Holiday Gift Guide: Best gifts over $200
Top Gifts over $200
KABOOM! This is the big one. Our final $200+ category for all those things that cost... well… more than 200$. The “over $200” factor means we’ve included some really high-end stuff. Stuff like boots, skis, exotic packs, etc. Depending on your tax bracket, you can pick up one, two, or none of these items. And remember, it’s all about giving. Let’s say—if you buy one of these items for yourself, you also have to buy one for someone else. Or not. !
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
For gifts on a slightly smaller budget, check out top gifts priced from $100-$200 here, if this is still too rich for you then how about the best gifts priced $50-$100? If this is still too spendy then click on over here to see our top holiday gifts priced under $50.