Christmas Gift Guide 2022 | Outdoorsman
If you’re the type who loves nothing more than hiking to vistas, chopping your own wood, and generally being out in the wild, these items will step up your game! It’s always best to be prepared when you’re outside the home, and many of these can pull double duty on the route from town to trail.
In most situations you don’t need a completely waterproof bag to explore the outdoors – as long as you have protection for the essentials you can’t afford to get wet. Sea to Summit’s View Dry Sacks are a great option here, offering waterproof storage with a handy clear window so you can easily identify the contents. The sacks come in a range of sizes from 1L to 35L, accommodating a variety of gear from small electronics to sleeping gear and food. So even if the elements manage to penetrate your main bag, your essentials will be safe and sound.
You can lose a lot of heat from your head when you’re outdoors, so a hat is a key piece of gear to have in inclement weather. And Smartwool’s Thermal Merino Reversible Cuffed Beanie is a savvy pick for your noggin. Its compact design stores easily in a pack when you’re not wearing it, while its double-layered 100% merino wool construction wicks moisture and keeps you well insulated. The rolled cuff helps keep your ears cozy too, while the reversible design also lets you switch things up in the style department.
Snow Peak Drinkware (from US$54.95) and Cookware (from $59.95)
Snow Peak fuses Japanese-inspired design with outdoor-ready functionality across a variety of practical and durable gear. Gear such as their wide selection of drinkware and cookware, created with lightweight durability and attractively clean styling. The collections use tough but light materials such as titanium and aluminum, keeping carry weight down but holding up to whatever nature can throw at them. And with plenty of options to choose from including mugs, bottles, flasks, pots, pans, coffee drippers, and more, you’re sure to find something to suit your particular exploration needs.
With packing space often at a premium in your outdoor bag, compact yet functional gear designs are key. The X-Set 11 is a two-person set combining a pot/kettle and two mugs. The collapsible designs nest neatly in your bag on the go, ready to pop up for full-size use at camp. The set features BPA-free, food-grade, and heat-resistant silicone, with a hard anodized aluminum base and a translucent pot lid on the kettle and reinforced nylon rims on the mugs. Tough enough to withstand your outdoor adventures and easy to pack, it’s a smart go-to set for a range of outdoor trips.
A first aid kit is an important piece of gear in your outdoor kit. Hopefully you don’t need it, but a well-prepared and compact kit will ensure you have essentials close at hand just in case. The VSSL First Aid kit offers more than 45 medical essentials including bandages, antibiotic cream, blister pads, tweezers, and more, stored in a waterproof, compact, and durable canister. The medical gear is stored in a reusable fabric roll for easy access to individual items. And for added functionality, the canister also includes an LED flashlight and a compass, along with a whistle inside for emergency use.
Keeping your hands protected is critical to remain functional in outdoor settings. But Give’r have you well covered with their 4 Season Glove. Designed to be worn year-round, they feature a wax-coated leather exterior with a 100% waterproof and breathable Hipora membrane and a 40g Thinsulate insulation lining. Whether you’re chopping wood, retrieving items from snow, or setting up camp in chillier seasons, these gloves will keep your hands protected from the elements, scuffs and scrapes, and temperature extremes.
City-smart looks meet outdoor-capable functionality in Melin’s A-Game Scout Thermal. Made with merino wool and nappa leather, the cap features Climate Adapt technology on the crown panels for water resistance and is temperature-regulating to help you shed excess heat during active wear. It also features an antimicrobial sweatband and an adjustable strap for a tailored fit. If you’re looking for one hat that transitions smoothly from urban environments to outdoor adventures, this is a worthy wardrobe addition.
Having happy feet on your hikes is crucial when venturing outdoors and the HOKA Sky Kaha is a trusty pick to help you explore with comfy confidence. The hiking boots feature a full-grain leather upper paired with a waterproof GORE-TEX membrane, helping your feet stay dry while taking scuffs and scrapes in their stride. The Vibram® Megagrip outsoles feature 5mm multidirectional lugs to provide dependable traction on both wet and uneven terrain, while the EVA midsole keeps you well cushioned as you tackle the trails.
Need a multifunctional pack for a variety of outdoor day trips? The JMT 25L Backpack is well worth considering. It features a lightweight but tough recycled 210D ripstop shell and 500D Cordura base, a wide-opening main compartment for easy packing and access, and a range of exterior pockets and attachment loops for additional gear storage and organization. A lightly padded hipbelt provides carry comfort and load stabilization, with additional quick-access pockets to keep snacks and small essentials handy too.
Osprey’s Stratus series offers a choice of packs ranging from 24L to 44L, so you’ve got options for day and overnight trips alike with a range of loads. Made with 100% recycled materials, the packs feature an adjustable and highly ventilated AirSpeed suspension system, a waist belt with quick-access pockets, and an included rain cover. Each pack in the series also offers interior hydration bladder storage, a range of exterior pockets and attachment points for additional gear, and compression straps. The two smaller packs are panel loaders, while the two larger packs are top loaders. Versatile and capable for a range of outdoor adventures, you might just find your ideal hiking buddy in one of these packs.
Fjällräven’s Bergtagen 30 is a minimalist yet functional mountaineering pack, adaptable for stripped-back or more loaded trips depending on changing needs. It’s made with Fjällräven’s tough and waterproof Bergshell fabric using 100% recycled nylon. Designed to shed snow and offer the durable functionality you need for technical mountaineering environments without unnecessary weight, the pack includes a removable waist belt, a removable top lid, and a choice of pockets and gear loops to organize your gear.
With their nod to tactical styling and super-tough construction, Naglev’s Combat Boots will help you conquer demanding trails near and far. The boots are built with a single-piece Kevlar upper featuring a temperature-regulating wool sock with an elastic ankle band for a secure closure. The boots also feature a leather and coconut fiber footbed and a rubber outsole with an aggressive tread for tricky terrain. Built for the rugged outdoors but with eye-catching style for urban use too, this multifunctional footwear will keep you prepared whatever the day has in store.
A dependable knife is a key piece of any bushcrafting kit and Gerber’s Terracraft offers an excellent blend of functional design and toughness to handle a variety of outdoor tasks. It’s made in the USA with an extra thick S30V steel blade with a full tang, creating more weight and better balance and leverage for comfortable use. The machined G-10 scales efficiently accommodate a range of grips, while the 90-degree spine provides a useful fire-striking edge and the pommel can double as a hammer. The fixed blade also comes with a leather sheath for safe portability.
When you’re moving fast outdoors, you want an outer layer that will keep you protected from the elements while still remaining breathable and not restricting your movement. Rab’s Kinetic 2.0 Waterproof Jacket is just such a piece. It’s made with recycled Proflex fabric and an internal PU membrane and provides a honed blend of light weight, waterproofness, inbuilt stretch, and breathability. The jacket includes an adjustable under-helmet hood with a stiffened and flexible polymer peak, an adjustable hem and cuffs, and dual quick-access pockets for essentials.
Looking for an all-rounder jacket that can do double duty on the city streets and outdoor trails? Look to Western Rise’s AirLoft Hooded Jacket. This insulated jacket features Toray’s 40g 3DeFX+® hollow-core insulation for warmth and packs in a host of additional performance features including temperature regulation, breathability, stain and water resistance, and four-way stretch for freedom of movement. It’s also packable too, making it easy to store inside a bag until needed.
Practical, warm, and stylish, the Mountain Hardwear Stretchdown Jacket provides a deft blend of outdoor functionality and urban style. The jacket keeps you cozy on the go with its 700-fill RDS®-certified down, while the 20D Durable Stretch Doubleweave offers excellent durable stretch for freedom of movement. Plus with a choice of quick-access zippered pockets and an internal drop pocket, you can keep small essentials close at hand. And when your outdoor adventures are done, this jacket transitions smoothly to day-to-day wear too.
Burly enough to withstand the rugged outdoors, with weatherproof construction to keep the elements at bay, the RUX Collapsible Tote lends itself to a variety of uses. Lash it to a vehicle for overlanding or carry camp supplies in tote, shoulder bag, or backpack mode. The rigid rim and self-standing design allow for easy packing and access. And as the name suggests, its collapsible design allows it to pack flat for space-saving storage when not in use.
The Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer/2 Hoody is a sustainable spin on their popular Ghost Whisperer Hoody, using completely recycled face and trim fabrics paired with responsibly sourced, 800-fill RDS®-certified down insulation. The hoody features two zippered hand pockets and a packable design that stuffs compactly into its own hand pocket, making it easy to stash in a bag so you’re always prepared for cooler conditions.
Fjällräven Bergtagen Lite Eco-Shell Jacket (US$375) and Trousers (US$355)
When you need protection from inclement weather but still need to move quickly, Fjällräven’s Bergtagen Lite Eco-Shell Jacket and Trousers are a great combo. Designed to keep you moving agilely without weighing you down, the jacket and trousers are lightweight, waterproof, and feature articulated fits for easy movement. Made with Eco-Shell 3-layer fabric, both pieces offer simple and clean styles for minimal weight and to reduce the chance of snagging on rugged terrain. Easy to put on quickly when the weather turns but packable to store in a bag when not needed, this is a solid tag team defense against the elements.
Huckberry and Danner team up for a classy twist on a Danner classic with the Huckberry x Danner Waxed Canvas Danner Light. The exclusive collab pairs waxed canvas material from Flint and Tinder’s Waxed Canvas Trucker Jacket with full-grain leather from Danner. Additional features include a waterproof and breathable GORE-TEX liner and a shock-absorbing Vibram® Christy outsole with dependable grip on both wet and dry terrain. The limited-edition boot comes in just 600 pairs and is handbuilt in Portland, Oregon.
Filson is a brand well-versed in creating practical, durable gear for rugged outdoor environments. Gear like the Filson Mackinaw Wool Cruiser, which offers a great combination of heritage style, tough construction, and cozy protection. It’s made in the USA with a tightly woven 24-oz. Mackinaw Wool that keeps you insulated whether it’s wet or dry. And you’re spoilt for choice on the pocket front too. A choice of four snap-flap pockets, a slotted utility pocket, two hand pockets, an interior pocket, and a full-width pass-through pocket on the back provide plenty of options for keeping essential outdoor gear within easy reach.
Weather conditions can change with very little warning when you’re outdoors. But the Fjällräven Visby 3 in 1 Jacket keeps you prepared with a flexible design that adapts to wet and windy or dry and cold conditions alike. The design features a waterproof, breathable two-layer shell jacket that serves as a standalone piece but can also be combined with the included padded interior jacket when things get chilly. The inner jacket can also be worn as a standalone piece in dry conditions, giving you a versatile wardrobe addition that will tackle a varied range of conditions and environments.
Arc’teryx are well known for their technical prowess and the Beta AR Jacket is a premium high-performance piece designed to adapt to a variety of alpine environments and activities. It’s made with a highly durable GORE-TEX PRO with Most Rugged Technology material and features a helmet-compatible DropHood with an interior collar for enhanced protection and an embedded RECCO® reflector. Additionally, pit zips allow for easy ventilation of excess heat during active use. Waterproof, windproof, breathable, and tough but lightweight, the jacket is also packable for convenient storage when not needed. And with its clean design and choice of colors, there’s no reason you can’t reach for this jacket in urban settings too.