Filed under:News, Product News, Alpine Ski Resorts Map Print, Christmas gift guide, Darn Tough Trail Legs, Fjällräven Canada Shirt, gift ideas for outdoors, GP Batteries XPLOR PHR15, Grangers Down Wash Kit, Grivel Stealth HS, Hanwag Tatra II GTX, Leatherman Wingman Multi-Tool, Montane Halogen 25, Mountain Equipment Tupilak 37+, Osprey Mutant 22, PowerTraveller Sport 25 Solar Kit, Princeton Tec SNAP LED Headtorch, Rab Microlight Alpine Jacket, Satmap Active 20 GB Edition
Welcome to the famous Trek & Mountain Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide, in which we choose some of the best outdoor products to put under the tree for the trekker or mountaineer in your life…
Leatherman Wingman Multi-Tool
The Leatherman Wingman is just that: your go-to tool for projects around the house, on the job or at the campsite. A great, lightweight, pocket-sized, stainless steel tool; the Wingman features an outside-accessible, one-hand opening blade and spring-action jaws. If that’s not enough, it comes with Leatherman’s legendary 25-year warranty. Wingman’s range of tools include pliers, wire cutters, wire strippers, combo knife, scissors, can opener, ruler, bottle opener, wood/metal file and three types of screwdriver. In fact, if it’s not on the Wingman you probably don’t need it!
More info: www.leatherman.co.uk
PowerTraveller Sport 25 Solar Kit
The Sport 25 Solar Kit brings two of PowerTraveller’s chargers together in one pack – the Sport 25 power pack and the Falcon 7 foldable solar panel. The Sport 25 battery is a lightweight yet rugged 6700mAh power pack that can charge virtually any 5V electronic device including tablets, smartphones, GoPros, GPS and more. Rated IP67 which means it is fully protected from dust ingress and can be submerged in 1 metre of water for up to 30 minutes, the waterproof Sport 25 power pack houses a 150 lumen torch that also has an SOS mode making it perfect for any situation. The Falcon 7 is an ultra-lightweight, foldable solar panel capable of charging most 5V electronic devices with the power of the sun. Featuring high-efficiency monocrystalline cells from SunPower – which produce 25-35% more power compared to conventional cells – this compact solar charger is IPX4 rated which means it can withstand splashes of water from any direction for up to 5 minutes and is made from rugged, high-wear fabric. It also has incorporated metal eyelets to allow the panel to be attached via the included carabiners to backpacks, tents, bike panniers and more for easy charging.
More info: www.powertraveller.com
Alpine Ski Resorts Map Print
Heading to the Alps this Christmas for a skiing holiday? Whether you’re a beginner or looking to step up a gear off-piste, you’ll love the stunning new Alpine Ski Resorts Map Print from Maps International. When it’s time to hit the slopes, this stunning scratch print makes a fun inspired gift and a real talking point. It details a list of 112 of the best ski resorts in the Alps. With colour coordinated runs and grades that shows what each resort offers, there’s something for everyone no matter your skiing skills. When you’ve progressed through the grades at one resort, move on to the next one, and ski through the grades until you’re invincible! Maps International has an exclusive offer for Trek & Mountain readers. Take 5% off the price of this map with the code SKIMAP10 before December 20th, 2018, to receive this great stocking filler!
More info: www.mapsinternational.co.uk
Princeton Tec SNAP LED Headtorch
Multi-talented, hard-working and adventurous: just like you! The SNAP is a one-stop tool for any of your lighting needs: headlamp, flashlight, bike light, safety flasher, lantern and magnetic area light. The SNAP starts as a straightforward headlamp with additional focus on modular, adaptable design. SNAP’s head unit is removable from the headlamp bracket for handheld operation and use with the included accessories, snapping into place with a strong magnet. The SNAP is simple to use: a large, easy to find button on the head unit turns the versatile spot beam on, dims it and switches over to flash mode. Whether you’re out and about in the great outdoors or in your backyard, taking care of business in the garage or in the field, or maintaining tools or toys, the SNAP is ready to shine.
More info: www.whitbyandco.co.uk/princeton-tec
Mountain Equipment Tupilak 37+
Rewarding the minimalist focussed alpinist is the Tupilak range, arguably Mountain Equipment’s finest all-round packs. This durable, highly weather-resistant yet lightweight climbing and mountaineering pack is perfect for summer alpine and winter climbing on the steepest lines. Whether you want the smallest pack for accessible ice-fall climbing or multi-pitch rock, the most versatile for lightweight summer alpine ventures or the largest for winter alpinism and remote multi-day objectives, the Tupilak pack has been optimised to carry all the essentials and carry them well. Every one of ME’s packs are marginally wider at the base and at the top, improving stability and making stuffing in gear easy. Also available in 30+ (£180) and 45+ (£220) litre versions.
More info: www.mountain-equipment.co.uk
Satmap Active 20 GB Edition
Dare to Explore! The award-winning 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: www.satmap.com
Rab Microlight Alpine Jacket
The Microlight Alpine Jacket is the lightweight down jacket you can take anywhere, designed for use in situations where warmth, weight and packability are prime concerns. Constructed with Pertex Quantum outer fabric, the Microlight Alpine is windproof and breathable, using 750-fillpower, ethically-sourced hydrophobic down to provide exceptional warmth without compromising on weight. Features include an adjustable hood with laminated brim and flexible polymer peak, diverted hood baffle lines for an anatomical fit, and clean finish elasticated cuff construction. Two harness-compatible hand pockets and a chest pocket provide easy access to storage. Highly compressible, the Microlight Alpine Jacket comes with a stuff sack which can be clipped to a harness or backpack. Inspired by decades of experience in the mountains, the Microlight Alpine is refined, resilient, and iconic: perfect for any adventure.
More info: www.rab.equipment
GP Batteries XPLOR PHR15
GP’s new XPLOR headlamps are ideal for when you need to be hands-free in low light conditions, including camping, walking and climbing. The rechargeable XPLOR PHR15 300 lumen offers different beam ranges and key features include; reflective head strap for added visibility in low light conditions, motion sensor brightness mode, built-in distance sensor with auto dimming, red LED SOS, safety lock, up to 69 hours run time and IPX6 water resistance rating; meaning it can withstand the worst weather conditions. The headlamp body can tilt up to 60-degrees, allowing you to adjust the beam angle as needed, while the casing and hand washable reflective head stripe provides you extra safety and comfort. The rechargeable PHR15 comes with GP’s ReCyko+ rechargeable batteries, which can be recharged via a micro USB port built into the headtorch, so once the rechargeable battery reaches its end of life you can easily replace it without having to replace your headtorch!
More info: www.gpbatteries.co.uk
Osprey Mutant 22
The fifth generation of Mutant is a reliable, intelligently-featured climbing pack for year-round ascents. When making cold-weather climbs, you’ll appreciate the snow-shedding fabric backpanel, side ski carry loops and dual ToolLock system which allows quick and secure ice axe attachment. When carrying a harness, the hipbelt can be reverse wrapped, or removed if preferred. The main entry to the Mutant 22 is through a reverse opening top zipper, which means you can load your pack like a bucket designed to swallow your gear. You’ll find the top compression strap under the lid, which can be threaded outwards to double as a rope-stay. Under the top lid there’s a mesh pocket for your essentials and keys. Whether you’re rock climbing in the summer or ice climbing in the winter, Mutant 22 is your perfect partner in climb.
More info: www.ospreyeurope.com
Darn Tough Trail Legs
Darn Tough’s new Trail Legs socks are the perfect Christmas gift for walkers. They have a graduated compression from 10-16mmHg to help speed your recovery from even the most intense activities and have been designed specifically for hikers and trekkers. Knit with 54% Merino Wool, 42% Nylon and 4% Lycra Spandex, the sock sits over-the-calf and offers a mid-level cushion density under the foot, delivering long-lasting comfort. Darn Tough incorporates four decades of sock making know-how into every pair of socks. Their socks integrate seamlessly with your choice of footwear for an almost invisible feeling. No slipping, no blisters and no hot spots. They also offer an unconditional lifetime guarantee on all of their socks.
More info: www.darntough.com
Grivel Stealth HS
The Stealth HS (see our review on page 88 of this issue) is the hard-shell version of Grivel’s innovative Stealth helmet, for those who favour durability over pure lightness. Light and hyper-ventilated, the Stealth HS has a polycarbonate shell which is co-moulded on a layer of expanded injected foam that absorbs the impact, with an unbelievable weight of only 190 grams! The design provides the best airflow ever made, and comes in one size (54-62) which can be regulated to fit once the helmet is on. The adjustment system tucks into the helmet for compact storage in your pack or haul bag. The Stealth HS has no metal parts, which could dangerous in case of an impact. The Stealth’s multifaceted design increases the rigidity of the shell and allows thinner thickness, with the inner EPS shell providing absorption, and the outer hard ABS shell protecting the head and nape.
More info: www.grivelgb.co.uk
Fjällräven Canada Shirt
Perfect for relaxing evenings by the fire after a long day on the hills, the Canada Shirt is made from a soft, wool blend which combines the exceptional warming properties of fine wool with the strength and durability of synthetic fibres. This Fjällräven classic has been in the range since 1976 and is perfect for winter outings over the Christmas break. The shirt is enhanced with G-1000 details on the pockets and inner collar and its versatile design means it can be worn as both an insulation jacket or a heavier shirt when layering up for ultra-cold temperatures.
More info: www.fjallraven.com
Grangers Down Wash Kit
This kit combines Grangers’ Down Wash with three handy dryer balls, making cleaning down so much easier. Taking care of your expensive down jackets is important; if you don’t keep it clean, then it won’t perform as well, and this is why Grangers invented their Down Wash kit, to take away the fear of washing down! The kit includes Down Wash – a powerful, yet gentle, cleaner specifically formulated to clean all your down and synthetic down-filled articles without damaging or inhibiting insulation or hydrophobic properties – and three dryer balls, which are reusable and perfect for preventing clumping and ensuring that down articles restore their loft. In the past, people have always used tennis balls, but these can actually crush down. Grangers recommend these dryer balls as they gently restore loft, meaning your down will be back to maximum performance in no time.
More info: www.grangers.co.uk
Hanwag Tatra II GTX
Hanwag’s bestselling Tatra boot was upgraded in 2018 so there’s no better time to spoil your loved ones with a new pair of boots. Manufactured in Europe using a premium cemented construction that means they can be easily resoled when the time comes, the popular Tatra II GTX’s light yet robust design pairs a nubuck leather upper with a Gore-Tex lining to keep feet dry and comfortable. Underfoot you’ll find an aggressive, Vibram AW Integral sole unit which is exclusive to Hanwag and has been designed specifically for maximum grip and stability. The Tatra II GTX is available in a whole range of fit options including Wide, Narrow and even Bunion fit, so you can be sure to find the right pair to put under the Christmas tree.
More info: www.hanwag.com
Montane Halogen 25
The Halogen 25 is the go-to, multi-activity, all season, technical mountain daypack. Designed to perform on a harsh Scottish winter’s day, the tough but light RAPTOR Geo fabric will resist rock, snow and ice whilst the Montane ‘Tool Anchor’ system allows fast and secure axe attachment. Equally on summer Alpine trails the shell friendly ZephyrFX back system offers fantastic ventilation and airflow to keep you cool whilst remaining close to your back for superior load carry support and comfort. Multiple storage options including the innovative side Montane ‘Baguette pocket’.
More info: www.montane.co.uk
Trek & Mountain subscription
What better gift to buy the trekker or mountaineer in your life than a subscription to their favourite magazine? With this special offer, you not only get 12 issues (two years) of Trek & Mountain, but also a superb Exped Summit Lite 25 backpack worth £44 as part of the package. The Summit Lite 25 is an ultralight summit or day touring pack. Very lightweight yet tough triple rip-stop nylon makes this featherlight single compartment daypack extremely versatile. It holds enough gear for summit days, but is light enough that it won’t slow you down. It stows in its lid pocket when not in use and fits in any pack or travel bag. Use it for everything from multi-pitch climbs to cycling or paddling. The zippered top flap provides easy access and the stretch side pocket holds a water bottle or other items that need to be at hand.
More info: www.trekandmountain.com/subs