The Wishlist: 15 Best Gifts for The Outdoorsman

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As modern technology advances, so does the gear that’s made to help us with our outdoor proclivities. Whether you’re a fisherman, a mountaineer, a birdwatcher, or just a casual hiker, each year offers new and improved versions of old favorites or just innovative projects altogether.

Shopping for the perfect outdoor gear isn’t easy, especially if you’re not an outdoor person yourself. To help you with your shopping list this year, we’ve curated list of the best gifts for the outdoorsman in your life.

Suunto 9 Peak Pro

Improving on its expertise in the outdoor smartwatch space, Suunto just debuted its 9 Peak Pro, offering superb GPS reliability, 90 sports modes, and up to 300 hours of battery life on the trail, all within a sleek and stylish package.

Opinel No. 12 Explore with Tick Remover

This updated version of Opinel’s classic No. 12 Explore outdoor folding survival knife swaps the flint fire starter with a tick remover. Sporting a Sandvik 12C27M stainless steel blade, the knife also features an emergency whistle and cutting hook.

LifeStraw Peak Series Gravity System 8L

LifeStraw’s 8L Gravity System headlines its new Peak Series which launched this past spring. Easy to pack away on any adventure, the large camping water bladder utilizes the brand’s same filtration technology for outings with larger groups, allowing you to find clean, potable water from lakes and streams.

Nocs Provisions Standard Issue 8 x 25 Binoculars

Nocs Provisions makes some of the best entry-level binoculars while also sporting a nice visual aesthetic. With an IPX7 waterproof rating, these compact specs are perfect for checking out mountain peaks and wildlife on your hiking trip and are easy to carry at just over 4” long and under 12oz in weight.

Black Diamond Raven Ice Axe

A mountaineering staple, this investment-cast stainless steel Raven Ice Axe from Black Diamond is a modern interpolation of the original curved-pick mountain axe. This popular axe has been redesigned to be even lighter and more ergonomic.

Jetboil Flash Java Kit Cooking System

This Jetboil cooking kit is a fantastic camping coffee maker that no trip should be without. Made for the outdoors, it can boil a pint of water in just 100 seconds thanks to the FluxRing technology, procuring a delicious cup of French press java in the process.

Prometheus Design Werx All Terrain Duffel 45L

A few months ago, Prometheus Design Werx debuted its highly-anticipated All-Terrain collection, which required three years of R&D. Among the highlights is this 45L Duffel, with 1000D RPET construction, Delrin zippers, and IPX7-rated waterproofing that eschews the typical roll top. The magic here are the zippers themselves, built with polyacetal resin teeth.

Ignik FireCan Portable Fire Pit

What’s a camping trip without a campfire? Ignik’s FireCan is a portable propane fire pit that’s collapsible and easy to transport to wherever you pitch your tent, weighing just over 11lbs and able to stand on legs above the ground.

Nike ACG Zoom Gaiadome GORE-TEX

Debuting at this year’s Winter Olympics, the Gaiadome is one of the sturdiest shoes Nike’s ever made. From the brand’s outdoor ACG sublabel, the large-lugged outdoor boots feature GORE-TEX for waterproofing, a Trailframe underfoot for stability, and is an absolute beast!

Eddie Bauer Guide Pro Smart Heated Gloves

Eddie Bauer’s new self-heating gloves utilize clim8 technology for AI-powered heat regulation that lets you program your desired temperature via the smartphone app. These are outdoor-ready, built with Primaloft Gold insulation and WeatherEdge Plus waterproofing.

Garmin inReach Messenger

Featuring two-way and group messaging, Garmin’s new inReach Messenger device builds upon the smartwatch brand’s inReach lineup. It utilizes a global Iridium satellite network for communication when you don’t have cell service, whether it’s sharing your coordinates or sending out an SOS.

Haven Safari Hammock

Three years after launching on Kickstarter, Haven has become one of the most beloved hammock makers in the game. This year, the company debuted its most luxurious hammock yet, the Safari, which is made from 300d polyester and features a suede-coated inflatable mattress. There’s also a lounging strap that can be adjusted from the inside. 

Hyperlite Headwall 55 Ski Pack

Hyperlite recently debuted the Headwall 55, the revered outdoor brand’s first-ever ski pack. Designed with input by ski legend Cody Townsend, the bag sports a slim profile despite holding 55L of capacity and is built with lightweight Dyneema.

Sea Eagle PackFish7 Packraft

The rise of packrafts over the past 20 years is undeniable. However, no brand has crafted a model expressly for fishing like Sea Eagle has with its PackFish7. With a 5-minute setup, the raft enables you to hike to remote locations to better your chances of taking home a plentiful bounty. It’s also equipped with an array of pockets to hold your gear, two onboard rod holders, and a wooden floorboard in case you want to stand up.

Heimplanet The Cave XL 66° North Limited Edition

For its ultra-weatherproof inflatable-frame tent, HEIMPLANET partnered with Icelandic clothing brand 66° North. Thoroughly tested in the harshest conditions on Earth, the geodesic frame sets up in 60 seconds, while the tent itself is constructed of dual-layer ripstop and has a large living space inside.