Written your list? Checked it twice? If you have an adventurer in your life it may be worth adding something from our selection of top outdoor gear. We've asked our in-house experts for suggestions and put together the ultimate Christmas gift list for the outdoorsman or woman.
Petzl have brought their A-Game with their latest headtorch. The Swift RL crams a ridiculous 900 lumens into 100 grams of torch: a brightness-to-weight ratio that delivers industrial levels of illumination in a trail-ready design. With Petzl's patented Reactive Lighting Technology, none of that light goes to waste (or blinds your running mates). Read our review here.
If you have a big trip planned for the new year then be sure to factor in the Base Camp Duffel. This stalwart of The North Face's expedition kit is made from super-tough materials, enough to withstand even the most challenging of trips by land, sea or air. The range is huge, with enough variety of colours and sizes to cater to any adventure you can think of.
The granddaddy of the Swiss Army range comes with a massive array of 33 tools. Broken electricals? The wire-cutters, strippers and screwdrivers are ready to solve the problem. Caught a fish for your dinner? Opt for the fish scaler or hook remover. With all the standard tools present and correct as well, it's hard to think of a situation when this wouldn't be useful.
The latest offering from the navigation experts is possibly the best multi-sport smartwatch on the market. If you have a runner in your life, treat them? A climber? Treat them? A swimmer? Cyclist? Skier? You get the picture. The Fēnix 6 Pro features full-colour topographical maps and Garmin's new, innovative PacePro tech to keep your stats and navigation accurate across all kinds of terrain. For a deeper dive into the technology click here.
Looking for a quality daypack that's a little outside the mainstream? Kathmandu are the hiking-world's best kept secret, and their Transfer Pack is just offbeat enough to stand out. From the distinctive shape to the innovative cabin pod, designed for in-flight essentials, the Transfer is an adventure pack for the modern world traveller. It's made from 22 recycled plastic bottles and made compatible with solar technology to reduce your carbon footprint worldwide.
The outdoors is just better with a brew, that's fact! Stanley Classic Vacuum bottles are hard as nails and stylishly designed, using matte stainless steel to create a double wall vacuum. It will keep the contents cold or hot for up to 24 hours, enough for a full day's hiking or an overnight camp. Select a capacity from 0.5 up to 1.4 litre or choose the travel mug for short commutes.
If you're gift hunting for a runner look no further than the Duro. Osprey's new 6-litre hydration pack is SUPER light but crazy tough. It comes equipped with a pair of 500ml soft flasks and enough storage to get runners through a mammoth ultra. If you are looking for something even more streamlined, the Duro also comes in a 1.5-litre pack that fits like a tailored waistcoat.
Body warming not global warming. The North Face have revolutionised the insulation industry with Thermoball™ Eco. This synthetic layer is created using 100% recycled materials – roughly equivalent to 3.6 million plastic bottles turned into jackets rather than landfill or ocean-clogging detritus. Aside from the eco-benefits, the jacket itself is sleek, stylish and offers an equivalent of 600-fill of traditional down. This is one for the people who love the world and want to protect it.
This is the openface helmet that he's been looking for. The M.O.R.E technology extends protection across every key area, covering the ear, jaw and rear head. EPS lining spreads any impact across the biggest possible surface, making spills and crashes a safer proposition. It's fully ventilated and comes in a range of subtle, cool colours. The Boxing Day ride won't come soon enough.
Ever seen an unhappy seal? Didn't think so. Spread a little of that joy with the Highland Gloves. In traditional Sealskinz style they are completely waterproof with the addition of Climashield insulation and increased grip. They are a glove for all seasons, a hug for the hands, and a gift that says "I really care about you not getting chilblains". And is there anything more loving than that?
Hike a little differently in 2020. Free Hiker is adidas Terrex's shoe revolution, blending sneaker style with rugged off-road technology. Now they have GORE-TEX® onboard, for the ultimate breathable, waterproof protection. This is as cool and cutting edge as hiking footwear gets and, trust us, these will go down a treat under the tree.
Biolite are bringing camping kicking and screaming into the 21st century with their range of innovative, eco-conscious power solutions. The FirePit is their magnum opus. Burn wood or natural fuels and turn them into stored power whilst warming the camp or grilling food. It's got a micro-USB connection and a smartphone app that lets you control the flame intensity. It's the campfire of the future and the perfect gift for the modern outdoors enthusiast. Read more about Biolite here.
We ho ho hope you found that perfect gift to turn this Christmas into one to remember. All the best from everyone here at Blacks Outdoor.