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 multi-tool 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.
Bind skis, corral climbing ropes, hang lanterns, and more with Nite Ize Gear Ties. The infinitely useful and bendable ties are rubber coated so they won’t scratch your gear. We even came up with a handful of ideas of how to use these on any adventure. Great for the person who’s drowning in gear.
The smartest in Smartwool’s line, the PhD Ski Light Elite Pattern Socks offer more stretch and breathability than the brand’s other materials. Two different elastics provide more flexibility while keeping the socks from slipping out of place. Plus, they offer male- and female-specific ventilation zones and are made in the USA.
Maximize your camp space with Marmot’s Limelight 2-person tent. Pre-bent poles and “strategic clip placement” provide as much interior space as possible. Two storage vestibules flank a large primary double-door and rear D-shaped door. Inside, a lampshade stash and gear pockets complement 33 square feet of floor area.
Who says you have to skimp on comfort when you camp? Coleman’s 8-person Tenaya Lake Fast Pitch Cabin takes the edge off of roughing it with room for two queen airbeds, built-in closet with shelves, and a room divider. There’s enough room to stand and walk around, as long as you’re under 6-foot-8.
A fleece collar and KEEN’s unique “charcoal bamboo” insulation underfoot help add warmth to the women’s Elsa boots. Heat reflection and natural odor-controlling materials line the inside, while PU leather and an added-traction sole fight the outside elements.
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.
Add light to your outdoor adventure with the weather- and impact-resistant Radiant Rechargeable Lantern from Nite Ize. The 300-lumen lantern has modes for high-medium, low, LED, and red LED. It comes equipped with a diffuse bag for softer, all-around light inside your tent.
Add ice and drinks for the whole crew on the next beach adventure. Coleman’s 54-quart stainless steel cooler will keep ice frozen up to four days in 90-degree heat. And it holds a whopping 85 cans. It’s a great excuse to invite a buddy – to help carry it.
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.”
Add peace of mind to evening walks with Fido knowing the pup has 360-degree visibility. The NiteHowl LED Necklace comes in orange, green, red, blue, and tie-dye pink and offers both glow and flash modes. Plus, it’s weather-resistant, so it’s safe from rain – and slobber.
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.
As warm as 700-fill down and about as packable, Marmot’s Featherless Hoody offers water-resistant warmth for active pursuits. Filled with synthetic insulation, the Featherless Hoody packs into its own pocket and weighs a feather over one pound, figuratively speaking.
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.
Know exactly where the road leads using the Steelie FreeMount Windshield Kit from Nite Ize. A suction mount affixes to the optimal spot for your viewing, and adjustable clips hold almost any type of smartphone. The clip connects to a magnetic ball, allowing you to rotate your phone in any direction.