Gifts for a Hiker

Marmot Variant (Courtesy of Marmot)
Marmot Variant

Marmot Variant Jacket

The smart design of Marmot's Variant jacket—stretchy arms and side panels paired with an insulated body—make it one of the most versatile midlayers we've ever seen.

Merrell Eagle Origins Boot

Merrell Eagle Origins
Merrell Eagle Origins (Courtesy of Merrell)

An all-time classic hiking boot gets a face-lift. Merrell's Eagle Origins have a cushier fit and weigh less, but they're still stable enough to function as your everyday hiking boots.

Ranger Doug's Enterprises Poster

(Ranger Doug Enterprises)

A year pass to the national parks ($80; nps.gov) is a great gift any way you cut it. Another one: a classic Ranger Doug's Enterprises poster. Between 1938 and 1941, the federal government's Work Projects Administration commissioned some 35,000 poster designs, including  more than a dozen celebrating the national parks. After extensive research, Ranger Doug returned 16 of them to circulation, and also created a slew of similarly vintage-style ones for other parks. Regardless of which you buy, 1 percent of the proceeds from the 13-by-18-inch prints go to the parks themselves to encourage arts programs.

Basecamp Blaze Pathfinder Axe

Basecamp Blaze Pathfinder
Basecamp Blaze Pathfinder (Courtesy of Basecamp)

Modeled on the axes used by Hudson Bay hunters and trappers, Basecamp’s handcrafted Blaze Pathfinder is just the right size for backcountry missions.

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