Outdoor Gifts for Him

Looking for gift ideas for the runner, hiker or all-around outdoor guy on your list? Our outdoor gifts for him feature our trail-tested, favorite men's jackets, outdoor apparel, hiking boots and running shoes that fuel our adventures throughout the South.

Outdoor gifts for him: our gift guide features our favorite jackets, outdoor apparel, hiking boots and running shoes from our trail adventures in the South

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 2017 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.

LOWA Irox GTX Mid Trekking Boot - outdoor gift ideas

TREK ON

LOWA Irox GTX Mid Trekking Boot

Why we love it

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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Stio Vescent Soft Shell Jacket - outdoor gift ideas

WEATHER RESISTANT & BREATHABLE

Stio Vescent Soft Shell Jacket

Why we love it

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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Mizuno Wave Rider 20 G-TX - outdoor gift ideas

UPDATED FAVORITE

Mizuno Wave Rider 20 G-TX

Why we love it

These shoes are everything we love about Mizuno’s Wave Rider, but wrapped in a waterproof GoreTex lining for wet-weather runs through puddles and shallow creeks. The 20 G-TX also includes an updated Wave plate and an extra grippy outsole. We’ve been running in our Riders for over a decade, and just fell in love all over again.

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Stio Alpha Alpine Pullover - outdoor gift ideas

STYLE AND FUNCTION

Stio Alpha Alpine Pullover

Why we love it

We love the Stio Alpha Alpine Pullover for its versatility. This stylish and functional pullover takes us from trail to town throughout the seasons, thanks to its ultra breathable Polartec Alpha Active insulation. From spring bike rides on the Silver Comet, to fall hikes on the Appalachian Trail, and weekend brunch with friends, the Alpha Alpine Pullover has us covered and comfortable.

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Altra Lone Peak 3.0 Running Shoe - outdoor gift ideas

VERSATILE TRAIL RUNNER

Altra Lone Peak 3.0 Running Shoe

Why we love it

Altra thouroughly impressed us with the Lone Peak 3.0 trail running shoe. The Altra Lone Peak 3.0 features an extra-wide toe box, zero-drop platform, and a moderate cushion for comfort on the trail. The built in StoneGuard adds protection from rocks and roots, and the MaxTrac outsole provides a solid grip over rough terrain.

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LOWA Sesto GTX Mid Hiking Boot - outdoor gift ideas

LIGHTWEIGHT + DRY SUPPORT

LOWA Sesto GTX Mid Hiking Boot

Why we love it

The LOWA Sesto GTX Mid hiking boot is lightweight, supportive, and comfortable… and quickly becoming one of our all-time favorites. The MONOWRAP frame technology provides excellent foot support, and the mid height upper keeps ankles comfortable and protected on the trail. The boot’s sole provides plenty of protection from rocks and roots, and extra grippy tread keeps us sure-footed over any terrain. And with a Gore-Tex lining, the Sesto keeps us dry, no matter the weather.

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ExOfficio Sol Cool Boxer Briefs - outdoor gift ideas

COOLING & COMFORTABLE

ExOfficio Sol Cool Boxer Briefs

Why we love it

The ExOfficio Sol Cool Boxer Brief stays cool and comfortable when intensity and temperatures rise on the trail. The boxer combines the soft comfort of cotton with the technical fabric of Sol Cool, wicking heat and moisture from our body, and keeping us dry and on the move.

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Altra Superior 3.0 Running Shoe - outdoor gift ideas

HAPPY FEET

Altra Superior 3.0 Running Shoe

Why we love it

This shoe’s extra-wide toe box, zero-drop platform, and ultralight weight are unlike any running shoe we’ve tried. The Superior 3.0 is our first experience with Altra running shoes – and certainly won’t be our last! The extra-wide FootShape toe box and Zero Drop platform help our feet and toes spread out naturally, and promote low impact contact with the trail. The shoe fits comfortably right out of the box.

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Stio Durrance Jacket - outdoor gift ideas

ULTIMATE WAMTH ON THE SLOPES

Stio Durrance Jacket

Why we love it

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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Cotopaxi Teca Windbreaker - outdoor gift ideas

LIGHTWEIGHT WINDBREAKER

Cotopaxi Teca Windbreaker

Why we love it

The Teca windbreaker from Cotopaxi is ideal for those breezy sunrise hikes to our favorite mountain summits. The Teca is super light weight, and the whole jacket packs down into its interior pocket for easy stashing in a backpack. The durable ripstop nylon, elastic hem and cuffs puts a stop to the wind, and helps retain plenty of heat to keep the chill away. It’s great for chilly hikes and early morning trail runs, too.

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Kuhl Ryzer Pullover - outdoor gift ideas

PULLOVER PERFECTION

KUHL Ryzer Pullover

Why we love it

This is definitely 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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Buff Thermal Hoodie - outdoor gift ideas

ALL GOOD IN THE HOOD

BUFF Thermal Hoodie

Why we love it

This is possibly one of our favorite creations of all time. The BUFF Thermal Hoodie is the best part of a pullover hoodie: the soft, warm hood! Now no matter what we’re wearing we can have the comfy, cozy feel of a wool hoodie. The Merino Wool hood keeps our heads warm, the face protector keeps our faces protected from wind and snow, and when the temperatures rise, it stows small and easy in our backpacks, unlike a regular, bulky fleece.

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Kuhl Men’s Renegade Shorts - outdoor gift ideas

ALL AROUND FAVORITE

KUHL Men’s Renegade Shorts

Why we love it

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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Sunski Sunglasses - outdoor gift ideas

TIMELESS STYLE

Sunski Sunglasses

Why we love it

Sunski glasses give a stylish, vintage 80’s vibe that can be worn anywhere from mountaintop exploring to chilling at the beach, and anywhere in between. And at about $50 they won’t bust the budget. Not only are Sunski glasses stylish and comfortable, but the company donates 1% of their revenue each year to worthy organizations committed to maintaining a healthy environment.

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Kuhl Men’s Spyfire Jacket  - outdoor gift ideas

LOOKING GOOD AND FEELING GREAT

KUHL Men’s Spyfire Jacket

Why we love it

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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Buff Multifunctional Headwear - outdoor gift ideas

SIMPLE YET VERSATILE

BUFF Original Multifunctional Headwear

Why we love it

Sometimes the simplest things can be the best. BUFF Original Multifunctional Headwear can be used in 13 different configurations to keep the head, neck and face protected from wicked winter weather or scorching summer sun. And it comes in over one hundred different colors and patterns to fit any style.

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ibex Woolies 3 Hoody - outdoor gift ideas

WARM AND WOOLY

ibex Woolies 3 Hoody

Why we love it

This is our first experience with an ibex product and we are thoroughly impressed! It’s an amazing base layer for extra cold adventures, or a great pullover for warmer weather. The Merino wool blend retains an amazing amount of heat while remaining breathable. The thumbholes keep sleeves in place when worn under a heavier outer layer, and the collar and hood keep the wet and cold out where they belong.

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Stio Hometown Down Jacket

Downright Cozy

Stio Hometown Down Jacket

Why we love it

It’s a winter must-have, especially when temps plummet. This 800-fill-goose-down-insulated jacket blends warmth, comfort, packability and style for winter adventures. The Hometown Down Jacket from Stio is filled with HyperDRY water repellent goose down, a premium, water repellant down that stays dryer and warmer than untreated down. It’s been our go-to during the past few bi-polar winters in the South.

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Lowa Innox GTX Mid Hiking Boot - hiking gift ideas

Streamlined and Stable

Lowa Innox GTX Mid Hiking Boot

Why we love it

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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Men’s Basis Power Dry Zip Neck  - outdoor gift ideas for guys

Cozy Performance

Stio Basis Power Dry Zip Neck

Why we love it

We can’t get enough of the Power Dry! This versatile mid-weight pullover is perfect for layering with a waterproof outer shell or puffy during wet, wintery weather – or as a top layer during milder temps. The center zipper opens deep for excellent ventilation during heavy activity, and the quick drying polyester-wool blend wicks moisture away, keeping us dry and comfortable.

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Mizuno Wave Rider Running Shoe  - outdoor gift ideas for men

HIT THE ROAD

Mizuno Wave Rider Running Shoe

Why we love it

We’ve covered some serious mileage in our Wave Riders over the past decade, and have loved every step, from easy jogs through Piedmont Park to epic distance training on the Silver Comet Trail. The Wave Rider is breathable, lightweight and offers plenty of support underfoot to take us wherever the pavement leads. (And, did you know? Mizuno USA is based in Atlanta!)

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Kuhl Interceptr 1/4 Zip Men’s Fleece Pullover - outdoor gift ideas

STAYING KUHL

KUHL Interceptr 1/4 Zip Men’s Fleece Pullover

Why we love it

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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Darn Tough Socks - outdoor gift ideas

MADE IN THE USA + GUARANTEED FOR LIFE

Darn Tough Socks

Why we love it

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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Atlanta Trails T-shirts - hiking gift ideas

WEAR YOUR ATL LOVE

Atlanta Trails T-shirts

Why we love it

Help support Atlanta Trails – and show off your love of Georgia’s outdoors. The front features the Atlanta skyline, set in Georgia’s mountains, coastline and waterways, and the back features an Atlanta Trails logo. Available in 100% cotton, women’s and dry-fit styles.

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Asheville Trails T-shirts - hiking gift ideas

WEAR YOUR AVL LOVE

Asheville Trails T-shirts

Why we love it

Help support Asheville Trails, our newest site – and show off your love of western North Carolina’s beauty. The front features an Asheville mountainscape graphic, and the back features an Asheville Trails logo. Available in 100% cotton, women’s and dry-fit styles.

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Kahtoola MICROspikes Traction System - hiking gift ideas

ICE ICE BABY

Kahtoola MICROspikes Traction System

Why we love it

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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Rheos Gear Sapelos Floating Sunglasses  - outdoor gift ideas for men

LOCALLY-OWNED IN ATL

Rheos Gear Floating Sunglasses

Why we love it

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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Stio Buckhorn Bonded Flannel Shirt - outdoor gift ideas for men

FAVORITE FLANNEL

Stio Buckhorn Bonded Flannel Shirt

Why we love it

This shirt is quickly becoming one of our favorite pieces for cool weather days on the trail or around town! The Buckhorn’s soft flannel and sturdy metal snaps keeps the wind out – and the warm in. Reinforced elbows and cuffs give it a rugged yet sophisticated look. It’s perfect on the trail – or out grabbing coffee on a brisk fall afternoon.

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Kuhl Mens Retro Hoodie Jacket

Detail, design and comfort

KUHL Mens Retro Hoodie Jacket

Why we love it

This jacket is simply amazing. It’s loaded with little details that make this jacket one of our favorites for cold weather adventures. The Retro Hoody’s weatherproof outer layer, brushed fleeced liner and drawstring hood and waist keep us warm and dry when weather hits. The jacket also features thumbholes to keep the sleeves in place, and a double zippered front that makes layering easy and comfortable.

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Vasque Inhaler GTX Hiking Boot

Breathe Easy

Vasque Inhaler GTX Hiking Boot

Why we love it

There’s nothing that kills an awesome outdoor adventure faster than wet feet. The Vasque Inhaler GTX is one of our top choices when planning a wet weather trek; from splashing through Jacks River in the Cohutta Wilderness to chasing waterfalls at Amicalola Falls, these boots have it covered. They’re waterproof and breathable, thanks to the Gore-Tex lining, and keep us moving no matter the trail’s terrain.

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Feetures Elite Merino+ Socks

Superior fit

Feetures Elite Merino+ Socks

Why we love it

Feetures socks offer an incredible fit and an incredibly soft wear. Made from a merino wool blend, they’re ultra-breathable in hot weather, don’t slide in our boots or shoes like other socks we’ve worn, and provide great arch support via a soft, ribbed panel. And the merino wool blend wicks moisture to keep our feet dry, and helps keep the socks odor-free. They come in a range of heights and cushioning for multiple sports – and they’re great for everyday wear, too.

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Kuhl Mens Renegade Pant

Ultimate wear

KUHL Mens Renegade Pant

Why we love it

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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Mizuno Wave Kazan Trail Running Shoe  - outdoor gift ideas for men

OUR FAVORITE TRAIL RUNNER

Mizuno Wave Kazan Trail Running Shoe

Why we love it

Ashley Walsh, ultra-marathoner and frequent Atlanta Trails contributor, swears by Mizuno Wave Kazan trail running shoe. The Kazan’s light weight and traction-packed sole keep her planted on the trail and moving over varied terrain. (And, did you know? Mizuno USA is based in Atlanta!)

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Stio Gannett Peak Hooded Jacket

Midlayer perfection

Stio Gannett Peak Hooded Jacket

Why we love it

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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Flowfold Minimalist Cardholder Wallet - outdoor gift ideas for guys

Slim & sleek

Flowfold Minimalist Cardholder Wallet

Why we love it

We’re not big on bulky wallets that bulk up our pockets. But we absolutely love this minimalist, ultra-light card holder. With just one sleeve, the Minimalist wallet is sleek and slim – but made from a tough-as-nails, ultra-thin, stitched wrap.

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Wander North Georgia T-shirt - outdoor gift ideas

SHOP LOCAL

Wander North Georgia T-shirt

Why we love it

Shop local and help support our friends at one of our favorite North Georgia companies! Wander North Georgia’s ‘Peace of Wild Things’ T-shirt is made of a super soft tri-blend material.

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Columbia Men's Trail Dash Half Zip

Warm & Wicking

Columbia Men’s Trail Dash Half Zip

Why we love it

Columbia’s Trail Dash Half Zip provides comfort, breathability and moisture wicking for on-trail performance. Its super soft, stretchy material is a perfect base layer to pair with a jacket during cold weather – or it’s great on its own for a cool-weather trail run. The zippered pocket is perfect to stash a car key, cash or a credit card.

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Columbia Men's Freeze Degree II Short Sleeve

Super Cool

Columbia Men’s Freeze Degree II Short Sleeve

Why we love it

Columbia’s Freeze Degree II short sleeve shirt cools the more you sweat. This high tech, lightweight material reacts with moisture as you sweat, lowering the shirts temperature. It’s a great shirt for outdoor fun in the steamy summers here in the South – and equally great on a hike, trail run, or at the gym.

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Wander North Georgia Classic Trucker Hat - outdoor gift ideas

SHOP LOCAL

Wander North Georgia Classic Trucker Hat

Why we love it

From one of our favorite local brands, Wander North Georgia, this classic trucker hat will keep you looking stylish on the trail or around town. The hat features a wool blend crown, mesh back with snapback, 3D embroidery, and comes in multiple colors and styles.

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Marmot Minimalist Rain Jacket

Rain Check

Marmot Minimalist Rain Jacket

Why we love it

Super packable and light weight, the Minimalist Rain Jacket from Marmot is one of our favorite hard-shell jackets for the trail. Serious attention to seam detail and a Gore-Tex lining makes this shell completely waterproof and perfect for an unexpected downpour. And zippered underarm openings are great for ventilation when we’re on the move.

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Columbia Mens Silver Ridge Convertible Pants

Double Time

Columbia Mens Silver Ridge Convertible Pants

Why we love it

These Columbia pants feature zip-off legs that serve double duty as both shorts and pants. Why do we love them? As temperatures range throughout the day, they’re a great chilly-morning hiking pant – and then, after a few zipper pulls, a perfect pair of comfy shorts for mid-day sunny warmth.

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Columbia Flashback Windbreaker Pullover

Packable Pullover

Columbia Flashback Windbreaker

Why we love it

This super lightweight half zip pullover is perfect for those misty mornings on the trail. With a poly shell, drawcord hem and elastic cuffs and hood, wind and rain stay out, and we stay warm and dry. They come in several stylish colors, sport a classic, slim fit and feature a mesh pocket pouch in front, perfect for stashing our phone and keys. And the jacket stuffs into the front pocket for easy travel and packing.

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Ahnu Ridgecrest Waterproof Hiking Shoe

High-Mileage

Ahnu Ridgecrest Hiking Shoe

Why we love it

Designed as a performance shoe for long distance hikes, the Ridgecrest from Ahnu hits the mark. We’ve worn these shoes on some pretty intense long treks, and count ourselves thoroughly impressed. They’re super comfortable, stable, breathable and waterproof, keeping our feet dry and happy on high milage days. It’s is a performance shoe that wears like a full-featured boot, and it’s a great choice for anyone considering a thru-hike or long adventure.

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Stio Lofted Sky Jacket

All the Warmth without the Puff

Stio Lofted Sky Jacket

Why we love it

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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Patagonia Capilene Base Layer Shirts

Layer it On

Patagonia Capilene Base Layer Shirts

Why we love it

Simply put, we love the Capilene baselayer system from Patagonia. These long-sleeve and short-sleeve mens shirts are soft and comfy as a base layer, and work perfectly as outerwear after the day warms up. They’re breathable and fast-drying, making them awesome for active outdoor activities. And Capilene is available in a range of weights, from lightweight to heavyweight, to ensure comfort in a wide range of temps.

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Lowa Phoenix GTX Mid Hiking Boots

Cushy Comfort + Trekking Support

Lowa Phoenix GTX Mid Hiking Boots

Why we love it

They’re comfortable, breathable and waterproof, with a streamlined design. The Phoenix GTX from Lowa is perfect for just about any on-foot outdoor adventure, from multi-day adventures in the Cohutta Wilderness to epic treks on the Appalachian Trail. These boots blend the cushioned comfort of a day boot with the support of a trekking boot, making them an equally great choice for single-day trips and multi-day adventures.

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Cotopaxi Sambaya Stretch Fleece

Gear for Good

Cotopaxi Sambaya Stretch Fleece

Why we love it

Great fit, great performance: Cotopaxi delivers an athletic stretch fleece hoodie that’s high on our list this year. Thumb holes in the sleeves and an elongated fit make the Sambaya extra layer-worthy, and Polartec Powerstretch construction delivers lightweight, comfortable warmth and breathability.

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REI Gift Card

Let them choose!

REI Gift Card

Why we love it

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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