Backpacker – The Best Gifts For Hikers of 2017 – Bridgedale Vertige Light

Searching for the perfect present? We did the work for you. Presenting our picks for the best gifts for hikers that money can buy, arranged by price.
BACKPACKER Editors & Contributors

 

Vertige Light:

Lightweight, over the calf MerinoFusion™ ski sock featuring Men’s Precision Fit System incorporating LYCRA® throughout for a supportive, wrinkle free fit. Tactel® shin pad for reduced friction plus micro-terry underfoot pads.

Description:

For technical piste or powder skiing the Vertige Light is the ideal sock choice. A lightweight construction with targeted padding in key areas ensures comfort all day without compromising the performance of modern ski and board footwear. As at home on technical piste, the powder of the backcountry or ski touring in the mountains the Vertige light is the perfect performance ski sock for accomplished enthusiasts looking to push their winter adventures to new places.

Fiber Content:

  • 20% Merino Wool
  • 20% Endurofil™/Polypropylene
  • 51% Nylon/Polyamide
  • 7% Tactel/Nylon
  • 2% LYCRA®/Elastane
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CamelBak Phantom LR 24 – Ski and Snow Pack

@n8greenberg spending his share in the BC backcountry. Photo @ken_etzel

It’s not just the weight of your pack—it’s how you carry it. The Phantom 24 LR™ features a Crux lumbar reservoir that keeps water weight low and close to your back. That means more stability and a smoother ride through changing snow conditions and rough, moguled terrain—all in a pack that offers 3 liters of hydration and an insulated drink tube that won’t freeze in chilly weather.

It’s not just the weight of your pack—it’s how you carry it.

This year, CamelBak has updated the pack with more storage capacity and a new Crux reservoir that delivers 20% more water with every sip. When you’re loading up for a full day on the mountain, the Phantom is designed to easily carry your skis or snowboard, helmet, shovel and goggles (the pack includes a fleece-lined pocket to keep them from getting scratched). There’s also a separate compartment for storing your wet gear, and dedicated gear pockets that keep your avalanche tools organized and accessible. The load-bearing waist belt features extra storage pockets for keeping your essentials close at hand, and the Phantom’s extra-large zipper pulls make it easy to open the pack when your gloves are on.

FEATURES

CamelBak’s @n8greenberg in the winter wonderland of Fairy Meadows. Let’s hope this winter is just as epic. Photo: @ken_etzel #earnyourturns

  • The brand new Crux Reservoir delivers 20% more water per sip, with an ergonomic handle for easier refilling, and an on/off lever that makes it easy to prevent leaks.
  • Snowshed Back Panel: Back panel repels snow and keeps it from sticking to your pack
  • Therminator Harness: Drinking tube zips into an insulated sleeve in the shoulder strap to protect your water supply from the elements.
  • A-Frame & Diagonal Ski Carry: External straps give you multiple options for carrying skis
  • Vertical Snowboard Carry: External straps let you carry a snowboard vertically
  • Ski Helmet: Helmet hooks make it easy to carry a ski helmet on the back of your pack
  • Avy Gear Organization: Includes storage compartments designed specifically for avalanche gear
  • Load-bearing hip belt stabilizes your load and features cargo pockets to keep essentials within easy reach
  • Secure zippered pocket keeps your smartphone in easy reach
  • Large zipper tabs are easy to grab while wearing gloves

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SCOTT Get Your Head in The Game

DANE TUDOR

Dane Tudor has been in the ski scene since the age of only 2 years old. He skis in a class of his own excelling in Big Mountain, freestyle and freeski. The “Powdahound” uses everything in his power to get his head in the game and take on winter. Dane shows us how mental preparation is just as important as the physical.

 

Helmet on, buckle clicked and fit system adjusted. Now it’s just you and the ride ahead. We obsessed over every detail, every material and every technology to develop the Symbol 2. Brimming with innovation and shaped by years of focus on safety, these are the most advanced high-performance helmets we’ve ever created. Exceptional comes as a standard. SCOTT helmets, get your head in the game.

#whatsahead

 

INNOVATION

THE NEXT LEVEL IN SKIING SAFETY

The Symbol 2 Plus D doesn’t only have a totally new design, but also comes with 3 key safety technologies, making it the safest and most ventilated helmet we have ever made. This award winning helmet is the first ski helmet to integrate D3O™, an extremely performing shock absorption material as well as a MIPS™ layer. This helmet has established a new standard for low, mid, and high velocity impacts. With a totally new shape, the second generation boasts a much lower profile than its predecessor and our 360° Pure Sound ear pads, a SCOTT developed technology allow for better noise detection.

For more on Getting Your Head in The Game, The SCOTT Symbol 2 Plus D Helmet and the Symbol family of helmets check out the video below and then click HERE for even more.

 

Bridgedale Trailhead – Blue Ridge Outdoor Gear of the Year

Blue Ride Outdoors selected Bridgedale’s Trailhead sock to be among their Gear of the Year. For me see below or check out their full list here.

Blue Ridge Outdoor Gear of the Year: Tried and Tested Goods From Our Time Outside in 2017

Bridgedale Trailhead $19

The Bridgedale Trailhead provides targeted cooling ventilation exactly where it’s needed most. The signature T2 anti-compression cushioning at the achilies heel and metatarsal head combine with 30 percent Merino wool to offer crucial longevity on long distance trail jaunts.

Bridgedale Trailhead

Targeted cooling ventilation exactly where needed. T2 anti-compression cushioning at achilies, heel and metatarsal head.

Fibre Content:

  • 41% Nylon / Polyamide
  • 29% Merino wool
  • 29% Endurofil™/Polypropylene
  • 1% LYCRA®/Elastane

3 Year Guarantee

If you are not completely satisfied with the quality and performance of your Bridgedale socks at any time within 3 years of purchase, return them to the place of purchase together with proof of purchase for an exchange. Your statutory rights are not affected.

Merino

Merino Wool is the finest wool used in the Bridgedale range. Merino Wool offers superb softness and touch next to skin. Merino Wool also provides excellent thermal and moisture control properties.

T2 Anti-compression loopTechnology, exclusive to Bridgedale. This is a loop within a loop which offers an additional level of impact protection; the inner loop has even more resilience than the outer loop for cushioning when you need it. T2 pad technology has been knit into the pressure points: ball of the foot, lace up

2017 Camping & Outdoor Gifts : GSI Outdoors & Outside/Inside Gifts

The following is by Nicky from Little Family Adventure.

THE 2017 ULTIMATE GUIDE TO FAMILY OUTDOOR & CAMPING GIFTS

This article contains affiliate links. Some products mentioned below have been provided for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

One of the greatest things we can bestow upon our children is a love of nature. Getting outdoors together as a family is quality family time and the memories you make are priceless. This year, we have put together the ultimate guide for family outdoor and camping gifts. This guide features products that may make getting outdoors easier, more enjoyable, or more fun. There is something for everyone on this list, especially the person who is hard to buy for.

Camp Cooking

Fairshare Mug from GSI Outdoors  

This 32oz cup is a great addition to the family camping box. Impact resistant plastic with a screw on lid, insulated sleeve, and carabiner make it perfect for families to carry every where.  Use it for mixing or eating and drinking out of. The measurement marking make it super helpful when cooking and eliminate the need for guesstimation which doesn’t always work.

Description from GSI Outdoors:

A strange phenomenon was first discovered at University of British Columbia ski club touring camps in the 1960s. While students carrying bowls or more standard eating vessels received regular potions, those clever few who were using a simple 2 cup measuring cup typically received much larger portions from the servers in the communal meal line. Soon, a few daring students were experimenting with 4 cup measuring cups and found the results to be the same: larger portions. Thus, the original fairshare cup was born.Now nearly 50 years and several innovations later, GSI Outdoors has developed the FairShare Mug II, with insulating sleeve, compacting handle and a new lid that allows mugs to stack when stored, assuring that a whole new generation would receive their fair share too.
Features & Specs
  • Secure, screw-on lid insulates and prevents spills.
  • Carabiner clip-in points for attaching to packs.
  • Large, 33.8 fl. oz. (1 L) capacity.
  • High-visibility measurement markings.
  • 32 fl. oz.
  • Weight: 6.8 oz
  • 5.5″ x 5″ x 5.4″
  • $15.95.

Outdoor/Travel Games

 

Outside Inside Gifts: Freestyle Lawn Darts from

Family Game Night goes outdoors with this compact game that provides hours of family fun. Game includes 4 rope rings and 4 weighted lawn darts. Set up game play any way you like and challenge each other to see who gets the closest! Game is stored in a 18.25” x 2.5” bag that is super compact. Perfect game for camping, road trips, or at home.

Description from Outside Inside:

A great compact game of target shooting to enjoy with your family and friends. Place rings at different distances or inside each other for a more challenging game. Toss the dart and see who gets closest! Everything you need for the ultimate game to play at the campground or your backyard.

Features

  • 4 Lawn darts (in 2 colors)
  • 2 x 16″ diameter rings
  • 2 x 30″ diameter rings
  • Dimensions: 18.25″ x 2.5″
  • $20.95

Outside Inside Gifts: Backpack CornHole

Now you can take this family favorite game anywhere; tailgating, backpacking trips, car camping, or to the park. This wooden backpack version is compact and measures 12” x 6” x 1.25”. So it’s perfect for any adventure.

Description from Outside Inside:

Take this mini Cornhole game anywhere and challenge your friends. Perfect for any outdoor space, this set conveniently packs down to a small, lightweight pack-sleeve making it a great option for backcountry trips as well.

Features

  • Compact and portable
  • Legs fold away
  • Can be played on the ground or on tabletop
  • Made of solid wood
  • Color: Blue/Red
  • Made in China
  • Includes 2 game boards, 8 bean bags, instructions and carry bag
  • Dimensions: 12 x 6 x 1.25 in.
  • $30.95

Gear Junkie: FatCat EVO

The following is from GEARJUNKIE.COM

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Fatter Winter Rack

Haul more of the newest gear to the slopes on Yakima’s FatCat Evo 4 and Evo 6 roof racks. Touted as “the most aerodynamic” snow sports mount by Yakima, the FatCat Evo 4 ($229) and 6 ($279) add more than 4 inches of extra space to accommodate wider all-terrain skis and snowboards. The racks hold four skis/two snowboards and six skis/four snowboards respectively.

FATCAT 6 EVO

The FatCat EVO is our sleekest, quietest, and sweetest ski & snowboard mount. It is wide enough to carry six pairs of powder skis – up to 136mm at the tip – or four snowboards. FatCat EVO mounts tool-free on virtually any roof rack. The HangOver™ clamp attachment point makes it easier to reach your skis or boards. SKS locks are built in for added security, and the mirror black finish looks awesome on your roof. For T-Slot crossbars, add the SmarT-Slot Kit 2 for a super sleek setup (sold separately).

PRODUCT DETAILS
  • Easily carries six pair of skis – up to 136 mm wide at the tip – or four snowboards
  • Aerodynamic design delivers a quiet ride and streamlined good looks
  • Universal mounting system works with round, square, factory, and most aerodynamic roof racks
  • Integrated SkiLift provides clearance for tall bindings
  • DoubleJoint™ hinge expands for easy use with thick skis and boards
  • HangOver™ clamp-mounting position shifts the mount further out on your vehicle’s roof rack allowing easier access to skis and snowboards and leaving more room for other gear
    • (A) Standard mounting location
    • (B) HangOver™ clamp-mounting position
  • Large button makes it easy to open with gloves or mittens on
  • Sleek mirror black finish looks great on your roof
  • Integrated SKS (Same Key System) locks included
  • Compatible with T-slot crossbars – just add our SmarT-Slot Kit 2 (sold separately)

Smart-Slot Kit 2

Go super sleek with this low-profile conversion kit that lets you mount your FatCat or FatCat EVO to T-slotted crossbars, such as our JetStream bars.

Gear Up For Winter with CamelBak

FIGHT THE FREEZE 

GEAR UP FOR WINTER

The new Crux Reservoir takes hydration to your highest peaks

SKI & SNOW HYDRATION PACKS

Our winter hydration packs feature the new Crux reservoir. The Crux delivers 20% more water per sip, with an ergonomic handle for painless refilling, and an on/off lever that makes it easy to prevent leaks. Our therminator harness helps protect the reservoir from freezing temperatures so you can hydrate on your rides down the slope.
Stay tuned and subscribe for more details on the winter packs from CamelBak.