ACTIVE Outdoors Holiday Gift Guide
ACTIVE Holiday Gift Guide for Outdoors1 of 21
It's a good idea to supplement with other, smaller gifts to prepare you for all your new adventures.
REI Traverse 48 Pack$169 2 of 21
Backpacks for weekend-long hikes have come a long way. Gone are the backbreaking duffels of old, supplanted from their reign with new, ergonomically-designed packs that offer supreme comfort and plenty of space. The REI Traverse 48 includes a built-in raincover for unexpected showers, a mesh rear panel to keep your back aerated and subtle technology that keeps the pack balanced and upright.
Patagonia Nano-Air Hoody$299 3 of 21
This time of year few gifts are more appropriate than jackets. And boy, do we have a jacket for you. Easily one of the most insulated yet breathable items of clothing on the market, Patagonia's Nano-Air Hoody hits that perfect balance between warmth and comfort. As Patagonia claims on its site, you can wear this jacket for the entirety of a highly aerobic start-stop mission in the mountains. We agree. If you're on a mission, and that mission is in the mountains, this is the jacket for you.
Garmin Fenix 3$500 4 of 21
The ultimate outdoors watch, the Fenix 3 takes everything we love about the Swiss company's products and puts them into a device that fits squarely on your wrist. The Fenix 3 features GPS tracking—which includes an EXO antenna that gives a faster and more accurate position than GPS alone—a three-axis compass, altimeter and barometer. And we haven't even touched on its myriad of fitness tracking elements.
Stetson No Fly Zone Safari$30 5 of 21
How can a hat possibly keep mosquitoes at bay? Stetson's new outdoors hat, which includes a mesh top, utilizes No Fly Zone technology. This technology involves an application of mosquito repellant Pemethrin across the fabric. The FDA-approved and EPA-registered repellant is in the fibers of the hat, frightening any disease-carrying mosquito that dares to come near you. So, yes, a hat can keep mosquitoes away after all.
Hillsound Armadillo LT Gaiters$49 6 of 21
If you know someone planning to do some extreme outdoor adventuring next year, gaiters are a must. Protecting the ankle, shin and lower part of the leg from dense underbrush or snow, Hillsounds Armadillo LT Gaiters give you fantastic quality without breaking the bank. Made of Flexia and nylon, these gaiters are lightweight, breathable and give a user all the protection he or she needs.
PK Grill and Smoker$370 7 of 21
While campfire food may be the preferred culinary art of the outdoors, who would say no to a meal from a charcoal grill? The highly portable PK Grill and Smoker, made with the camper in mind, is renowned by barbecue professionals and food enthusiasts alike. Made of rust-proof cast aluminum, this grill is sure to hold steady temps, reserving the fire pit for s'mores only.
Eureka Jade Canyon 6$360 8 of 21
Want to feel like you're camping in a cabin? You can have the best of both worlds with the Eureka Jade Canyon 6. With a steel and aluminum frame that provides vertical walls for maximum space, you'll feel like you're in someone's living room long before you realize this was erected in mere minutes.
Ahnu Twain Harte$175 9 of 21
While it's true the outdoors are year-round, and winter hiking and skiing provide as much fun and satisfaction as their cross-seasonal counterparts, you must dress the part. The Twain Harte from Ahnu provides a perfect hiking boot for women who tackle such conditions. With waterproof leather lined with luxe faux fur, your foot will stay dry and happy in these kicks.
Scosche goBAT 6000$70 10 of 21
This is not a backup battery charger for a first-class trip across the Atlantic. That is, unless you become suddenly stranded on an island, a la Tom Hanks. This rugged, sturdy, waterproof pack is built to take on whatever elements nature may throw your way. And with 6000 mAh of battery power, you can charge any cell phone up to three times.
Outdoor Research Versaliner Gloves$52 11 of 21
You want to dress appropriately for the cold, but you don't want to layer to the point where it feels like summertime on the equator beneath your clothing (hot, very hot). Outdoor Research's new gloves offer breathable insulation and waterproof protection for any outdoor adventure. And, most importantly, the Versaliners protects your hands from the elements while also transporting perspiration away from the skin.
Selk'bag Patagon$199 12 of 21
Can you imagine wearing a sleeping bag? Well, that's what wearing Selk'bag's Patagon is. Now, you're either thinking one of two things: That's preposterous or why didn't I think of that? The latter is the correct thought. You see, these bags, which have a temperature rating of 37 degrees, are an excellent choice for a myriad of outdoor activities during any season. And, with a detachable booties system, there's more freedom and mobility than you might think.
Scarpa Moraine Mid GTX$159 13 of 21
With many hikers moving away from traditional boots and opting for trail runners instead, the Morain MID GTX successfully walks that line between the athletic light-hiker and a three-season boot. This handsome shoe gives users a weatherproof, breathable option that requires no break-in time. However, the shoe does have a stiffer sole, which gives hikers more support for rough trails.
Vapur MicroFilter Bottle Set$50 14 of 21
A must-have for those who explore by foot, the MicroFilter is the last water bottle you'll ever need. Allowing hikers to filter water through a chemical-free system that utilizes hollow fiber membrane technology, you'll never have to question a watering hole's contamination levels again. This bottle set safely removes over 99.9% of waterborne bacteria and weighs a mere 2.7 ounces.
Annual National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass$80 15 of 21
This is quite literally the gift of adventure. The 2016 National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Pass covers entrance fees at national parks and national wildlife refuges as well as standard amenity fees at national forests and grasslands. And at an $80 price tag, just a few trips to the national parks will more than make up for the cost. Not to mention, it's a great way to motivate someone to get out and see the beauty America has to offer.
luminAID PackLite Spectra$25 16 of 21
Eco-friendly, lightweight and ultra portable, there's little to dislike about the PackLite Spectra, luminAID's solar-powered lantern. Gathering energy from the sun (it takes seven hours of direct sunlight to fully charge), the Spectra packs enough power to provide 12 hours of consistent LED light. And, if you're on a camping trip with the young'uns, they'll adore the eight color modes.
Yosemite in the Fifties$60 17 of 21
A magnificent addition to any library, Patagonia's beautifully constructed "Yosemite in the Fifties" includes the words of actual climbers who first ascended the prominent park's "mile-high" granite walls. This book, in all its artfully assembled photographs and stories, chronicles men who risked their lives and ushered in the beginning of adventure sports.
ENO DoubleNest Hammock w/ Insect Shield$90 18 of 21
"Don't let the bed bugs bite," the old idiomatic expression goes. With ENO's latest hammock, the bugs will be sure to steer clear. Treated with Permathrin insect repellent, both EPA and FDA approved, this hammock can successfully ward off insects for up to six months of exposure to the elements. And even after the shield's clock strikes zero, you'll still have an incredibly nice hammock.
Matador Pocket Blanket$30 19 of 21
If you're packing for a long hike, you know that space is a valuable commodity. The Matador Pocket Blanket allows for a blanket to accompany you on any outdoor adventure. Measuring 63 inches by 44 inches, the blanket, which takes up a mere four cubic inches when folded, can comfortably seat two. And, the blanket's easy pack pattern makes it simple to fold and stow in no time at all.
Timex Expedition Sierra$120 20 of 21
An outdoorsman's watch should be rugged, waterproof, easy to read and comfortable. But we also measure a watch's rigidity by its shock resistance or how well it can take a fall. The Timex Expedition Sierra is easily one of the best-looking shock resistant watches ever to hit the market. And with its bold face, bright indiglo backlight and 100-meter-water resistance, it hits all the other marks, too.