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BEST BACKPACKING EQUIPMENT AT REI CO-OP

This backpacking equipment list is your shortcut to navigating the overwhelming amount of hiking gear available at REI Co-op. Within each category, we highlight a selection of trail-tested, lightweight picks that will improve your experience in the backcountry.

We have been reviewing hiking gear since 1999, and bring an ultralight perspective to our recommendations. Lighter weight is superior when functionality is otherwise equal.

But buyer beware! For each piece of lightweight gear on shelves, REI stocks a dozen midweight and heavyweight items. So let us help you maximize weight savings by guiding you straight to the best backpacking equipment. Happy shopping, happy trails, and happy hiking!

Continue reading the full equipment list here.

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May 15, 2023

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