Trailful 2017 Outdoor Gift Guide: Gift ideas for the runner, hiker, camper, or backpacker on your gift list Outdoor Gear

Outdoor Gift Ideas

Our 2017 outdoor gift guides feature our favorite, hand-picked hiking, backpacking, running, and camping gear - and great gear from locally-owned outdoor companies in the South.

Looking for the perfect gift for the hiker, runner, backpacker, or avid camper on your list? Our Atlanta Trails and Asheville Trails editors test tons of great gear over the thousands of miles we log on the trail each year, and we’ve wrapped our favorite trail-tested gear into our outdoor gift guides. We've sorted our favorite hiking, backpacking and camping gear and apparel by price and activity – and included some great gear from local outdoor companies in the South, too. Give the perfect present – or find some new gear for your own adventures.


2016 Outdoor Gear of the Year

Here's the hiking, running and camping gear that topped our list in 2016:

Stio Gannett Peak Hooded Jacket

Midlayer perfection

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.

GSI Outdoors Halulite MicroDualist Cookset - hiking gift ideas


GSI Outdoors Halulite MicroDualist Cookset

The Halulite MicroDualist is our favorite lightweight backpacking cookset for two. The set weighs only one pound, and includes a cooking pot, a strainer lid, two bowls, two insulated mugs, two lids, two telescoping sporks, a stove bag, and a sink/stuff sack.

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Lowa Innox GTX Mid Hiking Boot - hiking gift ideas

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 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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Darn Tough Socks - outdoor gift ideas


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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Mizuno Wave Rider Running Shoe  - 2016 running shoe of the year


Mizuno Wave Rider Running Shoe

We’ve covered some serious mileage 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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2017 Gifts for Good

Not sure what to give? Give back! Help support these fantastic organizations - and help conserve and protect the lands we love:

Friends of Georgia State Parks Pass

Year-round adventure

Friends of Georgia State Parks

Georgia's 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.

Make a Donation to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy


Appalachian Trail Conservancy

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.

Make a Donation to the Georgia Conservancy


Georgia Conservancy

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.’

Atlanta BeltLine Gift Membership


Atlanta BeltLine

Support one the largest urban revitalization projects in the country! Help the Atlanta BeltLine continue construction, uniting 45 of Atlanta’s neighborhoods with 22 miles of urban trail, parks and transportation. And, through December 15, new members will be entered for a chance to win one of three awesome prizes, too.

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Thank you for your support! - the Trailful crew