It’s that time again; ’tis the season for off-season hiking! True outdoor enthusiasts in the Portland area relish this time of year. You get beautiful snowscapes, abandoned trails, and the opportunity to try out all the new weather-proof gear. Yes indeed Portland is a great place to hike year-round, but only if you’re properly prepared and equipped.
With that in mind, I’ve once again put together a list of items to suit a wide array of budgets and ability levels. So no matter what type of hiker you’re shopping for this year, one or more of these recommended items should fit the bill.
Part 1 of the gift guide will be focusing on gifts under $75. In the coming days part 2 will feature gifts between $80 and $150, and part 3 will detail recommended gifts over $150
Here we go:
Everybody’s favorite organic trail snacks make excellent stocking stuffers. The folks at Clif Bar have put out some delicious seasonal options, as well as a slew of other products tailored for the needs of kids all the way up to elite athletes.
The original energy gel is another good idea for the stocking. GU offers a full line of products in a variety of flavors. GU products specialize in replenishing energy and balancing electrolytes.
We definitely appreciate “natural” here in the Northwest. Hyland’s homeopathic remedies are a natural and inexpensive way to treat some of the aches and pains you’re bound to incur while out on the trails. They have products to treat everything from leg cramps, to sore muscles, and even poison oak, all naturally. $4 – $10
Goodhew / Sockwell Socks
One of the most overlooked but important pieces of gear you’ll need is a good pair of socks. Some socks from Goodhew / Sockwell will remedy that circumstance. The environmentally aware and sustainable company pays incredibly close attention to detail and believes in giving back! Starting around $14
A fantastic way to show your trekking loved ones that you really care is by getting them a Road ID. The company produces a whole line of customizable ID tags and bracelets designed to give first responders or rescue personnel critical information about the wearer. They are rugged, durable, and even dare I say, fashionable. Starting at $15.99
Headsweats Winter Dome
Headsweats are washable, light, supremely wicking hats and beanies designed for the outdoors. They design items for cycling, running, or even just walking around town. Their Winter Dome is perfect for cold weather hiking. $24
Eyewear from Ryders
When you’re out snowshoeing on a bright and sunny bluebird afternoon, you’ll be happy you brought a pair of quality sunglasses. Ryders eyewear has a wide array of glasses designed with your chosen outing in mind. With glasses starting at $39.99, you won’t have to break the bank for quality eye protection.
Eagles Nest Outfitters makes one of my favorite must-have camping supplies: The Singlenest Hammock. This baby is compact, light, comfortable, and strong as an ox (holds up to 400 lbs). So far I’ve only used my Singlenest for camping but the ENO folks also make rainflys and bug nets for their hammocks. I think I’ll need to test all that out on a backpacking trip soon! $54.95
Columbia Baselayer Midweight Long Sleeve 1/2 Zip
When Columbia unveiled their Omni-Heat technology last year they impressed a lot of us gear review-types. Now Columbia has taken that innovation into the realm of baselayers. The midweight long sleeve 1/2 zip (men’s and women’s) features Omni-Heat technology as well as Omni-Wick and an antimicrobial treatment. $60
Overland Equipment Bidwell Bag
This one’s for the ladies. Overland Equipment makes high quality, durable and versatile bags and accessories. In fact the Bidwell Bag is so versatile that my wife takes it from the office directly to the trailhead. Frequently. $75
Check back later this week for parts 2 and 3 of the 2011 guide to gifts for the outdoor lover.
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