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8 Gear Gift Ideas for the Gnarly Girl Adventurer

by Jill Gleeson
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Wednesday Dec 13, 2017

Whether your honey is a hardcore outdoor warrior who chuckles at subzero temperatures and would happily trek 20 miles for the perfect camping spot, or a more casual weekend adventurer who's never heard of a Shewee and doesn't want to, great gear always makes the going better. This holiday, give her what she really wants -- outdoor clothing and equipment fit for a queen -- and then get ready to get loved up.

SilverSport Wool Socks
Say a grateful goodbye to stinky tootsies with SilverSport socks, which feature odor-eliminating antimicrobial technology built right into the fabric. Thick, soft and made with extra cushioning and a dynamic arch bridge for added support and compression, these wool socks are ideal for hikers.
$25.00 at SilverSport

Good to Go Dehydrated Gourmet Meals
There's no need to suffer through meals of protein bars and beef jerky while in the wild any longer. Good to Go, the brainchild of culinary artist Jennifer Scism, who whooped Mario Batali's ass on "Iron Chef," has changed the prepared foods game. Using healthy ingredients and no preservatives, Good to Go serves up dishes like Pad Thai that are ready in minutes by adding boiling water.
Entrees are $12.50 at Good to Go

Duckworth Wool Clothing
Single-sourced from a Montana family operation that not only raises the sheep but also makes the yarn, Duckworth's merino wool duds are as soft as they are durable. We dig it all, including the Women's Vapor Loose Crew, for fast-drying, breathable comfort. The Women's Maverick Legging, with all-natural stretch and no nasty lycra is golden, too.
Crew is $80, Legging is $100 at Duckworth

Ortovox Swisswool Piz Bial JacketCreated by Ortovox, a German company that's been making avalanche safety equipment for decades, the Swisswool line is a relative newbie in the American mountainwear market but is already turning heads. The low-weight Piz Bial Jacket is perfect for active winter sports thanks to its breathable, windproof and water-resistant properties. Made from virgin wool from the Swiss Alps, it's even reversible.
$250.00 at Ortovox

Outdoor Research Floodlight Down Jacket
Technically, the Floodlight Jacket is made for men, but why should the guys have all the fun? Windproof and waterproof, this 800-fill down ultra-warm and lightweight wonder is longer at the hem for more coverage. As a bonus, it comes from the company that did the killer parody of GQ's sexist climbing spread last year.
Sale priced at $296.25 at Outdoor Research

NEMO Tensor Field Insulated 20R Sleeping Pad
The Cadillac of sleeping pads, NEMO's inflatable Tensor Field scores big with double synthetic insulation for extra warmth and serious durability thanks to its coated underside. Spaceframe baffles mean its surface stays flat so you don't roll off it while in dreamland. And you can bring it into the backcountry since it weighs only 1.1 pounds and is just 8 x 3.75 inches when packed. (We love NEMO's nifty Losi LS three person tent, too.)
$169.95 at NEMO

StatGear Surviv-All Survival Knife
Should something go awry in the outback, this knife might save your life. The drop point blade is high carbon, 440 stainless steel full tang, making it exceptionally strong, while the textured rubber handle has a stainless steel pommel, good for hammering. The sheath includes a sharpener stone, fire starter rod and cord cutter; the whole shebang weighs 13 ounces.
$44.99 at StatGear

Montane Alpinist Sleeping Bag
For two decades this British company has been making superior goods for use in extreme environments. Everything from their Women's Prism Gloves to Atomic Pants is ingeniously engineered and damn durable. But our favorite product might be the goose down Alpinist Sleeping Bag. Lightweight, windproof, water-resistant and breathable, it's the best bag on the planet for rough and tough conditions.
Alpinist Bag is $645.00 at Montane

Jill Gleeson is a travel and adventure journalist based in the Appalachians of Central Pennsylvania. Find her on Facebook and Twitter at @gopinkboots.


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