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Winter Hiking and Snowshoeing Gift Guide

Winter Hiking and Snowshoeing Gift Guide

Winter hiking and snowshoeing are great sports and provide a healthy way to get outdoors and experience the wilderness during the winter season. If you want to help encourage a friend or loved one to get out this winter and recharge in the great outdoors, here are some great gifts that will help them on their way!

TSL Symbioz Elite Snowshoes

TSL Symbioz Elite Snowshoes revolutionized winter hiking and snowshoeing with a flexible snowshoe frame that adapts to rugged terrain.

TSL Symbioz Motion Snowshoes
TSL Symbioz Elite Snowshoes

Traction is provided by 8 replaceable spikes, lateral molded traction bars and a front point crampon made specifically for steeper ascents. Bindings are adjustable in both length and width to accommodate almost any boot size while an easy-ascent heel lift lies under the ratcheting heel piece and can be engaged using your snowshoe pole.

Hyperlite Mountain Gear Ice Pack

The Hyperlite Mountain Gear Ice Pack (40L) is the perfect winter hiking backpack with an integrated rear crampon attachment system to protect the wearer and backpack.

Hyperlite Mountain Gear Ice Pack
Hyperlite Mountain Gear Ice Pack

Made from 100% waterproof cuben fiber, this ultralight 2 pound backpack is super durable and has plenty of external attachment points for securing ice axes, snowshoes and other sharp-pointed winter hiking gear.

Outdoor Research Uberlayer Jacket

The Outdoor Research Uberlayer Hooded Jacket is perfect for winter hikes and snowshoeing, providing the warmth of a synthetic puffy one moment and the breathability and quick-dry performance of a fleece the next, all without forcing you to add, remove or adjust your layers.

 

Outdoor Research Uberlayer Jacket
Outdoor Research Uberlayer Jacket

Ideal for  aerobic activities, the Uberlayer Jacket is ideal for cold weather use with stretchy fabrics and a wind resistant shell that let the jacket move with you in comfort.

Julbo Vermont Glacier Glasses

Julbo Vermont Classic glacier glasses give complete comfort and protection from snow glare with Spectron 4 polycarbonate lenses that block 100% of UV rays.

Julbo Vermont Glacier Classes
Julbo Vermont Glacier Classes

Moldable ear temples offer added security with a customized fit, while a leather nose piece and vented leather side shields block peripheral light and can be removed as needed.

Mountain Hardware Dome Perignon Fleece Hat

The Dome Perignon fleece hat is a classic in winter hiking and mountaineering circles and one of the warmest hats you can wear, in the backcountry or urban environment.

Mountain Hardware Dome Perignon Hat
Mountain Hardware Dome Perignon Hat

The main body of the hat is made with jacquard sweater fleece that provides great warmth and has an anti-pilling face while windproof fabric lines the hat for excellent protection against chilly winter breezes.

Kahtoola Microspikes

Microspikes are an essential winter traction aid for hiking over ice, slush, and packed snow. The equivalent of tire chains for your boots, a dozen, 3/8″ sharpened metal bits are attached to an elastic strap that easily slides over your boots.

Kahtoola Microspikes
Kahtoola Microspikes

Microspikes are easy to use with almost any shoes or winter hiking boots, they require no maintenance, and are robust enough so you can walk on mixed ice, snow, or rock.

Salomon Toundra Pro Winter Hiking Boot

The Salomon Toundra Pro Waterproof boot is a superlight combination of leather and Aerogel insulation, for warmth, protection and fierce traction in winter conditions to -40° F.

Salomon Toundra Pro Winter Hiking Boots
Salomon Toundra Pro Winter Hiking Boots

The boot’s synthetic upper is waterproof, lightweight, and abrasion-resistant while a ClimaShield waterproof lining helps to keep your feet dry and comfortable.

40 Below Water Bottle Insulators

40 Below Water Bottle Insulators are made of Neoprene, an efficient insulator used to keep water bottles from freezing on winter hikes and snowshoeing trips.

40 Below Neoprene Water Bottle Insulators
40 Below Neoprene Water Bottle Insulators

Available in multiple sizes and Nalgene bottle compatible, these bottle insulators are easy to open without removing your gloves or mittens since they close with velcro and not zippers. 40 Below is a world-famous mountaineering gear manufacturer that specializes in high altitude insulated climbing gear.

CAMP Corsa Ice Axe

CAMP Corsa Ice Axe is the lightest weight mountaineering ice axe in the world, perfect for winter hiking in the mountains when you want to carry the lightest weight gear.

CAMP Corsa Ice Axe
CAMP Corsa Ice Axe

The Corsa is a walking axe used to chop steps in ice, provide stability when hiking across snow fields, and brake for sliding glissades. Built from tough and light 7075-series aluminum for dependable service and minimum weight, Corsa is hardly noticeable when packed with a head shape that is comfortable when gripping and plunging.

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7 comments

  1. Great list Philip. Gonna get my boy that Ice Pack! Know he wants one.

  2. What snow shovel would b a good gift ? D handle? Light and reasonable priced

    • I’m partial to the voile TelePro. Depends what you want it for. For example, avalanche rescue…want a metal blade, snow science…might want a saw…igloo construction…probably a saw. Sintering campsites….a plastic snowclaw might be sufficient.

  3. Hi Philip, I’m actually shopping for snowshoes and I would like to know how the TSL compare to the MSR Lightning and Revo ascent. Do you have an idea about it ?

  4. Traction on hard snow (but not hard enough for walking without snowshoes), heels risers (televators), easy to attach with gloves, light weight, bindings that hold the foot very well.

    • The bindings on both of those MSR snowshoes are hard to attach while wearing gloves. I find the front of the Revo’s awkwardly large – mainly a packing considerations – while the lightning ascents are fairly narrow, especially if you buy the women’s model. Sounds like the TSL would be the best choice of the three based on the criteria you mention.

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