Top Christmas gifts for walkers
Put a smile on the face of your walking partner or friend with a well-thought-out Christmas gift.
Go treat themThe new GoPro HERO4 (£370) is a must-have for those that want to capture their favourite outdoors moments for posterity. Triumphing its predecessors, HERO4 is the most advanced GoPro yet with ultra high-resolution professional video at impressive 4K30 frame rates. The faster processing of both the Black and Silver editions means you’ll be able to capture high-quality 12MP photos at speeds of up to 30 photos per second, so you’ll never miss an action shot. Priced at £370. It’s pricey but your loved one is so worth it. The Powertraveller Powermonkey Expedition (£450) is one of the best portable chargers of its kind. Equipped with a strong, ergonomic crank-handle that attaches to the end of the unit it generates power thanks to the 32:1 gearing ratio. Waterproof connectors mean it’s usable in the rain while the specially designed photovoltaic solar panel offers a 5-Watt, 5V 1Amp output when the sun comes out. The Suunto Ambit3 Peak Watch (£410) makes life on the trail so much easier and safer. The ultimate GPS watch for outdoor sports and adventure, it will see walkers and adventurers through the toughest expeditions. Features include longer battery life, barometric information, altimeter with Fused Alti, storm alarm and sunrise/sunset data. These might look like the priciest gloves you have ever seen but they are worth it (especially if that special someone suffers with very cold hands). When it’s cold and wet, it’s best to wear Hydrodown. Eeven better still wear Berghaus Ulvetanna Hydrodown Mitts (£100).
Gifts for womenThe versatile Rab Microlight Alpine Jacket (£170) boasts high quality 750-fill hydrophobic goose down insulation and a weather resistant Pertex outer fabric, to keep in the warmth even when it’s wet. Warm, cosy, comfy and with a lovely winter inspired pattern, the Helly Hansen Warm FZ Hoodie (£95) is practical and pretty. Proof again that practical can be beautiful is the Bergans of Norway Cecille Insulated jacket (£239) made with eco-friendly PrimaLoft Silver Insulation. It’s windproof and water-repellent, too, from Nordic Life UK She’ll love capturing the magic of outdoors adventures with a Garmin Virb wintersports bundle. The VIRB Elite is HD 1080p action camera bundle (£379.99) also has Wi-Fi capability and GPS tracking. A great fit for women and a beautiful boot, too, is the Salewa Women's Mtn Trainer Mid Gtx (£165). The improved version of the successful MTN Trainer Mid, it has a new upper construction, more comfort in the ankle area, technical lacing with metal hooks and a new midsole with a PU shock absorber for maximum comfort over long distances.
Gifts for menNew this season, the Arc’teryx Men’s Fortez Hoody (£170) in Nighthawk is guaranteed to keep your man warm. Made from Polartec Power Stretch Fleece, it benefits from Hardface Technology for excellent durability as well as comfort. Wear on the hills or to the pub. Berghaus Scafell jacket (£160) is created with innovative Hydrodown, which translates as water resistant duck down. It’s a warming 600-fill jacket that is also super light. Osprey think of everything when it comes to their rucksacks. The new Osprey Mutant 38l (£99) pack has pockets, straps and attachments to keep the most technically minded happy. Give a festive donation to Scottish Mountain Rescue on behalf of your loved one.
Stocking fillers for walkersSurprisingly easy to stuff into the toe of a Christmas stocking yet still wonderfully warm is the Trespass Martine ultra-lightweight women's down jacket (£55.99). Wild camping and walks tour fans will love this Wild Woodgas Stove (£50), which cleanly burns natural fuel, channelling excess heat to fan the flames. A camping trip or outdoors trip doesn’t mean sacrificing fresh coffee. Buy your favourite coffee-drinking lady a Bodum Travel Press mug (£24). Smartwool's go-anywhere Lid is streamlined in style but durably warm. It is made from single-layer jersey with a headband liner. (Around £20) Smartwool and all good outdoor retailers.
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