Christmas time is upon us, and while I will admit, gift-giving is not what it’s all about, it is a tradition that many people take part in. So, with this in mind, I am sure that there are some that are wondering what to get those backpackers in the family. So, I figured I would put together a list of 25 different backpacking related items that range in price from $1.50 up to $65.00 to shed some light on a few items. As well, I own (or have owned) 18 of the items on the list, and as far as the other 7 items, I myself would also like them…
- $1.50 Redneck Beer Cup by SNC Tool Outdoor Products. A great price on a lightweight mug, and these are made from used Bud Light aluminum cans!
- $3.50 Grower’s Cup Coffee. One of the best cups of coffee I have had in the outdoors!
- $3.95 Pocket Profile Elevation Map. SUL weight maps that are waterproof, tear resistant and easy to use!
- $5.95 Hawk Vittles Meals. The best meals I have had while on the trail! Made from fresh ingredients and taste great!
- $7.95 EvaRest CCF Pad by Lawson Outdoor Equipment. These come in a number of sizes and thickness. These pads can be used for lots of DIY projects, frame supports in frameless packs, or to layer it over your favorite air pad in colder temps to boost the R-Value. As well, if you are hard-core, just leave the air pad behind and just use these…
- $9.95 Polycro Ground Cloth (Pack of 2) from Gossamer Gear. A super light, yet quite durable ground cloth.
- $10.50 Carbon Fiber (Sorex) Stakes (Pack of 4) from Ruta Locura. These light weight stakes have carbon fiber bodies and aluminum heads and tips. The larger surface area on these stakes work well in loose dirt.
- $12.95 GLine Polyester Dyneema Guyline from Lite Trail. This line is lightweight, yet stiff, which makes it easy to tie and untie knots and great for use on lightweight shelters/tarps. Plus, it is high viz orange which makes it easy to see.
- $14.95 “I Hike” book by Lawton “Disco” Grinter. Random stories from 10,000 miles of hiking. A great book. A must-read!
- $15.00 Rollover Stove by Smokeeater908. At only 6 grams, it is one of the lightest alcohol stoves on the market. It is a smaller stove which works well with smaller diameter cook pots and due to its design, does not require an additional pot stand.
- $17.00 Fosters 2 Cup Flat Bottom Cook Pot* by Zelph. These Foster’s cans have ridges pressed into the can which makes them times stronger than normal. As well, the flat bottom makes it easy to use with any stove.
- $19.95 Adventure Outdoor Seat by Simple Outdoor Store. A lightweight, insulated, reflective and durable pad to sit around anywhere…anytime.
- $20.00 Mini Atomic Stove w/ Carbon Felt by MiniBull Designs. A classic stove which works excellent with those small diameter cook pots. Also, the carbon felt inside the stove helps prevent disaster should an accidental spill happen!
- $24.00 GetOutThere Safety Kit by Pale Spruce. We all need at safety kit when going for a hike. This is a great kit as is, or even as a base kit to build your own from.
- $25.00 Titanium Windscreen by Suluk 46. A super lightweight, titanium windscreen that is tacked together to make deploying easy. Comes in 3 different sizes.
- $27.50 ISO-Clean Isopropyl Alcohol Stove by Flat Cat Gear. There are a number of reasons to pick up this stove…just check out all the comments here.
- $29.00 Titanium Cathole Trowel* by QiWiz. Dubbed as the “lightest cathole trowels on the planet.” Need I say more…
- $36.65 Spyderco Ladybug. There are a few different versions of this knife, however, the one I would suggest is the one with the H1 steel, which is very rust-resistant, and the bright yellow handle to make it easy to keep up with. And of course, at just over half an oz, it is also quite lightweight!
- $39.95 Snuggly Toes Alpaca Foot Warmers. These hand-made, alpaca foot warmer insoles are just the thing for keeping ones feet and toes warm while on the go when the mercury drops!
- $49.00 Crazy Warm Down Hood* by Luke’s UltraLite. A sure way to keep heat trapped around ones head and neck, and a huge compliment to a quilt user on those cold nights!
- $59.00 Waterproof Breathable Cuben Fiber Rain Mitts by ZPacks. These mitts are made of the thicker, more durable WP/B cuben fiber and come taped so they are ready to use from the get go!
- $59.85 Caldera Sidewinder System including Open Country 2 QT Pot* by Trail Designs. This system comes with everything one needs for alcohol cooking, including the pot, for one low price. The Gram Cracker stove can be purchased separately to use with this system also. (This set-up cannot be used with wood fires!)
- $59.99 GoLite Poncho Tarp. Lightweight, simple and multiuse, this is a prime example of an item that can be found in an “ultralight” backpackers pack.
- $65.00 GooseFeet Gear Down Socks by GooseFeet Gear. When regular socks just won’t keep your feet and toes warm enough, then it’s time to pull the GooseFeet Gear down socks out…and be warm!
- $65.00 Newt Backpack* by Mountain Laurel Designs. Forget the stocking, just pick up one of the Newt packs and stuff all the other lightweight backpacking gifts in this pack and hang it over the fireplace (unless there is a fire going…)
One other item that I want to mention is the Boombot Rex Ultraportable Speaker. The Boombot Rex can connect to a number of different electronic devices via bluetooth to stream music (or even phone calls) to a rugged, waterproof, yet powerful smart speaker. For those that enjoy listening to music while in the outdoors, this may be just the ticket… As well, the Boombot Rex is actually on Kickstarter at the moment, and will run until January 12th, 2013. So, pick up one of these as a great (late) present for the backpacker in the family, and at the same time help make the creators of the Boombot Rex dream’s come true…
Thanks for reading everyone, and I hope that everyone has a safe, enjoyable and blessed Merry Christmas!
Disclaimer: I am a Gossamer Gear Trail Ambassador. I have no other affiliations with the above mentioned companies and am not obligated to write about any of them. The items on this list are items that I have either used myself, or would like to try out.
Items marked with an “*” in the above list are items that I have not owned, yet.