Outfitted: Gifts for the Guys
Standout 2021 gift options for the outdoorsman who has everything
It often seems like the guys in my life have everything in the gear department, so when it comes to gift-giving, my ideas can fall short. Add that to the bombardment of outdoor products on the market and it can be easy to give up entirely. In my attempts to avoid reverting to another bad Christmas necktie, I’ve come across some items that I feel standout as great options for any outdoorsy guy. Whether he’s a climber, a skier, a hiker or a skinner, below are some things that’ll be tied up with strings this year.
1. Fjällräven Vidda Pro Wool Padded Jacket
This durable trekking jacket is made with 100% organic, recycled, traceable Swedish wool insulation that holds its warmth even when wet. It’s hefty without being overwhelming. The outer is made with Fjällräven’s trademark weather-resistant but breathable fabric and is designed with lots of robust pockets for stashing those things you need close at hand. I got my dad an earlier version of this coat a few years ago and he still says it’s one of the best he’s ever had. $420
2. Mountain Hardwear Stretchdown Pant
If you haven’t tried Mountain Hardwear’s line of Stretchdown products, you’re missing out. The technology weaves pockets of down insulation from a single stretch of fabric giving you plenty of freedom to move. It’s the perfect combination of warmth and movement. Without being too bulky like some down pants can be, these are great for extra warmth whether on their own or under a shell. Easy to throw in a pack to pull out on a chilly summit or a cozy companion for late nights around the bonfire. $250
3. Hoka Anacapa Mid Gore-Tex Hiker
These Hoka hikers will be a go-to for a myriad of winter activities. With the addition of waterproof Gore-Tex, the Anacapas are sturdy enough to use with snowshoes or traction cleats, but light enough to not feel like you’re hauling two bricks up the mountain. This style also includes Hoka’s signature extended-heel geometry which adds a bit more support and also comes in handy for extra braking power when you’re Swissbobbing down Buttermilk. $180
4. Mountain Hardwear Scrambler Backpack
An excellent all-around pack, the Scrambler will be his easy go-to whether he’s multi-pitch ice climbing, hiking the ridge of Highland Bowl or just needs a vessel to cart beers to an outdoor concert. Lightweight and waterproof, the pack includes a removable floating lid that’s helmet compatible, an easy-to-open compression strap for gloved hands as well as outer daisy chains, haul loops and cinch cords for easy attachment of winter gear such as ice axes or skis. Available in two size options and several different colors, this pack is a backcountry workhorse. $140 for 25 liter, $160 for 35 liter
5. Tommy John Second Skin Sleep Pant
After going 100% all day in the outdoors, recovery and rest is essential. These silky-soft, non-pilling modal pants will be on his mind as he takes that last run at the end of the day. The lightweight fabric keeps you sweat-free under the sheets, but is still cozy enough for lounging around the house or a backcountry hut. I have a brother-in-law who swears by all things Tommy John and these pants have 1500 5-star reviews to back them up. $68
6. CamelBak MultiBev 22oz Bottle/16 oz Cup
Touted as the ultimate beverage multi-tasker for on-the-go sustainability and versatility, this new addition from CamelBak is a 2-in-1 vessel that serves as both a water bottle and detachable travel cup. He can use the same bottle to transition from coffee in the morning, water during the day to beer for après ski. The removable cup includes a foldable silicone lid that hides inside its own compartment on the lid when not in use. Double wall vacuum insulated stainless steal is easy to clean, dishwasher safe and keeps liquids hot or cold for hours. $50
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