Finest Items for Hikers – REI Co-op Journal

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Shopping for those who prefer an inflatable cushion and stars to a memory foam mattress and roof can be difficult. That’s why we’ve grouped the 12 products that are at the top of our own lists. These tips are perfect for hikers, backpackers and campers and will round off your favorite adventurer’s wardrobe.

Kelty Cosmic 20 sleeping bag (Ladies & Men’s)

Help your tentmate stay solid like a bug in a carpet.

Warm, cozy sleepers are the best tentmates. Give this bag from Kelty to your camping partner. It’s filled with DriDown at 600 fill power, which gives it a comfort rating of 26 ° F for women and 30 ° F for men. The down is also highly compressible, so the Cosmic 20 can be clogged up to basketball size – small enough for backpacking trips. No smoke and no mirrors here: our editors love this sleeping bag. $ 179.95 – $ 189.95

YETI Hopper Flip 18 Soft Cooler

Sharing is caring.

Upgrade your friend’s cooler situation with this portable option from YETI. It’s waterproof and leak-proof with a huge hinged opening for easy loading, unloading and cleaning. The high-density exterior is tough enough to withstand mold, UV rays, and scratches, but the Hopper Flip 18 is still soft so it weighs less than the alternative, and you won’t be kneeling out your hiking partner if you do this do they accidentally bump into. It fits about 20 zinnies with ice. $ 299.98

REI Co-op Flexlite Camp Chair

This chair is decidedly grown up, but this chair thief definitely isn’t.

Give the Flexlite and a note to the friend who steals your camping chair. This REI Co-op portable seat is sturdy and comfortable enough to lounge around the campfire at a car campsite or in the backyard, but just small enough for backpack service. It folds into a neat bundle that is 15 by 4.5 inches (or about the size of a loaf of bread) and weighs less than 2 pounds. (Or do it all for the hardcore backpacker in your life with the £ 1 Flexlite Air.) $ 59.95

Garmin Instinct Solar GPS watch

Summit at 10:26? This is a productive morning.

You don’t have to be a techie to appreciate nearly unlimited battery life. This is essentially what this watch offers thanks to the solar charging capabilities. Garmin’s Instinct Solar has three global navigation satellite systems (GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo, also known as the best on the market), a compass, and an altimeter like a standard GPS device, but all in a tiny smartwatch that can hold up to Solar can be charged for 54 days. That means your gadget-loving friend can throw heavy powerhouses and solar panels overboard on long hikes, as well as a clunky GPS device. 400 dollars

Black Diamond Spot 350 headlight

Bonus: many colors to choose from.

Shed some light this holiday season with this versatile lamp that is great for hiking, camping, climbing, running, commuting, dog walking, repairing cars, finding sheds and pretty much any activity that involves Hands-free lighting is the key. The bright setting of 350 lumens is sufficient for careful nighttime work, but can be dimmed. It has proximity and spot modes (plus red light) as well as Black Diamond’s lock function. We love this intuitive light so much that we recognized it with an Editors’ Choice Award, and we are confident your fifteen will feel the same way. $ 39.95

REVEL GEAR Trail Hound 30 foot camping light

We threw the fairy lights around the Kingdom Porch (and a spotlight in the tent body) to make the night visible and create an Instagram-worthy campsite.

The use of these portable fairy lights almost surpasses the five-star rating: turn your campsite into a sparkling wonderland, light up your terrace hangout, show the way to the cathole, host a backcountry rave, decorate your tree, do They are visible when driving at night, the list goes on. REVEL GEAR’s 30 foot strand has 100 dimmable LEDs and six modes. Plug it into a power adapter or USB compatible device and light up the night. $ 24.95

AeroPress Go Travel coffee press

With this press, instant coffee is a thing of the past.

The coffee drinker in your life deserves a good cup of coffee no matter where you start your morning. The AeroPress Go delivers the goods in a compact design that is small enough to be carried with a backpack. Some of our editors even use it at home every day. (True story: we really like this thing.) It’s also quick to learn: add bottom to the chamber, add boiling water and stir, then attach the top and press down. $ 31.95

Grayl Geopress Water Purification Bottle - 24 fl. Oz.

Freshwater streams and lakes are de facto your drinking fountain with this bottle.

Here’s a gift to give again and again: The Grayl Geopress water bottle has a built-in purification system so your friend can drink straight from the source wherever they land. It removes garbage like viruses, bacteria, protozoa, microplastics and sediments, and the activated carbon absorbs chemicals and heavy metals, leaving behind crystal clear water. You simply fill the canteen from the water source and then insert the inner bottle like a coffee press. $ 89.95

Yellowbird Organic Hot Sauce - Set of 4

Say no to boring food.

Help the backpacker in your life spice up their life and freeze-dried gruel with the gift of a hot sauce. This set from Yellowbird contains the flavors Serrano, Sriracha, Habanero and Ghost Pepper, each in a squeeze bottle in hip belt pocket size. They are all organic, paleo and vegan. $ 24.95

REI Co-op Kingdom 6 tent

This shelter can sleep six people and roughly 30 Boston Terriers, a completely made-up statistic that we haven’t tested but plan to do when COVID-19 restrictions wear off.

Would you like to give away a family tent this year? You can’t go wrong with our favorite: the REI Co-op Kingdom 6. This auto-camping palace offers more than 80 square meters of space (excluding an anteroom) and has a partition so that your fifteen can create two rooms on the floor plan. It’s also part of a modular system so you don’t have to worry about what to get your friend next year or next. It can accommodate up to six sleepers. $ 499

Large Agnes Copper gauge HV UL2 tent

Hook up your friend with a cute backcountry case.

What you see: a backpack tent. What the backpacker sees in your life: plenty of space for a little weight. The Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL2 easily fits two sleepers and weighs a little more than 3 pounds. With the weight you don’t make a lot of sacrifices; You will still get double doors and vestibules, organization pockets and double zippers, and Big Agnes’ popular color-coded pole system for a more intuitive setup. $ 449.95

La Sportiva Nucleo High GTX hiking shoes (Men’s & Ladies)

La Sportiva Nucleo High GTX hiking shoes

These boots are great for walks to alpine lakes, distant forests, remote deserts and secret campsites.

The Nucleo High GTX from La Sportiva is nimble enough for day trips and puzzles and supportive enough for multi-day epics under heavy loads. He’s an all-round workhorse of a boot for the hiker on your list. It’s armored for protection and has a waterproof membrane, but this boot is immediately surprisingly light and comfortable. $ 199

All photographs by Andrew Bydlon.

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