We at Tripleblaze want to make sure you and your loved ones give and receive great gifts this holiday season.  So we’ve complied a few of our favorite things from this past year to give you some great ideas on presents for spouses, Mom, Dad, and even Fido.

Jeff: The Spot Satellite GPS Messenger

Not only is the Spot Satellite GPS Messenger useful in a pinch–it’s also a great way to share your adventures with friends and family. The Spot can request emergency assistance no matter where you are in the world at the push of a button which will give any backcountry explorer peace of mind. Plus, you can use the Spot to share your current position automatically through the Spot website, allowing friends to track your adventure in near real time. Compact and easy to use, the Spot retails for $119 plus $99 a year for the tracking service.

LightFoot:  The Gerber Suspension Multi-Plier

The Gerber Suspension Multi-Plier is the work horse in my gear bag. The pliers have a wire cutter and are spring loaded for ease of use. Safety locks hold the scissors, fine edge knife, serrated edge knife, crosspoint screwdriver, small and medium flat blade screwdrivers, saw, can opener, and bottle opener in place while using the tool. The suspension grip design is attractive and fits the hand well. It comes in a sheath with a belt loop and has an easy to open and close Velcro closure. The best part of all is that at only $38 it has a lifetime warranty.  If you’re interested in learning more or buying one, click here!

SarahHikes:  North Face Paramount Peak Convertible Pants

Let’s face it, even after we think we’ve got it all figured out, the weather always seems to surprise us. Plus, with fluctuating temperatures from the morning, to midday, to the evening, it’s always good to be prepared. I would recommend investing in a pair of convertible pants. Just what are convertible pants? They’re pants with zip-off legs, which allows them to turn into shorts. The brand I bought is made by The North Face. Some of the cool features of these pants are they provide UV protection, they’re water repellent, and quick drying. If you know it’s going to be a chilly morning but then a warm afternoon, these are the perfect piece of clothing to wear. You can start out wearing them as pants and when it heats up you can transition to shorts. You’ll stay comfortable all day long.

Mtbikerchick:  Salomon Quest 4D GTX Hiking Boots

For the hard-to-fit hiker, these boots are wonderful!  I have always had feet that were difficult to fit into many types of hiking boots.  My heels are narrow, my toe-box area is wide and my arches are almost non-existent.  The first time I put these boots on I knew they were keepers.  They’re light and have kept my feet dry during several rainstorms and across many creeks.  They were well worth the price!

FLTrekker:  REI Flash 62 Men’s Pack

By far my favorite piece of gear this year was my REI Flash 62 Pack. The Flash 62 Pack is an ultralight (3lbs/1.36kg) internal backpack with a capacity of 3,783 cubic inches (Medium size) great for weekend or week long treks in the backcountry.  What I loved most about this pack is the excellent load transfer allowing me to fly up Harney Peak in South Dakota without feeling the heavy load of my pack. The EVA Back panel offers superior ventilation leaving my back dry on my most recent weekend trip bushwhacking in the swamps of central Florida. When I was researching this pack I was concerned about the lack of padding, but after my first weekend trip I was left pain free and ready for more. With the Flash 62 Pack I am ready to take on anything… except maybe the long work week.

Mtbikerchick:  Doggie Backpacks

Autumn sports the Olly Dog pack

Whether you choose an Olly Dog pack or an REI brand pack, or some other type, doggie packs are great investments if you have a dog that likes to hike and backpack with you.  In July when we did an overnight trip with Adelle’s dog, Autumn, she was able to carry her own food and collapsible bowl along with our Bota Boxes of wine on the way in, and trash on the way out.  She was completely comfortable with the pack; she never tried to bite at it or get it off.  It was easy to take off in the evening and put on in the morning.  This was definitely a great investment.

Good luck with the last of your Christmas shopping!  There are still a few weeks left and hopefully we’ve given you a few good ideas.


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