We’re huge fans of a great day hike – but there’s just something magical about spending the night (or a few!) under the stars. Our adventures cover some serious miles every year, giving us the chance to test some of the best, trail-worthy backpacks, tents, sleeping bags, cookware and backpacking gear. We share the philosophy that great gear can go a long way to enhance an adventure – and that lightweight, thoughtfully-designed gear is invaluable when the miles start to rack up on the trail.

We’ve wrapped our favorite, trail-tested gear into our 2018 Outdoor Gift Guide. Find the perfect backpacking gift idea – or some new gear for your own adventures on the trail. (Looking for a great hike to test out your new gear? Check out our favorite trails to Georgia mountain summits and on the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina for some of our favorite backpack-worthy adventures.)

  • ENO SuperSub Hammock - outdoor gift ideas

    HAVE YOUR CAKE AND EAT IT TOO

    ENO SuperSub Hammock

    The ENO SuperSub Hammock combines the light weight of the ENO Sub Series hammocks with the generously comfortable size of the ENO DoubleNest. And the SuperSub utilizes the light weight ENO Helios Suspension System for even more weight savings. It’s the pretty much the perfect blend of comfort and weight savings – and we’re totally in love with this hammock!
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  • Full Windsor Muncher - outdoor gift ideas

    THE UTIMATE MULTI-UTENSIL

    Full Windsor Muncher

    The Full Windsor Muncher packs ten different tools into one lightweight multi utensil. This titanium constructed, space saving tool features a spork, serrated knife, can and bottle opener, peeler, fire starter, cord cutter, pry bar, flathead screwdriver, and a box cutter. And a carabiner lets us hook the Muncher to our pack to keep it handy. It’s pretty much the perfect ultralight accessory for every backpacking adventure.
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    GOURMET POUR-OVER

    Kuju Coffee

    Morning coffee is a must-have around our campsite, and we’ve tried just about every gadget and press trying to get the best tasting cup. Kuju eliminates the need for fancy equipment. Simply open the individually wrapped packet, hang the filter over the cup, secure with the cardboard tabs, and pour hot water over the grounds. Simple, quick, delicious, and divine.
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  • Osprey Aether 60 Backpack - gift ideas for backpackers

    Feature-Packed

    Osprey Aether 60 Backpack

    We’ve loved backpacking with our Osprey packs over the years, and while our Aether 70L is still going strong, we love the upgrades on this newer model. The Osprey Aether 60 is a mid-sized pack that’s perfect for overnights and multi-day adventures, and it offers outstanding on-trail comfort from its innovative suspension.
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    BYE, BYE BUGS

    ENO Guardian Bug Net + Insect Shield

    Nothing can ruin a relaxing lounge in a hammock faster than flying insects and mosquitos. But bugs be gone, with the ENO Guardian Bug Net and Insect Shield. The super-fine no-see-um mesh netting forms a formidable barrier to pesky insects, and the Insect Shield Technology treatment provides an extra level of defense. Thanks to the ENO Guardian Bug Net + Insect Shield our ENO adventures are bug-free and carefree.
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  • UCO Titan Stormproof Match Kit - backpacking gift ideas

    DEPENDABLE FIRE STARTER

    UCO Titan Stormproof Match Kit

    The UCO Titan Stormproof Match Kit provides peace of mind when stormy weather catches up to us on the trail. The kit includes 12 windproof and waterproof matches that each burning for up to 25 seconds. The kit also includes 3 replaceable strike pads and a waterproof case that floats. With the Titan Stormproof Match Kit, we’re able to able to light a fire at the campsite, in pretty much whatever weather Mother Nature chooses to toss our way.
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  • ENO Sub6 Hammock - outdoor gift ideas - Trailful Outdoor Gift Guide

    LIGHT AS A FEATHER

    ENO Sub6 Hammock

    The ENO Sub6 Hammock weighs in at a mere 5.8 ounces, making it the perfect companion for ultralight backpacking adventures. The ultra-lightweight nylon fabric holds an impressive 300lbs, and the hammock features super strong Dyneema Line and aluminum toggles that integrate with the lightweight Helios Suspension System. The Sub6 is so light, it’s easy to toss in our packs and forget it’s there!
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  • Morakniv Eldris Knife - gift ideas for hikers + backpackers

    LIGHTWEIGHT & HIGH QUALITY

    Morakniv Eldris Knife

    The Swedish-made Morakniv Eldris Knife is a staple in our adventure bag. Weighing only 2.8 oz, this pint-sized knife easily stashes in a backpack or cargo pant pocket. The super-sharp stainless steel blade measures 2.3 inches, and the knife’s spine is compatible with a fire starter. The Eldris features a grippy polymer handle, and the included sheath keeps the blade locked away when not in use. It’s the perfect knife for tasks around the campsite and out on the trail.
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  • Big Agnes Wiley SL 30 Sleeping Bag - backpacking gift ideas

    SWEET DREAMS

    Big Agnes Wiley SL 30 Sleeping Bag

    The Big Agnes Wiley SL 30 Sleeping Bag makes nights under the stars comfortable and dreamy. Super soft technical material surrounds 650-fill DownTek insulation, creating a warm and spacious interior, perfect for a restful night after a long day on the trail. Little details like the attached pad sleeve that doubles as a stuff sack, large draft collar, and interior loops for sleeping bag liners make this our new go-to bag for overnight adventures.
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  • Sierra Designs Divine Light 2 FL tent - backpacking gift ideas

    LIGHTWEIGHT AND ROOMY

    Sierra Designs Divine Light 2 FL

    Lightweight, roomy, and loads of storage; the Sierra Designs Divine Light two-person tent is one great backpacking tent. The tent feels spacious, thanks to a 45.5″ ceiling height, nearly vertical side walls, and three (!!!) large doors. There’s plenty of room for gear storage in the large vestibule which can also double as an awning. The tent is light, weighing 3 lbs 15 oz packed, but for ultra light backpacking, trekking poles can replace the tent’s vertical poles, saving 6 oz.
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  • Thermacell Backpacker Mosquito Repeller - backpacking gift ideas

    BUG OFF!

    Thermacell Backpacker Mosquito Repeller

    The Thermacell Backpacker Mosquito Repeller is a must have for for camping trips, backyard barbecues, and pool parties. The Backpacker creates a 15’ protective barrier that effectively repels mosquitos and other biting insects. Simply attach to a standard camping fuel canister and light. As the insect repellent-filled mat heats up bugs disappear!
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  • GSI Outdoors Pinnacle 4 Season Stove - gift ideas for backpackers

    ULTRALIGHT, SMALL + EFFICIENT

    GSI Outdoors Pinnacle 4 Season Stove

    Amazingly small and light, the GSI Outdoors Pinnacle 4 Season Stove is a must have for backcountry treks when every ounce counts. The unique folding legs and pot supports allow the stove to fold up and nest with GSI’s Halulite Microdualist Cookset, saving space in our packs. And the super efficient burner boils water quickly while using less fuel, which means fewer canisters and less weight on the trail.
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  • Big Agnes Insulated Air Core Ultra Sleeping Pad - backpacking and camping gift ideas

    ULTRA COMFORT

    Big Agnes Insulated Air Core Ultra Sleeping Pad

    The lightweight Big Agnes Insulated Air Core Ultra features an insulated layer on top and bottom of the pad, keeping us warm and comfortable on cold overnight adventures. A high volume air valve makes inflating and deflating quick and easy, and larger outside tubes keep us centered on the pad all night. There’s nothing like a comfy snooze under the stars.
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  • Good To-Go Meals - backpacking gift ideas

    Yum on the run

    Good To-Go Meals

    Mealtime on the trail just got one heck of an upgrade! Good To-Go’s gourmet backpacking meals have changed the way we think about trail food. They’re made by a former Iron Chef (for real!), and they’re super delicious and easy to prepare. Just add boiling water, wait 20 minutes, and you’ll be set for a meal more suited for a sit-down restaurant than a mountain summit. After a long day of hiking, the Thai Curry is simply incredible.
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  • GSI Outdoors Halulite MicroDualist Cookset - backpacking gift ideas

    DINNER FOR TWO

    GSI Outdoors Halulite MicroDualist Cookset

    The Halulite MicroDualist is our favorite lightweight backpacking cookset for two. The set weighs only one pound, and includes a cooking pot, a strainer lid, two bowls, two insulated mugs, two lids, two telescoping sporks, a stove bag, and a sink/stuff sack.
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  • Sawyer Mini Filter - gift ideas for hikers and backpackers

    Lightweight Filtration

    Sawyer Mini Filter

    The Sawyer Mini is the easiest-to-use, lightest and most effective water filter we’ve tested. It lasts longer and outperforms most other backpacking water filters available, and has replaced the heavier pump-style filters in our gear closet.
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  • Sea to Summit Thermolite Reactor Sleeping Bag Liner - backpacking gift ideas

    Sweet Dreams

    Sea to Summit Thermolite Reactor Sleeping Bag Liner

    For warm-weather camping we love to pack this sleeping bag liner: it provides just enough warmth and breathability to make summertime sleeping comfortable. And it’s great in cold weather, to add a little extra warmth to our winter bags – and it’s machine washable, too.
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  • Garmin Oregon 700 GPS - top gift ideas for backpackers

    Where are we?!

    Garmin Oregon 700 GPS

    The Garmin Oregon 700 GPS tracks our position, sets waypoints and finds trails from a touchscreen-equipped, tough, waterproof shell. No cell network? No problem… unlike our cell phones, the Oregon 700 stores its maps in-device for offline use. With thousands of miles logged on our Garmin Oregon GPS units over the years, they’re our favorite tool for mapping trails around Georgia and around the world.
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  • Adventure Medical Fire Lite kit - backpacking gift ideas

    LIGHT IT UP

    Adventure Medical Fire Lite Kit

    Sometimes nature just doesn’t cooperate and building a fire can be nearly impossible. With the Adventure Medical Fire Lite Kit starting a fire is easy in any weather. The kit includes a firestarter and 20 pieces of Tinder Quick waterproof tinder.
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  • GSI Pinnacle Backpacker Cookset

    Compact Kitchen

    GSI Pinnacle Backpacker Cookset

    This cookset comes equipped with a non-stick frying pan, pot strainer lid and serving bowls for cooking up just about anything tasty at camp. We had one of these sets, and loved it, but it fell victim to a trio of black bears a few years ago. For a mind-blowing dose of YUM, flip buttermilk pancakes on the fry pan on a chilly morning atop a beautiful mountain. Cover with warm maple syrup. It’s magical.
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  • Black Diamond Spot Headlamp - top gift ideas for backpackers

    LIGHT UP THE NIGHT

    Black Diamond Spot Headlamp

    Light and bright, the Black Diamond Spot Headlamp shines a 200 lumen beam. When our adventures keep us out after dark or up before sunrise, hands free illumination is a necessity and this Black Diamond Spot has us covered, with three brightness settings and a strobe feature. And it’s waterproof, too.
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  • ENO ProFly Hammock Rain Tarp - backpacking gift ideas

    ENO Accessories

    ENO ProFly Hammock Rain Tarp

    Once we get into our ENO hammock we don’t want to get out – except if that means getting soaked in a sudden rainstorm. ENO’s ProFly Hammock Rain Tarp keeps us nestled in our relaxing cocoon while keeping us sheltered from ugly weather. It’s our favorite ENO hammock upgrade, turning our favorite open-air hammock into a rain-proof tent alternative.
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  • REI Gift Card - Trailful Outdoor Gift Guide

    Let them choose!

    REI Gift Card

    What’s not to love about an REI gift card?! With a huge selection of top outdoor brands, envy-worthy gear and a staff of outdoor-loving experts, it’s like an outdoor gear paradise. Not sure what to gift this year? Let them decide!
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