The Gear We Love: Our Editors’ Christmas Current Listing

At GearJunkie, we test a lot of outdoor gear. But that doesn’t mean that our employees don’t have a holiday wish list like everyone else.

The world is full of endless equipment and gift options for the holidays. That is why we asked our employees to select the item they would like to receive or give away this year. Feel free to steal some of these items for your own wish list or receive one as a gift for someone in your life who loves the outdoors.

Do you need more ideas? Check out our Gift guideYou can find more of our top gear here and shop by activity or price.

Stephen Regenold, Founder: Leatherman Skeletool Topo Multitool

“One of the most famous multitools on the market is getting an upgrade (which we would like to receive) with a topo motif. I have the original Skeletool from years ago, and its streamlined tool kit, stainless steel blade, and biner clip have served me a million times outdoors and at home. Bonus: The Skeletool Topo is made in the USA. “

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Adam Ruggiero, Editor-in-Chief: REI Co-op Big Haul 28 Recycled Duffel

REI Co-op Long Haul 28 travel bag

“It is almost impossible to choose a single piece of gear that I would recommend. Instead, how about something that carries all of the gear to begin an adventure? A good travel bag is almost as important as a good friend when it comes to looking for it.

“While anything that can withstand the elements and hold what you need I will be using REI’s sturdy little Long Haul 28L duffel bag as my personal bag. It’s a surprisingly sturdy, versatile, and durable travel bag that holds all of the staples I need for a weekend (or weeklong) adventure. “

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Jake Ferguson, Digital Marketing Manager: SAXX Ultra Boxer Briefs

SAXX underwear Christmas present

“I’ve been wearing SAXX underwear for several years and they are a favorite. There’s always a pair on my wish list because the BallPark bag is so convenient. TMI! Also, there is a style that fits what I do that day, be it physical activity, travel, or just everyday things.

“I’m a big fan of Ultra boxer briefs and Quest 2.0but frankly they are all amazing. Guys, if you haven’t tried them, it’s worth every penny. And ladies, this is a perfect gift for any man in your life. “

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Nicole Qualtieri, Hunt & Fish Editor: BioLite HeadLamp 330

BioLite headlight 330

“My choice is this BioLite headlight 330. It has been stowed in the center console of my truck for months and is always ready when I need it. Last week I forgot to take it to a hunting camp and I was kicking myself all the time. The feeling of annoyance in my old headlight (which isn’t even that old) was evidence that I had been changed.

“It’s liberating to have the center of gravity of the spotlight on the back of your noggin rather than over your eyes. The charge lasts forever. And at $ 60, it’s inexpensive. To be honest, I don’t want to wear anything else at this point. “

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Mary Murphy, Reporter: Patagonia Nano Puff Vest

Patagonia nano puff vest

“I really love the Patagonia Nano Puff line. And while all you really need is that many jackets, you can never have enough vests. This vest is a high quality product, versatile and the synthetic insulation offers a lot of warmth. I also appreciate the slim fit and upper body length of this vest, which is long enough for us slightly taller women. It’s one of my outdoor staples. “

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Alex Kirk, Deputy Editor: Puristic collective Union Top Founder 32oz bottle

Purist Founder 32oz bottle

“I highly recommend this water bottle for its Union spout and tasteless glass interior. The spout stops when drinking and remains closed at all other times. This water bottle never leaked or cracked open from being stuffed in hand luggage or tossed on a rocky hill. And there is no aftertaste.

“This water bottle keeps ice in the Florida sun all day. It keeps drinks hot for days out on snowy trips. And after over a year of use, the only signs of wear and tear are some chipped paint and a dent in the steel case where it hits the sidewalk. (The brand’s claim to the “unbreakable” glass interior seems to be holding up!) “

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Sean McCoy, Editor-in-Chief: Benchmade 551-S30V Griptilian Fine-Edge Knife

Benchmade knife 1

“The Griptilian is one of the most popular Benchmade knives and a great introduction to the world of quality knives. With great S30V steel, a wonderful AXIS locking mechanism, and a glass-filled nylon handle, it’s perfect for everything from EDC to hiking to fishing. The 3.45-inch blade is long enough to be useful but short enough not to be creepy. Overall, it’s just a great knife at a fair price for high quality, US-made blades. “

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Mike Santi, CFO: MSR Lightning Ascent snowshoes

MSR Lightning snowshoes

“With miles of snow-capped lakes and trails outside my door this year, I’ll meet them all. I kept an eye on this lightweight Pair of snowshoes for some time from a respected brand. “

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Kurt Barclay, Digital Marketing Manager: Ultra-light Java filter coffee machine from GSI Outdoors

GSI Outdoors Pour ultralight Java over it

“I use this filter for camping, bikepacking, adventure coffee and even at home. This little thing is super portable, light and very packable. And it makes a solid cup of joe wherever you take it. “

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Kyle Nossaman, Sales Director: Helinox Chair Zero

Helinox Chair Zero
“I would be more than happy to add an extra pound to my backpack if it means being able to relax a comfortable chair at the end of a 12 mile backpacking day. The Helinox Chair Zero comes at a price that many find difficult to justify. Hence, it is a perfect gift that my legs and feet would be forever grateful for. “

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Jenny Hansen, Affiliate Marketing Manager: Osprey Dyna 15 for women

Osprey Dyna 15

“I’ve been a long-time fan of Osprey backpacks – they’re super comfortable and durable. My sister was on the John Muir Trail with an osprey for 30 days and had no complaints. This hydration pack is on my wish list this year.

“It’s the perfect size for a water reservoir and some other important stuff. I also love the front pockets for easy access to my phone and snacks. “

(And don’t worry – it comes in one too Men’s / unisex version.)

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Zach Burton, Sales Director: Sea to Summit Spark SpII 28 sleeping bag

Sea to Summit Spark sleeping bag

“Winter camping is a magical experience that is both epic and required if you want to be away from your home in Minnesota all year round. This bag is light, packable and oh so warm. “Not winter camping? Check out the 40 degree spark bag.

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Julie Robichaud, Sales Representative: Cotopaxi Bataan 3L Fanny Pack

Cotopaxi belt pouch

“Cotopaxi has been spinning around a lot in my equipment cabinet for a long time. I love the company’s good philosophy and sustainable product design. This year I’ve swapped out much of my adventure and backpacking gear for items better suited for day trips and local hiking.

“I save a tick near my front door for the Bataan Fanny Pack, which is perfect for the everyday adventurer. It’s durable, lightweight, adjustable and fits the essentials. It also consists of leftover fabrics from larger productions by other companies. Definitely a gift that you can feel comfortable with. “

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Katie Jedlicka Sieve, Project Manager: Tracksmith Turnover Tights

Trackmith tights

“Tracksmith is a brand that I’ve been following for years and that I just love! Not only do I love their classic look, the quality is solid. The Turnover Tights have become my cold weather running pants. They make running at 30 degrees much easier! “

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