The Best Gifts for Hikers of 2022
Our top picks for outdoorsy friends and family, based on months of rigorous testing.
Whether you are an avid hiker yourself or a committed armchair adventurer, purchasing a gift for a hiker can be intimidating. Hikers are notorious for being snobs about having a just-so piece of gear, which can make finding something that they’ll actually use a serious challenge. To help you pick something that will impress and delight, we’ve selected some of the top products we’ve tested over the last year as some of the best gifts for hikers available today.
Best for Trail Runners: Smartwool Athlete Edition Run Mountain Print Crew Socks
Best Seat: Therm-a-Rest Z-Seat
Best for Chefs: MSR Ceramic 2-Pot Set
Best Camping Mug: OtterBox Elevation
Best Stocking Stuffer: Grabber Hand Warmers
Best Socks: Darn Tough Hiker Micro Crew Midweight Hiking Sock
Best Shirt: Icebreaker Merino Tech Lite II Short Sleeve
Best Solar Charger: Goal Zero Nomad 10 and Venture 35
Best Water Filter: Sawyer Squeeze
Best GPS Watch: Garmin Fenix 7 Sapphire Solar
Best for Planners: OnX Backcountry
Best First Aid Kit: NOLS Med Kit 4.0
November 8, 2022
The sawyer filters are much slower but quick enough to avoid being an annoyance. You can also back-flush them provided you remember to pack out the provided cleaning syringe.
Brown’s gear list considered weight and functionality above all else. With the goal of traveling as fast as possible, every ounce was considered.
Permethrin is a highly effective insecticide that can be used as a first line of defense against biting insects. It is highly toxic to a whole spectrum of insects, including black flies, mosquitoes, and ticks.