By Marissa Schroder, Publisher of Get Out There Magazine
From pitching tents and brewing fresh cups in coffee in the great outdoors to a comfortable pack for all your travelling essentials, we’ve got the suggestions for the outdoor adventurer on your gift list this season! Give them something that will help fuel their active lifestyle.
1. Roll out of your tent and have hot, freshly-brewed coffee in just two minutes. JETBOIL’s Flash Java Kit is an all-in-one personal coffee press and camp stove that features push-button ignition. Great for campers, hikers and winter sport enthusiasts. Around $100, www.jetboil.com.
2. Backpacking has never been so comfortable! Osprey’s Farpoint 70 pack features a large main pack (55L) and a separate day pack (15L) that can be zipped off when needed for day trips and short hikes. This day pack can also be worn on the front, for added safety. For improved comfort, the Farpoint has two torso sizes, which make it easily customizable to different members of the same household. $240, www.ospreypacks.com
3. Protect yourself from the sun on your next hike with Outdoor Research’s Sol sun hat. Offering UPF 30 sun protection, this hat has a vented crown and moisture-wicking headband that works to keep you cool on the hottest of days. This hat also floats, making it easy to locate and pluck out of the water after a canoe tip. $40, www.outdoorresearch.com
4. While there is no replacement for good backcountry safety knowledge and practices, SOL’s Origin Multi-Function Tool is a compact addition to your safety arsenal. The lightweight kit contains a staggering number of safety tools — including a signal mirror, fire starter, nylon cord, fishing and sewing kits (to name just a few). Importantly, there is an information guide with over 60 detailed survival techniques. Watch as this reporter reviews the extensive features of this product here. $40, www.surviveoutdoorslonger.com
5. Lighten your load by packing great multifunctional pieces like Columbia’s Silver Ridge Plaid long-sleeved shirt for your next backpacking adventure. This top’s clean and classic style, combined with technical features such as UPF 40 sun protection and quick-wicking material, seamlessly transitions from hiking during the day to a dinner out in the evening. Watch Get Out There Magazine reporter Steve Meyer test this shirt on a recent adventure trip to Switzerland here. Available in a wide range of plaid and solid colours. $79.99, www.columbiasportswear.ca
6. Take self-portraits or steady your camera for great video footage with the help of Joby’s handy and cute GorillaPod tripod. The flexible tripod legs can be wrapped around tree branches or bent over uneven surfaces and can be used with most point and shoot cameras or the GripTight mount for your smartphone. The GorillaPod comes in a range of bright colours. Around $20, www.joby.com
7. A durable, light shoe for trekking and hiking is essential for any adventurer. Keen’s Bryce WP waterproof hiking shoe offers toe protection and excellent support with its TPU stability shank. A grippy rubber outsole will give you traction on even the slipperiest of creek crossings. $160, www.keencanada.ca
8. Capture your adventures on film with GoPro’s HERO3 Black Edition. This waterproof HD video camera can be worn on your head or mounted to your gear to capture your craziest rides, dives and spills easily and with minimal interference. This is GoPro’s most advanced camera yet and built-in Wi-Fi capability allows you to operate it using a remote control. $449.99, www.gopro.com
9. The bottoms of Merrell’s Belay convertible pants easily zip down to capris, making them ideal for long day hikes or overnight camping trips with changing temperatures. The super-comfy stretch waistband and fabric is moisture wicking to keep you comfortable in even the hottest conditions. With 50 UPF sun protection, these pants will keep you well covered and protected from the sun’s rays. $100, www.merrell.com
10. Exped’s Downmat 7 easily inflates with an internal pump and with its 700 fill goose down insulation offers great warmth during winter or shoulder-season camping excursions. Almost as comfy as your bed at home! $209 - $249 (depending on length), www.exped.com
11. Chopsticks or spork? You decide how you’d like to consume your backcountry cuisine with GSI Outdoors’ titanium Kung Foon set. The rosewood chopsticks actually attach to the spork to create a long handle which can be used for stirring your rehydrated dinner over an open fire. Comes in this sweet case. Around $17, www.gsioutdoors.com
Marissa Schroder is publisher of Get Out There Magazine, Canada’s destination for endurance athletes and outdoor enthusiasts.