Gift Guide for Hikers & Campers 2016

Text by: Kelsey Begg

Hiking & Trekking, Jetboil, LifeStraw, Lowa, Marmot, MSR, Petzl, Rab, Sea to Summit, Smartwool, Stanley, Therm-a-Rest, Victorinox, VSSL. Gift Guide for Hikers & Campers 2016

With Christmas in less than a week, the last minute Christmas shopping frenzy is well underway. If you’re the last minute shopping type who tries their hardest to avoid the Christmas crowds, why not enjoy some Christmas shopping from the comforts of your favourite chair at home? Altitude Sports is your one-stop-shop for Christmas presents for the whole family. You successfully avoid the Christmas crowds filling the mall corridors and flocking to the sale racks and can even score some pre-Boxing Day deals.

If you’re searching for a gift for the hikers and campers in your family, we have the perfect collection of gifts that will surely make any nature-loving adventurer’s eyes twinkle. From the coziest hiking socks to practical, gadgets like the VSSL Shelter, there’s something small and big for everyone. Like any sport in the mountains, you can never be too prepared so having the knowledge and the gear to ensure your experience is the best it can be is essential.

Gifts for $200 and More

Lowa Vantage GTX Mid

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The Lowa Vantage GTX Mid is the perfect summer hiking shoe thanks to its moisture wicking lining. With exceptional grip thanks to the LOWA Approach Lite sole, you are sure to not slip a step along even the most technical hiking paths. The split leather upper adds to the cool and comfortable fit which makes this hiking boot perfect for your summer adventures in the mountains.

Marmot Force UL 2 Person Tent

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For those hikers and campers on your Christmas list who are all about efficient equipment and gear where weight and size are a priority, the Marmot Force UL is the tent you need. With a maximum weight of 14.5oz, this roomy but practical tent is sure to be a favourite with the travelling adventurers on your Christmas list.


Rab Neutrino Endurance 600 27°F/-3°C

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Gift the gift of a great nights sleep in the woods with the Rab Neutrino Endurance 600 sleeping bag. This light-weight sleeping bag is equipped with Pertex®, a water resistance outer fabric, making it ideal for all on-mountain activities. Insulated with 800 fill power European Goose Down, you’re sure to be cozy and comfortable for a night under the stars.

Gifts For $150 and Less

Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Xlite

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Available in a selection of sizes, the Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Xlite sleeping pad is the ultimate gift for a comfortable sleep on even the roughest terrain. With a thickness of 6.3 cm you can sleep easy knowing that any small stick or roots that may be present under the tent floor won’t be jabbing you in the back all night. The tapered design and advanced fabrics used make this mattress the lightest 3-season backpacking air mattress and the perfect gift for those campers and hikers with gear weight priorities.


MSR Cookset Quick 2 System

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MSR’s Cookset Quick 2 System is the ultimate cooking set for all mountain adventures. With all the necessary dishes and pots needed for a variety of meals in the backcountry for two, this cookset is sure to be a camp kitchen staple. Give the gift of convenient, hardy, home-cooked meals in the woods with the MSR Cookset Quick 2 System.


Jetboil Minimo Cooking System

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Heat up a trail-side snack or breakfast at camp in no time with the Jetboil Minimo Cooking System. Boiling water in 2 minutes and 15 seconds, there’s no wasted time when you bring along the Minimo. This system is designed to efficiently heat up meals and beverages and is also designed for easy eating and drinking.

Gifts For $100 and Less

VSSL Shelter

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Sometimes life throws curve-balls and when those curve-balls pop-up in the outdoors, quite often the outcome is undesirable and being prepared is the best way to counteract the dilemma. For instances like this, the VSSL Shelter is the ultimate safety gadget. This 9 inch long and 19 ounce weather-resistant aluminum LED flashlight holds inside all the supplies you need for a temporary safety shelter. Whether you’ve lost your way along the path, fallen injured and need to wait for help or just need temporary protection from the elements, the VSSL Shelter is the perfect safety gadget.

MSR Alpine Deluxe Kitchen Set

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The ultime tool kit to make outdoor cooking a breeze. The MSR Alpine Deluxe Kitchen Set has all the tools you need to prepare great meals in an open-air, nature kitchen. With visible innovations such as the combination pot strainer/cheese grater, this kit will have you impressing yourself and your fellow camp buddies out in the woods.


Petzl Tikka R Plus Headlamp

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A headlamp is one of the most convenient pieces of equipment especially when those hikes you set out for take a little longer than expected. Petzl’s Tikka R Plus Headlamp is no exception. This 170 lumen, rechargeable headlamp provides hands-free lighting for the last leg of the trail back to camp or the car and even cooking or playing cards at night. Headlamps are great for a number of activities and are also very handy to have on hand in the car for emergencies. Give the gift of hands-free and rechargeable light with the Tikka R Plus headlamp.

Gifts For $75 and Less

Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Pack Cover

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For total bag protection when the rains come, a pack cover is the ultimate accessory. Available in a range of sizes, the Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Pack Cover weighs a whopping 4 ounces and packs into its own tiny stuff sack. Made of 30D Diamond Ripstop silicone impregnated Cordura, this pack cover is waterproof and will keep your bag and the contents inside squeaky dry in the wettest storms. A pack cover is the ultimate gift for those adventurers on your Christmas list that don’t let undesirable weather forecasts keep them from exploring.


LifeStraw Go Bottle With 2-Stage Filtration

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LifeStraw Go Bottle is a water bottle equipped with the LifeStraw filtration system. With this bottle, you can drink easily on the go knowing that the water you are drinking is safe and clean. The Go Bottle now has a carbon capsule which reduces chlorine, bad taste and odor so you can enjoy fresh tasting water everywhere. A side benefit of purchasing the LifeStraw Go Bottle is that for every LifeStraw product that is purchased, a child in a developing country receives clean, safe drinking water for an entire school year. With this gift, you can be sure your loved ones are drinking safe, clean water and ensure a young child is too.


Stanley Classic Vacuum Bottle

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For those adventures when the temperatures aren’t as ideal, bringing along a thermos of warm cocoa or some hot soup really raises the group morale. Stanley’s Classic Vacuum Bottle holds 16oz of whatever warm beverage or liquid snack you choose to to fill it with. The vacuum lid keeps the leaks at bay and ensures that the thermos contents stay warm while your pack stays dry. This is the perfect gift for any outdoor explorers on your Christmas list.


Gifts For $30 and Less

Campsuds Original Soap

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Whether you’re in the mountains, the forest or near the ocean, being eco-friendly is essential. It’s always important to practice the pack out what you pack in routine and encourage yourself as well as your fellow campers or hikers to exercise proper wilderness etiquette. Using biodegradable products such as Campsuds Original Soap is a great way to preserve the environment that you appreciate so much. Campsuds Original Soap can be purchased in a selection of sizes and its tough enough to clean your dishes and clothes but soft enough to use on your skin and hair. It’s the perfect versatile cleaning product for any outdoor adventurer and makes a great gift for those wanting to grow their camping equipment collection.

Smartwool Striped Hike Medium Crew

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Smartwool’s Striped Hike Medium is the ultimate hiking sock to ensure you have all-day foot comfort. Made with merino wool, you can be sure that your feet will stay warm and won’t get cold if they perspire thanks to merino wools’s moisture wicking properties. The elasticized arch brace paired with a flat-knit toe seam are small features that add to your comfort. When your socks perform well and your feet are comfortable, opting for the longer loop for the scenic route is a no-brainer.

Victorinox Waiter Red

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Every outdoor adventurer has had a pocket knife in their life at some point whether it be a basic knife like Waiter Red or a more advanced one. I received my first pocket knife as a kid in boy scouts and still have the handy gadget with me whenever I’m out in the woods or camping and strongly believe that dwindling sticks never gets old as you grow up.

Happy Shopping!

Christmas is only a few days away and we want to ensure you get all the right gifts for your camping and hiking fanatics. Prepare your loved ones for their outdoor adventures and keep them safe with adequate gear and safety gadgets.

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