If there is one thing hikers all have in common, it’s a love of nature and the great outdoors. Nothing beats getting away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life on the weekends than with an escape into nature and the endless trails that await. But if there’s one thing all hikers need more of, it’s lightweight gear to extend their endurance or increase their self reliance. Below is our list of 10 great gifts for hikers that anybody would be excited to add to their pack. From water filtration systems, to clothing to fix it all repair gear, there is something here for hikers of all ages and skill levels.
Best For: Personal survival gear
The award winning LifeStraw is an essential piece of life saving hiking gear no one should go without. Safely filter out 99.9999% of waterborne bacteri straight from the source as easily as drinking water through a straw. Rugged lightweight design is easy to carry with no batteries or moving parts. A great gift for hikers of all skill levels.
Best For: Boy scouts
Six survival tools in one! Combined in the convenience and stylish looks of a paracord bracelet. Never forget a whistle, thermometer, flint rod, scrapper, paracord and buckle when this around your hiker’s wrist.
Best For: Sleeping bag alternative
Relax and enjoy nature with this lightweight, durable and comfortable hiking hammock. Sets up easily in minutes and strong enough to support 550 lbs. Perfect for hiking, backpacking or even a back porch if need be!
Best For: Staying hydrated at camp
Never run out of drinkable water again with the Katadyn Pro Micrcofilter. This simple hand pump operated device is perfect for refilling large water bottles and bladders on the go. Lightweight and easy to carry the micro filter removes bacteria, chemicals, algae and more to make any water source safe to drink.
Best For: Active hikers
Made of Nike’s lightweight Dri-Fit fabric, this athletic shirt wicks away sweat to keep hikers dry and cool on the trail. Long sleeves provide comfort in cool weather and flat seems reduce chaffing and irritation from heavy backs. A great shirt to wear by itself or under any jacket or parka.
Best For: New hikers
Nothing ruins the tranquility of a great hike than painful foot blisters. Make them go away forever with an application of HikeGoo between your foot and sock to keep going and going. Works in wet and dry conditions a single application lasts all day and is essential for breaking in new boots or long trails.
Best For: Phone Addicts
Now this makes sense! Never run out of juice again with this rugged and water resistant solar powered battery. Two USB ports allow for dual charging of devices like phones, tablets, and other electronic devices while it’s built in LED flashlight illuminates the darkness. A must have for family camp outs.
Best For: Anything and everything
When out on the trail expect accidents to happen. Gear will rip and tear, tie downs get loose, things break. That’s hiking. But with Gear Aid’s clear repair tape, a solution is never far from hand. Super strong and as it sticks to nearly anything Tenacious Tape is perfect for sealing leaks, repairing tears and a hundred other uses they haven’t even though of yet. A must have for any hiker!
Best For: Serious hikers
If there is one gift on this list every serious hiker would love to have but probably doesn’t own, this is it. With a shaft made of aircraft grade aluminium and a one cast stainless steel head, this ultra high quality ice axe is an essential tool for scaling snowy mountains to help secure footing and balance and is one great hiking gift they’ll love to use!
Best For: Those who go off trail
Protect your friends and loved ones when they go outdoors with the Spot 3 Satellite GPS Tracker. The newest version of Spot’s personal tracker has a longer battery life and motion activated satellite connection that can identify a location even outside of cell phone service. Piece of mind wherever they go so you’ll know they’ll come back safe and sound.