Outdoor Gifts over $250
Looking for the perfect hiking, camping, or running gift? Our 2017 outdoor gift guide features our favorite, hand-picked outdoor gifts over $250.
We test tons of gear on our many outdoor adventures throughout the South, and we’ve wrapped our hand-selected, trail-tested favorites into our 2017 Outdoor Gift Guide. We’ve sorted our favorite hiking, backpacking and camping gear and apparel by price and activity, to help you find the perfect outdoor gift – or find some new gear for your own outdoor adventures.
BACK UP & EDIT ON THE GO
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!
TRACK YOUR FITNESS
The TomTom Spark 3 lets us track all of our activities, listen to 500 of our favorite songs, and get immediate stats on heart rate, calories burned, distance traveled, and more, all on our wrist. The comfortable band fits great and looks sleek and the digital displays are clear and easy to read, even when we’re on the move. The multi-sport mode lets us select from a range or activities from running, to swimming, to biking, to freestyle to help keep our route tracking accurate.
LIGHTWEIGHT AND ROOMY
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.
ROOMY AND SPACIOUS
The uber-spacious Big Agnes Yellow Jacket 4 mtnGLO is the ultimate tent for car camping adventures, sleeping up to four people. The integrated mtnGLO Tent Lights provide ambient light inside for reading, games, or just hanging out. Steep sided walls provide ample space and the tent’s ceiling height reaches a lofty 5’ 5″. Set up is a breeze thanks to the color coded buckles, press fit connectors, and plastic clips that attach the tent to the frame. It’s our new favorite for car camping, and we have to admit – we seriously love this tent.
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.
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.
ULTIMATE WAMTH ON THE SLOPES
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.
Downright Cozy – For Him
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.
Where are we?!
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.
It’s our home away from home when we’re sleeping under the stars. The award-winning REI Half Dome is a reliable, rain-proof, roomy shelter that’s comparatively light weight. Large, easy-open doors make entry a cinch, and a color coded pole and fastener system makes setup and tear down easy.
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.
YETI redefines ‘keeping it cool’ with the Hopper 30, a soft-sided cooler that keeps ice frozen for days. And while this is one pricey cooler, the performance – plus a three year warranty and tough-as-nails construction – make it an awesome campsite accessory.
Light and Roomy
The latest Quarter Dome tent is lightweight and packs small – perfect for backpacking adventures with two adults and our favorite backpacking buddy, our large pup. Setup and teardown is extremely fast and easy, thanks to quick attachments and a hubbed pole system. A roof vent helps prevent condensation, even on warm Georgia summer nights. And three vestibules under the rainfly offer spacious room for dog gear, muddy boots and backpacks.
Year-round outdoor adventure
Georgia State Parks celebrate our state’s incredible beauty and terrain diversity. From coastal Georgia barrier islands to colorful carved canyons, and from lofty mountain peaks to the depths of waterfall-filled gorges, Georgia’s State Parks are an incredible outdoor playground. Give an annual park pass for unlimited year-round adventure.
HELP MAINTAIN AND PROTECT THE AT
Help maintain and protect the trail that we all love! Make a donation to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and help support the organization tasked with the awesome responsibility of managing, maintaining and protecting the entire AT as well as stewardship of the lands and watersheds along its length.
HELP CONSERVE GEORGIA’S NATURAL RESOURCES
Preserve the beauty and resources of our state! Give a gift membership to the Georgia Conservancy, and help protect and conserve Georgia’s natural resources. ‘Our work for land conservation, environmental advocacy, coastal protection, sustainable growth and outdoor stewardship recognizes the connection between the environment, the economy and our quality of life.’
Thank you for your support! - the Trailful crew