Here are seven gift ideas—from top-notch sportswear to can’t-go-without-them camping products—suited for adventurers.
Not a lot of gifts that are nearly nine-by-four feet while in use can fold up to fit inside a Christmas stocking—but these hammocks can. Made in Denver from ultra-light parachute material, these loungers weigh just five to 10 ounces apiece and fold up into tiny packages perfect for any leisure lover. Grab a Single or Single+ for solo reclining (and a capacity for up to 300 and 350 pounds, respectively) or a Double for a two-seater that’s still small enough to throw in your backpack on your next hike.
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Few climbing films ever make it much beyond film festivals and fundraisers. Meru, a 2015 documentary detailing three Western climbers’ emotional attempts to climb the Shark’s Fin on Mount Meru in northern India, is the exception. After a successful tour of film festivals in 2015 (including its January debut at Sundance, where it won the Audience Award for U.S. Documentary), Meru hit the big screen in September. A movie of equal parts adventure, hardship, friendship, and blow-your-mind cinematography, Meru can now be a part of your outdoor enthusiast’s home collection thanks to the release of the DVD in November.
Colorado guidebook author (and former Denver Post hiking columnist) Dave Muller’s newest book, Hiking Colorado Wilderness Areas, details 120 hikes in 29 of the Centennial State’s 44 wilderness areas. Color-coded pages make it easy to flip to the appropriate section, and the clear driving and hiking directions, plus bonus-features like what you’re looking at from the top of the trail, make this a no-brainer for any hiker’s stocking.
Voormi’s innovative approach to wool (it layers wool, polyester, and nylon into a fabric that is as cozy as it is abrasion-proof and wind- and water-resistant) has quickly made the company one of Colorado’s most coveted outdoor brands. And this fall, the Pagosa Springs company released the Fall Line jacket, which uses a similar method to make your jacket function like a hardshell, but feel like a sweater. Perfect for an adventurer who’s been very, very nice.
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While the typical puffy jacket is great for keeping you warm, it’s often not so great for giving you a range of movement beyond the waddle of the Pillsbury Doughboy. Vail-based Sync seeks to solve that problem with this new jacket. The coat’s Motion 360 stretch fabric allows for a full range of movement that allows high-performance athletes to twist and turn while the Primaloft down filling and waterproof exterior keep them warm and dry.
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For the camper—or fireplace cuddler—who wants to be warm and stylish, this blanket provides the best of both worlds. Local company JMFT Industries designed this piece as a luxe take on the heavy-duty army blanket, made with thick Pendleton and Canadian wools and even equipped with a leather bridal strap for heightened packability. This blanket (offered in multicolor and gray) will fit right into the most rugged of campsites—but we won’t tell if you drape it over your living room couch.
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Steamboat Springs’ Big Agnes offers a whole range of lighted camping products in its mtnGLO collection, but you don’t have to commit to a whole tent to get in on the high-wattage fun. These string lights come with six clips so you can clip them onto whatever tent you already have in your collection. The flexible string design and flexible LEDs allow you to string up your campsite lights however you like—and let you strike up a game of cards without shining the full force of a lantern in your partner’s face.