The 17 must-buy Christmas gifts for adventure addicts
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With Christmas just around the corner, here are some great gift ideas for your beloved adventurer (or yourself).
It’s that time of year again, and the adventure stores and websites are all full of new kit and gadgets to add to your Christmas list. We’ve pulled together a pile of presents to suit all price ranges, from a cheap and cheerful USB hand fan for those in the Southern Hemisphere, to high-tech base layers and body warmers for those in colder climates.
There’s a harder-than-hard case for your iPhone, or if you can afford it, you can just get a whole new phone, one of the toughest on the market. There are also bags, movies, climbing kit, adventure tech and even the obligatory pair of socks.
So if you want to avoid yet another woolly jumper, take a look at these 17 ideas and let a loved one know just what you really want.
1. USB fan and flashlight
These handy compact tools can link up to any USB port or power bank (they are designed to be used with Goal Zero’s Switch 10 recharger). The fan can keep you cool for up to five hours in the day, while the flashlight packs a 110 Lumen wide-angle beam to light up the trail at night.
2. The ultimate climbing film
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- Product: Dawn Wall DVD
- Price: €15 / £12 / $15
This must-watch movie is packed with drama and emotion as it follows the legendary Tommy Caldwell and partner Kevin Jorgeson attempting to scale the ‘un-climbable’ Dawn Wall in Yosemite, USA. After six years of planning and several weeks living on the sheer vertical cliff faces, it all ended with one of the toughest calls a climber can make.
3. Statement socks
- Product: Stance Adventure Socks
- Price: From €18 / £16 / $20
Funk up your sock drawer with this adventure collection from one of the coolest underwear manufacturers on the planet. They don’t only have some radical designs, they also do all the things a good hiking sock should do too.
4. Hardcore iPhone case
- Product: UAG Monarch Series
- Price: €52 / £47 / $60
There’s no better security for your iPhone than this case – built by Urban Armor Gear to handle two times the military standard for drop and shock protection. Its super-light construction has five strength layers, including alloy metals, honeycomb and leather. Drop that.
5. Super-light day pack
- Product: Marmot Ultra Kompressor
- Price: €78 / £70 / $89
Lugging a heavy bag can turn a day hike into an endurance trek, but at just 530g this Marmot masterpiece makes things easy. It has 22l of carrying capacity and a bunch of features including a zip lid, removable webbing waist belt and back panel, hydration port and three compression points.
6. Honnold’s harness
- Product: Black Diamond Solution Harness
- Price: €85 / £62 / $80
Okay, so climbing skills aren’t included, but wearing the harness of choice for El Cap conqueror Alex Honnold will at least make you feel special. This limited edition green lightweight kit has Honnold's signature on the right leg loop and buying it will not only support you on your climb, it will also support his foundation’s solar energy projects around the world.
7. Sleep blanket
- Product: Jack Wolfskin 4-in-1 Blanket 5
- Price: €95 / £85 / $108
This rectangular sleeping bag may look pretty ‘old skool’, but it packs a huge range of options for everything from hut hikes to camping holidays. It can be a regular sleeping bag with liner or a liner bag on its own, or it can be opened out to make a summer bag for two or a blanket and bottom sheet for colder nights. It even has a built-in pillow.
8. Eco climbing shoes
- Product: La Sportiva Mythos Eco
- Price: €125 / £112.50 / $145
One of the most versatile climbing shoes on the market just got even better – because there's now a version made from 95 percent recycled materials. The Mythos is designed to feel like a pair of casual shoes – some even say slippers – but the stiff midsoles and sticky rubber still have what it takes to scale the toughest climbing challenge.
9. Core body warmer
- Product: Helly Hansen Lifaloft Insulator Vest
- Price: €145 / £130 / $165
Ditch the bulky jackets and jumpers and stay cosy with this high-tech body vest, which weighs 255g and is super-warm thanks to innovative insulation. It combines the high warmth to weight ratio yarn tech of PrimaLoft with the water resistance of Lifa fibres to make it perfect all year-round.
10. Biodegradable base layer
- Product: Picture Organic Clothing Earthen
- Price: €145 / 3130 / $165
This is the world’s first biodegradable base layer. It took five years to develop and is fully recyclable or can break down in less than three years, while most clothes take decades. There’s no compromise in quality either – it has a soft touch, good breathability and moisture management. This also comes in a women's cut named Sience.
11. Road-to-trail shoes
- Product: Inov-8 Parkclaw 275 GTX
- Price: €170 / £140 / $150
These multi-terrain shoes are designed for people who want to do their running both off and on road. The rugged and aggressive outsole provides traction on slippery trails, while the stud design keeps the shoe smooth on the road. The durable upper handles trail debris well and the comfortable and lightweight Gore-Tex membrane keeps out any water. They have a men's and women's model.
12. The ultimate onesie
- Product: Icebreaker 200 Zone One Sheep Suit
- Price: €190 / £170 / $215
Is this the ultimate outdoor onesie? Designed for extreme cold, it’s a full-body suit that regulates your temperature with strategically placed wool and mesh panels and uses odour-free Merino fibres, so nobody will smell you coming. Best of all, it has a zipped rear flap so you don’t even need to strip off to answer the call of nature.
13. Wheelie duffelbag
- Product: Osprey Rolling Transporter 120
- Price: €270 / £240 / $305
Wheelie bags are not for adventurers, right? Wrong. This takes Osprey’s trademark durability, puts it in a mighty 120-litre barrel-shaped package and sticks it on wheels. It has a body made of weather-resistant laminated nylon, an ABS polymer chassis and big easy-ride wheels. You’ll never need your trusty backpack again.
14. Ultimate earbuds
- Product: Kygo E7/900 Earphones
- Price: €149.90 / £133.58 / $170.60
These tiny Bluetooth buds are ideal for the outdoors, with easy to use wire-free technology and 3.5 hours of continuous play time – perfect for running, climbing or even – because they are waterproof – swimming. They come with a whole bag of attachments, so are fully customisable for the perfect fit.
15. Global satellite communicator
- Product: Garmin inReach Mini
- Price: €350 / £311 / $398 + data plans from €15 / £13 / $17 per month
This handy device keeps you connected wherever you are – letting you track your journey, send text messages or an SOS and even post social updates from the middle of nowhere. It is just 10cm x 5cm, weights 100g and links to the iridium network through a choice of one-off or annual data packages.
16. See-through bubble tent
- Product: Bubbletree Bubble Lodges
- Price: POA (beware cheap counterfeit versions that can be found online)
Fancy a night under the stars but don’t want to be out in the open? Well, these see-through blow-up bubble tents provide no privacy, but offer a unique way to see nature while staying protected from the elements. If you don’t fancy buying one, there are plenty of places to stay in one for a night.
17. Rugged mobile phone
- Product: Land Rover Explore Phone
- Price: €675 / £600 / $765 + network charges
So, the company famed for its rugged outdoor vehicles has created a rugged outdoor phone – and they’ve done a pretty good job. It can survive all the slips, trips and falls the outdoors can throw at it: it works when soaked, it can survive temperatures from -30 to +60, it comes with an ‘Outdoor Dashboard’ and a curated Explore Hub app portal and, with the ‘adventure pack’ attached, it can be used for four days straight.