10 Pieces of Gear You Should Give This Season

By Marisa Dobrot

Tis’ the season to find the perfect gift for all the adventurers in your life! We have put together a list of our top 10 favorite pieces of gear that anyone would be happy to unwrap. You don’t have to take our word for it, see what some of your favorite publications have said about the gear!

10. DryGuy Force Dry


“When you’re getting into ski boots, there’s nothing worse than being greeted by cold, damp, and smelly, linings from the day before.” Outside

With the ability to dry a pair of shoes or gloves in about an hour, this handy and portable device is ideal for year-round use in rainy or snowy weather. Get the Force here: dryguy.com MSRP: $50.00


9. PETZL Actik + CORE battery


“At 3.3 ounces and laying flat against the forehead, the Actik comfortably stayed put. It features a wide beam and a spot beam—300 lumens together—and switches between the two and to a red light with an easy push of a button. Reflective headband with a built-in whistle is a bonus.” Runner’s World

Perfect for those die hards who like running and hiking in the dark! Get the Actik here: www.petzl.com MSRP: $44.95


8. Yaktrax Summit


“Trails look more icy than snowy? You’ll want this added traction: The rubber footing slips easily over your hiking boots and fortifies you outsole with steel spikes.” -SELF

With 3/8th inch triangular Carbon Steel Spikes that bite into packed snow and ice the Summit provides superior grip on sloped surfaces making it possible to hike all year long. Buy them here: yaktrax.implus.com MSRP: $90.00


7. Katadyn BeFree 1.0L


After using it on multiple trips over the past year, I’m convinced that the BeFree is the best water filter for backpacking.” Ben Fox, Outside

An all in one filter and bottle, the BeFree is the perfect gift for the hardcore trekkers or the leisure day hikers. Buy it here: www.katadyn.com MSRP: $44.95


6. Ska Brewing Euphoria


The Ska Euphoria brew is a delicious winter seasonal ale for hop-enthusiasts who might be intimidated by stouts and dark ales, but still refuse to give into lighter pils or lager beers.” -SKI Magazine

After a long day on the slopes nothing beats sitting back with a cold Ska. Pick up a six pack, perfect for any Holiday party! Skabrewing.com MSRP: $9.49


5. PEARL iZUMi Mens and Women’s Versa Quilted Hoodie


“And trust me, you will want to wear this jacket in almost every setting: It’s like having your own personal micro-climate that always feels comfortable, and always looks good.” Bicycling

Perfect for the the biker who never wants to stop biking! This quilted hoodie will keep them warm through the roughest winter riding conditions. Buy it here: Pearlizumi.com MSRP: $220


4. Scarpa Women’s Gea RS


“The Gea, sister of the men’s Maestrale, has long been the bestselling AT boot for women. This year, Scarpa used a carbon-infused plastic closure system to create a stiffer 125 flex, and we dig it. Thankfully, Scarpa also significantly increased the walk-mode range of motion from a pathetic 27 degrees to an easy-striding 60 degrees. 2.8 lbs” Outside 

A great boot for a great girl! Scarpa’s stiffest, most powerful women’s-specific alpine touring boot. Hit the backcountry in style! Buy them here: Scarpa.com MSRP: $795.00




“Most roadie rules suck. But the knee-warmer rule doesn’t. If it’s cold enough to wear arm warmers, wear your damn knee warmers to ride fast and comfortably. For the last ten years, I’ve worn the same set from Pearl Izumi and I cannot recommend them highly enough for those with gorgeous, toned thighs but slender calves.” Outside

Great stocking stuffers! The new arm, knee and leg warmers with PI DRY fabric are great gifts for winter riders or people that just get cold easily! Pick some up today: Pearlizumi.com MSRP: $35.00, $45.00, $55.00


2. Under Armour Newell Ridge Mid Reactor


“I had no foot fatigue over an 18-mile day through ice, snow, and mud in Colorado’s Elk Mountains while wearing a daypack.” -Backpacker

Stylish and fuction hiking boots perfect for an avid day hiker and a multi day adventurer. Or a great gift for the person who always complains their feet hurt. Get a pair here: www.underarmour.com MSRP: $189.99


1. Kitsbow Icon Shirt V2


“My point is, the Kitsbow Icon is the best flannel I’ve ever owned and there’s nothing I’d change about it.” The Radavist

If they love flannel they will love this shirt, plan and simple! Get one or two here: Kitsbow.com MSRP: $220.00


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Marisa Dobrot