10 Great Gift Ideas for Serious Outdoor Junkies
LEKI Carbon TI Trekking Poles
At just a hair over one pound (combined weight), LEKI’s Carbon TI poles are among the lightest you’ll find on the market. The Speed Lock® adjusters are quick, easy and reliable, and the Aergon Thermo grips are designed for maximum comfort on extended backcountry ventures.
Goal Zero Lighthouse Micro Flash USB Lantern
There are many USB-rechargeable camping lanterns out there, but the Lighthouse Mirco outclasses most. Not only does this unit crank out 150-lumens (on high) and up to 170 hours of burn time (on low), it weighs a mere 2.4 ounces (68g). Add Goal Zero solar panels, and you have the perfect off-grid backpacking lantern/flashlight combo.
Gregory Stout 45 Backpack
Gregory has been a trusted name in backpacks for more than 35 years, and the Stout is a prime example of why. With its TrailFlex wishbone suspension system, this 45-liter pack distributes weight evenly to the lumbar region for enhanced comfort and also includes a removable rain cover to keep your gear dry during unexpected showers.
YETI® Tundra 65 Cooler
The Tundra series from YETI has achieved widespread acclaim for being the most durable, well-designed family of ice chests on the planet. The Tundra 65 holds 39 cans of brew with enough room leftover to maintain a proper 2:1 ice-to-can ratio. Depending on the conditions, these coolers have been known to keep stuff ice-cold for days.
Ray-Ban Aviator Sunglasses
No other shades are more iconic than Ray-Ban Aviators. They’re also extremely well made (manufactured in Italy) and polarized to block eye-fatiguing glare (perfect for driving, boating and fishing). These are the “Top Guns” of the sunglasses world. Period.
ESEE-4 Fixed Blade Knife
Looking for a super-sharp, amazingly durable knife for camping, backpacking or hunting? Grab an American-made ESEE-4. The 1095 carbon steel comes razor-honed out of the box and holds an edge extremely well. With its full tang and blade length of 4.1”, this is the perfect companion for almost any outdoor activity.
Petzl Tikka® XP LED Headlamp
Want a budget-friendly gift that any outdoor enthusiast will appreciate? This compact headlamp packs 180 lumens of output into a lightweight, water-resistant package for around $30.
Sawyer Mini Water Filter
Another great buy for under 30 bucks, the Sawyer mini filtration system is rated to .01 microns and only weighs two ounces. It removes 99.9999% of bacteria and protozoa, including giardia and cryptosporidium. If used properly, it can safely filter up to 100,000 gallons before needing to be replaced.
Serac Classic Single Camping Hammock
Judging from the many glowing reviews, the Serac Classic appears to be one of the highest rated, single-person hammocks currently available for under $50, and it even includes a suspension system. That’s a pretty smokin’ hot deal.
Metolius “The Simulator” 3D Training Board
Racking your brain to find the perfect gift for an old climbing buddy? Pick up The Simulator from Metolius. It’s basically a rock gym in a box, and it even includes mounting hardware and a training guide.