The Manual’s Lady Adventurer Gift Guide


If you’re lucky enough to have an outdoors woman in your life, then you’re probably used to spending days on the trail and snow as a regular date. If you were really fortunate, you were raised by a mom who believed in spending time in the wilderness. Whether you’re shopping for a trail running bride or alpine climbing mom, finding a good outdoors specific gift can be hard – shopping for the woman gearhead can be harder than anyone on your list. We’ve done the legwork for you this year though, and had our wives and girlfriends put all of these pieces of gear through the wringer, so you can be sure you’re getting the best for your lady adventurer.

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Black Diamond Hot Forge Hybrid Hoody $249

Featuring a combination of hydrophobic down and synthetic insulation, this puffy jacket will quickly become a four-season go to for your lady friend. It is warm enough to be worn standalone down to the upper thirties, but really shines under a shell out for a day of skiing or climbing.

Life Factory Café Mug $27

From early morning hot yoga classes to afternoon starbucks runs, the Café Mug is the perfect answer to cutting back on your disposable cup and water bottle routine. The glass body won’t inherit any funk like some plastic bottles, and the insulating sleeve doubles as protection should your wife or girlfriend drop it a few times.

Hoka One One Tor Ultra Hi $230

We originally spotted the men’s version of these boots at the Outdoor Retailer Show earlier this year. The Women’s version uses the same supportive high ankle support and rockered Vibram Megagrip sole, and comes in a few female friendly colors too. The bottom line is, buy your significant other a pair and you’ll be playing catch up on the trail all year long.

Woolrich Treverton Jacquard Blanket $198

Woolrich has been making apparel and blankets in their family owned mill since 1830. The heritage behind their Jacquard blankets is readily evident in every pattern and stitch. We love the Treverton style for the animal patterns; the moose version is our favorite to bring on car camping adventures.

MSR Windburner and Coffee Press $130

If anything can make waking up in the mountains any better, it’s fresh coffee. We’ve had a Windburner for a few months now, and it has become indispensable in making our significant others more comfortable around the campfire. The coffee press kit ($20) is an added bonus that you simply can’t do without.

Smartwool PhD Seamless Double Strappy Bra $55

This is one piece of apparel that we definitely needed some help in picking out. After a fall of trail running, alpine climbing, and ski touring, this Smartwool bra rose to the top of my wife’s favorites list. When she started replacing everything other sports bra with duplicates of these, we knew we’d found a winner. It is comfortable no matter what outdoor endeavor you are chasing.

Sony a6000 $400

Documenting outdoor adventures on Facebook and Instagram is a must for any serious hiker or climber. No matter how great your lady is at framing a good iPhone shot, stepping up the photo game will pay off with more likes and followers. The a6000 is Sony’s premier point and shoot camera, utilizing the same level of sensor as many larger DLSRs. It is also ultra portable, fitting into any pack or purse with ease.

Airblaster Merino Ninja Suit $190

This isn’t the onesie that your mom dressed you in as a toddler. The Women’s Ninja Suit features Airblaster’s Woolverino merino/tencel fabric. It is naturally anti microbial and wicks faster than plain wool, making this a go to piece for winter sports or just lounging around the house.