Our favourite holiday gifts for those who love outdoor adventure
It's that time of year again, and if you have an outdoor adventure and endurance sports lover on your gift list we offer a dozen of our favourite items to check out.Vibram V-Train 2.0
A perfect tool for serious trainers and functional athletes. These are really great shoes for gym workouts, and very healthy for your feet to have some freedom! The Vibram V-Train 2.0 allows for good toe articulation, great balance and active stability in the gym. The upper construction is specifically designed for heavy training, focused on durability and performance.
The Vibram V-Train 2.0 shoes also feature distinctive rope traction lugs in the arch. In addition, the lacing system has been updated with a new hook-and-loop closure system with a softer feel, which is perfect for aggressive lateral movements. The XS Trek rubber compound is designed for all-around performance both indoors and outdoors. It offers superior performance qualities including flexibility and wet traction.
These shoes are ideally suited to the trails and the urban playground as well as a range of indoor activities thanks to the non-marking soles.
Yeti Yonder Bottle
With the new Yonder water bottle, Yeti is offering up its first non-insulated bottle. It’s a new one for the brand best known for its line of insulated bottles and coolers, which we love. Yeti has worked hard for its reputation as the creator of some of the best and highest quality offerings in its class.
This product is geared to the hiking and biking set for day trip use in addition to those who frequent the gym or just want a water bottle for the office that will be with them for a long time. Although it’s not insulated, the Yonder is super-durable, lightweight and made with the attention to detail and quality one expects from YETI. It’s engineered to basically be indestructible, so if you drop it while wandering along the edge of a cliff, be sure to head to the bottom to check. It might be ok.
What more could you want from a water bottle? Well, one that doesn’t leak is probably pretty high up on the list of essential features, and the Yonder is indeed 100 per cent leakproof.
Citizen Promaster Altichron watch
Climb to new heights with Citizen's reinvented Promaster Altichron.
Shown in a stainless steel case and a black polyurethane strap, this timepiece features an altimeter measuring from -1,000ft to 32,000ft, an electronic compass, a power reserve indicator, a rotating compass bezel, a screw-back case, and an anti-reflective crystal. Water resistant up to 200 metres.
This watch features Citizen's Eco-Drive system, which means it is powered by any light sources, continuously and sustainably. Meaning, no batteries. The Promaster Altichron is also beautiful to look at -- black with red accents as well as luminous hands and markers.
Silva Trail Runner Free Headlamp
For nearly 90 years, Silva has been in the business of making headlamps. Needless to say, they are very good at it. The Trail Runner Free headlamp is ideal for runners looking for a lightweight and comfortable model. Its features and light beam are optimized for a runner's needs.
We love that the cords are integrated into the headband so runners avoid distractions and any associated hassles as opposed to most headlamps this powerful that would have an external battery. Trail Runner Free also offers a combination of long reach spotlight and a close flood giving a clear view of obstacles both near and far.
This headlamp boasts 400 lumens and weighs in at just 141 grams. It comes with a rechargeable battery, as well as a battery case that you can use with three AAA batteries.
UltrAspire Legacy 2.0 running vest
This 10L vest has MaxO2 System side compression for a better fit and cooling, meaning it will fit tightly yet comfortably, and won't bounce around on you!
The ErgoFit design ensures the least amount of body contact and zero hindrance during the arm swing motion for comfort over the long haul. The main stress point has been reinforced with a double-layer 70D fabric for durability. The Legacy 2.0 has six pockets which are accessible on the go and capacity to carry up to a 2L reservoir. If you prefer bottles, two of the upfront pockets will carry any of our soft flasks or our UltraFlask 550 Hybrid Bottle. Side pockets in the back also allow for more hydration should the scenario require it.
Helly Hansen Odin Lifa Pro Belay Jacket
Developed with search and rescue professionals who require the warmest possible jacket for protection in cold and wet conditions, the Odin Lifa Pro Belay Jacket is highly breathable and lightweight without compromising on performance and functionality.
To achieve this, the jacket features a unique combination of technologies, including a face fabric made with 100% LIFA® — a proprietary Helly Hansen fibre that is inherently lightweight and hydrophobic, achieving everlasting water-repellency without the need for DWR treatment.
Additionally, two types of strategically body-mapped, synthetic insulation are used for warmth where it’s needed most — Lifaloft™ Fiberballs and PrimaLoft® Cross Core technology, which utilizes Aerogel to increase thermal performance. Finally, a Graphene heat conductive lining helps equalize skin temperature by sending heat from warmer parts of the body to colder areas, as well as increasing fabric durability and offering anti-static and odour-neutralising properties.
Osprey Transporter Duffel
Built for your grandest adventures, literally, the Transporter Waterproof Duffel was developed to offer a remarkable IPX7 rating with an easy-to-operate zip closure, offering unmatched protection access to your expedition gear.
From multi-day whitewater trips to the toughest overland excursions, the 40L is perfect for keeping a sleeping bag, tent and other everyday items perfectly dry and secure no matter what conditions are thrown your way. It's rare for dry bags like this to get an IPX rating, but Osprey put theirs to the test, demonstrating fully submersible waterproofing up to one metre of water for 30 minutes. Padded shoulder straps, reinforced grab handles and ample lash points make it easy to tote, strap and secure this duffel through hell or high water.
It's not just ultra-tough, it's sustainable too. Constructed from 100% recycled and Bluesign-approved 630D ripstop high-tenacity nylon.
Hotcore Hypnos 3 sleeping pad
Hotcore is a fantastic outdoor gear brand in Canada and this prize package includes the new Hypnos 3 sleeping pad as well as the fantastic Genesis 4S sleeping bag to lay on top of it. The perfect one-two punch for a great camp sleep.
The Hypnos 3 is an all-purpose three-season sleeping pad that is insulated for warmth and designed for comfort with a large tapered shape. This product is crafted with baffle wall construction to eliminate cold spots and allow for a comfortable night's rest after a long day of paddling or hiking.
Mountain Hardware HiCamp Fleece Pullover
Looking for the perfect do-everything, everyday fleece for cool weather? Look no further than the Mountain Hardware HiCamp Fleece Pullover.
This ultra-comfy fleece is an essential part of your weekend migration kit whether you're headed for the desert, the woods or the mountains, the HiCamp Fleece Pullover features soft, lightweight, high-loft Sherpa fleece and a unique pullover design — the perfect companion for any trip out of cell service.
Ideal uses for the HiCamp include a warm layer underneath a shell or rain jacket during foul weather or as a fantastic pullover for camping. The HiCamp fleece features a half-zip pullover design, two zippered hand pockets, elastic cuffs and hem and a mock collar for extra coverage.
Keen Men's Anchorage III Waterproof Boot
This fantastic all-season, all-occasion versatile boot sets the Anchorage III apart from the competition. Nubuck leather looks good with jeans or slacks, while waterproofing, insulation and a snow-friendly sole make it ideal for winter wear.
These boots are constructed with KEEN.DRY, a proprietary waterproof, breathable membrane that lets vapour out without letting water in. The Anchorage III also uses KEEN.WARM, is a signature insulation that is extremely compressible and light for the foot warmth it provides, and it retains its insulating ability, even when damp rated to -25F/-32C.
Other features include 4mm multi-directional lugs for traction, KEEN.Freeeze rubber snow and ice grip, thermal heat-shield footbed and a KEEN.DRY waterproof and breathable membrane. For more information on the Keen Men's Anchorage III winter boots click here.
BioLite Campstove 2+
One of the most ingenious outdoor gear brands, BioLite has done it again with the new Campstove 2+. This compact unit allows campers, beachgoers and picnickers alike to turn fire into electricity with this stove.
It works using a patented combustion technology, which BioLite features in other products as well. It creates a vortex of smokeless flames that is amazing for cooking in a hurry at the campsite, but also provides a charge for phones, Bluetooth speakers and other gear.
No need for wasteful gas canisters here, just grab what's at hand for fuel such as sticks and twigs and the stove will provide 3W of power for lights and other camping or weekend needs.
Remarkably, this unit is able to boil a litre of water in less than five minutes and packs down to the size of a 32oz water bottle weighing just over two pounds. Impressive.
OpenRun Pro Mini
Looking for a unique gift for those looking to add a little music to their fitness routine? Check out the Shokz OpenRun Pro Mini, the latest from this brand specializing in its patented bone conduction technology.
Bone conduction means the headphones don't go directly into the ears, instead using the bone to send sound directly into the ear canal. It's more comfortable and leaves the ears open to hear immediate surroundings with no loss of sound quality.
The new model features an IP55 water-resistant rating, a comfortable and lightweight wear with a long-lasting battery of up to 10 hours.
SmartWool Intraknit base layers
When getting prepared for outdoor adventure what you put on first often matters the most. That's why we love Smartwool base layers such as those in the new Intraknit collection featuring merino wool.
This new SamrtWool baselayer is designed with an articulated performance fit, and body-mapped ventilation meaning it is fitted properly and snugly while allowing for the ideal amount of movement.
Merino wool is, of course, the ultimate in warm, sweat-wicking and breathable materials for performance activities.