Just to set the record straight... I work @ REI San Antonio, TX. I just recently applied for a challenge grant. The challenge grant is where you propose an idea of any type using REI equipment. Then if they determine your challenge meets the criterium, they sponsor those equipment needs. The idea us to choose REI branded equipment of Lees than or equal to $300. I proposed the following ode and equipment choices.
Fast & Light winter camping!
* REI Flash 18 pack
* REI 45 degree travel down sleeping bag
* REI minimalist bivy sack
* REI trail stool
I was granted the equipment under the pretense that I would complete my challenge of hiking & camping with nothing more than basic necessities that fit in the Flash 18 pack. I will be posting an extensive review of things individually next. But for now... Here is a picture of me this morning after breakfast & coffee, heading back to the car.
NOTE: None of the ideas or views expressed here are those of REI Corp. The are solely the product of my own creation.