The 2018 Holiday Season has arrived and it’s time to start thinking about gifts for your friends and family. Buying gifts for hikers and backpackers can be tricky if you aren’t into backpacking yourself. We’ve narrowed it down for you! This gift guide will help you choose some higher-end gear for that special hiker in your life. Looking to spend a little less? Check out our Budget-friendly Gifts for Hikers and Backpackers.
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11 Splurge-Worthy Backpacking Gifts for Hikers
Pack – Under $300
Gregory Mountian makes a variety of hiking backpacks that are lightweight, yet durable. The aluminum frame, foam padded straps and breathable mesh will help to maintain comfort while being practical. A variety of storage compartments and straps means you can keep your gear right where you need it.
Trekking Poles – Under $150
A highly versatile, fully adjustable four-season pole built with premium materials and an ergonomically angled grip. The Alpine Ergo Cork Trekking Pole is ideal for backpacking trips, winter touring and long hikes. The Alpine Ergo Cork features an angled wicking cork grip for maximized comfort, and also features a durable padded wrist strap. One aluminum and two carbon fiber shafts offer quick and secure length changes thanks to dual Flicklock Pro adjustability.
Being able to track your distance, heart rate, blood-oxygen saturation plus having hundreds of songs at your fingertips is important for some hikers and backpackers. For hikers who aren’t budget conscious, the Garmin Fenix 5x has it all.
The Storm Headlamp is a very robust headlamp and a good choice for all day and night outdoor activities. The Storm Headlamp is dustproof and waterproof for use up to 1 meter below the surface for 30 minutes. This headlamp includes traditional white light and red, green and blue night-vision LEDs and emits 350 lumens.
TickCheck is the best tick remover for people and pets. The kit includes stainless steel tick remover for safely removing larger embedded ticks, and a specially shaped super-fine-tip tweezer for removing nymphs and small deer ticks, in a leatherette pouch. The tools in this tick removal kit have been field-tested and designed for easily and safely removing embedded adult and nymph ticks from humans, dogs, cats, or other pets. Includes a tick ID card.
Perfect for the athlete that refuses to be let down or weighed down by his or her gear, this kit is designed for adventure racers, multi-sport enthusiasts, and anyone looking for an ultralight kit.
Ultralight and compact this folding canister stove is perfect for minimalist adventures, backpacking, hiking, trekking, camping, and global travel. Boil one liter of water in just 3.5 minutes! The flame easily adjusts from a simmer to a rolling boil for gourmet cooking in the outdoor. Easy to setup and operate.
Sawyer Products PointOne Squeeze Water Filter System is lightweight, portable and offers the higest filtration on the market. Made in the USA!
Darn Tough Vermont Merino Wool Micro Crew Cushion Socks are made in Vermont out of 67% Merino Wool/29% nylon/4% Lycra Spandex. They come with a lifetime guarantee.
Rain gear doesn’t have to be expensive if it does its job of keeping you dry. This Frogg Togg Ultra-lite2 Suit is 100% waterproof and breathable. Its lightweight fabric makes it easy to carry and easy to wear.
Big Agnes award-winning Fly Creek tents have been redesigned with steep wall architecture and a vertical door to maximize floor and headspace. These features create more livable space so you can be more comfortable in the backcountry. Fly Creek HV UL models have 25% more space in the head and shoulders, and 10% more in the foot box.
Don’t forget to check out our Budget-Friendly Backpacking Gifts for Hikers.