Hiking gift ideas: our favorite, trail-tested hiking gear from our adventures in the South Outdoor Gear Gift Ideas

Hiking Gift Ideas

Looking for hiking gift ideas for someone on your list? Our 2017 hiking gift guide features our trail-tested favorite hiking gear from our trail adventures in the South.

There’s just nothing better than some quality hiking time on a view-packed, scenic hiking trail. And we’re big believers that quality hiking gear can make a great adventure even better. We’ve wrapped our favorite, trail-tested hiking gear into our 2017 Outdoor Gift Guide to make gift giving easy for the hiker on your list. Find the perfect hiking gift ideas – or some new gear for your own adventures on the trail.

Looking for a great hike in the South? Check out our favorite Georgia hiking trails and hikes near Asheville, NC for some of our favorite places to wander and explore.

Cotopaxi Luzon 18L Del Dia Daypack - hiking gift ideas


Cotopaxi Luzon 18L Del Dia Daypack

We’ve been longtime fans of the Cotopaxi Inca backpacks, and we’ve been loving the Luzon 18L Daypack, part of the new Del Dia line. The bag is lightweight, easy to pack and has plenty of space for water bottles, snacks, and other small gear. Cotopaxi gives each fabricator complete control over the bag’s colorway, so each backpack is unique and no two are alike. We’re also huge fans of Cotopaxi’s brand, quality, and their mission to help make the world a better place.

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Morakniv Eldris Knife - hiking gift ideas


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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Sea to Summit Ultra-Mesh Stuff Sack - top hiking gift ideas

Keep It Organized

Sea to Summit Ultra-Mesh Stuff Sack

The Sea to Summit Ultra-Mesh Stuff Sacks are a staple in our hiking and camping bags. They’re a great way to keep small gear organized, contained and all in one place – and the see-through mesh makes it easy to find small gear at the bottom.

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Klean Kanteen Insulated 20 oz. Wide - hiking gift ideas

Keeping it cool – or hot

Klean Kanteen Insulated 20 oz. Wide

This Klean Kanteen bottle keeps hot drinks steamy for 14 hours and cold drinks icy for up to 40 hours. These colorful, stainless steel bottles feature a double wall insulation for long lasting temperature control and a leak proof lid to prevent messy spills. They’ve been joining on us on all of our adventures, from steamy to frosty and everywhere in between.

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Osprey Daylite Daypack - top hiking gift ideas

Comfy Daypack

Osprey Daylite Daypack

The Osprey Daylite is a great backpack for everything from day hikes to the gym and cycling around town. It’s light, fits comfortably and offers plenty of room for water bottles, snacks and other small gear.

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Adventure Medical Ultralight First Aid Kit - top inexpensive hiking gift ideas

Waterproof Safety

Adventure Medical Ultralight First Aid Kit

It’s always with us in case of an on-trail emergency. This waterproof medical kit is ultra-lightweight and includes essentials for accidents and emergencies out on the trail.


National Geographic Trails Illustrated Maps - hiking gift ideas


National Geographic Trails Illustrated Maps

Hiking with a physical map and compass is important in the event we lose cell service or GPS power. And the National Geographic Trails Illustrated are our favorite: they’re water and tear resistant, trustworthy and easy to read.

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Osprey Stratos 24 Pack - hiking gift ideas

Ultra Airflow

Osprey Stratos 24 Pack

Ultra-comfortable. Ultra-breathable. We’ve long been fans of Osprey backpacks, and the Stratos 24 lives up to our high Osprey expectations. With an innovative ventilation system, the Stratos 24 provides maximum breathability, great for Georgia’s toasty-warm summers. (Women, check out the Osprey Sirrus 24 Pack.)

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Green Goo Outdoor Travel Pack - top gift ideas for hikers


Green Goo Outdoor Travel Pack

We’ve been longtime fans of the Green Goo First Aid salve. All of Green Goo’s products are made without artificial ingredients – only all-natural botanicals, herbs, and essential oils. One of our favorite products is the Outdoor Travel Pack which features lip balm, first aid salve, pain relief salve, and insect repellant. It’s the perfect Green Goo starter kit and has become a staple in our camping and hiking bags.

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Wide Mouth Nalgene Bottles - top gift ideas for hikers


Nalgene Wide Mouth Bottles

Sometimes the simple things are the best. We’ve hiked thousands of miles with our trusty Nalgene bottles and they’ve never disappointed.

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REI Flash 18 Backpack - hiking gift ideas

Maximum Versatility

REI Flash 18 Backpack

This lightweight, versatile backpack is durable, well-designed, and, well, simple. It’s the simplicity that makes the REI Flash 18 pack one of our favorite backpacks for short hikes, urban exploration, day trips, and pretty much everywhere the load is light.

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Suunto A-10 Compass - hiking gift ideas


Suunto A-10 Compass

We love our fancy GPS unit but in case we lose power or something goes wrong we always keep a compass on hand. The Suunto A-10 Compass is quick, reliable and easy to use in the field.

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Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Dry Sack - hiking gift ideas

Keep It DRY

Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Dry Sack

Our adventures take us through a range of terrain and weather, so we never leave home without a dry bag or two. The Seat to Summit Ultra-Sil Dry Sack comes in a range of sizes to keep our electronics and gear safe and dry, whether we’re fording rivers, caught in an unexpected downpour or soaking up some sun on our paddleboards.

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Trailfoody - outdoor gift ideas


Trailfoody Premium Trailfood

Trailfoody delivers outstandingly delicious trail foods and snacks – right to our door. Every month’s box is packed with different healthy trail favorites like dried fruit, trail mix, jerky, crackers, energy bars, and more. We love Trailfoody for the selection (many are brands and flavors that we’ve never tried), taste (the snacks are all seriously delicious), and value (each box is priced at a discount off MSRP). Customize your box based on the number of outings per month and group size – and like magic, tasty trail-friendly snacks show up, ready for your adventures.

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Cotopaxi Inca 16L Backpack - hiking gift ideas

Full-Featured Technical Pack

Cotopaxi Inca 16L Backpack

Simply put, we love Cotopaxi gear. Cotopaxi products are thoughtfully designed and ruggedly constructed, and the Inca backpacks are no exception. The Inca 16L is a full-featured technical day pack that features streamlined design and great on-trail comfort. (Looking for a larger pack? Check out the Cotopaxi Inca 26L for roomier storage and even more features.)

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Peak Design Slide Camera Strap - hiking gift ideas

The ultimate hiking camera strap

Peak Design Slide Camera Strap

The Peak Design Slide is the ultimate camera strap. It’s easily adjustable, well-padded, and streamlined, and it features a quick-connect system that makes swapping camera bodies or straps a cinch. It’s durable, strong, and stays comfortable, even on all-day photo shoots and double-digit mileage days on the trail. Bottom line: we’ve hiked thousands of miles in these straps, and we love them.

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LifeStraw Personal Water Filter - hiking gift ideas


LifeStraw Personal Water Filter

Keep hydrated out there: the LifeStraw Personal Water Filter ensures safe drinking water when out in the wilderness. The easy-to-use straw filter removes 99.9% of protozoa and bacteria from questionable water sources. LifeStraw filters up to 1,000 liters of water and weighs only two ounces, making it an easy stash in a backpack or emergency kit.

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Kahtoola MICROspikes Traction System - hiking gift ideas


Kahtoola MICROspikes Traction System

A must-have for wintertime adventures! The Kahtoola MICROspikes make trekking on icy or snowy trails a breeze with 12 stainless steel spikes per foot. The pair fit into an included travel tote for easy and convenient packing in a bag, pocket or backpack.

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REI Gift Card

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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