Hiking gear can be confusing if you are not an expert - this guide has great gifts for hikers at every price range and experience level.
Inexpensive doesn’t mean cheap with hiking gear. There are some great items that are budget friendly and very useful for any hiker or backpacker.
Of all the button compasses I’ve ever had in my life, this is absolutely the BEST one I have ever owned. – Amazon Reviewer
I love electronic gadgets, but I always carry an analog backup (actually two), and this compass fits the bill. The Suunto Clipper compass clips onto other gear and works as a great way to know where you’re going. It’s made in Finland and lives up to the Suunto ruggedness standards. A great gift that could save someone’s life!
Nothing says “please don’t die” like a first aid kit. If my mother could buy me 100 of these, she would. Here’s what I like about this kit in particular. It’s really small and light. I put it in my backpack and forget about it. It’s also not super basic – it’s got enough for a few people and/or injuries. I also like that it comes with a compact hiking first-aid manual. The case is durable and organized well.
Best collapsible bottle on the market. – Amazon Reviewer
Here’s a collapsible bottle that’s actually easy to drink out of (unlike the collapsible bag models). I use it when hiking, when I travel, and at work. It’s great and just works well.
This knife is my favorite of all the Victorinox army knives. – Amazon Reviewer
The Swiss Army knife is a hiking classic. This multi-tool is as useful today as it was 50 years ago. The Huntsman model includes a wood saw, tweezers, scissors, screwdrivers, knives, and for the post hike beverage, a bottle opener and corkscrew. It’s made in Switzerland and solid as a rock.
They are simple to use and work well. I used them on a rainy day hike and they were soaked but my socks beneath were dry. – Amazon Reviewer
Low gaiters are the new cool thing I see everyone using. Regular high gaiters are often worn for snow and extreme conditions, but now hikers wear low gaiters in all conditions to keep pebbles, branches, and other debris out of their shoes.
Absolutely love this thing, plenty bright, and easy to use, with cool functions. I use it at least weekly, and has never failed me. – Amazon Reviewer
The headlamp is an idespensible tool to any hiker. Even if you’re not a night hiker, you never know when you’ll get caught out after dark. The Black Diamond Storm headlamp is small, gets great reviews, and is reliable. It’s what I carry in my pack and can recommend it 100%.
There is a reason everyone is giving this product 5 stars. It works great, looks great, and is extremely convenient. I don’t know that I have ever been more pleased with a purchase. – REI Reviewer
Where do I start? I’ve had my Jetboil since 2006 and I love it. It heats water very quickly, and packs down into a compact cup. Even if you’re not hiking overnight, it’s great to have in your pack on a cool day for a quick, warm lunch. Jetfboil changed the camping stove game – it’s a great gift for hikers.
They’re worth every penny. – Amazon Reviewer
In the old days there were tents. They were heavy and often overkill. In the last few years, hikers and backpackers have been turned onto hammocks. They keep you off the ground, they’re light, and easy to setup. Even if I’m not overnighting, I’ll often take the hammock in my pack and take a mid-hike nap. And they work in your backyard too. Don’t forget to get the Atlas Straps with it (they help set the hammock up anywhere).
The best compacts for the price. – Amazon Reviewer
I didn’t hike with binoculars for a long time. I just didn’t know any better. Now they go everywhere with me. Most hikes involve some kind of climb or view, and binoculars make it even better. I also like carrying them for safety reasons. If I get lost, I get scan the horizon for help. A great gift for hikers worth every center.
Very light, yet gives the impression of being nice and sturdy, seems to dampen vibrations without the weight of the damping system found in some of the aluminum poles. – Amazon Reviewer
Trekking poles are what separates the pros from the amateurs. They help get your body up long climbs, and take the strain off your knees on descents. These carbon fiber poles are light and super strong. I use these and love them.
Your life is worth more than $300. – Me
Okay, so I’m a firm believer in leveraging anything I can to stay safe. This GPS emergency beacon let’s hikers press a button to alert search and rescue, anywhere in the world. It gives me the peace of mind that I’ll see my family again if an accident happens.
The ONE watch to rule them all (for the most part). – Amazon Reviewer
If you really want to get a great gift for a hiker, look no further. This watch does everything. Hikers can use it for navigation and tracking a hike, you can use it for biking, running, surfing, working out, anything. And it tells time, altitude, barometric pressure. There are literally thousands of things that this watch does. It’s the ultimate hiker’s tool.
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