Holiday Gear Guide: Gifts 100 and Under

Holiday Gear Guide: Gifts 100 and Under

This is a VIP pass to the wildest, most rugged and jaw-droppingly beautiful lands in the nation (and, some would argue, the world) from the red rock hoodoos of Bryce Canyon to the lush Hoh Rain Forest of Olympic and the Technicolor shallows of Yellowstone’s Grand Prismatic Spring. Give it to someone close: It covers admission for a carload of people.

Warm up your next backcountry trip with a few pulls of your favorite spirit from this tough, stainless steel classic by Stanley. Its wide-mouth opening is easy-fill (and, yes, easy-empty), and a slim profile is perfect for stashing in an outer backpack or jacket pocket.

Need an excuse to get close? (S)he won’t be able to resist jumping into the Rolls-Royce of camping hammocks when you string the DoubleNest between the trees. And since it compresses into a bag the size of a softball, go ahead and pack it along any time you think that special someone might show.

This beast of a headlamp presents hikers with a real challenge: Try not to blind your hiking partners with its 200-lumen daylight-bright beam. To help, there are other modes, such as night-vision-preserving red and the more diffuse, I’m-not-blinding-you proximity and, finally, save-my-ass strobe. And should your friends go vigilante, fear not—the Icon is rugged enough to take a ding and waterproof, to boot.

Energy bars are a backcountry staple, and now Element Bars lets you customize your fuel. Choose your core, fruits, nuts, sweets and boosts on the interactive website to create your ideal mix. As you go, it tracks the nutrition—or lack thereof. To make sure your bar taste great, the virtual “bar tender” alerts you if it thinks a combination needs adjustment (maybe that banana mint popcorn bar won't be so tasty, after all).


Once merely a scratchy, scraggly chin-warmer, a dab of this spicy, woodsy, all-natural scent conditions his beard, giving it a sexy, irresistible lumberjack smell and feel.

True gym-to-wherever wear, these capris are perfect for any active stylista. With a thick waistband that will hide any extra winter pudge and an adjustable calf, she’ll never want to take them off.

Based on a Grylls family heirloom, this throwback knife—armed with a single blade, corkscrew, screwdrivers, bottle opener and file—demonstrates the simple, timeless utility of a good knife.

For athletes who can’t afford daily professional rub-downs (read: most of them), the foam roller offers many of the same benefits of massage without recurring fees. This hollow model is lightweight, making it great for travel, plus it’s also firmer than a basic foam roller, so it will hold up over the long run (pun intended).

This comfy, two-legged camp chair is more stable than it looks (hint: the other two legs are attached to the sitter). Its innovative, space- and weight-saving design makes it as fitting for a backcountry trip as it is for a picnic at a local park.

Classic flannel styling meets technical, quick-dry and wicking performance in a single, hip-looking package. Lumberjack it up with axe and flask.

For that freak in the family who runs all winter long, get the first footwear traction device designed specifically for runners. With removable spikes placed at key strike points and steel coils over the heel for additional traction on the end strike, they’ll pound packed snow and ice like it’s pavement.

This unique design from Aussie bike accessory maker Knog sports 13mm rubberized steel that withstood hacksaw and bolt cutter attacks in an independent test by Men’s Journal. Fairly lightweight for the protection it offers, at only three pounds the Strongman is easy to carry and sports pick-proof double deadbolts. The only drawback? It’s going to be tricky to secure frame and wheel, unless you find a lonely post.

It’s all in the name here. This super-rugged Apple-centric smartphone and tablet case really is life-proof—or at least dirt-proof, snow-proof, shockproof and, yes, waterproof. While managing all of that, it still looks good, maintaining a sleeker profile than its chunky competition. Surf, ski, mountain bike, climb, snorkel—take your iPhone on any adventure, worry-free.

This no-brain cook system is as practical as it is attractive. Two pots, two plates, two insulated mugs and a pot handle all nest together into one easy-to-pack trail kitchen.

No tying required. This reclaimed-wood tie is perfect for dressing up his favorite flannel. Bonus: It pairs perfectly with a pair of hiking boots.

Over the past seven years, Sender Films has become the gold standard in extreme climbing films, thanks in large part to its Reel Rock film festival. This collection is a highlight reel of the past three years in superhuman ascents—Sasha on Pure Imagination, Honnold triple-soloing Yosemite and Ueli literally running up the Alps’ wildest faces. It’s inspiration in a box.


Practical camp lighting takes a flight of fancy with this 100-lumen lantern. Its unique candle mode—the light gently flickers in response to sound and wind—allows for safe, flame-free mood lighting in the tent.

Multipurpose pedals are a great gift for the cyclist who uses his bike for commuting and long weekend rides. With one side for street shoes and the other an SPD, the pedals allow you to use both cycling and regular shoes without adjustment. Find them cheapest ($41) at Nashbar. For a more high-tech, lighter-weight version, upgrade to the Shimano PD-A530.