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The Outbound Team's Holiday Gift Guide 2019

These are a few of our favorite things.

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Gearing up for the holidays? Here are our some of our team's favorite products we've loved using in 2019.

Zippo Heatbank 9s Rechargeable Hand Warmer

Whether pow-chasing or winter #vanlifing, when temps drop, reach for a Zippo Rechargeable Hand Warmer. The Heatbank 9s Rechargeable Hand Warmer fits in the palm of your hand and provides up to nine hours of warmth. It can also be used as a battery bank to charge your devices. Grab it on your way out for a chilly hike, or put it in your sleeping bag to keep your feet warm. Check out a full product review here

Ombraz Sunglasses

No sidearms. No problems. Ombraz sunglasses are built to withstand the demands of travel, activities, and every day life by removing the side arms and replacing them with a cord. The sunglasses lie flat when you're not wearing them, so you can place them in your back pocket and not fear breaking them when you sit down. Check out a full product review here

Klean Kanteen Insulated TKPro

28 hours of hot and 90 hours of iced, the Klean Kanteen TKPro thermos is a great addition to your cold weather adventures this winter. The new TK Closure™ internal thread design which provides cutting edge thermal performance for both hot and cold beverages. And bonus, the 360-degree pour functionality turns this thermos into the perfect cocktail maker in the summer! It is available in 16oz, 25oz, and 32oz sizes.

Sawyer Permethrin Premium Insect Repellent

For use on clothing, tents, sleeping bags, and other outdoor gear, Sawyer Permethrin is more than just an insect repellent — it actually kills ticks, mosquitoes, spiders, chiggers, mites, and more than 55 other kinds of insects. Permethrin is also effective against the Yellow Fever Mosquito, which can transmit the Zika Virus.

Providing a fantastic odorless barrier of protection, a single application of Permethrin lasts for 6 weeks or 6 washings. Use it on outdoor gear to helps reduce the mosquito population in your camp and prevent ticks from attaching to you

Northern Lites Elite Snowshoes

USA-made, Northern Lites Snowshoes remain one of the most popular snowshoe models year over year, and for good reason. Their Elite Snowshoe is a full-sized mountaineering and backpacking snowshoe that comes in at only 2-1/2 pounds per pair - the lightest on the market. But performance is not sacrificed for the weight; these snowshoes are incredibly rugged.

TruFlask Tru Temp™ Cooler

Ideal for multi-purpose use, Tru Temp™ extended use coolers keep your food cold for days. A great alternative to other more well known brands. The Tru Temp™ coolers come in 5 size options ranging from 20 Liters to 120 Liters. Each cooler comes standard with a cutting board, cooler basket, and LED motion-activated light. Read a full review of their 45L cooler here

Hydro Flask 35L Insulated Tote

Perfect for trips to the grocery store or to a concert with friends, the Hydro Flask 35L Insulated Tote is easy to clean and keeps your food cold for up to 4 hours. This tote is a perfect companion to keep in the back of your car or grab on your way to the farmer's market.

Jungmaven Maui Hooded Sweatshirt

Have you also received those Instagram ads for the best hoodie ever? That's quite a statement to make, and we promise Jungmaven has it beat. A blend of hemp and cotton, you'll put their sweatshirts on and not want to take them off, ever. The Maui Hooded Sweatshirt is new to their sweatshirt line, and we think it's a keeper. Available in both men's and women's. 

Patagonia Macro Puff Hoody

A higher-loft version of the Micro Puff, the Macro Puff Hoody also provides a water-resistant, recycled ripstop nylon shell, and it is filled with high-loft PlumaFill insulation, a new material that mimics the structure of down, but in a continuous synthetic material. Stay warm and dry this winter season. 

California Cowboy High Sierra Flannel

Shred all day and get cozy for apres with California Cowboy's High Sierra shirt. From integrating a sunglasses loop to a pocket for stashing a your next bottle of beer, these fun shirts are cozy, incredibly warm, and have lots of functional features that are fun to enjoy using. 

Outdoor Research Refuge Air Hooded Jacket

Thin, cozy, soft, breathable, and wind blocking, the Outdoor Research Refuge Air is the perfect layer for days out in nature. It's thin enough to wear over a t-shirt, but also has enough room to wear a technical layer under it if you need extra warmth.

FITS Ski Socks

Most people know of Icebreaker, Smartwool and Darn Tough when it comes to ski socks. If you're looking for something new, try a pair of FITS ski socks. Available in multiple weights, these mostly-merino socks will keep your feet warm and dry while crushing pow turns. And their designs are super fun, from xmas designs to goofy mustaches, they make a great stocking stuffer.

Patagonia Provisions Pantry Stocker Gift Box

For your food-loving adventure friend, the Patagonia Provisions Pantry Stocker Gift Box will set them up for multiple backcountry meals and snacks for their upcoming trips. To learn more about Patagonia Provisions's push for Regenerative Organic Agriculture, click here

Luci Lights

Want the perfect camp lantern that takes up almost no room in your pack or your car? The Luci LIght weighs 4.4 oz and when fully inflated is 4.2x5 inches. Best part, you don’t need to remember batteries. This lantern is solar powered and charges within 7 hours of being set in the sun.

Garmin Fenix 6X Sapphire Heart Rate Monitor

For the person who likes to track everything and uses the term “data-driven” to define their personality, this watch could be their perfect sidekick. From running, to open water swimming, to even the most relaxed shavasana, you can track your heart rate, blood oxygen levels, calories burned and more. What gets measured gets improved, right?

Carve Designs Bathing Suits

Bathing suits made by active women, for active women. Whether you prefer a more sexy style or one that is more modest, all of the Carve Designs swimsuits we've tried this year stay put and feel great to wear. Their full-coverage bottoms really are full-coverage, the more "cheeky" bottoms seem to fit just right, and their tops keep your "girls" in place. Best of all, these suits stay put, whether you're wakesurfing for a couple hours or wearing them around all day.

EXPED Megamat Duo 10 Sleeping Pad

Remember the best night’s sleep you had at that one hotel? Great news! The EXPED Megamat Duo is that mattress equivalent for the camping sleeping pad. It does take up a little space in the car, but after your first night of sleep on this mattress, camping trips will never be the same.

Coal Headwear Tracker Cap

Caught in that tough spot of should I wear a beanie or go with a hat? Problem solved! This Coal Headwear Tracker Cap will give you the benefits of both. And trust us, this hat has come in very handy on plenty of cold fishing trips.

Stasher Reusable Silicone Bag Multi-Pack

Looking for an alternative to single-use plastic storage bags? Stasher bags are your answer. These reusable silicone bags are durable, versatile, and dishwasher/microwave safe. Give the earth a hug, and give these bags a try...you won’t regret it.

Kammok Field Blanket

Equally adept around the campfire or in your living room, the Kammok Field Blanket will keep you cozy and warm when the temperature begins to dip. We like this blanket for its versatility, durability, and high quality construction. It doesn’t hurt that it looks pretty sharp too.

Goal Zero Lighthouse Mini V2 Lantern

The Goal Zero Lighthouse Mini is one of our go-to mini-lanterns. It has great battery life, has flexible dimming options, and is very bright for its size. It’s the perfect option to light up all those little dark corners around your campsite or the inside of your tent.

NEMO Helio Pressure Shower

The NEMO Helio Pressure Shower might be a bit of a luxury item, but sometimes being able to rinse off all of the day’s dust and grime is priceless. This shower is built tough, packs down small, provides ample water pressure, and makes cleaning up in the backcountry a breeze. 

Anker PowerCore 20100

Our work requires that we’re connected pretty much all of the time, and the Anker PowerCore 20100 is our battle-tested workhorse. You can’t beat its affordability and durability. It is always in our backpacks and provides reliable back-up charging for days. 

Mountain Series Explorer Medical Kit

We always like to keep an Adventure Medical Kit in our vehicles and packs for easy access to first aid supplies. This particular kit is in the back of more than one of our cars. It’s well organized, well stocked, and does a great job of covering your basic first aid needs.

Black Diamond Liquid Point Shell Jacket

We’re always on the lookout for a great waterproof shell, and Black Diamond nailed it with their Liquid Point Shell. It provides the performance you’d expect from Gore-Tex, along with the versatility to wear hiking, touring, climbing, or just around town. It’s a go-to outer layer whenever precipitation is in the forecast.

Creatures of Leisure Comp 6 Surf Leash

If you’re looking for a great all-around leash, this is the one. It’s not a 5ft. ultra-thin cord that will stretch and break and it’s not a 7ft. rope that will feel like a you’re pulling a tank behind you. It’s a workhorse, it’s reliable, and you won’t go wrong.

Stance Paul Sock

Fun, affordable, stretchy, and super comfy...all qualities we like to hear. Stance has been cranking out great gear for years now and this Paul Sock is just one more notch in their belt. Give as a gift and get a pair for yourself.

Picture Organic Andy 17in Board Short

Picture isn’t a household name in the US yet, but it should be and hopefully will be soon. This European brand is making great clothes and gear, all will a sustainable ethos. The Andy Board Shorts fit great, aren’t too short or long, stretch a bit, and provide all the essentials for a great pair of trunks.

The James Brand The Folsom Knife

This James Brand blade is compact, easy to engage and retract, and most importantly, SHARP. Carrying a pocket knife comes in handy more than you'd expect, and you want something that will get the job done, discreetly. The James Brand Folsom Knife ticks all the boxes.

MSR WhisperLite Universal Backpacking Stove

Simple and classic, the MSR WhisperLite Universal Backpacking Stove continues to be a staple in our backpacking kits. The stove is incredibly compact, and one of the best features is being able to use virtually any type of stove fuel, equally - from liquid gas to canister fuel. 

Arcteryx Atom LT

Literally the best jacket I've ever owned. It's fantastic for everything. Light breeze out? Grab it, it breathes super well. Skiing? Makes a great layer under a shell for the resort or even touring. SUPER cold out? Buy three, and wear them all. It's called a *layering* system y'all.

Glerups - Camp Sole

One of our team members bought a pair of these for his girlfriend, and then she bought a pair for him because he was so jealous. He wears these A LOT. Around the house, running errands, basically anything. They're warm, comfortable, and the rubber sole means you can wear them outside without ruining them.

Black Diamond Rhythm Tee

We don't ask for much out of our t-shirts, but this one is supremely comfortable, lightweight, and breathes easily. It's a staple in some of our spring and summer adventures. Merino means it doesn't smell, and there's a bit of stretch built-in, which we really like. If you're like us, and often wear the same shirt several days in a row while you're on the road, this might also be the shirt for you.

Cover photo courtesy of Chris Engelsman.

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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