The gift giving season is upon us and I’m here to throw out some gift ideas for those that will be playing in the cold. You can expect merino wool products to be included.
I tend to review all products that I have used and these gifts are no exception; although I have not tried the Mayfair Jacket from Icebreaker as of yet. The Mayfair looks like the ultimate winter coat for occasions that call for more than your go-to softshell.
Speaking of go-to pieces, if I was to recommend one merino wool product to invest in for versatility and comfort look no further than the Ibex Full Zip Classic. I have never had a better mid layer then the Shak and my existing Shak has lasted 6 years with no sign of wearing down. Okay so the cuffs are worn a bit after years of abuse from cold weather rides, endless days on the slopes, to nights out on the town. The range of temperature that merino wool can be worn is truly amazing and a far cry from Grandpa’s itchy scarf. You will see the full zip Shak’s newest relative…the Hooded Shak (pictured below). I would also highly recommend investing in a pair of mid weight merino bottoms, Ibex Woolies, as an essential for aerobic Winter activities.
Practical gifts that last a lifetime are also high on my list of gifts to give. I bought a pair of Sorel’s for my Dad many years ago and it’s crazy to say but these boots will outlive you. I happen to be a big fan of the “Caribou” but I recently came across a pair of Sorel’s with the old school cool factor….1964 Premium T CVS. However, the bottoms do look like they could be a little slick as opposed to the lugs on the bottom of the Caribou. Sorel also makes a Women’s 1964 Premium that is one good looking winter boot.
For those days when the sidewalks become hardpack and icy, reach for pair of YakTrak to instill confidence on slick surfaces.
For the active person who goes on regular longer excursions through the woods this winter, a Steripen is a great product for those days when weight matters and you don’t want to carry too much water. The Steripen works as advertised and can be recommended for international travel, backpacking, or wherever your adventure may take you.
The GSI Halulite Ketalist is perfect for those cooking a lot of dehydrated meals on the trail and is a great gift for a backpacker who spends a lot of time logging miles in the woods.
Not sure if anyone else has noticed, but the resurgence of hoods has been a welcome sight over the last couple of years. Cloudveil has rolled out new colors for their Hooded Enclosure Jacket which is a great jacket that will compress and easily stash away in your boot bag. They use Primaloft fill as opposed to down which is great for those days it might get wet but still keep you warm. I’m a big fan of Primaloft, as it makes for better layering if you need to throw a storm shell over it on the really nasty days on the mountain.
These are just a few ideas to get the brain focused on Holiday gift giving! Please feel free to comment or provide other suggestions.
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