SEATTLE, WA – Shopping at REI is a blast! I walk into that place and I’m like a kid in a candy store… wait, they don’t even really have “candy stores” any more… How about, I walk into that place and I’m like a coffee fanatic walking into a Starbucks Reserve store!  Better? I’ll keep working on it.

Anyway, I love REI.  At the beginning of this year, I took you with me as I picked up my Jetboil MiniMo and a could of new pieces of car camping gear that I love.

Now it’s time to head on back for some more gear, thanks to my daughter.  

For Father’s Day, she gave me a card & a gift certificate to REI, so I decided to combine it with my membership points and see what I could pick up.

Now I didn’t really NEED anything in particular, but there were a couple of things I WANTED to get, so I figured the gift certificate was a good enough reason to make the hike… pun intended to REI.

While I was there, I picked up two items for car camping:

The first… the “REI Co-op Trailmade Rain Jacket.”

I loved the color on this jacket and while there were a ton of other jackets, way more expensive than this one, with my gift certificate AND the member discount, this one was right on target: (From the website)

  • Soft, 2-layer waterproof/breathable polyester shell is critically seam sealed to keep you dry and comfortable
  • Critical seam sealing helps prevent water seepage, and a durable water repellent (DWR) finish repels water and stains
  • Breathable polyester mesh lining
  • Adjustable hood, adjustable drawcord hem; partially elasticized cuffs hold sleeves in place
  • Zippered hand pockets offer full coverage from the elements
  • Made using bluesign®-approved materials, which conserve resources and protect the health of the environment, workers and wearer (you!)

The second item I picked up was the, “Reliance Aqua-Tainer – 7 gal”

I have a couple of different ways to carry water with me, but I wanted a sturdier water container and this one hit the spot: (From the website)

  • Container is made of rugged, rigid polyethylene
  • Spigot cap is reversible for safe storage and transport
  • Spigot is easy to use with on/off switch for intermittent use
  • Special contour grip makes the container easy to transport
  • Liquid level indicator keeps you aware of how much water you have left
  • Includes a screw-on vent cap
  • Containers can be stacked when empty for convenient storage
  • Reliance Aqua-Tainer containers are good for home emergency preparedness

The overall shopping experience was a success! I picked up two great items that when it was all said and done, with taxes and my members points and Father’s Day gift certificate, I got out of there for a total of $63.00 Bucks!  Now THAT is some great shopping!

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