Adventure Fanatic Gift Guide 2013

You know your cousin Joe would rather jump out of an airplane, climb Mount Everest, or try some new crazy sport than sip coffee at a local cafe – and, you love them him for it. This year enable your craziest friends and family with something cool and unique that they can actually use. Here are 10 fantastic gifts that will keep your adventure fanatic happy this holiday!


1. REI hiking backpack
Everyone has a friend who either wants to backpack across Europe or thoroughly enjoys rugged hiking in the wilderness. This pack is lightweight, cost effective (only $88), and holds up under the most treacherous conditions.

2. Bogus Proof bamboo sunglasses
Bring the wilderness and woods to your face with these amazing bamboo sunglasses. These sunnies have a vintage-style frame and are handcrafted from real wood! There are many styles to choose from if you don’t particularly like this frame.

3. Dura-Tec stand up paddleboard
Stand up paddleboarding (SUP) is a fun way to get on the water and get in a great workout. This paddleboard gets high marks for balance, a comfortable pad, and affordability. Pair with a strong paddle, and you’ll be floating across the water.

4. Climbing guidebooks
This year, give the gift of epic travel with a fun guidebook that will give your adventure-seeking friend or family member a route, maps, ideas, and more for their climbing escapade. Our favorites are California, Colorado, and Alaska climb guidebooks!

5. Dakine beanie
This beanie will keep your head warm during your ski or snowboard trip. Not taking a vacation to the chilly mountainous Colorado? That’s just fine; this hat also works well for day-to-day use and will keep you warm all winter!

6. Brunton Bump solar smartphone charger
Sleek and compact, the Bump charger provides that last minute, “Oh, crap…” charge for handheld electronics when you’re on the trail or slopes. This is an awesome gift for your adventurous co-worker or a great stocking stuffer!

7. Shaka Tack complete longboard
The bi-axial bamboo laminate construction makes this board strong, comfortable, and durable. It’s 44-inch bamboo pintail Floater shape, which has just enough concave to give your feet a nice pocket to sit in while you cruise. The Clymb has a special price on this awesome longboard, so get it while it’s available!

8. Camelbak Podium Big Chill bottle
Any old water bottle may not be a cool gift, but this bad boy is probably tops many lists. This insulated bottle keeps water cold for hours, meaning you stay hydrated. It’s also BPA free. Double bonus!

9. Princeton Tec LED headlamp
Runners, hikers, and campers will be delighted by this gift. It’s light, simple, has a useful red beam (you chose either red, green, or white as your secondary beam) and solid white light. The high-quality elastics also help with durability.

8. Winter jackets
This is well worth the price, especially if the recipient lives in cold weather. This full-length 850 fill down parka is super light – less than 10 ounces! – and will definitely keep her warm.
Frigid temps won’t stop this guy from going outside. This lightweight, but warm jacket has 800 fill down and is water resistant. While not as light as the Mountain Hardwear ladies jacket, this jacket weighs in at just 15 ounces.

What are your go-to gifts for the adventurer on your list?

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