Holiday Gifts for the Outdoors & Travel

As you ramp up your holiday shopping, check out our list of gear and clothing that will put a smile on the face of travelers and folks who love the outdoors.


Goal Zero — Lighthouse Mini Lantern

Goal-zeroFor a few years now we’ve been hanging a small lantern from the roof of our tent during backcountry trips. Under mellow lantern light, we can eat, play cards, organize things or just hang out without having to wear headlamps. To adjust the brightness of Lighthouse LED light (up to 210 lumens), you simply turn a knob that’s easy to grasp—no fumbling to find buttons. Weighing just 8 ounces, this lantern is lightweight enough for backpacking, and it has built-in hooks and magnets to attach it to your tent. Rather than wasting batteries, you recharge the lantern with a built-in USB port. $59.95

Rinse Kit — Pressurized Portable Shower

Rinse-Kit-2237-1While mapping trails for guidebooks, we’ve ended many sweaty days with parking lot showers. But the Rinsekit makes it easier to clean your bod (or rinse your gear) by providing a pressurized flow of water. To fill the 2-gallon tank, you just connect the RinseKit hose to a home spigot, and it automatically pressurizes the water inside the tank. Offering about 4 minutes of spray, you can clean a couple of people or a few pairs of shoes. Plus, we’ve found we can fill the RinseKit a couple of times to wash our truck in the driveway and waste less water. $89.99

GSI Outdoors — Glacier Hip Flask

GSI FlaskWhen we’re camping on a cool fall night, we love to pack a bit of bourbon, and this new GSI flask is a perfect container. With a contoured shape, smooth lines and stainless steel body, it fits in a back pocket comfortably, and you can slip it in and out easily. Measuring about 4.8 inches tall, it also fits into the inner pocket of a jacket. We like that the cap has a polyethylene tether, so you won’t lose it in the campsite at night. $29.95

GoWyld T-Shirt (sales benefit The Cottage School for kids with learning disabilities)

GoWyldServing kids with disabilities, The Cottage School near Atlanta includes an environmental science program that teaches students about wilderness and conservation. Through sales of these GoWyld T-shirts, the school hopes to raise enough money to send several students to NOLS or Outward Bound courses next summer. Buy a shirt, and help get kids outdoors! $26

Yeti — Rambler Lowball

Yeti-Rambler-Lowball-2_largeGear testing requires sacrifice, and we had to drink many gin and tonics this summer to properly test the 10-ounce Rambler Lowball. Thanks to the double-wall insulation, cocktails remained cold until the last sip, and our hands didn’t get chilled. In cold weather the Rambler Lowball will also keep your cider or hot toddy warm. $25

Osprey — Ozone Convertible

P57 Osprey Ozone ConvertibleWhen you’re dragging a large, rolling duffel through an airport, it helps if you can shoulder your smaller carryon. That’s why we like convertible packs like the 22-liter Ozone, which has a full backpack harness that stashes away in a zippered compartment. Even with a harness, this pack is pretty nimble, thanks to the lightweight frame and the 210-denier Nylon fabric. For travel, the bag includes a zip-off daypack (with a padded laptop compartment), plus lots of organizational pockets in the main bag, including a zippered top pocket where you can stash a boarding pass and other things you need to keep handy. $230

Petzl — Tikka Headlamp

Petzl TikkaThere are many headlamps on the market, but this is a great choice if you’re seeking a light that’s more affordable but still very functional. Lightweight and easy to operate, the Tikka is a can’t-miss gift for the outdoors as well as general travel or use around the house. With 100 lumens of brightness, the Tikka’s bright, wide beam is great for walking in darkness or navigating a campsite at night. Plus, you can dim it to read at night in your tent or hotel room without disturbing your partner. $29.95


8BPlus — Chalk Bag

88PlusIf you know a climber who’s a kid, or just a kid at heart, consider buying a chalk bag from 8BPlus. A newcomer to the U.S. market, this company based in Tirol, Austria, makes high-quality, quirky bags with fur, beady eyes made of buttons and sewn arms. Built to be truly functional, these bags also include accessories like adjustable belts, carabiners, and brush holders for left-handed and right-handed climbers. 24.90 EUR

Avex — Brazos AutoSeal Water Bottle

avex-brazosOne member of our team has used a 25-ounce Avex AutoSeal bottle for fitness class for two years, and he’s never found a bottle that works better. At the push of a button, you get a healthy stream of water that stops immediately when the button is released. When you’re fatigued or in a hurry and don’t want to fuss with a screw-top lid, this is a great option. Also, a spout cover will keep out dirt. If you prefer a straw-type bottle, check out the Avex Wells Autospout bottle. $14.99




Farm to Feet — Franklin Everyday Socks

Farm to Feet FranklinFarm To Feet’s merino wool socks are not only super comfortable, but also made from wool and other materials sourced in the United States. Made with 60% merino wool, 36% Nylon and 4% Spandex, these socks have enough cushioning from the toe to the heel for light hiking, but they’re low-profile and comfortable for everyday shoes. In addition to being soft, the merino wool also resists odors and pulls moisture from your feet. $20

Leatherman — Signal

Leatherman SignalLeatherman’s latest twist on the multi-tool is a product designed for survival. To keep you in good shape during the Zombie Apocalypse, a real disaster or a wilderness outing, the Signal has 19 tools, including a fire-starting rod, pliers and emergency whistle. Made of 100 percent stainless steel, it also sports a diamond coated blade sharpener and a carabiner clip, which makes it easy to attach the Signal to your bug-out pack. $120



ExOfficio — Sport Mesh Underwear

ExO Sport MeshThis is the best underwear we’ve tested for warmer conditions. The Sport Mesh (also available in styles for women) pulls moisture from your skin and disperses it very efficiently due to the high percentage of Nylon (92 percent) in the fabric and the mesh construction, which allows plenty of air to flow through. Made with 8 percent Lycra, it has a high level of stretch and also recovers completely, so it doesn’t become loose or baggy. Also, we love the wide waistband that’s made of soft fabric to eliminate friction. $30

Eagle Creek Pack — Specter Compression Cube Set

81HbP-sQIzL._UX385_Pack-It cubes really help us organize the contents of our luggage and keep track of things while we’re traveling. With these compression cubes, you can also create more space inside your bag. After stuffing a cube, you simply close a zipper that compresses the contents. Made of super lightweight silnylon, these cubes won’t add much weight to your luggage, and they’re water-resistant and machine washable. $38 (includes one 3-liter cube and one 7.5-liter cube)

Nite Ize — Better Band

BetterBandNite Ize is great at coming up with products that are so handy you’ll wind up using them everywhere from the backcountry to the garage. And that’s the case with the Better Band, which is basically a high-tech version of the rubber band. Available in 12-inch and 25-inch lengths, these bands made of TPU are extremely stretchy, but also more durable than a typical rubber band. Because they’re waterproof, they won’t rot and snap when subjected to the dampness of your garage or storage building. Plus, they’re grippy, so they stay put, and there’s a cord lock for quick adjustment. $7.29 (two 25-inch bands)


Grand Trunk — Double Hammock

Grand TrunkThe hammock-camping trend only continues to grow, and Grand Trunk’s Double Hammock is perfect for a night in the backcountry as well as music festivals or backyard lounging. Measuring 10 feet, 6 inches by 6 feet, 6 inches, this hammock is comfortable for one person or two, and the parachute Nylon holds up to 400 pounds. When you purchase the hammock, you also get a rope kit and carabiners to hang it, as well as a stuff sack that’s attached to the body of the hammock (which is really handy, cause you’re less likely to lose it). $64.99-$99.99

Patagonia — Black Hole Duffel

P58 Patagonia Black HoleIf you have adventure travelers on your shopping list, you can’t go wrong giving them Black Hole Duffels. Much more durable than the typical duffel bag, the Black Hole is made with a super-tough fabric that sheds water and dirt and won’t rip or get punctured easily. A longtime favorite of mountaineers and expedition teams, this bag is perfect for trips where luggage will be exposed to nasty weather and harsh conditions. Also, if you want to use it for weekend getaways and quick trips, the 60-liter version is a good size. $129

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