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.