Works like your old bottle, looks better. $11
Fun and practical meet in this solar-powered, ultralight lantern, all dressed up for the holidays in three colors with winter designs. Set it in the sun for eight hours and get six hours of soft, diffused light from the inflatable globe. $12; 4 oz.
It’s the bible of gear repair written by our gear editor, Kristin Hostetter, with tons of photos and step-by-step instructions on how to fix and maintain everything from boots to stoves to shells to tents. $15
Remember those itchy rag wool socks of yore? Well, here’s a new school version that has the retro good looks without the itch. Made of equal parts soft merino and acrylic (47 percent each) plus nylon and spandex woven in for durability and stretch, these perform as good as they look. $16
Drink water straight from the source. This featherweight personal filter removes bacteria and protozoa from water without the hassle of pumping, the wait time and funny taste of chemicals, or the expense of UV devices. $20; 2 oz.
Perfect for the person on your list who likes to enjoy a toast at the end of a good hike. This little set includes four, stainless steel 2-ounce shot classes that store away in a neat screw-top carrying case. $20; 6.6 oz.
These are the ultimate travel skivvies. Starting at $20
Finally, by popular demand: you can now show your love of the world’s greatest activity (and magazine) with a stylish cotton tee. Post a picture of yourself wearing one of our new shirts and we may share it. Tag it #bpmag. $22
This jewelry is truly backcountry-friendly. The customizable, aluminum charm strings onto a fabric arm wrap that was comfortable enough to leave on for a full week-long backpacking trip, including sweaty uphills and a swim in salt water. The hard part is deciding what it should say! Note: The wraps come in two different materials depending on the color you choose; we found them both comfortable and reasonably quick-drying. ($24; designsthatmove you.com)
Need a boost of warmth for your arms? These merino sleeves keep your limbs cozy without the weight or bulk of a sweater. Best part for backpackers: They’re really easy to pull on our off while you’re walking, which means you can adjust layers without slowing down. $25
Ditch that tangled nest of charging cords. This clever multitasker is all you need to charge any Apple Lightning, Apple 30-pin, micro-USB, or USB device, and it all folds down to pocketknife size (but, no, there’s no blade). $25; 1.9 oz.
With their own carrying pouches, weighted corners and a water-resistant side, these miniature blankets are perfect for picnics, star-gazing, and otherwise spending more time outdoors. $25; matadorup.com
This stretchy, low-profile belt is super-comfortable for backpacking—or everyday use. $26
Toss all those neoprene coozies that keep your hands from getting cold, but not your beer from getting warm. The Colster, a double-walled, gasket-sealed stainless steel miracle, keeps beer (bottle or can) seriously icy for over an hour. $30; 8.6 oz.
Tame toiletries in this slick little packet. $30; 4.4 oz.
These warm, wicking socks have an artistic flair with bright colors and nature-inspired patterns and prints. $30; 4 oz. (m’s L)
Bring the craft cocktails along with this clever, camping-ready kit. The lid seals on to the 20-ounce shaker, as does an included citrus reamer. And two double-wall rocks glasses keep your drink cool as you sip. We’ve had bartenders ask us where they could get one. $35; 1 lb. 8 oz.
These molded foam flip-flops feel like heaven after a long day on the trail. $45; 8 oz.
For the performance conscious fashionista in your life, this scarf/shawl is warm and pretty. $45
Lots of stoves are this small, affordable, and easy to use, but only the AMICUS adds superior wind protection. A concave burner head let us simmer even through gusts up to 20 mph. Bonus: The igniter worked first try, every time. $45; 2.9 oz.
This 1.3-liter kettle collapses for easy storage when you’re not using it. The silicone body is easy to clean and when we steep tea in the kettle, it does not keep the taste. $45; 6.5 oz.
It might look like a table lamp—and it could be—but it’s also a great backcountry tool. It charges via a solar panel (2 hours in overcast conditions juices it fully) then gives off 12 hours of light or recharges a dead iPhone with the on-board battery. $50; 1 lb. 12 oz.
This chest pack is small and compact enough to take backpacking, yet it’s the most comfortable we’ve ever tried, thanks to the supportive yoke that eliminates chaffing at the shoulders. $60; 9 oz.
Every hiker needs a wool tee. This one’s soft and ultralight (for year-round use), and a touch of nylon (13 percent) boosts durability. Plus, it’s more affordable than most. Fit is relaxed, not clingy. $65; 5.3 oz. (m’s M)
This hard plastic phone case protects your phone from drops and hard knocks (it’s not waterproof), but the reality is you’ll never drop it: A retractable leash and carabiner let you clip it to a belt loop, pack, or climbing harness so it will never hit the ground. $60-$70; 2.5 oz.
If it’s not the lightest hammock in the world, it’s close. But it’s got heavyweight comfort. One tester snoozed peacefully for 18 nights in the Amazon. Made from super-strong parachute nylon, it supports up to 300 pounds. $75; 5.2 oz.
One price for admission to every national park, every day of the year. Buy one to help someone get out more, and get one for yourself while you’re at it. $80 (Photo by Roger Ward/Flickr)
Unlike many, these warm booties have a real sole, so you can wear them around camp without slipping or getting wet. $80
The beer snob in your life will love this four-pack of stainless steel pint glasses. Double-wall vacuum ensures that your suds stay cold, while the BPA-free, totally recyclable materials are backed by a lifetime warranty. $80 for four-pack.
For the skier/snowshoer with fashionista tendencies: These women’s-only baselayers do everything 100-percent merino wool should (resist stink, insulate when damp, breathe well) but stand out from the pack with their fun, bright stripes. $80 each.
Know someone who hikes all summer and holes up all winter? Kickstart their winter camping kit by gifting this insulated sleeping pad. It’s v-shaped baffles are comfortably supportive, and it’s a sub-$100 steal. $85; 1 lb. 9 oz.
“The ultimate!” pronounced our 10-year-old tester after climbing into this sack. It has arms and legs and removable booties for walking, er, running, around. He put it on two hours before bedtime and didn’t take it off until an hour after waking up. Yes, they come in adult sizes, too. $99; 2 lbs. 2 oz. (M)
Sure, flannels may be a go-to holiday gift, but how many have a faux-fur lined interior? It’s perfectly weighted as a layer on shoulder season dayhikes, although there’s a reasonable chance your recipient’s girlfriend may borrow it with no intention of ever giving it back. $110; 1 lb. 5 oz.
One of these wear-everywhere hoodies is a great gift. But two would be the ultimate in thoughtfulness—that’s how much you’ll use the Polaris. The Montana-raised and processed merino is knit into an open-weave, waffle-patterned fabric that regulates your body temperature extremely well. $120; 8 oz. (w’s M).
If you’re trying to get a guy in your life to understand why you’re obsessed with Lulu’s apparel, put a pair of these under the tree.They’re ultra-comfortable thanks to four-way stretch, tough enough to handle off-trail scrambling, and handsome enough for Christmas dinner. $128; 15 oz.
With suspension chops to handle 20 pounds, a great pocket layout, and a unique Boa compression system that stabilizes any load, this pack will please the dayhiker on your list. It’s also great for globetrotting through airports, train stations, and cities. $129; 2 lbs.
A perfect gift for any music-loving traveller, this little (6.5x2x2 inches) brick-shaped wireless speaker pumps out high-quality sound. Plus, it’s really good-looking: When you’re home, place it on your mantle and it’s like a bamboo sculpture. $140
It’s a work of art that cuts salami, too. $149; 3.6 oz.
Ideal for anyone who loves to blaze around the mountains in winter, the Paradox is a chameleon: breathable under a shell, yet warm as a standalone in mild temps. It served us well during Colorado ski tours and mountain runs, but also around spring campfires. size. $150; 13 oz. (L)
Each month you get a new box of surprises (with a retail value of up to $40), tailored specifically to your outdoor tastes. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.
If a flask can be sexy, this is it. $150; 2.5 oz.
It’s a wearable multitool with biker style. This thick (and heavy at 6 ounces) bracelet hides 29 different tools including multiple sizes of hex wrenches, a bunch of screwdrivers, and a cutting hook. $165; 6 oz.
Our tester calls these the “ideal three-season hiking pants.” They’re abrasion resistant, wind- and water-repellent, and breathable with articulated knees for easy movement and a good set of pockets and features without being overly fussy. Men’s only. $169; 12 oz. (M).
Because carrying another camera is annoying and expensive, now you transform your iPhone into a rugged and waterproof adventure camera. This mountable case with a unique interchangeable lens system is perfect for capturing photos and videos. $170; 5 oz.
With its distinct retro look and technical chops, this cozy sweater makes a great gift. It has quilted PrimaLoft Gold insulation throughout the arms and shoulders, high pile fleece in the torso, and a wind-blocking polyester liner throughout. “It’s fun and functional,” says one tester. $179; 11.9 oz. (w’s M).
One (male) tester called this unisex kilt “a cool breeze on a hot day.” Designed by thru-hikers, it features thoughtful details like enormous pockets and a button at the bottom to help with modesty while sitting. It takes confidence to wear it, but you’ve got that, right? $179
Support your favorite trail (AT, CDT, or PCT) with the purchase of these cozy blankets. $185
Give the gift of warm feet this holiday. Slip these insoles into any boots (hiking or ski), then crank up the warmth using a remote that first in your pocket. $185
These boots give you lots of support for little weight, plus excellent breathability and traction, making them ideal for everything from dayhikes to multiday trips with packs up to 35 pounds. $200; 1 lb. 13 oz. (w’s 8)
This pad is massive (78 by 30 by 4 inches), and it’s massively comfortable. With a thick slab of open-cell foam in the middle, the Mega is warm down to bone-cracking temps (-54F). $219; 5 lbs. 8 oz.
Light yet comfy with loads up to 55 pounds, the Z65 is one of our all-time favorite multiday packs. $239; 3 lbs. 6 oz. (M)
The Boundary Peaks use leather detailing in the bindings and brass rivets on the decking to reminisce about days gone by. $250; 4 lbs. 7 oz.
The flexible frames allow max contact with the slope and unbeatable traction. $299; 4 lbs. 2 oz.
Eliminate frigid toes with the push of a button—literally. When your feet are cold, press the single, glove-friendly button on the power pack and cycle through low, medium, and high heat. $340; 9 oz. (22.5) per pair.
Know someone who is training for a big hike? The built-in heart rate monitor and workout tracking make it easy to incorporate training with daily chores. Downside: it needs charging every day or so. $349 and up.
This soft-sided cooler is a major splurge, but it’s worth it if you want your stuff to stay cold interminably. In our tests, ice stayed solid for 3+ days. $350
It has fortress-like protection at bare-minimum weight, but now we love this tent even more because of its integrated lighting system. $450; 2 lbs. 14 oz.
This gigantic, 8.5-foot-tall silnylon cone let four men on a gear-heavy expedition in Minnesota lounge about without so much as touching each other (see photo page 86). The two doors are walk-in tall, so no more slithering into a tiny entrance. Best feature: the titanium woodstove. Teepee: $919; 6 lbs. 5 oz. Stove: $445; 3 lbs. 10 oz.
The ultimate gift for any backcountry skier, these are handmade to match your weight and strength. Plus you can choose from 42 graphics, or design your own. Starting at $1,750
With thumb loops and an integrated pocket on the sleeve, the 81% wool-19% poly Terra has technical chops–but cozy wool warmth. $150
The custom Microtherm system is fun and easy to use, and you’ll likely spend hours picking the perfect design. Make one yourself for a present, or give a gift certificate to give the experience. From $249
Fully waterproof and down-insulated, the Floodlight Jacket repels wet weather, completely blocks the wind and traps body heat in even the most inhospitable conditions. An ideal jacket for hiking, climbing or ski-touring in sodden environments, throwing on the Floodlight is a surefire way to stay warm and dry. $395 Buy Now – [SPONSORED]
Craving versatility? The Flicker delivers. With a full center zip and three temperature options, it excels as a quilt or a sleeping bag. Just in case it doesn’t quite fit the bill, check out over 40 other models of down sleeping bags, all handcrafted with ethically sourced down in Seattle, Washington. Buy Now – [SPONSORED]
High-performance stainless steel vacuum bottles keep your beverages hot or cold for up to 30 hours. The insulated stainless lined cup/ cap protects your lips, hands and taste. And the pour- through stopper allows for easy dispensing with only a half-turn to open and securely close. Buy Now – [SPONSORED]
Available in a variety of colors and styles, this 1.9 lb. folding camp chair packs down smaller than the Sunday Times. Utilizing anodized DAC aluminum poles, it’s strong enough to support folks up to 320 lbs. It’s both comfortable and stylish and will be psyched to have it around the campfire. $99.95 Buy Now – [SPONSORED]
This hybrid design offers mid-weight warmth without sacrificing comfort or movement. Its quilted water resistant body and fleece side panels wicks moisture. It is perfect for everyday use and keeps you warm and protected in the elements. $89.99 Buy Now – [SPONSORED]
A great alternative to conventional energy foods, Organic Stinger Waffles provide a tasty boost of sustainable energy on the go with two thin waffles infused with True SourceTM honey. Open one up as a mid-afternoon pick-me-up or as a way to put some get-up- and-go in your exercise routine. $22.24 per box Buy Now – [SPONSORED]
The fully-featured utensil set under the new GoBites line, Trio features a knife, fork and spoon, all in an impossibly-thin case. The sharp knife can cut chicken and the fork features special “splitter tines” to cleave food. All tools made with ultra-strong nylon. Lifetime warranty. Buy Now – [SPONSORED]
Lighter and tougher, the new MICROspikes® deliver unrivaled traction on icy winter trails. MICROspikes® traction is tough enough to handle any adventure with stainless steel spikes and welded chains. MICROspikes® now feature an integrated toe bale and reinforced eyelets allowing for a 50% lower profile elastomer harness. Buy Now – [SPONSORED]
The perfect gift for the hiking dog owner. The 2015 K9 Dog Pack was designed with the guidance of an experienced veterinarian, leading to the most ergonomic design since we started making them in the early 80s. Available in three adjustable sizes, the Dog Pack will allow your four-legged friend to carry their share of the load. $64.95 Buy Now – [SPONSORED]
Tired of the same old camping food? Care to try something new? Bake up some fun with the Muffin Maker by Backcountry Bakery. One can make muffins, cornbread, biscuits, brownies, breads, poached eggs or just about anything else that one can think of. Try it. You won’t regret it. $24.99 Buy Now – [SPONSORED]
Help them keep their shiny new down jackets and sleeping bags clean in the seasons to come. Nikwax Down Wash Direct makes a great stocking stuffer! It’s the first down cleaning product to offer superior cleaning performance, maintain the water repellency of all treated down and improve the water repellency of regular down. $11 Buy Now – [SPONSORED]
If you’re looking for a travel bag you can stow in the overhead compartment, wheel through the airport and throw on your back when the road gets less traveled, the Osprey Ozone 50 is your perfect travel companion. This award-winning travel pack is light-weight, durable and highly functional. $300 Buy Now – [SPONSORED]
Endorsed by Sasha DiGiulian, the Orb is the best tool for tough knots, soreness, and tight muscles! High density massage ball provides multi directional roll for a deep tissue massage. Available at REI! $19.95 Buy Now – [SPONSORED]
Pure Grit Climbing bags are engineered with personality. Our Boulder, Colorado made bags have distinct style, unique materials, and uncompromising quality. Choose from our diverse selection or have a one-of-kind bag custom made. $30 Buy Now – [SPONSORED]
The Spyderco Native® 5 Lightweight is proudly manufactured in Golden, CO. Its linerless handle construction features injection- molded fiberglass-reinforced-nylon (FRN) with Bi-Directional TexturingTM for an improved grip and a four-position clip for ambidextrous tip-up or tip-down carry. The Native 5 features a spear point blade made from premium CPM S35VN stainless steel. Buy Now – [SPONSORED]
Features an incredible 18.8X range that’s perfect for outdoor photography. Get outstanding image quality with this incredibly compact and lightweight lens that covers 16mm wide angle to 300mm telephoto plus macro with just one lens. VC image stabilization and moisture-resistant construction round out this impressive lens designed for Canon, Nikon and Sony DSLRs. See website for mail-in rebate details. $629 Buy Now – [SPONSORED]
Hardwood holds offer a skin friendly feel that let’s you train harder and longer. Training tools and custom training plans are also available. $5-$10 per hold Buy Now – [SPONSORED]
Meet Vapur Incognito, the flask of the 21st century. With it’s flexible, low-profile design, Incognito is the only way to transport your beverage after hours. With this perfect travel companion, just sip it, stash it and go! Save 10% on everyone’s new favorite stocking stuffer with code “faveflask”. Buy Now – [SPONSORED]
Don’t let your weak cardio and endurance blow it on the mountain—get fit with VersaClimber. Its effective, upright total body design, builds your mountain cardio, endurance and stamina for the slopes and high altitude. The VersaClimber’s non impact, total body climbing motion, has been proven to be 2x more effective than ellipticals, spin bikes and treadmills. Train the way you play—total body. VersaClimber is proudly made in California, for 35 years. $2,195 Buy Now – [SPONSORED]
If you’re ready for an activity tracker that looks less like a big rubber band and more like a fine watch, you’re ready for Activité Pop. Activity level assessment through the tracking of steps, distance running, swim session and calories expenditure. Restores sleep cycles and wakes you up with a silent alarm. No charge, 8 month battery life using classic watch button cell. $149.95 Buy Now – [SPONSORED]
Your season of adventure doesn’t end when the snow falls and temperatures drop. Shop Campmor.com for snowshoes, trekking poles, boots, gaiters and all your winter layers. The MSR Evo Snowshoe provides extreme durability, with the traction, stability and adaptability necessary for use on varied terrain. $139.95 Buy Now – [SPONSORED]
Offering a wide variety of NEW affordable self-care tools and tapes presented in the book Climbing Injuries Solved. A present that you both can use together to avoid pulley tendon injuries and elbow tendinitis, the guy above runs at just under $25 for a forearm roller. Comes with a FREE palm massage ball and instructions for use. $22.50 Buy Now – [SPONSORED]
A lightweight, adjustable air-cushioned seat offers comfort that can go everywhere. Featuring an inflatable air pad manufactured by Klymit®, the Air ChairTM Compact inflates to 2″ thick, weighs only 26 oz., and deflates to roll-up for effortless carrying on the trail or to camp. Buy Now – [SPONSORED]
For over 40 years, David Virtue has been making handcrafted jewelry in his New England workshop. His designer rings are popular wedding bands as well as every day rings worn to express his customers’ lifestyles and passions. David Virtue jewelry is designed and produced using 100% recycled gold and platinum. Purchase David Virtue Jewelry on his secure website. Buy Now – [SPONSORED]
With the Element water-resistant, shockproof, dustproof solar charger clipped to your backpack or belt loop, you’ll never need an electric outlet to keep your devices charged. Focus on more important things than battery percentage with this tough little powerhouse at your side. Get 10% off site-wide with code “BACKPACKER”! Buy Now – [SPONSORED]
The light way to carry heavy weight. The Aircontract back system perfectly adapts to the wearer’s back and holds the load close to the body’s center of gravity. With every movement, a pump effect circulates air through the breathable hollow chamber padding to reduce perspiration. The shoulder strap construction features a bilaminate foam and an exact anatomical shape. With a purist yet technical design, the ACT Lite models are perfect companions on any backpacking trip. $209 Buy Now – [SPONSORED]
The Juel (also available in Men’s Zoro Vest) is an ultralight vest designed for high performance with minimal weight (size M, 6.5 oz.) and bulk restrictions. Insulated with 850 fill power DownTekTM, which absorbs less water and dries faster than untreated downs. The exterior iscomprised of an ultralight nylon rip-stop shell that is both water and wind resistant. This is the go-to high insulation, feather- light layer when adventures call for saving space and weight in your pack and under your shell. $249.95 Buy Now – [SPONSORED]
Our Shovelhead Hooded jacket (also available in womens) has become a fan favorite for first tracks, last call, and all the lift rides in between. With 700 fill power DowntekTM and a water repellent shell, you can add warmth to your jacket quiver without increasing bulk. The athletic fit gives you room to move freely and the insulated hood cinches tight. This is the do-it-all mid-weight insulated jacket. $249.95 Buy Now – [SPONSORED]
Wear the Switch as a messenger bag of backpack. The choice is yours! The unique system easily converts from backpack to messenger bag in seconds. Plus there’s plenty pockets inside to organize your gear, including a dedicated padded compartment for your laptop. $120 Buy Now – [SPONSORED]
Looking for holiday gift ideas? By creating adjustable depth and angle holds the bam hangboard allows you to make fine adjustments to hold difficulty in a compact sized board. Climbing Magazine Editor’s Choice 2015. $139 Buy Now – [SPONSORED]
Weighing only 2oz, the Sawyer Mini fits in the palm of your hand and filters up to 100,000 gallons of water. Use it on a squeeze pouch, inline on a hydration pack, as a straw filter, or screw it directly onto a standard plastic bottle. $24.99 Buy Now – [SPONSORED]
A tool for all trips and all seasons, the Firelight 240 from ALPS Mountaineering is a rugged and powerful 240 lumen flashlight. Powered by two, easy to find AA batteries, you can expect 5 hours on high and 15 hours on low plus it features an adjustable beam from 15°-75°. Buy Now – [SPONSORED]
Light and fast comfort, the Ultra-Light self-inflating air pad from ALPS Mountaineering is efficiently designed to eliminate unnecessary weight while providing comfort. The jet stream foam draws air in quickly, speeding up inflation. The Ultra-Light Air Pad is available in regular or long and comes with a repair kit. Buy Now – [SPONSORED]
Using new ultralight materials and a unique pole design, this lightweight 2-person, 3-season backpacking tent is roomy, well ventilated and strong, and offers 2 vestibules for covered storage. $299.00 Buy Now – [SPONSORED]
Move to your own beat with the Charge HR wristband. It’s a high-performance heart rate monitor and activity tracker that glams up your fitness game like a high-fashion bracelet. $149.95 Buy Now – [SPONSORED]
Here’s a men’s down jacket that stands out from the ordinary with its reinforced shoulders, premium 800-fill-power goose down and baffles of various sizes. $220.00 Buy Now – [SPONSORED]
Love your Hoka One One running shoes and wish they had more support for hiking? Now they do. These waterproof, mid-height hiking boots give you great cushioning, stability and traction. $180.00 Buy Now – [SPONSORED]
Powerful, fully featured and waterproof, the redesigned 200-lumen Spot offers PowerTap technology for on-the-fly brightness adjustments in any weather. $39.95 Buy Now – [SPONSORED]
Light and compact enough for backpacking, yet robust enough for backyard luxury, the popular ENO DoubleNest Hammock sets up in seconds and has plenty of room for 2. $69.95 Buy Now – [SPONSORED]
Winner of Backpacker magazine’s 2015 Editors’ Choice Gold Award, this extended-trip pack has a fully customizable suspension that adapts to your body for a light and agile feel with a heavy load. $319.00 Buy Now – [SPONSORED]
Sporting an innovative and super compact design, the HERO4 Session packs the power of full-size GoPro cameras into their smallest, lightest and most convenient camera yet. $300.00 Buy Now – [SPONSORED]
With a fun, versatile silhouette, the women’s Sorel Tivoli II Mid Snow Boots offer style, warmth and waterproof protection for walks on snowy sidewalks and days spent sledding with the kids. $130.00 Buy Now – [SPONSORED]
For lightweight, cold-weather comfort, wear the men’s ThermoBall™ Full-Zip Jacket. It’s as warm and compressible as goose down, yet insulates even when wet. $98.83 – 199.00 Buy Now – [SPONSORED]
What do you get for the hiker who has everything? Something so innovative and unexpected, even he or she hasn’t thought of it. Start with these picks.