This holiday season, get a gift for the hiker or camper in your life that they will really enjoy! The following seven products have been hand-chosen by our team of experienced bloggers–you can’t go wrong with any of these choices!

Gortex Winter Hiking Shoes


I have waterproof winter boots for snowshoeing, but no winter shoes for things like trail running or day hiking.  I really like the fit of my Salomon backpacking boots, so I think these Salomon Ellipse GTX Hiking shoes would be perfect!  They’re still lightweight and breathable, with a nice grippy sole.  I really hope something like this finds its way under the tree!


Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus Solar Kit


Solar technology has taken huge leaps and bounds in the past three years! Goal Zero, an innovative solar company based out of Salt Lake City, has been on the forefront of solar applications for outdoor recreation. The Guide 10 Plus Solar Kit has provided me with dozens of charges throughout the past six months in various conditions, and has always provided dependable power in the roughest environments. After using this combo for quite a while, I have been repeatedly surprised by the versatility and applications of the Guide 10 Kit. The package comes with the Nomad 7 solar panel, Guide 10 battery pack, four AA rechargeable batteries, AAA charging adapter, and 12V cigarette adapter. The battery pack doubles as a flashlight, and it can be charged using a wall charger or laptop as well. Not only that, but the battery pack can then charge any USB device (phones, tablets, cameras, etc.). I’ve found great satisfaction in my kit, and I think that the outdoor enthusiast in your life would also enjoy the Guide 10 Plus Solar Kit.

MSRP: $120

-AJ Heil

Telescopic Fork

The telescopic fork was made for the camper who loves roasting marshmallows, hot dogs, and other favorites over a good campfire. Do you often find yourself using short little skewers or sticks you find on the ground to attach your food to? Then you might want to get one of these handy little gadgets. This way, you can cook all the food you want over that open fire, without cooking your face in the process. I’ve been using one of these for the past couple of years and I get excited every time I get to use it. The length when fully extended is 30″, and it retracts back to 20″ for easier storage. Depending on where you purchase it, price will range from about $4 – $12. This is a great stocking stuffer item!

-Sarah Hikes

Trekking Poles

I swear by trekking poles. They are the best item to take with you on a day hike, backpacking trip, or snowshoe outing. Trekking poles help you keep your balance when crossing a stream or rocky section, they help take the strain off of your knees on long downhills, and they can also be used to hold up a tarp or tent if you break a pole! As you can see in the photo above, my dad and I (and my boyfriend too) are never without trekking poles on our backpacking trips. If your favorite hiker doesn’t have a pair, get some now! Black Diamond makes great, adjustable trekking poles in a variety of price ranges, and they’re available at REI.


ENO Pronest Hammock

Having utilized various hammocking systems in the backcountry, front country, cities, and other settings, I’ve seen no other hammock that is more versatile than the ENO Pronest. Combining comfort and simplicity, the Pronest provides plentiful opportunities to relax in any setting that you might encounter (pending availability of trees or other anchors).  My favorite complimentary features are the Pronest’s compactness and weight.  Including the wire-gate carabiners, this hammock comes in right at 12 ounces, making it a perfect choice for ultralight hiking and backpacking kits  The Pronest is ENO’s “leanest” hammock on the market, but does not sacrifice quality for the sake of simplicity.  As it stands, this hammock has quickly become one of my favorite pieces of gear to use and borrow!  Not only does the Pronest adapt to the backcountry well, but it is also easy to include in any car-camping, hiking, climbing, or leisure situation.  I’ve fallen in love with this piece of gear, and I think that you will too.

MSRP: $65

-AJ Heil

Bear Grylls Pack-It Camp Pillow 

The Bear Grylls Pack-It Camp Pillow is by far my favorite piece of gear this season. Made out of open cell foam, the Pack-It Camp Pillow self-inflates in just a few minutes, and you can adjust the firmness to your preference. The pillow itself is made out of 50D micro polyester fabric, which is soft and perfect for catching a few more hours of sleep out on the trail. The Topo Print makes this pillow stylish, and it also includes a stuff sack and patch kit. At only $24.99 at BearGryllsstore.com, this is the perfect gift for the outdoor adventurer in your life.


Kelty Lowdown Chair

While plenty of companies make comfortable camp chairs, Kelty does it right. Featuring solid construction, and comfortable ergonomics, the Lowdown is reasonably priced and super functional. Best of all? The Lowdown features an attached bottle opener, so you never have to wonder where your camp can opener is. Kelty knows what’s up.

MSRP: $48.


Your Turn: What’s your top holiday gift recommendation for hiking or camping?

# Comments

  • Jeff Barber

    I find it hard to imagine Bear Grylls using a camp pillow… but man, that thing looks comfy!

    I’ve never used trekking poles but have always wanted to give them a try. Thanks for the reminder!

    The telescoping fork is a great stocking stuffer. Way classier than using a coat hanger to toast marshmallows. 🙂

    • JohnH

      A pillow does not seem like it would be in Bear’s vocabulary but I have never sleep so comfortably!

      My girlfriend and I love our trekking poles and never leave home without them.

  • Greg Heil

    Man, I could totally go for a reliable solar panel for Christmas!

  • AJ Heil

    Love these selections!
    My Gortex Salomons have lasted me years! I will, sadly, be retiring them within the next few months however.

    Greg — Hope that your wish comes true! 😉

    Trekking poles also sound like a great option in the long-run… Extended backpacking and hiking may be much more enjoyable (especially in the Rockies). Maybe I’ll try them someday?

    Great article!

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