Five gift ideas that won’t soon be forgotten.
Leatherman Signal: A great companion for field repairs, camp chores, and general outdoor duties, a trusty multi-tool has long been a staple of any enthusiast’s kit. I have an OHT which is awesome for general life chores, but the newer Signal is dialed for outdoor activities. With 19 different tool functions, including a fero rod, emergency whistle, can opener, a diamond sharpener, and a biner clip to hang it off your pack, there isn’t much not to like about the Signal.
Rumpl Throw: What’s better than your favorite synthetic belay jacket? A big ol’ sheet of that polyester insulation with some DWR coated 20D nylon on the outside, that’s what. I’ve never been a down guy. I have my down jackets, sleeping bags, and booties, and yeah—they’re the cat’s pajamas. I’m wearing a down puffy as I type this. But synthetics are getting smarter (and cheaper) as we head into the future of the outdoor industry, and they’re easier to care for. Plus, I live in the PNW and synthetics perform way better in wet conditions, so it’s really a no brainer for 80% of my needs. Inside, outside, or on the road, Rumpl blankets have you covered.
Topo Designs Mountain Pants: One of the biggest problems with the outdoor industry is the lack of solid women’s product. Some companies are beginning to address the disparity, but we’ve collectively got a long way to go. Topo Designs is closing the gap with some really solid pants for ladies. They feature a simple, thoughtful design that works great for hiking, climbing, or just hanging out at the camp site. The dude’s pants are equally adept, but come in a little higher priced.
Coleman Steel-Belted Cooler: My dad sat on one of these when I practiced throwing curve balls in the back yard as a kid. They’re just like you remember. I’ve had good success keeping staple foods like eggs and milk for four days touring around the Olympic Peninsula. It kept ice for about 36 hours before substantial melt, then I drained it and added another couple pounds of ice the next day to get us home. Works great in the trunk or at the car-side camp site. It’s no Yeti, but it’s also a 1/4 the price. Nostalgia score: 10.