The Engearment team is changing things up with our Holiday Gift Guide 2019. We’re giving you our favorite picks for the season du jour, every-season mix-and-match gift ideas to fit any budget, and sharing our own wish list to the big, jolly guy at the North Pole.
* Note: All prices are MSRP/US Dollars, unless otherwise indicated.
Whether it’s dawn patrol in the Colorado backcountry or climbing ice walls like Spiderman in the PNW, we have you covered. We’re sharing our favorite layering pieces, snow travel hard goods, and camping essentials to get you outdoors this winter – all Gear-Destroyer approved!
Our favorite layering pieces work well solo or paired in whatever system customized system fits your needs. The pieces we’ve selected are available in both men’s and women’s versions, so everyone on your list is taken care of.
- HIMALI Altocumulus 2.0 Jacket ($294.95)
- Icebreaker Cool-Lite Incline (M)/Rush (W) Windbreaker ($200)
- Kind Designs Shirts ($30) These awesome shirts are comfortable and feature some great graphics.
- Mountain Hardwear Boundary Ridge Gore-Tex 3L Bib ($400)
- Mountain Hardwear Ghost Shadow Jacket ($250)
- Mountain Hardwear Kor PreShell Jacket ($130)
- Patagonia Ascensionist Jacket ($499)
- Patagonia Nano-Air Pants ($199)
- Patagonia Nano-Air Vest ($199)
- Patagonia Nano-Air Hoody ($299)
- Patagonia SnowDrifter Jacket ($399)
- Pearl Izumi Boulevard Merino Vest ($190 – $142.50)
- SAXX Kinetic Boxers are the guy’s favorite! ($29-37)
- RAB Kinetic Touring Jacket ($230)
- Smartwool Smartloft X 60 Hoodie ($250)
- The North Face Purist FUTURELIGHT Jacket ($650)
- The North Face Thermoball ECO Hoodie ($220)
- Ridge Merino Convict Power Wool Hoodie ($150)
- Toe socks? Yes, toe socks! Ininji
- Lots of varieties – REI
- Forsake make some of our favorite functional and stylish shoes:
From peddling on packed trails to shredding soft powder, here are some of our favorite products for moving on our own power.
- Black Diamond Carbon Z Trekking Poles ($159.95) REVIEW
- LEKI Microvario Carbon Black Series Trekking Poles ($249.95)
- MSR Lightning Ascents ($319.95) with new Paragon bindings
- MSR Revo Ascents ($
- MSR Tykers ($59.95)
- Spark R&D Dyno DH ($250) + Tech Toes ($160) HARDBOOT SET UP REVIEW
- Phantom Splitboard Bindings – Complete Kit ($860)
- Uncle Stanky’s Dank Snowboard Wax ($9.99 – $19.99)
- Red Paddle Co Voyager Tandem 15′ Paddle board ($1999)
- Trek Fuel EX 9.7 Mountain Bike ($4,099)
Safety in the Backcountry
When recreating in the backcountry, safety is of paramount importance. That’s why we recommend the following items.
- Black Diamond Jetforce Tour 26L Avalanche Airbag Pack ($1,199.95) REVIEW
- Garmin InReach Mini (
- BCA Tracker S Avalanche Beacon ($350, on SALE for $275!)
- Ortovox Kodia Shovel ($90)
- BCA BC Link Two-Way Radio 2.0 ($179.95) MORE INFO
- BIVY Stick ($299) another alternative to Spot and Garmin.
From the Colorado alpine to the Utah deserts to Cascadia, The Engearment Team has tried out a lot of shelters and gear. Here’s a list of our favorite tents and gear for camping.
- Hilleberg Allak 3 Tent ($1160) REVIEW
- MSR Advance Pro 2 Tent ($549) REVIEW
- EXPED Orion II Tent ($750 on SALE $560) REVIEW
- Mountain Hardwear Lamina -15 Degree Sleeping Bag ($260 on SALE $195) REVIEW
- Black Diamond Hilight 3 Tent ($440 on SALE $330) REVIEW
- Big Agnes Insulated Air Core Sleeping Pad($140) REVIEW
- Roofnest Roof Top Tent ($2800) SO great and easy to use! REVIEW
- Sawyer water filters. 10% of your first order!
- BioLite – Solar solutions and efficient stoves. Many deals!
- HydroLight – Water bladder with a light!
- Helinox Rocking Feet ($50) and Helinox Ground Sheet ($30) are terrific add ons to the world’s most comfy, packable camp chair.
- Yakima LockNLoad Platform ($779) is the way to go for overland setups! Plus, it looks bad-ass!
- Yakima HD Bars ($249 for a set) are our favorite bars for mounting on our adventure vehicles.
MIX-AND-MATCH GIFTS FOR ANYONE
Holiday Gift Guide 2019
This season, we’re adding a new section to our gift guide: the mix-and-match.
Purchased separately or customized to your liking, these versatile gift ideas have cross-over appeal, remove the guesswork, and are available in a wide range of price points. Anyone can appreciate these items, regardless of favorite outdoor recreation activity. You can have fun mixing and matching. The only limit is your imagination.
Here are some of our favorite mix-and-match gift ideas:
WITH A HINT OF STEAM
FEEDING OUR FURRY FRIENDS
You’ve heard of His and Hers, what about His/Hers and Furs? YETI matching drink vessels are perfect for those who always have an adventure dog by their side. We suggest the YETI Rambler 24 oz mug ($29.99) that holds a larger beverage capacity for morning walks, accompanied by a matching Boomer 4 ($39.99) or Boomer 8 ($49.99) dog bowl. Why? Because adventure dogs are family too.
CYCLE IN STYLE
Whether commuter or road cyclist, some items are essential. We like the Camelbak/Skratch collaboration 21 oz Limited Edition Taylor Phinney podium bottle ($10), Bontrager Ion 200 RT/Flare RT Light Set ($114.99), and Hiplock Z lock combo ($24.99) minimalist bike lock.
The Bontrager Blaze WaveCel Mountain Bike Helmet ($299.99) offers the best in crash technology and is an incredibly comfortable fit, especially good for those with smaller heads.
RUNNING WITH THE BASICS
Extremely portable, the runner in your life will appreciate these basic necessities: Rock Tape Rock Balls ($20), Camelbak Reign 32 oz sport bottle ($15) is more than a common water bottle. The Reign features a Jet Valve™ tri-mode sport cap with options for high flow stream, 8 point shower, and leak-proof lock out modes. A basic shoe that gets the job done is Adidas Terrex Agravic BOA trail running shoe ($150). Hoka One One has been blowing our minds all year. Recently, we have been enjoying the Hoka Hupana Wool ($119 on sale for $89) and Hoka Arkasa ($140)
There’s a plethora of technology and gadgets to select from. Here are a few of our favorites that can be used in a variety of places: Otterspot Wireless Charging System ($129.95), Moment Anamorphic Lens ($149.99), Leatherman Free T4 Multitool ($59.95). For some great headphones, check out the Skullcandy Hesh 3 ($99 on sale $49) and Skullcandy Indy True Wireless Earbuds ($84 on sale $49)
RISE AND GRIND
Some people like the smell and taste of coffee more than others. In fact, they thrive on it. These are our picks for coffee-flavored products often packed with caffeine to provide that extra boost: GU Roctane Cold Brew Coffee energy gel ($2.50 to $60), Untapped Coffee Waffle ($9.95 to $89.95), SIS GO Energy + Double Caffeine Espresso Gel ($13); Taos Bakes Pinon Coffee and Dark Chocolate bars ($2.50 to $25.99). Start your morning off with great coffee on the go with Kuju Coffee!
EAT ON THE GO
Leave the mini cooler at home and replace it with the portable and foldable YETI Daytrip Lunch Bag ($79.99). Key features include Coldcell Flex Insulation to keep food hot or cold, Thermo Snap Closure to help maintain optimal temperature, an adjustable grid that allows the bag be altered to accommodate meal size.
Get rid of wasteful plastic wrap with a sustainable food wrap storage solution such as Bee’s Wrap ($6 to $91). We like them because of the variety of sizes, prices, and whimsical motifs available. Keep cutlery and chopsticks on hand with this convenient and affordable bamboo set by Earth Hero ($12). Each set arrives in its own travel pouch.
MADE IN COLORADO
Here are a few of our Colorado-based favorites under $60: Otterbox Defender Series Case ($50.95), Osprey Savu Lumbar Pack ($55), Headsweats POM Beanie- Colorado Flag ($25.00). Colorado’s own Soulvation Society has you covered for fitness and fashion. No more headband falling off your head! ($14.99)
ON THE ROAD
When you’re out living the van life, every inch of open space is precious. Here are some items any van lifer will appreciate. YETI Rambler 10 oz Stackable Mugs ($24.99); Black Diamond Alex Honnold Signature Spatula ($15), and microfiber Orange Mud Transition Wrap 2.0 Changing Towel and Seat Cover ($39.95) that serves as both a cover up and a seat protector.
Whether you’re coaching a team or herding family from one activity to the next, convenience matters. We like the Camelbak Reign 8 Bottle Carrier ($30), Otterbox Venture 45 Cooler ($299.99), and Hydro Flask 64 oz Growler ($64.95). For extra stylish insulated water bottles and coolers, check out the Orca.
DEAR SANTA FROM THE ENGEARMENT TEAM
- Director of Stoke – Sean Sewell: Traeger Timberline 850 Pellet Grill ($1,799.99)
- Gear Destroyer – Aaron Rose: Weston Backcountry Backwoods Carbon Splitboard ($1,099)
- Lead Writer – Kate Agathon: 2020 Trek Fuel EX 9.7 carbon mountain bike ($4,099)
Our Santa Believers
- Michael Clemente: Black Diamond Jetforce Pro Avalanche Airbag 35L Pack ($1,399.95)
- Will Coleman: Petzl Laser Speed Light Ice Screws ($79.95)
- Evan Green: North Face L5 LT Future Lite Jacket($450)
- Eliza Lockhart: Black Diamond Traverse Ski Poles (
- Erin Machan: Vandoit Sprinter Van Build Out ($48,800 – $108,800)
- Reid Pitman: Scott Alpride E1 Airbag Backpack ($1,150)
- Wil Rickards: Scarpa Maestrale RS AT Boots ($799)
Holiday Gift Guide 2019 – Thank You!
We hope you have found this gift guide helpful in finding the perfect gift for the outdoor lover in your life! From all of us here at Engearment – have a wonderful holiday season. Enjoy the time with loved ones, hopefully outside, and create beautiful memories!