It's a gals' gear renaissance. Never have women had so many options in technical, stylish gear that actually functions as well as it looks. We have suggestions covering everything from insulation to city boots and everything between. Guys reading this - you're going to win the holidays.

Giesswein Bigelow Lodge Shoe

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High Sierra Funston Hybrid Jacket

Get the best of both worlds with the High Sierra Women’s Funston Hybrid Jacket. Ideal for fall or warmer winter days, the Funston Hybrid hugs the body closely and features soft sweater fleece sleeves and insulated water repellent core. Thumbhole cuffs prevent sleeves from riding up and the extended collar keeps the neck warm making it ideal for running on cooler days. A stylish jacket that won’t break the bank, the Funston Hybrid comes in three colors (Ash/Lagoon, Deep Purple/Chartreuse, and Sea/Chartreuse) and retails for $95.

Get it from Cabelas

Timbuk2 Pip

The minimalist Timbuk2 Pip Crossbody will be an instant favorite for active women who don’t carry handbags, and offers a solution to overflowing cargo pockets. Despite its diminutive size, the Pip Crossbody offers plenty of storage, with four deep pockets (two exterior, two interior) that can easily accommodate all the essentials.  Available in six eye-popping colors, it's perfect stocking stuffer.  MSRP $49

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Sierra Designs Elite DriDown Hoody

Sierra Designs Elite DriDown Hoody is full of 850-fill, water-resistant DriDown.  That is good.  It's also has a thin polyurethane coating on the inside of the fabric, which keeps the down in and the water out.  Also good.  The whole thing weighs about half a pound.  Now we're in whoa territory.  The hood converts into a high collar for extra warmth.  It's a spectacular, ultralight down puff.  MSRP $249

Grab it from Backcountry.com with some colors and sizes on sale.

Phunkshun Infinity Scarf

Phunkshun makes all of their products from recycled Repreve fabrics right here in Colorado.  Their Infinity Scarf is sewn from 100% US-sourced polyester fleece and comes in 34 different prints.  The fleece is soft and warm, while the infinity style looks as good on city streets as it does at apres.  It’s breathable and water-resistant, so you can even wear it on the mountain (no lift dangers, since the scarf has no loose ends).

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Keen Durand Polar Shell Boot

Keep your feet warm and dry during winter adventures with the Keen Women’s Durand Polar Shell Winter Boot. The Durand is an all-around winter activity boot that can be used for hiking or snowshoeing. KEEN Dry waterproof membrane lets your feet breathe without letting water in.  It offers a ring hook for gaiters, stability shank, and a thermal foil barrier in the footbed that acts as a heat shield. The Durand is instantly comfortable and requires little to no breaking in. A versatile yet functional boot, this is the only boot you’ll need this winter. The Durand retails for $180.

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REI Northway Plaid Shirt

REI’s Northway Plaid Shirt is more than just your standard travel shirt. Its flattering fit and no-iron fabric offers versatility and office-appropriateness, making it a go-to choice for the urban cyclist who wants the technology of outdoor clothing, but wants to avoid looking like you just emerged from a camp ground. Rated at UPF 30, its 4-way stretch fabric wicks moisture away and keeps you cool all on the commute to work. Details include roll-tab sleeves and chest pockets with snap closure. Finally, it is offered in a variety of colors (Dark Army Cot Plaid, Garnet Plaid, and Midnight Sky Plaid) that break away from colors (think khaki) that scream “travel shirt”! At $59.50, you will want to buy more than one.

Exclusively from REI

Keen Fremont Zip Boot

The Keen Fremont Zip Boot is the quintessential apres ski boot. A stylish boot with practical features, the Fremont zip boot takes you from the slopes to the lodge while keeping your feet toasty warm. Key features include seam-sealed waterproofing, non-marking rubber outsole, Cleansport NXT for natural odor control, and water resistant full-grain leather upper. The zipper closure makes the Fremont stand out from a sea of lace up winter boots. Faux fur cuffs and geometric embossing add stylish details that will get you noticed.  The Fremont comes in three colors (black, whiskey, and cookie dough) and retails for $180.

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Boody Organic Bamboo Eco Wear

The environmentally conscious person on your gift list will appreciate Boody Organic Bamboo Eco Wear. Originating in Australia, Boody Wear is constructed from sustainable and pesticide-free bamboo stretchy fabric that feels soft against the skin. Four-wary stretch Boodywear does it all: blocks UV rays, wicks moisture, is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, and keeps you cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

Retailing for $19.95, the ladies camisole is so comfortable it feels like you are wearing nothing at all. The elastic straps stay in place and do not cut into skin. The camisole comes in three colors (white, black, and nude). The crop leggings are available in only one color (black) and retail for $23.95.  They offer the same weightless feeling, but do fit a little snug.

CAMP

Whether you're on an expedition or a weekend at a campground in Rocky Mountain National Park, proper gear makes camping comfortable, relaxing, and fun. We've selected a few pieces for you, each of which we've had our hands on to make sure they're worthy of your next trip into the woods.

BODY

You can't use your favorite gear if you don't have your health.  We tapped our resident personal trainer and asked him to select some fitness and nutritional gear that will help you make the most of every outdoor adventure.

SHRED and SPIN

A pair of wheels gets you deeper and further into the outdoors than any other human-powered transportation.  Whether you're on wide knobbies or skinny slicks, there is no bad season for biking.

SLOPE

Ah, schussing.  Is there any better feeling?  No, we didn't make up that word.  It's German or something.  Point is, this is the perfect time - gear-wise - to upgrade or fill out your quiver.  The latest skis and boards just dropped.  Binding tech is better than ever.  Even ski poles are in a renaissance.  If you haven't looked at new plank(s) in a while, now's the time!

RIVER

A day on the river is a day of peace.  Gear you don't have to think about is the peacekeeper.  Check out our selection of top fly gear for your favorite angler.

STRIDE

Whether on road or trail, the proper gear makes the difference between a sick run and a horrific, suffering chafe-fest.  Grab some of our favorite running gear to make the miles disappear under your feet.

JOURNEY

Catch the travel bug recently?  Plenty of gear companies make travel gear too!  The journey to a new place can be just as much, if not more, of an adventure as traversing the great outdoors.  Make sure you have the proper gear to make you trip all it can be.

GALS

It's a gals' gear renaissance.  Never have women had so many options in technical, stylish gear that actually functions as well as it looks.  We have suggestions covering everything from insulation to city boots and everything between.  Guys reading this - you're going to win the holidays.

GUYS

The freshest gear for guys - from head to feet, we have suggestions to cover everything.  Whether you need to keep warm, look good, or keep the stink away, you'll find the perfect gift here.  Women - these are the pieces your guys want.

KIDS

Kids need gear too.  Whether you're taking them along for your adventures or sending them off on their own, proper gear keeps them safe and warm while they have a blast in the outdoors.