Mother’s Day Gift Guide: Outdoor Moms


If you were lucky enough to be raised by a woman who taught you to ski, took you camping, or shared the trail with you, then it’s time to give her something she’ll really appreciate (no, that macaroni picture frame from kindergarten doesn’t count). Whether you’re looking for a gift for the mom who is still knocking out fifty days on skis every season in her retirement or crushing miles trail running while the kids are at school, we’ve got the perfect set of gifts for every outdoor mom.

Mountain Khakis Apparel
Mountain Khakis spring line is the perfect hybrid of mountain style and performance. Whether mom is looking for a pair of pants for some post trail running relaxation, or a shirt that will take her across the Serengeti, they’ve got her covered. We especially liked the Mystic Shirt and Poplin Capris for their style and utility around basecamp, or simply getting through the daily routine.

Salomon XR Mission
Very few pairs of shoes can take you from pavement to trail and back again in total comfort. The Salomon XR Mission straddles the line between a road and trail shoe, taking design cues from the top shelf S-Lab designs. Its women specific design allows for the perfect ride on any terrain.

Sunskis Madronas
Named for the madrone tree found in Southern California, the Madronas from Sunskis are ideal for summer beach and mountain adventures. A vintage, wayfarer silhouette is paired with modern optics, a cost effective polarized coating, and a sticky rubber treatment on the contact points. This combination will have your outdoor mom reaching for her Madronas all year long.

Nemo Puffin
From lazy Sunday mornings in a backyard hammock to late nights reading by firelight in camp, the Nemo Puffin Blanket can tackle any and all conditions. The soft but strong ripstop fabric is backed up by Nemo’s Stratofiber insulation and finished with a DWR treatment. Snaps at the base create a comfy pocket for cold feet. Don’t be surprised if you end up buying one for every woman in your life after they see it.

Osmo Hydration
Osmo Nutrition got their start when founder Dr. Stacy Sims started experimenting with different hydration formulas on herself and a few friends and teammates. Today, that pays off with a women’s specific hydration and recovery line. Women need a different blend of electrolytes and protein to stay competitive, and Osmo is the only brand on the market tailoring their offering to women’s physiological needs. The proof is on the podium.

Icebreaker Sphere Long Sleeve Hood
Icebreaker’s Sphere line combines soft merino wool with wicking and cooling tencel fibers. The result is a perfect summer weight fabric for all outdoor adventures. The Long Sleeve Hood is our favorite piece from the collection, and is ideal for early mornings on the lake or post work hikes. Casual and sporty, mom will probably need one in every color, right?

Ultimate Direction Jenny Ultra Vesta
Running brand Ultimate Direction brought together an elite cadre of female ultra runners, led by Jenny Jurek, to help them design their women’s collection. The resulting hydration packs like the Ultra Vesta are flawless when it comes to hauling just the essentials for long miles on the trail. Designed for a woman’s body, the Vesta provides organization and comfort for all your gear whether you’re just heading out for a long morning, or need a little something extra on race day.

Goal Zero Flip 10
Goal Zero’s all new Flip 10 power pack has just enough juice to charge a smartphone, GPS, or fitness tracker while on the go. It’s small enough to fit in any purse or pack. Having a little extra power on the trail will keep mom connected when she needs to be, giving you some peace of mind. We can’t take responsibility for all the extra tweets and instagram shots of her adventures while you’re stuck in the office though.