Backcountry Skiing Canada Guides and Maps
Why not give the gift that keeps on giving, a detailed backcountry skiing map/guidebook. Any backcountry skier would be thrilled to receive a map and/or guidebook to show them how to access the goods. Backcountry Skiing Canada produces three guidebooks and two NEW maps, there’s the newly updated West Kootenay Ski Touring Guide 2.0, the ever popular Whistler & Area Ski Touring Guide, the Lake Louise, Sunshine, Banff & Area Ski Touring Guide and the new Kootenay Pass Backcountry Ski Touring Map and the just-released Whitewater Ski Area Backcountry Ski Touring Map. Pick one (or more) up in our online store and while you are there check out the nineteen other books, maps and guides we have for sale.
PackTowl Luxe Body Towel
If you are like us, you find some of the lightweight, backcountry towels to be a little light on absorption and comfort. Enter the Luxe Towel line from PackTowl. They weigh a whack less than a traditional towel and feature enough fabric that they actually feel like one. And, because of the four sizes, you can pick and choose the right towel for the occasion/trip. We think the “body” size is the perfect tool to bring out for a week of camping or ski touring. Consider this as a functional comfort item for that special someone.
Price: $35.75CAN / $29.95US (for Body)
Sizes: Face, Hand, Body, Beach
Colours: 7 colours across the spectrum
Weight: .03kg / 10.4oz
Material: 80% Polyester, 20% nylon
GSI Microlite 1000 Twist
A water bottle is no longer just a water bottle when it comes to the new GSI Microlite 1000 Twist. This is an insulated vacuum bottle that will keep your tea hot for 18 hours and your water cold for 32 hours. The Microlite 1000 is 1/3rd lighter and holds 25% more liquid than traditional vacuum bottles. Plus it looks pretty cool. The wide mouth is easy to drink from and the cap is attached so you don’t have to worry about losing it. Also available in a 500 flip and 720 twist versions.
Price: $34.95CAN/US Sizes: 1L / 33oz
Colours: White, back, green, blue, light blue, pink, grey, brown, seafoam
Weight: 365g / 13oz
Material: Stainless Steel
Sealline Map Case
We are already huge fans of all things Sealline and the map case carries on the tradition. This super-simple, zip lock map case can make the difference between a good and bad trip. The lash points mean you can attach it to a motorcycle gas tank, a backpack or just about anything else. Having a map that is already unfolded to the “quadrant” you want, means less fumbling around and a quick snapshot for route finding, as well as locating yourself. What’s not to love?
Price: $45.95CAN / $34.95US
Sizes: S, M, L
Colours: Transparent / Black
Weight: 130g / 4.6oz
Arc’teryx Wool ball cap
The is a good way to enter the Arc’teryx world without breaking the bank. Who wouldn’t love a classic six-panel Flexfit cap, made of 100% wool? No-one, that’s who. All-wool ball caps are great in winter and year-round (apart from the hottest days in summer). Note that the Arc’ logo is nice and subtle—nothing too showy thanks. Two sizes and three colours to satisfy whoever might be on your list. Get shopping.
Price: $25CAN / $20US
Sizes: S-M, L-XL
Colours: Grey, Off-white, Blue
Weight: 94.6 g / 3.3 oz
Material: 100% Wool
Nikwax Hardshell Duo Pack
Nikwax has been around for over 40 years and it’s the trusted go-to for re-waterproofing your jacket and pants. It’s safe and effective and should be a part of your yearly pre-season ritual. The Nikwax Hardshell Duo Pack contains a 300ml bottle of Tech Wash and TX Direct. Tech Wash is a soap-based cleaner which can be used to clean clothing and equipment without damaging the Durable Water Repellent (DWR) coatings. After cleaning your gear use Nikwax TX.Direct to add water-repellency and revive breathability.
Price: $28.799CAN / $20.75US
Volume: 300ml / 10oz x2
Chaos Mistral Scully
The one downside of wearing a helmet while skiing is when the mercury drops so low that your head is no longer warm. This is where a thin skull cap such as the Chaos Mistral Scully comes to the rescue. With flatlock seams and 3D panel construction you won’t even know you’ve got the Mistral Scully between your helmet and your noggin. The contoured 4-way stretch and drop-ear design ensure a snug fit over your entire head and ears. The 85% Polyester/15% Elastane fabric provides superior wicking properties to help move moisture away from your skin. This is one gift you won’t know quite how much you’ll love until you try it.
Price: $21.99CAN / $17.99US
Sizes: S, M, L, XL
Weight: 29-31g / 1oz
Material: 85% Polyester 15% Elastane
Human Gear GoToob+ (3-Pack)
Human Gear’s GoToob+ is a set of food safe, 100% BPA-free, PC-free, and Phthalate-free silicone tubes that come in four sizes, all of which are TFSA approved. These little gems are indispensable for car and backcountry camping trips. They store 74ml of your favourite sauce, spread, soap or toiletry liquid. They’re made from soft, rugged silicone that’s easy to squeeze and with a new larger opening you’ll have no problem filling or emptying them. A built-in LoopLock makes it almost impossible to accidentally open the cap and provides an easy way to hang the tube for easy access.
Price: $$28.18CAN / $21.99US
Dimensions: 2x4x1.5in / 50.8x101.6x38.1mm
Colours: Clear / Green / Blue
Weight: 50g / 1.76oz
Capacity: 74ml / 2.5fl oz
Sole Sport Medium Insole
Anyone into health and happy bodies these days knows that their landing gear is critical. SOLE footbeds turn regular footwear into Ferraris (for the feet). If you haven’t yet slipped a pair of these footbeds into your shoes, you are in for a happy surprise. These ones work well in sneakers, basketball shoes, tennis and more. They cut down on stink and foot fatigue while making your average shoe remarkably comfy. And for 40$, you won’t break your bank this holiday season.
Price: $40CAN / $35US
Colours: Black / Grey
Your Goggles are expensive so why wouldn’t you protect them? Goggles cases are large and cumbersome and you have to remove your goggles from your helmet. The Canadian made Gogglesoc is a cloth sleeve or sock which is made from recycled plastic bottles. This stretchy microfibre cover comes in over 50 stylish designs so you chose one that says something about who you are. The Gogglesoc helps protect your lenses from damage while they are being stored, and the best part is you don’t even have to take your helmet off to use it
Sizes: One size fits all
Colours: Too many to mention
Material: 12% polyester, 88% recycled Polyethylene
Coast FL60 Headlamp
Every skier needs a reliable headlamp in their pack just in case things get real. The Coast FL60 Headlamp is equipped with a Wide Angle Flood Beam, which can illuminate large areas with an ultra-wide circular beam. Change between high, medium, and low light outputs depending upon the conditions that you’re in. It’s impact resistant, weather resistant and the LED is virtually unbreakable making it ideal for any rugged environment. What more do you need really? Illuminate someone's holiday’s with the gift of the Coast FL60 Headlamp.
Price: $42.99CAN / $40US
Weight: 94g / 3.3oz
Battery life: 2hr 45min - 19hr
There are literally hundreds and hundreds of energy bars on the market these days but what makes GORP Bars stand out is that they are a clean, all natural energy bar made on the Canadian Prairies. They offer up a good dose of protein, fibre and calories in a tasty-snack size bar that will fill you up and provide the energy you need for your adventure.
Price: $35-$39CAN (Box of 12), $3-$3.50 (Single bar)
Flavours: Cocoa, Hemp & Almond, Peanut Butter & Apple, Peanut Butter & Raspberry, Ginger Snap & Apple.
Weight: 65g / 2.3oz
Ingredients: Base ingredients are Oats, honey, brown rice syrup, hemp seeds, almonds and then various others depending upon the flavour.
Sea To Summit Ultra-Sil Daypack
Good things do come in small packages and the Sea To Summit Ultra-Sil Daypack is proof of this. Made from Siliconized Cordura fabric which provides strength and durability yet maintains packability, the Sea To Summit Ultra-Sil Daypack is an ideal summit pack but also works carrying the groceries or as an extra travelling tote. Its tiny packed size fits easily onto your key ring, in a jacket pocket or a purse so it’s always there when you need it. It comes with an attached carabiner, two-way zipper closure, reinforced shoulder straps and can carry loads 250 times its own weight! Ok, we’re impressed.
Price: $$39.95CAN / $32.95US
Colours: Lime, Pacific Blue, Orange, Lime
Weight: 71g / 2.5oz
Material: Siliconized CORDURA fabric
Darn Tough Snowflake Over-The-Calf Light Sock
Darn Tough socks are just that, darn tough. With an unconditional lifetime guarantee, you can’t go wrong with these socks. Their 57% merino wool content keeps you warm in winter and cool in summer and the remaining nylon/lycra blend makes them tough enough to last. If your feet run cold then Darn Tough makes a thicker version as well as a slew of other styles and thicknesses. These ski/snowboard socks are an ideal stocking stuffer for the adventurer on your list.
Price: $24US Sizes: S, M, L
Material: 57% Merino Wool 41% Nylon 2% Lycra Spandex
Therm-A-Rest Ridgerest Classic
The good people at Therm-a-rest claim: “the original returns, delivering (our) most basic level of comfort”— the Ridgerest Classic does just that. Pair it up with a NeoAir All-season SV inflatable, and that’s where the magic happens. This is the ultimate mattress companion piece for the guy or gal looking for an added level of comfort to keep the old (or tired) hip bones happy. Alone, the Ridgerest Classic also works for the fast-and-light crowd who are more interested in weight savings than comfort. Know your giftee and give wisely.
Price: $39.99CAN / $20US
Weight: 0.40 kg / 14 oz (size reg)
Material: Closed-cell foam
MSR Titan Tool Spoon
Ok… we are all weight weenies at least a little bit, right? The MSR Titan Tool Spoon is a must have bit of gear—and it makes a great present. As well as an excellent conversation piece (“OMG, that spoon is so light, what is it made of….?”), the Titan Tool spoon has an excellent mouthfeel and is super strong and durable. Heck, it even works as a tool for most MSR fuel-based stoves, should you need to repair or tweak your kit in the field. Win, win.
Price: $25CAN / $20US
Colours: Grey, Off-white, Blue
Weight: 22g / .79oz Material: Titanium
Hydro Flask Coffee Mug
The simple coffee mug redefined the Hydro Flask way. Using Tempshield Insulation to keep your favourite beverages cold or hot for hours. The insulated press-in lid provides splash-free transport and helps with sipability and temperature control. Like all Hydro Flask products, this coffee mug is durable, stylish and just feels good in your hands, it’s also BPA and Phthalate-Free. This is a coffee mug coffee snobs and newbies alike will covet.
Price: $36CAN / $29.95US
Capacity: 355ml / 12oz
Colours: Olive, Stone, Pacific, Black
Weight: 317g / 11.2oz
Material: 18/8 Pro-Grade Stainless Steel construction
Hydration is key to sustained energy output and the folks at Flow Hydration know that a sugary carbonated drink is not the answer. They combined naturally alkaline spring water (which has a pH of 8.1) with organic flavours that don’t contain any sugars, juices, calories, preservatives or GMO’s to create a smooth, delicious tasting beverage that is naturally full of electrolytes and healthy minerals. The various flavours of Flow come in an eco-friendly paperboard Tetra Pak carton that’s 100% recyclable, nearly 70% renewable and sealed with a plant-based cap. Give the unique gift of hydration this holiday season (the Lemon Ginger flavour is our fave).
Price: $19.99US / $23.89
CAN (12 x 500ml)
Flavours: Original, Lemon Ginger, Cucumber Mint, Watermelon Lime.
Size: 500ml / 17ounces
DÆHLIE Wool Liner Gloves
Although I am not sure how to pronounce this companies name I can tell you that it was founded by Olympian Bjorn Dæhlie and is known for making premium Nordic ski apparel. The brand is continually expanding its product line and now has a full range of cold-weather training apparel for cross country and downhill skiing, winter running and snowshoeing. The DÆHLIE Wool Liner Gloves are super breathable wool liners that are made up of 50% wool and 50% polyester so they are warm and also durable. The built-in 2-way stretch provides good dexterity and allows them to be warm inside mitts and gloved for additional warmth on those really cold ski days.
Price: $35CAN / $30US
Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL
Material: 50% wool and 50% polyester
HydraPak Stow Bottle
An innovative design from HydraPak, the new Stow Bottles come in 500ml and 1L versions. These soft-sided bottles are 80% lighter than your average hard bottle while still being durable yet flexible enough to stow anywhere—hence the name. The TPU material can be frozen without breaking and the RF-welded seams are leak-proof. Stuff the Stow Bottle in your jacket in winter while skiing/snowboarding and your body heat will keep it from freezing. When empty, they roll up and secure into the small loop around the nozzle taking up no space at all in your pocket or pack. And yes, they are 100% BPA & PVC free. Genius.
Price: $19CAN / $14 US (500ml version)
Capacity: 500ml / 1L Colours: Malibu, Mojave, Mammoth, Sequoia
Weight: 43 g / 1.5 oz
Dimensions: 175mm x 102mm / 6.8in x 4in (500ml version)
Material: Thermoplastic Polyurethane; HDPE
Matador FlatPak Soap Bar Case
The Matador FlatPak Soap Bar Case solves a very real problem for travellers. What to do with that half used bar of wet, slimy soap? Sure you could use a soap bar case but the Matador FlatPak Soap Bar Case is six times more compact and three times lighter. This leak-proof soft case uses welded construction with a unique Dry-Through Cordura fabric that contains the wet mess inside while allowing the bar to dry directly through the fabric. An integrated buckle closure ensures the moisture doesn’t leak out and doubles as a hook to hang in the shower. Oh yeah, it’s also TSA-approved and BPA and PVC-free.
Price: $17.99CAN / $12.99US
Sizes: 10x6x3.3cm / 4x2.4x1.3"
Weight: 11g / .4oz
Looking for a truly unique snack that’s also insanely delicious and light? SeaSnax Chomperz comes in a variety of flavours and take seaweed and give it a flavourful twist. With only 40 Calories and no GMO ingredients or MSG, they’re super healthy. Just look at the ingredients of the barbeque flavour: Seaweed, Glutinous Rice Flour, Rice Bran Oil, Tapioca Starch, Natural Barbecue Flavour, Organic Coconut Sugar, Sea Salt, Onion. Bite-size seaweed curls wrapped in rice for those foodies on your list this holiday season.
Price: $5.99CAN / $4.99US (Box of 8 $35US)
Flavours: Jalapeno, Onion, Barbeque, Original Size: 30g / 1oz
What can we say? A Buff is like SUPping—it looks weird until you try it. Once you’ve tried it, you can’t stop. Buffs are so economical, you can get away with buying a few to accommodate your various ski (and other) outfits. They are remarkably handy and versatile for ski touring warmth, sun protection and more. There are also at least 13 different ways to wear the Buff, depending on your needs and skill level. We like the “legionnaire.” At this price, it’s a stocking stuffer.
Price: $25CAN / $20US
Sizes: Regular and XL
Colours: Too many to say
Weight: 45.4g / 1.6oz
Material: 95% Polyester, 5% Elastane
HIllsound Trail Crampon Pro
The HIllsound Trail Crampon Pro is ideal for the mountaineer on your gift list. Utilizing a simple ratchet buckle binding, these crampons can be fastened effortlessly to most hiking footwear. The ultra and regular Hillsound Crampons don’t offer this level of fit and security and are more designed for hikers and trail runners. The Trail Crampon Pro uses 10 spikes to keep you secure and upright on ice. Pair the HIllsound Trail Crampon Pro with their Spikeeper crampon bag to protect your crampons from dirt and debris and your pack from getting ripped. At only $10 it’s a small investment and a nice add-on to this gift idea.
Sizes: XS, S< M, L, XL
Weight: 667g / 23.5oz
Voormi Thermal Beanie
Made in the United States exclusively from Rocky Mountain High Country Merino Wool, the Voormi Thermal Beanie is super warm, anti-stink and fits nicely under a helmet on those colder days. The flatlock seams reduce any pressure points and it looks good at the resort or downtown holiday shopping and complements the High-E Hoodie nicely. Oh yeah, and wool kicks ass.
Price: $52.18CAN / $40US
Sizes: Low & high volume
Colour: Blaze Orange, Blowdown, Twilight, Cinder, Red Rock, Cranberry, Orchid, Stone, chestnut
Weight: 40g / 1.4oz
Material: Surfaced Hardened Thermal Wool Technology
Mountain Safety Research Revo Snowshoe tails
Revo Snowshoes from MSR are the bomb. Unless you are in the kind of deep fluff we enjoy here in BC’s interior—then, flotation becomes an issue. Think of it, kinda, like the difference between skinny and fat skis on a powder day. The tails, which are super packable and lightweight, allow you to float on the surface and keep on trucking. Because they are easy on/off, you can chuck them in your pack and be ready for all conditions. If you are looking for the perfect present for a Revo Snowshoe owner, consider the tails. You’ll be thanked profusely.
Price: $59CAN / $49.95US
Dimension: 7 x 8”
Material: Aluminum, polymer.
LifeProof NËXT For iPhone XR
The latest iPhone XR is a piece of technological marvel and it needs to be protected from drops, dirt an of course snow. The new transparent LifeProof NËXT case does all of this and more. Its slim/sleek profile prevents dust, dirt, snow and debris from invading any of the phone’s ports, including the mic and speaker. It also survives drops from 2 metres so it has you covered in case of an accident. The LifeProof NËXT case is ideal for the adventurer in your life, or perhaps yourself?
Weight: 1.76 oz / 50 g
Dimensions: 163.1 x 87.91 x 12.2mm / 6.42 x 3.46 x 0.48"
Sea To Summit Aeros Pillow Premium
Have a camper on your holiday gift list? They’d really appreciate how the Sea To Summit Aeros Pillow Premium would help them get a good night sleep in the backcountry. Its lightweight and packs down into a compact package, ideal for backpacking. The brushed 50D polyester knit is super soft, yet durable. The curved internal baffles create subtle contours that cradle your head and the scalloped bottom edge centres the pillow around your shoulders. Comfort in the backcountry makes it that much more fun!
Price: $52.95CAN / $42.95US (regular size)
Sizes: 34x24x11cm / 13.4x9.4x4.3in (regular size)
Colour: Blue, Green
Weight: 79g / 2.8oz (regular size)
Material: Brushed 50D polyester knit
GU Energy Labs Hydration Tabs
Hydration is key for any activity but especially in winter as we exhale a lot of moisture over the day. Maintaining hydration and electrolytes is really important and GU Energy Labs Hydration Tabs are convenient and delicious. simply plop one into some water and wait for it to naturally mix, no stirring or shaking required. This low-calorie drink option contains sodium which is the primary electrolyte lost in sweat and is made with all vegan ingredients. Buy a box and give one to each of your eight friends.
Price: $71.92CAN / $52 (box of 8)
Flavours: Orange, Lemon Lime, Strawberry Lemonade, Tri-Berry Weight: 54g / 1.9oz
Ingredients: Citric Acid, Dextrose, Sodium Bicarbonate, Natural Flavours, Sodium Carbonate, Potassium Bicarbonate, Organic Stevia Leaf Extract, Safflower Oil, Natural Colour, Cane Sugar
Columbia Women's Titan Pass 2.0 Fleece Jacket
A quality fleece jacket at a reasonable price pretty much sums up Columbia’s Titan Pass 2.0 Fleece Jacket. Available for him or her, the Titan uses breathable Polartec 200 fleece which insulates, breaths and cuts the wind. Smooth lines and three pockets to organize your stuff, what more could you want?
Price: $99.99CAN / $75.00
Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL
Colour: Cloudbust/Shark, Astral/Bright Copper, Black, Red Mercury
Weight: 368g / 13oz
Material: Polartec Microfleece 200 100% polyester
Sunski Treelines Sunglasses
So what’s so special about the Sunski Treelines Sunglasses? Well for starters they are made from scrap plastic which would normally go to landfills but instead now gets recycled. Sunski also donates 1% of profits to environmental non-profits and they also offer a ‘Forever Guarantee’. And, on top of all this, they offer a variety of shades that are pretty fashionable and affordable.
Price: $$71.80CAN / $55US
Colour: Tortoise Ocean, Tortoise Aqua, Tortoise Emerald, Tortoise Amber, Frosted Sky, Black Gold
DÆHLIE Training Wool Long Sleeve
With European design sense and quality craftsmanship, the DÆHLIE Training Wool Long Sleeve is both practical and stylish. Its 80% merino wool and 20% nylon fabric keeps you warm and smell free while not breaking down as pure merino can. Its breathable, 2-way stretch material and strategically placed ventilation make for a comfortable fit. Stay warm this winter with the perfect self-gift perhaps—available for him and her.
Price: $85CAN / $75US
Sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL
Colour: Estate Blue (Dark Blue), Nine Iron (Dark Gray)
Material: 80% merino wool and 20% nylon
Katadyn Gravity BeFree 3L Water Filtration System
Water filtration is key on any off-season adventure and the Katadyn Gravity BeFree 3L hanging system is the cat’s meow. Its simple, sleek design is light weight and easy to use. It filters an impressive 2 litres per min by simply hanging it in a tree or on a hook with the integrated Bail Handle & Carry Loop. The filter itself is easy to clean, simply shake or swish the EZ-Clean Membrane to remove debris. When not in use the reservoir packs down small and fits nicely in its own storage case. The 0.1-micron microfilter is tested to protect against harmful organisms, removing protozoa (99.99%) and bacteria (99.9999%) to EPA standards and is of course BPA-free. So, who wouldn’t want the BeFree 3L water filtration system under the tree this holiday season?
Price: $89.95CAN / $69.95US
Dimensions: 15.2 x 9.1
Filtration speed: Up to 2 litres per minute
Filter size: 0.1-micron microfilter removes protozoa (99.99%) and bacteria (99.9999%)
Lifetime: 1,000 litres
HANAH ONE is an Ayurvedic superfood supplement made from 30 wild-harvested botanicals in a base of Keralan mountain honey, artisanal ghee and sesame oil for optimal absorption by your body. Some of its active ingredients are turmeric, ashwagandha, amalaki and shatavari. You get 12 ‘Go-Packs’ which are small flexible tubes you can take like a squeeze shot and are convenient to take with you anywhere. The benefits of HANAH ONE are said to be cumulative so in order to experience the full benefits it must be taken every single day. The full ingredient list is: Honey, Sesame oil, Ghee, Turmeric, Ashwagandha, Gotu Kola, Chebulic myrobalan, Amalaki, Cinnamon, Butterfly pea, Cyperus, Cardamom, Licorice, Saffron, Long pepper, Aerva Lanata, Bael Tree, Shatavari, Boerhavia, Ivy gourd, Sarivan, Desmostachya, Malay Bush Beech, Oroxylum, Arani, Castor, Policosanol, Arrow-leaf Sida, Yellow-fruit nightshade, Tribulus Terrestris, Mung Bean, Holostemma, Aerva lanata, Sesame oil, Cyperus and sugar cane. While I don’t know what the majority of these ingredients are, upon further investigation it’s hard to argue that any of them are a bad idea for you to take so why not start the coming new year off on the right foot and be good to your body?
Price: $72CAN / $55US (pack of 12)
Weight: 32g / 1.1oz
Arc’teryx Santoro AR Boxers
Would you be insane to spend $70 on a pair of high-tech gonch? Not if you’ve ever had the pleasure of touring for 5 days straight in a pair of Santoros. I’ve sampled the Santoro’s predecessors (which didn’t include the nylon filament and blew out after a two-season love affair.) This Santoro generation will last and provide the wearer with comfort and dry warmth for days and days on the uptrack—not to mention A+ support. Your base layer can make or break your day. Give someone a pair of these to someone this holiday and make their day.
Price: $70CAN / $59US
Colours: Goldy-yellow, Black
Weight: 90g / 3.2oz
Material: Merino wool, nylon
GSI Pinnacle 4 Season Stove
Light and small are the ideal characteristics for a backcountry stove and the GSI Pinnacle 4 Season Stove excels in both these areas. At just 164 grams and small enough to fit in the palm of your had, the Pinnacle is without question one of the smallest stoves we’ve ever received. It uses canister fuel so it’s ideal for international travel and despite its diminutive stature it still puts out considerable firepower. An affordable gift that will get big results this holiday season.
Output: 7800 BTU/h to 9,820 BTU/h
Weight: 164g / 5.8oz
Hydro Flask Wine Bottle
A water bottle that doubles as a wine flask? That’s the idea behind Hydro Flask’s new Wine Bottle. It uses tempshield insulation which eliminates condensation and keeps your wine at the perfect temperature. The Pure Pour opening makes it easy to fill and pour without drips and the insulated, leakproof cap and silicone base helps avoids spills. The durable 18/8 Pro-Grade Stainless Steel construction won’t retain or transfer flavours and is, of course, BPA and Phthalate-Free. Have wine, will travel.
Price: $54CAN / $44.95US
Volume: 749ml / 25oz
Colours: Olive, Lava, Mint, Pacific, Graphite, White, Black
Weight: 439ml / 15.5oz
Material: Pro-Grade Stainless Steel
Super Feet Merino Grey Insoles
While insoles may not be the most exciting gift the Super Feet Merino Grey Insoles are a little different. They offer up the arch support and shock absorption that Super Feet is famous for but this model uses merino wool to naturally thermo-regulate your feet’s temperature to keep them warm and comfortable in the cold. In addition to this, merino wool is naturally anti-stink, to further enhance this, Super Feet also uses an all natural coating to eliminates odour-causing bacteria. The practical holiday gift that any hiker or skier will love.
Sizes: Kids 2.5-4, Men’s 5.5-15, Women’s 4.5-12.5
Material: Closed-cell foam
Backcountry.com Spruces Merino Baselayer
Looks like backcountry.com has developed a house brand and, by the looks of the Spruces merino bottoms (which come in a top too) they’ve got things pretty dialled. Anyone reading this who isn’t aware of the benefits of merino in a base layer application has had their head in the sand—for a decade. They keep you dry, warm, comfortable and they don’t stink. The cherry on top? The Backcountry Spruces come in a camo version too. Git sum!
Price: $99.95US (not available in CAN)
Sizes: S – XXL
Colours: Granite Camo, Black
Material: Nuyarn (90% merino wool, 10% nylon)
Sawyer Micro Squeeze Water Filtration System
The Sawyer Micro Squeeze Water Filtration System includes a 1L Squeeze Pouch along with the Micro Squeeze Water Filter which removes 99.99999% of bacteria (salmonella, cholera and E. coli) and 99.9999% of protozoa (cryptosporidium and giardia) which exceeds EPA recommendations. You can use the system to treat and store potentially contaminated water or to fill other storage containers. Weighing just 2 ounces and fitting in the palm of your hand, the Sawyer Micro Squeeze Water Filtration System is ideal for backcountry trekking, international travel and emergency preparedness.
Price: $51.24CAN / $39.99US
Weight: 57g / 2oz
MontBell ClimaAir Jacket
The teddy-bear-like Clima Air Jacket from Montbell uses fur-like fibres to trap air to provide an impressive warmth to weight ratio. It’s extremely breathable which makes it ideal for high aerobic activities. Two pockets on the torso to warm your hands and one chest pocket which provides ideal storage for your phone or credit card. Not just for the backcountry, the ClimaAir Jacket is a well priced warm and cosy present waiting to be gifted.
Sizes: S, M, L, XL
Colour: Garnet, Black, Dark Navy
Weight: 377g / 13.3oz
Material: CLIMAAIR (polyester) & Stretch CLIMAPLUS
Petzl BINDI Headlamp
This ultra-light headlamp fits in the palm of your hand and yet is still capable of producing 200 lumens of power. After a maximum of 50hrs of use, you can simply recharge via a USB cable. The thin headband adjusts easily and can also be worn around the neck. The Petzl BINDI Headlamp is ideal for anyone on your gift list who’s travelling and wants a reliable, compact headlamp.
Colour: Black, Emerald, Orange
Weight: 35g / 1.23oz
Burn time: 2-55hrs
Leatherman Wave Plus Multitool
Leatherman’s best selling multitool has been the Wave and now it’s even better and called the Wave Plus. The Wave Plus contains 18 tools which can be opened and locked quickly, many of which are outside-accessible, so you can access them when the multi-tool is folded closed. Tools include: Pliers, Wire cutters, Crimpers, Knives, Saw, Scissors, Ruler, Can/bottle opener, File and Screwdriver to name a few. Be prepared for anything this holiday season with the Leatherman Wave Plus Multitool. A tool for any backcountry emergency,… and then some.
Price: $125CAN / $100US
Colour: Stainless steel, Black
Weight: 241g / 8.5oz
The LifeSaver Liberty is the worlds only portable water purifier which to use a pump that’s contained within a bottle. It removes 99.999% of viruses, bacteria and cysts. with a capacity of 400ml and a flow rate of 1.2L/min the Liberty requires no chemicals or electricity to purify water. Ideal for the backcountry adventurer on your holiday gift list.
Price: $129.99CAN / $99.99US
Sizes: 9.6 x 9.6 x 33.3cm / 3.8 x 3.8 x 13in
Colour: Black, Blue, Orange, Metallic rose gold, Metallic silver
Weight: 425g / 15oz
Patagonia Capilene Air Crew
There’s really nothing quite like a high-quality base layer and the Patagonia Capilene Air program is tough to beat. This Crew will make your female recipient very happy. It works as a base layer, it works as a shirt, heck, it even works as a PJ top in a pinch. Patagonia claims it’s the most advanced base layer they’ve ever made—and they’ve made a boatload. This piece is still warm when wet, dries quicker than quick and is stink free. It’s high performance and super comfy. Add it to the shopping list.
Price: $149CA / $129US
Colours: Black, Grey, Green, Red Size: XXS - XL
Weight: 190g / 5.6oz
Materials: 51% merino wool / 49% recycled polyester
Giro Emerge MIPS Helmet
A good helmet provides you with protection and style and that’s just what the Giro Emerge MIPS Helmet delivers. The new Emerge has a low-profile shell with a trusted freestyle shape and integrated into this is MIPS Spherical technology. MIPS reduces the rotational energy during certain impacts and when combined with the impact-reducing, dual-density EPP foam found in the helmet's construction, then you’ve got full protection from high- and low-energy impacts. Help someone you care about look good and be safe this season with a gift that keeps on giving.
Sizes: S, M, L, XL
Colour: Matte Black, Matte Midnight, Matte Vermillion, Matte Black Olive, Matte Graphite
DPS Phantom 2.0 Permanent Waxless Glide
Ever imagined waxing your skis just once and never having to do it again? That’s what this stuff does for you (and whoever you are buying it for). The polymer technology—which has nothing to do with wax—sinks into your ski base. Even if you do a stone grind tune-up, your skis come out ready to slide. I “Phantomed” a pair of my skis at the beginning of last season and they felt fresh-waxed every day, in all conditions. Enviro-friendly, permanent and high-performance, Phantom is a cool concept from a great little SLC-based ski company.
Price: $119CAN / $99.99US
Helly Hansen LifaLoft Propile Vest
Talk about cozy… this is the kind of item that’ll make the gal in your life happy for months. The Lifaloft Propile vest features plush pile on one side and fabric on the other. The pile side feels a little country and the fabric feels like city. Versatility galore. The Lifaloft fill is ultra-lightweight and will keep her warm even when the precip turns to rain. A high collar and longish length make for added coverage and warmth. Gifts like this are always a hit. Put it on your to-get list.
Price: $200CAN / $175US
Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL
Colours: Blue Haze, Wild Rose, Black
Weight: 530g / 18.7oz Fill: Lifaloft
Sherpa Adventure Gear Tsepun Jacket
The Sherpa Adventure Gear Tsepun Jacket is a streamlined, mid-weight thermal layer that provides moisture wicking capabilities and dries super fast if it gets wet. It’s made of Sherpa's proprietary Dry Zone fabric which has a smooth interior for easy on/off over base layers and an equally smooth and comfy exterior. “Tsepun” is a Tibetan word for long life but could also mean ‘Ideal gift’.
Price: $130CAN / $109.95US
Sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL
Colour: Samudra, Kharani, Koshi Green
Weight: 900g / 31.75oz
Material: DRY-ZONE - 77% nylon / 23% polyester
Giro Article Goggles
The new Giro Article’s are a feature-rich goggle which is defined by their sleek curvature and high-end optics. They use Giro’s toric VIVID lenses which are easily swapped out with the included low-light lens using Giro’s on-the-go Slash Seal lens interchange system. There is a large assortment of polycarbonate lens tints to available to enhance your vision in conditions from bluebird to full storm. Every lens filters 100% of harmful UV, and features durable coatings that resist fogging and scratches. The seamless compatibility with between all Giro helmets and goggles ensures that your chances of a Gorby Gap are minimal.
Colour: Black Wordmark, Grey Wordmark, Bright Green Peak, Camp Out, Red Peak, Silicone Vermillion, Mo Rockin, Silicone Tree, Silicone Glacier, Storm Dye Line, Silicone Black
Oboz Livingston Low
The new Oboz Livingston Low shoes combine hiking boot traction with slip-on comfort and ease. The ‘O Fit Insole’ provides the support like that of a hiking shoe but their stylish convenience means you can wear the Livingston’s around town as well. Style, traction, comfort, fit and versatility—the Livingston Low’s kinda does it all. They’re ideal for the stylish hiker on your holiday gift list
Price: $149CAN / $110US
Sizes: 8-14 Colour: Walnut, Dark Shadow
Weight: 374g / 13.2oz
Material: Water-resistant tumbled nubuck leather
Patagonia Arbor Pack
Perhaps more at home in urban wilds than on the up-track, the Arbor pack may be suited for the student in your life. Someone who appreciates Patagonia’s corporate ethos and classic “normcore” style. The recycled body fabric, laptop sleeve and wide choice of colours make it all the more appealing. The DWR finish means it’ll keep their jackfruit burrito lunch and school books dry and happy. The Arbor pack harkens back to an earlier Patagonia design aesthetic—that is back in style again today.
Price: $119CAN / $99US
Colours: Black, Grey, Purple, Khaki, Red
Weight: 590g / 1lb 4.8oz
Bearpaw Sheilah Boots
Not everyone wants to look like an adventure badass all the time—especially the ladies. The Bearpaw Sheilah Boots are a stylish urban alternative to hiking boots while combining function and fashion in a comfortable 14’ boot. Cow suede with plush faux fur trim, wool blend lining and sheepskin comfort footbed built on a lightweight blown rubber outsole get the message across loud and clear—time for aprés ski. For the woman on your holiday gift list that’s more than just fresh lines.
Price: $129.99CAN / $99.99US
Sizes: 5-12 Colour: Brown, Black
Scott 2-Part Ski Pole
Who wouldn’t like a spanky new set of poles this holiday season? I know I would. The Cascade 2-part pole from Scott would complement any quiver. Features like a cork handle, rubber gripper and the “Strap Release System” make them perfect for touring. They are bright yellow so they won’t get lost and the grip feels super solid with a pair of gloves on. Don’t be fooled and think that aluminum is always heavier than carbon fibre. The Cascade is lighter weight than many carbon poles. Two sets of baskets come with too!
Size: 100-125, 115-140cm
Weight: 275g / 9.7oz
Columbia Titanium Omni-HEAT 3D Knit Crew Top
Columbia’s new Omni-Heat 3D, along with their Omni-Heat thermal reflective and Omni-Wick fabric technologies call all be found packed into the Titanium Omni-Heat 3D Knit Crew Top. What’s Omni-Heat 3D you ask? Glad you did, have a look over here at our explanation of this technology and see why we’re huge believers in it. I’ve been wearing this 3D Knit Crew Top for the past year and find it to be much warmer than other base layers. It’s ideal for resort and backcountry skiing so add it to your holiday wish list or perhaps gift one to that special someone in your life?
Price: $139.99 / $99.00US
Sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL
Colour: Red Spark, Dark Mountain
Material: 85% Polyester, 15% Elastane
Wiley X Kobe Sunglasses
Wiley’s X Kobe Sunglasses use shatterproof Selenite Polycarbonate Lenses that meet high velocity and high mass impact standards. They provide 100 percent UVA/UVB protection with distortion-free clarity in a polarized lens which has a T-Shell coating that resists scratching. The X Kobe’s will keep your eyes safe while tree skiing, bushwhacking or any other adventure you can throw at them. If you have a prescription then Wiley can incorporate that for you into the X Kobe Sunglasses as well. Stay safe while looking good out there.
Colour: Matte Black with Grey Silver Flash lenses, Gloss Hickory Brown Frame with Polarized Venice Gold lenses
Dakine Poacher 22L Backpack
A really good ski touring pack is all about organization and functionality, two things the Dakine Poacher 22L Backpack is very good at. Carry a pair of skis or a snowboard with ease, organize your avi-tools in their own compartment, carry your helmet, radio and hydration bladder in dedicated locations—all things that matter. The back panel access makes getting in and out a snap while the durable construction means you’ll likely never have to use the lifetime warranty. Why wouldn’t you want one for this season?
Price: $194.99CAN / $160US
Colour: Scout, Black
Weight: 1.5kg / 3.3lb
Kora Shola 230 Zip-Up
We are all aware of the merits of merino wool but did you know that Yak Wool is just as good, if not better? Himalayan nomads have been wearing yak wool for centuries and Kora is the first company to develop this fibre into high-performance technical fabrics. The Kora Shola 230 Zip-Up uses 100% Pure Himalayan Yak Wool which is said to be more breathable and 40% warmer than merino wool. It’s also soft to the touch and itch-free for all-day comfort along with natural odour resistant properties. Yak wool, who’d a thunk it?
Sizes: S, M, L, XL, 2XL
Colour: Obsidian blue, Shale black
Material: 100% Pure Himalayan Yak Wool Fabric
Mountain Hardwear Cloudseeker Gore-Tex Trigger Mitt
The Mountain Hardwear Cloudseeker Trigger Mitt is like a lobster claw mitt only less so. The index finger is not totally on its own so it stays warmer but provides some dexterity. Add to this a Gore-Tex insert to make it waterproof, windproof and yet still breathability. Made for high mountain expeditions, this mitt will keep you warm and dry on your next snowboard or ski day. Give the gift of warmth this holiday season!
Price: $140CAN / $160US
Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL
Weight: 298g / 10.5oz
Material: 70D X 160D Dobby with a GORE-TEX 2L insert, Thermal.Q Elite insulation and DWR Drum Dyed Goat Leather on the palms
Westcomb Ozone Hoody
Who doesn’t love a good hoody? Leave it to the good folks at Westcomb to take this everyday classic and tech it up a bit. Made with Polartec PowerStretch Pro, the Ozone Hoody is comfortable, light and warm. Its relaxed fit and minimalist style means you can rock it on the skin track or at the brewpub. Let's just call it Hoody 2.0.
Sizes: S, M, L, XL
Colour: Blue, Black, Rust
Weight: 414g / 15oz
Material: Polartec PowerStretch Pro
Orage Hybrid Layering
Warmth and light weight are what the Orage Hybrid Layering are all about. Primaloft Thermoplume insulation in the front and over the shoulders and biceps to keep you warm and breathable stretch fabric over the back and under arms to breath and be more packable. This body mapped or hybrid construction provides the best of both worlds all in one jacket.
Price: $199.99CAN / $169.99US
Sizes: XXS, XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL
Colour: Black, Black pattern
Material: Primaloft Thermoplume insulation
Shred Amazify Goggles
Shred’s Amazify Goggles use a cylindrical style design which allows for optimal periphery vision. The Contrast Boosting Lens provides impressive contrast enhancement and visual definition in all different kinds of light conditions. Combine the Amazify Goggles with a Shred, or any other helmet brand and get zero Gorby Gap thanks to the goggles ‘universal helmet compatibility’ design. As a member of 1% for the planet Shred is doing the right thing, now maybe it’s time for you to give 100% of the Shred Amazify Goggles to someone you care for.
Colour: Black/white, Navy/rust, Grey/green
Weight: 150g / 5.3oz
Scarpa Margarita Shoes
The Margaritas sit within the lifestyle collection of the Scarpa line. As you can see from other parts of the backcountryskiingcanada.com site, we are big fans of the brand. Italian craftsmanship is evident in everything they make—from ski boots, to hiking boots to shoes like the Margaritas. These are made more for the city street than the crag, are out-of-the-box comfortable, and grey is a great colour. Wear them with a pair of skinny jeans and hit the brewpub. Or give them to a favourite person this holiday.
Price: $165CAN / $119US
Colour: Grey Size: 40 – 48
Weight: 294g / 10.4oz (single shoe)
Karr Traa Lokke Long Sleeve
Made of 100% merino wool, the Karr Traa Lokke Long Sleeve base layer isn’t scratchy but is super warm and toasty and ready to take on winter. Wet or dry, merino wool insulates and has a natural anti-microbial property so odour build up is not an issue like in synthetic base layers. The Norwegian inspired design is unique and works not only for winter adventures but also for aprés ski. Any woman would be happy with this wrapped up for the holidays.
Price: $145.00CAN / $120.00US
Sizes: S, M, L, XL
Colour: Natural white, Cloud
Material: 100% merino wool
Olukai NA‘I WP Shoes
NA‘I WP is pronounced ‘nah-ee’ and means ‘To Conquer’. While the NA‘I WP Shoes are more of a leisure shoe than a technical shoe they still use full waterproof bootie construction with a waterproof, breathable membrane, gasket and seam sealing. The outsole is made of a durable, non-marking, lightweight ‘Wet Grip Rubber’—so maybe these are more than just a pretty face? Olukai also gives a portion of all proceeds directly to support the Ama OluKai Foundation, which helps preserve and celebrate the cultural heritage and Aloha spirit of Hawai‘i. Give and they give back, not a bad deal.
Colour: Espresso/Black, Black/Black, Carob/Dark Wood, Fox/Dark Wood, Ray/Dark Wood
Ruffwear Vert Jacket
Winter doesn’t just mean you’ll be cold it also means that man’s best friend might need a little help staying warm as well and that’s where Ruffwear’s Vert Jacket comes in. It’s windproof, waterproof and breathable thanks to the 70D nylon shell and the warm and comfy polyester fleece lining. If you’re braving the elements in the city and want to keep Fido warm and safe at night then the Vert Jacket’s reflective accents and built-in beacon light loop have you covered.
Price: $108.00 / $79.95US
Sizes: XXS, XS, S, M, L, XL
Colour: Sockeye Red, Blue Atoll
Material: 70D nylon shell
Gregory Praxus 45 Travel Pack
For those of us for whom roller bags are dead, a fully kitted-out travel backpack makes a world of sense. The Praxus 45 has all the bells and whistles: handles galore, stashable pack straps, a “wet compartment,” a laptop sleeve, a tablet sleeve, and more features than we can mention here. The beauty of it lies in its ability to bounce between a super-comfy and functional backpack to a cosmopolitan-looking valise—depending on your context. Checking into a nice hotel—no prob. Choosing to go low profile and budget travel?—give ‘er. At just under the $200 CAN mark, this functional holiday gift is sure to please.
Price: $195CAN / $149US
Klymit Insulated V Ultralite SL
Klymit uses Body Mapping Technology in their Insulated V Ultralite SL sleeping mat. Lofted synthetic insulation gives the Insulated V an R-value of 4.4 which is pretty respectable given it’s only 6.3cm thick. The V-Chambered surface design is super comfortable to sleep on and built-in side rails ensure that you stay centred and on the mat all night long. Give the gift of blissful sleep this holiday season and someone will thank you.
Price: $199.99CAN / $119.95US
Sizes: 51 x 183 x 6.3cm / 20” x 72” x 2.5”
Weight: 431g / 15.2 oz
Smith Scout Helmet
Smith offers up a wide variety of ski and snowboard specific helmets but the Scout is one of their more affordable versions. You won’t miss many features on this helmet—yes there are 8 vents, removable bombshell ear pads and removable goggle lock. The scout lets you give a big gift that makes a small impact on your wallet.
Price: $130CAN / $100US
Sizes: S, M, L, XL
Colour: Matte Salmon, Matte Black, Matte White, Matte Cloud Grey, Matte Ink, Matte Moss
Weight: 500g / 17.5oz
Garmin inReach Mini
Staying connected in the backcountry is not always possible with today’s cell phone technology and that’s where the Garmin inReach Mini comes in. It’s a super small GPS satellite communicator that enables two-way text messaging via the global Iridium satellite network (satellite subscription required). Pair it with your cell phone to provide even more convenience or use it on its own. Small, rugged, and lightweight, Garmin packs a lot into the palm sized inReach Mini. Send and receive text messages, receive weather forecast, access downloadable maps, track and share your journey and, if necessary, trigger an SOS alert to contact the GEOS 24/7 emergency response team. The built-in rechargeable lithium battery provides up to 90 hours of battery life so it will go the distance if you do. This is one serious piece of technology that any adventurer would want for peace of mind so why not keep your loved ones safe (and happy) this holiday season.
Price: $449.99CAN / $349.99US
Dimensions: 5.17 x 9.90 x 2.61cm / 2.04 x 3.90 x 1.03in
Colour: Red, Black
Weight: 100g / 3.5oz
Battery Life: 90hrs - 24days
Scarpa F1 Anniversary Ski Touring Boots
Everyone wants to celebrate Scarpa’s 80’s anniversary, don’t they? Why not add to the party and give a pair of these hot rods to that special someone. We are fans of all things Scarpa and the F1 are no exception (we’ve reviewed the F1 Evo and shot a video review of the F1, BTW). The F1 has become the de facto lightweight touring boot these days—take a look and see how many guides and pros are wearing them this winter. The recipient of these will enjoy the bedroom-slipper-comfort in the lodge, an unbelievable range of motion and remarkable stiffness and natural flex for the way down. If you are unable to find the Ferrari red version, go for the regular black and blue. They are the same, amazing boot.
Price: $849CAN / $750US (for large)
Colour: Italian Red (or black for non-anniversary version)
Sizes: 24.5 – 31 Mondo
Weight: 1260g / 2lb 12.5oz (1/2 pair size 27)
Outdoor Research Hemispheres Jacket and Bibs
The Outdoor Research Hemispheres Jacket and Bibs are not your ordinary waterproof/breathable hardshell kit. This bad-boy combo uses GORE-TEX C-Knit fabric which offers up unparalleled stretch—ideal for any high energy activity like backcountry skiing and riding. This enhanced range of motion doesn’t sacrifice any protection from the elements and the jacket and bibs are loaded with features that adventurers demand. While this fabric offers nearly four times the stretch of other waterproof fabrics it’s just as durable and will stand up to abuse. With Outdoor Research’s unique colour combination this kit will deliver not only on the technical end of things but will also keep you stylin’ on the snow.
Price: Jacket - $750CAN / $599US, Bibs - $725CAN / $599US
Colours: Jacket - Fire brick / Storm, Naval Blue / Cobalt, Carob / Honey Bibs- Ochre, Black
Sizes: Jacket - S, M, L,XL Bibs - S, M, L,XL
Fabrics: GORE-TEX C-Knit Technology 3L100% nylon
Weight: Jacket - 567g / 20oz, Bibs - 596g / 21oz
Elan Ripstick 116 Skis
Having reviewed and raved about Elan’s Ripstick 106’s we new their fatter cousins, the 116’s would be a sure bet for our Holiday Gift Guide. Expert skiers and powder addicts alike will fall in love with this hard-charging big mountain freeride ski that’s sturdy and responsive. Their Amphibio profile provides manoeuvrability and confidence at speed by incorporating both rocker and camber profiles into a dedicated left and right ski. The cambered inside edge is for edge grip and stability while the rockered outside edge is forgiving easy turns and transitions. Built into the Ripstick 116 Skis is Elan’s TNT technology which combines a Tubelite Wood Core with carbon rods along the edges of the ski and Vapor Tip Inserts. The result is a lightweight, powerful ski that's stable in any conditions. If you have a powder lover who’s been good this year then give them the ultimate gift, the Ripstick 116 Skis.
Price: $799.95CAN / $749.00US
Weight: 1830g (per ski at 185cm)
Lengths: 185, 193
Therm-a-rest Utralight Cot
Ultra-luxe and light for the comfort it delivers, the Therm-a-Rest Ultralight Cot is for the person who dreads the aches and pains that sometimes accompany a night’s camping. By lifting you off the ground, the cot feels more like a bed by removing all potential contact points. Couple it with the NeoAir All Season SV mattress and it really excels. The reflective ThermaCapture fabric on the bottom (the silvery stuff) helps retain your body heat if temps are low. My wife loves the one that I bought for her. It’s a game changer.
Price: $279.99CAN / $239US (for large)
Colour: Green with silver bottom
Length (large): 196cm / 77”
Weight: 1.35kg / 3lbs
Material: polyester ripstop, anodized aluminium and nylon
Voormi High-E Hoodie
The High-E Hoodie stands as the centre-point of the entire Voormi collection and is the piece that started it all. Made in the United States exclusively from Rocky Mountain High Country Merino Wool, the High-E has a re-enforced, water-repellent outer surface with a built-in harness-compatible front kangaroo pocket, balaclava-style full cover hood, quarter front zip, integrated hidden thumbholes and an internal chest pocket with headphone port. Can you say feature rich and warm as hell? The High-E Hoodie is worth every expensive little penny.
Price: $298.72CAN / $229US
Sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL
Colour: Cinder, Red Rock, Deep Sage, Fishpond Oil Green, Chestnut, Twilight
Weight: 616g / 1lb 5.7oz (large size)
Material: Rocky Mountain High Country Merino Wool
Hagan Core 12 Binding
The Core 12 is a new tech binding from Hagan that you likely haven’t heard of yet. Hagan is huge in Europe and slowly breaking ground here in North America. Their Core 12 was designed and manufactured by ATK which has a long history in the binding business. What makes the Core 12 so unique is its integrated front brake system. This is the only ski touring brake in the world that is active in both uphill and downhill mode, so say goodbye to run away skis while climbing or transitioning. The other unique innovation is the Magneto quick flick heel lifts. These risers are magnetic so they will not flop around and also offer up 5 different walking position, which is far more than most other tech bindings. To access three of these you must turn the heel piece which can be done in either direction. With a long list of features and novel innovations, the Hagan Core 12 Binding is made for the serious ski touring animal on your holiday gift list.
Price: $845CAN / $650US
Weight: 350g / 12.5oz
Materials: Aluminum alloy, Injection-molded POM thermo-plastic, Stainless steel
Black Diamond First Light Hybrid Hoody
Black Diamond’s apparel has always impressed and the First Light Hybrid Hoody is no exception. This jacket is a versatile insulating mid-layer which combines their First Light insulation with strategically placed panels of blended merino wool. This mid-layer insulates, breathes and moves with you so it’s ideal for the Backcountry Skiing Canada skier on your holiday gift-giving list. The main insulation is migration-resistant PrimaLoft Silver Insulation Active in the hood, chest and arms, and you’ll find the blended merino wool in the body and underarms for increased breathability and range of motion. The shell fabric is a lightweight Schoeller material which features a NanoSphere coating that resists light rain and inclement weather. Who wouldn’t want one of these under the tree?
Price: $279CAN / $229US
Colours: Red Oxide, Forest, Smoke, Nickel
Sizes: S, M, L,XL
Fabrics: Shell - Schoeller stretch-woven nylon with NanoSphere Technology, Insulation - PrimaLoft Silver Insulation Active, Body - blended merino wool
Weight: 520g / 18.3oz
Arc’teryx Zeta LT Women’s Jacket
If you are looking to pick up an Arc’teryx jacket for a loved one, this may be it. At just over the $500 mark, it’s affordable by Arc’teryx Gore-Tex jacket standards, the green colour is sublime, and the fit is perfect (for women). If you can’t spring for a different jacket every season (who can), the Zeta LT works all year. In the colder months, just pair it with a puffy and she’ll be good to go. Shoulder seasons? No prob—it only weighs 300g and is entirely waterproof. Yes, this is a big present. Yes, it will elicit breathlessness, smiles and extreme appreciation. Reserved for sweeties (and moms).
Price: $550CAN / $425US
Colours: Black, White, Green
Size: XS - XL Weight: 300g / 10.6oz
Materials: Gore-Tex fabric with C-KNIT backer
Evoc FR Guide Blackline 30L Backpack
The FR Guide Backline 30L Backpack from Evoc combines a fully featured ski touring pack with their Liteshield Back Protector. This provides added safety for you back without excessive heat build up or added weight. With 30L of interior space, back panel access and a separate avi tools compartment, the FG Guide is a functional and safe ski touring pack for that powder fiend on your gift list.
Price: $299CAN / $240US
Volume: 30L Sizes: S, M/L, XL
Colour: Red, Black
Weight: 1450g / 3.2lb
Eddie Bauer BC Evertherm Down Jacket
This is the lightest waterproof down jacket Eddie Bauer has ever made. Weatheredge Pro Shell provides complete weather protection since it’s waterproof and breathable. Under this, you’ll find Thindown insulation which is essentially thin down sheets rather than high-loft down clusters that you find in most down jackets. This reduces the bulk of the jacket and the need for quilting channels so it doesn’t look like your typical down jacket. This expedition worthy jacket will make anyone smile this holiday season.
Price: $639CAN / $499US
Sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL
Colour: Maroon, Black
Weight: 544g / 19.2oz
Material: 100% nylon with down insulation
POC Obex Spin Helmet
POC’s new all mountain/freeride helmet, the Obex SPIN, is light with a low profile design while not skimping on safety. The EPS liner/ABS outer shell construction has adjustable ventilation and sizing system along with POC’s patent-pending silicone pad technology system called “SPIN”, which stands for Shearing Pad Inside and will better protect you from rotational impacts. POC’s whole helmet approach provides optimal comfort, fit, performance and crash protection while keeping weight to a minimum for us backcountry skiers. The design has been optimized for a seamless fit and compatibility with POC goggles, take for example the Obex Spin’s integrated front vents, these allow air to flow through to prevent goggle fogging. Give a little innovation, design and comfort this holiday season perhaps?
Price: $240CAN / $200US
Sizes: XS-S, M-L, XL-XXL
Colour: Black, White, Burgundy, Green, Blue, Grey
MSR Windburner Stove System Combo
Cooking with micro stoves, pots and pans is good if you are bent on fast and light—for those of us who like to make a good meal one of the day’s objectives, the Windburner Stove System Combo does the trick. Suitable for beyond boil-in-a-bag menus, the Windburner’s simmerability and 2-3 person sizing make cooking more ambitious meals possible. It’s also part of a system, so if you want to go a little less luxe, you can use a MSR Duo pot instead of the 2.5L model. This stove is great for couples camping. Buy one for your significant other and reap the benefit on your next trip!
Price: $300CAN / $279US (for large)
Sizes: 2.5L sauce pot, 8” skillet
Boiling time (1L): 6.2 minutes
Weight: .03kg / 1lbs 13oz
Orage Women’s Zenith Shell Jacket
Orage’s Zenith Shell Jacket is new for 2019 and one the ladies will really covet. It’s a form-fitting mountain ready waterproof/breathable dermizax 3-ply shell. While its looks say high fashion it’s built for backcountry and on-piste skiing. The fit leaves ample room for layering based on the day's conditions and its full feature list can take anything mother nature can throw at it. Make her smile this holiday season with a gift of the Orage Zenith Jacket.
Price: $499.99CAN / $449.99US
Sizes: XXS, XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL
Colour: Black, White, Pink
Material: Dermizax 3 ply: 100% polyester, 100% nylon backing, 80/20 Eco DWR
Osprey Transporter Wheeled Duffel 90
Luggage takes a beating from air travel and sometimes its contents too. Protect your valuable gear with the new Osprey Transporter Wheeled 90L Duffel, its durable and weather-resistant 800D TPU-coated nylon fabrics are abrasion and water resistance. The long-lasting #10 YKK zippers have overlapping flaps for further weather protection, and padded grab handles make hauling, tossing or dragging these packs a welcome option. The HighRoad Chassis uses a tubular aluminum frame for strength and the high-clearance design provides strength and structure in a lightweight package. A single exterior pocket and two internal mesh pockets provide plenty of storage options for smaller items and built-in compression straps stabilize the bigger items. The Osprey Transporter Wheeled Duffel is a true workhorse of international travel and is the ideal gift for the adventure you know.
Price: $320CAN / $270US
Dimensions: 80 x 44 x 35cm / 31.5 X 17.3 X 13.8in
Colour: Kingfisher Blue / Black Weight: 3.5kg / 7.8lb
Material: 840D Nylon TPU Double Coated
Scott LGC Goggles
The LGCs are Scott’s signature collection and for good reason. Put these puppies on and you’ll immediately notice how clear and crisp everything looks. This likely thanks to the new Amplifier tech which optimizes three specific wavelengths: blue, orange and red. This sounds a little like marketing hooey until you put them on. Wow. Being the signature model comes with a significant price tag so suggest avoiding any early-season bushwhack ski tours with these on. Also of note is the simple lens swap-out system and spare lens for low vis days (which come in a handy, chuck-in-your-pack sleeve). This is the kind of gift that’d be hard not to keep. Maybe ask the retailer to send them directly to the lucky recipient’s house?
Colours/Lens Combos: 11 variations Key
Features: Amplifier lens technology, lens change system
Helly Hansen LifaLoft Hooded Jacket
Many manufacturers are making the light/warm/waterproof claim—but Helly Hansen may have actually pulled it off with their LifaLoft. It’s a combo of Lifa and Primaloft, two insulation powerhouses. The upshot is that you have a warm, somewhat weatherproof and stylish jacket that avoids the Michelin-man look we all know too well. The jacket’s low profile makes for a perfect midlayer under a hardshell, or as an on-its-own layer in warmer temps. Lucky for you, there’s a women’s version if you are looking for a gift for the woman in your life (moms included).
Price: 270$CAN / $230US
Sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL
Colours: Grenadine, Black Matte, Blue, Black, Grey/Blue
Weight: 340g / 12oz
Fill: Lifaloft 31g / 1.1oz
Intuition Tour Wrap Liners
If your existing ski boot liners are getting packed out or just don’t offer the comfort and support that you want then it’s time to upgrade to a pair of Intuition Tour Wrap Liners. This wrap-around design eliminated hot spots on your shins and keeps your feet snug with Intuitions adjustable lace system. A built-in flex panel above the heel and roomy toe box provide heaps of comfort while an anti-microbial treatment will keep them stink-free even after a season of ski touring.
Price: $233.75CAN / $187US
Sizes: 4-13 (mondo 22-31)
Weight: 380-520g / 13.4-18.3oz
Bullfrog BF100 Bluetooth Music System
Most backcountry adventurers expect a lot out of their gear and it’s no exception when it comes to their technology. The Bullfrog BF100 Bluetooth Music System delivers as it’s IP67 rated, which means that it’s fully protected from water, snow, dust and dirt. It also floats and can be submerged in 1m of water for up to 30 minutes. The 12-hour battery life ensures the music last and the 100-foot Bluetooth range means you can be off yonder a ways. The built-in speakerphone means you can make/take phone calls and since there are speakers on both sides you get 360-degree sound. Yup, it plays music too.
Price: $289.95CAN / $199.95US
Dimensions: 23 x 8.5 x 8.5cm / 9 x 3.3 x 3.3in
Colour: Grey/White, Green/Black
Weight: 816g / 1.8lb
Danner Mountain 600 Chelsea
Slip-ons? Anyone? Once you’ve tried ‘em, you’ll never go back; especially with the Danner Mountain 600 Chelsea. These are classic city/country kicks that feel great after a day on the slopes or heading out to the brewpub. The Chelsea slip-on style is particularly appreciated in the shoulder and winter months when shoes/boots have to come on and of whenever entering a dwelling. The olive colour is lovely and unusual, and the Vibram SPE midsole/Fuga outsole make for excellent grip and running-shoe comfort all in one. I am wearing a pair right now! These would make someone happy this holiday.
Price: $235.27CAN / $179US
Colours: Black, Tan, Brown and Olive
Marmot Featherless Hybrid Jacket
A packable, lightweight mid layer is gold in the backcountry and the Marmot Featherless Hybrid Jacket is just that. More than a wind shirt but not as much as a micro puffy this new hybrid jacket uses 3M’s Thinsulate Recycled Featherless Insulation which is made with 75% recycled loose-fill fibres that provide the same warmth as 700 fill power down. This unique insulation will keep you warm when it gets wet and the DriClime Bi-Component lining helps wick away moisture that may build up if you overheat during a cardio burst. If it gets to warm out for the Featherless Hybrid Jacket then simply pack it away in one of the hand warmer pockets and store it in your pack. Stylish and practical, this hybrid is ideal for the adventurer on your gift list.
Price: $209.95CA / $160US
Colours: Black, Clear Blue, Dark Rust, Bright Lime
Weight: 255.1g / 9oz
Materials: 100% Nylon Ripstop Stretch, 3M Thinsulate Featherless Insulation
Sizes: S, M, L, XL
FA Designs Subsonic Jacket
The Subsonic Jacket by FA Designs is their premier eVent 3 layer waterproof/breathable shell. The 40 denier fabric is as tough as it is beautiful and the articulated, technical design comes with a long list of functional essentials that any skier wants and needs. Weighing only 440g, Subsonic Jacket has a lifetime warranty and works perfectly over FA Designs V1 or VH Jackets and the Subsonic Cargo pants are an ideal waterproof/breathable compliment. Designed in Canada and ready to take on the world’s best skiing and riding.
Price: $699CAN / $539US
Sizes: S, M, L, XL
Colour: Atomic, Plutonium, Process, Xenon
Weight: 440g / 15.6oz
Material: eVent 3 layer waterproof/breathable
Mystery Ranch Saddle Peak Ski Touring Pack
Mystery Ranch’s Dana Gleason is famous in the pack world for his revolutionary designs and having turned his attention to a ski touring pack we now have the innovative Saddle Peak Ski Touring Pack. The long list of features includes options for both diagonal and A-frame ski carry, full body panel zip for easy, on-the-fly access when skis are attached, main zippered compartment with urethane coated zipper for extra weather protection, streamlined avi pocket, and hydration reservoir ready. The compression-moulded back panel and laminated stretch woven waist belt & yoke repel snow and also stand up to a fair amount of abuse. The Saddle Peak is also available in women’s specific harnessing sized in XS and S/M.
Price: $299.00CAN / $229US
Sizes: 21L S/M, M/L
Colour: Black Emboss, Nightfall
Weight: 1.7kg / 3.8lb
Material: 500D nylon, PU coated fabric / 330D CORDURA lite Plus fabric
fabric / 330D CORDURA lite Plus fabric
Exped Synmat UL Winter LW
Sleep is a valuable commodity in the backcountry and the Exped Synmat UL Winter LW Mat provides the comfort and warmth to maximize it. Rated to -10C° the Synmat uses 200 g/m² Texpedloft microfibre insulation to keep the cold of the ground at bay. Being Bluesign certified means it’s not harmful to the planet so you can rest easy. The included Schnozzel Pumpbag makes easy work of inflating the mat and doubles as a waterproof and airtight storage bag.
Price: $290AN / $220US
Dimensions: 65 x 197 x 8.9cm / 25.6 x 77.6 x 3.5in
Weight: 819g / 28.9oz
Material: 20 D Polyester R-Value: 5
Garmin Fenix 5X Plus GPS Watch
The Garmin Fenix 5X GPS Watch won our Gear of the Year Award and is now even better than ever with the Fenix 5X Plus. It’s always been the best GPS watch on the market (in our minds) thanks to the full-colour maps and multi-network navigation. Now it incorporates a wrist-based Pulse Ox Acclimation sensor which provides awareness of your blood oxygen saturation levels which is extremely useful when adjusting to elevation. It can also store and play up to 500 songs and connect to Bluetooth headphones for phone-free listening, Add to this Garmin Pay’s contactless payment which allows you to make convenient payments with your watch and a battery that lasts up to 20 days in smartwatch mode and 13 hours in GPS mode. Other highlights include routable colour TOPO maps, wrist heart rate monitor, custom apps, watch faces and bands. Not your every day altimeter, barometer, compass watch, the Garmin Fenix 5X Plus is serious tech that will transform any adventurers day in the mountains or city.
Price: $1099.99 – $1499.99CAN / $849.99 – $1149.99US
Dimensions: 51 x 51 x 17.5mm / 2 x 2 x 0.7in
Colour: White, Black, Sapphire, Silver
Weight: 96g / 3.4oz
Battery Life: 32hrs - 20days
Smartwool Smartloft 60 Shirt Jacket
The Smartwool Smartloft 60 Shirt Jacket, is it a shirt or is a jacket? Well, it’s actually both and uses lightweight 50% recycled wool insulation which provides packable warmth that's breathable and insulating even when it gets wet. If you are after versatility then this is the jacket,… er, shirt for you.
Price: $239.99CAN / $200US
Sizes: S, M, L, XL
Colour: Graphite, Fig, Black
Weight: 408g / .9lb
Material: Shell - 100% Nylon; Panels - 48% Merino Wool, 44% Polyester, 8% Elastane; Fill - 88% Wool, 12% Polyester
Tecnica Zero G Tour Pro Boots
Tecnica’s Zero G Tour Pro Boots have been a fave of ours since we initially tested then and now they’re better than ever. This updated version still doesn’t compromise downhill performance to shed weight. At just 1,320 grams this is one serious lightweight AT boot that provides a 55° range of motion in hike mode and a true flex of 130 for the down. The 4 magnesium buckle design uses a carbon fibre-Grilamid cuff to maximize performance while keeping things light yet stiff and the C.A.S. customizable shell means you can get a solid fit for almost any foot. With tech fittings up top and VIBRAM rubber soles on the bottom, these are serious peak bagging/ski touring kicks.
Sizes: 22.0 - 30.5
Last: 99 Material: Carbon Fibre, Grilamid
G3 Cabrio with Alpride Airbag System
G3’s new Cabrio avalanche pack uses the removable Alpride Airbag System which only adds 690 grams to the pack’s weight and takes up 1.7L of volume. The Alpride Airbag System is one of the lightest systems available with a total weight of 2690g / 5lb15oz, which includes the pack, airbag system, and cartridges, making it over 500g lighter than most other avi packs on the market. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has also declared Alpride cartridges safe for travel and each user is allowed to travel with 2 sets of cartridges for one pack. The Cabrio pack itself includes an A-frame and diagonal ski carry options as well as the ability to carry a snowboard. A dedicated goggle pocket, avi tool compartment and stowable helmet carry option round out the features. Innovative safety never looked do good and thanks to G3 it’s now ready for your favourite skier/rider.
Price: $1,029CAN / $799US
Weight: 2690g / 5lb 15oz
Material: 420 and 210 D Nylon
Sweet Protection Switcher MIPS Helmet
Protection, comfort and ventilation—three things the Sweet Protection Switcher MIPS Helmet excels at. With 22 one hand adjustable vents there is no shortage of ventilation. Too cold, then close then all up to stay warm. This MIPS equipped helmet reduces rotational forces on the brain and has extra reinforcement in critical areas without adding additional weight. A magnetic chin buckle and turn dial adjustment easily creates in a custom fit while the audio readiness is a nice plus. What more could you want, the ultimate gift for skiers and riders.
Price: $249.95CAN / $219.95US
Sizes: S/M, M/L, L/XL
Colour: Gret, White, Black, Blue
Body Glove EX 8’2” iBoard Inflatable Surfboard
Destination surf trips just got easier thanks to the Body Glove EX 8’2” iBoard Inflatable Surfboard. The durable double layered drop stitch construction is tough while the high pressure 20 PSI inflation rate makes it surprisingly rigid. The 2.75' thickness and narrow pintail design allows for better edging, carving, and manoeuvring on the wave and ideal for any skill level. Since it’s more buoyant than a traditional hardboard, the EZ iBoard allows you to paddle faster on top of the water, enabling you to catch more waves with ease. The easy to ride profile is super fun to ride and a solid performing board for any surfer.
Dimensions: 249 x 7cm / 8’2” x 2.75”
Frye Union Workboot
Not all skiers live the lifestyle 24/7 and for those who appreciate the finer things in life, theirs nothing more decadent than the Frye Union Work boots. Made from pull-up leather with a weather-proof finish that protects from light rain and snow. The Union Work boots combine style and functionality in one good looking package. With durable rubber lug soles, Goodyear-welt/stitch out construction, antique metal hardware, and rubber outsoles—the Union Work boots are as tough as they are comfortable. Give the gift of style to the skier/boarder on your holiday list that needs a little fashion makeover.
Price: $510CAN / $298US
Colour: Dark Brown, Black
Material: Polished Leather
Powder Stagecoach Cat Skiing
Not even backcountry skiers want to earn their turns all the time and when this happens the next best thing is Cat Skiing with Powder Stagecoach out of Castle Mountain Ski Resort. With 900 cm’s of annual snowfall blanketing their nearly 900 acres of skiable terrain, Powder Stagecoach always has fresh tracks. Choose your ski day Thursday through Sunday and if you have 11 friends to join you rent the entire Cat for $3999.95. Powder Stagecoach’s freshly prepared hot buffet breakfast and To-Go Lunch w/ bottled beverage keep you fuelled all day and their parting souvenir commemorates your day. The perfect skier’s gift is also available in gift certificate format in case you can’t decide on a date.
Price: $399.95 - $449.95CAN
Pearl Izumi Summit AmFIB Pant
Although it’s already ski season, some die-hard riders out there are still braving the cold to get in a mountain or road ride and with all this inclement weather you’ll need some warmth and protection. The Summit AmFIB Pant is Pearl Izumi’s warmest since they use AmFib softshell throughout for warmth, and wind/water resistance. Thermal panels on the back of knees add more breathability and enhance the range of motion and pedalling performance. To ensure they shed water, they are coated with a PI Dry technology. The Summit AmFIB Pants also do double duty as a great base layer for those cold ski days so whoever you gift these to will get year-round use out of them,… and who says biking season has to end?
Price: $249CAN / $185US
Sizes: XS, S, M, L,XL, XXL
Fabrics: 1% nylon 41% polyester 13% lycra 5% polyurethane DWR finish
DoucheBags Big Bastard 90L
DoucheBag has never been at a loss for unique names nor innovative design and the Big Bastard 90L Duffle is no exception. Pack up your helmet, boots, clothing and more in this stylish/svelte duffle, then toss it around by one of its side, top, and bottom handles. Get a grip, it can take the abuse. And, manoeuvring it is a snap with large roller wheels and sturdy two-stage retractable handle. Not enough room even with 90L of space? No problem, use the patented hook-up system to hook your other Db bags onto the back of the Big Bastard. Gear junkies rejoice, a place for all your stuff on the road.
Price: $299CAN / $249US
Sizes: 50 x 24.5 x 87cm / 19.7 x 9.4 x 34.3in
Colour: Red, Grey, Black, Green, White, Beige
Weight: 4.5kg / 9.9lb
Tentsile UNA Tree Tent
Reinvigorate the camping experience for someone you love, get them up off the ground and into the trees with a Tentsile UNA Tree Tent. Think hammock meets tent. This lightweight single-hammock design was designed for the fast packing adventurer. The single, bivy-style pole configuration creates an ample interior space and the unique lateral wing shape keeps your gear and the ground dry below. Made of 100%-waterproof, UV-resistant material the rainfly keeps you dry and covered and makes camping fun again.
Price: $263CAN / $200US
Colour: Forest Green, Fresh Green, Orange, Dark Grey, Camo, Predator
Weight: 2.8kg / 6.2lbs
Montbell Women’s Snow Banshee Hoodie
The Women’s Snow Banshee Hoodie by Montbell is a mid-weight soft shell whose versatility yet durable Climabarrier fabric is able to repel light rains and full-on alpine winds. Massive pit zips provide maximum venting when things get warm and the generous cut allows for layering beneath when things turn cold. Available for him and her, the Snow Banshee Hoodie is the ultimate soft shell gift in our opinion.
Sizes: S, M, L, XL
Colour: Olive Green, Cobalt Blue
Weight: 523g / 18.6oz
Material: Climabarrier 2-way stretch nylon face, 83% Nylon / 17% Polyurethane
Sealline 45L Submersible Duffel
If you too are a bag fetishist, this bag needs to be in your collection. Or better yet, the collection of the person you are going to give it to. Definitely get the blue version and, if you want it all, spring for the 75L version as well. Not only do these bags look good, but they are also incredibly durable and entirely waterproof (like…chuck them in the lake, waterproof). Strap them onto a SUP for a night out camping, the roof of your over-packed car, your motorbike—wherever. The Sealline duffel is a luggage fortress, with style. I want one.
Price: $210CAN / $159US
Colours: Black, Blue (go for the latter)
Weight: .79kg / 1lb 12oz
Mammut Arctic ML Hoody
The flattering Mammut Arctic ML Hoody is sporty and stylish all at the same time. It’s made with Polartec Thermal Pro fleece for an impressive heat-to-weight ratio. The fabric also has a little stretch to it so, if you get the right size for her, it’ll be form-fitting and will work well both under a hardshell or on its own over a t-shirt. The hood, if the day calls for added warmth, is comfortable and close-fitting. The Arctic ML hoody features Mammut’s distinctive, euro design aesthetic that’ll turn heads. Great brand, great hoody.
Price: $239CAN / $199US
Colours: Blue, Grey, Teal, Purple, Red
Size: XS - XL
Weight: 530g / 18.7oz
Materials: Polartec Thermal Pro
GoPro Hero 7 Black
GoPro has been a staple technology for any serious adventurer and the latest iteration—the Hero 7 Black is by far the best. With a built-in touch screen display navigating menus is easier than ever and if touch isn’t your thing then perhaps voice commands are. Simply talk to your Hero 7 Black to take photos or even 8x slow motion video. For the fast action the ‘HyperSmooth Stabilization’ takes video footage of gimbal quality. There are many more features and reasons to love the new Hero 7 Black and GoPro’s legendary ruggedness and waterproof design are two of them. Live Stream this holiday season with the technology gift skier want.
Price: $529CAN / $399US
Resolution: 12MP photos 4k60, 1080p 240 video
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