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Osprey Transporter Carry On Review Introduction

OSPREY by this point, is an old dog in this game. I don’t mean that negatively. They are one of the longest standing, and most beloved manufacturers of backpacks and hiking/adventure luggage out there. Most of their travel backpacks are very clearly traditional backpacks – and can serve double duty as hikers as well. Which is cool. Typically however, I don’t gravitate towards those kind. I like the the more “travel bag’, clamshell styles for my wandering. Truth be told, I get it, any bag you want to be is a travel bag. But I think you know what I mean stylistically. These are the kinds of bags I go for rather than the traditional, straight up book bag or hiking bag styles.

With the Transporter Carry On, Osprey has thrown themselves into the ring with these aforementioned styles. It would seem to me like they’ve put some thought into this one, and I wanted to review it to see if the brand’s offering was worth your consideration for your wandering stable.

This is my review of the Osprey Transporter Carry On. For full transparency, I purchased this bag with my own money, and this is not a sponsored article. Per usual, all the thoughts and opinions are my own.

This page does use affiliate links. If you click to make a purchase, I do make a small commission which helps to keep this site running. There is no cost to you, and you’re under no obligation to use my links. With that out of the way, let’s dig in!

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Osprey Transporter Carry On Backpack Overview

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So getting all of the nitty-gritty out of the way – the Transporter Carry On is exactly as the name suggests. A travel bag designed to be carry on sized (there is also a “Global” version – which is a bit smaller to be in line with International airline regulations). Osprey lists the Transporter as 44l. It’s a backpack/duffel hybrid like so many bags these days and comes with a detachable strap if you want to carry it on your side and shoulder – like a duffel. I basically removed this strap from my mind immediately as I never use those configs – but it’s nice to have the option if you like that.

The main material choice here is one I like. The bag is made from double coated, TPU nylon. It’s a mix of 400D and 360D on the weight of the weave. I like my travel bags to have this type of TPU coating as it makes them very easy to wipe off and provides fantastic water resistance.

The feature list on this bag is pretty standard – which you’d expect. It’s got front organization with its own volume, a top pocket designed as a quick grab pocket for liquids but can of course be used for anything. Stowable backpack straps and hip strap, laptop sleeve, clamshell opening, and luggage pass through. They say the laptop sleeve can fit up to 17 inch, but I’d be careful with that as there are a LOT of different kinds of 17 inch laptops. They can vary greatly in their beefiness and I don’t want you “my laptop is as big as a desktop” folks to get all bent out of shape at Osprey.

The Osprey Transporter Carry On comes in a few colors, but at the time of this writing (Dec 2020) it does look like they are clearing out inventory. Black might be your best bet going forward. Retail price is $180.00 USD which is a fantastic value in this space. Right now – you could get some colors for under $100.00 USD – which is insane.

Osprey Transporter Carry On Backpack Features

There isn’t too much to get crazy about here, Osprey did not take any risks on this bag and I think I’m just fine with that. The front organizational pocket has a lot of spots in there to organize your stuff (including two zippered pockets). It would serve to use for your tech in place of a separate pouch, or has its own volume to place additional pouches or kits in there. The top pocket is also great for this – it doesn’t need to just be used for toiletries obviously.

Inside the bag, there are two dividers for each section, something you don’t see often – typically there is only one. One is mesh on the main compartment, one is full nylon. This nylon divider has two mesh pockets on it.

On the outside of the bag, there’s the previously mentioned luggage pass through slot, always good to see. There are also two grab handles and a zippered compartment for the backpack straps when you want to keep it clean for boarding a plane or bus, what have you.

I do want to touch on the hip straps. I never use these on packs of this size as I just find them more of a hassle than anything except on a large pack. These ones are more just stabilizers, and not true load-bearing straps, mind you. I just kept them tucked away.

All zippers are YKK with a combination of number 10 and number 8.

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The Good

I love the build and materials on this. They’re nothing too exotic, don’t get me wrong. But they are tough and this bag is very well put together. All the seams are very well done, especially in looking at the grab handles. Those things are sewn on tight. This is something we’ve come to expect from Osprey, however. I actually saw some buyer reviews on their site and one complained about “wear and tear” because this bag shows scuffs and what not. I mean I don’t know what that person was expecting on bags with TPU coatings, it’s not about the looks in most cases – it’s about holding up in challenging environments. If my bag gets a scuff instead of a rip, I’m good with that. This isn’t Burberry, guys.

The organizational choices here are good as well. The top pocket is nice (keep in mind it cuts into the bag’s volume inside) and the interior pockets and segmentation are laid out well. It’s all very economical in its usage of the space. The best part of the front pocket – and this is a common theme with me if you’ve read my other reviews – is that it has its own volume! Yes! This means, it’s not just a flat pocket with organization where you can ONLY use the organizational slips and pockets themselves, but not really stick anything else 3D in there. Not so on this. I was able to put my Bellroy tech pouch in there (either size) and my headphones case with no problems. The top pocket is also a good spot for either of these things, but the front pocket doesn’t use the internal space. So keep that in mind. You could even fit a compressible jacket in there (because it’s well, compressible, see?) or a thin layer or two.

This is all subjective – but I really like the green color I chose. Yes it’s a bit louder than some of you like for urban travel, but this one can do double duty for outdoors travel as well considering the build materials and quality. Regardless, I really dug this color way.

The Osprey warranty. They have one of the best. And while it doesn’t cover wear and tear (like scuffs – who’s does?) for anything functional they have your back and will either repair or exchange when the product no longer exists. This will vary by scenario, so be sure to speak with them about any warranty actions you want to take.

Lastly, I like that the compartment to stuff the straps in has a zipper closure. Means it’s a really clean implementation once they are tucked in there.

The Bad

This bag is mostly really good. Especially at the price point. Especially-especially at the “sale” price point in some colors. That said, I do think they had to take some cost cutting measures here, which is understandable I think.

They don’t use any water sealed zippers, not even on the laptop compartment, and I think that’s a miss. Also on the zippers, only the main pack has zippers made for locking. You can work out the rest with mini S-biners if you like.

I think the hip straps are kind of pointless and not really worth it. Either go for it with real, removable ones, or just leave those off and use the cost for water sealed zippers.

Has no water bottle sleeve.

The Improvement Requests for the Osprey Transporter Carry On Backpack

I guess I really wouldn’t change a lot on this bag. They did most everything really pretty solidly if never fantastically. A few quick things:

-Put aqua guard zippers on

-Make more zippers lockable (like the laptop compartment for sure)

-Backpack straps are FINE, but could be made with a little more robust padding

-Make the hip straps removable so you don’t have to stow them away

-Add two more grab handles to cover all four sides

Packing the Osprey Transporter Carry On Backpack

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Have to show the obligatory packing example here. This is my pretty standard list for a 3-5 day trip. This also isn’t packed out – you could definitely fit more in here. A lot more. But that’s not always the point. You don’t want to pack it out too heavy, you might want room for souvenirs, camera gear, etc.

I’m 5’6 for reference. I also threw in a picture of it next to the Patagonia Black Hole MLC. I’ll be honest – the layout here is almost exactly the same. But you can see from the pic that the Patagonia is SLIGHTLY bigger. So the Osprey is a little more efficient for space. But features and layout, pretty much the same with the Osprey having a better internal compression system, just less room overall. Either of these bags, to me, would be good to use the left hand side for a suit jacket.

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Final Thoughts On My Osprey Transporter Carry On Review

So here’s the final words on our Osprey Transporter Carry On review. Do they have a winner on their hands? I think so. It’s not really that unique, but it’s got really solid quality, lots of necessary features, and the value at the time of this writing, is out of this world with the sale price. At full price, it’s still a lower price point than most of the indie bags of similar quality, and instead you’re backed by a bigger company with established operations. It’s such a good value, in fact, that I just awarded it my Best Budget Travel Bag of 2020 in our recent round up of the year (Best Travel Gear of 2020 article). Compared to all the off-brand bags at this price point, I really don’t think you’re going to be able to beat this.

Is it missing anything? Sure. I think the zippers could be made more water resistant and lockable, which many people want/need. And the straps could maybe use some more padding (though they really didn’t bother me as I’m not doing hard core trekking/time of carry in this). For it to be more serious about that kind of travel though, it will need it. It’s more targeted to the casual adventurer or urban traveler at the end of the day.

If you’re looking for a really solid bag, but don’t have $200-$300 USD to spend, you should absolutely be checking this out. And to mention again, it does in fact come in a nice matte black so you don’t need to get the green color if you don’t want. I really liked it in person though.

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I am so happy to say that rei co-op has come up with a new line of hiking boots! The reason why this makes me so excited is that i love rei co-op products. One of my first hiking backpacks was the rei co-op flash. I still have it to this day because it is of excellent quality and it is pretty durable. Most of rei’s products are pretty affordable, and that includes the rei co-op flash hiking boots. The hiking boots are great for beginner hikers or for people that would love some lightweight hiking boots. Another plus is that they are made from recycled material! I am all about companies that strive to make the planet a better place so check out below to get my full rei co-op flash hiking boots review. I talk about comfort, traction, water resistance, weight, support, value, and much more.

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How I Used The REI Co-Op Flash Hiking Boots

I hiked with the rei co-op flash hiking boots on 4 different trails around washington state. I experienced these shoes on different terrains like crossing streams, steep rocky areas, and muddy trails. Overall my experience was pretty great with the rei flash hiking boots, and i loved how lightweight they felt! Here are the trails i hiked to test them out:

  • Lake stuart: 9 miles round trip, 1665 ft. Elevation gain
  • Emmons moraine: 3 miles round trip, 900 ft. Elevation gain
  • Suntop lookout: 2.1 miles round trip,1100 ft. Elevation gain
  • Colchuck lake: 8 miles round trip,2280 ft. Elevation gain

Weight

The one thing that stops me from using hiking boots all the time is weight. Most hiking boots can be a little heavy or bulky when compared to hiking shoes. Luckily, the rei co-op flash hiking boots is on the lighter side compared to many other hiking boots in the market. Many hiking boots are usually over 2 lbs, while the rei co-op flash hiking boots is around 1 lb 13 ounces.

Usually, when hiking long trails, the boot’s weight can start to weigh you down, but luckily, while hiking colchuck lake (9 miles round trip), the weight of the rei co-op flash hiking boots didn’t bother me.

Traction

Colchuck Lake trail is known to be one of the rockiest trails in Washington. I was thankful that the REI Co-op Flash Hiking Boots worked well with the nonstop rocks and high elevation gain. This was especially true when going downhill, which is usually my least favorite part of the hike. Most of the time, I have trouble, and I slip or fall on trails, but the REI Co-op Flash Hiking Boots prevented this while hiking Colchuck Lake.

Water Resistance

There are streams and rivers all over Washington, and I was able to test out how waterproof the shoes were. Even though I walked through countless streams, my socks stayed nice and dry. So I submerged them in a shallow river to test them out, and yup, my socks were still dry!

When hiking shoes are waterproof, there can be some problems with breathability. This usually leads to blisters because your feet start to sweat when hiking. I luckily didn’t get any blisters on my feet the whole time I was testing out the shoes, which means that the shoes are waterproof yet breathable. This is a huge plus!

Durability

After putting the boots through hell on those 4 hikes (I am not the most graceful hiker), the shoes still looked in pretty good condition. There were no major scratches, no major peeling, and the fabric looks fine.

Comfort

The rei co-op flash hiking boots will need to be broken into. Like most hiking boots, it is recommended to use them around town, at home, or on leisure walks before going on a difficult hike.

They are stiff at first, but they eventually mold to your feet. I do like that there is room in the toe box. I ordered half a size over my regular shoe size (i am usually a size 7 and got a size 7.5), and it fit just fine. I had no problems with my feet swelling or my toenails feeling uncomfortable.

Support

My ankles usually bend like crazy after hiking many miles, and it definitely happened to me while hiking Colchuck Lake. Luckily, the REI Co-op Flash Hiking Boots was able to help prevent any major damage to my ankle when it bent(I have injured my ankle this past year while hiking while wearing other boots). I was pretty happy with the ankle support the REI Co-op Flash Hiking Boots gave me.

The boots’ insoles felt pretty supportive, but I know that this could be different for others. I have high arch feet, and the insoles felt perfect for me.

Value

I have reviewed and bought many hiking boots throughout the years, and the REI Co-op Flash Hiking Boots is the most inexpensive boots I have had on hand. I always love that REI Co-op makes its products available to everyone while still maintaining good quality. The cost for the boots ($130) is a great price, especially for budget buyers and new hikers.

REI Co-op Flash Hiking Boots Appearance

The REI Co-op Flash Hiking Boots comes in three colors;  Bark/Moss, Granite Black, and Smoke/Lilac. I picked the Smoke Lilac because I usually wear more pink colors on my hikes. I really loved the Lilac color and even got compliments of the color on the trails. I love when outdoor brands make hiking apparel more attractive and fun for women! I hope REI Co-op adds even more fun colors in the future!

Style

What I loved about the REI Co-op Flash Hiking Boots is how little they resemble hiking boots. Some hiking boots can look pretty manly, rugged, and bulky. Luckily, I can pretty much wear the boots in many places, not just the trails. Hey, I am all about versatility!

The style of the shoes and the weight makes it pretty easy for me to head to the grocery store or to the mall. When it comes to hiking, looks are probably one of the least important factors (which is why I put it at the bottom), but it is nice if your shoes are versatile. Plus, I like looking cute on the trails because that is my jam and my brand!

Eco-Friendly Materials

Usually, when you think about hiking boots, you do not think about Eco Friendly. Well, my friend, the new REI Flash hiking boots are made with recycled materials. Here are some of the specs:

  • Membrane uses 75% recycled polyester
  • Upper sole is 99% recycled PET
  • Upper sole is also 30% recycled TPU
  • TerraGrip rubber is 20% recycled

As someone who loves the outdoors, I am always so excited to hear when outdoor brands use eco-friendly materials, which is a huge plus. Read more on the recycled materials they use here

Conclusion

Thanks for reading all about the new REI Co-op Flash Hiking Boots! Let me know if you have any questions and make sure you check out some of my other hiking posts:

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REI Co-Op Review: Must Read This Before Buying

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Recreational Equipment, Inc., generally known as REI, is an American retail and outside amusement administrations enterprise. It is coordinated as a shoppers’ co-usable. REI sells setting up camp stuff, climbing, climbing, cycling, water, running, wellness, snow, travel hardware, and men, ladies and children clothing. It additionally offers administrations like open air arranged excursions and courses.

REI works 165 retail locations in 39 states. It additionally gets orders by means of mail-request lists and the web.

About REI

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Lloyd and Mary Anderson established REI in Seattle, Washington in 1938. The Andersons imported an Akadem Pickel ice hatchet from Austria for themselves as a feature of The Mountain dwellers Fundamental Getting over Course, and chose to set up a co-usable to assist other outside fans in the club with obtaining great quality getting over gear at sensible costs. On June 23, 1938, with the assistance from Seattle lawyer Ed Rombauer, five Mountain dwellers met at Rombauer’s office, and each paid one dollar to join Sporting Gear Agreeable.

During the principal year, Sporting Hardware was just a rack at the Puget Sound Helpful Store, a rancher’s center close to Pike Spot Market in Seattle. In 1942, Lloyd moved to another space a few doors down from The Mountain dwellers club rooms on Pike Road. Jim Whittaker, the principal American to highest point Mount Everest (in 1963), was recruited as the primary full-time representative of REI on July 25, 1955. In 1956, Sporting Hardware Agreeable was consolidated. Whittaker filled in as Chief during the 1960s and was an early board part with American Elevated Club president Nicholas Secure. At the point when Whittaker climbed Mount Everest, it gave REI such an excess of free promoting that the next year, 1964, its gross pay beat $1mil interestingly.

Through the 1970s, it distinguished itself noticeably as REI Center, zeroing in fundamentally on hardware for serious climbers, explorers, and mountaineering endeavors.

No U.S. retailer has promoted the open air and experience travel spaces like REI. In the States, city occupants need to come to depend on it as a one-stop supplier for climbing, setting up camp, bicycling, rowing, strolling the canine, or taking the children to the recreation area. That is thanks to a great extent to REI’s monstrous choice of the best outside dress brands from Patagonia and The North Face to MSR and Arc’teryx.

However, its in-house gear brand, REI Co-Op, tends to fly under the radar, compared to its brand-name counterparts. That’s a shame because many of its own products offer the same great quality and features, plus a fantastic “satisfaction guaranteed” return policy for significantly less than elsewhere. Let’s take a look at everything you should know about REI Co-Op outdoor gear and why you might want to consider the brand for your next gear-up.

What Is REI Co-Op?

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REI Co-Op is REI’s own brand of outdoor gear. Its history dates back to 1938, so the company has more than eight decades of field-testing under its belt. At its core, REI promises “gear born from and built for an outdoor life — part of experiences that transform lives.” Most importantly, however, it’s built to be affordable. In the company’s own words, it’s designing outdoor gear and apparel to “break down barriers like cost, activity level, and sizing to get everyone outside.” The bottom line: It’s billed as a more accessible alternative to high-end (and high-priced) outdoor gear, but with the same quality and innovation.

What’s the Price Range of REI Co-Op Gear?

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As we said, affordability is one of REI Co-Op’s best selling points. To be sure, it’s pricier than the sort of bargain-basement off-brand gear you might find at, say, Walmart, but often less than more recognizable brands. However, the quality is surprisingly on-par or better than many of those brands. In most cases, the technical innovation and feature set are comparable, too.

What Are the Most Popular REI Co-Op Outdoor Products?

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The REI Co-Op catalog runs deep with nearly 1,000 products in total. You’ll find essentials like socks, water bottles, and duffel bags. But, the selection of gear extends well beyond the basics to include everything from hiking boots and expedition tents to backpacks and luggage. The most popular REI Co-Op products include its tents, which deliver some of the best bang-for-your-buck value of any camping tents on the market. Its Half Done and Base Camp tent lines, for example, frequently receive four-star-plus reviews from customers and countless outdoor gear review websites. REI Co-Op sleeping bags like those in the Trailbreak line are similarly well-reviewed. The self-branded line also includes great outerwear options like rain shells and down jackets for men and women. Of course, the best part is that these often cost less than most premium brand-name alternatives.

What’s the Return Policy for REI Co-Op Products?

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REI’s generous return policy applies to anything from any brand bought at its stores. For new products (not including outdoor electronics), the company guarantees, “If you’re not satisfied with your REI purchase, you can return it for a replacement or refund within one year of purchase.” That’s already better than almost any retailer. But, in our experience, it tends to go the extra mile to back its own REI Co-Op products. Stories abound of the store accepting returns on years-old products that prematurely failed or that regular customers weren’t happy with. (These stories are anecdotal, of course, so don’t quote us.) Just know that REI really does stand behind its products and typically bends over backward to keep customers happy. This is especially true for REI Co-Op members.

Should I Get an REI Membership?

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Whether you’re a thrill-seeker going off the grid for a few days or an outdoors enthusiast prepping for the occasional winter hike, you can probably find whatever it is you’re looking for at REI. If the cashiers consider you a regular, you’re already in the know—and you’ve probably considered investing in an REI Co-op membership, which gives frequent shoppers a chance to earn back a percentage of what they spend at the end of the year.

Even though the REI Co-op recently increased the cost of its membership, it still remains a modest price of admission: A lifetime membership is just $30. (If you’re already a co-op member, you’ll be grandfathered in to the new program.) And as long as you spend at least $10 a year on qualifying purchases, you’ll earn 10 percent back in annual dividends, plus you’ll get access to member-only discounts during special in-store events, and in some cases, free shipping. You can choose to either apply your dividends (issued yearly in March) toward REI purchases or receive them as cash in your pocket. And as of March 2, 2022, members will now receive even more benefits, including free shipping on most purchases and exclusive access to new and limited-edition gear.

At face value, signing up seems like a no-brainer—but whether the Co-op membership makes sense for you depends on how you shop and what you shop for.

What are your shopping habits?

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If you’re an REI regular who normally pays full price, you’ll squeeze the most out of the membership benefits. Bargain hunters won’t get money back at the end of the year, though, since you can’t earn dividends on sale or clearance items. REI Outlet purchases don’t qualify for dividends either.

Will you use the exclusives?

An REI membership comes with a handful of exclusive perks that only Co-op members can take advantage of, many of which have been recently introduced. For instance, members now have the opportunity to save 20% on REI’s bike and snow shop services, plus free flat tire repair and machine wax. These savings make a membership especially attractive to bikers, skiers, and snowboarders alike.

Members receive special pricing on Co-op Experiences, though dividends can’t be applied to trips or to classes at the REI Outdoor School. If you plan to take advantage of the discounts on REI Adventures, signing up would be advantageous even if you only shop the sale section (thus forgoing dividends). Instead of collecting dividends, you’ll save on the total price of your trip—and then some. For instance, members can get a discount of up to 57 percent off their lift tickets at select ski resorts (there are about 60 locations to choose from); at some resorts, that represents more than $100 in savings.

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Previously, REI stores hosted an annual garage sale—available only to co-op members—featuring returned items at bargain prices, but the company has recently renamed the initiative Re/Supply. The program, available only to co-op members who want to trade in used gear, is similar to Garage Sale but instead of yearly sales, members will have the ability to buy used year-round. In-store trade-ins are available at a few brick and mortar locations—with more to come—but members around the country can send in their used gear in exchange for an REI gift card.

Members also get exclusive access to the Member Collection, which includes early access to new gear, limited edition gear, special offers, and access to one-of-a-kind brand collabs.

Are you planning to make just one big purchase?

There are some instances in which signing up for the Co-op membership can be beneficial even if you never again set foot in an REI (or surf the site) after your first purchase. If you’re in the market for pricier gear—like a GPS running watch or a canopy tent that fits the whole family—becoming a member is definitely worth it. Take the Garmin Forerunner 645 running watch, for example: If you buy the watch at its full price of $400, you’ll earn 10 percent ($40) back in dividends at the end of the year. Sure, you’ll net only $20—but that’s $20 more than you had before, and no one can argue against free money.

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How often do you shop online?

Until recently, REI’s spending threshold for free shipping was at least $50, which made shopping online less economical for folks who weren’t able to shop at brick-and-mortar stores. But REI is now offering members free shipping for most items, which makes a membership even more enticing for those making small purchases online. You might still be charged separate handling fees for larger, bulkier items—so you may still want to opt for in-store pickup if possible to avoid paying more on those purchases.

Are you a brand loyalist?

You may second-guess an REI membership even if you’re constantly shopping for outdoor gear. Just because you’re an outdoors enthusiast doesn’t mean you have to buy from REI—competitors like Amazon, Backcountry, and Moosejaw often match REI’s sale pricing, even that of its member-only sales. With that in mind, having exclusive access to REI discounts thanks to your Co-op membership doesn’t mean much, especially if your order is ineligible for dividends and free shipping.

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But brand loyalty is a very real thing, and for many shoppers, REI is an upstanding retailer that donates a percentage of its earnings to various nonprofits. The company has recently announced that it’ll be donating $5 for every lifetime membership purchase to the REI Cooperative Action Fund, a public charity that donates to nonprofits that promote justice, equality, and belonging in the outdoors So if you find yourself choosing REI over and over again—even though other retailers might offer better sales—a Co-op membership probably makes sense for you. This is especially true if you have a particular penchant for REI-branded gear—Wirecutter certainly has a few favorites.

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