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Need some Christmas gift inspiration? We round up some of the best gifts to buy for the trekker or mountaineer in your life… or to put on your own list!
Petzl Swift RL
The new SWIFT® RL gives 1100 lumens at a weight of only 100 g and is the ultimate multisport headlamp for outdoor activities. Using updated REACTIVE LIGHTING® technology which now includes movement tracking to tailor the light output for your activity, a sensor analyses the ambient light and automatically adjusts brightness to your needs depending on your activity. The headband is reflective and uses a split construction to give you excellent stability during dynamic and intense activities such as climbing, trail running, skiing or mountaineering. Intuitive to use with a single button that easily controls all functions including ON/OFF, lighting modes, brightness and locking, SWIFT® RL is also rechargeable via USB C.
More info: www.petzl.com
Berghaus has updated its popular Tephra family of down products. Lightweight and versatile, the Tephra Hooded, Tephra Stretch Reflect and Tephra Gilet are ideal for exploring the mountains and hills during the colder months. For winter 2023, the water resistant duck Hydrodown insulation has been enhanced to 700 fill power, with Berghaus’ own Reflect Technology providing even more warmth. Each garment has a water and wind resistant Pertex Quantum main face fabric, adding more protection from the elements. At £200, the Tephra 2.0 Hooded jacket sits at the top of the range. It features Responsible Down Standard certified Hydrodown in the main body and hood, combined with stretch side panels for great freedom of movement, excellent breathability when working hard, and to minimise bulk. The two zipped lower pockets are ideal for storing essentials and warming up hands. The women’s jacket weighs just 388g (size 10) and the men’s weighs 410g (large).
More info: www.berghaus.com
Jetboil’s lightest stove ever, the Stash™, is simple, reliable, and harnesses every ounce of Jetboil’s FluxRing technology to ensure maximum efficiency. The quick boil times make their unregulated stoves perfect for brewing coffee, or boiling water for pasta and dehydrated meals. At 200g, the 0.8L Stash is super lightweight and ideal for that extra-long adventure. By comparison, the Stash is 40% lighter than the 0.8L Jetboil Zip. The Stash conveniently folds down into its own cook pot. Once closed, the lid securely holds the titanium burner, fuel stabilizer and a 100g fuel canister within the 0.8L Cook Pot, with space to also store a mini-lighter. The pour handle allows for easy handling and can be folded over the pot to minimise storage space. Jetboil’s FluxRing technology ensures a rapid boil time, giving you boiling hot water in only 2.5 minutes.
More info: www.cotswoldoutdoor.com
Treating them to a new pair of boots this Christmas, or are your favourite hiking shoes in need of a festive treat themselves? Grangers’ all-in-one Footwear Care Kit keeps outdoor footwear clean and protected. Containing Footwear + Gear Cleaner and a Footwear Brush to easily spruce up your boots, Footwear Repel Plus, which offers durable protection for all uppers including suede and nubuck, and Odour Eliminator to remove those lingering odours – this easy-to-use kit, has everything you need to keep your footwear protected on every adventure! Not only that, this handy kit is eco-responsible too – containing bluesign® approved, PFC-Free and water-based solutions, ensuring they take care of the environment as well as your footwear.
More info: www.grangers.com
The Exped Camp Slippers are sturdy and lightweight – perfect for weary feet after a long day in hiking boots. Due to the low weight and small pack size, they fit in any backpack. The 4mm thick sole made of recycled 420-denier TPU material, is non-slip, durable and provides a barefoot-like walking experience as well as sufficient insulation from the ground. The soft footbed makes the Camp Slipper extremely comfortable and the quick drying recycled synthetic insulation not only keeps you warm, but also protects you from moisture. The outer material is also made of recycled material and is PFC-free. The Camp Slipper is available in Charcoal, Navy or Burgundy.
More info: www.expeduk.com
Mammut Barryvox S
The Barryvox® S is a high-end avalanche transceiver with animated search guide. It has a large receiving bandwidth and an effective search strip width of 70 metres. It offers users a large, simple interface and intuitive operation. The Smart Search function provides clear instructions thanks to a simple operating concept and quick, precise searching. The Barryvox® S includes the Rescue SEND function to protect non-searching rescuers. In the event of a secondary avalanche, the device automatically switches to SEND in order to locate buried rescuers. The Barryvox® S is also equipped with a Smart Search function, which interacts with the actions of searching rescuers.
More info: www.mammut.com/uk/en
Leatherman ARC Multi-Tool
Built with premium materials and features, the Leatherman ARC is the first-ever multi-tool to have a MagnaCut® steel blade with superior edge retention and durability. It also includes a bit driver and thanks to FREE technology, each feature opens smoothly and is 100% one-hand operable. With 20 tools, including premium wire cutters, pliers and screwdrivers, the ARC will be a handy gift for any Leatherman enthusiast to find under the tree this Christmas. A removable pocket clip, four-pocket nylon sheath and nine double-ended bits come with the tool, meaning the durable, practical Leatherman ARC sets the standard for now and the future for premium multi-tools. Want a gift that will last? The ARC is backed by Leatherman’s 25-year guarantee, so you can be confident your Leatherman will last for a lifetime of use.
More info: www.whitbyandco.co.uk
Compact enough to take on remote camping adventures, Rab Stratosphere Inflatable Pillow is lightweight, packable and features a two-way valve for easy inflation. Weighing in at only 95 grams, Stratosphere fits neatly into an elasticated stuff sack the size of a tennis ball, it’s the perfect gift for any outdoor sleeper. Designed to offer a perfect night’s sleep no matter where you set up camp, Rab Stratosphere Inflatable Pillow features a removable and washable soft fabric cover, which also helps to wick away moisture and 100% recycled Stratus™ insulation works to retain heat on colder nights. Its scalloped shape design supports the neck and shoulders, and the brushed lower fabric will prevent it from slipping during the night. Perfect for chilling and sleeping outdoors over the festive period and beyond.
More info: www.rab.equipment
The Lowe Alpine Nijmegen 6L Belt Pack makes the perfect present for both hikers and adventure bikers, who prefer a more compact alternative to a small backpack, but with no compromise on storage and hydration compatibility. This ventilated belt pack offers 6 litres of storage and twin water bottles to keep you fuelled and hydrated whether you’re on foot or two wheels. This lightweight belt pack has a pre-curved shape and is constructed around an open mesh Air Contour™ lumbar pad, designed to encourage airflow and reduce moisture build-up when you’re putting in miles. Featuring a range of easy-access compartments including a large zip opening, hip belt pockets and a rear zipped security pocket with key clip to safeguard your valuables, this handy pack will be a hit with outdoor friends and family this Christmas.
More info: www.rab.equipment
Sneaker midsoles can be a nightmare to keep clean and, once dirty, can ruin your look. Luckily Cherry Blossom have a handy kit to keep your midsoles looking box-fresh. Featuring a Midsole Brush, a bottle of Midsole Reviver and soft Midsole Cloth, your footwear will receive the treatment it deserves. In just three easy steps, your midsoles will be restored to their former glory. Firstly, brush off any dried, excess dirt, then work the cleaning gel into the midsole. Once clean, wipe away the gel leaving your sneakers fresh once more.
More info: www.cherryblossom.co.uk
The Montane Fury Fleece Half Zip Pull-On, available for men and women, is a midweight technical fleece built with THERMO STRETCH brushed back fleece fabric. This fleece has been designed with a clean aesthetic and provides essential insulation, as well as freedom of movement – the perfect partner for fast paced activities and mountain assaults. The Fury can be worn on its own or as a layering piece beneath a protective waterproof jacket. The warm fleece is perfect for a wide range of activities, from hiking and walking in the hills to climbing and fastpacking.
More info: www.montane.com
BioLite’s new, 2nd generation range of HeadLamps redefines the rechargeable landscape. The HeadLamp 800 Pro features 8 different lighting modes within a compact and streamlined profile. For maximum visibility, the 800 Pro utilises ChromaReal Technology for true colour rendering, boasts a 135m (Spotlight) and 15m (flood light) beam distance, and incorporates rear red lights for safety. The 800 Pro lasts for 150 hours on Low and 7 hours on High and includes an 8-hour Reserve Mode. Even better, Pass-Thru charging and an included Run-Forever Cable can extend battery life. The Pass-Thru charging has also been improved to circumvent the HeadLamp’s battery for better performance in cold temperatures. Designed for peak performance, their construction also delivers the best fit of any headlamp on the market. BioLite make the gear you need to power your outdoor trips: stoves, lights, solar panels, batteries – all built on renewable energy.
More info: www.gooutdoors.co.uk
The Mountain Equipment Particle Hooded Jacket for both men and women is a versatile hybrid insulation that can be used as a lightweight outer layer or a warm mid-layer for any cold weather activity. It is filled with 100% recycled POLARLOFT® Featherless insulation, providing the feel and warmth of down in a resilient layer that is perfect for big mountain days. The jacket features stretch fleece panels, which reduce bulk and ensure that you can move freely, no matter how technical the terrain.
More info: www.mountain-equipment.co.uk
The first PFA-FREE outdoor blanket made from 100% recycled materials, the Selk’bag Blanket is the perfect eco-conscious companion to keep you comfy and cosy anywhere you go. Versatile in use, the Selk’bag Blanket can be worn as a poncho or made in to a pillow, plus it has a built-in phone pocket. Three snap buttons on the front of the blanket allow you to wear it as a poncho, meaning you can be hands-free to set up your tent, toast marshmallows or even watch your favourite TV show at home on the sofa, all while staying warm. The blanket also can be stuffed into a pillow thanks to a built-in zippered pouch. One side is super soft and warm for when it’s cold, and the other side is slick and cool for when it’s hot outside. Give the gift of a Selk’bag Blanket this Christmas, a must-have for anyone who loves comfort and adventure.
More info: www.selkbag.co.uk
Glenmore Lodge Winter Courses
Winter in Scotland’s mountains can offer truly unique and memorable experiences. Give the gift of a Glenmore Lodge winter mountaineering course this Christmas, or let your loved ones know that it’s on your own list! It’s perfect for someone who loves the outdoors and is always looking for their next adventure. Not only is it a fantastic 2 or 5-day experience, but they’ll also leave the course with the skills and inspiration to be ready for future independent adventures. We’ve been helping individuals develop the skills and build the confidence to enjoy the mountains for 75 years. Based in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, there’s nowhere better in the UK to experience winter. We offer a wide range of courses throughout winter for all ability levels, delivered by experienced instructors who’ll tailor the course to meet the needs and goals of the group. Gift vouchers also available.
More info: www.glenmorelodge.org.uk
One of the very best gifts this Christmas for trekkers and mountaineers is a subscription to Trek & Mountain! Take out a 12-issue (2-year) gift subscription to Trek & Mountain and you – or the mountaineer in your life – will receive a Grivel Stealth helmet worth £90, a vital piece of technical equipment that’ll help keep you protected when climbing, mountaineering or on via ferrate. The Stealth is a versatile and lightweight helmet for all your technical mountain activities, offering excellent ventilation and an innovative, multi-faceted design. Its polycarbonate shell protects against penetration and the expanded polystyrene interior helps absorb impact. It offers all-round protection at both the top of the head and the sides, and also has four lamp holder clips. Stocks are limited, so sign up now at the websire below!
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