The SteriPEN Ultra uses UV light to purify 1L of water in 90 seconds without any pumping, squeezing, or chemicals, which is really nice. It’s light, compact, and it has a USB rechargeable battery that will filter 50L of water per charge (that’s about 4-5 days worth of water for two people). It's great for the backcountry, but also international travel.
No more squeezing, pumping, or ingesting funky tasting chemicals. This 2-liter filtration system is a lighter and faster version of Platypus’ gravity system, adapted for those fast and light backpackers. For camping, you may consider the more robust 4-liter Platypus gravity system.
This may not be the most fun gift on the list, but it’s a tool we highly recommend for anyone who adventures frequently. The SPOT device allows you to reach emergency responders, share your GPS coordinates and check in with your loved ones when on the trail. Heads up: a subscription is necessary to operate the SPOT device.
The Camp Chef Everest 2-Burner Stove is a great cooker for car camping. It has a push button igniter, simmer control, each burner kicks out a ton of heat, it’s easy to clean, and it packs away nicely. That’s pretty much everything you want for a great cookout in the backcountry.
We are in love with these unique and fun whiskey tumblers. Each glass is handblown and molded with real topographical data of each mountain. Featured peaks: Denali, Matterhorn, Fuji, and Pike’s Peak. These make for an undeniably great gift for the mountain lover in your world!
At only 7.2 ounces, the CAMP Corsa is one of the lightest ice axes on the market. For serious mountaineering, this is probably isn’t the right tool, but for early season snow crossings on backpacking trips, this ice axe is excellent. It’s light, it’s effective, and our go-to ice axe when there’s snow on the trail.
The new Goal Zero Lighthouse Mini rechargeable lantern is one of the lightest and most versatile lanterns on the market. Weighing only 8 ounces, it still gives off a mighty 210 lumens of brightness. It can last for 500 hours on the lowest setting and has a USB port to charge your handheld devices.
Although this pillow is a bit heavy to pack for lightweight backpacking trips, the NEMO Fillo is one of the most comfortable camping pillows we’ve used. It’s an inflatable pillow, but has an inch of foam on top, which means more head stability and comfort. It’s also covered with a super soft microfiber.
The Osprey Talon 22 for men and Tempest 20 for women are great lightweight daypacks. They have a simple design, but still get the details right. Hip belt pockets, water bottle holsters, a hydration pouch sleeve, back mesh pocket, trekking pole attachment loops, and a comfortable back pad make this pack a winner for day hikes and around town.
The Flex Lite Table is a surprisingly light and convenient backcountry accessory. It pairs well with the REI Flex Light Chairs for a luxury setup when you really want to put out the vibe. We usually backpack pretty light, so we don’t generally take accessories like this into the field, but this table is light enough to consider.
Why not give a gift that will inspire outdoor travel and support a good cause? More than 80% of the proceeds for the National Parks Pass go straight into protecting and improving our national parks. And if you purchase your pass through REI, they’ll donate 10% of sale proceeds directly to the national park foundation as well.
The Ursack gets our vote for best food protection container on the market. It’s much easier to pack in a backpack than a bear canister and it’s heck of a lot lighter too. It’s bulletproof fabric will keep your food away from bears, but it will also keep out small critters, which is a more common annoyance.
We wear trail running shoes for most of our backcountry hiking trips (except winter treks). Check out our article 5 reasons to ditch your hiking boots to learn why. We’re currently rocking the Saucony Peregrine 7 (men’s and women’s) shoes and we absolutely love them. They have comfortable padding, fantastic traction, and a soft sole.
We love how lightweight and comfortable these updated Altra Trail Runners (women’s and men’s) are right out of the box. They’re great for trail running, but also have superior traction for rugged mountain hiking. There’s a reason you’ll see many thru-hikers wearing Altras on the trail.
The Hummingbird Single is incredibly light and small (5.2oz), making it an excellent choice for anyone with an active lifestyle. Hummingbird Hammocks utilize the lightest materials and designs to keep their hammocks as portable, packable, and comfortable as possible. Hummingbird Ultralight Tree Straps are also the lightest straps I've found.
The Solo Mini is a durable titanium cook set that's ideal for lightweight backpacking trips. You can combine your pot, lid, cup, stove, and fuel into one small and convenient package. Pair it with a small canister stove to complete your cooking system. HotLips lip protectors make another good addition.
These minimal, versatile, and stowable daypacks are great for nearly any excursion and they make excellent gifts. They’re good for carrying light loads and can easily be stuffed into a larger bag on longer trips. We prefer the Flash 22 over the Flash 18 because of the lid pocket and water bottle holsters, but both packs work well.
The Suunto M-3 D Leader is our top pick compass for reliable navigation in the field. One handy feature of this compass is adjustable declination correction, which is a calculation that trips up many backpackers in the field. The luminous markings are a nice touch as well for nighttime use.
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