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REI Co-op Editors’ Choice Awards for 2021

REI Co-op Editors’ Choice Awards for 2021

REI has helped generations of people find the right gear for them since 1938. Now, they are using their team’s hard-earned knowledge and expertise to recognize best-in-class gear at the co-op. Through the REI Co-op Editors’ Choice Awards, they honor the top-performing products in a set of rigorous field tests conducted by co-op staff and members. They also factor in how a product is made and its impact on the environment, along with REI member and customer feedback. Recipients include the equipment and apparel they’ve been recommending for years, along with the latest industry-busting products to hit shelves.

This year, they are awarding trekking poles, a sleeping bag for camping, gaiters and a nifty bike light, all available at REI. Come back seasonally to check out our newest award winners and learn more about how the program works below.

The 2021 Winners

REI Co-op Traverse Trekking Poles

Here’s a pair of poles to accompany you on all of your adventures from the trail to the skin track.

Big Agnes Echo Park 20 Sleeping Bag

Big Agnes Echo Park 20 Sleeping Bag

Make the campground feel more like home when you snooze in this roomy, feature-rich bag.

Outdoor Research Crocodile GORE-TEX Gaiters

Outdoor Research Crocodile GORE-TEX Gaiters

Shield your legs and feet from everything Ma’ Nature throws your way

Light & Motion Vis Pro 1000 Trail Headlight
Light & Motion Vis Pro 1000 Trail Headlight

Keep rolling on trails or roads with this bright, compact pick.

Goal Zero Lighthouse 600
Goal Zero Lighthouse 600 Lantern

This bright, easy-to-use lantern is packed with helpful features for car camping.

LuminAID PackLite Max 2-in-1 Phone Charger
LuminAID PackLite Max 2-in-1 Phone Charger

Trekkers will appreciate the versatility of this portable lantern.

Bedrock Sandals Cairn Adventure
Bedrock Sandals Cairn Adventure

Say no to blisters. All-day comfort and tech come together in this versatile hiking sandal.

Salomon Sense Ride
Salomon Sense Ride 4 Trail-Running Shoe

This featherlight shoe is a great choice for beginners and intermediates looking to up their trail time.

The North Face VECTIV Infinite Trail-Running Shoe

High-end materials make this trail shoe a winner for speed seekers.

La Sportiva TX4
La Sportiva TX 4 Approach Shoe

Score support, comfort and traction on your way to the crag with this long-time favorite.

Nathan Pinnacle 12L
Nathan Pinnacle 12L Hydration Vest

Long-distance runners will appreciate this pack’s ample storage and a breathable back panel.

Brooks Glycerin 19
Brooks Glycerin 19 Road-Running Shoe

Neutral runners will love this traditional shoe and its easy fit for everyday pursuits.

NEMO Roamer XL Wide
NEMO Roamer – XL Wide Sleeping Pad

Supreme comfort, generous dimensions and surprising packability earn this mattress top marks for car camping.

Topo Athletic Trailventure
Topo Athletic Trailventure Boot

Hikers and fastpackers looking for a sleek, nimble boot for moving quickly through the backcountry will love this shoe.

Lowa Renegade GTX
Lowa Renegade GTX Mid Hiking Boot

Unparalleled comfort under heavier loads makes this boot a solid bet for anyone tackling longer backpacking trips.

La Sportiva Nucleo High II GTX
La Sportiva Nucleo High II GTX Boot

This boot hits the sweet spot between protection, support and low weight—perfect for anyone hiking on rougher trails.


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