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The Best Gift Ideas for Hikers

Hiking gear is simple, but the right stuff makes all the difference.

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You won't find any fancy accessories or high-tech hiking gadgets on this list. These are back-to-basics, no-funny-business, must-have pieces of hiking gear that we've tested and loved. If you're looking for a gift for the hiker in your life this holiday season, you can't go wrong with any of these products. 

1. Thule Stir 18L Backpack

Liam McNally says, "I recently picked up the Thule Stir 18L and was surprised at how quickly it became my go-to daypack. Within the first few weeks it replaced my hiking daypack and my everyday backpack for going to the climbing gym or running errands around the neighborhood. At 18L, it's not all that big, but plenty spacious for an extra layer, water, camera, snacks, notebook, valuables, etc." Read his full review and Our Top 10 Favorite Daypacks for more.


2. Danner Men's Mountain 600 Hiking Boot

Joseph Gulizia says, "The Winterized Mountain 600 boots from Danner surpassed all my expectations. The day they came in the mail it was pouring and I had a 10 hour shoot. What a way to break them in. The boots were beyond comfortable, breathable, and water tight. By the end of the shoot my feet would usually be aching and ready to get out of my shoes. It was the opposite with the Mountain 600s. They are my new go to boot for everything from long days on the job to outdoor adventures with friends."  Check out the Women's Mountain 600 and The Best Leather Boots for Hiking and Travel


3. Black Diamond Storm Headlamp

Kevin Abernethy says, "I’ve wasted money on a handful of headlamps that offered simple features, but after using the Storm Headlamp I am a firm believer that you get what you pay for. Whether you are hiking, camping, hunting, fishing, cycling or just enjoying some time in your tent, this is the perfect headlamp." Read his full review for more. 


4. Arc’teryx Cerium SL Hoody

Laura Hughes says, "The Cerium SL stays true to its word and packs down incredibly small. I have had down jackets in the past and have been impressed with their size, but the Cerium SL puts all others I have owned to shame. It was never a question as to whether I would be packing my hoody with me for the trail, no matter how full my daypack already was!" See her full review for more and check out the men's Cerium SL here


5. Hydro Flask 40oz Wide Mouth Water BottleSling

Holly Mandarich says, "From the perspective of somebody who has never really cared about a water bottle before, having a HydroFlask made A WORLD of a difference. Not only does it keep your water the temperature you want it to be, but the outside stays room temperature, making it easy to handle. I actually don't use any of my other water bottles anymore and keep my HydroFlask on me at all times. It's proven to become an unintentional healthy habit. Plus you can't beat the minimalistic design and fun colors!" Read her full review and The Best Water Bottles, Travel Mugs, and Tumblers for more. 


Cover photo: Holly Mandarich

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