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Our Picks for the Best Hiking, Camping, and Outdoor Gear of the Season

Here's a list of the gear we enjoyed using over the past year, all of which would make perfect outdoor-themed gifts.

With such a bounty of gear saturating the outdoor hiking and camping markets, picking the perfect items can seem like a hit or miss proposition.

That's why we're here to lend a hand, by compiling the ultimate outdoor-themed gear list filled with cool and functional stuff we've had the pleasure of trying out ourselves.

Here are 21 gifts that get our seal of approval, and are guaranteed to bring glee to any hiker or camper if they receive it on Christmas morning.

See the full list by Justin Hoffman on Wide Open Space's website here.


May 7, 2022

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Media Mentions from Wide Open Spaces

Wide Open Spaces honors the passion of sportsmen with accurate and entertaining information about one of the original branches of America’s roots: The great outdoors.


Fresh drinking water is essential. This water filtration system ensures you will never run out as long as there is a nearby natural water source. It can filter out bacteria, protozoa and microplastics.

Allen Foster


Faster and more efficient than pumping or waiting for chemical treatments, the Sawyer Squeeze System offers on-the-go hydration at a good flow. This product is long-lasting, affordable, reliable, cleanable, and very user-friendly.

Alan Dixon


But Sawyer was way ahead of me — 15 years ahead, to be precise. In 2008, the brand started its Clean Water for All initiative, which provides Sawyer filters to developing countries around the world. And the company spends 90% of its profits funding it.

Shauna Farnell