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The 2019 Outdoor Gift Guide

Looking for that perfect something for your perfect someone? From sustainable honey to cozy puffies, our annual roundup of the stuff we covet most is sure to help you find what you need.


Dynafit – Radical Down Women’s Hooded Jacket

The perfect puffy has to pull double duty: It must to keep you warm and dry when you are powering up the skin track and blasting through backcountry pow, but it also needs to bring some sass when you head out for aprés or just go for a stoll during a chilly night on the town. The water-repellent down in this technical shell will ensure you stay cozy in the worst conditions, yet it has enough Euro style to look at home sipping craft cocktails. It’s also available in a men’s version.


Atomic – Grateful Dead Bent Chetler

A ski built for the faithful, this version of Chris Benchetler’s weapon of choice for slaying big lines is adorned with his artwork tribute to his (and oh so many other ski bum’s) favorite band and built in conjuction with Teton Gravity Research. And the ski? The 184cm Bent Chetler with a fat 120mm waist can truck through the deep stuff. Only 250 of these beauties went into production this year, so don’t wait for a miracle to get your hands on them. $1,000;

Laws Whiskey house  – Four Grain Bourbon

Whiskey makes for an ideal gift, especailly since it’s one best shared. Denver-based Laws crafted this high-class bourbon with the four American mother grains: corn, wheat, barley and rye. That complex combination makes for a special sipper with deep character. $65;

ecoXgear – EcoPucks

 These tough, waterproof Bluetooth buds fit right into the ear pads on your ski helmet, providing a wall of sound for when you rip down that headwall. They also include a walkie talkie app function to help you stay in touch with your posse on the mountain. $99;

Walls outdoor goods – Kick-It Pant

 Don’t get stuck up on the irony that the type of pants your grandfather used to bust his ass in are your best choice for hanging out at a food truck with an IPA. The truth is these tough work pants do the trick for  multiple occasions, whether you are nailing in a new roof or hitting the trail for a winter hike. $45;

Leatherman  – Free K4x

Leatherman’s reboot of its stand-by multi-tool is ligher and easier to deploy than previous iterations. Perfect for the toe of that Christmas stocking, this particular version of the brand’s new Free series features a straight and serrated knife blade as well as the usual handy tools. $90;

Toad and Co.  – Mason Shirt Jacket

This shirt jacket is the perfect solution to Colorado’s pyschotic winter temps, serving as a snazzy primary shell on a afternoon dog walk or extra layer when the mercury drops. Plus, Toad and Co. built the soft, tough Mason with recycled materials. $120;

Mountain Khakis – Winterlust Jacket

This super-plush piece has you covered on mild winter days and doubles as a mid layer for more warmth on the slopes. The 4.5-inch tall collar is extra cozy. It’s available in three sleek colors: linen, slate, and nightshade. $129;

Royal Robbins – Highlands Long Cardigan

Who doesn’t love a flowy winter cardigan? Especially one with pockets. Modern color blocks meet Royal Robbins’ classic functionality and design here—all wrapped up in a merino blend. $98;

Bronwen – Semplice Earrings

Gold and silver—or silver and gold. Designed by Bronwen Lodato, whose company is based in Bend, Oregon, these elegant tear-drop-shaped earrings add simple dazzle to any outfit. Made by hand in the U.S. $96;

Patagonia ProvisionsMoloka’i Honey

With an eye on bringing its sustainable ethos to food, Patagonia produces this tasty spread on the Hawaiian island of Moloka’i, a place that takes pride in keeping bees that pollinate plants free from pesticides. The proof is in the spoonful—ideal on toast whether you are headed out ski the local hill or just snuggling at home. $17;

Fjällräven – Norrväge Pocket

This smart little travel piece doubles as a simple around-town shoulder bag. Made with Fjällräven’s classic, durable wool, the bag fits your wallet, phone, passport, and a novel nicely. $80;

Yoga Design Lab – Combo Mat

Energize practice with a cheerful mat made with natural tree rubber and water-based inks. Pay it forward, too: Yoga Design Lab donates one dollar from every purchase to urban youth yoga programs. $78;

Merrell – Haven Tall Buckle Waterproof Boots

Perfectly grippy and warm—yet not clunky—these boots are this season’s most versatile pick. A waterproof leather upper, sealed outer layer, and rubber outsole prevent moisture from getting in, while lightweight insulation keeps toes toasty. $180;

The Wild Lines of Jeremy Collins 2020 Calendar

It’s no secret we are huge fans of climber and artist Jeremy Collins—hey, he illustrated the cover of our August 2019 10th Anniversary issue. Here you get a dose of his work every month of the year. (And be sure to check out his clothing company Meridian Line if you want more.) Available through Mountaineers Books.

SleepPhones Wireless

In winter, I miss the sounds of sleeping outside—the breezes, creeks, and crickets. SleepPhones, a pair of headphones in a simple cozy fabric, are the cure. Take nature sounds or your favorite tunes into a relaxing nap or a better night’s sleep. Bonus: They drown out the snores on a hut trip. $99;

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