Even when the days get short and the mercury drops, hardcore outdoors women keep running, riding, climbing, fishing and pushing. Use this gift guide to find the perfect present for the passionate, athletic women in your life who don’t let winter slow them down.
If she’s a MOUNTAIN BIKER, give the Pearl Izumi Women’s Launch Thermal Jersey – This all-new winter weight long sleeve jersey made of brushed back Thermal fabric offers superb warmth and moisture transfer. Hidden optical wipe lets her keep lenses clean and grime free. Sweet, funky graphics on selected panels and V-neck collar make this both extremely functional and fashionable. $75.00; www.pearlizumi.com
If she’s a RUNNER, give the:
Salomon Speedcross Pro – This aggressive trail running shoe is a must for the woman who likes to tackle singletrack or technical mountain trails. With a snug comfy fit, this shoe provides protection, ample support and cushioning plus a ton of traction to keep her upright on technical trails and especially in soft, wet, icy or muddy conditions. $150; www.salomon.com.
Athleta Reflective Power Lift Tight – Midweight warmth, breathability and wicking power make these soft stretchy pants perfect for beating the cold. The fact that they are flattering, supportive due to compression paneling, comfortable (thanks to a smooth waistband and adjustable drawstring), and safe because of reflective leg artwork, makes them even more appealing. $94; www.athleta.com.
If she’s an ANGLER, get her the Montana Fly Company River Camo Artist Series Poly Fly Box – Help her stay organized with this compact, tough, impact resistant and uniquely decorated fly box. Redesigned to be longer and deeper, this box that comes ith a slit, foam-lined interior, now holds more flies. Choose from a variety of artist’s images for a fun, colorful look. $19.99; www.montanafly.com.
If she’s a ROCK CLIMBER, get her the Scarpa Vapor V Women’s 2015 – Looking for power and precision in a rock shoe? Well, look no further. These versatile shoes with an asymmetric, slightly downturned fit and Bi-Tension randing allow her to tackle the vertical world – inside or out – with confidence. Perform well in comfort thanks to sticky Vibram® XS Edge rubber soles and stretchy airmesh tongue that flows with you. $159; www.scarpa.com
Salomon Quest 4D 2 GTX® – This old favorite, which has recently been updated moves seamlessly across seasons and offers the comfort of a trail shoe built into a boot that is burly enough to take on 14ers in winter or long summer hikes and backpack trips. The Gore-Tex® membrane keeps feet dry, but breathes and added ankle support and reinforced toe and heel offer extra protection on rugged terrain. This excellent boot still has outstanding stability and grip, but now comes with a more ergonomic tongue for improved comfort, laces that stay tied better, and fresh design details.$230; www.salomon.com
Mountain Hardwear Women’s Trekkin™ Insulated Mini Skirt – When she needs some added warmth, she can throw this flattering, insulated, durable skirt on over athletic tights. Stretch fabric at waist and hips provides enough mobility for hiking, running or skipping while the quilted nylon fabric on front blocks the wind. Because it’s warm and stylish, this skirt moves easily from the trail to town. $75; www.mountainhardwear.com
If she’s a ROAD WARRIOR, get her the Pearl Izumi Women’s AmFIB® Cycling Tight – Don’t let old man winter slow down her pedal pursuits. Instead, she can don these wind and water resistant tights. She’ll love the added comfort of the built-in ELITE 3D Chamois, the softshell fabric on the front meant to protect legs from whatever winter throws her way and the fleece back panels that wick and move with each pedal stroke. Reflective elements provide visibility – a key feature for keeping her safe on shorter, darker days. $145.00; www.pearlizumi.com.
If she DOES ANYTHING OUTSIDE IN WINTER, give her the Outdoor Research W’s Uberlayer Hooded Jacket – This super versatile jacket performs well under any conditions and during any activity. Because it’s designed to breathe when she’s pushing it and also traps heat when she stops, she can stop fussing with layers and focus on the task at hand no matter what Nature throws her way. $299; www.outdoorresearch.com/.
For more gift ideas, check out: Gift Guide Part 1: Perfect Finds For Ladies Who Love Winter and Gift Guide Part 3: Presents to Pamper the Active Lady in Your Life.