You’ve done it. You’ve made it through Thanksgiving. You cooked the turkey, you made the flights, and despite everyone hemming and hawing about how ‘hard’ it would be to ‘deal’ with your family – you had a great time. Now, however, the tryptophan has worn off. The guests have gone on, leaving you to contemplate both your now suddenly larger gut and the amount of holiday shopping still to be done.
Now, if you didn’t know any better, you’d start worrying. But you don’t have to – you have us. This month we’ve sifted through the ubiquitous online superstore in order to scrounge up some of the best picks for the beginning of winter. From tents to tomahawks, boots to waterproof backpacks – we’ve got it all on here on our list of the best Gear on Amazon this December. Settle in, throw on a sweater, and get ready to pick some great gifts for those you love, and maybe a few for yourself as well.
MSR Stake Hammer
You’ve made the hike. You’ve schlepped all that needs to be schlepped, and now the final task before calling it a night is to set up your tent. This Stake Hammer from Mountain Safety Research is the perfect tool for just that. Weighing only 11 ounces and featuring a sleek, ergonomic design and additional bottle opener, this hammer is a no-brainer add-on for the hiker.
Tesla Coil Lighter
Wind, nor sleet, nor snow will stop this lighter from starting a fire at the campsite or at the end of your cigar of choice. With just the press of a button, the lighter creates an electric arc that immediately sets fire to anything that interrupts it. Charging is easy thanks to an included mini USB cable, and it lasts up to 300 uses per charge.
Snow Peak Titanium Stacking Mug
A good camping mug is a must for any hiker or backpacker. Made from solid titanium, this double walled insulated mug works perfectly for a quick cup of water before heading out on the trail or sipping on a hot coffee early in the morning.
CRKT Kangee Tomahawk
Whether clearing trail or just breaking down cuts of wood to throw in the fire, this Kangee Tomahawk designed by Ryan Johnson for CRKT is ready for duty. Just over a foot long, this axe is made from a single piece of SK5 Carbon Steel and features glass reinforced nylon handles for a solid grip. The Kydex sheath has also been made to be Molle compatible for when you want to carry this thing out with you on any adventures through the woods.
Native Fitzsimmons Boot
For those looking for something a little off the beaten path when it comes to solid winter boots, it is well worth giving Native Shoes’ Fitzsimmons a look. Featuring a synthetic sole and an Ethylene Vinyl Acetate upper, they’re a pair of unique winter boots with an equally distinct fit and feel.
Gerber Center Drive Multi Tool
Gerber wasn’t messing around with this one. Their newest multi-tool offers a bevy of genuinely unique and cool features that you’ll find in few others. It has a pair of pliers, a knife, and interchangeable magnetic bits for driving in screws and bolts of almost any size. To top it all off? It’s made right here in the U.S.A.
Bitwell Gringo Helmet
There are few helmets as classic as Biltwell’s Gringo. This DOT certified brain bucket is made with an injection molded ABS outer shell, a polystyrene inner shell, and features a high gloss hand painted finish that makes it as good looking as it is tough. As far as the interior goes, the diamond stitched quilted padding on the interior of the helmet is built for an incredibly comfortable fit. Ride on.
Finisterre Waterproof Rucksack
Here’s a 20-liter bag constructed from DWR-coated ballistic nylon for carrying and protecting your gear even in the roughest weather this season has to offer. This German made bag features rolltop access that can be secured by clips, as well as a zippered front pocket for quick access items. A solid grab for the hiker who doesn’t fear bad weather.
Stikkan Cast-Iron Wood Splitter
One of the best things about winter has to be warming fires in the fireplace. This cast iron wall mounted wood splitter from Plow and Hearth is built to make getting a big, roaring fire going that much easier. Simply open up the cutting wedge, throw in a log, and push down.
Julbo Vermont Mythic Sunglasses
For most everyone, big piles of snow and cold, cold, temperatures usually spell the end of the outdoor season. If you don’t count yourself among that bunch, then you may want to consider equipping yourself with a pair of these sunglasses from Julbo. Designed to keep your peepers protected from harmful rays reflected off the snow’s surface, they feature leather side shields and allow for only 7% of visible light through.
Filson Extra Long Double Mackinaw Cruiser
A classic coat from a classic American company, Filson’s Extra Long Double Mackinaw Cruiser is a great pick for the guy looking for some new outerwear this winter. Featuring a naturally water repellent fabric and an extra wool layer over the chest and yoke, it is a supremely warm and stylish pick for the colder weather.
Heimplanet Cave Tent
A unique piece of gear for the serious campers, this 3 person, 3 season tent is built to be easily set up through its unique inflatable frame. Once you have the stakes in the ground, all users need to do is inflate the frame through one valve. Afraid of leaks? Don’t be. Air chambers within the frame are isolated, making it so one leak won’t bring down the ship. That isn’t the only tough part of this tent. The floor is made from a 70 denier nylon and the fly is treated with a waterproofed PU coating for keeping rain and dew off.