Holiday Shopping Guide: The Weekend Warrior

Get your favorite weekend warrior the gear they need.

By: The Outbound Collective
December 2, 2015

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Wouldn't it be nice to be a full time adventurer? Of course it would. As much as we'd all love to live the dream, the truth is, most of us have to find time to explore in the two days that the weekend provides us. While it doesn't seem like much, it makes us value the weekend even more and do our best to take full advantage of this time away from the routine. With the holidays coming up, now is the perfect time to hook your favorite weekend warrior up with some new gear that will make their weekend adventures better than ever. It can be tough to know where to start with holiday gear shopping, so check out this list of some of our favorite gear and stuff your weekend warrior's stocking with something that'll take their adventures to the next level.

1. goTenna

Stay connected in the backcountry. Use the goTenna to turn your phone into an off-grid communication tool. goTennas are lightweight, water resistant, and come in pairs so you can stay in touch with at least one partner-in-crime. Price: $199 (pair). Buy Now.

2. Cotopaxi Inca 26L

Every weekend warrior needs a go-to day pack. Not only is this a high quality pack that will stand up to the most rugged test, but part of your purchase will go towards social impact across the world. With a hydration sleeve that doubles as a laptop sleeve, you can take this pack straight from the trail to town. Price: $109.95 . Buy Now.

3. Coal Yukon Beanie

Don’t let the cold stop you. Who doesn’t look forward to beanie season? This heritage inspired knit beanie from Coal Headwear will keep your head nice and toasty all winter long on your adventures. Knit with wooly, heathered yarn, this beanie also has a fleece banding for added warmth. Price: $30. Buy Now.

4. Patagonia Black Hole Duffel 60L

Always be ready to go at a moment’s notice. Most weekend warriors have a bag packed and at-the-ready so they can jump in the car at 4:55 on Friday afternoon. This duffel bag from Patagonia is durable, compact, and - hence the name - can carry a surprising amount of gear. Price: $129. Buy Now.

5. Garmin fēnix 3

Find your both. If off-the-grid is the norm, a Garmin fēnix 3 watch is a must. With all the functionality you need in the backcountry, fitness tracking capability, plus enough style to wear around town, this is the ultimate all-around, everyday watch. Price: $499.99. Buy Now.

6. Stanley SS Adventure Flask

Bottoms up. There’s nothing like that first swig of your beverage of choice when you arrive at your destination. Stanley’s got the perfect flask to ensure your drink makes it there without spilling a drop on the trail. Price: $23. Buy Now.

7. Nomad Collapsible Hot Tub and Coil Combo

The ultimate post-adventure relaxation station. Who can argue with a hot tub session following your winter adventures? Don't think you have room to take it along? This hot tub collapses into a 14" x 16" x 30" duffel bag. You've got room. Price: $700. Buy Now.

8. Black Diamond Spot Headlamp

Adventure well past sunset. During the winter, daylight hours are limited, but that doesn’t stop a weekend warrior. This is the most popular headlamp from Black Diamond for good reason and it will let the adventures go on well into the night. Price: $39.95. Buy Now.

9. BioLite Camp Stove

Fuel your adventures with fire. Cook, boil water, and charge your phone simply by burning wood in this incredible little camping stove from BioLite. The fuel is free, the performance is on par with gas powered stoves, and - perhaps the biggest benefit - they're perfect for s'mores. Price: $129.95. Buy Now.

10. Yeti Rambler Colster

Step up your backcountry beer koozie game. If your post-adventure beverage of choice comes in a glass bottle, then Yeti's Colster is the perfect thing to keep it cool. Whether it's a weekend camping trip or chillin' on the deck après ski, this little beverage sidekick is a must. Price: $29.99. Buy Now.

11. Wasatch Outdoors Survival Laces

The survival tool that follows you everywhere. Made with paracord, fishing line, and fire building tools, these shoelaces are the ultimate lightweight survival tool to take with you on every adventure. We hope the worst case scenario never plays out, but if it does, you'll be glad you tied your shoes with these laces. Price: $16.99. Buy Now.

12. Goal Zero Flip 10 Recharger

Always stay charged. It’s nice to disconnect from our phones while on adventures, but it’s not a bad idea to have them charged just in case - and of course, to snag a couple photos on the trail. The Flip 10 Recharger is compact and lightweight and will hold enough power to give your phone, fitness tracker, or other small devices a full charge. Price: $19.99. Buy Now.

13. Oru Bay Kayak

Take your adventures to the open waters. Leading the charge in portable kayaks, Oru has created a kayak that is as compact as it is reliable, safe, and - most importantly - fun. The Bay is equally well suited for the beginner or seasoned paddler and folds down to a packable size of 32" x 28" x 13". Throw it in the trunk and hit the road. Sure beats messing with a rack and straps on top of the car. If you're going to splurge on one thing this year...it should be an Oru Bay Kayak. Price: $1,147.50. Buy Now.

Cover photo: Christin Healey

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