Consider yourself a Gear Junkie? Then look away. This guide is for the non-outdoorsy person shopping for you.
We know the feeling: You know where to shop for that rugged someone, just not what to get them. We can help.
Here is our guide to a few products for the camper, DIYer, adventurer, dirtbag, and all-around outdoors person in your life.
Everything to love about the classic multitool in a sleek new color, the All-Black Signal sports 19 functions – firestarter, hammer, replaceable wire cutters, combo knife, and more – that can all be operated one-handed. A nylon sheath comes standard, and you can add a custom engraving for $7.
Shopping for the weekend warrior? KEEN’s Targhee EXP boots for men and women have the days-off adventurer in mind. They’re lighter than rugged work boots, but built with PU leather and a waterproof-breathable membrane to tackle impromptu muddy pursuits.
It’s easy to take a timepiece for granted when every smart gadget offers a digital watch. But true outdoors people need a dependable time-keeper for the worst elements, and that’s where the Victorinox I.N.O.X. Titanium comes in. The titanium frame resists corrosion, is lighter than other metals, and is hypoallergenic. Plus, it offers Ronda 715 Swiss-made quartz movement, water resistance to 200 meters, and a leather band.
Give the gift of Swedish-forged Damascus steel, in Leatherman form. The limited-edition Damascus Skeletool weighs a scant 5 ounces with its seven functions. But none are as eye-catching as the patterned 2.6-inch blade, crafted by Damasteel to be “incomparably strong, corrosion-resistant and excellent edge-retaining.”
Keep winter at bay without worrying about cold spots. The Big Agnes Fire Tower Belay Jacket offers 700-fill, water-repellent down stuffed into vertical baffles with “flow gates” that prevent feathers shifting or settling. A helmet-compatible hood and multiple drawcords help seal out wind top to bottom.
Carve an avocado, cut rope, or prep firewood with Gear Aid’s Buri Knife. It features a three-inch, titanium drop-point blade with full-tang 420 stainless steel. On the handle, a bottle opener and butt-end glass breaker add utility. And it comes with its own quick-release sheath.
Blast through darkness and don’t worry about drops, spills, or crushing forces – the Coast Polysteel 600R flashlight holds its own. The brand certifies it as water-, drop-, and crush-proof. And it blasts up to 700 lumens, has rechargeable batteries that crank up to 40 hours continuous use, and shines beyond 800 feet.
Add more grip with less hardware, that’s the idea behind Kahtoola’s MICROspikes. Each pair of spikes weighs 11–13.5 ounces (depending on shoe size) and sports a dozen 3/8-inch stainless steel teeth to bite into winter terrain. Plus, the MICROspikes have a 50-percent-lower profile than previous models, and its elastomer bands stay stretchy down to -30 degrees Fahrenheit.
Stop fumbling with lids and don’t worry about spills. Contigo’s AUTOSEAL West Loop mug has a spill-proof lid you can actuate with one hand. Push a button, and drink. Or, leave it closed to keep hot drinks hot up to five hours.