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2019 Holiday Gift Guide

No matter who you're shopping for, we've got you covered with 2019's best holiday gifts for hikers, in every price range.

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Casio PRO TREK Smart WSD-F21HR

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The all new PRO TREK Smart WSD-F21HR is the first timepiece in the collection to offer and optical sensor that serves as a heart rate monitor for pace management during activities like road and trail running, cycling, climbing and more! It also offers Casio’s enhanced Activity App with menus that display measurement data in real time. The PRO TREK WSD-F21HR also displays maps and the current location, using the built in GPS, which enables users to enjoy taking an unfamiliar route. Designed for the active outdoorsman and training enthusiast, the PRO TREK WSD-F21HR boasts 50M water resistance, durability built to military specifications, a bold, durable front bezel, a soft urethane band with a double pin to ensure a comfortable fit and Casio’s signature dual-layer display. Activities will never be the same again. And that goes for your lifestyle, too. Experience something new every day with PRO TREK Smart. Price: $499

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LifeStraw Go Water Bottle with Filter

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LifeStraw Go is an advanced water filter bottle that protects against bacteria, parasites and microplastics, reduces chemicals, like chlorine, and improves water taste. The leak-proof, BPA free bottle is ideal for hiking, camping, international travel and emergencies. Your purchase has impact: one product, one child, one year of safe water. Price: $39.95 

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Osprey Talon 22

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One of the most versatile packs ever created, the Talon™ 22 is perfect for peak bagging, day hikes, urban commutes or a trip to the market. Ventilated and comfortable, the BioStretch harness and continuous wrap hipbelt combine to create an incredibly stable carry system that hugs your body so you can stay balanced on the trail, ridge or peak. When uphills turn technical, our Stow-on-the-Go trekking pole carry system keeps your hands free for upward movement. Zippered hipbelts, side stretch mesh pockets, a harness pocket, and top-lid storage provide all the organization you need. Price: $110

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Mother Nature’s Fire Starter from Orvis

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Give the gift of a crackling fire. Orvis’s 4-lb. fatwood bundle is perfect for the woodstove, firepit, and campfire, and it’s tied up and gift ready. The earth-friendly kindling—cut from resin-saturated heartwood found in pine stumps—burns a hot flame for crowd-pleasing fires all year. Price: $19.95

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Ombraz Armless Sunglasses

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Ombraz fix what frustrates you about sunglasses. Completely armless, Ombraz attach directly to a built-in cord that keeps the sunnies securely and comfortably in place. Ombraz built a pair of sunglasses you can throw in a pocket/backpack and not worry about, wear on the river and not lose, keep on for hours without getting a headache, and hike up the trail and not look like a dork. Their custom cord even fits perfectly under a helmet. People tend to be skeptical, until they put them on, then they are ridiculously impressed. Price: $140

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Sea to Summit Ultra Sil Nano Daypack

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The perfect travel daypack! The Ultralight 15D Nylon fabric allows for the daypack to be compressed to the size of a chicken egg, while its mere 1 oz weight is still capable of hauling loads up to 45 lbs! Buy now to get 20% off with this coupon code: BackpackerGift2020 Price: $39.95

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SunSoaker 10-Watt Kit

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Using the power of sunlight, quickly charge USB devices with the light-weight, flexible and durable SunSoaker 10-Watt kit. Weighing a mere 8.9 oz, this panel is designed to be rolled up and taken anywhere. Kit includes 10W thin-film solar panel, 4 carabiners, 4 suction cups and a zero-waste storage tube. Price: $99 

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Danner Arctic 600 Side-Zip

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Danner’s newest winter hiker expands on the popular Mountain 600 collection with pinnacle cold weather technologies including 200G Primaloft® Gold insulation and a Vibram® Arctic GripTM outsole that’s made for traction on frozen surfaces. The suede silhouette with wool hits also features a waterproof YKK side zipper and Danner Dry liner. Price: $220

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Honey Stinger Cashew Butter Milk Chocolate Organic Cracker Bar

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Made with organic honey and delicious ingredients, Honey Stinger provides the fuel you need to push harder and go farther. No matter how you move your body, you need convenient nutrition that tastes great and works. Price: $26.40

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Good To-Go: The Weekender

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Want to simplify your weekend meal plan? Looking for the perfect gift? Good To-Go has you covered with The Weekender. With two delicious entrées and one breakfast, this pack of meals will help provide the sustenance needed for any weekend adventure. 20% off Weekender Packs at goodto-go.com with discount code BACKPACKER20 -offer ends December 31, 2019. Price: $21.50

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Big Agnes Tiger Wall 2 Platinum

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Winner of the 2019 Editor’s Choice award from Backpacker Magazine. “This is the first two-person tent we’ve tested that sneaks in below 2 pounds and doesn’t come with a host of caveats. It has two doors and two vestibules, double-wall construction, and a hassle-free pitch.” – Backpacker Magazine Tiger Wall 2 Platinum: 1lb. 15oz. Enjoy free shipping on all Big Agnes gear at bigagnes.com with code: HAPPYCAMPER. Price: $549.95

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Men’s and Women’s Bridger Mid Waterproof

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Providing excellent support, durability and trail performance. The Bridger features a lightweight TPU chassis system for protection and torsional rigidity underfoot, durable leather and synthetic uppers and our supportive O FIT Insole™. This boot will help you tackle just about any trail. Price: $180

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Heat Holders® OUTDOOR Merino Blend

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The all -new OUTDOOR Merino Blend sock is our latest addition to the Heat Holders® sock family. It makes the warmest thermal sock in the world even warmer— now with the properties of merino wool. Designed for the most discerning outdoor enthusiast to enable them to maximize their time outdoors. Price: $19.99

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Hillsound Equipment FlexSteps Crampon

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Don’t let ice and snow stop you from getting things done this holiday season. These low-profile crampons are easy to use, lightweight, and durable. From shoveling the driveway, hiking up to the cabin, or running to the store for more eggnog, the FlexSteps have you covered. Price: $55 

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Roving Blue® O-Pen® 

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The Roving Blue® O-Pen® is the world’s most advanced, lightweight pocket water purifier. The O-Pen® makes water safe with The Power of EO3™, electrolytic ozone, a powerful oxidizer and stronger than chlorine. It reverts to oxygen, for a fresh clean taste! Price: $149 

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Mishmi Takin Kameng Mid eVent Waterproof Hiking Boot

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Built to withstand fickle Himalyan weather & terrain, Kameng is the choice for tough hikes and backpacking trips when you need the best. A european made ‘NO COMPROMISE PRODUCT’ built for avid outdoorsmen & women. Price: $149

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Kahtoola LEVA™gaiter GTX

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Inspired by the word “levitate”—to rise up—the LEVA™gaiter GTX is the lightest weight and most versatile GORE-TEX gaiter available, designed to keep feet dry when hiking in snowy and rainy conditions. Price: $84.95

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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. Price: $109

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HitCase Waterproof Cases

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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 at $19.99.

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Warmlite Vapor Barrier Clothing Gift Set

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A base layer that warms and protects an individual from dehydration and
mineral loss while preventing insulating layers from becoming sweat soaked. The Set includes a pair of gloves, socks, a long sleeve shirt and pants. Price: $149  

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