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 2018 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.

  • Thule Stir 15L Backpack - hiking gift ideas

    FEATURE-PACKED DAYBAG

    Thule Stir 15L Backpack

    The feature-packed and stylish Thule Stir 15L is the perfect size for light-load day hikes or adventures around town. The pack provides plenty of space for small essentials like water bottles, snacks, and extra layers. The Stir features a top opening with cinch cord and storm flap which latches for security. Inside, a mesh pocket holds keys, phone, or wallet. The breathable back panel and mesh straps help keep us cool, and a hydration sleeve and reservoir clip keep us hydrated on the go. For a sleek, clean profile, the chest strap can be removed and hip belt tucked into the back panel, making it equally perfect for a commute.
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  • Blackrapid Sport Breathe Camera Strap - outdoor gift ideas

    ADVENTURE-READY

    BlackRapid Sport Breathe Camera Strap

    If your camera rides in your backpack, you’re all but guaranteed to miss a great shot. The Sport Breathe strap from BlackRapid keeps our camera comfortable and secure on pretty much any adventure. The strap remains comfortable on all-day adventures, thanks to a breathable, moisture-wicking shoulder pad that evenly distributes the camera’s weight. And when we’re scrambling over boulders or tackling rough trail, the strap stays put thanks to an underarm stabilizing strap and cam locks. It’s thoughtfully designed, streamlined and stylish, making the strap equally at home on intense mountain treks or casual Sunday photo shoots at the park.
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  • Cotopaxi Luzon 18L Del Dia Daypack - hiking gift ideas

    GEAR FOR GOOD

    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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  • GNARBOX - outdoor gift ideas for photographers

    BACK UP & EDIT ON THE GO

    GNARBOX

    This is a serious game changer for anyone that packs a camera into the backcountry. GNARBOX lets us back up and edit photos and videos when we’re on the road or chasing an adventure, and offers plenty of shock protection with a rugged design. Editing on the fly is a breeze with the GNARBOX app – and has us sharing photos from our camera on social media in record time, right from the trail. And no more worries of losing the perfect shot!
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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.
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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 GOODNESS

    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

    BASIC BUT INDESTRUCTIBLE

    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

    WHERE’S NORTH?

    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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  • Trailfoody - outdoor gift ideas

    ULTRA-TASTY TRAIL SNACKS

    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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  • LifeStraw Personal Water Filter - hiking gift ideas

    LIGHTWEIGHT FILTRATION

    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

    ICE ICE BABY

    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 - 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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