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Holiday Gift Guide: The Best Gifts for the Adventurer
The thrill seeker. The wilderness roamer. Never in one place for too long. Always on the lookout for that next epic excursion. Sound like someone you know? Well, if you’re on a quest for a present that adventure-loving friend or family member will love, let your journey start here. Uncover our top picks for the best gifts for the adventurer in our holiday gift guide below…
A trusty notebook comes in handy for all sorts of adventure-related needs, from scribbling down travel checklists to sketching campsite maps or jotting down journal thoughts to remember your travels. The Field Notes Expedition notebook is ready to go where you go with its waterproof, highly tear-resistant Yupo Synthetic Paper. The hi-vis Antarctic Survey Orange front cover and Polar Night Black back cover, with a subtle topographic map of Antarctica, gives the notebook a suitably adventurous aesthetic that’s also easy to spot in the recesses of a bag.
Being on the go is part and parcel of an adventurous lifestyle. And having a staple that can keep up helps you do more and pack less. The Western Rise StrongCore Merino Low Socks are a great everyday staple that moves from work to play and urban to outdoor. A combination of merino wool and nylon helps the socks wick moisture and reduce odor while remaining comfortably durable for regular wear.
The BioLite PowerLight Mini packs a big punch in adaptability, offering highly portable illumination and recharging capabilities. The 135-lumen lantern includes five modes and a clipstand and bike mount to wear, hang or stand the lantern in your campsite, on your bike, in a pocket and more. The 1350mAh battery also provides a boost to give your phone extra juice if needed. And weighing in at just 2.82 oz (80g), it’s lightweight and compact enough to carry just about anywhere.
The spork is a camping classic. But the Full Windsor Muncher takes its functionality to the next level by packing in a host of additional handy features. The multi-tool utensil is crafted from lightweight and strong titanium and offers ten functions, from can opener to serrated knife and fire starter when used with the included ferro fire striker.
As mentioned above, multifunctional staples let you do more while packing less for your adventures. And the Hardwear AP™ Pant is definitely a savvy staple pick. The inbuilt stretch allows for active pursuits, from bike rides to bouldering. And the understated design can be dressed up or down to suit casual and formal environments. For added functionality the pant also has a roll-up feature with reflective detailing.
Traditional boots are heavy, space-consuming beasts that take up a significant chunk of your packing volume. But the Lems Shoes Boulder Boot steps away from bulky design to offer a tough yet lightweight and highly packable alternative. The Boulder Boot weighs just 9.9 oz (280g), with a foldable design that makes it great for storing in luggage or a day bag until needed. And with its stain and water resistance you don’t need to worry when the adventuring gets a little dirty.
Solid, sleek and compact, the VSSL Mini Cache Suunto Edition keeps adventuring essentials secure and together in one easily portable piece. It includes a fire-starting kit, water purification kit, repair kit, a four-mode LED lantern and a trusty Suunto compass. The carabiner cap lets you conveniently attach the cache to a bag or hang it from the likes of a branch or tent too.
Wet feet puts a real dampener on your explorations. But it’s a problem easily and stylishly avoided with the Huckberry All-Weather Duckboot. These 100% waterproof boots are made with fully waterproof full-grain leather, fully waterproof suede and waxed laces, combined with a breathable moisture-wicking interior and cushioned sole for comfort on the move. Designed to embrace urban and outdoor terrain in all weathers, these boots are a great all-rounder for following adventure wherever it leads.
Whether your adventures are through winding cobbled streets or trail-less wilderness, the Patagonia Nano Puff will help keep you cosy. The jacket is made with 60-g PrimaLoft® Gold Insulation Eco and offers a great warmth-to-weight ratio. Windproof, water-resistant, and highly packable, it’s convenient to store in luggage or a day bag while keeping carry weight to a minimum. It’s also available in men’s and women’s options in a range of colorways.
Going off-grid doesn’t mean you have to go without your tech and gadgets. The Goal Zero Sherpa 50 Solar Recharging Kit is a handy portable kit to keep cameras, tablets, phones and other devices powered up on the move. The kit comes with a 110V inverter and offers flexible recharging options via a mains supply, car or through the included solar panel.
For the adventurer who appreciates lightweight warmth and urban/outdoor versatility in milder winter conditions, this jacket is a prime pick. The Smartwool Men’s Smartloft 60 Shirt Jacket features 50% recycled wool insulation that remains warm and breathable even when wet. The wind-resistant jacket also includes a DWR finish to keep the elements at bay, along with a merino wool lining for odor resistance and moisture-wicking benefits.
Want to give the gift of multifunctionality in a handsome statement piece? The Leatherman Charge+ TTi Damascus is hard to beat. This limited-edition multi-tool features Damascus steel blades paired with titanium anodized handles. A choice of 19 tools keep you prepped and ready to conquer a variety of day-to-day and adventure needs. And with its 25-year warranty, rest assured it will tag along for adventures near and far for years to come.
Being able to communicate with others is important when adventuring, from coordinating meet-ups to requesting assistance if required. And with this lightweight satellite communicator you can benefit from two-way text messaging across the globe with a relevant satellite subscription. The device can also track and share journeys, use downloadable maps, send out SOS alerts and provide optional weather forecasts. All in a tough, water-resistant build that fits in the palm of your hand.
The versatile Arc’teryx Beta AR Jacket adapts to diverse outdoor environments, while maintaining a sleek style for urban settings too. It features GORE-TEX Pro for superior waterproofness, breathability and durability. The helmet-compatible DropHood™ includes Cohaesive® cord lock adjusters, while the interior collar provides additional comfort. And coming in at just 455 g (1 lb), it won’t weigh you down either.
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