Hiking, backpacking, cycling, trail running: we rack up thousands of miles each year on our trail adventures throughout the South. And we share a solid philosophy that well-designed and crafted outdoor apparel can go a long way to enhance our experience in the great outdoors. With the South’s somewhat unpredictable weather, we’re out in it all: from ice storms to blazing heat, droughts to weeks of rain, and everything in between. Through it all, our favorite outdoor apparel, footwear and layering staples keep us warm, cool, dry and moving on our favorite hiking, running, and backpacking trails throughout the South.
We’ve wrapped our favorite hiking boots, running shoes, jackets, ski clothing and outdoor apparel into our 2018 Outdoor Gift Guide to make gift giving easy for the outdoor-loving guy on your list. Find the perfect outdoor gift for him – or some new threads for your own adventures. And if running is more your speed, check out our gifts for runners for some of our favorite shoes, gear, and apparel.
DURABLE, WATERPROOF + BREATHABLE
Oboz Bridger Mid Waterproof Boots
This is one of our new favorite boots! The Bridger delivers a comfortable, stable, and supportive fit with waterproof protection. The leather upper features a B-DRY waterproof layer to seal out water from creek crossings and wet weather while remaining breathable, and wicking moisture away from our feet. The super grippy outsole features wide lugs for ultimate traction, and the cushy midsole protects from rough trail under foot. And the molded rubber around the toe and heel adds an extra safe guard to injury prone areas.
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WATERPROOF & BREATHABLE
adidas Outdoor Terrex Fast Mid GTX Surround Hiking Shoe
This is one amazing hiking shoe! The Terrex Fast Mid GTX Surround provides a comfortable, stable ride and a waterproof, yet breathable, GORE-TEX layer. The shoe has plenty of grippy traction and offers great mid-height ankle support and protection. We love the GTX Surround design which allows heat to escape the shoe from both above and below the foot, perfect for the South’s heat and humidity.
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KUHL Men’s Renegade Shorts
We’re big fans of KUHL’s Renegade line of pants and shorts for both on- and off-trail adventures. The Renegade Short offers a stylish, comfortable fit, and the durable Tufflex fabric dries quickly, and provides enough stretch for full-range motion on the trail. These are easily our favorite pair of shorts for just about anything from hiking to kayaking, to grabbing a post-adventure lunch and a beer.
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MADE IN THE USA + GUARANTEED FOR LIFE
Darn Tough Socks
Darn Tough socks are nearly indestructible and darn comfortable – and they’re unconditionally guaranteed, for life! Fast drying and wicking merino wool keeps our feet comfy and dry, even on the longest adventures. Sizes, thicknesses and heights are available for just about any type of outdoor activity.
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Astral Hemp Donner
The Hemp Donner’s mix of stylish design and technical performance make it a great shoe for casual hikes and urban exploration alike. The comfortable, breathable shoe is constructed of eco-friendly recycled polyester and hemp. It features a durable rubber sole with wide lugs for impressive traction. The Donner has been our go-to for easy hikes through the Piedmont Park and catching brews at our favorite breweries in Asheville.
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ON THE WATER
Rheos Gear Floating Sunglasses
How many times have we lost sunglasses at the beach or on the water? (Seriously, we’ve lost count.) So we were super excited to find these stylish floating frames from a super awesome, outdoor-focused local Atlanta company. Rheos Gear offers wide range of styles, colors and lenses to match your adventure style.
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LOWA Irox GTX Mid Trekking Boot
The LOWA Irox GTX Mid Trekking boot offers firm support, excellent shock absorption, and a grip that keeps us confident on difficult terrain. The boot’s synthetic, abrasion-resistant upper provides awesome ankle support keeping us steady when scaling rocky trails and steep descents. The breathable, waterproof Gore-Tex lining keeps feet dry when temps rise or when crossing streams, and the LOWA Elika outsole provides superior traction and plenty of cushion from rocks and stones on the trail.
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WEATHER RESISTANT & BREATHABLE
Stio Vescent Soft Shell Jacket
Out on the trail, the Stio Vescent Soft Shell Jacket works as hard as we do. The comfortable microfleece lining keeps us warm and snug, while the weather resistant outer shell blocks the wind and keeps us dry during rainy adventures. The Vescent is also remarkably breathable, keeping us dry when we’re powering through tough terrain.
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adidas Outdoor Flyloft Vest
The Flyloft Vest is the perfect layer for our often-unpredictable weather here in the South. This ultra-comfortable synthetic-fill vest delivers plenty of warmth for those chilly sunrise hikes, and then packs down into its own pocket when temperatures climb later in the day. A high collar seals out the wind, and two deep zippered side pockets provide plenty of space for keys, a cell phone, or chilly hands. The baffled construction gives the vest a stylish, tailored look that’s perfectly suited for adventures on the trail or around town.
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WARMTH ON THE SLOPES
Stio Durrance Jacket
As with all of our Stio gear, we absolutely love the Durrance Jacket. This jacket keeps us toasty through the coldest adventures on and off the slopes. Featuring a two layer waterproof, breathable shell and water repellant 650-fill down insulation, the Durrance is designed for ultimate warmth and dryness. An adjustable, down-filled hood and powder skirt are both removable. The Durrance is an all-around amazing winter jacket, perfect for the ski slopes and around town.
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KUHL Ryzer Pullover
This is one of those pieces that you won’t want to take off. The super soft sweater knit fabric is comfortable, warm, and surprisingly breathable when active on the trail. The KUHL Ryzer is the perfect midlayer when paired with a puffy or waterproof rain shell, or a great top layer on mild spring mornings. Thumb locks keep the sleeves in place, and the quarter zip makes adjusting ventilation quick and easy. The Ryzer’s stylish fit and detailing make it one of our go-to grabs for a day on the trail, or around town.
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KUHL Mens Renegade Pant
It’s easily one of the most comfortable pants we’ve worn – on trail or off. The KUHL Renegade effortlessly spans trail to town, with a relaxed wear that moves easily on the trail, and detailed styling that wears well on a post-hike run for fuel and a brew. And the Renegade’s moderate weight is perfect for Georgia’s moderate winters.
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Stio Gannett Peak Hooded Jacket
The Gannett Peak Jacket from Stio is one of our favorite, ultra-comfy midlayers, for on-trail performance and around-town style. We love its wicking outer layer and soft fleece inner lining. The jacket’s elastic cuff, hood and center draft flap keep the elements out, and keep us comfy on the move. And the jacket’s chest pocket is perfect for stashing keys, cash or ID.
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Streamlined and Stable
Lowa Innox GTX Mid Hiking Boot
The Lowa Innox GTX Mid has quickly become one of our go-to boots for just about any outdoor adventure. The Innox GTX is waterproof but breathable, keeping us dry and warm in the winter and cool in the summer. The durable, grippy sole keeps us firmly planted on the trail in challenging terrain, and its streamlined profile and light weight (only one pound each) allows us to keep up the pace without extra weight and bulk.
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KUHL Interceptr 1/4 Zip Men’s Fleece Pullover
There’s nothing better than pulling on a super soft, comfy fleece on a cold winter morning. The KUHL Interceptr ¼ Zip Fleece is made of super-lux Alfpaca Gold fleece for ultimate softness and comfort, while maintaining a surprising level of breathability when we’re out and active.
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LOOKING GOOD AND FEELING GREAT
KUHL Men’s Spyfire Jacket
It’s not often you find a piece of gear that looks as amazing as it works! The KUHL Spyfire does just that. The 800-fill, ethically sourced, goose down and weather-resistant outer shell keep us toasty in even the toughest winter weather. And the Spyfire’s slim fit and details take us from trail to town looking stylish, too.
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FAST PACED & WATERPROOF
LOWA Aerox GTX Lo Surround
The LOWA Aerox GTX Lo Surround has been our go-to for lighter days on the trail here in the hot, humid South. The GTX Surround technology allows heat and wetness to escape the shoe through ventilation channels in the midsole, keeping us cool and dry from both inside and out. The lightweight, low shoe lets us keep up the pace while providing comfortable support and protection from rocks and roots underfoot.
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All the Warmth without the Puff
Stio Lofted Sky Jacket
A handsome shell wraps around low-bulk Primaloft insulation to keep us toasty warm, on trail and around town, and features incredibly soft-lined hand pockets. Everywhere we’ve worn it, the Lofted Sky Jacket performs well, wears well and remains ultra-comfortable in temperatures ranging from mildly chilly to downright cold.
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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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