Summer is here, and if you’re trying to get out great, you’re probably going to make a trip to REI. Going to the store in a hurry because you’ve decided that you’re going camping this weekend is a bit of mutual practice, and whether you’re hiking, camping, climbing, skiing, kayaking or biking, you’ve probably been at one point.
As more people go out, we’ve decided to use our all-year shopping at RII and make some of our all-time favorite purchases. Below, you’ll find gears used personally (some of our items are not available or discontinued, in which case we found similar items from the same brand) for hiking, climbing, camping, and more.
Eno singlenest hammock ($ 49.95; rei.com)
Eno is the singlenest hammock
We’re always looking for opportunities for a good hammock session, and whether it’s on our porch or on the campsite, there’s nothing like sleeping a hammock. From the Eno it is an extremely powerful, weighing up to 400 pounds and it comes in a variety of colors. If you want more space, choose the big Eno Doublenest Hammock, which has enough space for two people.
Eno Atlas Hammock Suspension System (29.95; rei.com)
Eno Atlas Hammock Suspension System
One downside of the Eno Hammock is that its suspension system is not included. The straps are absolutely necessary for hanging the hammock, but they are very easy to set up and really short.
Camp Chef Teton 2-Burner Stove ($ 149; rei.com)
Camp Chef Teton 2-Burner Stove
We’ve had a stove off from the camp chef for over a year and it has definitely been a game changer. When we cooked for 10 people during the two week trip it was important to have a stove large enough to handle two full size pots or pans. We have a scaled down version of this Teton oven, but it still has plenty of room to fit your standard pan. Also, the stove is very light and portable, so you can use it in the backyard if you want to get some fresh air during dinner.
GSI Outdoors Glacier Camp Oven ($ 27.95; rei.com)
GSI Outdoors Glacier Camp Oven
The camp chef stove is great if you need to cook a lot of food but if you are camping by yourself or with someone else. For small size camp kitchens, we prefer this GSI stove. It’s not as small as an MSR pocket rocket, but its large burner gives you plenty of space to balance your cooking ingredients. Also, you can adjust the flame level so that you can do something from the boiling water in a few minutes on low heat.
GSI Outdoor Glacier Stainless Frypan (39.95; rei.com)
GSI Outdoor Glacier Stainless Frypan
If you are planning to cook at the campsite, you can certainly bring your cooking items from home, but it will probably take up a lot of space and it can get a little extra wear and tear. That’s why we think it’s better to have a separate pan just for camping. The GSI pan we have is not carried in the REI, but it does have a foldable handle so it takes up much less space when you are packing.
REI Co-op Flash 18 Pack ($ 39.95; rei.com)
REI Co-op Flash 18 Pack
This is one of our favorite deacons because whether you’re using it for a day trip around the campsite for a hard trip, it’s got everything you need. It opens and closes instantly with a quick drawn drawcard, it has a chest strap and it also features a sleeve for a reservoir so you can stay hydrated by pulling your water bottle every 10 minutes without closing it.
TheTentLab The Deuce # 2 UL Backcountry Trowel (19.95; rei.com)
TheTentLab The Deuce # 2 UL Backcountry Trowel
If you’ve been in the woods long enough, you’ll have to breathe. And when there are plenty of toilets on the campsite, sometimes nature calls unexpectedly and you have to dig a hole. That’s why it’s always a good idea to keep some toilet paper and a trusty trolley in your backpack, because trust us, it’s much better than the alternative. This ultralight trowel is extremely thin and can basically fit anywhere in your backpack so you will always be ready.
Osprey Men’s Aether 65 Pack ($ 280; rei.com)
Osprey Men’s Aether 65 Pack
We love backpacking, but if you’re going to travel between the forest and camp, you’ll need a great pack. We like it from Osprey, as it has a lot of storage, it distributes weight in an incredibly comfortable way and the top of the pack even becomes detached and becomes a little depack.
Big Agnes Mika Basin Camp Chair ($ 129.95; rei.com)
Big Agnes Mika Basin Camp Chair
Camp chairs are a must when you go into the woods for an extended period of time. Of course, you can find a rock or a log for sitting, but it is often uncomfortable and the lack of back support after a long day of hiking is not ideal. We use a slightly smaller, lighter version of this camp chair that is currently out of stock, but it’s equally easy to set up and super light, so it’s a breeze to carry to the beach under your backpack or block. Also, there is a version with cup holder to keep your drink easy.
Ultra lone peak hiker men’s hiking boots ($ 140; rei.com)
Ultra lone peak hiker men’s hiking boots
After backpacking in 2020, we spent a lot of time trying to find the perfect hiking shoes. In the past, we’ve used traditional hiking boots but didn’t like the heavy, shiny design. Trail running shoes were tempting, but carrying a heavy pack created some necessity with ankle support. Then, we found the Ultra Lone Peak Hikers, which is a perfect combination of hiking boots and trail runners. They are light weight, they are very comfortable and they have a large sized toe box so that your toes are wide when your feet are swollen for a long time.
Nemo Dagger 2 Tent (429.95; rei.com)
Nemo Dagger 2 tents
This is our best tent of all time. It’s perfect for backpacking, which weighs less than 4 pounds, but doesn’t sacrifice space. Sometimes two people’s tents aren’t as spacious as they sound, and if two people actually sleep in it, you’ll be hugging all night. The dagger, however, has enough space for two people to sleep comfortably and even extra space for gear. In addition, it has got two huge vestibules for the rest of your things so you can keep it protected from the weather and the setup is incredibly easy and fast.
Black Diamond Revolt 350 headlamps ($ 64.95; rei.com)
Black Diamond Revolt 350 headlamps
We like this headlamp for a big reason: it is compatible with both a rechargeable battery and traditional AAAs. This feature is so nice because using a rechargeable battery you don’t have to waste battery all the time, but if your headlamp runs out of juice in the woods, you can pop in AAAs and not have to worry about recharging the battery immediately.
Scarpa Drago men’s climbing shoes (189; rei.com)
Scarpa Drago men’s climbing shoes
As an enthusiastic creeper, we have chosen to use these shoes in Scarper. They are soft and relatively comfortable for such aggressive shoes. If you’re new to climbing, check out La Sportiva Finale, a rumier, lot of comfortable shoes.
Patagonia Men’s TorrentShell 3L Jacket ($ 149; rei.com)
Patagonia Men’s TorrentShell 3L Jacket
Our winner for the best rain jacket of 2021, Patagonia TorrentShell is an amazing waterproof, packageable and durable jacket. We have been using it for a few months now and the complaints are zero.
Iggy Rambler Vacuum Bottle with Chag Cap ($ 40; rei.com)
Iggy Rambler Vacuum Bottle with Chag Cap
In hot months, we can’t really tolerate drinking room temperature or warm water. Especially when you’re out hiking, there’s nothing like ice-cold water to keep you cool. That’s why when we’re backpacking and weight saving is important, we carry a Yeti double-insulated water bottle. At the end of a long, hot day you will still have ice and we found the blembler bottle to be more durable than other double-wall insulated options.
Rumpl Original Puffy Recycled Blanket ($ 99; rei.com)
Rumpl Original Puffy Recycled Blanket
We recently reviewed the Rumple Adventure blanket and prefer the absolutely warm, durable build. Even when we’re not camping, Rumpl is our go-to for a movie night on the sofa.
Swiss Army Explorer knife with pouch ($ 52; rei.com)
Swiss Army Explorer knife with pouch
A Swiss Army knife is absolutely essential for us. Although the knife blade isn’t too big, you can’t lose the amount of useful tools you’ll find in the Nifty little thing. Our favorite tools are can openers, corkscrew (you never know when you’ll need to open a bottle of wine!) And scissors.
Roughware Grip Trex Dog Boots (37.50; rei.com)
Roughware Grip Trex Dog Boots
Of course, if you go out, you want to bring your puppy with you. We use these dog boots not only for hiking but also on the dirty streets of New York City.
Roughware Highlands Dog Sleeping Bag (starting at $ 99.95; rei.com)
Roughware Highlands Dog Sleeping Bag
This sleeping bag can keep your puppy warm and comfortable in the woods, but to be honest our dog uses it more as the second dog bed in the house. It’s durable and water-resistant so you don’t have to worry about ruining it to your furry friend.