The Perfect Gifts for Outdoors Lovers

It’s time to start thinking about the perfect gifts for the outdoors lovers in your life. To make that holiday shopping easier, we curated this impressive list of the stuff gear lovers will want most for this season.

Orvis Superfine Glass Rod

Orvis

Superfine Glass Rods

There’s nothing like the feel of a fiberglass rod—the slow action and precise placement they give you harken back to those slower days in the 1950s and ’60s when glass was king. Orvis’ present-day interpretation is just as sweet and ideal for the narrow streams and tricky waters of Appalachia. The rods come in sizes ranging from a creek-friendly 6-foot, 6-inch 2 weight to a beefy 8-foot, 8 inch 8 weight. All cast like butter. $449; orvis.com

Xenair Alpine Jacket

Rab

Xenair Alpine Jacket

This multi-functional, 15.8-ounce layer can hold its own on brisk winter walks through the woods but also serves as a toasty midlayer when the mercury really drops. And while that makes it a nice piece for daily rambling, it really comes into its own in the backcountry, where the synthetic insulation breathes when you heat up and provides warmth when it gets cool. Rab is committed to sustainability, too, and the jacket gets its performance qualities from 55% recycled PrimaLoft Gold Active+ synthetic insulation. $225; rab.equipment

dometic cooler

Dometic 

CFX3 75DZ

The cooler of your dreams does not just keep your beers chilled; it will keep goodies frozen when you are off the grid, too. The ultimate powered cooler can be operated via Bluetooth from your phone, making it the perfect gift for the tech-savvy gearheads in your life. $1,400; dometic.com

Trailbreaker Full-Zip Hoodie

Minus33

Trailbreaker Full-Zip Hoodie

This fifth-generation New Hampshire-based wool manufacturer impressed us with the soft hand feel and warmth of its plush merino midlayers. And what better gift is there than comfort? Best of all, it comes with a one-year warranty. $140; minus33.com

osprey heritage waistpack

Osprey

Heritage Waistpack

Don’t call it a fanny pack. Yes, this waistpack can be worn similar to one of those, but you can also sling it over your shoulder for casual carrying. It’s built from sustainable, Bluesign-approved materials and swallows enough stuff for a long day on the trail. $60; osprey.com

life in tents fernweh canvas bell tentt

Life in Tents

16-foot Fernweh Canvas Bell Tent

Here’s a roomy, airy tent that can serve as anything from basecamp to outdoor office. The traditional construction is hip, but don’t just love it because it looks dreamy—the double-weave Army duck cotton canvas is far more durable than many technical fabrics. Mark this one down as a present for the whole family. $1,590; lifeintents.com

cardo ski helmet

Cardo

Packtalk Ski

Keeping your crew in line on the ski hill can be a challenge when everyone’s moving at a different pace. This speaker system keeps you all in communication with clear audio that automatically adjusts volume according to wind interference and connects up to 15 people with up to eight hours of talk time. $250; cardosystems.com

biolite. AlpenGlow 500

BioLite

AlpenGlow 500

This groovy LED lantern features a wide choice of light modes that can either replicate the glow of sunrise and sunset or power up a campground cribbage game. And when you want to get funky it will cycle through a range of colors for a festival feel no matter where you are. $80; bioliteenergy.com

Kamoto Fire Pit

Primus

Kamoto Fire Pit

The portable fire pit has become a must-carry item for car campers in these days of too many wildfires and crowded campgrounds. You can cozy up anywhere you park your vehicle, create a safe conflagration, and not make a mess. Weighing just under 14 pounds, this durable stainless steel model folds up flat for easy transport. $160; primus.us

stegmann wool clogs

Stegmann

Eco Wool Clogs

Once you slip into a pair of these wool clogs you won’t want to take them off. They make the ideal cool-weather shoe around a cabin or just lounging at home on a lazy weekend. And you can feel even better wearing them since the wool itself is sourced only from small farms who care compassionately for their animals. $150; stegmannusa.com

Arc’teryx

Agrium Hoody

Sure, this warm, incredibly packable jacket may cost a bit more than your standard puffy—but we guarantee you will own it far longer. It’s crafted with both performance and sustainability in mind with RDS-certified, 850-fill European white goose down and Bluesign-approved synthetic insulation that provides plenty of loft and bounces back in a hurry after you have scrunched it down into your pack. $400; arcteryx.com

Teton Topo Compass

Brunton

Teton Topo Compass

Do you have to own a compass these days when you can access every bit of geographical info you need on your phone? No. But this sleek, 2.2-ounce piece makes one hell of a gift and there’s a chance you just might need its ability to find north when your battery dies. $200; brunton.com

Apple Pie Moonshine

Howling Moon

Apple Pie Moonshine

Here’s moonshine from the source, as the boys at Howling Moon date their distilling endeavors back to before the Whiskey Rebellion in the 18th century. The taste—sweet and rich with just the right amount of apple—proves that backwoods pedigree matters. It’s a drink that goes down easy anywhere (and fits well in a stocking). $25; howlingmoonshine.com

Marin Beanie

Prana 

Marin Beanie

Simple, always in style, and cozy, this hat is a gift sure to please. It’s made with recycled polyester so there’s no guilt involved, and it’s one-size-fits-all for easy shopping. $40; prana.com 

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