These Gear Kits Are the Ultimate Holiday Gifts
Looking to up your gifting game? We teamed up with Cairn to curate perfect gear boxes for the travel, water, and fitness fiends on your list.
Here at Outside, we know that giving gear can feel as great at getting new gear. That’s why we teamed up with Cairn, the Bend, Oregon–based outdoor gear subscription box brand, to curate three adventure kits: one geared toward adventure travel, one focused on fitness, and another that’s all about the water—all are perfect for holiday gifting. The best part? Each collection is a killer value: you save 25 percent from what you’d spend if you purchased each piece on its own.
For the Globetrotter ($240)
Retail value: $319
A great travel pack seamlessly balances capacity, organization, and travel-specific features. The Gregory Praxus and Proxy (men’s and women’s models, respectively) is one of our faves—and we especially love the vapor- and odor-resistant compartments to keep wet, dirty items from mingling with clean ones. To further boost your globetrotting giftee’s organization, we threw in Eagle Creek’s Pack It Specter Compression Cube Set, which is sure to blow their Tetris-inclined minds.
For on-the-go hydration and charging, we’ve also included a highly insulated MiiR 42oz Wide Mouth Bottle and a solar-powered LuminAid PackLite Hero 2-in-1 Supercharger, which serves double duty as a lantern and a battery bank for small electronics. Last but certainly not least: our favorite new keep-yourself-clean hack, Sea to Summit’s compostable, skin-friendly Wilderness Wipes.
For the Fitness Fiend (Men’s, $125; Women’s, $136)
Retail value: $166 (men’s), $182 (women’s)
The heart of this kit is the Marmot Urban Hauler, a midsize daypack ready to tote workout essentials between the house, office, gym, and trailhead. We also chose our favorite new do-it-all tops—the Black Diamond Pulse Tee (men’s) and Six Shooter Tank (women’s). Both feature stretchy, anti-chafe construction and a super-breathable fabric that’s up for everything from yoga and CrossFit to runs and hikes. And the female gear editors here also love the Six Shooter’s built-in sports bra.
For mid-workout hydration, we included a HydraPak SoftFlask, which keeps half a liter of water handy and packs away to almost nothing when empty, making it the perfect companion for long runs. To keep your fitness fiend fueled, we selected some of the most popular sports nutrition in the office: Skratch Labs Sports Hydration Drink and nut-butter-filled Clif Cubes. And, finally, our favorite new product: the compact Rad Roller Original, for postworkout muscle relief—anywhere.
For Sun-Seekers ($316)
Retail value: $423
Does your giftee prefer oceans, rivers, or lakes? There’s no wrong answer here—we curated this box to work equally well on any body of water. The Hydro Flask 22L Soft Cooler Pack makes getting food and beverages from the car to the shore easy and will keep items cold for up to 48 hours—even on the hottest days. And a SealLine Blocker PurgeAir Dry Sack keeps electronics, books, and a change of clothes sand-free and dry.
For eye protection, we picked a pair of polarized, recycled-plastic Sunski Makani Sunglasses because they look cool and have sharp lenses—but also because they’re flattering on a wide range of head shapes. We’re big fans of the organic ingredients in All Good’s water-resistant Tinted Sunscreen, which is reef safe while providing broad-spectrum SPF 30 coverage. And finally, for drying-off duties, we’ve included the super-absorbent Nomadix Towel, which packs away easily thanks to a low-profile design.
Cairn is changing the way outdoor enthusiasts discover new products and ideas that inspire them to connect and explore. Since the company’s founding in early 2014, Cairn has grown from shipping product out of the CEO’s garage to a market leader and growing community of outdoor enthusiasts numbering in the thousands. Cairn has partnered with over 200 brands in the Outdoor industry, shipped over 2M products, and was named to Outside Magazine’s Best Places to work for 2017. In 2018, Cairn added Gear Up, Give Back™ to its offerings – a program that facilitates recycling of outdoor gear and apparel (with all net proceeds being donated to charity). This spring, the company launched the Kitted by Cairn beta program, an industry-first, try-before-you-buy retail experience for outdoor products. Cairn is located in beautiful Bend, Oregon.