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Kit out your favorite adventurer with this useful—and stylish—gear, from camping must-haves to sporty accessories, plus a few extras to stoke their wanderlust

Kate Wertheimer  – October 26, 2017 | Updated November 26, 2019

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ULA Equipment Epic Pack

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Each ULA pack is handmade to fit the wearer’s exact specifications; and this new, award-winning, fully waterproof pack (carried on the National Geographic-sponsored circumnavigation of Alaska by Andrew Skurka) is the sturdiest of the bunch, perfect for backpacking in any weather.

Epic Pack from ULA, $285
   

Igloo RECOOL 16 Quart Cooler

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Made entirely from biodegradable materials, this ugly-duckling cooler is an eco-friendly alternative to styrofoam coolers (which aren’t so cute themselves, really). 

16 Quart Cooler from IGLOO, $10
   

MSR Lightning Ascent Snowshoes

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Ultralight and built for aggressive performance, these are the pinnacle of pairs for serious snowshoers (especially if they’re also avid gear junkies). 

Lightning Ascent Snowshoes from MSR, $320
   

Custom Leatherman

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A truly one-of-a-kind gift. The Leatherman Custom Shop allows you to design and personalize a Leatherman for everyone on your list (including yourself). Our pick: The WAVE®+, which comes equipped with 19 different tools to keep you handy during the holidays.

WAVE®+ from Leatherman, starting at $100
   

Coleman Packaway Deluxe Kitchen

Courtesy of Coleman

Take the whole kitchen to your campsite with this combo sink, food-prep station, storage system, cooler rack, and lantern hook that packs up neatly into a single-handled carrying system.

Packaway Deluxe Kitchen from Coleman, $120
   

Luci Core

Courtesy of MPowerd

This water-resistant, 40-lumen light made with cool white LEDs comes with a 13-inch silicone arm to hold it in any position, and lasts up t0 14 hours on a single charge—when it runs low, recharge via USB or, better yet, solar. 

Luci Core from Mpowerd, $15
   

National Parks & Federal Regulation Lands Annual Pass

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A no-brainer gift to please any adventurer on your list. The pass covers entrance fees for the pass-holder and anyone in their vehicle, or the pass-holder and three accompanying people at sites where individual entrance fees are collected. Another bonus? The money you’ll spend on the pass goes directly back to the parks.

Annual Pass from NPS, $80
   

The Man Behind the Maps: Legendary Ski Artist James Niehues

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We might live in the era of satellites and self-driving cars, but there’s a decidedly human touch to the ski maps we all depend on. The commonality? Artist James Niehues, whose bird’s-eye views are used by hundreds of millions of resort goers each year. This coffee table tome isn’t just a look at his greatest hits—Jackson Hole, Vail, Snowbird, and many more—but a peek inside his fascinating career.

Ski Maps from Artist James Niehues, $90
   

Kora Shola 230 Leggings

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These toasty, odor-resistant leggings have a secret weapon to keep you warm: the temperature-regulating Hima-Layer™ Original 230, a luxuriously soft yak wool fabric. Move over, sheep.

Shola 230 Leggings from Kora, $145
   

MountainFLOW Eco-Wax

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This more eco-friendly alternative to traditional ski and board wax is plant-based and biodegradable.

Eco-Wax from MountainFLOW, $19
   

Opinel Nomad Cooking Kit

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Impress anywhere with this compact cooking kit, including a serrated folding knife, corkscrew folding knife, peeler, beechwood cutting board, and handy microfiber cleaning cloth.

Nomad Cooking Kit from Opinel, $85
   

Teva Ember Moc

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Like little sleeping bags for your feet, Ember Mocs are the sneaker-slipper hybrid your giftee will wear everywhere from airplanes to campsites.

Ember Moc from Teva, $75
   

Snow Peak Peg Hammer

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This super durable, forged steel hammer makes staking a tent easy, even in wintry frozen ground.

Peg Hammer from Snow Peak, $63
   

Rumpl x Mountain Hardware Mountaineer Blanket

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The lightest, most technical blanket out there with 800-fill water-repellent down insulation, an emergency whistle, and reflective piping. As Rumpl says on their website: Don’t leave base camp without.

Mountaineer Blanket from Rumpl x Mountain Hardware, $399
   

HydroFlask National Park Bottle

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The limited-edition National Park Foundation x Parks for All water bottle collection by Hydro Flask features beautiful art inspired by Joshua Tree, Yellowstone, and more.

National Park Bottle from National Park Foundation x Parks for All, $40
   

Filson Twill Rod Case

Courtesy of Filson

Your favorite stylish angler can stash their rods, reel, and tackle in this rugged but classic carrying case.

Twill Rod Case from Filson, $375
   

Turn Around Time: A Walking Poem for the Pacific Northwest by David Guterson

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A lush little book for the back pocket of the rambler in your life who views hiking as meditation and nature as religion.

Turn Around Time by David Guterson, from Amazon, $20
   

ARB E-Z Analog Deflator and CKMA12 Compressor

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A perfect package deal for your off-roading enthusiast; they can air down to traverse across rocks and sand, then fill their tires back up on the go with a handy compressor that lives permanently mounted under the hood.

ARB E-Z Analog Deflator from Amazon, $41
   

Patagonia Recycled High-Pile Fleece Down Jacket

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This ultra-warm jacket is made of 1/2” high pile Sherpa fleece and insulated with 700-fill-power recycled down (duck and goose down reclaimed from down products). It also comes lined with recycled polyester rip stop to block cold and wind for an extra cozy feel.

Recycled High-Pile Fleece from Patagonia, $280
   

Fireside Outdoor Pop-up Pit Outdoor Grill, $180

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This portable camping grill is spacious enough to cook 16 burgers at once, and converts into a firepit once dinner is served. When you’re ready to roll, the grill folds up smaller than an average camping chair.

Pop-up Pit Outdoor Grill from Fireside Outdoor, $180
   

Stick-Lets Camo Set

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Perfect for little ones, these rubbery connectors facilitate stick forts and all other manner of wilderness building efforts.

Stick-Lets Camo Set of 10 from HearthSong, $31
   

Ross Animas Reel

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Light and durable, this reel comes with a two-tone drag knob featuring a silhouette  of the Colorado mountains.

Animas Reel from Ross, $295
   

Roka Falcon Sunglasses

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Light, grippy, and polarized, these shades are perfect for spotting fish while wading in the elements—or just grabbing a beer in the sun.

Falcon Sunglasses from Roka, $100