Kelty beast blanket ($ 25)
(Photo: Courtesy of Kelty)
The Beast is compact enough to fit in a bag for most outings. It’s durable and affordable. Lay the chewy poly taffeta side down on rough surfaces or wrap yourself in the soft brushed poly. Either way, this blanket will become your best friend.
Rite in the Rain Top Spiral Notebook ($ 12)
(Photo: Rite of courtesy in the rain)
The waterproof pages of this all-weather journal are bound with a high-performance wire spiral. You can put your orientation on it in a blizzard and they won’t fall apart or smudge. It’s ideal for documenting adventures no matter what.
Leatherman Free T4 multitool ($ 60)
(Photo: Courtesy Leatherman)
The T4 has an array of 12 everyday tools such as tweezers, screwdrivers, bottle openers, package cutters and scissors, all of which are accessible with one hand. It’s useful for everyone on your list – and it’s available in a fun selection of six colors so you can personalize it to their liking.
Mountain Hardwear The Viv ™ Gore-Tex® Pro Jacket ($ 725)
Would you like to invest in a jacket to master them all? Look no further. The Viv ™ Gore-Tex Pro Jacket is the ultimate choice for every ski mountaineer. From durable and breathable GORE-TEX Pro-Shell material to a design developed for the backcountry with oversized pockets for gloves, skins, radios and more, this jacket has all the details and useful functions you need and nothing you do not need.
Sweet protection Ronin RIG sunglasses ($ 160)
(Photo: Courtesy Sweet Protection)
The ronin looks like a party but is all about keeping you safe while playing gravity sports. An inner coating sharpens the contrast and helps you to recognize changes in the terrain and to make quick decisions. The 2.2 millimeter lenses are puncture-proof and protect your eyes if you fall into a heavy brush.
Norrøna Workwear Pile Shirt ($ 199)
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If you only want to pack one layer this is the one. The insulation of the arms and an additional layer of supple fleece on the body provide just enough warmth for a brisk morning hike. The matte finish and tailored fit ensure that you won’t want to change afterwards.
Seirus HeatWave Mapped top and bottom layers for women ($ 135 and $ 120)
(Photo: Courtesy Seirus)
The body heat reflecting technology Seirus uses in his gloves is so efficient that it is used in these base layers. The form-fitting cut also helps them retain warmth, but the fabric is breathable enough that you won’t sweat out.
SOL Fire Lite fuel-free lighter ($ 25)
(Photo: Courtesy of SOL)
Feel like a backcountry magician with this plasma lighter. Its spark is unaffected by rain and strong winds, which makes lighting a fire much easier in adverse conditions. After about 40 uses, recharge and keep lighting – without throwing plastic lighters anymore.
Black Diamond Cosmo 300 headlight ($ 30)
(Photo: Courtesy Black Diamond)
The incredibly reliable Cosmo series lamps have been our favorites for years, but this latest version tops them all. Black Diamond has managed to increase the lumens to 300 while shrinking the body to make this waterproof light even more backpack-friendly than its predecessors.
Adidas Terrex Free walking shoes (200 US dollars)
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The top components of the Terrex Free Hiker are made entirely from recycled ocean plastic. A sock-like fit and a padded but responsive sole ensure that your feet feel as good as your conscience when hiking in temperate terrain.
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