Buying gifts for the hikers on your list can be challenging. Hikers need gear but it is all to expensive right? Not anymore! See below for 10 gifts under $50 that will knock the socks off the lucky hiker that receives them.
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$50 might seem like a lot for a hat but this is no ordinary hat. Wapiti Woolies are the warmest and highest quality winter hats in the world. They are commonly worn on the summits of the world’s highest mountains by elite climbers like Ed Viesturs. Additionally, each hat is custom designed and built to the customer’s specifications. This means you can choose the color and design to truly personalize your gift. If you are looking for a unique gift that will stand up to the toughest conditions on earth, this is it.
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Hikers love Techwick. This is a long sleeve synthetic shirt with amazing versatility, warmth and durability. I use my Techwick in every season for every sport. It also works great for lounging around the house.You cannot go wrong with a Techwick 1/4 zip shirt.
3. Gorilla Pod
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Price: $ 20
Gorilla Pod provides a stable and packable platform for outdoor photography. It bends around trees, creates a level surface on jagged rocks and weighs almost nothing. Any hiker who does not have a Gorilla Pod probably wants one. You can buy a version of this product for SLR cameras but it will cost a little more.
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Superfeet insoles properly align the feet for maximum comfort. I use them in my running shoes as well as my mountaineering, and hiking boots. Insoles might not create a wow factor when they are unwrapped but anyone who spends time on their feet will thank you for this gift.
I know that socks are the butt of every bad Christmas gift joke but these are different. PHD socks are stylish, comfortable and extremely warm. Trust me; whoever unwraps these will love them.
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Hot beverages can keep hikers alert, motivated and energized during frigid winter conditions; Stanley’s Outdoor Vacuum bottle makes that possible. This tough as nails thermos will keep beverages warm for hours.
Every hiker needs a headlamp and you could be the person that gives it to them. I have used the ETZL for night hiking, running and backpacking and it is one of the best headlamps for the money.
8. EMS Atlas Fleece Vest
Fleece vests are amazingly warm and versatile. In the summer they provide just enough warmth for the night’s chill. In the winter they do an amazing job at maintaining core warmth during active situations in winter.This will be a welcome addition to any hiker’s layering system.
These liners do an amazing job of increasing the warmth of any glove they are worn under. Hikers should have several pairs of these. So they will love this gift even if they already have a few pairs.
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This is one of the best books that has ever been written about New Hampshire’s White Mountains. Not Without Peril is a stark reminder of just how dangerous the White Mountains can be as it provides an intimate account of everyone who has died in the Whites from the 19th century to present day. You can also call it a safety device since it has scared me into being prepared for the worst each time I hike.