Hiking Gift Guide

HikingHiking is one of the simplest and most straightforward types of outdoor recreation you could possibly do. It’s so simple, in fact, that you don’t really need specialized gear in order to go hiking. So how are you supposed to give a gift to someone who is passionate about hiking?

Although hiking doesn’t require special equipment, having gear designed specifically for hiking can make your experience much more enjoyable. We’ve put together a guide to help you come up with some gift ideas for the hiker in your life.

Hiking boots offer unrivaled protection, stability, and support on the trail. If you’re shopping for someone who does extended backpacking trips, or mountain summits, they need a solid pair of boots.

Some people are turning to trail running shoes instead of boots. Trail shoes are typically lighter and more comfortable than boots, making them ideal for quick hiking.

A backpack can make a great gift, but there are a lot of options when it comes to packs. Packs can range from a 20 liter daypack to an 80 liter pack designed for multiple days on the trail.

The best way to stay hydrated on the trail is with a water reservoir. Reservoirs allow you to carry more water than water bottles, and you don’t have to stop every time you need to take a drink of water.

Hiking in cold weather gives rise to a dilemma. Frozen fingers are terrible, but keeping your hands in your pockets on a rocky trail is a recipe for disaster. The answer is a nice warm pair of gloves.

In the same way that you wouldn’t drive on crumby tires, you shouldn’t hike in crumby socks. Wool is the material of choice for its cushion, comfort, and insulating properties. Good socks are necessary for hiking.

Your hiking base layer adds warmth, but also provides moisture management. A nice base layer will increase your comfort on the trail, and the more comfortable you are, the more you will enjoy your hike.

Trekking poles aren’t just for old timers. Poles make hiking easier, provide more stability, prevent injury, and reduce the wear and tear that hiking does to your body.

It doesn’t matter how much you enjoy hiking, no one likes getting hopelessly lost. A trail guidebook is thoughtful and practical gift.

An insulated water bottle keeps water from freezing during the winter, and it will keep water ice cold in the summer. A perfect gift that can be used year-round.

Did you know that spending several hours outside in the sun can damage your eyes? You probably did. Get your hiker a pair of sunglasses.

Nothing says new to hiking like raw cut denim. Sure, even seasoned hikers will wear jeans on occasion, but they’re just not the right choice. Get a lightweight pair of synthetic trail pants, or a technical softshell.

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