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REI has been a big name in outdoor clothing and supplies for a long time. They sell everything from travel essentials to snowboarding gear, and while we love shopping big name brands from REI (like Patagonia and The North Face), there’s one brand reviewers can’t get enough of—and it’s often way cheaper than the heavy hitters.
The REI Co-op line has been around since 1938 (wow, right?) and is a trustworthy and purpose-driven portion of their overall company. The Co-op products are affordable, sustainable, and proven to be some of the best outdoor equipment out there (according to reviewers). We rounded up 15 of the highest rated clothes and outdoor gear you can shop from the REI Co-op brand.
1. This spacious tent that comes in different colors
This two-person tent has over 200 reviews, with some people claiming it’s the “Weekend MVP” and the “perfect tent for any situation!” Its color-coded assembly simplifies the set-up process, and it features multiple layers of fly design (mesh panels, ceiling vents) to help you stay cozy no matter the weather.
This tent comes in four colors and has extra storage compartments built throughout, so you can store your gear, clothes, or food when not in use. Plus, it folds up for compact storage, making it easy to carry across your camping journey.
2. This low-lying chair ideal for campfire hangouts
Who doesn’t need a simple pop-up chair for sitting around the campfire? The Stowaway Low Chair comes in three colors and is the “most comfortable portable chair” for camping, outdoor concerts, or your kids’ soccer games. It packs up so conveniently that some reviewers even mentioned that they can store it on their motorcycle while traveling.
3. Pants perfect for just about any occasion
It can be hard to find all-weather pants that are comfortable (and even stylish…). But, look no further—REI Co-op has options! The most heavy duty are the Sahara Convertible Pants, which are made from a low-bulk fabric (think slim-fitting but breathable) and have a zip-off option to transform into shorts. They’re great for hikes that transition to other climates as well as rock climbing.
The REI Co-op Screenline Hybrid pants are great for the adventurous woman: they’re stretchy, moisture-wicking, and comfortable for all bodies. Another option, the Taereen Pants, are for lighter adventures: long flights, more temperate hikes, or all-day wear. Reviewers claim they’re “versatile,” “comfortable,” “flattering,” and “durable.” And they come in three colors.
- Get the Screeline Hybrid Pants - Women's from REI Co-op for $39.83
- Get the aereen Pants - Women's from REI Co-op for $64.95
- Get the Sahara Convertible Pants - Women’s Petite Sizes from REI Co-op for $69.95
4. A rain jacket that’s both functional and stylish
This rain jacket is made for all weather, and it comes in both women’s and men’s styles. One reviewer gave it five stars after wearing it for a 100-mile hike. (If that isn’t a glowing review I don’t know what is.) It’s lightweight, waterproof, and the women’s version even packs down into a convenient “pocket” the size of a packing cube, making it easy to bring along on flights or store in your car/tent/backpack.
- Get the Rainier Rain Jacket - Women's from REI Co-op for $44.83
- Get the Rainier Rain Jacket - Men's from REI Co-op for $62.93
5. A multi-purpose chair that’s perfect for camping
The Flexlite Macro Chair is made with an aluminum frame, so it’s easy to pack up and carry wherever you may need it, whether you’re heading on a hike or leaving for an outdoor sporting event.
Described as “THE Chair for non-backpacking adventures” by a reviewer, this chair provides relief after long walks and helps adventurers stay comfy without requiring a great deal of manual work. What’s not to love?
6. A trail stool you can pack, store, and use effortlessly
The Trail Stool is perfect for hikers who don’t have the room to pack a chair. It’s handy for shorter hikes and is a “nifty little thing” to rest on and give your legs a break. This stool is a great compromise if you want to bring a chair on your hike, but don’t have the space to store a full one.
Reviewers give the Trail Stool a solid 4.5-stars, noting that they’re rugged, comfortable, and lightweight.
7. An REI Nalgene, because two great brands are better than one
It’s hard to think of water bottles and not think of Nalgene. This brand has been a staple in the water bottle market for decades—and for good reason. Nalgenes are sturdy, lightweight, and easy to transport. This particular model has a near-perfect five-star rating on the site.
We all know that it’s more sustainable to use a reusable water bottle—one reviewer even says they use it for both hot and cold coffee. Not what we would recommend for an intensive hike, but you have to respect people living their lives.
8. Incredible socks to keep you warm through the winter
We’re in the full swing of winter, which calls for extra-cozy socks. The Silk One Liner Socks are both luxurious and practical. You can wear them to work, around the house, or under hiking socks to prevent blisters. They’re the “Best Thing That Happened to My Hike” for one reviewer and an “indispensable Item” for another.
Another great option is the 2-pack of the Norseland Crew Socks. This pair is made from responsible wool, which means it had to pass RWS standards that require sheep to be cared for and treated properly. Plus, our editor claims they’re “incredibly comfy and cozy.” I trust that.
- Get the Norseland Crew Socks - Women's - 2 Pairs from REI Co-op for $16.93
- Get the Silk One Liner Socks from REI Co-op for $8.93
9. This colorful backpack perfect for hiking
REI Co-op’s Ruckpack 18 Pack is the kind of day pack everyone needs. It has enough pockets and side panels for all your hiking or camping gear, but it’s also sleek enough to carry around the city. It’s got “all the right extras” including zippers, an optional padlock, a water bottle pocket (for that Nalgene maybe?), and compression straps for your comfort.
10. A foldable table for those firelit game nights
My family loves card games and food, so this table is on our list for all camping trips we take. It checks off the “convenient” box because it rolls up (so handy), and it’s the right size for food prep or sitting around for dinner. Reviewers call it “lightweight, portable, durable,” and “just what I needed!”
11. This powerful duffel bag with plenty of pockets
The Big Haul 40 Duffel has its name because it can fit 40 liters. If you’re like me (not a light packer), then this is something you’ll love. You can fit all your travel essentials for a trip into the wilderness or an adventure abroad, but the best feature is that the duffel can be converted to a carry-on backpack too.
12. This stowaway cot to protect you from sleeping on rocks
I don’t go camping often, but when I do I like to have something to elevate me off the ground. Seeing the Camp Folding Cot makes me wish I had it when I was at a music festival, sleeping in an inch of rain. Not only does it set up and fold up quickly, but it’ll also comfortably fits anyone under six feet. It’d also make a great spare bed in dorm rooms, small apartments, or for anyone trying to stick to a budget.
13. This reflective backpack ideal for youthful campers
This colorful backpack is perfect for Cub Scouts, your young hiker, or even your school-aged kiddo. There are pockets meant for snacks and special zipper pulls and loops with reflective technology to keep them safe at night. It’s such a hit that it has people saying they “wish they had an adult version.”
This backpack is built for hikers, but it features pockets perfect for school kids, like a special water bottle compartment and comfy straps ideal for heavy textbooks.
14. This compression sack that allows you to bring a sleeping bag camping
Think of the Lightweight Compression Stuff Sack as a packing cube for your sleeping bag. It tucks the bulkiness down into a “nice and compact” size that can easily be added to a backpack or duffel. Reviewers swear by its ability to turn large camping essentials into portable carry-on items. And bonus—it's water repellent, so you don’t have to worry about your sleeping bag getting wet during rainstorms.
15. A cozy flannel you can wear every day
A good women’s flannel shirt is hard to find (trust me I’ve spent years looking), but thankfully REI Co-op has the Wallace Lake Flannel Shirt. It comes in six patterns and is “The Real-Deal”! It’s made for women, but unlike many women’s products, it actually has “functional chest pockets” and even fits wide shoulders. Did I mention it’s only $30?
Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.