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REI Quarter Dome 2 Tent Review

The REI Quarter Dome 2 is a spacious two person tent that's lightweight enough for comfortable backpacking

The REI Quarter Dome 2 Person Tent ($349) is a lightweight backpacking tent with two doors that weighs 3 pounds 4.4 ounces. Newly redesigned, the Quarter Dome 2 sports a number of desirable features including much enlarged side vestibules, more vertical walls, and higher ceilings above the head and foot ends …

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REI Dash 2 Ultralight Tent Review

The REI Dash 2 ultralight tent - a radical departure from the signature REI dome tent design.

The REI Dash 2 is the lightest weight 2 person tent that REI has ever sold. Weighing just 2 pounds 7 ounces (not including stakes or stuff sacks), it is a double walled tent with a conventional hubbed poleset, two doors, and two vestibules. But the design of this tent …

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REI Stoke 29 Day Pack

REI Stoke 29 Daypack

REI has introduced a new ultralight day pack called the Stoke 29. It’s perfectly sized for long day hikes, with a large main compartment and three exterior mesh pockets (2 side, 1 front.) I adore mesh packets like this because I can me stow all of the gear or food …

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REI Flash 62 Backpack Review

REI Flash 62 Backpack

Last year REI introduced two new ultralight backpacks, the Flash 50 and the Flash 65 (a few are still available at REI-Outlet).  Both became instant hits with customers because of their light weight and removable framesheets which let the packs be reconfigured for different loads and trip lengths. With REI on …

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REI Flip-Top Sipping Thermos

This is the first winter that I’ve felt the need to carry along a thermos of hot tea with me on winter day hikes and backpacking trips. I don’t bring a thermos on every trip, but it’s proven quite handy on the more gnarly above-treeline ascents I’ve done this season …

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REI Flash 65 Backpack

REI Flash 65 Framesheet/Stay and Optional Floating Lid

The REI Flash 65 is a big backpack with 65 liters or about 4000 cubic (3966) inches of carrying capacity, but it is very lightweight. Fully configured it only weighs 3 lbs 2 oz in a size medium, but you can remove its floating top pocket and internal frame sheet …

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REI Flash 50 Backpack

The REI Flash 50 backpack is the smallest multi-day pack in REI’s line of ultralight backpacks. With a base weight of 2 lbs 10 oz, it is possible to remove some of the features of this pack to further reduce it’s weight to 1 lb 13 oz. That’s sounded like …

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REI TI Ware Non-Stick Pot

Last week I upgraded to a new REI 1.3 L titanium pot with a non stick coating for easy cleanup. For years, all I did was boil water for freezer bag meals on the trail and I didn’t need a non-stick coating. But these days, I want the option of …

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REI Mistral Soft Shell Hiking Pants

It’s autumn in New England and day time temperatures are finally dropping down into the mid-40’s F, which I consider ideal hiking and backpacking weather. With the change of seasons, comes a change of hiking pants, and I’ve retired (i.e. destroyed) this year’s pair of Railrider Eco-mesh hiking pants and …

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REI Adventure Pants

I bought two pairs of REI Adventure pants recently and they’ve become an indispensable part of my wardrobe for both work and outdoor activities such as day hiking and backpacking. A size 38 x 32 weighs just 13.5 oz. These pants are 100% nylon. They dry quickly after washing and …

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