Last Updated on November 25, 2020
It’s hard to buy gifts for hikers and backpackers in 2020. I get it.
We’re a gear-hungry bunch who spends an obscene amount of time searching for products that’ll take our trail game to the next level. Finding unique gifts for us hikers can get overwhelming because we don’t just want good gear, we want the best gear.
But don’t stress out, because I’m a trail chasing, mountain climbing, ultralight backpacking gear junkie and I’m here to help.
This hiking gift guide — updated for 2020 — is split up into five easy to navigate sections, each with its own price range. Products towards the beginning of this list are more affordable and the ones towards the end, well, they’re a bit more pricy.
So stay tuned, and I’ll help you find the perfect present for that beloved hiking or backpacking fanatic in your life. If you have questions about anything on this list, leave me a comment and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible (with my best gear nerd answers).
Polarized Aluminum Sunglasses
If you know a hiker who breaks or loses their sunglasses frequently (like me), these are the shades for them. They’re sturdy and solid — made of aluminum — and feel like a high-end pair of sunglasses on your face. Their tiny price tag makes the sting of losing or breaking them bite less.
Coghlan’s Function Whistle
For such a low price, this is a no-brainer budget buy for any hiker or backpacker. Coghlan’s 4 in 1 tool acts as a compass, whistle, thermometer, and magnifying glass and weighs only an ounce. This nifty gadget can save hikers and backpackers in more ways than one.
Blister-Preventing Toe Socks
Injinji Trail Midweight Mini-Crew
At first glance, toe socks might look a little… unique, but when you consider the benefits, Injinis would make a perfect present for hikers and trail runners alike. By keeping toes separate, these socks help prevent blisters, manage moisture, and enhance breathability on the trail.
Mini Pocket Knife
Victorinox Swiss Army Classic SD
This micro Swiss Army Knife is a staple in the bags of many ultralight hikers and backpackers. Ultra-compact and weighing in at a ridiculous .75 ounces, this minimalist multitool sports a knife, scissors, nail file, tweezers, and a toothpick.
Waterproofing Down Detergent
Nikwax Down Proof
Hiking gear made with down — puffy jackets, sleeping bags, insulated pants, etc. — gets dirty quickly, and few of us know how to wash it properly. Nikwax will not only clean this delicate down gear, but it’ll also add waterproofing to help retain its insulation properties when wet.
Weatherproof Hiking Journal
Rite in the Rain 4 5/8″ x 7″
With 64 waterproof pages, this little notebook is perfect for jotting down thoughts and observations while hiking in wet and dirty conditions. Its pages can also get you out of a bind in the backcountry to start fires or leave S.O.S notes.
Biodegradable Liquid Soap
Dr. Bronner’s 18 in 1
Dr. Bronner’s is perfect for hikers and backpackers who aim to stay clean on the trail. It’s biodegradable and can be used safely in the backcountry (away from water sources). It’s potent and portable and will help keep hikers fresh in a world of dirt and grime.
At $6 a pop, these extremely affordable t-shirts are comfortable, breathable, and perform very well on and off the trail. There a no-brainer present if you’re on a budget, and will make a great addition to anyone’s hiking, backpacking, or athletic wardrobe.
Made from half an ounce of titanium, this spork is a staple of ultralight backpackers worldwide. It’s the only dining utensil you’ll ever need in the backcountry, and is durable enough to stand up to the harsh rigors of multi-day hikes into the wilderness.
Budget Hiking Hoodie
32 Degrees Cool Long Sleeve Pullover
When you’re hiking in hot and sunny conditions where shade is minimal, a lightweight and breathable hoodie is the ideal top. This long-sleeve pullover offers full skin coverage while wicking away moisture and promoting airflow to keep you cool and dry.
Stuffable Backpacking Pillow Case
Getting restful sleep is no easy task when camping and backpacking. This lightweight pillowcase has become an essential of my sleep setup and, when stuffed with my down jacket, is far more comfortable than any inflatable pillow I’ve ever tried.
Pocket First Aid Kit
Safety is paramount when exploring trails, so a portable first aid kit should be an essential part of any hiker or backpacker’s gear list. The minimalist med kit is stocked with bandages, antiseptic towels, and an emergency whistle, with room for personal add-ons.
Howard Leight (100 Pairs)
Sleeping comfortably in the backcountry doesn’t always come easy, thanks to the countless noises that fill the night. A good set of earplugs will deafen these distracting sounds and create a quiet atmosphere that’ll allow you to rest easy throughout the night.
Gear Repair Tape
GEAR AID Tenacious Tape
Tearing a beloved piece of gear is heartbreaking for hikers and backpackers, and that’s why Tenacious Tape exists. Made from washable waterproof fabric, this tape will cling to any synthetic material and patch up all the rips, gashes, and tears you can throw at it.
Tough & Lightweight Tent Stakes
Life’s too short to go backpacking with flimsy tent stakes, so step up your camping game and grab a set of the MSR Groundhogs. Made from 7000-series aluminum, these stakes are both rugged and lightweight and will stay anchored in the ground no matter how hard the wind blows.
Delicious Instant Espresso
Cafe Bustelo Single Serve 72 Count
A 72-pack of instant espresso shots will be a welcome present for any hiker or backpacker who must start their day with a jolt of caffeine. These handy Cafe Bustelo pouches are not only incredibly affordable (16 cents each) but they’re rich, delicious, and powerful.
Warm & Lightweight Beanie
Carhartt Acrylic Knit Hat
Hikers that enjoy exploring cold climates will find this Carhartt knit beanie extremely useful. It’s 100% acrylic, which means it doesn’t soak up perspiration and holds warmth exceptionally well. It’s packable, stylish, and will keep its hikers warm into temperatures below freezing.
Pain-Relieving Massage Ball
Rawlogy Cork Mini 1.9″
Thru-hikers and mile-shredding backpackers put their bodies through hell and must self-manage injuries on the trail. At the end of a grueling day day, hikers can roll on this lightweight ball to massage tight muscles, soothe sore ligaments, and break up inflammation.
Miniature Quick-Dry Towels
For thru-hikers and backpackers, towels are a luxury that usually aren’t worth their weight. That’s why many turn to the half-ounce Lightload Microfiber towels. These tiny cloths are great for a quick dry off, wiping up tent condensation, and even work as emergency fire-starters.
Blister Prevention Cream
Blisters can make a hiker’s life painful in a hurry, so stopping them before they start is key to a comfortable experience. HikeGoo lessens friction between feet and socks and would make a perfect present for hikers and backpackers who aim to keep their feet in shape on the trail.
Minimalist Eyewear Retainer
Unsecured sunglasses have a habit of getting lost, damaged, and broken during hikes, which can be a real morale killer on the trail. Chums 3mm eyewear retainers will protect your beloved sunglasses, make them easy to hang around your neck, and barely cost a thing.
Gear Storage for Backpacking
Ultralitesacks DCF Ditty Bag
Backpackers need lightweight and convenient storage for their toiletries, electronics, and other small pieces of gear. This DCF ditty bag offers a full-length zipper, waterproof protection from the elements, and will stash away near the top of a backpack for easy access.
Delicious No-Cook Backpacking Meals
Greenbelly Variety Pack
Backpacking food doesn’t need to be cooked in order to taste delicious. That’s why my go-to breakfast for multi-day hikes is the Greenbelly meal bar. They are convenient, made from healthy ingredients, and are nearly 700 calories a bar, the perfect combination for backcountry nourishment.
Couples Hiking & Backpacking Ornament
Wulf Creek Designs
This ornament won’t come in handy on the trail, but it will make a great addition to any hiking couple’s Christmas tree. For a couple extra bucks, you can also add personalized text to the bottom of the ornament. Couples who hike together stay together, after all.
Ultralight Packable Day Pack
For minimalist travelers who seek out day hikes on their adventures, the 4Monster 24-liter day pack is the perfect gift. Weighing in at around four ounces, this highly water-resistant backpack is made of durable 30D nylon and packs down to the size of a soda can.
32 Degrees makes the best budget ultralight down jackets, hands down. Made with 650-fill responsibly sourced down and a water-repellant outer fabric, this jacket packs down small, and will keep you warm and toasty as temperatures approach freezing.
Long-Range Walkie Talkies
Motorola T100TP Talkabout Radio
Backpackers, hunters, and guides who regularly keep distance from their hiking partners will find these long-range walkie talkies very useful. They operate on 22 separate channels and have a massive range of up to 16 miles. They’re a must for long-distance communication in the wilderness.
Minimalist Water Filter
Water purification is essential in the backcountry, so the Sawyer Squeeze is a perfect present for any backpacker looking to filter water on their trip. The Squeeze weighs just over two ounces, is extremely packable, and is rated to filter over 100,000 gallons of water.
Minimalist Fanny Pack
Matador Packable Hip Pack
Hikers who need quick access to certain trail essentials — think snacks, cellphones, small cameras — will love the Matador Packable Hip Pack. Made from durable, waterproof 30D Cordura nylon, this nifty little pack will keep their stuff safe, dry, and ultra-accessible.
The Montbell Merino Wool Plus Light T is as functional as they come. Made from a Merino/polyester blend, this do-it-all t-shirt is highly odor-resistant, moisture-wicking, and fits like a dream. It can be worn comfortably in the backcountry, while traveling, or for a night out on the town.
Lightweight 10-Watt USB Solar Panel
Renogy Portable E-Flex
Fully-charged devices keep hikers prepared to navigate the backcountry safely, for days on end. This compact solar panel will harness the sun’s natural energy and replenish the batteries of phones, headlamps, and power banks without the need for a wall-charger.
Crazy Light Backpacking Stove
In the world of backpacking stoves, the BRS-3000T is as minimalist as it gets. It weighs in at a ridiculous .9 ounces, folds up to the size of a lighter, and cranks out an impressive flame. It’d be a unique gift for hikers looking to shave significant weight off of their 2020 backpacking gear list.
Lightweight Waterproof Food Storage
Ultralightsacks DCF Bear/Food Bag
On multi-day hiking trips, it’s important to keep your food safe from rodents, bears, and other animals that are attracted by its smell. I recommend the zippered Ultralitesacks bag, which can hold over a week of food and can be safely hung in tree, out of reach from curious creatures.
Hiking Vest for Dogs
Pettom Saddle Bag
Dogs who hike deserve good gear too. A well-fitted saddle bag allows dogs to comfortably carry their food and supplies during multi-day excursions on the trail. I used this exact bag when hiking with my old yellow lab on the Colorado Trail and it fit him like a dream.
Mesh Back Hat
Zpacks Classic Trucker
Mesh back trucker hats offer great breathability and sun protection on the trail. Zpacks, known for its top-notch ultralight backpacking products, makes a particularly stylish and lightweight hat. From thru-hiking to city life, this versatile snapback can be worn on and off the trail.
Lightweight Body-Sized Towel
PackTowl Ultralight Microfiber
Weighing in at 3.4 ounces, the PackTowl Ultralight body towel folds down into the palm of your hand. Because of its extreme portability, it has become a fixture in the hiking and backpacking community and would make a great present for anyone looking to stay fresh on the trail.
Ultralight Backpacking Trowel
Leave No Trace principles are paramount in the hiking and backpacking community, so properly burying human waste (poop, not trash) is a must in the backcountry. This durable .6 oz aluminum trowel allows hikers to dig catholes quickly and dispose of their waste the right way.
The Pedco Ultrapod is made for hikers and travelers who love photography but don’t want to lug around a bulky tripod. It helps stabilize zoomed-in photos, levels the camera on uneven terrain, can attach to objects with its velcro strap, and comes in at a super-packable 4 ounces.
The World’s Best Hiking Socks
Darn Tough Hiker Micro Crew
I’ve never worn socks as comfortable as my Darn Tough Hikers and I can’t imagine I ever will. Made from a durable Merino Wool/Nylon/Lycra Spandex blend, they fit perfectly, don’t bunch up, breathe well, wick away moisture, and are covered by a lifetime warranty.
Blue Lizard SPF 30+
Sun protection is one of the ten essentials of hiking, so a sunscreen that stands up to the rigors of the trail will be a welcome present for any hiker. Blue Lizard sunscreen lasts nearly all day, uses healthy ingredients, and is always effective (even when you’re pouring sweat).
Minimalist Head Lamp
The Nitecore NU25 headlamp is one of my very favorite items on my ultralight backpacking gear list. It weighs practically nothing, puts out incredibly strong light (360 lumens), has loads of useful settings, and is USB rechargeable. It’s an absolute model of efficiency.
Underwear doesn’t get much more breathable, lightweight, or comfortable than the Give ‘n’ Gos, and that’s why they’re a staple of the hiking and backpacking community. They stay fresh for days on end and wick odor and moisture away with ease.
Life-Saving Emergency Blanket
Premium Life Mylar 52″ x 84″
Emergency blankets are a worst-case-scenario type of purchase, but could be a life-saving investment if things go awry in the backcountry. Made from paper-thin mylar, these lightweight blankets will reflect body heat, block wind, and repel rain when at the mercy of the elements.
Waterproof Bullet Pen
Fisher Space Pen
A reliable waterproof pen is a must have piece of gear for hikers who obsessively take notes like me. Water, cold temperatures, and writing in zero-gravity conditions don’t phase the Fisher Space Pen, and it’s bound to put ink onto paper under pretty much any circumstances.
Powerful & Effective Bear Spray
SABRE Frontiersman 9.2 oz
A canister of bear spray is a hiking gift you give with the hopes the recipient will never need to use it. That said, the best way to protect against an aggressive bear in the backcountry is to temporarily blind it with a strong burst of Capsaicinoids. This will do the trick.
Compact & Powerful Backpacking Stove
MSR PocketRocket 2
While the BRS-3000T backpacking stove I mentioned earlier weighs two ounces less, the PocketRocket 2 is more powerful and reliable. This stove is a staple in the ultralight backpacking community and would be a great tool for someone looking to step up their cooking game.
Bluetooth Headphones with Charging Case
TOZO T6 Earbuds
Blaring music on the trail is a big no-no on the trail, so give these Bluetooth headphones to any hikers who can’t keep their tunes to themselves. They’re waterproof, have touch controls, and can play your favorite hiking songs for over six hours on a single charge.
GPS Topo Maps Subscription
Gaia GPS Annual Plan
Gaia GPS offers an incredible collection of hiking trails and topo maps, and is an excellent resource for researching and navigating trails. A premium subscription — 20% off through this link — allows users to access to maps offline and explore the backcountry with ease.
Lightweight Backpacking Mug
Toaks Titanium 375ml
Hot coffee, tea, cocoa, you name it — they’re all huge morale boosters on long hiking trips. This titanium mug is a great present for anyone who needs a solid lightweight vessel for all of their pre and post hike refreshments. Looking for a larger pot? Check out the 750ml version.
USB-Rechargeable Arc Lighter
Though I bring BIC Minis on my adventures, a far more powerful and weatherproof option would be the Tesla Coil lighter. This rechargeable device creates a strong electric arc when its button is pressed, requires no fuel, and is completely windproof. Welcome to the future.
Carbon Fiber Trekking Poles
Cascade Mountain Tech
Trekking poles are absolute knee-savers on long journeys, and would be a helpful gift for hikers with creaky joints. This particular set is made from carbon fiber, which is extremely durable and significantly lighter than the aluminum used in traditional trekking poles.
Outdoor Research Rocky Mountain Low
Know a hiker that loves to explore wet and humid climates? Get them a set of gaiters to pair with their waterproof hiking shoes. These extremely durable 420D Nylon coverings will block moisture from seeping in the top of a hiker’s footwear, keeping their feet dry and comfortable.
SUUNTO M-3 NH
Though trail navigation in widely available on smartphones, it can fail when you least expect it. A high-precision compass, coupled with an up-t0-date topo map, will ensure that hikers and backpackers can find their way, even when their precious technology isn’t working.
Ultra-Breathable Hiking Shirt
Carhartt Force Extremes
The Force Extremes was built to be a work shirt, but I find it to be an exceptional hiking top as well. It’s lightweight, breathable, wicks away moisture, and neutralizes odor. This shirt is extremely comfortable as well, and I use it as my go-to minimalist travel top when I’m off the trail.
Cimkiz Ice Cleats
Hikers who plan on tackling snow packed and/or icy trails should always have a pair of crampons at the ready. Their durable stainless steel spikes dig into ice, grip and stabilize on slick hiking surfaces, and drastically reduce the risk of a dangerous fall.
Awe-Inspiring Trail Photography
Great Hiking Trails of the World (Hardcover)
Karen Berger’s 336-page masterpiece takes a deep dive into 80 of the world’s most mind-blowing trails. Not only does Berger include helpful maps, stats, and stunning photos for every trail, but she delves into the nuances that make each adventure so incredible and unique.
Packable USB Power Bank
Anker Powercore II 10,000mAh
Wandering trails is meant to help us escape our gadgets, but there’s no denying that technology is a big part of the hiking community. A reliable, lightweight power bank will keep those precious tech items — phones, camera batteries, headlamps, beacons — powered up and ready for action.
Minimalist Sleeping Pad
Finicky tent sleepers like me know how important it is to find a the right sleeping pad. For all of my three season ultralight backpacking needs, the Sleepingo checks all the boxes. Lightweight and compact? Comfortable? Reasonably priced? Yes, yes, and yes.
Ultralight Packing Cubes
Osprey Pack UL
In hiking and backpacking, organization is key, so packing cubes would be a great gift idea for anyone looking to introduce some order to their messy setup. Osprey’s three cube set will help keep gear, food, and supplies where they should be, while only weighing a measly two ounces.
Designed to be worn during exercise in the dead of the summer, the Montbell Cool Hoodie is as soft, breathable, and lightweight as it gets. Made from durable Wickron COOL Fabric, this hoodie wicks away moisture, fights odor, and blocks the sun’s harmful UV rays with ease.
Portable Espresso Maker
Behold! The biggest luxury in my backpacking arsenal. With the Nanospresso, all I need to create fresh espresso while hiking is boiling water and a Nespresso Capsule. No, you won’t see this on my ultralight backpacking gear list, but it’s fun to have for special occasions.
After discovering the Nine Trails shorts, I can’t imagine hiking in anything else. Made from soft, breathable, water-resistant fabric, these shorts offer second-to-none comfort on the trail. They also sport built-in liners and fully zippered pockets for maximum convenience.
Lightweight Two-Person Hammock
Not only is a lightweight and packable hammock great for some rest and relaxation while hiking, but it’s useful for any other number of occasions. Road trips, van life, car camping, traveling, swaying aimlessly in the breeze — it’ll be a great present for anyone with a relaxed spirt.
Ultralight Hydration Vest
CamelBak Ultra Pro
For quick hikes and trail runs, a daypack can be a bit overkill. When all you need is water storage and minimal space for snacks and gear, a hydration vest carries it all comfortably and efficiently. The Ultra Pro would be perfect for minimalist hikers and trail runners.
Not only are the Strech Zions a staple of the hiking and backpacking community, but they’re a favorite among travelers as well. As the name suggests, these pants stretch and flex with your movement and, as a result, are about as comfortable as it gets on the trail.
8 oz Ultralight Flask
Sometimes, you need to pack a nip of your favorite booze to keep you warm after a long day of backpacking. This stylish titanium flask — complete with mini funnel — is the lightweight backpacker’s vessel of choice and will hold a hefty 8 ounces of your favorite adult beverage.
All-Access National Parks Pass
America the Beautiful Pass
National Park hopping in the U.S. can get expensive quickly, costing $25 to $35 per visit. An annual parks pass will certainly ease the pain of these hefty entry fees and pays for itself after only three visits. This is a can’t-go-wrong type of gift for any hiker or outdoor lover in 2020.
Ultralight Hiking Umbrella
Zpacks Lotus UL
Hiking with umbrellas has become more and more popular in recent years, and for good reason. They offer great UV protection in exposed, sunny landscapes and are great at shedding heavy precipitation when rain jackets have the tendency to wet out.
Wood-Burning Backpacking Stove
If you know a backpacker who likes to cook, but doesn’t want to carry containers of fuel, a wood-burning backpacking stove will be a great fit. Keep in mind, this is a cooking setup for backcountry purists who are willing to ignite kindling to boil their water every night.
Compact & Powerful Binoculars
Nikon Trailblazer 8×25 ATB
A solid pair of binoculars is an asset to any hiker’s gear list, but would be especially useful for those who love tracking and viewing wildlife. Weighing in at less than a pound, these Nikons give hikers candid glimpses of nature without being a burden to hike with.
Rock-Solid Bear Canister
When hiking or backpacking in bear country, it’s important to prevent any curious visitors from nosing around your campsite. A BearVault will completely hide the smell of your food, and keep bears away so you can sleep safely and worry-free.
Minimalist 32-Liter Packable Backpack
A perfect present for the traveling hiker, the waterproof Matador Freerain 32-liter backpack weighs in at an impressive 10.5 ounces and packs down to the size of a water bottle. I use the Freerain32 as my go-to minimalist travel and day hiking backpack. It holds everything I need with ease.
Salomon makes a great shoe, and the X Ultra 3 exemplifies their commitment to producing well-engineered footwear for hikers worldwide. The soles are beefy but lightweight and the shoe is extremely comfortable after the break-in period. Waterproof Version: X Ultra 3 GTX.
Minimalist Camera Clip
Peak Design Capture V3
For hikers who love photography, cell phone cameras simply won’t cut it. The aluminum alloy Capture V3 clip allows users to hike with their cameras and snap them securely onto their backpack strap or belt. For outdoor photographers, the Capture V3 a must-have piece of gear.
Chilly hiking trips should call for a reliable baselayer, and the Capilene zip-neck will keep you warm and well-ventilated in the backcountry. This eco-friendly top is made from 100% recycled materials, offers 50+ UPF sun protection, and breathes like a dream.
A warm pair of long underwear is a must for cold weather trips. The Capilenes are extremely popular in the hiking and backpacking community, and would be a fitting present for anyone looking to add a silky smooth layer of warmth to their 2020 gear list.
For some hikers, a 14-in-1 multitool is a bit overkill, for others it’s an essential part of their packing list. The Wingman is perfect for hiking bush crafters, hunters, and fishermen who need a reliable tool to stay prepared for any situation. Me? I’m good with my micro scissors.
Four-Season Hiking Gloves
Sealskinz Waterproof & Windproof
Warm gloves are a must for cold-weather hikers and backpackers, and the Sealskinz offer great protection as temperatures plunge. They’re 100% waterproof and windproof, and can be worn comfortably in rain, snow, and bitter cold climates.
Minimalist Hiking Sandals
Luna OSO Flaco
While thru-hiking in these sandals may be a little extreme, they’re great for day hiking, weekend backpacking trips, and minimalist travel adventures. They are zero drop, which means they will strengthen feet, improve alignment, and help prevent future injury.
Ultralight 58-Liter Backpack
Osprey Exos 58
For backpackers looking to ditch their heavy packs and enter the ultralight realm, the Exos 58 is a great place to start. Not only does it boast an impressive weight to volume ratio (42 oz to 58 liters), it’s one of the most comfortable and well-made backpacks on the market.
Do you know a four-season hiker who loves to tackle any type of terrain? Look no further than the Quest 4D 3 GTX boots. They’re burly, comfortable, durable, completely waterproof, and can tear up and down trails in any of the four seasons.
Powerful Group Cooking System
MSR Windburner Group
Those who want to cook backcountry feasts will need the right gear, and this powerhouse of a stove is up to the task. The 9,000 BTU Windburner Group Stove isn’t fazed by nasty weather or wind, and can prepare food for up to six people with a 4.5 liter pot add-on.
Lightweight Camping & Backpacking Chair
Helinox Chair Zero
I’m too much of an ultralight snob to bring my Chair Zero backpacking, but I sure wouldn’t blame anyone who did. (I use mine during van life.) That said, it’s comfortable, weighs next to nothing (18 ounces), and would take any hiker’s comfort in the backcountry to the next level.
Ultra-Warm Sleeping Pad
Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XTherm
Do you know a hardcore backpacker who wants to camp year-round, no matter how cold it gets? With a lofty r-value of 7.2, the heavily-insulated NeoAir XTherm is built for sleeping in the bitter cold and would be a welcome present for any hiker who likes to brave all four seasons.
Every backpacker needs a warm, lightweight puffy in their arsenal, and the Arc’terxy Cerium LT Hoody is as good as they get. Stuffed generously with 900-fill down, the Cerium LT packs down to the size of a Nalgene bottle and will keep hikers warm as temperatures dip below freezing.
Pro-Quality Snow Shoes
Much of the best mountain hiking is only accessible for a fraction of the year, unless you own a trusty set of snowshoes. The V-frame, spring loaded suspension Atlas Montanes are built to get hikers out on the trail, even when there’s snow and ice as far as the eye can see.
Extra-Warm Down Booties
Western Mountaineering Standard
For backpackers whose feet run cold, down booties can be the difference between freezing their toes off and a getting great night of sleep. They’ll make a cozy backpacking gift for finicky sleepers like me. (Note: These boots are made for sleeping, and shouldn’t be worn outside the tent.)
Lightweight 0-Degree Sleeping Bag
Hyke and Byke Eolus
The Eulos 0-degree bag will keep cold-weather hikers and backpackers warm as night temperatures plunge below freezing. Intelligently filled with water-resistant 800-fill down, the Eulos are a toasty gift idea for 2020’s four-season hikers who need warm and packable gear.
Joe Valesko, the owner of Zpacks, boasts that the Ventum Shell is one of the most useful pieces of clothing to have on your gear list, and I agree. Made from insanely light Ventum ripstop nylon, this 1.7 ounce shell stops chilly gusts of wind and traps your body heat in the process.
For backpackers and thru-hikers worldwide, the Revelation quilt is the gold standard of ultralight sleeping bags. Its hoodless and zipperless design sheds unnecessary ounces and allows users to tighten or loosen their bag to have full control over the temperature inside. The Hubba Hubba NX is one of the sturdiest and most compact four-season tents on the market, which is why you’ll see it frequently used on backpacking trails worldwide. It would be ideal for hikers who like to stay the night in windy, cold, and unforgiving conditions. For stat-obsessed hikers, the Garmin Instinct smartwatch is a must-have. Not only does it display your live step count, heart rate, and elevation, but it also tracks your hike via GPS and stores it for later access. I use mine to map and display my hikes and backpacking trips on this site. Exploring the backcountry can go sideways in a hurry, which makes the InReach Mini a must-have for hikers who explore lesser-traveled trails. With it, you can send messages through its Iridium satellite network, call search and rescue, and share your GPS location with the world. Smartphone photos of a jaw-dropping adventure never do the hike justice, but the OM-D E-M10 captures images that will. This is the camera I take along on my hiking and backpacking adventures to take professional quality photos for this website. My Lenses: Zoom | Portrait. Here’s a present for only the most extreme four-season hiking and backpacking junkies. The Inferno is the sleeping bag for those who crave the most cold and uninviting excursions available. Backpacking Alaska in the winter or tackling the Great Himilaya Trail? Look no further. For avid backpackers, there’s no such thing as having too many dehydrated meals at the ready. It’s just not possible. So, help your favorite hiking junkie stock up on trail food with this huge box of Mountain House meals, which has 44 meal pouches, or 14 days worth of calories. If you know someone who hikes with reckless abandon and beats up their gear, the Hero8 might be perfect for them. Weighing a ridiculous 4.4 ounces, this waterproof adventure camera films in full 4K Ultra HD, takes crisp photos, and is more or less indestructible. The Duplex is among the most widely owned tents by ultralight backpackers, and wins awards for its lightweight, packable prowess. The recognition is deserved too, as I can attest to from years spent camping in my trusty Triplex, a slightly roomier version of the Duplex. The Flight down pants were engineered for extreme conditions and would be a great gift idea for hikers who enjoy trudging through challenging climates. Stuffed with 850+ fill down and equipped with GORE Windstopper fabric, these pants were made to tackle the most bitter temperatures. Anyone hitting the trail with this cooler-pack is likely to make fellow hikers jealous. Why? Because inside awaits delicious and refreshing possibilities. The Backflip 24 will keep 20 12-ounce cans ice cold for days on end. It’s a beer-drinking, mountain crushing, day hiker’s delight. So, there you have it: my very best gift ideas for hikers and backpackers for the 2020 season and beyond. I hope my endless gear ramblings were useful and helped you find a unique present that can elevate your loved one’s hiking game. And if you’ve looked through this gift guide and still don’t know what the hell to buy, leave a comment below and tell me a little about who you’re buying for. I’ll do my very best to point you in the right direction. Until then, I’ll be out hiking trails, sleeping under the stars, and living out 2020 in search of a few priceless gifts of my own. What are some of your best hiking and backpacking gift ideas for 2020? What’s the most unique hiking gift you’ve ever received? Do you own anything on this list? Let me know by leaving some feedback in the comments below!
Best-in-Class Ultralight Sleeping Quilt
Enlightened Equipment Revelation 20-Degree
Weather-Proof Four-Season Tent
MSR Hubba Hubba NX
High-Tech GPS Watch
Life-Saving Personal Locator Beacon
Garmin InReach Mini
Lightweight & Compact Mirrorless Camera
Olympus OM-D E-M10
Extreme -20-Degree Sleeping Bag
The North Face Inferno
Two-Week Freeze Dried Food Kit
Mountain House 14-Day Emergency Supply
Rugged Weatherproof Action Camera
GoPro Hero8 Black
Award-Winning Ultralight Backpacking Tent
Ultra-Comfortable Down Pants
Western Mountaineering Flight
Uber-Efficient Cooler Backpack
Yeti Hopper Backflip 24
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For backpackers and thru-hikers worldwide, the Revelation quilt is the gold standard of ultralight sleeping bags. Its hoodless and zipperless design sheds unnecessary ounces and allows users to tighten or loosen their bag to have full control over the temperature inside.
The Hubba Hubba NX is one of the sturdiest and most compact four-season tents on the market, which is why you’ll see it frequently used on backpacking trails worldwide. It would be ideal for hikers who like to stay the night in windy, cold, and unforgiving conditions.
For stat-obsessed hikers, the Garmin Instinct smartwatch is a must-have. Not only does it display your live step count, heart rate, and elevation, but it also tracks your hike via GPS and stores it for later access. I use mine to map and display my hikes and backpacking trips on this site.
Exploring the backcountry can go sideways in a hurry, which makes the InReach Mini a must-have for hikers who explore lesser-traveled trails. With it, you can send messages through its Iridium satellite network, call search and rescue, and share your GPS location with the world.
Smartphone photos of a jaw-dropping adventure never do the hike justice, but the OM-D E-M10 captures images that will. This is the camera I take along on my hiking and backpacking adventures to take professional quality photos for this website. My Lenses: Zoom | Portrait.
Here’s a present for only the most extreme four-season hiking and backpacking junkies. The Inferno is the sleeping bag for those who crave the most cold and uninviting excursions available. Backpacking Alaska in the winter or tackling the Great Himilaya Trail? Look no further.
For avid backpackers, there’s no such thing as having too many dehydrated meals at the ready. It’s just not possible. So, help your favorite hiking junkie stock up on trail food with this huge box of Mountain House meals, which has 44 meal pouches, or 14 days worth of calories.
If you know someone who hikes with reckless abandon and beats up their gear, the Hero8 might be perfect for them. Weighing a ridiculous 4.4 ounces, this waterproof adventure camera films in full 4K Ultra HD, takes crisp photos, and is more or less indestructible.
The Duplex is among the most widely owned tents by ultralight backpackers, and wins awards for its lightweight, packable prowess. The recognition is deserved too, as I can attest to from years spent camping in my trusty Triplex, a slightly roomier version of the Duplex.
The Flight down pants were engineered for extreme conditions and would be a great gift idea for hikers who enjoy trudging through challenging climates. Stuffed with 850+ fill down and equipped with GORE Windstopper fabric, these pants were made to tackle the most bitter temperatures.
Anyone hitting the trail with this cooler-pack is likely to make fellow hikers jealous. Why? Because inside awaits delicious and refreshing possibilities. The Backflip 24 will keep 20 12-ounce cans ice cold for days on end. It’s a beer-drinking, mountain crushing, day hiker’s delight.
So, there you have it: my very best gift ideas for hikers and backpackers for the 2020 season and beyond. I hope my endless gear ramblings were useful and helped you find a unique present that can elevate your loved one’s hiking game.
And if you’ve looked through this gift guide and still don’t know what the hell to buy, leave a comment below and tell me a little about who you’re buying for. I’ll do my very best to point you in the right direction.
Until then, I’ll be out hiking trails, sleeping under the stars, and living out 2020 in search of a few priceless gifts of my own.
What are some of your best hiking and backpacking gift ideas for 2020? What’s the most unique hiking gift you’ve ever received? Do you own anything on this list? Let me know by leaving some feedback in the comments below!