Kelty Bestie Blanket ($25)
Compact enough to stow in a tote for most outings, the Bestie is durable and affordable. Lay the tough poly-taffeta side down on rough surfaces, or wrap yourself in the soft brushed poly. Either way, this blanket will become your BFF.
Rite in the Rain Top Spiral Notebook ($12)
This all-weather journal’s waterproof pages are bound with a heavy-duty wire spiral. You can plot your bearings on them in a blizzard and they won’t fall apart or smear. It’s ideal for documenting out-there adventures no matter what.
Leatherman Free T4 Multitool ($60)
The T4 has a lineup of 12 everyday tools like tweezers, screwdrivers, a bottle opener, a package cutter, and scissors that are all accessible with one hand. It’s useful for anyone on your list—plus it’s available in a fun range of six colors, so you can personalize to their taste.
Mountain Hardwear The Viv™ Gore-Tex® Pro Jacket ($725)
Want to invest in one jacket to rule them all? Look no further. The Viv™ Gore-Tex Pro Jacket is the ultimate choice for any ski mountaineer. From its durable and breathable GORE-TEX Pro shell fabric to a built-for-the-backcountry design featuring oversized pockets for gloves, skins, radios and more, this jacket has all the details and useful features you need and nothing you don’t.
Sweet Protection Ronin RIG Sunglasses ($160)
The Ronin looks like a party but is all about the business of keeping you safe during gravity sports. An interior coating sharpens contrast, helping you recognize changes in terrain and make quick decisions. The 2.2-millimeter lenses are puncture-resistant, keeping your eyes safe if you tumble into heavy brush.
Norrøna Workwear Pile Shirt ($199)
If you’re only going to pack one layer, this is it. Insulation in the arms and an extra layer of supple fleece along the body offers just enough warmth for a brisk morning hike. The matte finish and tailored fit mean you won’t want to change after.
Seirus HeatWave Mapped Women’s Top and Bottom Base Layers ($135 and $120)
The body-heat-reflecting technology Seirus uses in its gloves is so efficient that it used it in these base layers. The form-fitting cut helps them retain warmth, too, but the fabric is breathable enough so you don’t sweat out.
SOL Fire Lite Fuel Free Lighter ($25)
Feel like a backcountry magician with this plasma lighter. Its spark is unfazed by rain and heavy winds, which makes starting a fire in adverse conditions a lot easier. After around 40 uses, recharge it and keep sparking—no more tossing plastic lighters.
Black Diamond Cosmo 300 Headlamp ($30)
The incredibly reliable lamps in the Cosmo series have been our favorites for years, but this newest iteration tops them all. Black Diamond managed to bump the lumens to 300 while shrinking the body to make this waterproof light even more backpack-friendly than its predecessors.
Adidas Terrex Free Hiker Shoes ($200)
The upper components of the Terrex Free Hiker are made entirely from recycled ocean plastics. A socklike fit and cushioned yet responsive sole means your feet will feel as good day-hiking in moderate terrain as your conscience will.