Cozy Comforts

The giving season is here so it’s time to ponder what your outdoor loving loved ones need to make the winter warmer. We picked this comfy and useful selection of gifts based on what we coveted most when we perused our local retailers. We picked them for hims and hers but there’s no reason to be binary—everyone could use a good Swedish splitting axe after all.


Outdoor Research 

Kalaloch Reversible Shirt Jacket 

This winter warmer can pull double duty: Wear the patterned option when you want to look the outdoor bro part (don’t worry there’s a woman’s version, too, and both look good on any gender)—and turn it inside out for a no-nonsense insulating layer when you forgot to do the wash. $169;


Dart Rod and Click Reel

No matter how many rods and reels the serious angler has in the quiver one more never hurts. With short-range fast action the spry Dart rod is the perfect stick for anglers who like to fish small, adventurous spots high up in the hills—and it’s a blast to cast. Pair it with the smooth Click reel with a large palming rim that’s a godsend for fighting big fish on small tackle. $700 rod, $300 reel;


uKeg 128

This double-wall, vacuum-insulated, stainless-steel growler brings a touch of craft-brew class to the keg party. The 128-ounce beauty keeps your favorite brewery’s best stuff fresh for up to two weeks and we think it’s the ideal addition to any office or off-the-grid shindig.  $229;

Mountain Khakis 

Camber 106

Made from comfy stretch canvas these do-it-all pants will make any mountain denizen happy. Versatility is key: They work just as well for a hike with the mutt as they do for a long plane ride. $75;

Spirit Hound 

Straight Malt Whiskey

What to get for the dude who has it all? Whiskey, of course, because once he drinks it he needs more (and it’s a gift to be shared with you). Lyons, Colorado-based Spirit Hound has concocted a smooth-drinking malt that’s up to the occasion. $44; 


Everest 710GA

Don’t want to be pestered while you are deep into your tunes? Just press the earcup sensor on these plush Bluetooth headphones and you can tap into your Google assistant. Not to mention they deliver crisp sound and recharge 25 hours of battery life in about two hours. $250;

Hults Bruk 

The Bjork Splitting Axe

Who doesn’t love swinging a beautiful axe? Splitting wood is a fine way to relieve stress, and prepare for cold nights, and you won’t find a better tool for the job than the Bjork. This fine piece of Swedish craftsman ship features a head shaped specifcaly for turning those raw rounds into perfect firewood. $119;



Need that jolt even when you are far, far from your favorite hipster haunt? This effective little portable espresso maker hand pumps out a maximum of 18 bars (261 PSI) of stable pressure during extraction to help you create some serious backcountry crema. $65;



RS Skate Skis

Tap into your inner Olympian (or Nordic ski deity) with Salomon’s carbon-core RS SKATE skis. Made for agility, these lightweight skis have versatile camber for speed and stability. They make the perfect gift for women looking for a new winter sport or wanting to up their skate game this season. $350;

One Eleven

SWI Women’s Solar Watch

Your phone can do a lot of things, but it can’t make time look this sleek. One Eleven solar watches sport bold, durable cases and hardened mineral crystal lenses, are water resistant, and yet are beautifully designed and comfortable on the wrist. $225;

Toad & Co 

Allie Fleece Jacket

Fleece is big this season. This sweet little jacket pairs style with warmth and versatility. Perfect for winter road trips or for simply cozying up with a book. $139;


Sigma FL Womens Pants

Stay cozy in the alpine with these soft-shell pants. Lightweight and breathable, with adjustable cuffs and waistline, they’re an easy fit for backcountry adventures. $189;


Faith Bag 

Canvas bags can be so…utilitarian. Not this beauty. The 11-liter Faith carries just enough (laptop, check!) without getting bulky. Made from sustainable canvas, the fabric is hand-painted and hand-glazed, a centuries-old technique. Convertible from tote to cross-body. $120;

Ursa Major 

Skin Care

This travel-ready personal care line made in Vermont was pure luxury when we tested it in the desert backcountry. Made with essential oils and non-irritating, natural ingredients, Ursa Major offers instant refresh—anywhere, anytime. We especially love the face-care towelettes and skin balm. $6.50-$14;


Madronas Sunglasses

West-coast newbie brand Sunski makes an array of casual frames for everyday sun protection and style. The Madronas are available with classic brown or blue lenses, both polarized. Up next: recycled plastic frames. $55;


Azura Insulated Vest

Layer this vest for core warmth and eye-catching color. Weatherproof and filled with compressible synthetic insulation, the vest sports ample pockets and adjustable hem, particularly nice features when it serves as the outermost layer. $165;



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