Our Picks for the Best Hiking, Camping, and Outdoor Gear of the Season

Here's a list of the gear we enjoyed using over the past year, all of which would make perfect outdoor-themed gifts.

With such a bounty of gear saturating the outdoor hiking and camping markets, picking the perfect items can seem like a hit or miss proposition.

That's why we're here to lend a hand, by compiling the ultimate outdoor-themed gear list filled with cool and functional stuff we've had the pleasure of trying out ourselves.

Here are 21 gifts that get our seal of approval, and are guaranteed to bring glee to any hiker or camper if they receive it on Christmas morning.

TrailKeg Pressurized Beer Growler


Whether it's a fresh IPA at the end of a trail, a homebrew creation in your friend's backyard, or some kombucha on a camping trip, TrailKeg helps you enjoy your favorite beverages, cold and perfectly carbonated, in great places.

You can enjoy upwards of 24 hours of coldness and perfect carbonation for weeks with the TrailKeg pressurized growler. They also make a great thermos for carting around hot coffee!

Allett Leather Sport Wallet

Allett Wallet

A fan favorite because of its perfect size and shape, the Leather Sport Wallet from Allett is great for both men and women alike. Large enough for the essentials, but small enough for your front pocket, this minimalist wallet easily holds up to 10 cards and a small stack of cash.

Rubber grips in the pockets means your credit cards won't slide out when you open your wallet, and the chic leather exterior is available in a wide variety of colors. You can also add an optional stainless steel Micro Pen.

SportHill Men's Zephyr Crew

Sporthill Men's Zephyr Crew

If you're looking for style and comfort, this crew shirt from SportHill features a soft, stretchy, breathable SwiftPro fabric that wicks moisture and blocks wind up to 25 mph. Featuring chafe-free seams, built-in thumbholes and a subtle embossed tree print on the upper chest, the Zephyr Crew is sure to be a perennial favorite. It's available in five sizes and six colors.

House of Jerky Gift Bag

House of Jerky

This House of Jerky gift bag has everything a dried meat lover could want! Shipped in a nifty burlap bag, this scrumptious collection includes the 2-oz packages of Natural Beef, Black Pepper Beef, Teriyaki Beef, Hot Beef, Sweet and Spicy Beef, Teriyaki Turkey, Black Pepper Turkey, and Sweet and Spicy Turkey. Plus there are 1.75-oz packages of Hot Buffalo, Venison, Boar, Teriyaki Buffalo, Elk. Add to that three kinds of snack sticks (Original, Jalapeno, BBQ) and you've got a heck of a gift bag.

Lems Waterproof Boulder Boot

Lems Boulder Boot

The new Lems Boulder Boots are equally at home on the trails or pavement, defying moisture in stride with their full waterproof exterior. Getting full marks for both comfort and style, the Waterproof Boulder Boot is sure to become a fan favorite when it comes to outdoor footwear.

Made of a 100% full-grain leather with an oiled finish, these ultra lightweight boots sport an injection blown rubber outsole, zero-drop design, and gusseted tongue.

Bushka's Kitchen Freeze Dried Meals

Bushka's Kitchen

A hearty and delicious feast is a welcome relief when enjoying the great outdoors. Bushka's Freeze Dried Meals are made with real, wholesome ingredients that are nutritionally dense to keep you fueled for even the toughest experiences!

Simply add hot water and seal, and three minutes later your meal is ready to eat. We tried out the Bundler, which includes all four Bushka meals: Unstuffed Pepper with Bison, Hearty Harvest with Wild Boar, Zesty Noodles, and Citrus Chia Morning.

Goose Feet Gear Down Socks

Cold feet sleeper when camping? These Goose Feet Gear down socks are the perfect solution. Made from your choice of lightweight nylon fabric and filled with 850+ power premium goose down treated with DownTek for water-resistance, these socks are designed to keep your feet warm and comfy all night long. They also make great back-country hut footwear.

Add an optional pair of Waterproof Over-Booties, which are specifically designed as a rugged shell, so you can wear them around camp and for those midnight calls of nature.

Blue Zipper Shorts

Blue Zipper Shorts

Created as an alternative to the petroleum-based, synthetic materials that routinely pollute our environment, Blue Zipper Shorts were developed using a high performance moisture-wicking cotton fabric. Stylish for the perfect fit, these shorts are sure to become your preferred choice for your outdoor activities.

Blue Zipper's goal is to make the most comfortable, yet functional fabric with the least amount of impact on the planet. In our eyes, they succeeded.

Allett Mule Women's Nylon Wallet

Chic, classy, and still tough enough to get a little muddy, the Premium Mule Women's Wallet is built with four side-by-side pockets, each allowing up to five cards per pocket to give a total holding capacity of up to 20 cards. A divided cash/receipt pocket gives you versatility for storing bills and additional paper.

A sturdy snap closure is paired with a gold zipper, and RFID blocking material prevents information theft from the use of high-frequency scanners.

Haeleum Mossy Oak Camouflage | Men's Insect Shield Darian Shirt

Haeleum Darian Shirt

The long-sleeve Darian t-shirt is Haeleum's most technologically advanced shirt yet. Sporting the Mossy Oak Obsession pattern, the lightweight, highly breathable fabric is also snag resistant—perfect for roaming in the woods.

Featuring scent-free Insect Shield Permethrin Technology to repel mosquitoes, ticks and other dangerous bugs, the shirt has an antimicrobial finish to reduce body odor (and avoid alerting wild game). Made from 100% DrýTru polyester fabric to move sweat away from your skin to keep you cool and dry, the Darian also offers 50+ UPF to protect you from the sun's harmful UVA and UVB rays.

Chaval SuperNova Heated Gloves & Mitts

Chaval Heated Gloves

Cold hands will become a thing of the past with the Chaval SuperNova Heated Gloves and Mitts. Sporting a waterproof and breathable 100% leather shell, the Chaval AlphaHeat technology thinks for you, automatically adjusting through infinite levels of heat to keep your hands toasty warm.

Promising to keep your hands warm up to three times longer than any other brand on the market, these gloves also simultaneously recharge and dry the interior, with 'wireless' technology to boot.

Lawson Blue Ridge Camping Hammock

Lawson Blue Ridge Camping Hammock

Camp in style and comfort with the Lawson Blue Ridge Camping Hammock. You can use it suspended or staked and secured to the ground, because the Camping Hammock utilizes a proprietary spreader bar and arch pole system to keep the hammock flat and more taut compared to other models on the market.

Sporting a built-in no-see-um bug net and attachable rainfly, this hammock tent promises to keep you dry and bite-free, all while providing a comfortable abode for rest and relaxation.

Northern Lites Quicksilver 30 Snowshoes

Northern Lites Snowshoes

Hit the snow this season with the Northern Lites Quicksilver 30 Snowshoes. Featuring a 9" x 30" aluminum frame and military grade polyurethane coated nylon mesh decking, the Quicksilver series shoes are exceptionally light while extremely durable.

Available with either a Tru-Trak (pictured) or Speed binding, the Northern Lites Quicksilver 30 Snowshoes promise to take on the white stuff with ease.

Bübi Bottle

Bubi Bottle

The eco-friendly silicone Bübi Bottle is meant for hydration on the go, making it the perfect choice for all of your outdoor adventures. The award-winning design allows the bottle to be rolled up for storage, and it's the only water bottle on the market which allows inside out cleaning.

Safe for hot and cold beverages (and can be frozen down to -100 °F), the Bübi Bottle is both puncture and crush resistant. They're available in three sizes (14oz, 22oz, and 35oz) and up to 10 colors.

SportHill Women's Zephyr Hoodie

Sporthill Women's Zephyr Hoodie

Made with SportHill's luxurious SwiftPro fabric (92% polyester and 8% spandex), the Zephyr might just be the most comfortable hoodie on the market. Ideal for winter exercise or outdoor adventures (and a perfect technical piece for those cool-but-not-freezing days), this top is warm, breathable, and quick drying. The hoodie is available in five sizes and nine colors.

McGovern & Co. National Park Scarves

McGovern and Company Scarf

Show your pride for your favorite National Park with a McGovern & Co. scarf. Both soft and flowy, these beautiful oblong scarves can be worn several different ways, making them the perfect accessory for dressing up or down. They're made from 100% soft polyester voile, and measure 72" by 30".

Exotogg Lightweight Inflatable Bodywarmer

Exotogg Bodywarmer

Staying warm while enjoying your favorite outdoor activity will never be a worry when wearing the new Exotogg Lightweight Inflatable Bodywarmer. Weighing just nine ounces and packing down to a size smaller than a paperback novel, this award-winning vest harnesses the natural insulating properties of air to protect your core temperature.

When worn under a jacket, an inflation of just three or four breaths provides a warming layer of air, keeping you insulated better than feather down. Stay protected from the cold, as part of your daily gear or in case of an emergency, with the Exotogg Lightweight Inflatable Bodywarmer.

Northern Lites Elite Women's Teal Snowshoes

Northern Lites Snowshoes

Designed specifically for women, the 25" Northern Lites Elite Women's Teal Snowshoes weigh less than 38 oz. per pair - making them the lightest on the market. Built on a 1/2 inch frame with aggressive crampons, these shoes can take on any conditions and terrain.

They're also available with either a Tru-Trak (pictured) or Speed binding. The Northern Lites Elite Women's Teal Snowshoes are the real deal for taking on the snow this season.

Sawyer Mini Water Filtration System

Sawyer Mini Water Filter

The perfect companion for all of your outdoor adventures, the Mini Water Filtration System from Sawyer ensures you always have access to clean water on the go. Weighing just two ounces, this palm-sized unit provides 0.1 micron absolute filtration — removing 99.99999% of all bacteria, such as salmonella, cholera and E.coli, removing 99.9999% of all protozoa (such as giardia and cryptosporidium), and removing 100% of microplastics.

Rated at up to 100,000 gallons of filtered water, the Sawyer Mini can be used with the included drinking pouch (shown above), with the included drinking straw, or can be attached to hydration pack tubing or standard disposable water bottles.

Orange Mud Transition and Seat Wrap

Orange Mud Transition and Seat Wrap

Changing on the go can now be a breeze with the Orange Mud Transition and Seat Wrap. Whether you're biking, hiking, or out for a leisurely swim, the 30" by 60" plush microfiber changing towel gives you the privacy you need.

And keeping your car seat sweat and grime free is as easy as can be, as the Transition Wrap also doubles as a seat cover. Simply hook the integrated zipper pocket over your headrest and you're good to go. The Orange Mud Transition and Seat Wrap is the answer to parking lot and trail head gear changes as well as keeping that clean seat extra clean. It's available in nine colors.

Lems Chukka Shoes

Lems Chukka Shoes

Both lightweight and flexible, the Lems Chukka Shoes bring style to the streets for your post-outdoor adventures. With a zero-drop platform, wide toe box and IBR outsole, these ultra-soft suede gems are sure to become a favorite for your feet. You can find them for both men and women.

Telic Apres-Ski Recovery Boot

Telic Apres-Ski Recovery Boot


Give your tired feet the spa treatment with a pair of Telic Apres-Ski Recovery Boots. Designed to be worn by athletes to help relax and rejuvenate after training and competition, these insulated and water resistant boots feature a traction control out-sole, lightweight stability, and a soft and supportive fit and feel for year-round comfort.

Telic is an athlete-approved brand and a must-have for all women who enjoy the outdoors!

These outdoor products are sure to make the wish lists of any hiker, camper, or outdoorsfolk, and you've now got a better sense of what gear made the grade.

Images via Justin Hoffman, unless otherwise noted