Check out these gifts for hikers that’ll be appreciated as much on Christmas Day as they will be on the fourth day of a gruelling hike.
We recently published our 10 Gift Ideas For Campers. They may sound similar, but when it comes to gifts for hikers, we’re talking about just the things they can carry on their backs — or maybe their partner’s back.
It tends to disqualify things like 10kg swags and fairy lights, and brings us to the ultra-light fundamentals.
But it doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun either. Check out our list of Christmas gifts for hikers below.
1. Osprey Atmos AG 65L Mens Hiking Backpack
Hiking is pretty hard without a hiking pack, so it really is the obvious place to start.
At 65L the Atmos AG 65 is one of the best fitting, most well ventilated and comfortable packs around, perfect for overnight hikes across multiple days and nights.
It comes with something called ‘AntiGravity suspension’ which supposedly makes it feel like you’re carrying less than you are! We won’t say no to that!
2. Osprey Aura AG 65L Women’s Hiking Backpack
Plenty of gear can and ought to be unisex, but a hiking pack isn’t typically one of them.
Women’s hiking packs tend to have a shorter back length, and the straps can be narrower and shorter too. Women’s hip belts are also usually shorter and can be shaped differently for greater comfort.
For a great women’s specific fit with the equivalent tech found in the Men’s pack above, the Aura AG 65L is a great bet.
3. Salomon Predict Hike Mid GTX Women’s Hiking Boots
Here’s a pair of hiking shoes you wouldn’t mind being seen in at the pub. The Salomon Predict Hike MID GTX shoe screams style and fun-ction.
They’re also a great answer for those torn between whether to use a traditional hiking boot or a lighter trail running shoe on hikes.
For all the technical breakdown, check out the First Look we had when the shoes first launched earlier this year.
4. Salomon Predict Hike Mid GTX Men’s Hiking Boots
We better throw the men’s version of the above hiking shoe in for good measure.
Depending on who you’re buying for, these are available in the similarly fashion-forward colourway of ‘royal lilac’ or for a more underrated hiker, there’s the black colourway too.
5. Teva Hiking Sandals
Can’t decide between hiking boots or trail shoes? What about hiking sandals?
While we wouldn’t be taking them on multi-day bush bashes, the universal hiking sandal from Teva is ready for anything and makes a great gift for hikers.
‘Featuring a sawtooth, Vibram® Megagrip outsole, a soft midsole for enhanced comfort, and REPREVE® recycled polyester straps, quick-dry materials will keep you comfy from slick sidewalks to day hikes in the hills.’
Perhaps too heavy to pack with you on a heavy-duty hike, at 292g, the Teva Original Everyday Sandal weighs nearly half as much and is perfect for cruising around the campsite after a long day on your feet.
6. Knog Bandicoot 250 Lumen Headlamp
Instead of Eggnog for Christmas, what about just some knog?
We’re shining a light on the Knog Bandicoot headlamp as a perfect gifts for hikers in your life.
While it doesn’t look like your run of the mill head torch, the Knog headlamp is made from their signature one piece silicon strap.
It makes it super lightweight at just 60 grams and packs a punch at 250 lumens.
Perhaps the coolest feature is the USB integration with the lighting pod. You simply remove the pod from the silicone strap and plug it into a USB-A port. It’ll charge from flat to full in just four hours. So, no need for pesky little batteries!
7. The North Face Brimmer Hat
You don’t encounter too many hats with lifetime warranties, so you know this brim hat from The North Face is built tough.
Made of ripstop nylon and FlashDry interior fabrics to wick moisture, it’ll keep domes cool all day long. They’re also offered in some pretty fun colours.
8. Osprey Hydraulics 3L Hydration Bladder
There’s a reason this hydration bladder is the number one seller on Wild Earth.
Perfect for large packs and long hikes, this bladder is built to always maintain a flat profile and is both easy to fill and clean.
The only thing worse than a mouldy water bladder is an empty one, when the contents have spilled all over your sleeping bag and dry clothes — I’ve been there. So while not the cheapest bladder around, it’s one of the most trustworthy and makes for a thoughtful and practical gift for hikers.
9. AMK Ultralight & Watertight Medical Kit
First aid kits come in all shapes and sizes and can be added to and subtracted from as much as one likes.
However, it’s critical to at least have the fundamentals on any hike. The 0.3 kit from AMK is their lightest, weighing in at just 57g. There’s no excuse not to carry one, and it’ll have you covered in a pinch.
10. Icebreaker Merino Tech Lite Crew T-Shirt
Sometimes something as simple as a tee shirt can make or break a hike.
The Merino Tech Lite II Short Sleeve Tee is their most versatile layer, ready to take on any hike in any temperature.
Made from 100% merino wool it has unrivalled moisture wicking and odour suppressing properties, meaning you can wear the same tee, day after day and not have to walk at the back of the group… In fact, our Editor Tim wore an icebreaker shirt for a week straight.
Bonus Stocking Stuffer – 2x Espresso Pour Over Coffee Filter
We recently reviewed the 2x Espresso Pour Over Coffee Filter and decided it might well be the one camp coffee filter to rule them all.
For the cost of half a dozen takeaway coffees here in Sydney, you’ve got a filter that is highly portable, durable and reusable. It weighs just 50g and if you can pour water out of a pot, you can make a coffee with this thing. It might be our new best hiking buddy.
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