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7 Fabulous Gift Ideas for Backpackers & Hikers

Whether you are a casual hiker or serious backwoods hoofer, you should find something here that you want.

As always, we recommend that you click through to the item listing and read the user reviews and full descriptions before purchasing.

Our suggested gift list for backpacking gear:

Garmin eTrex 10 Handheld GPS Navigator

I have one of these units and find it invaluable when wandering into the wild, either on foot or through the Everglades and wetland prairies in my kayak. It tracks your path and brings you home if you get lost. Sure, you could use your smartphone for many nav purposes, but most phones rely on cellphone towers to pinpoint your location, not often available in the wilderness.  The eTrex uses far more reliable bearings from satellites for navigation, and even captures and preserves your position when the tree canopy gets too thick. This unit also features paperless geocaching to help you plot your course. This rugged handheld GPS is waterproof (IPX7) and poweered by two AA batteries for 20-25 hours of use. The 2.2-inch display is easy to read, and the overall weight of the unit is a mere 5 ounces. With a worldwide basemap, you can even use it outside of Florida! $79.93 on Amazon. (Nylon, belt-loop carrying case is an additional $13.22)


Hennessy Hammock Expedition Series (Side Zipper)

Hennessy’s most popular tent hammock with patented “easy enter, easy exit” through the bottom, “never-tip” center balance design, mesh pocket on ridge line and webbing straps to protect the bark of trees. These camping hammocks are ideal for backpackers on long hikes or coastal kayakers in search of remote beaches. Bug-proof, waterproof and windproof. Triangular mesh gear pocket, glove hooks & carabineer loops. Height limit: 6 ft (182.9 cm). Weight limit: 250 lbs (115kg) Comes complete with attached mosquito netting, detachable rain fly, support ropes and stuff sack. $147 on Amazon.


Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite Sleeping Pad

I’ve long been a Therm-A-Rest fan, although I’ve never seen a sleeping pad with this kind of technology. Therm-A-Rest’s NeoAir Xlite is one of the lightest, warmest, and most comfortable sleeping pads you’ll find. The NeoAir XLite is 2.5 inches thick with baffled, soft-fabric construction for stability, support and comfort. Packs down to the size of a 1-liter water bottle. Weight ranges from 6 to 16 ounces, depending on the size you need, with an R value of 3.2. A little pricey, to be sure, but when you want the best… Price on Amazon depends on size, ranging from $98 – $400.


Big Agnes Fly Creek UL 2 Tent with Rain Fly

Big Agnes is a big name in backpacking tents, so you’d certainly be stylish. and with a trail weight under 2 pounds for a two-person tent, you’d be hard-pressed to find anything more worthy for your backpack. It’s a little tight for two (interior dimension 7’2″ x 4’4″), but it’s quite spacious for one, even if you’re tall, and it satisfies my tent guideline for buying a tent twice the capacity you need for Florida camping to allow for adequate ventilation. While their are no windows, the entire ceiling is open under the fly (see photo). Tent body is ultralight, breathable nylon rip-stop and polyester mesh. The single hub/pole design makes set up easy. This is an expensive tent but offers a lot of value for the serious backpacker. Make sure you also purchase the footprint (ground cover) so you don’t tear up your investment before its time.  $349.95 on Amazon. (2-person footprint $64.95)


Sterno Ultralight Inferno Stove Kit, Multicolor

There are all kinds of backpacking stoves out there, some running a hundred dollars or more, but we think the best backup to an old-fashioned campfire is from this old standby, Sterno, albeit the bit more stylish with a flash of color and made of anondized aluminum. The stove is lightweight, wind resistant and ready to boil 8 ounces of water in about 6 minutes with the included 16-ounce pot. Now, if you’ve ever tried to make coffee on a wood fire, you know that 6 minutes is damn close to a miracle. The included pot holds 16 ounces of water, perfect for those freeze-dried meal packs. This stove neatly packs two 7-ounce Sterno fuel cans insice the pot for transport. Those two cans will provide 4-5 hours of cooking fuel. By the way, this stove will also serve you well in your hurricane kit. $24.99 on Amazon. (6-pack of Sterno 7-Ounce Cooking Fuel, $19.99)


TAC Force TF-469 Assisted Opening Folding Knife

Sometimes the ubiquitous Leatherman multi-tool just doesn’t offer a enough blade for trailside chores. Enter the best-selling TAC Force folding knife with a 3-inch blade. The black, stainless steel blade has razor-sharp straight edge that folds into a stylish 4-inch pakkawood overlay handle with pocket clip for an easy and safe carry. Spring-assisted, the knife offers rapid one-handed deployment and locks securely into place with a linear lock. This is a sharp-looking gentleman’s knife that meets a lumberman’s needs. An inexpensive and lightweight addition to your trail gear. You won’t be disappointed. $7.84 on Amazon.


BAFX Anti-schock Hiking Poles, Pair

The hiking poles can be extended to any length from 26.5 to 53 inches, and the anti-shock spring lessens impact. The poles extend by a turn-locking system, and each pole has measuring marks on the middle section for easy adjustment to your preferred height. Made of durable lightweight aluminum, the poles have a durable carbide tip, under the rubber foot at the bottom, for trekking on uneven or unstable terrain, and you’ll have an optional mud disk for use on softer ground so the poles won’t sink. The grips have a comfortable, ergonomic design with ribs so your hands won’t slip when sweaty. The padded wrist loop are easily adjustable up to 16 inches. $20.99 on Amazon,


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