The holidays are the perfect time to outfit your family and friends with new camping and hiking gear, as these are the kinds of gifts that keep giving long after you take the lights and ornaments down.
Here are some the top rated products we tested for camping and hiking this year.
This is a solid, predictable jacket that is considerably more than the sum of its parts—a great choice for everything from rock climbing to spring skiing to snowshoeing. The Simple Guide is aptly named: this jacket sports no frills and few notable features, but packs a big performance punch.
Retail Price: $150
Read the full review of the Patagonia Simple Guide Hoody.
The Osprey Argon 85 backpack is a good choice for those wanting a comfortable backpack that is large enough for an expedition but isn’t overbuilt or unnecessarily heavy. Compared with other packs in the heavy load category, the Argon 85 performed at the top of the class, especially in terms of comfort, stability and storage.
Retail Price: $380
Read the full review of the Osprey Argon 85.
A high-value, high-performance, amazingly comfortable sleeping bag. Insulated with top-of-the-line 850-fill down and using Pertex Quantum fabric, the Somnus boasts great warmth-to-weight ratio and compressibility.
Retail Price: $349
Read the full review of the Stoic Somnus 15.
The Arete was our favorite hiking shoe in our test, thanks to its superior construction, outstanding protection, and excellent support and comfort. It felt at home on rough trails and in rocky country, and had enough support to handle pack loads up to about 30 pounds. Firm purchase, excellent protection, and all-day comfort came together for a really nice hiking experience.
Retail Price: $130
Read the full review of the Oboz Arete Low.
This is an excellent two-person backpacking cookset, especially for the value. It’s practical, lightweight and budget friendly, packs down compactly, and has a smart range of features for standard backpacking use.
Retail Price: $55
Read the full review of the GSI Outdoor Halulite MicroDualist.