We all know one, whether our circle of friends and family remain confined within our city limits or extends outwards into rural America. They’re friends of nature, always there to lend some advice regarding the right camping gear to get you through the weekend or the proper way to get your deer meat from field to freezer after a harvest. These are individuals who are more at ease in the wild, always searching for that next spirited adventure that doesn’t require electricity. They’re the outdoorsmen, and believe it or not there’s more than a few offerings this holiday season that’ll suit whatever caliber of “roughing it” these rugged individuals prefer.
From water purification to lounging options to tents and fire starting equipment, coming prepared for any extended stay in the outdoors is imperative for a stress-free and successful trip. Anyone seasoned in backcountry living understands this notion, which is why the following list of best gifts for the outdoorsman feature familiar items of survival that are of the utmost quality and boast dependability for years to come. Because if there’s one instance where you want to be certain of a product’s functionality, it’s when you’re embedded in the wilderness, miles away from the nearest service station.
Opinel No. 8 Trekking Knife
Nothing beats the combination of affordability and functionality when it comes to outdoor gear. And for years Opinel has offered such perks in the form of their trekking knife, featuring a beechwood handle, 12C27 Sandvik stainless steel blade, and hosting a leather lace that easily attaches to your pack. For added security, the Opinel also comes with a Virobloc safety ring.
Soto Pocket Torch
Who wouldn’t want to carry around a portable blowtorch that can fit in their pocket? The Soto Pocket Torch turns your average disposable lighter into a wind resistant blow torch that burns up to 2,300 degrees Fahrenheit. It also increases the lighter’s life by up to 60 percent. Perfect for camping, or for the amateur pyromaniac.
Bull & Stash Travel Stash
It’s proven that note taking helps us retain information. So whether it’s technical jargon, an outdoor to-do list, or simple inspiration while out in the wilderness this pocket notebook featuring a tanned and naturally oiled leather cover with 50 pages of refillable 60lb bleed-resistant paper is the perfect adventure travel book for documenting any and all happenings in the woods.
Exotac MatchCap Waterproof Match Case
Keep your precious fire starters protected from the elements with the Exotac waterproof match case. It’s machined in the USA from 6061 aluminum, hosts a scalloped body for easy removal, and can fit several matches up to three-inches in length.
MiiR Insulated Water Bottle
As a necessary compound for life, it’s important to keep distilled water by your side at all times. MiiR builds this insulated water bottle out of 18/8 Medical Grade stainless steel, finishing it off with a hard shell powder coat and its double wall vacuum insulation can keep things cold for over 24 hours and hot for more that 12.
Black Diamond Spot Headlamp
Light up the night with this headlamp from Black Diamond. It features one triple power LED, a single power white LED, and a single power red LED that can emit up to 200 lumens of light. Users can also adjust brightness setting and modes depending on intended use and the whole piece is protected against water depths of up to 3.3 ft.
Snow Peak Giga Power Stove
An extended backpacking trip doesn’t have to equate to meager meals and power bars. Instead, gift your outdoorsman with a hot meal thanks to Giga Power Stove from Snow Peak. It performs well in both high elevations and cold weather, can boil water as well as simmer a meal and collapses into a small plastic carrying case the size of your fist.
Husqvarna Wooden Hatchet
Unless you feel that fire is an unnecessary element of the campsite atmosphere, bringing some sort of hatchet along for the trip is a good idea. This offering from Husqvarna features a hickory handle and a hand-forged steel wedge blade that’s protected thanks to the included leather sheath. The handle is ergonomically shaped for comfortable use as well.
ALPS Mountaineering King Kong Chair
Every outdoorsman needs a camping chair, especially when that chair is called the King Kong chair from a reputable brand like ALPS Mountaineering. It boasts a sturdy powder coated steel frame, two beverage holders, hanging pockets on both arms and weighs in at a modest 13-pounds for easy carrying and storage. Rule the campsite with this solid camping chair.
Goal Zero Lighthouse 250
Keep the light shining long after the sun has set. Featuring a run time of up to 48 hours on its low setting, this Goal Zero lantern is perfect for adventures or emergencies when light becomes a precious commodity. Its USB connectivity also allows those tech junkies to boost their smartphone or tablet as well in times of need.
Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest Hammock
The ability to take an afternoon snooze in the shade is a valued luxury for any fan of the outdoor lifestyle. This high-strength hammock will support up to 400lbs and is made from 70D breathable nylon taffeta and triple interlocking stitching. It’s also lightweight, easily portable and big enough for two.
Gerber Center-Drive Multi-Tool
Heading out into the wilderness – or anywhere for that matter – without a multi-tool is a bad idea. Luckily, Portland, OR-based Gerber Gear offers this Center-Drive multi-tool designed for heavy duty work featuring a quick deployment of pliers, blades, and a screwdriver along with several other handy tools that all fold into a convenient pocket-sized modular design.
GoTenna Off-Grid Communication Tool
If you or your outdoorsman’s expeditions result in an off-the-grid hike or camping be sure to pick up the goTenna beforehand. It’s a small attachable device that effectively turns your smartphone into an off-grid communicator and wirelessly pairs to your phone to send texts or share locations with others up to several miles away without the need for towers, routers or satellites.
MIS Roll Up Backpack
All this gear needs to be contained somehow. So why not help your outdoorsman bug out in style with this American-made MIS Roll Up Backpack. It hosts a 1000D Dupont Cordura exterior complete with a water-resistant urethane, PALS webbing for additional gear storage and up to 30 liters of internal storage space, perfect for housing any amount of gear for an extended backcountry stay.
Danner Mountain 600 Hiking Boots
When it comes hiking boots, Portland, OR-based Danner Mountain is a tough brand to beat. The Mountain 600, one of their newest and arguably most popular offerings to date, is a performance boot featuring a durable waterproof suede upper, D-ring lacing, MegeGrip compound for enhanced grip on wet surfaces and a Vibram sole to keep you steady and ready for any and all terrain.
Sea to Summit Insulated Mat
No one likes to sleep on the cold ground. So this season, gift a good night’s sleep to your outdoorsman with this insulated mat from Sea to Summit. It’s designed with 548 air spring cells for incredible comfort, boasts antimicrobial treatment, and provides excellent insulation for those chillier nights under the stars.
NEMO Salsa Sleeping Bag
Here’s an obvious gifts idea. A sleeping bag is something everyone can use in the outdoors. And this Salsa sleeping bag from Nemo, made from 30D Nylon Micro Taffeta offers water repellent capabilities and rated for temperatures as low as 15 degrees Fahrenheit.
Taylor Stitch Rover Jacket
Based out of California, Taylor Stitch manufacturers high-quality outerwear for the unassuming outdoorsman; this Rover Jacket notwithstanding. It’s indispensable in nature, featuring a body lined in 10 oz moleskin and a waxed cotton exterior for enhanced weather resistance. It also hosts an antique brass YKK 2-way zipper, a moleskin-lined collar stand, and fits true to size.
MSR Guardian Purifier Pump
Finding yourself among poor water conditions can result in a disastrous scenario for even the most experienced outdoor enthusiast. This purifier pump from MSR is therefore a saving grace, offering the removal of viruses, bacteria, protozoa and sentiment for up to 10,000 liters. It’s also self-cleaning, purifies 2.5 liters of water a minute, and engineered to function in freezing temperatures and harsh environments.
MSR Mutha Hubba NX Tent
Every outdoorsman needs a shelter. And with this offering from MSR they’ll keep warm and dry three seasons out of the year thanks to its 20-denier ripstop nylon makeup and two StayDry doors with rain gutters. It also boasts enough room to sleep three people and hosts two large storage vestibules for ample gear storage.