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.
As ski shells and winter jackets go, this GORE-TEX jacket has the best features and fit of anything on the market. Whether your lady friend is spinning hot powder laps at Deer Valley Ski Resort, or layering up for a winter camping trip, the Yotei is the absolute best winter shell. Using the new C-Knit backer to the GORE membrane, it is more breathable without sacrificing any waterproofing or durability. The cut is excellent, and oversized hand pockets store all her essentials for a day skiing powder. In short, the Yotei is flawless
This is one gift that is probably better off not surprising someone with – if only so they can completely personalize it for themselves. Launched in 2012, the My Chaco program allows customers to pick everything down to the patterns on the webbing, stitching colors, and even custom embroidery. What better way to prepare for a summer trip to Arches National Park
than getting a personalized pair of sandals for red rock hikes?
The No. 51 Bison Pack takes design cues from traditional canoe portage packs. This collaboration between Mountain Khakis and Duluth Pack
is easily our favorite gift on this list. What it lacks in technical features, it makes up for in timeless style and functionality. If ever there was a perfect weekend bag for adventures from urban exploration to mountain town exploits
, this is it.
From keeping you warm on a cold night around the campfire, to cozy winter night Netflix binges, the Shetland Stole should by in every lady adventurer’s closet. The Scottish sourced wool is crafted in Snowpeak’s home country of Japan to build the perfect accent piece for every adventure.
Osprey’s Anti-Gravity harness is best innovation in hiking packs in recent memory. We first got a taste for it while carrying an AG pack around Thailand
last year. Since then, We’ve carried an Osprey on nearly every adventure
since. The weight carrying comfort, and ventilation are simply amazing. If your lady wants to take her hiking and to the next level, this is the piece of gear she needs most.
For more mellow days, the new Day Tripper is ideal for beach picnics and basecamp meals alike. This clever little cooler is a party on the go. With separate compartments for a mini table, cutting board, and cheese knives, you’ve got all the tools you need to a mobile wine tasting – or a more classy tailgate option. Add in straps to attach a yoga mat or picnic blanket, and you’ve got a ticket to fine dining in the great outdoors.
For the road cyclists or triathletes on your list, the LiteRider is an essential. Featuring an easy fit to your car, extra cushion for bike frame cradles, and an integrated lock. This aluminum rack is easy to use and secure, so that even that expensive triathlon bike
you just invested in will be safe on your next road trip.
These shorts are indespensible for summer adventures. From a long day chasing single track on her mountian bike, to a post-work gym session, the Whitney’s will become your lady’s new favorite pair of shorts. They are built from durable Schoeller fabric, so not only will they wick well, but they’ll stand up to a serious beating on the trail. The best part? The flattering fit looks equally good riding singletrack on your bike, taking a dip in a high alpine lake, or enjoying a post trail run beer sitting on your tailgate.
Staying warm in the backcountry is always a tricky proposition. Looking while doing it? Even harder. The Estela features Primaloft Gold insulation – the best warmth to weight we’ve found this season. It features reflective hits on the outside, inner and outer pockets to store your electronics and snacks on the trail, and a silhouette that is as at home around town as it is on the ski slopes. You’ll find yourself wishing they came in men’s sizes too.
The Returnia is a favorite of our wives’ on cold mornings in Utah’s Wasatch Range. Mountain Hardwear built them with their Dry.Q Core waterproof technology, and Thermal.Q Elite insulation. From warm up runs on the bunny hill to ripping high speed giant slalom turns at the end of the day, the Returnia is built for the best days on skis. Just try and keep up when your wife or girlfriend is wearing them.