REI, or Recreation Equipment, Inc., is the most popular U.S. outdoor retailer, with brick and mortar stores across the country. It also produces a huge range of outdoor gear under the REI Co-Op brand. The company prides itself on creating highly functional gear that's cheaper than major competitors, offering a 1-year return with no questions asked, and being the go-to outdoor resource in most communities. Best known for: backpacking tents, backpacking backpacks, baslayers, duffels, and last-minute shopping for treks.
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