11 Better Gifts for Outdoorsy Types
Need a breath of fresh air? Resolve to get out more next year, and add these 11 outdoorsy gifts to your list:
1. STERIPEN ULTRA, $99.95
Instead of pumping water through a filter, purify it with a blast of ultraviolet light. SteriPEN’s lamp destroys 99.9 percent of the bacteria and viruses that cause water-borne illnesses. It can treat 8,000 liters of water before the lamp becomes ineffective, and if you manage to reach that number, the company will buy you a new pen.
Find It: amazon.com
2. UNITED BY BLUE ATLANTIC FIELD POT, $34
United By Blue’s enamel-and-steel cookware is designed to be light, durable, and easy to clean no matter where you make camp. The company is also devoted to removing trash from waterways, so for every product sold, United By Blue pledges to remove one pound of trash from the ocean through company-organized cleanups. And if you need a beautifully crafted oar or axe, they’ve got those too.
Find It: unitedbyblue.com
3. OUTDOOR TECH KODIAK PLUS WATERPROOF POWERBANK, $99.95
This super-durable powerbank will power up any of your devices without slowing you down. It weighs less than a pound but packs 10,000 milliamps of power with dual USB outputs for simultaneous charging to keep your phone, camera, GPS, or tablet humming along. Its silicone exterior protects it from falls, dust, and other accidents, and it can be fully immersed in water for up to half an hour without skipping a beat.
Find It: amazon.com
4. ABOM ZERO-FOG GOOGLES, $249
At the top of the mountain, the combination of your warm face and cold air means instant goggle fog. Abom’s KLAIR technology uses heat-conductive film to keep fog at bay while you ski or snowboard, no wiping necessary. The goggles charge with a micro USB cable with a charge lasting up to six hours if you keep it on all day, or up to a week if you only turn them on as-needed. They’re a little pricey, but it might be worth it considering the extra time you’ll be able to pick up on the slopes.
Find It: abom.com
5. THERMACELL HEATED INSOLES, $134.99
Don’t let frosty toes keep you from adventuring this winter. ThermaCELL’s heated insoles are remote controlled and battery operated to inject your frozen tootsies with a blast of 111°F warmth. The rechargeable batteries will give you up to five hours of use. The insoles can be ordered in any shoe size and trimmed if they don’t quite fit.
Find It: thermacell.com
6. EVERGRN DOWNTIME HAMMOCK, $130
Hammocks always look comfy, but if you add more than one person, you’re in for a more than cozy experience. The Downtime Hammock is designed to be more like a hanging sofa than a hanging bed, and it won’t pitch you on top of your friends (or onto the ground) as soon as someone new sits down. As a bonus, it’s got side pockets for your book, your keys, or your hidden snacks.
Find It: rei.com
7. BAREBONES FOREST LANTERN, $79.99
This classic steel-encased lantern has an old-timey feel but modern capabilities. Rechargable batteries keep it glowing for 80 hours on the lowest setting or four on the highest, and you can charge your phone via its USB port should the need arise. Barebones also has a non-profit arm, Tifie Humanitarian, that does charity work around the world.
Find It: barebones.com
8. COLD SHOULDER BACKPACK COOLER
This roll-top backpack can hold 24 beverages and ice, keeping everything chilled for a full 24 hours. A waterproof lining separates the ice pouch from the rest of your stuff, so that you can carry more than just beers. A fleece-lined laptop pocket will keep laptops cozy.
Find It: coldshoulderbags.com
9. SUNSKI ORIGINAL SUNGLASSES, $48
Sunski offers a colorful array of polarized sunglasses that are durable and impact-resistant, so you don’t need to worry about dropping them on your adventures. Oh, and they’re inexpensive enough that you don’t need to stress about losing them off the side of a cliff.
Find It: sunskis.com
10. JADE YOGA FUSION MAT, $124.95
If you’re going to take your yoga practice outside, make sure to get an extra thick mat to add a little cushion. The Fusion mat is grippy and extra thick, great for hard dirt or just sore knees. For every mat sold, the company plants a tree, so don’t feel too bad for the rubber tree that is now cushioning your child’s pose.
Find It: jadeyoga.com
11. USAOPOLY NATIONAL PARKS EDITION MONOPOLY, $39.95
Just because you can’t actually get to the great outdoors doesn’t mean you can’t pretend. In the National Parks version of Monopoly, you built tents and ranger stations instead of houses and hotels while competing to explore natural wonders. A portion of the proceeds go to the National Park Foundation.
Find It: rei.com