Gear Reviews

The Best Gifts for Outdoor Enthusiasts of 2018

Feeling stuck this season? Get inspired to give with these gear picks.

Gift giving is a talent that doesn’t come naturally to all of us. So, we’ve made it easier for you. With this array of products, you’re sure to find something to fit your needs. 

Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL3

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Winner of the 2018 Editor’s Choice 25th Anniversary Hall of Fame award from Backpacker Magazine. 

Weighing in at 3 lbs., 7 oz., one of Big Agnes’ best-selling, full-featured, ultralight backpacking tents, the Copper Spur HV UL series is designed to stand up to your biggest adventures. 

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Osprey Mutant 22

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Designed by climbers and guides, this lightweight and streamlined pack is exactly what any climber needs for done-in-a-day alpine missions. With an integrated rope carry, wide-mouth zippered opening, customizable options on the front of the pack and a webbing hipbelt that won’t get in the way.

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LEKI Micro Vario Carbon

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LEKI’s sophisticated, ultralite, super compact, yet FULLY functional answer to the growing “folding” pole category now features SpeedLock 2 for even more weight savings and secure performance. The push-button release mechanism allows for quick, easy assembly and knock-down to just 15.5″. SpeedLock 2 provides a 20cm adjustment range. With Aergon Thermo foam grips and super lightweight carbon shafts, these trekking poles will be your constant companion and one of your most useful tools on the trail and peaks. Includes travel/stow bag.

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Crazy Creek Hex 2.0TM

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Crazy Creek… 30 Years of Comfort! 

The Hex 2.0TM is the perfect gift to cure Sit Envy! It’s our lightest,
most packable chair with all the comfort you expect from Crazy Creek. Great for hiking, camping and the beach. Clip it to your pack and go! Backed by our legendary Lifetime Limited Warranty. 

Don’t Just Do Something…Sit There!

CrazyCreek.com 

Floyd’s Of Leadville Recovery Products

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Make the most of your trail time with the complete line of recovery products from Floyd’s of Leadville. Floyd’s transdermal cream, supplements and balms help you recover by supporting your body’s natural response to inflammation and stress. Light, compact and easy to add to your pack, the extra ounces are worth it. 

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Garmin fēnix® 5 Plus Series

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For athletes and outdoor adventurers, the fēnix® 5 Plus Series multisport GPS watches are the high-performance way to beat yesterday and bring your maps and music along. These rugged, premium-crafted watches feature routable color mapping, wrist- based heart rate1, storage for up to 500 songs and the Garmin PayTM contactless payment solution2. 

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Hillsound Trail Crampon Ultras

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Don’t let snow and ice stop you from exploring your favorite trails this winter! The Trail Crampon Ultras will help you stay on your feet no matter the trail conditions. Head over to our website to purchase and to learn more!

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Honey Stinger Organic Cracker N’ Nut Butter Snack Bar

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Honey Stinger’s not so guilty pleasure is organic nut butter and True Source Certified honey sandwiched between two multigrain crackers sprinkled with sea salt then covered in chocolate. Available in three delicious flavors – Peanut Butter
& Milk Chocolate, Almond Butter & Dark Chocolate, and Cashew Butter & Milk Chocolate. 

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Cooper Discoverer Tires

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The new Discoverer AT3TM family of tires from Cooper Tires. From the trusted name in truck tires comes the new Discoverer AT3TM family of tires, designed with superior all-season, all-terrain traction and true durability. All three tires are backed by excellent mileage warranties, so you can have the confidence to tackle the road, and what lies beyond. 

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KOMPERDELL CARBON C2 Ultralight

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The ultimate lightweight pole for ambitious outdoor enthusiasts. Developing a special wrapping technique for carbon fibers allowed us to produce an ultra-light tube with optimal stiffness values. The exclusive TAC–technology guarantees an extremely lightweight, thermos–isolating grip which is especially non slip and comfortable to hold. The 2 section pole with Powerlock 3.0 flapping mechanism made of anodized aluminum is extra lightweight and super sturdy.

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Packit Gourmet Trail Meals

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Packit Gourmet is a homegrown family business that creates delicious just-add-water meals that elevate every outdoor experience! These 45+ original family recipes deliver crave-worthy flavors like the Works Burger, Pizza Margherita & Texas State Fair Chili. Want in on the yum? Use the coupon code BACKPACKER18 at checkout for 15% off your order this holiday season (exp 12.31.18). 

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Obōz Campster

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Crag in comfort with the Obōz Campster. Featuring a pivoting heel strap for slip-on ease between climbs or security while belaying. Your go-everywhere adventure companion.

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Orvis Hybrid Wool Fleece Jacket

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Wool blended with fleece for improved wicking performance, dry time, breathability, and insulating properties. 

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Roving Blue® O-PenTM

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Give a Gift of Pure Water: The Roving Blue® O-PenTM, the World’s Most Advanced Pocket Water Purifier

› Purifies .5L in under 1 minute
› Dissolves Ozone into water. Ozone is more powerful than chlorine, highly effective against bacteria, viruses and cysts
› Reverts to Oxygen
› Kills odors, Improves taste
› Weighs 1.8 oz. 

Free shipping with code: FREESHIP. 

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Sea to Summit Duffle

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The Sea to Summit Duffle is a versatile and comfortable to carry option for all your travel needs. Perfect for hauling gear on your back, shoulder or yak, it’s built for rugged durability with tough burly materials, a broad base and wide opening lid for easy packing and fast access.

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Big Agnes Skeeter SL 20° Sleeping Bag

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The Skeeter SL 20° sleeping bag is a down fill traditional mummy bag with the REM pad sleeve that transforms your bag into a Big Agnes system bag. With technical fabrics and 650 fill power DownTekTM insulation, this bag’s versatility is the perfect companion. Regular size: 2lb 4oz, 6″ x 8″ compressed size. 

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Kahtoola MICROspikes®

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MICROspikes® traction when the snow starts to fall, there’s gear you need and gear you want. Kahtoola MICROspikes® check the box for both, and with 25 years of gear reviews under their pack straps, we’re honored to be the winner of Backpacker Magazine’s Editors’ Choice 2018 Hall of Fame Award! 

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Sven Can See Anti-Fog Gel

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If you’ve ever worn glasses or goggles outdoors, you know they can fog up easily. Sven Can See is an anti-fog, anti-frost solution that comes in an easy to apply gel or spray bottle. Sven Can See is safe to use on all lens types, including sunglasses, skiing goggles, or even diving masks!

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Wigwam Peak2Pub Gift Boxes

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Make the journey more enjoyable with Wigwam’s Peak 2 Pub Gift Box. Perfect for breathtaking trails and outstanding brew pubs, and the branded box makes a great gift for any sock lover.

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SPOT Gen3

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With the push of a button the SPOT Gen3 allows you to check in with family and friends while adventuring or send emergency responders your GPS location.

  • Pocket-sized, lightweight, rugged
  • Key features: you can reach emergency responders, check in with family or friends with pre-set messages, and share GPS coordinates all with the push of a button
  • S.O.S.: allows you to reach local response teams in the case of an emergency
  • Tracking: motion sensitive tracking allows you to track updates when you are moving and stops when you stop
  • Check-ins: you can send a pre-programmed text message out to your contacts
  • Custom messages: set up messages before you leave to later send out on your adventure
  • Save Our Vehicle feature alerts your personal contacts for help in a non life-threatening situation

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HITCASE Waterproof iPhone Case

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HITCASE designs the most innovative iPhone cases for adventurous lifestyles. Waterproof (IP68 rating up to 33ft) and MIL-SPEC drop rating to 16ft, our line of tough and protective outdoor cases will keep your iPhone safe no matter what you throw its way. Plus, you can add lenses and mounts for better photo capture and added versatility. Cases start from $29.99 USD and up. 

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Feathered Friends Down Booties

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Looking to give the gift of warmth? Our popular down booties deliver. Crafted so your feet remain toasty warm whether you’re at home or in high camp, everyone on your list will want a pair. Made with a Pertex® weather-resistant shell and ethically sourced 800+ fill power goose down.

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LEMS Trailhead Minimalist Shoes

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Our newest and most versatile shoe yet, the Trailhead is equipped to take on any adventure. Designed for the trail but styled for the town, this 100% vegan friendly shoe will take you far away from the ordinary and be the answer for your every move.

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Motorola MHC250 Motion + Light Sensing Headlamp

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The MHC250 Motion + Light Sensing Headlamp is a high-performance durable headlamp. The product is designed to provide you with the best possible functionality. The Luxeon TX White LED technology is geared for optimum effectiveness and high efficiency. The MHC250 has 250 lumens, 361′ beam distance, 3 light modes on the front, 3 light settings for the rear light, up to 24 hour run time and is an IPX5 waterproof rating. Value: $49.99

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Mishmi Takin Kameng Mid eVent Waterproof Hiking boot.

Orange and black Mishmi hiking boots sit on a white background. One is upright on its sole and the right shoe is lying on its side with the Vibram…

Born to withstand fickle Himalyan weather & terrain, Kameng is the choice for tough hikes and backpacking trips when you need the best. An european made ‘NO COMPROMISE PRODUCT’ built for avid outdoorsmen & women, Kameng features: 

– 100 % waterproof and extremely breathable eVent membrane

– Vibram Megagrip rubber which enables superior traction on wet surfaces 

– An innovative stretch heel section which provides comfort while descending slopes

On holiday sale at $149.93 (MRP $230)

Cobra Chat Tag Rock Two-Way Radio

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The Cobra Chat Tag Rock two-way radio is our smallest walkie talkie to date. This small but mighty two-way radio is a full functioning two-way radio that is compatible with all FRS radios on the market, has voice prompt programming for hands-free use, 22 channels for privacy and provides a range of up to 12 miles under optimal conditions. This Cobra Chat Tag Rock two-way radio also has a built-in microUSB port for recharging the battery and up to 10 hours of battery life. Value:$69.99

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