HikersRugged clothing and footwear is always on the mind of the outdoor enthusiast, from lightweight summer hiking pants, to the wool pants of the snowy season. Every outdoor enthusiast has a need for gear that holds up and performs well in the outdoors. Some favorites include clothing by Columbia Outdoors, which manufactures everything from lightweight fleece gear to heavy duty parka’s in styles to fit most outdoor lifestyles. North Face and Mountain Hardware make great adventure and mountaineering gear while Cabela’s and Whitewater Outdoors focus more on Hunting and Fishing Clothing.

Hiking boots are almost always on every outdoor enthusiasts wish list. Danner, Columbia, Montrail, Vasque, Merrell and other boot manufacturers make great lightweight waterproof hiking boots that will last.

Technology for the wilderness can be a lifesaver, in fact, GPS units from Magellan, Garmin and others can keep you found in the first place. Locator units also save lives in the back country, but make sure you do your research and find out what is appropriate for each application.

Don’t forget gifts to outfit the car or truck. Getting there is easier with bike, boat or equipment racks. Deep Tread mud mats help keep the carpet clean and add a nice touch. Mobile GPS units are great for navigating the highways as well as the back country when exploring new territory.

Tents are a great gift item; make sure to match the tent to the activity. An Alpine tent is great for climbers and back country hikers while a wall tent is great for bigger, less mobile, winter camps. Typical Coleman tents make great summer weight camping gear for many outdoor enthusiasts.

And speaking of camp gear, cooking kits, stoves and mess kits are all necessities that make for great gifts. Once again match the gear to the activity. Small gas stoves common for hiking and mountaineering won’t go far towards cooking for a large family in a campground.

Happy Shopping!