Eleven holiday gifts for the outdoorist on your list.
The maker describes its new Mesa as “the perfect hybrid yoga-hiking-gym-airport shoe”. The difference: a wide toe box, padded heel support, and a breathable mesh upper that fits like a sock. The solid rubber outsole and 4-millimeter drop keeps you balanced whether you’re scaling boulders or hitting the brewery. Available in four colors, including Forest (shown). $125. lemsshoes.com
Coalatree Haswell Survival Knife 2.0
No folding knife is going to make your friends ooooh and aaaah like this unique fixed-blade survival knife. The 4-inch, wedge-shaped edge is made from hand-forged, high-carbon steel and set in a 4-inch walnut handle with brass rivets. A limited supply of 200 knives will feature a sheath hand-made by Diamond Jim, one of Utah’s most skilled leather workers. $75. coalatree.com
Folding Boat Co. K-PAK
Virtually no body of water is off limits to this 9-foot, 3-inch kayak that folds into its own backpack for easy transport. The K-PAK weighs just 21 pounds, features a durable polyurethane-over-aluminum-frame construction, and assembles in less than 5 minutes. Paddle wherever your curiosity takes you and then store the deflated boat in your car trunk or closet. $875. foldingboatco.com
Louis Vuitton Chalk Nano Bag
The practicality of this chalk bag remains open to debate, but there’s no question you’ll be the talk of your climbing crew for rocking it. The Chalk Nano shows off Louis Vuitton’s distinctive monogram pattern alongside fashionable details like a leather-and-chain strap, functional carabiner, and drawstring with silver-color hardware. $1,590. us.louisvuitton.com
Helmets are critical but not always convenient to carry around — especially for those who make a spontaneous decision to hop on a shared e-scooter or bike. The Morpher is safety certified for use in the U.S. and Europe and folds down to just 2.5 inches thin. Toss it in your handbag or backpack (it weighs less than a pound) and stay safe no matter where and when you ride. $149. morpherhelmet.com
The little brother of the award-winning Mantra M5, the Kendo 88 has been given a facelift for this season and is one of Volkl’s premier all-mountain skis that excels when carving through crud. The Kendo 88 is built on a multi-layer wood core, features carbon tips, a full sidewall, and Volkl’s 3 Radius Sidecut that combine to help provide control and stability coming into and through the turn. $775. voelkl.com
GSI Gourmet PourOver Java Set
What’s better than a cup of coffee in the backcountry? A fresh cup of coffee using your favorite beans and a custom-tailored grind. This set includes a collapsible pour-over camp coffeemaker that comes with a reusable nylon-mesh filter and folds down to a 1 inch high. The ceramic coffee grinder has a sturdy handle that nests and locks in place for easy packing. $40. gsioutdoors.com
Patagonia SnowDrifter Jacket
Range of motion, protection, and comfort — three things you want in a snow sports jacket and three things the new SnowDrifter Jacket has thanks to its light and stretchy three-layer shell fabric. But it’s the little things, too, like the adjustable powder skirt, chest pocket with zippered social media compartment and cable routing, and helmet-compatible hood with laminated visor for optimal visibility. And lots more. $400. patagonia.com
Yeti Hondo Base Camp Chair
When durability and comfort trumps portability, there’s the Yeti Hondo. This beefy (16.5-pound) piece of outdoor furniture has a reinforced frame; solid, cast joints; and tensioned fabric that is locked in with custom molding, so it won’t break or tear. A handle built into the frame lets you carry the chair when you need to change views, and a cup holder provides a perch for your preferred bonfire beverage. $300. yeti.com
bONE Tech IceBRKR
It may look normal, but the IceBRKR is the techiest mask on the market. Using a behind-the-ears bone conduction transducer, the goggles allow you to listen to music or talk with friends (via Bluetooth 5.0 MESH Intercom technology), all while still being able to hear what’s going on around you! It comes in five lens colors, including yellow/green (shown). $79 (limited time only). theicebrkr.com
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You can find more new outdoor gear for fall/winter 2019 in our feature article from our September/October issue.
Author: Brad Kovach is the editor/publisher of Terrain Magazine.