25 Great Holiday Gifts for Adventure Travelers on Your List

Take a sneak peek at some of the new travel and outdoor items featured this holiday season.

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November 09, 2018

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Red Paddle Co.

Red Paddle Co. is known for its premiere inflatable stand up paddle boards (SUP), and its new Compact board fits into a backpack with a pump so the SUPer on your list can take their board anywhere, even on flights. If you prefer to paddle with friends, check out the four-person Dragon Board. Get your team together and enter the annual World Dragon Championships, where teams of four enjoy a weekend of racing and international camaraderie.

BUY IT: Amazon, $2,249

Spectacles Camera Polarized Sunglasses

Put down the camera and put on your shades. Travelers on your list can record photos and video of everything they see with Spectacles sunglasses, which contain a high-definition camera near the temple and sync with Snapchat. These glasses are good-looking enough to wear daily and have polarized lenses, are water resistant for beach days, and prescription lenses may be fitted into frames as well. Files are transferred wirelessly and can record video in 30-second clips, up to 70 clips per charge.

BUY IT: Amazon, $199.99

Mammut Alvra Travel Parka


Mammut is a tried-and-true Swiss adventure brand seen on the slopes and big climbs, and now its new Alvra Parka marries urban fashion with its rugged quality for travelers. This hooded hardshell rain jacket is tough enough for the mountains but stylish enough for city cafes and racing through airports. The built-in, detachable hood is adjustable, and the storm collar keeps the wind out. Mammut’s patented material protects from the elements while preventing condensation, and vents allow for circulation. Zippered side pockets and a concealed chest pocket store gear and documents. A men's version is available as well.

BUY IT: Mammut, $379

Combat Flip Flops

Combat Flip Flops founder Matthew Griffin is a former U.S. Army Ranger who's served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Wanting to help the people of Afghanistan, he created Combat Flip Flops as a way to bring peaceful industry to Afghanistan. Leather flip flops, jewelry and clothing are made by Afghans, and in addition to supplying much-needed jobs in this war-torn country Combat Flip Flops also supports Aid Afghanistan for Education, landmine removal and other charities abroad.

BUY IT: Combat Flip Flops, $49.99

Mountainsmith Tanuck 40L Photo Backpack

Perfect for photographers on the move, Mountainsmith’s Tanuck 40L Backpack carries supplies, photo gear, a hydration bladder and laptops up to 17 inches. The pack is ergonomically designed and made of water-resistant fabric that includes a rain fly. It carries up to 50 pounds of gear whether on the plane or the trail.

BUY IT: Amazon, $229.95

Black Diamond Storm Headlamp

Black Diamond is known for its bomber headlamps used by climbers, backpackers and other adventures, and its new Storm model brings a fully waterproof unit to the mix. With 350 lumens, the Storm can be fully submersed in a meter of water for up to 30 minutes, making it perfect for adventurous types on your gift list.

BUY IT: Amazon, $49.95-$50.90

Ricoh Theta V 360 Degree Camera

Ricoh’s Theta V camera captures images and 4K video in 360 degrees, making sure your traveler doesn’t miss a thing. The Theta V supports 360 live streaming in 4K, and has four microphones to capture surround sound as well.

BUY IT: Amazon, $374.39

Deejo Knives

Deejo knives are customizable with blade finishes and graphics, handle materials and even custom text. Design a special knife for your recipient, or give a gift certificate and let them design their own.

BUY IT: Deejo Knives, $69.90

Adventurist Backpack Co.

Adventurist Backpack Co. founders Matilda Sandstrom and Kelly Belknap design Scandinavian-styled backpacks that give back. For every backpack Adventurist sells, the company donates 25 meals to families in need across the U.S. through Feeding America. The Adventurist Classic fits under an airplane seat, and is padded for electronics and made of weather-resistant material.

BUY IT: Adventurist Backpack Co., $65

Quip Sonic Travel Toothbrush

This compact, stylish electric toothbrush slips into any bag or backpack for oral hygiene on the go. Available in plastic and metal finishes, Quip runs on one AAA battery and is waterproof. Weighing in at 3 ounces and not requiring a charger, Quip is small enough for a travel clutch or the backcountry.

BUY IT: Quip, $40

SiOnyx Aurora IR Night Vision Camera

Don't stop recording the action just because it's dark out. The SiOnyx Aurora is a water-resistant, high-definition, day-or-night action camera that uses infrared technology to image in full color, even in the dark. Perfect for adventurers, wildlife viewers, sailors, astrophotographers and anyone who doesn't stop when the sun goes down.

BUY IT: Amazon, $639

VIM & VIGR Compression Socks

Socks for the holidays? Your traveler will love VIM & VIGR Compression Socks, designer travel wear that improves blood circulation on long flights and helps prevent deep vein thrombosis and leg swelling. Stylish enough to wear with shorts or skirts, these socks will keep the explorer in your life comfortably on the move.

BUY IT: Amazon, $32.95

Cotopaxi Allpa Backpacks

Cotopaxi's new Allpa 28L and 35L backpacks are ready for far-flung destinations with ballistic nylon paneling and theft-proof webbing. Its harness makes for comfortable hours on the trail or city blocks, and the side handle makes it easy to retrieve from an overhead compartment. Utah-based Cotopaxi uses leftover scrap material to make its packs, jackets, tents and sleeping bags, reducing its environmental footprint while making each piece truly unique. Cotopaxi also donates 2 percent of its profits to charities such as International Rescue Committee and Educate Girls. With the motto of "Do Good," Cotopaxi is a gift that does just that.

BUY IT: Amazon, $170

Vivobarefoot Motus II Mesh Women's Shoe

Enjoy the freedom of being barefoot with the protection of a closed toe shoe with Vivobarefoot’s new Motus II Mesh Women’s shoe. Whether trail running or running to catch a flight, Vivobarefoot shoes allow feet to move as if barefoot while keeping the elements out. Leather and vegan options are available with shoes for men, women and kids.

BUY IT: Vivobarefoot, $160

Klean Kanteen TKPro

Klean Kanteen’s new TKPro line keeps liquid cold for up to 100 hours and hot liquids steamy for up to 38 hours making these thermoses perfect for camping, road trips or long haul flights. Available in 16, 25 and 32-ounce options, the TKPro includes a twist-and-pour cap and cup, and the entire system is made of metal and is BPA free. Klean Kanteen is a member of 1% for the Planet in which companies give a share of their profits to environmental causes.

BUY IT: Klean Kanteen, $49.95

Thule Subterra Carry-On Luggage

Thule is best known for its roof and bike racks, and now the travelers on your list can take Thule on their next flight with their innovative Subterra Carry-On bags. Two bags zip together as a roller, and when necessary, can be zipped apart to fit in the overhead compartment and under the seat. Internal compression panels keep bulk down and provides a place for shoes and dirty laundry while the tough outer shell absorbs bumps.

BUY IT: Amazon, $279.95

ESPRO Ultralight Travel Coffee Maker

Roughing it doesn’t mean adventurers have to go without excellent coffee thanks to the new ESPRO Ultralight Press. Weighing in at just 7 ounces, this French press makes 16 ounces of coffee or tea. The leak-proof lid keeps liquids contained and hot, and the slim design slips into backpacks or seat backs easily.

BUY IT: Amazon, $39.95

Spot X Satellite Messenger


When the explorer on your list is deep in the backcountry or faraway lands, stay in contact with the Spot X texting device. Using satellites, the Spot X can transmit and receive messages with cell phones, mark locations and serve as an emergency beacon. Users can post to social media and quickly check in with multiple people to let them know everything’s OK. Weighing in at 7 ounces, Spot X has a full keyboard. Flexible month-to-month service plans are available.

BUY IT: SPOT X, $249.95

Backcountry Silver Fork 750 Down Jacket

Online retailer Backcountry has developed its own line of outdoor clothing, beginning with the Silver Fork 750 Down Jacket for both men and women. Filled with 750-fill goose down, the Silver Fork weighs in at 1.1 lbs. and stuffs into an incorporated pouch, yet is water-resistant and warm enough for the slopes.

BUY IT: Backcountry, $269.95

Danner Raptor 650 Winter Boots

Embrace winter with Danner Boots new Raptor 650 with 400G PrimaLoft insulation, fleece-lined uppers with durable wool and full-grain leather, and Danner Dry waterproof protection. The Vibram Escape outsole with Megagrip technology offers superior traction and grip on wet, icy surfaces. The Raptor 650 is available for men and women with a quilted upper, and the women’s style adds faux fur around the collar.

BUY IT: Danner Boots, Men's $178.55-$239.95, Women's $178.55-$239.95

Outdoor Research Prologue Refuge Jacket

Outdoor Research gets stylish with its new Prologue Refuge Jacket. Combining its travelwear and activewear principles, Outdoor Research uses waxed nylon canvas and OR’s quilted VerticalX insulation for a jacket that looks great chopping wood or going out to dinner in town. Two buttoned-chest pockets, two hand-warmer pockets and an internal zippered pocket provide plenty of storage for ski passes or boarding passes. Available in a women's cut as well.

BUY IT: Amazon, Men's $179.95-$199, Women's, $198.95-$199

24Seven Modular Backpack and Survival Kit

Uncharted Supply Co.’s new 24Seven Modular Backpack is a system of compartments for storing clothes, survival gear, a first aid kit, photo gear and electronics, pet care and whatever else you need traveling or on the trail. Separate cases, called CARDs, nestle together in the outer shell to make all of your gear quickly accessible. From emergency situations to surprise photo ops, the 24Seven is designed for fast reaction. The 35-piece first aid kit is all TSA-approved, so travelers can take this anywhere.

BUY IT: Uncharted Supply Company, $349

Lems Trailhead Hiking Shoes

Based in Boulder, Colorado, family-owned Lems has made a name for itself making minimalist shoes that are still tough enough for days on the trail. Lems' new Trailhead series for men and woman allows feet to spread out while still offering plenty of support. Materials including microfiber and mesh make for a lightweight hiker that comes in a variety of fun colorways.

BUY IT: Lems, $130

Parks Project National Park T-Shirts

Support your favorite National Park with a Parks Projects T-shirt stocking stuffer featuring graphics or National Geographic cover photos. The Park Projects works with more than 30 partners such as the National Park Foundation and the Grand Canyon Association that help fund park improvements and conservation.

BUY IT: Parks Project, $38

Aviate Airport Code Gear

Show off home-base pride with Aviate’s line of airport code hats and travel accessories. Have your favorite city’s airport code embroidered onto a hat, and check out Aviate’s new Getaway Duffel and Nomad Dopp Kit, both handmade in Nashville, Tennessee. BUY IT: Aviate, Getaway Duffle, $249.99 and Nomad Dopp Kit, $99