promising review: "I bought this for running and biking and it makes things a lot easier. I previously used an armband which would fall off or cut off my circulation in my arm. The FlipBelt stays on my waist and is barely even noticeable. I have an iPhone 6 and it fits in the zipper pocket just fine. This is a great product that has enhanced my runs and rides." — Brad7526
Price: $34.95 (available in three sizes)
Hydro Flask that's not just trendy, but is also a darn good water bottle. I have this one and it comes with me EVERYWHERE. It's super easy to carry, is virtually indestructible, and its vibrant color genuinely makes me very happy.
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Promising review: "I absolutely love my Hydro Flask. It has encouraged me to use fewer disposable water bottles. It keeps ice cold for 24+ hours. And there no metallic taste when you drink. I love it." — Cubbobubbo
Price: $34.95 (available in 12 colors)
Eureka two-burner camp stove perfect for whipping up a full meal in the great outdoors. With two burners and heat control, you're gonna be the head chef of the wilderness.
Promising review: "I recently decided to replace my very worn out two-burner stove and needed something small that wouldn’t take up too much space in the car. This stove worked amazingly! Fit perfect in with the rest of the gear. But, the best part part was the electric start and simmer control. I’ve never had a stove with this much control. I would certainly recommend this to anyone in need of a simple two-burner stove." — HappyCamper
Patagonia Barely sports bra, because the perfect hiking bra is supportive but not constricting. It'll keep you contained and wick moisture during the day, but won't require contortion when it's time to take it off at night.
Promising review: "I have been searching for sports bra for hiking that was functional and flattering. I read about this one online and decided to give it a try. The fabric is super lightweight and very breathable. The separation between the cops eliminates that awful uni-boob look. I’ve hiked 10+ miles in this and couldn’t even tell I was wearing it. I now have it in every color!" — Kelli T
Price: $35.93+ (available in sizes XS–XL and seven colors)
A lightweight trowel appropriately named
The Deuce — yes, it's mostly for burying poop during backpacking trips, but is also useful in any instance you need to dig a small hole!
Promising review: "Really strong for its light weight. Can use the handle end to dig faster if you are in a ummm...hurry. Way better than carrying a plastic trowel along." — Hiker_CT
Price: $19.95 (available in seven colors)
Marmot sleeping bag available in men's and women's sizes that's rated for use down to 16 degrees! It's weight-cutting mummy shape, hood drawstring, and extra foot insulation makes this one of the coziest options available, and I just really want that for you.
Promising review: "This thing is great! I've taken on several campouts, and it has yet to fail to perform. On the very first night I slept in 25° weather on a cot out in the open. If you're on the fence about which size to get, go for the regular size one and not the long one." — Oz Weepe
Price: $115+ for men's (available in three sizes) and $117+ for the women's (available in two sizes)
kayak with a paddle for heading out on the lake or river. My family had kayaks like this while I was growing up in Florida, so can confirm: they're a wonderful, peaceful way to enjoy a day on the water.
The kayak is nine feet long, weighs 50 pounds, has bungeed front and back storage, features a passed seat, and comes with al aluminum paddle with adjustable blades.
Promising review: "The first half hour on this puppy I thought I was going to hate it. I have never used a sit-atop and it seemed very 'tippy' to me compared to the various cockpit style kayaks I have used before. But after that half hour, total bliss. I was on a river with surface calm but a very strong current after massive rains, and it handled extremely well. Actually, more than well. It was a joy." — Thurber
A pair of
Balega comfort socks whose cushioning along the toes and heel makes a big difference on long runs. Reviewers love them for their extra comfort, refusal to slip, and durability.
Promising review: "These socks were my first pair specific to running. I love them. The extra cushion in the heel and ball of my foot make the 10 miles feel better. They do a great job of wicking the sweat. I didn't even realize before wearing the socks that I could use some relief in my shoes. I used these socks two weeks after I broke in my new pair of running shoes. I was so happy after the first couple of times of running in these socks that I have bought more pairs." — Casual consumer
Price: $13 (available in sizes S–XL and four colors)
Therm-a-rest compressible camp pillow so when you gently lay your head down to rest at camp, your cheek isn't mushed up against a rock or root. Worth it, in my opinion.
Promising review: "This is one of my favorite pieces of gear. I wanted a pillow that had some fluff to it, and I found this. Most backpacking pillows are so thin that your head is resting on the ground. This pillow is thicker than my pillow at home but yet compresses to the size of a size 10 shoe! It will inflate pretty fast, especially if you help it out by hitting the sides. Putting it in the dryer after using it really fluffs it up too." — born2camp
Price: $20.73 (originally $26.95)
Patagonia Better Sweater that's an all-around winner for adventures and running errands alike. Knit wool exterior + fleece lining = best of both worlds.
Promising review: "I love this jacket. I found that it fits comfortably and true to size. It’s been great to layer underneath warmer coats on really cold days or just to hang out in because it’s really comfortable." — mollkell
Price: $139 for women's (available in sizes XS–XXL and 11 colors) and $139 for men's (available in sizes S–XXL and 11 colors)
climbOn! lotion bar to rehydrate and heal your fingers and hands after climbing. Weight lifters also swear by its fast-acting powers!
Promising review: "This is a fantastic product for the hands of any climber! After a long day of climbing, I rub a thin layer onto my hands and fill all the dry spots and cracks in my hands and wear a cotton glove over hands to sleep (using it during the day made me leave greasy hand prints everywhere!). Before using this, my skin would tear and crack at the joints between my pads. After a few days, and for over six months, no problems whatsoever! Makes my hands softer, but never too soft. With other hand products, it cured the dryness, but while climbing, the skin on my pads would peel right off. Best stuff ever!" — Vidah
Pendleton blanket that's perfect indoors and outdoors alike. No need to differentiate your camping and home bedding with this around.
Promising review: "I love this blanket. I bought it for a trip winter cabin trip and plan to use during my camping trips. I was nervous because this seems expensive and wasn't a 'performance' fabric but I was wrong. This blanket is so warm and comfortable — for most indoor nights it's all you need or you can layer it for extra warmth. Not scratchy at all. It's not just a piece for camping that you break out a few times a year. I use this everyday in my home. I can put it on my queen size bed and it fits just fine (for one person). My dog always tries to steal it when I get up from the couch. I think its versatility makes it well worth the money." — CampBikeHike
Price: $159 (available in four colors)
Have fun and be careful on all your upcoming adventures!
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