This time of year is always tricky when it comes to packing for a camping trip. Depending on which part of the country you live in, your weather could potentially range from heat waves to near-glacial — and all in the same weekend! We’re partially joking, of course, but when it comes to adventure gear, we don’t mess around. Neither does REI, an authority in the matter. From caps to knives to walkie-talkies, and everything in between, the company’s selection of essentials is nonpareil, no matter what the occasion or scenario. Here are our favorite pieces available on REI right now for your next outdoor excursion.
Poler Workerman Beanie
Since its launch in 2010, Oregon-based outdoors brand Poler has established itself as a force in the industry, fusing urban aesthetics with camping gear. The result evokes summer camp nostalgia, yet with a certain air of evolved refinement. We love its Workerman Beanie, which again blends form and function with its 100% acrylic double-layer waffle knit that’s both stylish and warm.
Pelican 1050 Case with Carabiner
The original Pelican Case is a must-have for any outdoor excursion. Now, the California-based company has made a mini version for protecting all your smaller possessions, such as your phone, wallet, camera, and anything else you’d like to keep dry. Equipped with a carabiner for easy attachment, the 1050 Case is built with robust ABS plastic and can hold around 1L.
Few brands have dominated their space like YETI has when it comes to coolers and drink containers. The brand’s 46oz version of its flagship Rambler is not just arguably the best in the game but sports a pleasing design as well. Built with the Chug cap for easy sipping and leak resistance, the stainless steel flask has a TripleHaul handle for easy carry and double-wall vacuum insulation to preserve your beverage’s temperature.
Motorola Talkabout T470 2-Way Radios
No matter what they say, walkie-talkies are not obsolete. Motorola’s Talkabout T470 still gets, and should get, plenty of usage in the outdoors to communicate in remote areas with up to a 35-mile range. If that weren’t handy enough, this rechargeable 2-way radio has an IPX4 weatherproof rating, a vibration feature that you can set to specific channels, and gives out NOAA emergency and weather alerts.
The North Face Campshire Shirt
As the weather starts to cool down in the coming months, it’s good to start thinking about what to wear on your outdoor trips. The Campfire Shirt from The North Face is your best bet, lined with sherpa fleece and given Heatseeker Eco insulation in the sleeves. However, this plaid button-up isn’t a tad bulky and can be a great companion, even during the warmer seasons as a nighttime layer.
Benchmade 535 Bugout Drop-Point Fine-Edge Knife
Benchmade’s Bugout model is one of the most popular EDC knives for a reason. With an ergonomic grip made from super-sturdy Grivory thermoplastic and anodized aluminum spacers, this drop-point can do just about anything you need it to, and when you need it done. The fine-edge CPM-S30V stainless steel blade sports the brand’s signature AXIS locking mechanism with a DLC-coated titanium bar.
HOKA Speedgoat Mid 2 GTX Hiking Boots
It’s getting harder and harder to go hiking or trail running without seeing a pair of HOKAs. Waterproof and breathable thanks to the GORE-TEX lining, the brand’s flagship Speedgoat Mid 2 hiking boots have molded foam collars for unbelievable ankle support and zonal rubber placement that knows where to give you stability without restricting movement. If you like to take on more daring terrain, the Vibram Megagrip on the outsoles will keep you from slipping.
Zeal Divide Polarized Sunglasses
When it comes to sunglasses to wear outdoors, even the best options tend to look rather functional. That’s where Zeal comes in, a Colorado-based company that prides itself on stylish shades that you can wear both on and off the trail. The Divide specs feature high-purity and scratch-resistant polarization to help preserve your peepers while not disrupting clarity, while the Z-Resin, plant-based frames are built for both style and durability.
Patagonia Black Hole MLC 45L Travel Pack
Few brands have been as synonymous with the outdoors space as Patagonia. Able to hold up to 45L, the Black Hole MLC Travel Pack is the maximum carry-on size for traveling on planes. But that’s just the start of it. The 900D ripstop polyester is 100% upcycled and features a thermoplastic urethane film laminate for extra protection. There are two exterior pockets for easy access, plus a padded sleeve on the inside for your laptop and a zippered pocket for your shoes.
Sea to Summit Spark Ultralight Sleeping Bag Liner
Sea to Summit’s Spark Ultralight Sleeping Bag Liner is a must-have during these fickle seasons. Keeping you warm during chilly evenings and providing comfort during warmer ones, this 850-fill quilted down sack sports a 7-denier shell and liner that enables it to roll up nicely into the accompanying compression bag without adding too much additional weight to your carry.
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