Holiday Gifts: A Few of Our Favorite Things

How’s your holiday shopping going? There’s still plenty of time to pick up gifts for the people on your list who love the outdoors and travel. Here’s a rundown of products we’ve tested in the field or admired while browsing the gear tradeshows…

Gerber — Crucial Pocket Tool

Gerber-Crucial-MultitoolCarry plenty of tools without packing a lot of weight. Tipping the scales at just 5 ounces, the Crucial Pocket Tool includes needle-nose pliers, wire cutters, Phillips and flat-head screwdrivers and a main blade that is partially serrated, which is helpful when cutting rope and cord. We’ve been carrying this tool on backpacking trips, and we like that it isn’t too chunky (just 3.6 inches long when closed) and tackles most jobs you’ll realistically face when traveling or backpacking. $45

Duluth — Wool Market Tote

DuluthWe’ve been super impressed by the quality of Duluth’s wool bags, including this Market Tote, which you could use for a trip to the farmer’s market, or even a day at work. Measuring 14 inches x 18 inches x 8 inches, it has 2,268 cubic inches of space. While the body is wool, the handles are made of premium leather with high-quality roller buckles. Inside the main body there’s a zippered pocket for keys, cell phone, etc. Colors include classic (shown) forest green, burgundy, navy and Hitchcock. $180

Icebreaker — Bliss Travel Wrap

largeThe versatility of the Bliss Wrap has made it a bestseller for Icebreaker. Made of 100 percent merino wool, it serves as a great travel piece and can be worn three different ways: secured at the shoulder, open and cinched at the back or wrapped all the way around. It’s outfitted with a sash as well as buttons running down the front. While it’s good for travel, this lightweight women’s sweater also makes a good cover-up piece for the trip home after a workout. $144.99

Goal Zero — Guide 10 Plus Recharger

GoalZeroThere are tons of portable power systems on the market, but we love the Goal Zero Guide 10 because it’s practical, affordable, reliable and easy to use. This compact kit charges AA batteries from the sun or from a USB port, and it can then charge a phone, headlamp, GPS unit or music player. We also like that it includes an adapter for AAA batteries. $49.99

Eagle Creek — Pack-It Specter Compression Cube Set

Eagle CreekPack-It Cubes are such simple things, but they’ve really improved our travels. Primarily, we can keep things organized, so they’re easier to find. Plus, we’re less likely to leave something behind in a hotel room if our clothes aren’t exploding out of our bags. With these new compression cubes, you can unzip them to have a standard-size cube, or cinch them down to about half the thickness to gain more space in your bag. $30.40

Snow Peak — Mini Hozuki Lantern

Mini HozukiHeadlamps are great when you’re reading in a tent, but it’s also helpful to have a small light hanging from the tent roof. Hang the lightweight Mini Hozuki, and its 60-lumen beam will allow you to play cards or find your socks without the annoyance of harsh light. Weighing just 1.9 ounces, its light enough to carry into the backcountry, and it measures just 2.2 inches x 2 inches. Running on 3 AAA batteries, it runs for 40 hours on the high setting, and 70 hours on low. $39.95

Cocoon — Silk & Cotton Sheet

CocoonFor an early fall camping trip in Florida, we knew the temperatures would be too warm for traditional sleeping bags. Instead, we used Cocoon travel sheets and slept on cots, and the system worked great. Made with 55 percent silk and 45 percent Egyptian cotton, the Silk-Cotton sheet prevented us from overheating, but also provided just the right amount of warmth during the cool early morning hours. We also recommend the version that is all Egyptian cotton. $65

Stanley — Vacuum Pint

p207335bAre you serious about your beer? Then why not get serious about your pint glass? OK, so the Stanley Vacuum Pint isn’t really a glass—it’s a stainless steel vessel that boasts the same bomber construction as a Stanley thermos. Plus, it has a vacuum action to keep beer cold for hours, and it won’t “sweat,” so you don’t’ need a coaster to prevent staining a surface with water rings. Oh yeah, it has a built-in bottle opener, too. $23

Sea to Summit — Tek Towel Wash Kit

Sea to SummitThis is a great gift for anybody who travels or likes backpacking. On pretty much every trip, we carry a super absorbent washcloth or towel that also dries quickly. With the Tek Towel Wash Kit, you get a 12-inch x 12-inch washcloth, plus a larger towel (either size medium, large or extra large). Also, the set includes a 1.3-ounce bottle of Wilderness Wash, which we’ve used for everything from cleaning dishes to washing our hair. $29.95-$44.95

ENO — DoubleNest Hammock

ENOIf you’re trying to decide which hammock to get a friend or family member, the ENO DoubleNest is a good choice, as its the bread-and-butter product for the market leader in hammocks. Lots of people prefer this model because it fits two people, but also allows a person using it alone to wrap up in the extra fabric for added warmth. When you order, remember that you’ll also need to get suspension straps. Hammcok: $69.95; Straps: $19.95-$24.95

Outdoor Research — Sombriolet

SombrioletA member of The Adventure Post team wore the Outdoor Research Sombriolet on a trip up Mount Whitney (the tallest peak in the contiguous United States at 14,505 feet), and he raved about it. Primarily, this hat offers great protection from the sun and is constructed with fabric that carries a UPF 50 rating. Plus, the Sombriolet vents well and wicks moisture to prevent sweat from pooling in the crown of the hat. Made with 86 percent nylon and 14 percent ripstop polyester, it’s easy to clean, dries pretty quickly and will survive years of use. $40

Black Diamond — Revolt Headlamp

BD RevoltIt’s great to have choices. With the Revolt, you can charge the headlamp using a USB port and keep a few batteries out of the landfill. But, if you forget to charge the headlamp and need to head out the door, you can still run the Revolt on AAA batteries. Offering 130 lumens, it’s bright enough for hiking in the dark, but you can dim it down or put it in red night-vision mode, or strobe mode for emergencies. $59.95

Mio — Fuse

Mio FuseThe best thing about the Mio Fuse is it allows you to monitor your heart rate without using a chest strap. But, this device also tracks your steps, pace, distance and calories burned, so you can get a full picture of your daily effort to stay in shape. To further evaluate your exercise routine, you can connect the Fuse to fitness apps via Bluetooth Smart and also sync it to bike computers and GPS watches. $149

Marmot — DriClime Windshirt

S51020_4511_driclime_jkt 0011No, the DriClime Windshirt isn’t the newest, hottest thing. But, it’s a classic that belongs in the closet of any outdoor adventurer. Combining a wind-blocking exterior with a light fleece liner, this work great as an outer layer when you’re active in cooler temperatures or a mid layer in colder conditions. We’re always surprised at how this piece feels great in such a wide range of conditions. And it’s the perfect thing to wear around camp in the evening or early morning when backpacking. $95

STM — Link Tablet Bag

STMSTM makes high-quality computer bags, including this Link shoulder bag that carries any 10-inch tablet. Measuring 10.2 inches x 7.4 inches x 0.5 inches, it can also hold charging cords, a notebook and some paperwork. Plus, an interior organization pocket will hold keys, pens and business cards, while a back slip pocket will hold magazines or a boarding pass. Made with water-resistant polyester, a reinforced bottom and #10 YKK zippers, the Link will stand up to the rigors of travel and communting. $59.95

Fishpond — Westwater Rolltop Drybag

FishpondAnyone who likes to fish or kayak will appreciate a durable, high-quality dry bag. Measuring 23 inches x 13.5 inches, the Westwater holds plenty of gear and clothing and includes a clear window, so you can see what’s inside (very helpful for a trip where you’re carrying multiple bags). It’s made of super durable TPU material and includes a built-in D ring that allows you to secure the bag in a boat. $45.95


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