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The Best Gifts For Hikers, According to Very Experienced Hikers

Hiking is hard enough. Shopping for the essentials should be a breeze.

Written By: Alex Robinson

At its core, hiking is just walking. The caveat is that you're in the woods, typically traipsing up and around a mountain or other natural formation.

And the more one hikes, the father one will want to go. This progression also leads to an accumulation of new gear. At first, it's usually cheap bulky stuff. The things you get because you're not sure you'll love hiking. But as you walk farther, up & down different paths, through verdant flora and fauna, you'll realize how important good gear really is.

Below we have 21 excellent gifts for hikers, recommended by hikers. We talked with Whitney "Allgood" La Ruffa -- an expert hiker and VP of sales at Six Moon Designs, as well as Tobey Schmidt -- ambassador for Mammut and avid outdoorsperson (these two know a thing or two about hiking).

Here's what they said are the absolute best gifts for the hikers in your life.

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October 27, 2023

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