Let’s use those REI dividends!

One of the benefits of being a member of REI is the dividend they send you every March. It’s one of those little treats I forget about, then when it shows up in my mailbox, it puts a big smile on my face.

The dividend also comes with a 20% coupon off any regularly priced item at their stores. Savvy REI shoppers wait until that dividend and the accompanying coupon shows before taking the plunge on that new bike or tent they’ve had their eyes on.

My REI dividend and 20% off coupon are sitting on my desk, waiting for me to redeem them. I’ve got a few days before the 20% deal expires. I’ve spent some time this week thinking of the practical uses or gear upgrades I need, but I haven’t pulled the trigger on anything as of yet.

But let’s forget practicality for a moment. What am I truly lusting for at REI? Here’s a few.

Smith I/O Recon Snow Goggles

Smith I/O Recon Snow Goggles

For whatever reason, the idea of wearing Google Glass while walking around downtown Boston seems silly. But not silly at all is the idea of getting real time data displays embedded in my googles to feed me an information diet that includes speed, altitude, and temperature while I’m ripping through the glades at Mad River Glen.

GoPro HERO3 Silver Edition Wide-Angle Helmet Cam


I’ve recorded so many other aspects of my life on video, why not have a way to record that time I lose control and go flying over my mountain bike handlebars?

Delta Kayaks TwentyT Tandem Kayak


A tandem kayak–Sounds like instant outdoor fun during the warmer months.


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