Eat. Sleep. Adventure. Regardless of the season or weather, there’s always a new summit for this type of explorer. Someone on a mission to go farther, faster, longer. It’s a lifestyle. One that requires rugged, lightweight gear. Here at Garage Grown Gear, we put together a list of the most worthy holiday gifts for the person in your life who gets after it.
1. Supai Adventure Gear lightweight packraft and paddle
To start, the Supai Adventure Gear Canyon Flatwater 2 Lightweight Packraft rolls up to the size of a water bottle—so explorers can pack it in and ride it out. Voila! It also weighs less than 2 pounds, making it one of the lightest packrafts on the market. Furthermore, the hose valve system allows the paddler to inflate the boat while in it. To steer the boat (which is designed for flat water) there is the Olo Lightweight Paddle: full-length yet only 12 ounces, it’s the lightest paddle on the market.
2. Dry Ice Tools by Furnace Industries
Just because the water isn't frozen doesn’t mean you can’t be train. These gym-safe indoor climbing tools help ice climbers strengthen and prep. Enough said. Dry Ice Tools is the perfect gift for an ice climber.
3. Elite QTR by Northern Lites Snowshoes
Quick, tighten, release; the QTR binding system on Northern Lites Elite snowshoes is just one element that makes them ideal for winter adventures. For mountaineering and backpacking, this full-sized, 25-inch snowshoe is the lightest on the market. Check out the women’s design too.
The GoGirl funnel is designed to help women pee when they can’t, or just shouldn’t, sit. Beyond mountaineering and water activities like rafting and kayaking, there are tons of functional, everyday purposes to use the funnel. Now, law safety personal don’t need to remove their gun belt and fire fighters can keep from removing articles, too. Not to mention porter potties at festivals or gas station stops. While it’s not in our store, we thought it should be included in our list.
5. Hand-Branded Leather Gloves by Give'r
Throughout each season, day and adventure, these hardy Give'r gloves are the ideal protection for giving an extra hand. From working in the garden to shoveling and backcountry skiing, or belaying below a big rock face, these lined gloves are dubbed “The Glove of 100 Uses”—and easily are just that. Plus, each pair is water-sealed (with Sno-seal waterproofing natural wax) and hand-branded with custom initials, so there’s no way they’ll disappear in your best bud’s laundry room or garage.
6. Muddy Munchkins Boots by MyMayu
Little ones get after it too — with MyMayu's Muddy Munchkins durable, lightweight, streamlined boots on their feet, they’re freer to hop into and over puddles, skip through the mud and play in the rain. Born out of necessity, the design is water-resistant and collapsible (so you can fold them up for easy storage or transportation), with a flexible sole. The upper goes all the way up to the knee and cinches down to keep water out—but they’re quick drying, just in case.
7. Summit Pack by Hyperlite Mountain Gear
This no-frills multi-use pack is perfect for walking or biking around town but is designed with the durability to summit a 14er or a bigwall in a day. The 30-liter Hyperlite Mountain Gear Summit Pack is 12.7 ounces, has a recommended carrying capacity of 5 to 20 pounds, and is made with waterproof Cuben/50d Poly hybrid fabric—meaning it’s the top water resistant non-dry bag that’s on the market. To help bolster your load, there’s a minimalist hip-belt strap, too.
8.Antero II Jacket by Freeride Systems
This hooded jacket has its skier, hiker, and commuter covered from cool autumn days all the way to icy conditions. Guaranteed waterproof and breathable, the design is also windproof, fully seam taped, and outfited with dependable two-way front YKK zippers. Depending on the humidity levels and given activity level, the Freeride Systems Antero II can be worn in the throes of negative 7 degrees (with the proper layers beneath it), and up to the 50-degree plateau without extra layers. And, of course, there are pit zips for that extra ventilation.
9. Washakie Pant by Roscoe Outdoor
Abrasion worthy yet lounge comfy, the Roscoe men's Washakie pant is designed for climbers but awesome for everyday life. Made of nylon, the hems easily roll up, revealing reflectors for night-time safety. There’s a built-in belt, and the crotch is gusseted for stemming and flexy reaches across the face. These pants get after it, and help you relax afterwards. Don’t miss the ladies’ version too.
10. ROO camping hammock made by Kammok
Even though folks that get after need to sleep. Kammok designed a camping hammock that’s lightweight and quickly hangs up—it’s not available in our store, but we we love it enough to still include it in our list. Created with a kangaroo in mind, the sack is secure, made with the brand’s proprietary durable diamond ripstop fabric, and it's also spacious — there’s enough room for two.