Saturday, June 22, 2024

What Our Members Are Gifting This Season


With the giving season close to, it’s time to make gear lists of a special type—the type that embody items for the adventurous family members in your life. We’re right here to assist with the onerous a part of selecting that good current. On this story, we requested 12 REI Co-op Members (who’re additionally REI companions) to share their favourite outdoorsy items for the bikers, hikers, campers and runners of their lives. Their options run the gamut, from waterproof blankets to velvety-soft joggers. Learn on for some gifting inspo. 

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Items for the Hiker

Darn Robust Hiker Micro Crew Cushion Socks

Close-up shot of hiking boots and Darn Tough socks.
Picture Credit score: Jacey West

“As a seasoned hiker of over a decade, I take into account high-quality climbing socks simply as essential as snug climbing sneakers. In the case of climbing socks, my prime decide is all the time Hiker Micro Crew Cushion Socks from Darn Robust. They’re not simply my alternative for climbing, but additionally my go-to reward for anybody who loves spending time exterior.

My favourite Darn Robust socks are made out of primarily merino wool, a game-changing cloth for adventurers. It’s sweat-wicking and naturally antimicrobial and helps regulate physique temperature to maintain you heat within the winter and funky in the summertime! These socks aren’t simply reserved for climbing both; I put on them year-round for numerous actions. 

Along with being sturdy, snug and obtainable in a number of cute designs, Darn Robust socks include a lifetime producer guarantee. Plus, it’s price noting that every one Darn Robust socks are proudly made within the USA. 

At simply $25 per pair, this can be a sensible reward that retains on giving journey after journey.” Obtainable in males’s and ladies’s. $25 

Jacey West, REI Co-op Member since 2017

Teva Hurricane XLT2 Sandals

Product shot of the Teva Hurricane XLT2 sandals

“One in every of my favourite items of out of doors gear is the Hurricane XLT2 from Teva. I like these sandals as a result of they’re so versatile and trendy. They’re the last word reward on your adventurous buddies this vacation season.

I put on them for brief and simple hikes within the hotter months, and so they work very well for crossing creeks or leaping into swimming holes. They’re nice tenting sneakers—plus they double as bathe sneakers. Even if you’re going into city, they’re tremendous snug and go together with virtually all of my informal outfits!  

Not solely are they good in so many situations, they’re additionally tremendous straightforward to scrub and so they don’t take up a lot area when packing for a backpacking journey or in a suitcase.  

In case you are seeking to give somebody a present that they are going to get numerous makes use of out of, don’t stroll—run to REI and seize a pair!” Obtainable in males’s and ladies’s. $74.95 

Tee George, REI Co-op Member since 2021

Black Diamond Storm 500-R Headlamp

Product shot of the Black Diamond Storm 500-R Headlamp

“A headlamp is, definitely, vital gear merchandise when hitting the path. That’s why they’re included in just about each important climbing checklist! I like my Storm 500-R Headlamp from Black Diamond and all the time have it in my pack (or on my head), when heading out for a climbing or backpacking journey. This headlamp is rechargeable and filled with 500 lumens so it’s good for getting out for dawn and sundown hikes, doing important duties throughout backcountry adventures and having round for fundamental automobile tenting journeys. The Storm 500-R is light-weight at solely 3.5 ounces, dust-proof and totally submersible in water, which implies you gained’t lose your mild when you’re caught within the rain. Moreover, headlamps can be utilized as makeshift lanterns when positioned below or round clear water bottles like Nalgenes, creating colourful lighting in a tent. The Black Diamond Storm 500-R is an ideal mixture of important and enjoyable, making it an ideal reward for any outdoor-lover in your checklist.” $74.95 

Angela Rodriguez, REI Co-op Member since 2021

Items for the Camper

Rumpl Unique Puffy Recycled Blanket

Young boy wrapped in a blanket poses on a log.
Picture offered by Tyler Fontes

“We’re an journey household that loves spending time outside and happening household tenting journeys. Our Rumpl Unique Puffy Recycled blankets are all the time a part of our journey gear and would make a great gift this vacation season. We now have been utilizing our Rumpl blankets when tenting for years now and love how cozy and heat they’re, particularly when you find yourself all wrapped up in a single round a campfire. Our 6-year-old twin boys every have their very own Rumpl junior measurement, too. Their favourite is to put on them like a cape (utilizing the built-in cape clip) as they discover the campground. We love having these blankets within the automobile, across the campfire, on a day hike and, in fact, when sleeping. I like that the Rumpl Unique Recycled Puffy is available in so many alternative print choices, and my favourite is their Nationwide Parks Assortment. One other household favourite is the Rumpl Artist Division assortment that showcases completely different artists’ work. I undoubtedly suggest placing Rumpl Unique Puffy in your checklist of drugs objects to contemplate gifting this vacation season.” Begins at $125 

Tyler Fontes, REI Co-op Member since 2009

Arc’teryx Atom Insulated Hoodie

Product shot of the Arc'teryx Atom Hoodie

“For the final eight years, there was one piece of drugs that has been my go-to for almost each journey: the Atom Hoodie from Arc’teryx. This jacket has been alongside for numerous climbing days, backpacking journeys, days hanging round camp, worldwide excursions and chilly surf classes. I like the Coreloft™ insulation as a result of it retains heat even when it will get moist and has unimaginable loft retention to keep up its form even with a number of packing and unpacking—and belief me, I’ve put mine to the take a look at. The Atom could be worn over lighter clothes or below a tough shell, making it an extremely versatile mid-layer. I feel the Atom Hoodie is a good reward as a result of it’s good for anybody in your checklist who likes spending time within the nice outside, and you’ll assure that it’ll handle them for years to return.” Obtainable in males’s and ladies’s. $300 

Mary Ashley Krogh, REI Co-op Member since 2011

Teva ReEmber Slip-Ons

Product shot of the Teva ReEmber Slip-ons

“I acquired my first pair of Teva ReEmbers in 2019 as a Christmas reward and so they shortly turned not solely my favourite piece of ’luxurious’ tenting gear, however my go-to indoor/out of doors footwear. They’re good for mulling across the dwelling (or dwelling workplace) on crisp mornings, taking my buddies’ canine for walks across the block and lounging round a campfire (or working from tent to toilet at a campsite). Fold down the shoe’s collapsible heel to remodel the nice and cozy slipper into a straightforward slip-on shoe. The grippy rubber sole has stored me upright when working on slick surfaces. And the truth that they’re made with recycled supplies is solely icing on the cake. I acquired my first pair as a present, and so they have turn out to be my default current for everybody from my outdoorsy backpacking buddies to my *prefers to remain within the metropolis with the canine* greatest good friend and even my mother and father. I’ve but to seek out somebody that they don’t seem to be a considerate reward for.” Obtainable in each males’s and ladies’s. $79.95 

Andrea Ference, REI Co-op Member since 2018

Items for the Runner

Vuori Efficiency Jogger Pants

Photo of woman in running gear stretching.
Picture offered by Alysha Flynn

“Have you ever ever discovered a bit of clothes that makes you surprise the way you ever lived with out it? The Efficiency Joggers from Vuori are IT for me. I assumed I simply wished one thing snug to put on at dwelling. I didn’t understand I’d finally go to race expos, journey, run and hike in these joggers, too! Sure, they’re that versatile! I put on all of them yr lengthy paired with something from a tank or tee to an ultra-comfy sweatshirt. The joggers are made with a smooth, stretchy cloth and have a slim however relaxed match. The leg is barely cropped so it lands simply above my ankle, which I like. There’s a drawstring to regulate on the waist, and pockets. As a result of they’re crafted with efficiency materials, I can transition from taking my kiddos to high school within the morning straight right into a run. They stretch and transfer with me, wicking away sweat. With the vacations simply across the nook, the Vuori Efficiency Joggers would make an awesome reward on your energetic and outdoorsy household and buddies. Simply be ready to show them into Efficiency Jogger collectors—I’m presently as much as 4 pairs!” $94 

Alysha Flynn, REI Co-op Member since 2021

Altra Torin 7 Street-Working Sneakers

“Whereas we normally go for secondhand goodies as vacation presents, I’m so excited to shock my associate with a brand new pair of the Altra Torin 7 Street-Working Sneakers. He has already coated over 400 miles in his earlier pair and is desperately in want of some recent ones! The truth is, selecting trainers is like trying to find the proper associate, and after numerous runs with numerous manufacturers, he has undeniably fallen in love with these Altras. Their distinctive toe-box form supplies area on your toes to relaxation naturally, and the zero-drop profile makes certain that your heels and forefeet are positioned at an equal distance from the bottom, which will help with kind. I’ve all the time believed that the most effective vacation items are those which can be used usually, making them each sensible and considerate. I do know my associate’s going to like them!!” Obtainable in males’s and ladies’s. $150 

Lauren Bash, REI Co-op Member since 2014

HOKA Challenger 7 Path-Working Sneakers

Product shot of the Hoka Challenger 7

“In the case of path working or climbing, my favourite go-to is the HOKA Challenger 7! *Inserts blissful dance* I keep in mind the times I wore common trainers on the paths and would have completely ZERO grip. So many climbing days and path runs spent slipping and sliding. However after I was gifted the HOKA Challenger 7’s, it was instantly love at first step! Not solely are the colours poppin, they’re tremendous cozy, sturdy, light-weight and have nice responsiveness… so an additional little velocity added in there. The outer mesh is mild, ethereal and breathable and may take slightly water and dirt. The underside grip on these sneakers is insanely environment friendly and was designed for improved traction on uneven terrain. So no slipping and sliding! I exploit them for all of my path runs and hikes, and we might be taking these infants for a spin at my first path race later this month! I’m so stoked! These are good for anybody who’s seeking to expertise high-quality and high-comfort all-terrain sneakers! Joyful toes, blissful life!” Obtainable in males’s and ladies’s. $145 

Cam Stith, REI Co-op Member since 2021

Items for the Biker

Kryptonite New-U KryptoLok Commonplace U-Lock with Cable

Product shot of the bike lock.
Picture Credit score: Cindy Villaseñor

“I used to be completely thrilled after I received my first bike this March, particularly because it was fitted for me at REI! So, now that I’ve a motorbike, I have to take excellent care of it and preserve it safe whereas using round Los Angeles. I have to admit, I’m not an knowledgeable on the subject of bikes, however the very first thing I needed to get (other than a helmet for security, in fact) was a lock. Having bother determining what to provide this vacation season? This might make a incredible reward for family members who’ve a motorbike!  

To search out the most effective lock, I paid a go to to the REI bike store in Santa Monica, the place a splendidly useful worker offered me with data on a couple of completely different locks. That’s after I determined to go together with the Kryptonite New-U KryptoLok Commonplace U-Lock. It even comes with a cable for the entrance wheel for added safety and as a theft deterrent. Plus, the FlexFrame-U bracket makes it tremendous straightforward to move the lock on my bike. After the U-bracket was put in, the workers made certain I examined the bike to make sure the lock didn’t intervene with its performance. Now, I really feel utterly comfy taking my bike on thrilling adventures and making pit stops round LA!” $70.95 

Cindy Villaseñor, REI Co-op Member since 2014

Bike Peddler Take A Look Mirror

Product shot of the Bike Peddler Take a Look Mirror

“I’ve had my Bike Peddler Take A Look Mirror for a couple of years now and it has been a game-changer. For the bicycle traveler, security is paramount. I can regulate automobiles or different bicycles arising behind me with out having to show round, which retains me trying ahead. It’s like having eyes at the back of your head. 

One of the interesting features for me of the Take A Look Biking Mirror is its capacity to be mounted on both your glasses or your helmet (utilizing the elective helmet mount adapter—bought individually). The mirror is designed with a three-point attachment system that clips securely onto your eyeglasses or sun shades. It’s light-weight and I like that it doesn’t overwhelm the glasses or turn out to be a hindrance. This mirror stays vibration-resistant even on probably the most difficult terrains. It not solely helps heighten the bicycle owner’s consciousness of their environment, but additionally empowers them with confidence throughout their rides. The result’s a safer and extra pleasurable using expertise. 
 

Whether or not navigating the hustle and bustle of metropolis streets or having fun with a bikepacking journey, this mirror is an indispensable accent for each bicycle owner. I extremely suggest it to all bicycle vacationers, no matter their ability stage.” $18.95 

Erick Cedeño, REI Co-op Member since 2011

Po Campo Domino Handlebar Bag

Product shot of the Po Campo Domino Handlebar Bag

“As your common on a regular basis bicycle owner, I’m all the time seeking to be snug and have the ability to carry all of the issues I want for a enjoyable experience within the metropolis. This vacation season is the perfect time to each introduce buddies to biking and provides items that improve the biking expertise. Amongst my present favorites is the Po Campo Domino Handlebar Bag. One of many issues I like probably the most: It attaches to any bike, previous or new, so that you don’t have to switch your bike to make it match. It’s additionally made out of recycled plastic and has waterproof capabilities, a number of pocket compartments inside and a sling strap that lets you take it with you wherever you go. It’s the type of reward any bicycle owner would really recognize.” $65 

Sally Garcia, REI Co-op Member since 2015



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