Why REI is Heaven for Outdoor Enthusiasts

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Why REI is Heaven for Outdoor Enthusiasts

REI is one of those stores that have a loyal customer base and top-notch products with an amazing return policy. It is the mecca for hikers, cyclists, kayakers, and just about anyone who loves the outdoors.

REI is Heaven for outdoor enthusiasts and is the perfect place to find just about everything you need.


REI-4-person-tentThe REI 4-person tent is the best tent on the market for a few different reasons. First, you can put it up in less than 10 minutes and is about the easiest tent I have ever put up. Then there is REI’s return policy – they will take back anything and refund or exchange you with no questions asked. Completely awesome!

Here are some other tent options:


Kelty Acadia 4 Tent: You’ll live comfortably in the Acadia 4 tent from Kelty. It boasts large doors, dual vestibules and easy setup.

Mountain-Hardwear-Trango-4-tent Mountain Hardwear Trango 4 Tent: The Mountain Hardwear Trango 4 Tent is designed for winter mountaineering. It’s built strong and engineered to shelter 4 climbers in tough alpine conditions.  AND KUDOS to you if you are tenting in the winter!

What is your favorite tent??  Unless of course you go all rustic and build a “lean to” with sticks and leaves – HA HA!


After you have figured out your shelter for the night, turning to getting the kitchen ready is the next thing that campers always do.  Of course you can cook over an open fire, but there are certainly other things that make it is little easier.

You know I think having a good camp stove is essential!  The Coleman dual InstaStart Grill Stove allows you to boil water and grill at the same time.


Camp Chef Ranger 2-Burner Camp Stove: The Camp Chef Ranger 2-burner camp stove delivers portability and power to make camp cooking fast and easy.

Coleman Signature InstaStart Grill Stove: The propane-powered Coleman Signature InstaStart™ grill stove lets you flame broil a burger while boiling some pasta on your next car-camping adventure.


Don’t forget the mattress pad!   I know you are all saying you LOVE being one with nature and sleeping on the ground.  If you are NUTS like that, then skip over this paragraph – LOL!.

In my opinion this is very much needed to make sleeping on the ground just a little bit more enjoyable. REI has typically over a 100 in stock to choose from and come in all different weights and sizes. Don’t skip on this one piece of camping gear or your back will not be a happy camper!

Therma-Rest Therm-a-Rest ProLite Sleeping Pad: Lighter than its predecessor, this 3-season Therm-a-Rest ProLite sleeping pad is one of the lightest, most compact, self-inflating mattress in the Therm-a-Rest Fast & Light line.


Klymit Insulated Static V Sleeping Pad: You don’t have to spend a fortune to sleep well in the great outdoors. The affordable Klymit Insulated Static V Sleeping Pad cushions you from the ground on your backpacking adventures year-round.


REI has a pretty robust outdoor clothing line with items for men, women, and kids for all weather ranges from extreme cold to a very hot afternoon. I love shopping their clearance area!!


REI Mistral Pants -Women’s: The REI Mistral women’s pants are sleek and multipurpose soft shells. Have them on hand for late-autumn hikes when the days turn cool and wet.

REI Kimtah Rain Jacket – Men’sThanks to eVent® fabric technology, the men’s REI Kimtah Jacket helps backpackers stay dry and comfortable when they get caught out in a spring or summer rain squall.

ASICS Thermopolis LT Half-Zip Top – Women’s: A cozy first layer for cold-weather running, the women’s ASICS Thermopolis® LT Half-Zip Top features a zippered mock neck for adjustable warmth through the miles.


Anytime you head out hiking don’t forget about your hydration needs. There are great backpacks that also have external water bladders. If you will be out all day, think about putting water in one bladder and electrolyte drinks in another.

mantraOsprey Manta 20 Hydration Pack – 100 fl. oz.: The updated Osprey Manta 20 hydration pack combines a well-engineered hydration system with great carrying comfort to keep you hydrated and moving fast during your done-in-a-day adventures.


CamelBak Rim Runner 22 Hydration Pack – 100 fl. oz.:The comfortable CamelBak Rim Runner 22 Hydration Pack is a capable gear hauler with a big reservoir to keep you hydrated during done-in-a-day adventures.

What are your camping must-haves?

I will continue to look for great deals on these all season long.


  1. Jennifer says:

    Hydration backpacks are a steal at $15 at SAMs club, refill bladder packs at Walmart were $10.


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