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35 Helpful Gifts for Hikers, According to Seasoned Trekkers

Hikers have come a long, long way from clunky framed backpacks, heavy boots, and hoofing it in floor-length wool skirts. Yet for a sport so seemingly straightforward, hiking still requires a fair amount of gear for safety, practicality, and comfort: The wrong pair of socks or shoes can make the difference between a happy ramble through the woods and a miserable trudge—no matter how epic the summit selfie may look.

Fortunately, outdoors brands have technology on their side: From sports bras to pants to smartphone lenses, hiking clothing, gear, and accessories have improved by leaps and bounds in recent years. If you know someone who loves trekking up switchbacks, bagging peaks, and, above all, spending time in nature, here are 35 excellent gifts for hikers that they’ll appreciate finding under the tree.

Sawyer Products Mini Water Filtration System

There are few products that have garnered the hiker seal of approval quite like this tiny yet powerful filter from Sawyer. It can be attached to a hydration pack line or screwed directly to the top of a plastic water bottle; either way it ensures you’re only a creek, lake, or stream away from clean, safe hydration—and at only two ounces, it’s barely noticeable until it’s needed.

Finish reading the rest of the hiker gift ideas written by Johanna Flashman and Gray Chapman here.


May 6, 2022

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