Last Minute Gifts for Any Adventurer
With Christmas only two days away, the shopping window is quickly closing.
It’s been a weird season with shipping issues and supply problems around our country, but there’s still a chance to find that perfect gift in time to have it wrapped under the tree for Saturday morning. Listed below are some staple items that will work for almost anyone. Online shopping is out of the question at this point, so take this opportunity to shop local and support the wonderful outdoor establishments up and down our valley. These items or something similar can be found at most outdoor shops.
1. Mountain Hardwear Boundary Ridge Gore-Tex Jacket
A new ski jacket is on the wish list of many skiers and the Boundary Ridge won’t disappoint. Touted as their toughest, fully featured ski jacket, Mountain Hardwear gathered inspiration from cat trips, heli drops and sidecountry storm laps when designing this workhorse. Construction includes 3-layer Gore-Tex reinforced in key areas for durability in inclement weather, an internal powder skirt, a helmet compatible hood and plenty of storage pockets for must-have items. Available in women’s and men’s styles. $475
2. North Face ThermoBall Eco Jacket
The ThermoBall line is a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts. This new version from North Face includes the old favorite fit and style, but has updated insulation that adds even more warmth, durability and packability. Made with 100% recycled fabrics and fill, the Eco Jacket gives a healthier nod to the environment than its predecessor. Available in women’s and men’s styles and colors, this is a sure thing for everyone. $199
3. Norrøna Winter Tights
High-intensity activity doesn’t just happen on piste, and being properly outfitted for those activities can make or break your enjoyment of them. These winter tights from Norrøna are made from a mix consisting of recycled polyester, wool and elastane. The combination works perfectly together to create excellent thermal regulation, all-day comfort and natural odor control that your friends will thank you for. Clean and minimalistic, the tights have a wind-resistant face for the colder days and a soft thermal interior with all-way stretch. $159
4. Fjällräven Övik Knit Sweater
The après ski scene is strong here in Aspen and being well outfitted for this time of day is almost as important as what you wear on the slopes. Fjällräven brings a vintage ski vibe into play with their Övik wool sweater complete with contrasting elbow patches. Cozy and warm, the beautifully patterned garment also has moisture-wicking capabilities and still holds heat when wet. With all-natural and traceable wool, you can feel good about relaxing around the fire after a glorious day on the hill. Available in women’s and men’s styles and colors. $150
5. Columbia Keetley Omni-Heat Infinity Short Boot
Winter boots around our mountain town are destined to take a beating, but it can be hard to find that practical combination of tough yet plush. The Keetleys are made with a waterproof upper with leather overlays to seal out the elements while fleece and faux fur deliver cozy warmth with Columbia’s Omni-Heat reflective lining. A hefty sole adds confident traction in wet, dry or icy conditions. The Keetley is technically a women’s boot, but a comparable men’s style is the Fairbanks Omni-Heat boot. $125
6. Kleen Kanteen Food Box Complete Set
The storage set you never knew you needed. Kleen Kanteen designed these easy to clean, plastic free boxes with BPA-free stainless steel and food-grade silicone lids. Three different sizes classified as snack, lunch and meal portion, the leak-proof lids have a snap-and-lock tab for easy opening. Great for road trips, camping, picnics or even a quick to-go lunch on the gondola before you take your lunchtime laps. $60
Meg Simon is an Aspen-based freelance writer, graphic designer and founder of Simon Finch Creative. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.