Buying Guide: Gifts Under $50

Want to get the outdoor enthusiast in your life something that they’ll actually use? Here’s five gifts full of stoke that won’t break the bank.

Jetboil Mighty Mo: This little pocket rocket weighs 3.3 ounces, puts out 10,000 BTUs and will boil a half liter of water in about 2 minutes.  I’m sure you can get better results with different cups, but I’m having good success with my Snow Peak 1400 set.  This is a great stove for solo trips and for those looking to shed weight. (Exclusively at REI until January 1, 2017)


Skinth Storage Solutions: For the organized, the OCD, and the always ready, these things are sweet.  Bomber construction, a dozen different ways to carry, and a model for every personality, there’s really nothing not to like here.  I’m really keen on the Command Post for my every day needs, and the Catch All as an accessory pouch for my backpacking trips.


Urban Armor Cases: One can only kick-save a naked phone for so long.  UAG makes rock solid cases for all your devices.  Models included a basic phone only case, a phone case with room for cards, and a folio style case that will protect your screen and carry cards.  The high visibility rust color way looks sharp!

Granite Gear’s e-Vent Sil Compression Drysack: What a mouth full! It’s worth it though, it really is.  The e-Vent panel on the bottom of these compression sacks are waterproof yet air permeable, ensuring you get the lowest possible volume. These are awesome for sleeping bags, down jackets, extra clothes and whatever else you want to become impossibly small in your pack and remain totally dry.  I have an 18L that I use for my 15-degree sleeping bag—seems like the right call. I might have been able to make it work with the 13L, but it would have been tight.

Silky Big Boy Folding Saw: Not the most glamorous thing on the list for sure, but dang! Look how big that is! One of the most arduous chores of camping is wood processing.  Most people can get the done with a solid camp knife—and that’s a point of pride mind you. But ultimately, a good saw will make quick work of a lot of specific cuts/breaks that would require more energy (read more risk for injury) and is also a practical tool.  For example, if you were injured, you could still use this tool successfully with one arm, whereas trying to baton a camp knife through wood requires huge energy and both arms.  Long story short, at 1 pound, this is something I wouldn’t mind carrying on backpacking trips and would really enjoy having for car camping.

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