Backpacker Has Gifts for Expert and Beginner Hikers Alike

With the clock quickly ticking away on the 2019 holiday season, I’m sure more than a few of you are still searching for the perfect gift for that outdoor enthusiast on your list this year. Fortunately, Backpacker magazine has two good lists to share, with suggestions for both the expert and beginning hiker who just might be very difficult to buy for.

If you’re shopping for someone who is a bit more experienced in their outdoor pursuits, there is a definite trend to some of the gear that Backpacker recommends. Lightweight is a popular word used to describe a number of items that make the cut, with products like  the Gossamer Mariposa 60 backpack and the Uniqlo Ultra Light Down Jacket earning spots on the list. They also recommend the Big Agnes Scout 2 Platinum tent and the Gerber Dime Keychain multi-tool as well.

All of those items make great gifts for hikers in general, but what does Backpacker recommend for beginners? That list some items that a lot of people don’t think about when they’re first starting out like socks and boot liners from Injini and a Camp Line Kit from Gear Aid. The recommendations also include a 20-liter hydration pack from Camelbak and a hoody from Kathmandu too. In other words, items that more experience backpackers may already have, but will be great for the newbies still building out their kit.

No matter which list you’re picking your gifts from, chances are you’ll have some happy hikers on your hands come the holidays. There are plenty of great products here that will make your outdoor lover well-equipped to travel safer and more comfortably in the backcountry on their next adventure.

Kraig Becker