Seven Gifts for Elevating an Outdoor Experience

Words by Chris Zimmerman

It can be easy to get trapped in the rhythms of the city. The repetition of the daily routine combined with life’s responsibilities can make escape a challenge. But the rewards of fresh air, wide open spaces and gorgeous scenery are more than enough to make the effort worth it. From deep backcountry hikes to sightseeing by car, a few essential products can elevate a good experience to a great one. Here are seven of our favorite gifts to help motivate anyone to break free, get outside and breathe some fresh mountain air. For more gifts ideas for the adventurer in your life, check out our full Gifts for the Outdoor Explorer collection.


Patagonia Blackhole Duffel

With soft sides, handles, backpack straps, a massive load carrying ability and made from super rugged, waterproofed ripstop polyester, the Patagonia Black Hole Duffel is the ultimate go anywhere, do anything bag. Whether filled with clothing and tossed in the back of a car, stuffed with food and drinks and hauled to a backcountry cabin, or strapped to the back of a high altitude burro, a good duffel is always a welcomed addition to any trip. (Available in-store only)



Filson men’s Hyder Quilted Jac-Shirt

Named after the rough and tumble Alaskan frontier town, the Filson men’s Hyder Quilted Jac-Shirt has a business-first look that makes it look like you could have rolled up on a vintage motorcycle, piloted an 18-wheeler, rode in on a horse or crept up silently in a Prius. With a durable dry wax fabric and filled with super warm PrimaLoft Silver insulation, this shirt-jacket leans more heavily towards “jacket” when things start cooling off while holding its own on any adventure.



Fjallraven women’s Ovik Eco-shell Parka

Between howling wind and beating rain, staying comfortable, warm and dry outdoors can be a challenge. It’s times like that when having a good waterproof, windproof shell like the Fjallraven women’s Ovik Eco-Shell Parka can make all the difference. This lightweight, three-layer parka has been made from stretchy, breathable and waterproof fabric that can be easily layered under for colder temps. From hiking and time spent standing in the rain, a parka of this caliber is worth its weight in gold.



Filson men’s Vintage Flannel Work Shirt

With a classic look and tried-and-true construction, the Filson men’s Vintage Flannel Work Shirt has enough credibility to make even the softest person look like they just came in off a long day on the oil rig. Its medium weight will help you keep warm while staying breathable during hikes or spontaneous firewood splitting contests.




Yeti Hopper Two 20

Packed with the powerful cooling of a Yeti cooler, in a soft-sided package, the Yeti Hopper Two cooler is about as adventure-ready as they come. With a leakproof, portable design that features a shoulder strap and durable webbing handles, this zip top cooler works as well in the back of a car as it is hauled up to spend a night in a fire tower or afternoon of post-hike tailgating. As opposed to typical soft sided cooler, the Hopper Two actually keep things cold, thanks to Yeti’s ColdCell™ Insulation that promises ice for days.



Matador Pocket Blanket V.2

It’s not until you’ve spent time having to sit on damp grass or driftwood and ended up with a wet butt that the value of the Matador Pocket Blanket V.2 comes into play. This water repellent, lightweight and packable blanket is great to toss in a day pick for hikes, bring along to outdoor movies or take to the beach. Large enough to fit two comfortably, this compact little package will soon become an adventure essential.




UCO Nightcap Knit with Headlamp

Standard flashlights work great and all, but they take up one of your two valuable hands. Combining the power of a headlamp and a warm beanie, the UCO Nightcap Knit with Headlamp lets you free up hands for better things like making dinner or holding beers while lighting up your situation. With a comfort-fit hinge that lets you adjust the light without adjusting the beanie, and easy dial light settings, this is the perfect camping hat.




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