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Gift Guide for the Do-It-All Outdoor Enthusiast

posted by gumptiongear December 7, 2013 0 comments

With the Holiday Season fully upon us, it’s time to grant loved ones their gear wishes.  Whether it be hiking, ascending mountains, or just good ol’ fashioned outdoor revelry, we’ve got the perfect gotta-get-it items for seriously savvy outdoor fanatics.  All gumption tested, gumption approved.


We all want to get the outdoor enthusiast in our lives the perfect gift.  However, we all know that these same passionate lovers of outdoors adventure can be notoriously difficult to shop for.  Fear not friends, we’ve got you covered with a list of gifts for the passionate outdoor enthusiasts in your life.

Helly Hansen Challenger Jacket


A great gift offers versatility that reflects the passions and needs of that special gear junky in your life.  Towards those ends, there’s the Helly Hansen Challenger Jacket.  Available for both men and women, the Challenger Jacket is the perfect active-wear apparel for those who spend their weekends running, their weekends hiking and maybe even dabble in a little cross-country skiing on the side.

 Helle Eggen

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Life in the outdoors is full of little problems.  From shaving down kindling to fending off rogue squirrels, a well built fixed-blade knife is the first tool that should go into a pack for any backcountry adventure — and the Eggen should be that knife. Handcrafted in Holmedal Norway, the Eggen is the virtual embodiment of the phrase ‘no compromise on quality’. The result is legend-worthy toughness and edge retention in a blade that will become a lifelong outdoor companion.

Platypus GravityWorks Filter System

3927_platypus_GravityWorks_2_0L_Filter_completeA life lived in the backdoors is a life filled with cascading waterfalls, emerald alpine lakes, cold tumbling streams, and limited fresh water. So give the gift of the Platypus GravityWorks™ Filter System.  Why?  Because it’s only completely changed how people filter water in the great outdoors that’s why. Delivering up to  four liters of filtered water is just 2.5 minutes with no pumping, there’s simply no easier or faster way to get safe water away from home.


Outdoor Technology Turtle Shell Boombox


Your nature loving friends live their life outside-the-box, so why should they get their music from a standard boring, boxy speaker system?  Outdoor Technology’s Turtle Shell is anything but ordinary, anything but boring.  From it’s polygon like shape, to its crisp and clear sound that blasts through two onboard speakers, the bluetooth enabled Turtle Shell is ready to turn up the volume on any outdoor adventure.


Cascade Designs E-Case

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If the outdoor adventurer on your list is prone to dropping gloves off of chairlifts on sub-zero days, then grant them peace of mind with the E-Case e-Series Electronic Cases.  The E-Case line-up provides fully submersible waterproof protection for phones, GPS units, cameras, and more. The crystal-clear urethane windows allow full use of touch screen buttons while die-cut lash points provide secure tethering options.  All told, it’s the gift that protects their electronic gear from fumble fingers and Mother Nature’s mayhem.

Eno Hammocks


Just because your nature-loving friends love the outdoors, doesn’t mean they love sleeping on twigs and rocks.  Featuring upgraded aluminum wiregate carabiners, updated buckles and new cord locks the updated line up of ENO Hammocks is better than ever.  Give the gift of ENO and elevate backyard relaxation and backcountry excursions to four-star hotel status… and while you’re at it, make sure you get one for yourself.

BioLite KettlePot



Want to mix backcountry practicality with cutting edge technology? Give the gift of the BioLite KettlePot partnered with the BioLite CampStove™. Whether it’s a pot of coffee to start the day, or cooking a meal for four at the end of a long hike, the BioLite KettlePot is a true grab-and-go system.  And just because you love to get off the grid, doesn’t mean you won’t be taking pictures or listening to music. Partner the KettlePot with the BioLite CampStove™ and you’ve not only got a self-nestling system but an off-grid power charger.

Editors Choice: Suunto Core Brushed Steel



Looking to give the ultimate gift this holiday season?  Look no further than the award-winning Suunto Core.  Consider this the pièce de résistance… the singular piece of gear that will leave them speechless. Whether they plan to summit Mt. McKinley or dive the depths of Fiji, the Suunto Core Brushed Steel Altimeter Watch packs easy-to-use outdoor functionalities in a beautiful robust construction. It will be a permanent fixture on their wrist for years to come. No if ands or buts about it, this will be the last sports watch they’ll ever need.



TUBBS Xpedition


In life, some of our most rewarding journey’s are also the most difficult. Far away from the neatly groomed ski runs reside snow covered regions that few will ever have the privilege of experiencing.  For those journeys into the unknown winter landscapes, equip the winter enthusiast in your life with a pair of Xpedition Snowshoes from TUBBS.  The newly updated Xpedition snowshoe for men and women offers superior features for the deepest snow and steepest terrain. Whether their winter foray involves a day of casual hiking, or an aggressive assault on the untouched backcountry, the Xpedition has got their back.


MSR Deploy TR-3

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You don’t need trekking poles that will connect to the internet or make an eggnog latte. You need trekking poles that are sturdy, packable, and don’t require a training seminar to operate. Enter the innovative Deploy TR-3 from MSR.  For the serious winter enthusiast, these trekking poles offer support, power and an exclusive one-handed length-adjustment system for unique on-the-fly adjustability.


CamelBak Bootlegger

When it comes time to head out and slash through fields of fluffy white powder, there’s no time to worry sitting awkwardly on the lift to avoid getting hung up by dangling straps.  CamelBak’s Bootlegger Winter Pack is a lightweight, low-profile pack carries 50 ounces of hydration to keep them feeling energized and ready for a couple hours as they hit the steep and deep harder and faster.


Atomic Troop


When style, safety and fit combine it is a truly beautiful thing.  Case in point, the Atomic Troop.  Sure, this skate-inspired helmet looks like it would rather party in the park all day, but the Troop is happy to protect their gray matter anywhere on the mountain. Luxury-car-like upgrades include instant fit technology, a silky smooth liner, and highly effective venting that keeps your goggles fog-free. All of a sudden that itchy wool winter hat looks a little sad, right?

Smith Optics I/OX Goggles


Now that you’ve got them the perfect helmet, you’ll need to pair it with the perfect goggles. The Smith IOX Interchangeable Goggles push the limits of what goggles can do. Huge peripherals and fog-free vision are packed in with unique space-age style. In the arms race for superior fog prevention and peripheral vision, the I/OX truly is the nuclear solution. When they’re dropping from the summit, these techy lenses will forever remind the outdoor snow junkie in your life of how good you were to to them this year.

Vasque Arrowhead and Skadia UltraDry

unnamedVasque has expanded its winter line-up to include three new styles for Fall 2013. This new collection is innovative, technical and ideal for days when outdoor enthusiasts won’t let cold or snow stop them from heeding the call of the trail. The snowshoe compatible, Arrowhead UltraDry is an athletic, lightweight boot that is ideal for snowshoeing and hiking when the weather takes a turn for the worse. Named after the Norse Goddess of winter, the Skadia UltraDry is a technical, athletic and lightweight insulated boot for women who take their winter fun seriously.


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