From Cordura climbing pants to bourbon and snowshoes, we’ve found the best gifts for the adventurous women in your life. These are gifts for women who love the outdoors.
For this gift guide, we talked with GearJunkie staffers as well as Wylder Goods founders Lindsey Elliott and Jainee Dial. Wylder is an online marketplace on a mission to equip — and, more importantly, empower — women for adventure.
The gifts here all focus on real utility for women and an eye toward ethical or sustainable practices.
Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XTherm: $200-240
Just because you’re in the backcountry doesn’t mean you can’t be comfortable. Thanks to a reflective layer that returns heat to your body, this sleeping pad provides an impressive amount of warmth packed into a 15-ounce package. And the 2.5-inch thickness provides plenty of comfort-inducing cushioning. Made in the USA.
Made with lightweight, stretch-woven Cordura, the Summit L1 Climb Pants were designed for long days in the harness. Articulated knees and a gusseted crotch make stretching and stemming a cinch. And the bulk-free seams mean you never have to worry about uncomfortable chafing. Stretchy, warm, and breathable, these slim-fit pants will quickly become a climbing favorite.
We love these snowshoes so much we awarded them Best in Show and Gear of the Year honors. They’re lightweight, comfortable, and easy to use. And the curved rocker design makes them feel more like an athletic shoe and less like a bulky snowshoe. When they’ve reached the end of their life, you can recycle them at participating locations.
Anyone who’s ever wished her puffy was waterproof will love the Stormhenge. The two-layer nylon shell is fully seam sealed to keep water out. And the responsibly sourced down brings plenty of warmth.
Keep your pups happy and hydrated with the Wilderdog Backpacking Bowl. It comes with a mini carabiner to clip to the outside of your pack, or it can easily fold up to stuff inside. Best of all, the brand donates 1 pound of dog food for every purchase made. Not only are you taking care of your pup, but you’re also supporting other pets with every purchase.
Bambu Spork: $10
This packable utensil hides in a bag or pocket and stows neatly in a sanitary cork pouch. It’s perfect for your travel kit, exploring in the backcountry, chowing down at work, or in the car.
Danner Light Cascade Boots: $288 on Sale
Full-grain leather, durable nylon, and a Vibram sole help make the Danner Light Cascade rugged yet nimble for an all-weather boot. Each boot weighs about 1.5 pounds, resists water, and is built in the USA. Plus, the Cascades are built to be repaired, not thrown out.
Made in the USA from recycled wetsuits, this yoga mat is sure to be a favorite gift. It provides just the right amount of cushion and plenty of traction while upside down. And for 20 bucks more, you can purchase the Cradle to Grave edition, which is the only mat you’ll ever need. If anything happens to it, send it back and Suga will replace it.
JTree Fire Herbal Loose Chalk: $9 on Sale
These ultragrind chalks have the friction to get you through the crux, with an added kick to put your mind back in the action. Organic extracts in the chalk give a natural dose of menthol, which smells fresh and soothes sore fingers. Climb on.
Limited Edition Wylder Flask: $31 on Sale
The folks at Wylder teamed up with American classic Stanley to bring this fun and useful flask to life. The rugged exterior means it can stand up to any adventure, and the wide mouth makes for easy filling and drinking. For an especially awesome gift, pair this flask with a nice bottle of American-made bourbon like the Garrison Brother’s Balmorhea.
A top choice as a versatile downhill ski that thrives in soft snow, the 100Eight scored high marks across diverse ski tests. GearJunkie’s editor-in-chief got these for his wife, and she absolutely loves these skis she calls her “curvy girls.” For intermediate to advanced skiers, these new planks are sure to please.
Everyone needs a knife. Most of us need a corkscrew. Opinel’s 10cm blade with built-in corkscrew means there’s one less item to buy, pack, and potentially replace. The French knife has a beechwood handle and uses Sandvik 12C27 modified stainless steel.
Revel Trail Hound Camp Light: $25-30
This string of lights packs up small and proves useful whether tent camping, hanging in the backyard, or living the van life. Use any USB-compatible power source or pick up one of Revel’s solar packs. For each product sold, Revel Gear sends light and solar to communities across Africa, which not only increases education success but also cuts down on health concerns related to breathing kerosene smoke. Increase your camp ambiance and feel good knowing you’re helping give back too.
This tent is certainly an investment, but it will last a lifetime. Weighing in at 5 pounds, it’s light enough to pack into the backcountry and durable enough to weather a storm. And like all Fjällräven tents, it’s made without fluorocarbon, PVC plastic, and possibly toxic flame retardants. Rest easy knowing this tent is good for both you and the planet.
Keep the shoulder-season chill at bay, or add a non-bulky layer to winter pursuits with a sleeveless puffy. Recycled 600-fill down packs the baffles inside this two-tone canvas vest. And, as with anything Patagonia, it’s made to be repaired as it ages.
Made in America from bison down, these socks will keep your gal’s feet warm and dry. Plus, United By Blue cleans up 1 pound of trash from oceans and waterways for every single product it sells. Warm feet and a happy heart: There’s no better gift.
Chicks with Picks Climbing and Skiing Retreats: $550 and Up
There’s no better gift than a weekend of adventure. And the talented women at Chicks with Picks have it figured out. They offer everything from backcountry skiing and avalanche rescue to introductory rock climbing and advanced ice climbing. With locations ranging from Wyoming to Iceland, there’s sure to be something to fit your budget and goals. And to top it all off, Chicks with Picks hosts a yearly gear auction to raise money for local nonprofit organizations.