You know the feeling. You’ve been wandering around the department store for the past 2 hours. Reading packaging…picking up items…putting them back down. It’s almost like the holiday gift-buying season is some bizarre stress test that’s designed to take you down.
We’ve gathered the products for the guy on your list who loves the outdoors and enjoys both comfort and functionality. We share their sentiment. Regardless if you’re looking for something budget-friendly, or the perfect item to leave a lasting impression – here it is: the 50 Campfires 2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Wear – Men’s.
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Merrell Men’s Subpolar Beanie
This beanie is perfect for keeping you warm and comfortable during a hike or just hanging out around the campfire. Merrell’s Subpolar Beanie features 40g of Thinsulate™ Flex insulation. The stylish banded stripes will ensure that you standout like a rockstar around the campfire.
Outdoor Research Yukon Hat
If you are looking for a hat that’s as warm as beanie, and crave more style than a beanie offers—Stop looking! This is your hat! The ear flaps offer a touch of northern woods practicality and outdoors style. As the temperatures start to drop, you’ll find that the ear flaps and fleece lining will keep you warm and toasty for many winters to come!
Outdoor Research Men’s Versaliner
This versatile and lightweight glove is great for anything from car camping to hiking or skiing. The key is the protective Ripstop shell comprised of Radiant Fleece, which keeps the water out. And the fleece liner keeps the wind away. Best of all is a storage compartment for your favorite hand warmer!
Mountain Hardwear Men’s AP Pant
The AP Pant is one of my favorite pants to wear out on a morning hike, as the reflective elements make me more visible in dim light. It’s also flexible enough that you can wear it bike riding or even rock climbing! I really like the cell phone pocket, and it’s dressy enough that you can wear it into the office!
The North Face Men’s Paramount Peak II Convertible Pant
During one of my geocaching adventures I’ve encountered thick brush with these pants and have emerged without a scratch. The nylon is thick, yet it still feels lightweight. The pockets are large, and fit my large screen smart phone quite well. For long hikes the legs detach—making this a great pant all year round.
Outdoor Research Men’s Oberland Hoody™
Designed and manufactured with all the care that we’ve come to expect from Outdoor Research, the Oberland Hoody is an absolutely excellent hoody for hiking. The subtle colors and city dweller look also make it the perfect hoody for business casual workdays.
Sierra Designs Elite DriDown™ Hoody
We really enjoy the warmth of a down jacket, and the Elite DriDown™ Hoody is a superb blend of versatility and style. It’s filled with 100g of 850 Fill Power Duck DriDown™ in the body, and remains lightweight. I particularly like the thumbholes in the sleeve as it allows me to stubbornly hold out from wearing my gloves as the temps fall.
The North Face Men’s Ultra Hike II Mid Gore-Tex®
One of the essentials for winter treks is a lightweight hiking boot. The Ultra Hike II features a waterproof, breathable GORE-TEX® membrane. The Ultra Protect Cradle Guide technology provides great ankle stability. This boot really shines during long-range hikes—it’s a perfect blend of being rugged and lightweight.
Marmot Men’s Starcross Jacket
I really love the chest pocket in this jacket. The pocket is perfect for placing my smart phone during a skiing or snowboarding run. It also features Thermal R™, which is Marmot’s proprietary blend of polyester insulations specifically engineered to meet various cold weather needs.
Ghost Whisperer™ Down Hooded Jacket
My first reaction was, “A down jacket couldn’t be this light!” It’s comprised of Q.Shield™ DOWN 800-fill insulation that resists moisture and maintains warmth—making it super lightweight and keeps me warm on my morning treks. The Ghost Whisperer is also great for biking, skiing, or rock climbing. During the evenings I found the Ghost Whisperer an amazing jacket for car camping or just enjoying time with the family around the campfire.
$500 and up
Mountain Hardwear Men’s Seraction Jacket
This high performance jacket was designed in collaboration with alpinist/ice climber Tim Emmett. It features a unique waterproof-breathable technology that allows for sweat/moisture to wick away. I’m not an elite ice climber—more of a car camper, and it’s a delightful jacket to wear splitting logs for the campfire or for quick sprints on the trail. While splitting logs I noticed that the Seraction Jacket has a fantastic range of motion, and I wasn’t constricted like my old winter coat. It’s the perfect jacket for the athlete in your family!
Montane Deep Cold Down Jacket
This jacket is reminiscent of the classic mountain jacket that my father wore, yet it’s not my father’s jacket. This is injected with modern day tech. The water resistant HyperDRY ECO goose down is encased in a water resistant PrimaLoft Silver ECO/tighly woven PERTEX Endurance outer shell will keep you warm and dry in even the harshest conditions. Available in 3 stylish colors: black, alpine red, and abyss blue.