Hiking Gift Ideas: Our 2016 Hiking Gift Guide

Looking for gift ideas for a hiker on your list? Our hiking gift guide features our trail-tested favorite hiking gear, and the hiking gifts that top our own lists this year.

Our hiking gift guide features hand-picked hiking gifts and our favorite, trail-tested hiking gear

There’s just nothing better than some quality hiking time on a great, scenic southeast trail. And we’re big believers that quality hiking gear can make a great adventure even better.

We’ve wrapped our favorite hiking gear into our 2016 Outdoor Gift Guide to make gift giving easy for the hiker on your list. Find the perfect hiking gift – or some new gear for your own adventures on the trail.

 
Osprey Daylite Daypack - hiking gift ideas

Comfy Daypack

Osprey Daylite Daypack

Why we love it

The Osprey Daylite is a great backpack for everything from day hikes to the gym and cycling around town. It’s light, fits comfortably and offers plenty of room for water bottles, snacks and other small gear.

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Lowa Innox GTX Mid Hiking Boot - hiking gift ideas

Streamlined and Stable

Lowa Innox GTX Mid Hiking Boot

Why we love it

The Lowa Innox GTX Mid has quickly become one of our go-to boots for just about any outdoor adventure. The Innox GTX is waterproof but breathable, keeping us dry and warm in the winter and cool in the summer. The durable, grippy sole keeps us firmly planted on the trail in challenging terrain, and its streamlined profile and light weight (only one pound each) allows us to keep up the pace without extra weight and bulk.

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Atlanta Trails T-shirts - hiking gift ideas

WEAR YOUR ATL LOVE

Atlanta Trails T-shirts

Why we love it

Help support Atlanta Trails – and show off your love of Georgia’s outdoors. The front features the Atlanta skyline, set in Georgia’s mountains, coastline and waterways, and the back features an Atlanta Trails logo. Available in 100% cotton, women’s and dry-fit styles.

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Darn Tough Socks - outdoor gift ideas

MADE IN THE USA + GUARANTEED FOR LIFE

Darn Tough Socks

Why we love it

Darn Tough socks are nearly indestructible and darn comfortable – and they’re unconditionally guaranteed, for life! Fast drying and wicking merino wool keeps our feet comfy and dry, even on the longest adventures. Sizes, thicknesses and heights are available for just about any type of outdoor activity.

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Asheville Trails T-shirts - hiking gift ideas

WEAR YOUR AVL LOVE

Asheville Trails T-shirts

Why we love it

Help support Asheville Trails, our newest site – and show off your love of western North Carolina’s beauty. The front features an Asheville mountainscape graphic, and the back features an Asheville Trails logo. Available in 100% cotton, women’s and dry-fit styles.

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REI Flash 18 Backpack - hiking gift ideas

Maximum Versatility

REI Flash 18 Backpack

Why we love it

This lightweight, versatile backpack is durable, well-designed, and, well, simple. It’s the simplicity that makes the REI Flash 18 pack one of our favorite backpacks for short hikes, urban exploration, day trips, and pretty much everywhere the load is light.

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Wide Mouth Nalgene Bottles - outdoor gift ideas under $25

BASIC BUT INDESTRUCTIBLE

Wide Mouth Nalgene Bottles

Why we love it

Sometimes the simple things are the best. We’ve hiked thousands of miles with our trusty Nalgene bottles and they’ve never disappointed.

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Kahtoola MICROspikes Traction System - hiking gift ideas

ICE ICE BABY

Kahtoola MICROspikes Traction System

Why we love it

A must-have for wintertime adventures! The Kahtoola MICROspikes make trekking on icy or snowy trails a breeze with 12 stainless steel spikes per foot. The pair fit into an included travel tote for easy and convenient packing in a bag, pocket or backpack.

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Kammok Roo Hammock - outdoor gift ideas

HANGIN’ OUT

Kammok Roo Hammock

Why we love it

What’s better than hangin’ in a hammock? We can’t think of anything either! The Roo Hammock from Kammok is super quick and easy to hang so we don’t waste any precious hammock time getting things set up. The LunarWeave fabric is soft, lightweight and durable. Once you get in you won’t want to get out!

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Black Diamond Spot Headlamp - outdoor gift ideas

LIGHT UP THE NIGHT

Black Diamond Spot Headlamp

Why we love it

Light and bright, the Black Diamond Spot Headlamp shines a 200 lumen beam. When our adventures keep us out after dark or up before sunrise, hands free illumination is a necessity and this Black Diamond Spot has us covered, with three brightness settings and a strobe feature. And it’s waterproof, too.

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National Geographic Trails Illustrated Maps - hiking gift ideas

X MARKS THE SPOT

National Geographic Trails Illustrated Maps

Why we love it

Hiking with a physical map and compass is important in the event we lose cell service or GPS power. And the National Geographic Trails Illustrated are our favorite: they’re water and tear resistant, trustworthy and easy to read.

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Suunto A-10 Compass - hiking gift ideas

WHERE’S NORTH?

Suunto A-10 Compass

Why we love it

We love our fancy GPS unit but in case we lose power or something goes wrong we always keep a compass on hand. The Suunto A-10 Compass is quick, reliable and easy to use in the field.

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Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Dry Sack - hiking gift ideas

Keep It DRY

Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Dry Sack

Why we love it

Our adventures take us through a range of terrain and weather, so we never leave home without a dry bag or two. The Seat to Summit Ultra-Sil Dry Sack comes in a range of sizes to keep our electronics and gear safe and dry, whether we’re fording rivers, caught in an unexpected downpour or soaking up some sun on our paddleboards.

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Sea to Summit Ultra-Mesh Stuff Sack - hiking gift ideas

Keep It Organized

Sea to Summit Ultra-Mesh Stuff Sack

Why we love it

The Sea to Summit Ultra-Mesh Stuff Sacks are a staple in our hiking and camping bags. They’re a great way to keep small gear organized, contained and all in one place – and the see-through mesh makes it easy to find small gear at the bottom.

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Cotopaxi Inca 16L Backpack - hiking gift ideas

Full-Featured Technical Pack

Cotopaxi Inca 16L Backpack

Why we love it

Simply put, we love Cotopaxi gear. Cotopaxi products are thoughtfully designed and ruggedly constructed, and the Inca backpacks are no exception. The Inca 16L is a full-featured technical day pack that features streamlined design and great on-trail comfort. (Looking for a larger pack? Check out the Cotopaxi Inca 26L for roomier storage and even more features.)

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Good To-Go Meals - gifts for hikers

Yum on the run

Good To-Go Meals

Why we love it

Mealtime on the trail just got one heck of an upgrade! Good To-Go’s gourmet backpacking meals have changed the way we think about trail food. They’re made by a former Iron Chef (for real!), and they’re super delicious and easy to prepare. Just add boiling water, wait 20 minutes, and you’ll be set for a meal more suited for a sit-down restaurant than a mountain summit. After a long day of hiking, the Thai Curry is simply incredible.

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Feetures Elite Merino+ Socks

Superior fit

Feetures Elite Merino+ Socks

Why we love it

Feetures socks offer an incredible fit and an incredibly soft wear. Made from a merino wool blend, they’re ultra-breathable in hot weather, don’t slide in our boots or shoes like other socks we’ve worn, and provide great arch support via a soft, ribbed panel. And the merino wool blend wicks moisture to keep our feet dry, and helps keep the socks odor-free. They come in a range of heights and cushioning for multiple sports – and they’re great for everyday wear, too.

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Adventure Medical Ultralight First Aid Kit

Waterproof Safety

Adventure Medical Ultralight First Aid Kit

Why we love it

It’s always with us in case of an on-trail emergency. This waterproof medical kit is ultra-lightweight and includes essentials for accidents and emergencies out on the trail.

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Osprey Stratos 24 Pack - hiking gift ideas

Ultra Airflow

Osprey Stratos 24 Pack

Why we love it

Ultra-comfortable. Ultra-breathable. We’ve long been fans of Osprey backpacks, and the Stratos 24 lives up to our high Osprey expectations. With an innovative ventilation system, the Stratos 24 provides maximum breathability, great for Georgia’s toasty-warm summers. (Women, check out the Osprey Sirrus 24 Pack.)

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Peak Design Slide Camera Strap - outdoor photographer gift ideas

The ultimate hiking camera strap

Peak Design Slide Camera Strap

Why we love it

The Peak Design Slide is the ultimate camera strap. It’s easily adjustable, well-padded, and streamlined, and it features a quick-connect system that makes swapping camera bodies or straps a cinch. It’s durable, strong, and stays comfortable, even on all-day photo shoots and double-digit mileage days on the trail. Bottom line: we’ve hiked thousands of miles in these straps, and we love them.

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Garmin Oregon 700 GPS - hiking gift ideas

Where are we?!

Garmin Oregon 700 GPS

Why we love it

The Garmin Oregon 700 GPS tracks our position, sets waypoints and finds trails from a touchscreen-equipped, tough, waterproof shell. No cell network? No problem… unlike our cell phones, the Oregon 700 stores its maps in-device for offline use.  With thousands of miles logged on our Garmin Oregon GPS units over the years, they’re our favorite tool for mapping trails around Georgia and around the world.

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Deuter Airlite 28 Backpack - gifts for hikers

Keeping it cool

Deuter Airlite 28 Backpack

Why we love it

The 28 liter Airlite pack from Deuter is one of our favorite choices for warm weather day hikes in the Southeast. Its flexed frame and ventilated mesh back support keeps the mountain breezes flowing, and our backs cool and comfortable. The 28 liter capacity is roomy for a day hike, offering plenty of space for hiking necessities, plus room to spare.

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Vasque Inhaler GTX Hiking Boot

Breathe Easy

Vasque Inhaler GTX Hiking Boot

Why we love it

There’s nothing that kills an awesome outdoor adventure faster than wet feet. The Vasque Inhaler GTX is one of our top choices when planning a wet weather trek; from splashing through Jacks River in the Cohutta Wilderness to chasing waterfalls at Amicalola Falls, these boots have it covered. They’re waterproof and breathable, thanks to the Gore-Tex lining, and keep us moving no matter the trail’s terrain.

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Sawyer Mini Filter

Lightweight Filtration

Sawyer Mini Filter

Why we love it

The Sawyer Mini is the easiest-to-use, lightest and most effective water filter we’ve tested. It lasts longer and outperforms most other backpacking water filters available, and has replaced the heavier pump-style filters in our gear closet.

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REI Gift Card

Let them choose!

REI Gift Card

Why we love it

What’s not to love about an REI gift card?! With a huge selection of top outdoor brands, envy-worthy gear and a staff of outdoor-loving experts, it’s like an outdoor gear paradise. Not sure what to gift this year? Let them decide!

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Friends of Georgia State Parks Pass

Year-round outdoor adventure

Friends of Georgia State Parks Membership

Why we love it

Georgia’s State Parks celebrate our state’s incredible beauty and terrain diversity. From coastal Georgia barrier islands to colorful carved canyons, and from lofty mountain peaks to the depths of waterfall-filled gorges, Georgia’s State Parks are an incredible outdoor playground. Give an annual park pass for unlimited year-round adventure.

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Make a Donation to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy

HELP MAINTAIN AND PROTECT THE AT

Make a Donation to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy

Why we love it

Help maintain and protect the trail that we all love! Make a donation to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and help support the organization tasked with the awesome responsibility of managing, maintaining and protecting the entire AT as well as stewardship of the lands and watersheds along its length.

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Make a Donation to the Georgia Conservancy

HELP CONSERVE GEORGIA’S NATURAL RESOURCES

Georgia Conservancy Gift Membership

Why we love it

Preserve the beauty and resources of our state! Give a gift membership to the Georgia Conservancy, and help protect and conserve Georgia’s natural resources. ‘Our work for land conservation, environmental advocacy, coastal protection, sustainable growth and outdoor stewardship recognizes the connection between the environment, the economy and our quality of life.’

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Atlanta BeltLine Gift Membership

SUPPORT THE ATLANTA BELTLINE

Atlanta BeltLine Gift Membership

Why we love it

Support one the largest urban revitalization projects in the country! Help the Atlanta BeltLine continue construction, uniting 45 of Atlanta’s neighborhoods with 22 miles of urban trail, parks and transportation. And, through December 15, new members will be entered for a chance to win one of three awesome prizes, too.

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