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Find the perfect gift for the trekker or mountaineer in your life with the Trek & Mountain Xmas Gift Guide!
Grangers Footwear Care Kit
What better gift this Christmas than a complete package that makes caring for all footwear types easy? Grangers Footwear Care Kit is an all-in-one kit designed to clean, care, protect, and ultimately prolong the life of all footwear. The Brush and Footwear + Gear Cleaner work together to effortlessly remove dirt and neutralise odours. Footwear Repel adds a water-repellent finish which maximises performance, and the free Leather Conditioner provides nourishment to your leather footwear. It’s safe to use on all uppers, including leather, suede, nubuck and fabric, and it protects all footwear without adversely affecting any of the technical features. An added bonus is that it’s perfect for restoring the water-repellent finish found on boots with breathable membranes, including Gore-Tex.
More info at: www.grangers.co.uk
Bridgedale Thermal Liner
£15.99 (for 2 pairs)
The perfect present for the adventurer in your life, Bridgedale’s Thermal Liner is ideal for cold weather expeditions in mountainous regions. Used in conjunction with Bridgedale’s WoolFusion Trekker socks, the durable, fast wicking Thermal Liner, made using Bridgedale’s Endurofil yarn, guarantees to keep feet warm, fresh and dry during multi-day expeditions or treks. RRP £15.99 for two pairs of Thermal Liner socks.
More info at: www.bridgedale.com
Klean Kanteen Classic
Klean don’t just make bottles, they create solutions for social change. Working hard to design durable, versatile, affordable products that replace mountains of single-use waste – and last a lifetime. Now, the bottle that launched Klean Kanteen over a decade ago is available in an insulated version. Klean Kanteen have combined their original, iconic, Classic bottle with high-performance, double-wall vacuum insulation to create their most versatile bottle ever. Featuring a leakproof loop cap, the Insulated Classic can be easily clipped to your pack with a carabiner for safe transport and easy access – ideal for Christmassy coffees or simply for a cold drink on a long hike. Available in 592ml, 946ml and 1,900ml capacity.
More info at: www.kleankanteen.com
Leatherman’s traditional functional tools – like pliers, saw, can and bottle opener, awl, a variety of hex and Leatherman bit drivers, and combo knife blade – pair with new preparedness features like a shaped diamond- coated sharpener for maintaining your straight and serrated blade, fire-starting ferro rod, and an emergency whistle. Stay ready for the expected (and unexpected) no matter where you are, with everything you need right on your belt. Like all Leatherman multi-tools, the Signal is covered by Leatherman’s legendary 25-year warranty.
More info at: www.leatherman.co.uk
Lowe Alpine Aeon 27
Lowe Alpine has just launched a set of revolutionary, multi-activity, technical daypacks. Designed for those people with a go anywhere, do anything attitude, you can take it hiking, climbing, running or mountain biking. Whatever your favourite way to move in the mountains, these packs will open you up to a world filled with infinite possibility. The Aeon range features a revolutionary new harness. Called ‘Flexion’, the design does away with the need for bulky padding and instead relies on micro-stretch in the material and construction. This allows the load in the pack to be equally distributed making the carry more comfortable and less bulky than a traditional harness design. The Aeon features an adjustable back system that manages to be both breathable and body-hugging, a durable TriShield coated fabric, and the Multi-Lock attachment system for fixing helmets, axes and poles to the pack. The range comes in eight sizes (four for men, four for women) and a selection of eye-popping colourways. Here we feature the Aeon 27 in Auburn. Available exclusively at five retailers now. Get one quickly before everybody else has one.
More info at: www.lowealpine.com
Perilla Alpaca Thermal Walking Socks
Treat your feet to gorgeous alpaca socks from online alpaca specialist Perilla. Thermal walking socks (shown here) are ideal for hiking, climbing and winter sports with their all round terry looped thickness. Alpaca fibre has higher insulating properties than any other wool fibre, repels odour and bacteria, and gently wicks away moisture so feet remain at a perfect temperature and fresh feeling. Alpaca socks can be worn for over a week before needing to be washed! Perilla produce seven ranges
of alpaca socks, including 90% baby alpaca bed socks in four sizes. The vast palette of colours includes natural undyed colours of pale grey, brown and charcoal; country colours of sedge green and mulberry; and vibrant tones of raspberry and purple. All socks can be beautifully gift boxed and make a most welcomed present for any age, any time.
More info: www.perilla.co.uk or call 01886 853 615
OS Maps Digital Subscription
Give the gift of adventure this Christmas with a 12-month OS Maps Digital Subscription. Accessible across all your devices, plan adventures and discover new places with the intricate detail of OS Explorer and OS Landranger mapping. Be inspired by more than half a million ready-made routes and record and share your very own to revisit again and inspire others. OS Maps now comes with stunning 3D and augmented reality, showing you more detail on what’s around you than ever before. The perfect gift for lovers of the outdoors!
More info at: os.uk/gift
Underneath the tough, rugged casing of the extreme charger lies a massive 12,000mAh lithium battery – providing a hefty amount of power for users when they need it most. Unlike most portable chargers, the extreme features both a 12V DC output suitable for charging bigger devices such as SLR cameras and tablets, a 5V 2A USB output for smaller devices such as smartphones and GPS systems, PLUS a bi-directional USB-C socket meaning you can charge the very latest devices utilising USB-C charging. The kit includes a 5 watt solar panel which outputs 5V 1A via USB and opens to 210 degrees – perfect for fitting to a back pack or tent. The solar panel features MPPT technology which gives optimum charging in low light conditions and will not stop charging should a cloud pass over the panels. Made from durable materials designed to withstand knocks and spills, the extreme is an essential item for your travel bag.
More info at: www.powertraveller.com
Satmap Active 20
Dare to explore! The all new Satmap Active 20 Sports GPS makes the ideal Christmas gift for serious outdoor adventures with its: unique flexibility with touchscreen and buttons; large, bright hi-res screen protected by Gorilla Glass for crystal clear mapping; rugged, long battery life; Wi-Fi/BT connectivity (HRM/SpCad); and a huge range of 475 optional maps for local and worldwide trips (including full OS 1:25k coverage). Using the outstanding Quadlock bike and vehicle mounting system, the Active 20 is ideal for trekking, mountaineering, MTB, bike touring and 4×4 where endurance, great mapping and easy-of-use are paramount.
More info at: www.satmap.com
Slope Angel is a durable, lightweight and compact device that helps assess the safety of the terrain when hikers, skiers, mountaineers and rescue teams venture into the mountains. Two of the vital factors in identifying avalanche terrain risk are slope angle and air temperature, so it’s important to properly understand the conditions. Slope Angel is a digital inclinometer and thermometer that easily and accurately measures slope gradients between 0-90 degrees and air temperatures in both Centigrade and Fahrenheit. Slope Angel comes with a lanyard to attach to your wrist or pack and detachable laminated avalanche safety advice cards. At £19 it’s a great Christmas gift for anyone who ventures into the mountains or skis on or off piste. #saferinthemountains.
More info at: www.slopeangel.com
WakaWaka Solar Panel and Solar Link
Ideal for keeping you powered up and in touch during those big trips, the WakaWaka Solar Panel and Solar Link is tough, practical and effective. The four super-efficient SunPower panels deliver 10W and can be directly connected to WakaWaka products like the Power 5 or Power 10 to transform them into solar charged power banks. The Solar Link has two USB ports to connect the panels to your smartphone or other essential devices, allowing them to charge simultaneously directly from the sun. The WakaWaka Solar Panel is made out of high impact resistant, recycled PC-ABS. This is a durable, lightweight power solution for when you’re in the great outdoors for days on end, whether trekking the Annapurna circuit, hiking across the Alps, or camping in the valley with your family.
More info at: www.waka-waka.com
Vango Photon Headtorch
Vango’s brand new Photon headtorch produces 150 lumens on full power and uses premium CREE LEDs to give a bright white light at any setting. It’s 1200mAh Li-Polymer battery pack can be charged via its USB cable for convenience both at home and on the move. A high quality Collimator lens provides long distance light projection whilst maintaining soft peripheral light for the best possible vision. In addition, the front- facing red LED helps to preserve night vision and is ideal for navigating in the dark while the flash/steady mode on the rear red LED is great for high visibility and safety in low light. Compact and versatile, Photon’s lamp and battery can be easily detached from the headband and clipped onto your helmet, clothes, rucksack harness or tent, providing an adaptable light-solution for all your outdoor needs. When you’re ready, just clip it back onto the headband and off you go!
More info at: www.vango.co.uk
Luci Outdoor 2.0
Outdoor 2.0 is the brightest and most versatile Luci light yet. Just add sun, Luci is completely solar powered, no batteries are required – ever. With more light settings it is remarkably bright and longer lasting than the previous generation of Luci Outdoor, giving up to 18 hours of light on seven hours of charge time. The adjustable bottom strap lets you attach Luci anywhere without needing an extra hook. Lightweight, waterproof and durable, it collapses down to just 1 inch, giving you plenty of room for all your camping, hiking, climbing, kayaking or do-anything gear. Luci Outdoor 2.0 will keep you out of the dark, no matter how far off the grid you go.
More info: www.Mpowerd.com
Lorpen Trekking & Expedition T3+
Look forward to unwrapping one of the most advanced and unique socks in the world this Christmas, with the Lorpen Trekking & Expedition T3+ sock. Created by Spanish sock manufacturer Lorpen, T3+ is three-layer sock construction, with two layers of Polartec Stretch fabric sandwiching a layer of PrimaLoft Footwear insulation. This is an exclusive use of these materials together in a product, putting the socks on the cutting edge of warmth technology. Each sock is anatomically engineered for both the left and right foot ensuring comfort and cushioning while guaranteeing an even spread of insulation. Designed with high-level mountaineering in mind, the Lorpen Trekking & Expedition sock is also appropriate for outdoor recreation at lower levels this winter, especially those involving periods of inactivity. Whatever the end use you can enjoy the knowledge that these socks will still be toasty 8000m above sea level.
More info: www.lorpen.co.uk
Rab Valiance Jacket
Rab’s Valiance Jacket is the ultimate warm and waterproof down jacket. Ice-blasted, rain-lashed and weather-beaten… however wild the weather gets this winter the Valiance will provide welcome shelter from the storm. Filled with the highest quality 800 fill power, RDS certified, hydrophobic down; this jacket has synthetic insulation in both the hood and cuffs making it perfect for the cold and changeable weather we are all familiar with. Combine this with a durable, waterproof Pertex outer and full mountain features, and the Valiance will quickly jump to the top of your Christmas wish list. Available in men’s and women’s styles.
More info at: www.rab.equipment
Wynnchester Patrol Pack
£150 (unwaxed)/£190 (hand-waxed)
The original Norwegian Army patrol pack has been described as the most beautiful daypack ever made. After many years restoring these vintage military packs in their workshops, the design was a natural choice for Wynnchester’s line of new-made bags. The modern version of the 18L Patrol Pack remains true to the original and is constructed from military-spec canvas and 100% cowhide top grade leather. A perfect daypack size, whether out in nature or in the urban environment, each bag in the limited edition run is individually numbered and available in a choice of a fully waterproof, modern dry finish or a traditional hand-waxed finish using Wynnchester’s own all-natural wax formula. Trek & Mountain readers are entitled to a 10% discount on the normal price of the Patrol Pack when ordering online – just use the code TREK10 at the check-out.
More info at: www.wynnchester.com