Holiday Gear Guide

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We knew you were just waiting to get your hands on it! Below are our picks for this season’s holiday shopping. Whether that certain someone on your list needs a jacket or a pack, we’ve got some ideas for everyone, and maybe a little something for you as well in this Holiday Gear Guide.

Keen Marshall Light Hikers – Great light hikers for everyday use. These took a few minutes to fall in love with, but are so light and flexible that they’re almost like wearing a tennis shoe with ankle support. Give them a bit of break-in time and they’ll be your go-to light hiker. No edges to catch, easy lace, great colors and quality like you’d expect from Keen.

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Keen Marshall

Asolo Mantra Trekking Shoe – A stylish and comfortable all around utility shoe. This is a great pick for anyone who wants to go from city to hillside in a single pair of shoes. Water resistant, suede upper, great look. Compliments galore in these! Full review is here.

 

Asolo Mantra
Asolo Mantra

Osprey Pixel Plus tech bag – This is a great student bag for the light-traveler, or a light commuter. Perfect space for all of your electronic devices of any size, and enough room left over for a jacket, book and slim water bottle. Smart design like Osprey is famous for, with new colors and functions for the trendy trailblazer on your list.
Osprey Pixel tech bag
Icebug Anima2 BUGrip running shoe is the perfect choice for the dedicated runner on your list. These beauties take care of ice and slippery surfaces effortlessly! No more excuses to keep you indoors. Diamond carbide studs are permanently fixed to these shoes so all you need to do is throw them on and run on any surface. Except your wood floors. Outdoor use only. They’re serious technical grippers.

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Icebug Anima2

A photo climber’s gem, the Clik Elite Cloudscape daypack – Clik marries travel and trail for photographers in this day bag. Great for climbers, this pack stows your DSLR cmaera away for safe keeping while you climb, but provides easy access , since the padded compartment is fixed to the top of the inside of the larger pack. Plenty of room for gadgets and peripherals, and your climbing gear, too.

Clik cloudscape

Vasque Pow Pow winter boots are soft and tough. Both warm and waterproof, they give high support for snow stomping of all types. Snowshoes and crampons fit right on thanks to technical design details. Great grip in the snow, these are pretty enough to go caroling in and tough and warm enough to take to the mountains.

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Vasque Pow Pow

Looking for something seriously secure? The PacSafe CamSafe V25 camera daypack is perfect for the traveling, trekking, touring or day-tripping photo bug. With laptop compartment and removable padded camera compartment, it offers protection from impacts with additional room for your other day hike items. Padded throughout with well-thought out compartments, it can be used to hold anything you need to protect just a little more – video camera for the on-location shoot, or wine glasses for that special romantic hike. The CamSave V25 has a flexible set of compartments that allow room for several camera types and configurations with multiple lenses. But it also offers PacSafe’s signature security features which include locking zippers, embedded wire mesh throughout, and identity security (as in credit cards and passport). No one will get into your bag except for you. Not even the rain, because it comes with a rain cover, too.

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PacSafe V25

A native of Minnesota, Erika moved to Seattle in the late 90s and immediately fell in love with the landscape of the Pacific Northwest. She is a photographer, specializing in landscapes, though she enjoys capturing people as well. Her travels have taken her from Newfoundland to Belize, From Paris to Nepal. She has written a book about her trek through Nepal and is the editor of SBM. Erika currently resides in Kirkland with her husband and two sons.

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