Like it or not, the Holidays are upon us. Aside from choosing your next favorite non-offensive coffee cup or ugly Christmas sweater, the hardest part of the season is finding the best gift for everyone on your list. No one is harder to shop for than the Outdoorsman you know. He’s got a couple pairs of skis, a full rack of climbing gear, and every GPS, heart rate monitor, and outdoor gadget known to man. We’ve been testing a huge stable of gear this year chasing adventure races, fly fishing, and base camping cooking. These are our favorites, and guaranteed to impress even the most discerning adventurer.
The Jaegers have become a staple of both our work and outdoor wardrobe. They clean up nicely with a pair of slacks for a weekend bar crawl, and the Chaco Luvseat footbed ensures you’ll be comfortable whether you’re taking your dog for a spin around the park or hauling your girlfriend to your favorite lake.
The R1 uses Polartec PowerGrid fleece that is treated with the venerated Polygiene anti-microbial coating. This ensures that your tentmate won’t be stinking your backcountry palace up even after a few days of wearing the same baselayer. It also wicks ridiculously fast, ensuring that it will be their second skin for years to come.
It’s no secret that wool blankets have become the latest trend for adventurous women on social media. Nemo’s take on the performance blanket turns this trend on its head by using burly micro-ripstop fabric printed in Multicam, and water resistant insulation. It is perfect for car camping, road tripping, and next summer’s festival scene. The best part is it won’t be just another wool blanket in the crowd.
Hults Bruk has been making axes from traditional Swedish forging methods since 1697. Their axe heads are more dense than most on the market, helping them hold a serious edge, and adding much needed heft to each stroke. Whether you’re looking for something to hang on the wall as a lumbersexual conversation piece, or homesteading on a ranch in Wyoming, this is the axe we’d recommend.
Fjallraven is one of our favorite outdoor brands today. Their Scandinavian design heritage traces its roots to camping and trekking in the boreal forests of Norway and Sweden, so they know what it means to build apparel for nasty weather. This down jacket is warm and also features Fjallraven’s G-1000 canvas fabric that is ultra durable.
The Hopper is our choice for hauling a few extra beers on your next fly fishing trip. This soft cooler has carried ice all over the Southwest with us this year, and outperforms many larger coolers. Extra EVA foam insulation on the bottom, as well as the same Dryhide material used in rafts protect your favorite craft beers from the elements. You won’t find a better option for hauling ice out on the trail.