2018 Holiday Gift Giving Guide

The ultimate go-to gift guide for your favorite adventurer

We all have an adventurer in our life and sometimes its difficult to nail down the perfect gift for them, because (a) they are type A by nature and already bought themselves everything they wanted or (b) they are too off the grid all the time to make a simple phone call in LTE land to tell you what they want. So, have no fear, we have made the ultimate go-to gift guide for what any self proclaimed outdoorsy person in your life wants/must have/needs now.

JUMP TO Categories: Under $50, $50-$100, $100-$250, $250-$500


Under $50: For the sock & underwear gift giver

Darn Tough Merino Wool Ski Socks  ($26)

Darn Tough Ski SocksDarn Tough is made in USA and offers 100% satisfaction guaranteed. So these socks will truly last your loved one a lifetime! Our gear testers have used and abused Darn Tough and they have lived up to their namesake, they are pretty darn tough.

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Arc’teryx Phase SL Boxer – Men’s and Women’s ($39)

Arc'teryx Phase SL boxersThese are hands down the most versatile pair of undies that our gear testers have ever used. They have been tested on multiple day ascents of the Eiger, Matterhorn and backcountry ski trips.

They don’t chafe or stink, and if you need to river wash them, they dry super fast.

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American Alpine Club (AAC) Annual Membership ($85)

The AAC’s vision is “A United Community Of Competent Climbers And Healthy Climbing Landscapes” (AAC, 2018). Some perks of membership include $12,500 in rescue coverage, opportunities for grants to help fund adventures, steep discounts on gear, lodging and events, annual publications including American Alpine Journal ($35 value) and Accidents in North American Climbing ($15 value), and access to a community of outdoor enthusiasts 22,000 strong and growing. 

Your favorite climber, hiker, backcountry skier, mountain biker, and any human-powered adventurer will benefit from an AAC membership.

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Arc’teryx Konseal Hoody – Men’s and Women’s ($169)

Because they alpine climb, ski, or hike in adverse conditions and you care enough about them that you don’t want them to freeze. This burly midlayer is a workhorse for people that like to break a sweat on the uphill but need to stay warm on descent. 

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GoTenna Mesh 2-pack ($179)

Say goodbye to smoke signals in remote areas. The GoTenna Mesh is a lightweight device that pairs with a smartphone, keeping a group connected when there is no cellular service. Another great use is to drop a GoTenna mesh as a relay point, for example the campsite, and distribute one to each camper to create your own network of communication.

There is no annual fee, just the upfront cost of purchasing this device, making it the perfect hassle free gift for your favorite off-the-grid adventurer.  

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Stio Hometown Down Hooded Jacket ($299) – Men’s, Women’s and Kids

Born in beautiful Wyoming, the Hometown Down Hooded Jacket is a puffy that looks as good bike commuting to the office as it does cutting turns down the ski slopes. Stio packed this puffy with responsibly sourced 800-fill, Allied Feather™ HyperDry™ water-
repellent goose down and added a silky smooth Illume Cire™ nylon face fabric with a DWR finish to shed light rain and snow. Our gear testers are digging the funky fresh “Tap Shoe Fauna” jacket color as an extra bonus.

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Garmin In-Reach Mini ($349.99)

For the explorer that goes to far away lands, the driver who drives winding mountain roads, or those that want piece of mind that communication with anyone is available via satellites instead of cellular service. The Garmin In-Reach Mini is a 2-way satellite communication device packed full of features, with the most important being the SOS feature which contacts a 24/7 rescue monitor and allows for you to message back and forth to rescuers in case of an emergency. All of this packed into  convenitent 3.5oz size. An In-Reach is actually responsible for saving the life of one of our reviewers in the remote Alaska backcountry after a boulder crush injury, so we don’t leave home without it EVER.

NOTE: This does require a monthly fee to use. 

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Outdoor Research Capstone Heated Gloves – Unisex (sale $374.96)
Outdoor Research Capstone Heated Gloves

Know someone that is always complaining about how cold their hands are? These gloves have been tested in temps down to 5F by our reviewer with a blood flow problem to her hand. She was able to ski in both the backcountry and in-bounds because of these gloves. 

Customizable heat settings (low, medium, and high) offer the perfect temperature setting for any user and a Gore-tex insert keeps your hands dry, wicking moisture away while also preventing the elements from seeping in. These gloves are a game changer. 

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CAMP USA – Cassin X-Dream Ice Tool (Sale $210)

CAMP USA - Cassin X-Dream Ice ToolBecause they love this weird sport called “ice climbing”, finding themselves using pointy axes on rock in this up and coming sport of dry tooling, and constantly use the word “project” when talking about climbing routes. There is one tool that will help them send their projects with ease, and this is it.

Fully customizable and modular, the X-Dream Ice Tools are every vertical winter climber enthusiast’s dream.

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Raised in the ocean lined landscape of Southern California, Ilana now calls the rocky mountains of Colorado home. Ilana is a mother to an adventurous daughter, an accomplished rock and ice climber, skier, snowboarder, mountain distance runner, avid adventurer, and a Registered Trauma Nurse. A recent, near fatal accident in May, 2018, has left Ilana with a new disability; bringing her biggest life challenge to head, adapting to continue her pursuit of long, hard days in the mountains and share it with the generations to come. Ilana is the founder of Thrillseekers Anonymous, a seasoned event speaker, and has been featured in various media outlets including the February 2015 issue of ‘Climbing’ magazine, December 2013 issue of ‘Rock and Ice’ magazine, December/January 2013 issue of ‘Gripped Climbing’ magazine, Canyoneering: A Guide to Techniques for Wet and Dry Canyons (How To Climb Series) by Dave Black and Pasadena Magazine as well as a Climbing Expert on MTV’s Parental Control (Season 7 – “Heather”).

Ilana has written 119 articles for Thrillseekers Anonymous.

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