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The Wishlist: 20 Best Gifts for The Outdoorsman

No matter how far technology progresses or how integrated tech, gadgets, and mobile devices become in our lives, there will always be individuals that relish unplugging from the hustle and bustle of daily life, packing up, escaping the city, and heading off-grid to enjoy the beauty and adventure offered by the natural world. If your loved ones happen to fall under this category, there’s no safer bet when it comes time to give holiday presents than opting for an outdoor garment or a piece of adventure-ready gear.

If the outdoor gear segment isn’t a space you closely follow, it can be difficult to seek out an item for the hiking or camping enthusiast on your shopping list — especially when you consider that some of these people can be trusting this gear with their lives. So, with this in mind, we’ve set out to streamline this process by shining a light on some of the latest and greatest offerings available in this space to deliver this curated guide to the best gifts for the outdoorsman.

Carhartt Super Dux™ Relaxed Fit Active Jac

A modernized version of Carhartt’s inaugural offering from the 1930s, the Super Dux™ Relaxed Fit Active Jac is a heavily weather-resistant, sherpa-lined jacket that is crafted from 7.75oz nylon and fortified with a proprietary Rain Defender DWR finish, double-stitched main seams, and Wind Fighter tech.

Purchase: $160+

überleben Leicht Fire Starter Necklace

The überleben Leicht Fire Starter is an ultra-compact survivalist’s tool that’s comprised of a Sånft-korr ferrocerium Ferro Rod and a combination spark striker/cutting tool that comes paired with a necklace made from mil-spec 550 paracord.

Purchase: $14

LifeStraw x CamelBak Crux 2L Reservoir

Born out of a collaboration between LifeStraw and CamelBak, the Crux is a two-liter hydration pack that comes with an integrated hollow fiber filter and activated carbon filter allowing users to source their water straight from a lake, river, or stream.

Purchase: $69

CRKT Freyr Axe

Designed by Elmer Roush, CRKT’s Freyr is a rugged outdoor axe that features a Tennessee hickory handle paired with a 1055 carbon steel head and comes protected by a limited lifetime warranty.

Purchase: $125

Snow Peak Titanium Aurora Bottle

Made from anodized 1mm titanium, Snow Peak’s Aurora Bottle is an ultra-lightweight 27oz vessel that tips the scales at only 5.2oz. Designed in Japan, this item is also offered in five color options.

Purchase: $130

VSSL Camp Supplies Kit

Backed by a lifetime warranty, VSSL’s Camp Supplies kit is a rugged military-grade aluminum cylinder that contains more than 70 pieces of gear. The tube is also capped off by an LED flashlight and SUUNTO KB-14 compass.

Purchase: $135

Amabilis Dave Jr Tactical Duffel

Crafted from an ultra-hardwearing amalgamation of waterproof tarpaulin and armor-plated SuperFabric, this tactically-inspired 25-liter bag boasts military-grade hardware, waterproof zippers, and an anodized aluminum grab handle.

Purchase: $139

Fjällräven Canada Shirt

Produced in a wide range of plaid and solid color options, Fjällräven’s Canada Shirt is a robust flannel that fuses the warmth of wool with the strength of modern synthetic fibers.

Purchase: $150+

ESEE Knives ESEE-5PB-002 Knife

Sold with a Kydex sheath, the ESEE-5PB-002 is a top-shelf outdoor fixed blade knife with a full-tang 5.25″ powder-coated 1095 steel drop point blade mated to a set of milled canvas Micarta scales.

Purchase: $170

Nemo Stargaze Luxury Recliner

Bringing the comforts of home to the campsite, Nemo’s Stargaze Luxury Recliner is a premium take on a folding chair, with an aircraft-grade aluminum suspension frame draped in water-resistant nylon mesh.

Purchase: $220

Biolite FirePit+

Weighing less than 20lbs, Biolite’s FirePit+ is a self-contained hybrid wood and charcoal smart grill and fire pit that’s powered by a potent 12,800mAh battery.

Purchase: $250

Exped SynMat HL Duo Sleeping Pad

Sleeping at camp doesn’t have to be an uncomfortable experience thanks to products like the Exped SynMat HL Duo Sleeping Pad which provides two people with a full mattress-sized cushion with a tapered design and microfiber insulation.

Purchase: $279+

Naglev Combat WP Boots

Some of the most rugged hiking boots on the market, Naglev’s Combat WP model boasts uppers made from a single piece of Kevlar that are paired with a tanned leather and coconut fiber footbed, a rubber outsole, a TPU rand, and a waterproof membrane-backed wool lining.

Purchase: $280

Goal Zero Sherpa 100 AC Portable Power Bank

Allowing users to charge up their devices no matter how far off-grid, the Goal Zero Sherpa 100 is a portable power bank that’s rated at 110-volts and is good for charging speeds of up to 60W.

Purchase: $300

Holden Hybrid Down Sweatpant

Built around a featherlight 7D Japanese nylon taffeta shell, Holden’s Hybrid Down Sweatpant is outfitted with eco-sourced 600-fill power down, an Italian-made TecnoStretch fleece gusset, and ultra-rugged Toray stretch overlays.

Purchase: $350

Big Agnes King Solomon 15 Sleeping Bag

Aiming to maximize comfort while sleeping off-grid, Big Agnes’ King Solomon 15 is more in line with a traditional bed — or bedroll — than a sleeping bag. The 40″ double-wide sleeping bag also contains 650-fill DownTek water-repellent down insulation.

Purchase: $366

DemerBox DB2 Speaker

With a housing built from a crush-proof Pelican case, the DemerBox DB2 isn’t just one of the most rugged waterproof speakers in existence, but it also offers best-in-class battery life with more than 40 hours on a single charge.

Purchase: $399

SUUNTO Traverse Alpha

Engineered from the ground up for off-grid adventure and exploration, SUUNTO’s Traverse Alpha is a cutting-edge outdoor-specific smartwatch with GPS and GLONASS tracking that features a composite case paired with a stainless steel bezel and a textile strap.

Purchase: $432

Aclim8 COMBAR Pro Titanium

Something of the ultimate all-in-one camping tool, the COMBAR Pro Titanium is made up of an axe and hammerhead with a handle that houses a magazine that’s equipped with a folding camp saw and a sheathed fixed blade knife.

Purchase: $599

Hyperlite ULTAMID 4 Tent

Measuring 10″ x 7″ x 5.5″ when erected, Hyperlite’s ULTAMID 4 Tent is big enough to comfortably accommodate 3-4 adults, though thanks to its ultra-lightweight waterproof Dyneema composite fabric construction, the tent weighs in at just 1.44lbs.

Purchase: $890

The 30 Best Camping Gear Essentials

Looking to supplement your purchase(s) with even more adventure-ready items? Then be sure to check out our guide to the 30 best camping gear essentials you can buy.