New Tripleblaze Outdoor Gear Deal Finder

We just posted a new tool on Tripleblaze that helps you find the best deals on outdoor equipment from retailers like REI, Sierra Trading Post, Amazon, and eBay. You can use it to search for specific products like the Katadyn Vario water filter or for more general searches like dome tents. Heck, I just ran the dome …

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Review: GSI Pinnacle Camper Cookset

When heading out into the backcountry or frontcountry, food planning, packing, and preparation is always a priority!  For years, many of us have battled with stainless steel pots, non-stick frying pans, heavy mugs, and other kitchenware. Fortunately, in recent years, we’ve seen a huge increase in the number and quality of backcountry appliances for food …

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REI Limits Returns to One Year from Date of Purchase

Starting yesterday, REI began limiting returns to 1 year from the date of purchase which is a significant departure from its previous unlimited, little-to-no-questions-asked returns policy. According to the company, its own employees were a big part of the problem, overstating the extent of the policy and encouraging customers to take advantage of its 100% …

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June Camping & Hiking Contest Winners

Congratulations to this month’s top review and photo contributors, flbikerrunner (Palm Bay, Florida) and papasmurf454 (Vista, California). Each will receive a $25 REI gift card via email for sharing their favorite spots to camp and hike. In addition to the ongoing contribution contest, this month we’ll also be giving away a Coleman camping lantern courtesy …

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November Contest Winners

Quick shout out to SCGuide1 and Asfyxiate for winning $25 REI gift cards again in November. With cooler temps creeping in you may be tempted to hang up the boots and pack away your tent but there’s lots more to come this year. Even if the weather does have you sidelined and sitting in front …

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July Contest Winners. Prizes Continue to Roll in August!

Another month, another REI gift card giveaway. Once again Mongoose is on top after outdoing himself with 196 points! Virgo Fabulous took the second REI gift card with a very respectable 58 points during the month of July. Thanks to everyone who participated! The good news is that we’re renewing the contest once again in …

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Trailgating

Now I’m not sure if REI invented the concept of “trailgating” but admittedly it’s the first I’ve heard of it and I gotta say trailgating sounds kinda cool. Just think: instead of setting up the grill and chairs in a hard, flat, asphalt parking lot you could “trailgate” in the great oudoors, just steps from …

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May Contest Winners & New Contest in June

Last month we held a contest to see who could add the most new campgrounds, hiking trails, reviews, and photos by May 31 and although we were pretty underwhelmed by the response, we were still able to pick the first and second place winners. HannaD715 added one campground and two reviews and won (!) a …

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