Ah! the Gift of Gear
Backcountry Stocking Stuffers and dozens of great ideas by hobby
by Alex Sepulveda
Outdoor gear makes the best Holiday gift for two main reasons: 1) Seasonal presents like snowboards, down jackets, and snow clogs can be enjoyed immediately—instant gratification!—and 2) There’s a HUGE variety of things to choose from. We used our own recreational interests and desires to fashion Holiday Wish Lists for a Backcountry Skier, Rock Climber, Li’l Kid Camper, Winter Trail Runner, and Weight Shaving Gear Fanatic. You’ll also find a list of the most adorable Backcountry Stocking Stuffers (we adore them). Get to know us, and get some great gift ideas from the gear we’d love to own ourselves:
Backcountry Stocking Stuffers
Your Friends @ Backcountry.com
Snow Peak Titanium Spork– The ultimate camping utensil
Petzl Zipka Headlamp – Comes in handy while camping, during power outages, as a reading light, and more
Red Bullet Tool – Every SNOWBOARDER wants this
Burton Glove Liners – Multi-purpose, lightweight glove ideal for scraping the windshield
Dahlgren Socks – Running and hiking socks
Bridgedale Socks – Our favorite ski socks
Carb Boom Carbohydrate Energy Gel ($1.45)– Restores energy during rigorous activity
McNett Mirazyne – Great for getting the stink out of synthetic materials from base layers to sleeping bags
Nikwax Tech Wash – Special wash for your waterproof, breathable garments, like Gore-Tex
Leatherman Tool Original – Classic tool at a great price
Adventure Medical Cuts and Bolts Basic Kit – Combine first-aid and gear repair into one kit
Aspiring Backcountry Skier
Dustin Robertson, Marketing
Voile 3 Pin Hardwire Bindings – The maximally versatile backcountry tele-binding
Fritschi Freeride Bindings -Alpine Touring/Randonnee binding that allows skiers to hike and ski in the backcountry
Arcteryx Theta SK Pant – Incredibly durable, waterproof, and breathable snowsport pant
Carbon Fiber Flicklock Poles – Awesome ski poles with low swing weight
Black Diamond Mercury Mitt – Warmest mitten you could ever ski in
Intermediate to Advanced Rock Climber
Tony Tuttle, Customer Service
Metolius TCU’s - sizes 00, 0, and 1. Unmatched in their ability to protect thin, shallow cracks
Petzl Reverso – People who have one say they love it; looks cool
Black Diamond Super Slacker rope bag – Recoils the rope by itself!
Petzl Spirit Carabiners with straight gates – No hood to snag gear when clipping and unclipping
Black Diamond Neutrinos – I like it when people think I'm climbing with key-chain biners—it freaks 'em out!
Black Diamond Sewn Runners Spectra, 60cm – By far the most versatile length
LiL' Camper Adventure Wish List
Craig Van Valkenburgh (former Lil’ Camper)
Kelty Lynx Junior Backpack - 2750 cu in – A smaller version of the popular Redcloud.
Marmot Trestles 30 Junior Sleeping Bag – 30 Degree Polarguard: Adult quality, kid size
Petzl Tikka Headlamp – These give your kids safe lighting and they’re fun to wear
The North Face Nuptse – A TOASTY little jacket for little Jack (or Jill!)
Nalgene Bottle – THE water bottle to have
The Totally Geeked-out Winter Trail Runner Wish List
Craig Van Valkenburgh, Customer Service
The North Face Switchback Trail Running Shoe – 4 Wheel Drive for your feet
Marmot Evolution N2S L/S Half Zip - Men's – Comfort, style, performance, this top has it all.
Bridgedale Trail Runner Socks – You can’t go wrong with Bridgedale
Polar S120 Heart Rate Monitor Watch – Great value for a watch with a heart rate monitor
Marmot XT Gloves – Optimal insulation and great breathability for winter jogging
Weight Shaving Gear Fanatic
Creed Murdock, Customer Service
MSR Pocket Rocket – Super compact, only 3 oz!
Black Diamond Ion Headlamp – So small you won't even know you’re wearing it, 1oz.
Snowpeak Mini Solo Titanium Cook Set – Just 5oz
Suunto Observer Titanium Watch – This has an altimeter and weighs a paltry 2.5oz
And remember, if you happen to buy the wrong size or color, you can return it to us and we will gladly replace it or issue a full refund (less any shipping charges). No questions asked! For more on our return policy, click here. Happy shopping!