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Gift Guide 2018: Great Gear for All Kinds of Adventurers

From camping to traveling to staying comfy in the great outdoors, this list of (mostly) local product picks has something for everyone.

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Mountain Standard: Carrot Cake Pancakes

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Whether you’re an avid backpacker or a novice camper, you need to eat. Mountain Standard’s Pancake Sampler will take your campsite breakfast to another level. Made with non-GMO baking mix, organic raisins, pineapple, coconut milk, and carrot powder, all you need to do is add water, cook, and flip. If you have extra room, pack some butter and maple syrup to enjoy on top of your hot cakes. The mix is gluten free, dairy free, and made with cage-free eggs. $8.90; order online or stop by their Boulder store

Matador: FreeRain24 2.0 Backpack

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This fall, Matador released the Freerain24 2.0. Claiming to be the lightest waterproof packable backpack on the market, it’s made with Cordura fabric and sealed seams. Even though the Freerain24 2.0 weighs only 6.6 ounces, it doesn’t come up short on features. The 24-liter pack has a rolltop main compartment, compression straps, tether points, and breathable weight-distributing shoulder straps. When not in use, the backpack can compress to fit into the palm of your hand. $64.99; order online

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EcoVessel: Aspen Bottle

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If you’re planing on going snowshoeing this winter, make sure to grab EcoVessel’s new Aspen bottle. The triple-insulated canteen will keep your hot chocolate (or any winter beverage) warm for 20 hours, or your water cold for 100 hours. Each bottle is 100 percent recycable, made with stainless steel, and is BPA free. EcoVessel partnered with Boulder artist Phil Lewis to create the Artist Series Aspen—the Aspen bottle with an engraved mandala. Each bottle purchased benefits Water for People, a Denver-based nonprofit that provides clean drinking water in developing countries. $31.95; order online

Kelty: Cabana Tent

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Despite its name, the Cabana isn’t just for beach camping. This three-season tent has air-flo mesh windows to aid climate control while keeping the bugs out. Made to be accessible, the Cabana is easy to put up and break down. Its fiberglass poles are flexible, but built to withstand wind. The tent comes with a carry backpack, sandbags, and stakes. $99.95; order online or stop by Moosejaw in Boulder

Sea to Summit: Aeros Pillow Premium

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Give the gift of comfort. With a few breaths, the Aeros Pillow Premium inflates into a luxurious backpacking pillow. The compact cushion comes in two different sizes: regular (similar to a bottle of ibuprofen) and large (fits inside a coffee mug). The pillow cover is made with knit polyester and will wick away perspiration. $42.95 for the small, $46.95 fr the large; find it online or at your local REI

Wise Owl Outfitters: Single Hammock

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Have trouble sleeping in the outdoors? According to Wise Owl Outfitters, a hammock can help you fall asleep wherever you go. The brand’s easy-to-use hammocks are made with parachute nylon and can hold up to 400 pounds. It comes with hanging instructions, two eight food nautical-grade nylon ropes for hanging, and two steel carabiners. All you need are two trees! $39.99; order online

Icelantic Skis: Pioneer 96

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Hit the slopes with Icelantic Skis’ one-ski-quiver Pioneer 96 skis. These versatile skis can conquer any condition with their rockered tip and tail, 7mm camper underfoot, and poplar core. Icelantic Ski’s All-Mountain Collection is designed by co-founder Travis Parr, and made with bamboo wood and a mesh-like topographic map of the Rockies, making them both unique and stable. $599; order them online or drop by their store in downtown Golden

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Topo Designs: Camera Strap

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Photograph Colorado’s wilderness in style with Topo Designs’ Camera Strap. Made from 10.5 mm climbing rope and nylon webbing, this strap will keep your camera safe while you’re out adventuring. The strap is 26.5 inches long but can be lengthened or shortened with an adjustable sliplock. The strap is available in four colors: maroon, green, blue, and multi. $29; order online or stop by their store in RiNo 

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