Snow flurries are barely starting to fall outside my window, which can only mean one thing. The holidays are upon us. I love this time of year, though I know that Christmas means gift giving, and we all have at least one person who makes that a challenge. If that person in your life happens to be an outdoor adventurer, here’s a list of great suggestions you might want to consider.
And if I’m that person, I’ll take any of the below 🙂
The North Face Women’s Terra Pack
This is a versatile pack that can be used for both adventure travel and outdoor explorations, complete with seven pockets and a special sleeping bag compartment. The straps are designed to be women specific, very adjustable and thus comfortable, even when it’s stuffed to it’s 40-liter capacity. Take 20% off and get free shipping here.
Mountain Hardwear Women’s Thermostatic Jacket
This waterproof, wind-resistant jacket is durable enough to protect in almost any weather condition, and small enough to take up just a tiny ball of space in your pack. It’s versatile enough to wear alone in warmer temps or to fit comfortably under an outer shell. And it comes in six fun colors. Take 30% off Mountain Hardwear here.
Black Diamond Distance Trekking Poles
Before I hiked the South Sister, many people suggested I take trekking poles. I didn’t listen. And when the hike down the 10,358-foot mountain was worse than the hike up, I knew I should have. Trekking poles can help take the strain off your knees (I was almost in tears!), and relieve tension in the back by evening out the work. I bought some as soon as I was off the mountain, and now I take them everywhere. These folding ones are ideal for the adventure travel addict. Get up to 30% off Black Diamond and Leki poles here.
Ray-Ban Aviator Flash Lenses
These hotties are absolutely on my list this year. Whether we’re riding an elephant in Thailand, a hot air balloon in Turkey or riding the slopes in Colorado, a good pair of sunglasses are in order, and they might as well look good, too. These are the new flash lenses from Ray-Ban, with polarization to prevent glare, in the iconic aviator frame. Yes, yes, yes!
Oakley Canopy Snow Goggles
Is your adventure traveler a snow bird? This is another one I learned the hard way. I’ve been snowboarding for a couple years, and only last year did I finally buy goggles. Sunglasses are not efficient on anything but a bluebird day, and purchasing goggles took me from a fair-weather boarder to a less choosy one. I like these Oakley’s for their expanded lens design that lets you see far and wide, but you can take 22% off anything you like here with the coupon code HOLIDAYS22.
Kelty Trail Ridge 3 Tent
I love this tent for so many reasons. First, it is built for stargazing, which is exactly the point of sleeping under the stars, right? With a mesh lining all the way around the top, you can gaze out whichever direction you desire. Also, Kelty has managed to design a 3-person tent (44 square feet), that packs just as small and light as a typical 2-person tent. I’m all about more space when I’m sleeping, but not more space in my pack. So much want.
La Sportiva Chaxi Climbing Pant
These are on my list because I went climbing with a friend who wore them, and they instantly became a must-have. They are designed to withstand any hard wear on the rock, but are comfortable enough to hike a mountain and sturdy enough to crash on a motorbike in Thailand. Plus, they’re unique, flattering with a wide waistband and totally adorable. I’ll take two 🙂