Scoured: The Best Outdoor Gear on REI for December 2022

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Whether you’re planning on venturing out for a wintertime excursion or just thinking about what you’ll need when spring and summer roll around, now’s the perfect time to stock up on essentials for your next outdoor adventure. REI has everything you’ll need, from quality hiking shoes to durable and warm clothing to robust smartwatches, and everything in between. We’ve assembled a guide to our favorite picks from the outdoor retail giant for this month.

Black Diamond Moji + Lantern

Black Diamond’s new portable Moji + Lantern is perfect for lighting up your campsite or just establishing ambiance, with a full spectrum of color, campfire mode, and strobing white light. Recharged with a micro USB, the lantern sports a frosted cover for even light distribution and easy attachment options thanks to the double-hook hang loop and four magnets on the bottom.

Motorola Talkabout T110 2-Way Radios

With a range of up to 16 miles, the Talkabout T110 from Motorola is a 2-way radio that keeps you connected even when your cell service goes kaput. The user-friendly configuration taps 22 channels for license-free FRS service and the quick-pairing capability makes this a no-brainer when venturing off the grid.

Zippo HeatBank 9s Rechargeable Hand Warmer and Power Bank

Even when you’re bundled up from head to toe, your fingers and hands can still have a hard time warming up. Zippo’s HeatBank stays warm for 9 hours at temps up to 120°F and doubles as a USB charger. The hole on top lets you attach a lanyard to hang around your neck.

Nocs Provisions Standard Issue 8 x 25 Waterproof Binoculars

Binoculars can break the bank if you want something high-quality for hiking, bird watching, or even stargazing. However, Nocs is one of the few budget-friendly brands that doesn’t sacrifice performance in the process. Coming in an array of attractive colorways, this Standard Issue 8 x 25 is waterproof and has a 357-foot field of view.

Outdoor Research Highcamp 3-Finger Gloves

Infused with VerticalX high-loft synthetic insulation, Outdoor Research’s Highcamp 3-finger over-cuff gloves give you more nimbleness than an average mitten and the fingertips are touchscreen friendly. The palms are made of goat leather for warmth and water resistance, while the shells are given Ventia inserts for waterproof protection. 

Shokz OpenRun Headphones

You won’t lose your ear monitors on your next run with the Shokz OpenRun Headphones, optimized for your facial structure for comfort and minimizing sound leakage, while PremiumPitch 2.0+ gives you bass without vibration. Rated IP67, these headphones are waterproof for up to 1m for 30 minutes.  

HOKA Anacapa Mid GTX Hiking Boots

It’d be hard to argue that any shoes on the market as comfortable as HOKAs, especially within the same price range. The Anacapa Mid hiking boots feature DWR-treated nubuck leather uppers and GORE-TEX waterproof breathable membranes. Other features include Vibram Megagrip rubber outsoles and quick-lace hardware.

Patagonia Downdrift Jacket

Patagonia routinely has some of the best down jackets on the market. The outdoor brand’s Downdrift uses recycled duck and goose down at 600 fill power. Perfect for keeping you warm on camping trips, the coat is also a solid choice as an everyday winter jacket around town. 

Mountain Hardwear AMG 55 Pack

The AMG 55 Pack from Mountain Hardwear is a lightweight yet rugged backpack that holds 55L of gear inside its 200d ripstop nylon shell while boasting a heavy-duty aluminum internal frame for extra reinforcement. Great for mountaineering and weekend ski trips, this winter-weather pack sports a hip belt and extra padded shoulder straps for heavier loads.

Garmin Instinct 2S Solar GPS Watch

Garmin dominates the smartwatch game for a reason, with both affordable and top-shelf options available. However, its Instinct 2S Solar with GPS is one of its flagship models for those who want something right in the middle. Perfect for running and multisport, it also gives you 21 days of battery life on a single charge or 51 days with solar charging. 

Scoured: The Best Outdoor Gear on REI for November 2022

Love wintertime adventures? So do we. To keep you ready for the cold weather, head over to last month’s guide to the best gear on REI.