Give gifts that enhance the outdoors experience and relish the fact that your loved one will carry your gift along on great adventures.
All items listed are things we’ve personally tested or brands that we love. From buckskin-lined gloves to camp lighting, we’ve got you covered.
Slender, lightweight, and super inexpensive: Black Diamond’s Solution harness offers a whole lot of bang for not a lot of buck. We tested this harness and were impressed with its comfort, construction, and value. A great choice for logging hours at the gym this winter or as an all-around go-to harness.
Kammock Roo Hammock: $69 (on sale at REI)
Kammok’s Roo Hammock still holds the record for the most successful Kickstarter hammock campaign, amassing a whopping $200,000 back in 2011. We’ve relaxed in one ourselves and can vouch for its lightweight yet sturdy construction.
Never run out of power with Goal Zero’s power bank bundle. Quickly charge AA and AAA batteries, cell phones, and small devices with the Goal Zero Guide 10. It can directly charge a cell phone in just one hour.
This jacket packs down small, weighs less than 10 ounces, and offers impressive warmth. We’ve been testing the Micro Puff and are pleased with its cold-weather performance and quality construction. It’s a jacket that will layer up for winter and stand strong on its own the rest of the year.
Add more tunes to your life. We put the Turtle Shell 2.0 Bluetooth speaker on a head-to-head test, and it performed beautifully. Whether you mount it to your handlebars or bump it at a house party, the water-resistant device is sure to please. Play time: 16 hours.
Complete with a built-in foot pump for quick inflation, four inches of padding, and a raised baffle at the end to supplement your pillow, the NEMO Cosmo Air is one heck of a sleeping pad.
The Kusa jacket is the first mass-market llama jacket made for the outdoors. We put it through a three-week test and appreciated its street style, comfort across a range of temps, and reversible versatility.
A good helmet is a must-have for anyone who spends time atop a two-wheeled steed. Bern’s Allston offers burly protection, cool styling, and plenty of ventilation.
We’ve tested the Rumpl camping, eye-guzzling Netflix, and on a picnic. The verdict? A do-it-all, comfy, warm outdoors blanket you won’t want to leave behind.
We gave the NanoGrid a Best in Show award for good reason. The lantern includes a small rechargeable power bank and two tethered, overhead LED lights for up to 40 feet of lighting.
OROS Orion Parka: $270
Packed with Aerogel, the Orion Parka from OROS is designed to provide more freedom of movement and less “puff” than traditional down jackets. A waterproof shell, removable hood, and full seam taping keep the wearer dry in nasty weather, while pit vents help regulate heat inside.
Made in Portland, Ore., these sunglasses from Shwood were specifically designed for those looking for the winning combination of style and function. They’re perfect for your morning commute or strolling around town.
NEMO Dagger 2P Tent: $400
This tent packs light, pitches quick, and withstands heavy use and variable weather. That’s all you can ask for in a tent. We’ve tested the two-person Dagger with Pawprint for more than 250 nights and found it durable, comfortable, and easy to use.
At less than $30, the Fiskars Hatchet is a reliable tool for the outdoors. As our tester noted, “The Fiskars 14 proved immediately and eminently capable, splitting medium-sized chunks of wood with ease. The blade bit deep and hard, and the handle did an excellent job of absorbing any recoil.”
If you could only have one action camera mount, this one should be it. It can clip on virtually anything, from backpack straps to ski boots, providing unlimited angle possibilities. It’s compatible with GoPro and other action and point-and-shoot cameras.
Monkii Bars: $175
Monkii Bars can be strung over any limb, fence, railing, etc. and used to perform an endless array of workouts, including pull-ups, dips, rows, single-leg squats, pikes, and more. Stay fit on the go and have fun while you’re at it.
Everyone needs a good knife. Choose one from LT Wright, and you’ll have a gift that lasts a lifetime and can be passed on for generations to come. It fits nicely in the hand, maintains a sharp edge, and comes with a well-made leather sheath.
Made in the USA, these Buckskin Gloves are crafted with 3.25-oz. Chrome Tanned Deerskin leather and insulated with 40-g Thinsulate lining for maximal warmth during winter months.
Woolrich has been crafting quality outdoor clothing for over 180 years now. The moccasin-style Potter County Slippers are perfect for relaxing by the fire in a hut after a long ski tour and a great way to end or begin the day in a cold-floored cabin.