‘Tis the season and although we don’t do a lot of presents in my life (we prefer making memories) I still dream. So here is my dream gear list for the holiday season:
Hilleberg’s Nammatj 2, Black label – I want a four season tent reeeeal bad. I live in the Northwest, either you get into winter camping or half the year is off-limits to you as an outdoorswomen. Hilleberg is renowned for having crazy-amazing four season tents and the Nammatj gets great reviews. If Outdoor Gear Lab says it’s good, I believe it. I think this tent provides a great compromise between comfort, weight and strength.
Thermarest Neoair- Seriously, how do I still not own one of these?
Mini tablet of some kind- Yes, I own mostly Apple products and would probably prefer an iPad with a Lifeproof case but I’m not picky. I just want something that has all the aps and features, where I can access my blog, skype, and email, and that is durable and waterproof (hence some kind of case). One of my biggest problems on the AT was being unable to write daily because we were on trail. I would love to fix that on future long distance hikes. I would also love to consolidate things like books, journals, maps, cameras, ect. into one nifty tool, like a tablet.
Icebreaker anything – I don’t know what everyone’s obsession is with Smartwool, when I want baselayers I always go with Icebreaker. The colors, shapes and textures they have are more up my alley. I have a black v-neck wool shirt of theirs that I wear all the time… for everything. I could always do with some more Icebreaker!
Last but not least I want to remind people who during this season of buying gifts and asking for presents remember to support small businesses around the country! While not all of my above items are made by small businesses a few are and if you are looking for other cottage manufacturers check out Outdoor Trail Gear at http://www.outdoortrailgear.com. It’s an awesome co-op that reviews and supports all sorts of companies!