Great Christmas gifts for walkers
Are you looking for a special something for the man or woman in your life who enjoys walking? Here we suggest some of the best Christmas gift ideas for 2015.
Splash out for ChristmasA holiday for two is a huge treat but why not? It’s Christmas (and you get to go with your partner!). For luxurious accommodation in castle-hotels and lodges combined with famous rail journeys our Luxury Highlands and Skye Rail and Hike holiday makes a superb gift. Bergans of Norway Storen waterproof jacket. Lightweight and super waterproof with some great features, such as underarms vent zips, articulated elbows for increased freedom of movement and a longer back hem. It also looks really good. £380, from Cotswold Outdoor Waterproof, windproof, breathable and warm, the Jack Wolfskin Whiteline Texapore 3-in-1 jacket is a great all-rounder for outdoorsy guys. £300, Jack Wolfskin Jottnar make seriously robust clothing for seriously adventurous people. The Jottnar Fenrir hooded jacket is packed with 850-fill hydrophobic down for a lightweight but very warm mid or outer layer. There are men's and women's version. £200, www.jottnar.com Made for women who get chilly at night while camping, the Therm-A-Rest Mira HD women’s sleeping bag includes 750+ fill hydrophobic down, a reflective “ThermaCapture” lining and a foot warmer pocket. It’s also designed to fit the female physique. Priced around £400. www.cascadedesigns.com
Christmas walking gifts for under £250The ultra-thin Garmin Vivoactive GPS Smartwatch has a high-resolution touchscreen with built-in activity tracking apps. It will track walking, as well as running, cycling and swimming. £229, John Lewis Made for women who like to take their hiking into the mountains, the Asolo Shiraz GV Boots are a great choice. £185, Tiso Osprey Stratos 36 (for men) and Sirrus 36 (for women) is all anyone could ever want in a hiking day pack. £100. Montane Primino 220g zip neck baselayer is constructed from 50% Merino wool, 25% Primaloft and 25% polyester to offer great warmth and high wicking fast-drying properties. It also stays whiff-free for day after day of wear thanks to the Polygiene permanent anti-odour treatment! £85, Montane Ideal as a solo stove or as a coffee brewing stove for two, the Primus Lite+ stove is lightweight, packable and super efficient. £95 and sold nationwide. Also see www.primus.eu With plenty of space – 40 litres – for walking kit, the Berghaus Explorer 40 Rucksack is the perfect partner for winter adventures. £100, www.berghaus.com Salewa Wildfire Vent Approach Shoes are ideal for times when you need your feet to stick to rock such as mountain walking in summer, scrambling or via ferrata. They will also serve you well for general mucking about in the great outdoors. £79, Tiso
Christmas walking gifts for under £50Super lightweight Alpkit CarbonLite Ultra Single Trekking Pole. Buy two to make a pair for £50. Alpkit It might not be the prettiest or the laciest bra you’ve ever bought your partner but the Shock Absorber Ultimate Sports Bra will be the best for keeping everything in place while she runs. £40, John Lewis The 21oz Hydro Flask keeps hot drinks steaming for six hours and cold drinks cold for 24 hours. £24, www.hydroflask.com
Stocking filler gifts for walkersStride Out Foot Oil was developed by an ex-SAS soldier to help people prone to blisters to enjoy more time in the mountains. £10, www.cotswoldoutdoor.com Montane women’s Primino liner gloves combine merino wool and Primaloft to keep hands warm, non-sweaty and whiff-free in cold conditions. £18, Montane SmartWool NTS Mid 250 Cuffed Beanie looks good and keeps heads warm. RRP £19.99, www.smartwool.com (Call 0800 0326 499 for stockists or search on-line.)
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