Helly Hansen External Life Pocket
Helly Hansen has been building the Life Pocket into their winter apparel since last season and due to their popularity, these innovative phone pockets are now offered in a stand-alone option called, you guessed it, the Helly Hansen External Life Pocket. Designed to keep your phone alive in cold environments, the External Life Pocket uses 60 grams of Primaloft Black insulation to keep your phone (or another electronic device) warm so that the battery will not lose its charge as fast. Instead of being integrated into a Helly Hansen jacket or pant, the External Life Pocket can be used independently and kept in your pack, car or other convenient places. If you are a winter adventurer and use your phone in the cold to communicate or take pictures then this little wonder will be your new best friend. You can thank us later.
Price: $45CAN / $34US
Colour: Alert Red
Humangear has designed a modular, watertight, stacking storage system for food, snacks and other things you might need to organize around the house while camping or on your next adventure. Stax as they are called come in small, medium, large and an extra-large meal carrier. They are currently only available in one colour—spectrum but they do have orange, grey, blue, and green lids. All of the humangear Stax containers of the same size click together with a simple, quick 180-degree twist. The included ClipHandle not only offers a way to hold the containers from a loop, but it also acts as a clip, so you can hook one container or an entire Stax to a backpack, cooler or paddleboard. The humangear Stax extra-large is designed as a meal container and has a GoBites Click fork and spoon utensil stored in collapsed mode under the top lid in a small dedicated container while the two containers under this one can keep two foods separate and safe for lunchtime. These innovative modular storage containers will change the way you carry and organize your snacks, foods and much more.
Prices: Small - $11.99US; Medium - $15.99US; Large - $20.99US; XL Stax - $30.99US
Sizes: S, M, L, XL (meal)
Colours: Spectrum, White/Green, Grey/Green, Grey/Blue, White/Blue
Weight: Small - 57.8g / 2oz; Medium - 131g / 4.6oz; Large - 237.8g / 8.4oz; Extra- Large /EatSystem - 390g / 13.8oz
Volume: Small - 2.6oz; Medium - 10.1oz; Large - 19.9oz; Extra-Large / EatSystem - 44.3oz
Poppy Hand-Crafted Popcorn
Everyone loves popcorn (how can you not really?) and it makes an ideal aprés ski snack while reliving the day's adventure with friends and family. Poppy Hand-Crafted Popcorn takes what you know about popcorn and amps it up by offering surprising flavours made with simple, natural ingredients. They use non-GMO popcorn and never use artificial flavours or colours. Most of their flavours are gluten-free and dairy-free as well. Just try not to salivate over some of these flavours: Birthday Confetti, Caramel Apple, Chili Cheese, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Chocolate Peppermint Bark, Cinnamon Bourbon Pecan, Cotton Candy, Dark Chocolate & Cherries, Dynamite Coffee Toffee, Gingerbread, Jalapeño Cheddar, Pumpkin Spice Caramel, Southern Pecan Pie and so many more. Poppy uses resealable zip lock bags to ensure a 6-month shelf life, but really, this stuff won’t last more than a few minutes once opened. Our favourite flavours include Chocolate Peanut Butter and Gingerbread, but it’s best you sample several flavours as they are all so unique.
Price: $8.99-$16.99CAN / $6.25-$11.50US
Weight: 255g / 9oz
Flavours: Birthday Confetti, Caramel Apple, Cheddar, Cheese Lovers, Chili Cheese, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Chocolate Peppermint Bark, Cinnamon Bourbon Pecan, Cotton Candy, Dark Chocolate & Cherries, Dark Chocolate Pretzel, Dill Pickle, Dynamite Coffee Toffee, Everything Bagel, Gingerbread, Jalapeño Cheddar, Monster Mix, Parmesan & Black Pepper, Pimento Cheese, Poppy Mix, Pumpkin Spice Caramel, Reindeer Crunch, Salted Caramel, Salt & Pepper, Southern Pecan Pie, Spicy Thai, Spring Confetti, Sweet Onion, Vegan Salted Caramel, White Cheddar, Asheville Mix, Atlanta Mix
Vapur EZ Lick Foldable Dog Water Bottle
Vapur makes our favourite hydration system for the trail called the Element Anti Water bottle (which we reviewed here) and now they make one for our four-legged friends. The Vapur EZ Lick Foldable Dog Water Bottle is just as the name suggests, it’s the classic soft-sided folding Anti Bottle but for dogs! Instead of packing a bulky dog bowl on your next hike or ski tour the EX lick is is an easier way to ensure your dog stays hydrated on the trail. The unique roller top allows dogs to lick water from the EZ Lick without wasting or spilling. It uses the same durable 3-ply construction as the regular Vapur Anti Bottle and of course, can fold up as you drink so it takes up less space in your pack. If you have a furry friend in your life then perhaps this is a good gift for them this holiday season.
Price: $26.99CAN / $19.99US
Tailwind Starter Kit
Tailwind is a sports nutrition company based in Durango, Colorado, they create hydration products for athletes that are easy to digest, non-GMO, vegan, gluten, soy, and dairy-free. Tailwind is easy to take with you on the trail or longer adventures as it comes in convenient single-serve packages that mix with water. They provide the calorie, hydration, and electrolyte needs for the active athlete whether you are recreational or more serious. The Tailwind Starter Kit comes with three single-serve powdered Recovery drinks and eight powdered Endurance Fuel drinks—four caffeinated versions and four non-caffeinated. The Tailwind Recovery Drinks are designed to be used after a long day of skiing, snowshoeing or any winter training as it is formulated to repair muscles, restore energy faster and make you feel better sooner. They do this by replenishing glycogen stores and electrolytes such as sodium, potassium, calcium, and magnesium.
Price: $39CAN / $29US
Flavours: Endurance Fuel - Lemon, Mandarin Orange, Naked, Berry; Recovery Drinks - Vanilla, Chocolate
Cotopaxi Do Good T-Shirt
Not all T-shirts are created equal and Cotopaxi proves this with their Do Good T-Shirt. While it may look like just a graphic tee with a simple inspirational message—it’s far more than that. For starters, it is produced in a Fair Trade Certified facility and made from 60% organic cotton and 40% recycled polyester. This t-shirt is a reflection of Cotopaxi’s foundational mission both in how it’s created and also the message it adorns. When you buy this super soft shirt you not only tell the world to “DO GOOD” but you also support better working conditions and long-term economic opportunities for factory workers. What more could you want, other than one of these ‘Do Good T-Shirts’?
Price: $40CAN / $30US
Colours: Moss, Maritime, Cayenne, Heather Grey, Graphite
Sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL
Feetures Elite Light Cushion Mini Crew
Feetures Socks offer much more than just a clever play on words. They are anatomically designed to provide a custom-like fit and deliver ideal comfort and protection by eliminating blisters. They use targeted compression and high density cushioning and impact protection without the bulk. Their unique toe design means that there is no irritating toe seam which again increases overall comfort. Feetures offers a wide variety of performance socks to choose from for running, walking and now cycling as well.
Price: $23.99CAN / $17.99US
Colours: Black Daybreak, Black HT Stripe, Black Prism, Black, Digital Teal, French Navy, Light Grey
Sizes: M, L, XL
HydraPak RECON Series Outdoor Bottles
There are literally thousands of water bottles on the market but what makes HydraPak’s new RECON Series Outdoor Bottle unique is the fact that it is made from 50% certified recycled content. Both the cap and bottle are made from sustainably crafted Tritan Renew technology which uses recycled plastic as a raw material while reducing the consumption of fossil fuels and lowering greenhouse gas footprints. The RECON is also100% BPA, BPS and BPF free with no residual taste and is vividly clear and virtually indestructible. The patented twist cap provides a smooth flow for drinking and since it only has 2-parts (cap and inner gasket) cleaning is a cinch. It’s available in two sizes, a 750ml and 1L version and both are of course dishwasher safe. It’s time to rethink plastic water bottles and the RECON is just the bottle to do that.
Price: $20CAN / $15US (750ml); $21CAN / $16US (1L)
Brave is a new kind of breakfast food. Its foundation is mainly organic oats, chia seeds, and hemp hearts, with enough protein, fibre and healthy fats to keep you fuelled until lunch. It’s called an overnight breakfast since you prepare it the night before but in the morning you can eat it either cold or hot. You can add your favourite milk and then let your fridge do the work overnight saving on time in the morning. It only takes 30-seconds of prep the night before and provides enough energy to take not he day without the bonk from added sugars. Brave is a delicious & nutritionally optimized breakfast without any fuss or muss.
Price: $6.50CAN / $5.00US
Flavours: Peanut Butter Banana, Toasted Coconut Mango, Apple Spice, Mocha Chip
Phoozy XP3 Thermal Phone Case
Smartphones are a substantial investment these days so it pays to take care of them which means protecting them from dirt, water, cold and heat. The Phoozy XP3 does all of this and more thanks to its 5-layers of protection which include a Chromium Thermal Barrier derived from NASA spacesuit technology. This material is proven to reflect more than 90% of the heat of the sun to prevent your device from overheating while also insulating your device in cold conditions which helps to extend the battery life up to 4X longer. The Phoozy XP3 is also water-resistant and floats so you don’t have to worry about losing your phone in the water. The durable construction also means the Phoozy XP3 exceeds military drop tests standards by more than two times. A built-in internal stash pocket provides a place for your credit card, ID or cash. This makes a great stocking stuffer for anyone in your gift circle.
Price: $64.99CAN / $49.99US
Sizes: Plus, XL
Colours: Cosmis Black, Iridium Silver, Iridium Gold, Woodland, Marlin Blue, Mahi Green, Pink Fusion, Edge, Mako
Patagonia Unisex Tech Web Belt
Coming in under the $50 mark, the tech web belt is suitable for him, her or others on your holiday purchase hit list. The choice of colours means you can look for something to either match or starkly contract a pair of slacks. The belt comes long so the recipient can easily cut it down—unless they have a 46” waist. A couple MacGyver features round it all out: the beefy buckle doubles as a bottle opener and the entire belt can be used as a lash strap in a pinch.
Price: $45CAN / $35US
Sizes: Belt length: 46.5"
Colours: Barn Red, Black, Crater Blue, Forge Grey. Mulch Brown
Weight: 128g / 4.5oz
Material: 1½" 100% recycled nylon webbing with a forged aluminum buckle
Klymit Day Pack
Klymit’s new ultra-lightweight, compact day pack is only 170g / 6oz. The Dag Bag has a large main compartment with zipper closure and a small top pocket for keys, a phone along with other small items. It features traditional backpack straps and a chest strap and easily folds up into its top pocket for compact storage. You can also slide the Klymit V Seat (sold separately) into the inner back panel of the Day Pack which then provides additional support and comfort. Whether you plan on travelling light and fast or just want a small and portable day pack for day-to-day life the Klymit Day Pack proves that good things do come in small packages.
MSRP: $39.95CAN / $29.95US
Weight: 170g / 6oz
Dimensions: 43 x 28 x 16.5cm / 17" x 11" x 6.5"
Pack size: 15 x 17.8 x 5cm / 6" x 7" x 2"
Fabric: Poly Square Ripstop
Good To Go
Good To Go has always been our favourite brand of dehydrated meals to take along on mountain adventures and now they have two new flavours to enjoy—the Cuban Rice Bowl and Chicken Pho. Both flavours come in two serving sizes, single and double portion packs. The Cuban Rice Bowl has black beans, plantains and rice all in a garlic cream sauce. With 150g of protein and 540 calories in the single-serve option, it’s a Latin inspired meal that is as nutritious as it is delicious. The Chicken Pho meal is a Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup with lots of star anise and fresh ginger. Chicken, cabbage, scallions and cilantro round it out to create a restaurant-quality meal. This meal has 27g of protein and 390 calories for the single portion, the double portion has twice those amounts. Do yourself a favour and pick up a sampling of Good To Go Meals for your next adventures and enjoy their unique flavours and quality ingredients. You’ll see why we say that these are the best-dehydrated meal out there.
Cuban Rice Bowl - $17.25CAN / $14.25US (double); $9.25CAN / $7.75US (single)
Chicken Pho - $17.95CAN / $14.75US (double); $9.95CAN / $7.95US (single)
New Flavours: Cuban Rice Bowl, Chicken Pho
Calories: Cuban Rice Bowl double 540 calories, Chicken Pho 390 calories
Smartwool Merino Sport 150 Beanie
Smartwool’s Merino Sport 150 Beanie is designed to keep you warm but ensure that you don’t overheat. It provides a little extra warmth on those cold days when a helmet alone won’t cut it or it’s not cold enough for a regular toque. The 56% Merino Wool, 44% Polyester blend fabric uses flatlock seam construction which is designed to minimize pressure points under a helmet or general chafing and discomfort. Merino’s natural moisture management, temperature regulation, and odour resistance is ideal for any layer and excels in this Sport 150 beanie. The added polyester ensures a quick dry time so that your noggin doesn’t get cold should you perspire a little. Whether you run in winter, snowshoe, cross country, resort or backcountry ski, the Smartwool Merino Sport 150 Beanie is a great addition to your kit.
Price: $29.99CAN / $25US
Colours: Deep Navy, Medium Grey Heather, Moss Green Heather
Size: One Size Fits All
Weight: 20g / 0.71oz
MountainFLOW eco-wax Ski Wax
Nearly all the conventional ski wax currently on the market is made from petroleum products and It’s full of harmful chemicals that ultimately end up in our watersheds which is obviously not good. With the average skier and boarder waxing their gear a few times a year and ski rental operations waxing their skis and boards daily, this all adds up to a heap load of chemicals making its way into our environment. We’re talking on the magnitude of 2.5 million pounds of the stuff!
This is where mountainFLOW Eco Wax comes in, they make plant-based waxes with wax and oils that are not harmful to the planet and totally biodegradable. It comes in various temperature ranges: cold, cool, warm and all temperature and performs just as well as traditional petroleum wax. mountainFLOW Eco Wax makes a great gift for any skier or boarder out there and you’re doing the planet a solid at the same time.
Price: $24.95CAN / $18.50US
Temperature Range: Warm, All-Temp, Cool, Cold
MSR Pika Tea Pot
Nothing quite like a “cuppa” after a long day on the trial, lake or river. The MSR Pika Tea Pot can help with that, and a lot more. Thanks to the “precise pour” design, the Pika can deliver piping hot water in a targeted, dribble-free manner—ideal for boil-in-a-bag meals and small-mouthed thermoses. It’s got a handy stay-put lid and you can use it as an integrated cooking system; just stow your Pocket Rocket stove inside. At around $35, it won’t break the bank either. Good gift!
Price: $32.95CAN / $24.95US
Sizes: 1 litre
Weight: 147 g / 5.2 oz
G3 Fixie Poles
G3 has redesigned their entire pole line up for winter 2020 and now offer the VIA, FIXIE and PIVOT Pole options. The Fixie is a one-piece aluminum ski pole that is equally at home in-bounds or out and uses a sleek simple design at a very attractive price point. The ergonomic dual-density plastic grip is shaped for comfort with a Quickflick Utility Tab integrated to easily manipulate binding heel lifts or boot buckles. The All-Mountain Basket is 85 mm across and is ideally shaped for powder and hardback condition while still being stiff enough to also manipulate bindings. On the upper shaft, there is a lightweight and simple lower grip position for side-hilling and ski touring. The pole straps are ergonomically shaped and easily removed with a fast clip system so you can go light and fast if you desire. With all these features it’s easy to see why G3 makes the best poles on the market.
Price: $74CAN / $59US
Lengths: 110 / 115 / 120 / 125 / 130 / 135cm
Weight: 250g / 8.8oz
Beats Flex Wireless Headphones
Beats by Dre create some of the best high-quality headphone available and now they’ve now released a new affordable option. You’ll find all the same quality, accurate bass and ultra-low distortion you’ve come to know Beats for in their new Flex Wireless Headphones. With up to 12 hours of playtime on a single charge and the Apple W1 chip4 and Class 1 Bluetooth you get an extended range and fewer dropouts. The magnetic earbuds secure the Flex headphones around your neck for when you don’t need them but want to keep them close at hand. Their dual-chamber acoustic design and proprietary layered driver are able to achieve the rich, balanced sound you come to expect from Beats and the built-in playback controls and auto-pause/play feature means you’ll have control without ever missing a beat. They are Apple and Android compatible and best of all they are priced way under a hundred dollars so you can give a pair to that special someone and still have enough coin left to also treat yourself.
Price: $69.95CAN / $49.99US
Battery Life: 12 hours, 10min charge = 1.5hours of playtime
Weight: 18.6g / 0.65oz
Colours: Black, Flame, Blue, Smoke Grey, Yuzu Yellow
GSI Pinnacle 4 Season Stove
You’d be hard-pressed to find a backcountry stove that is as small and powerful as GSI’s Pinnacle 4 Season Stove. With an output of 9820 BTU/h from a canister fuel source, the GSI Pinnacle 4 Season Stove can make fast work of any meal you need to cook or water you need to boil. At just 163 grams this stove is super light and given its diminutive 5 x 4.5 x 8cm size, the Pinnacle takes up almost no space in your backcountry pack. The clever design of the Pinnacle’s folding stove legs and pot supports reduce its overall size and allow it to pack down super small. Go light and fast with the Pinnacle 4 Season Stove this season or consider giving one to the adventurer on your gift list.
Price: $104.95CAN / $79.95US
Weight: 163g / .36lb
Dimensions: 5 x 4.5 x 8cm / 2 x 1.8 x 3.2in
Output: 9820 BTU/h
Kurgo Baxter Dog Backpack
Kurgo’s Baxter Dog Backpack lets your pet enjoy hikes and multi-day adventures while shouldering some of the load, specifically carrying their own food and supplies for the trip. Its lightweight design is durable and fully adjustable with eight different adjustment points. It has ergonomic spine support with the ideal balance for even weight distribution and comfort for your pooch from 30-85 pounds and the Big Baxter Size for dogs 50-110 pounds. Other features of note are a large handle on top for control or extraction, eight adjustment points for a near-custom fit, side saddlebags offer liberal room for adventure essentials and balancing the load, reflective trim for low light visibility, rear-mounted leash hook, ergonomic spine support contours to the dog's back for a comfortable fit, secure straps and best of all it’s machine washable.
Price: $75CAN / $57.99
Colours: Red, Black, Orange, Blue
Size: for dogs 30-85 pounds - fits 3.75L; Big Baxter Size for dogs 50-110 pounds - fits 7.5L
Catalyst Impact Protection Case
One drop can spell disaster for your iPhone or Android Phone but luckily Catalyst makes a wide array of phone cases to protect your investment. One such case is the Impact Protection Case which meets the military 810G standard meaning you can drop your phone from 9.9ft/3m and it’ll survive. This lightweight 33g case is rugged yet thin and the raised bezels protect the screen from face damage while the included wrist lanyard further protects against drops. Catalyst designs their cases to complement the natural look of your phone so they have a clear back and slim design. All of Catalyst’s cases provide full access to all your phone’s ports and functions including wireless charging. Catalyst also makes a waterproof case which is waterproof to 33ft or 10 meters with an IP68 rating. To add to Catalyst’s protection consider adding a Tempered Glass Screen Protector which has a 9H hardness rating, is scratch resistant and has an oleophobic coating to repel oil.
Price: $59.99CAN / $39.99US
Colours: Stealth Black, Flame Red, Blueridge/Sunset, Clear
Dimensions: 14.9 x 7.7 x 1.1cm / 5.9 x 3.0 x 0.4"
The Man Behind the Maps Book
The Man Behind the Maps is the ultimate coffee table book for the ski obsessed person on your holiday gift list. It’s a 292 page, hardcover book that features over 200 ski resort trail maps painted by the one and only James Niehues. If you are not familiar with his name you most likely are with his work. He’s created hundred’s of ski resort maps from all over the world in his 30-year career. James is one of the last great analogue map makers, he paints each map by hand right down to every last tree. This visually rich book offers an informative behind-the-scenes look at the process Jakes uses and the global scope of his life’s work—it brings the most storied mountains in the world to life in full-page, art-print quality illustrations. This book is guaranteed to trigger memories of past ski trips with family and friends and the joy associated with each of them. The book spans the globe including photographs, sketches and full-page paintings of iconic destinations such as Squaw Valley, Mammoth, Jackson Hole, Whistler Blackcomb, Big Sky, Vail, Aspen Highlands, Alta, Snowbird, Stowe, Stratton, Portillo and many others.
Price: $120CAN / $90US
Victorinox Swiss Army Evolution Grip 18
Victorinox Swiss Army is the icon knife brand and the perfect tool for your everyday adventures. They are renowned for their quality and craftsmanship as well as the variety of features that their multitude of knife options provide. The Evolution Grip 18 is a medium-sized pocket knife that has specially formed scales that are ergonomically designed to provide better grip and stability. This is a great utility knife for day-to-day use and backcountry adventures. It includes a key ring, toothpick, tweezers, large blade, nail file, nail cleaner, Phillips screwdriver 1/2, bottle opener, screwdriver 5 mm, wire stripper, can opener, screwdriver 3 mm, reamer, punch and sewing awl, wood saw and scissors. With its small size, good looks and functionality the Swiss Army Evolution Grip 18 is a great present at a really attractive price.
Price: $80CAN / $44.25US
Colours: Yellow/Black, Red/Back
Weight: 93g / 3.2oz
Dimensions: 8.5 x 2.3cm (L x W)
Ryders Trapper Photochromic Sunglasses
Ryder’s new Trapper Photochromic Sunglasses are designed for use on and off the trail. They are equally at home climbing the skin track, lapping the bike park or hiking trails as they are chilling at the microbrew pub. The Trappers have flexible temples, big lenses and hydrophilic parts which make them the ideal sport/casual crossover sunglasses. They also use photochromic lenses which means they get darker in full sun and lighter in shade. Millions of organic molecules react to UV light are in each lens and when exposed to sunlight they change shape, absorbing light and making the lens darker. When there is less UV light, the opposite reaction takes place and the lens tint becomes lighter. Like all of Ryders lenses, these photochromic lenses are impact-resistant and optically correct with 100% UVA, UVB, UVC protection. High-tech sunglasses never looked so good.
Price: $99.99CAN / $79.99US
Frame: Matte Black
Hillsound Equipment BTR stool
Hillsound Equipment’s BTR Stool is the most compact, lightweight, sturdy stool we’ve used to date and is ideal for camping, backpacking, fishing or concerts in the park. This tripod style stool is easy to set up and packs away easily thanks to its Phantomlock auto-locking mechanism. The telescoping legs lock in place to provide a comfortable seat that won’t collapse on you and the detachable mesh seat is surprisingly comfy. With a collapsed size of just more than a Nalgene bottle and considerably less weight, the BTR stool is the ultimate in light-weight seating.
Price: $95CAN / $69US
Sizes: 35.5cm / 14”, 43cm / 17”
Capacity: 110kg / 240lbs
Weight: 399g / 14.1oz (43cm / 17”); 346g / 12.2oz (35.5cm / 14”)
Dimensions (folded): 7.6 x 7.6 x 34cm / 3 x 3 x 13.4"
Colours: Black, Alpen Glow Orange, Glacier Blue
CamelBak Multibev 22
When is a water bottle not your average water bottle? When it’s the CamelBak Multibev 22. This beverage multi-tasker is designed for the on-the-go adventure since it’s a versatile water bottle with a detachable travel cup all in one. You can easily carry 22oz of tea, coffee, beer or water in the bottle and then remove the 16oz cup from the bottom to enjoy your beverage of choice in a very civilized manner. The double-wall vacuum insulated stainless steel keeps beverages hot or cold for hours and a powder coat finish and non-slip silicone base create a highly durable exterior. The leak-proof Pak Cap stores small essentials like a tea bag or snacks and allows you to tuck the Roll and Fold Lid neatly out of sight until paired with the removable cup. The Multibev 22 is easy-to-clean, dishwasher safe design, and BPA, BPS & BPF free.
Price: $65CAN / $50US
Colours: Black, White, Salmon, Green
Size: 623g / 22oz
Glade Prospect Sunglasses
Glade is a small brand based out of Breckenridge Colorado that makes quality sunglasses, goggles and Helmets at really reasonable prices. They don’t cut corners and are not part of the giant sunglass conglomerate that the majority of other brands are manufactured or owned by. Their Glade Prospect Sunglasses use polarized Zeiss CR lenses with an anti-scratch coating and provide UV400 protection with100% protection from UVA and UVB rays. The Swiss Grilamid Nylon TR90 frames are robust yet stylish and feel much more expensive than the price tag suggests. Made in Italy, the Prospect Sunglasses come with a hard case to protect them no matter what your adventure. Don’t break the bank this holiday season with this ideal gift.
Price: $99.95CAN / $74.99US
Colours: Forest, Maple, Tortoise Rose
Kurgo Cargo Cape
Kurgo makes a huge line of pet-specific products to help make your life a little simpler and your pet a little happier. One of the products that really stands out is their Cargo Cape. This is an inexpensive and innovative product that helps keep the cargo area of your vehicle clean so you can transport your dirty pet or haul trash or gardens supplies around without worry. The waterproof, stain-resistant Cargo Cape has multiple attachment points to keep it from sliding around ensuring total coverage of your cargo space. It comes with a unique fold-out flap to protect the bumper of your vehicle from dings, scrapes and damage, like that from dog claws which scratch your vehicle’s bumper as they get in and out. This waterproof rufftex bumper guard can be stored up or folded down and has reflective trim for added safety. There is a builtin centre zipper which allows you to fold down a 50/50 split seat. There is also mesh pockets for storage of items you need close at hand. The Cargo Cape will fit most vehicle's cargo areas with dimensions or 52” x 62”.
Price: $96 CAN / $74.99US
Colours: Charcoal, Hampton Sand
Fit: Most vehicles cargo areas
Dimensionss: 132 x 157cm / 52 x 62”
Smartwool Merino 150 Print Boxer Brief
Merino wool is the optimal fabric for outdoor pursuits given its breathable, soft, and lightweight feel. The next-to-skin comfort is only enhanced by how well it insulates in cold weather and cools in the heat. The natural antimicrobial features of merino wool mean you can wear the 150 Print Boxer Briefs for days without the need for daily washing which makes it ideal for multi-day adventures in the mountains. The Smartwool Merino 150 Print Boxer Briefs use a Core Spun fabric which is made up of merino fibres wrapped around a nylon core (87% Merino Wool, 13% Nylon). This provides added durability while still keeping the comfort of Merino wool next to your skin. The wide, Merino-lined elastic waistband and flatlock seam construction will make these boxers your go-to briefs for any activity.
Price: $59.99 / $48US
Sizes: S, M, XL, XXL
Colours: Military Olive Mountains For Days Print, Loden Geode Print, Neptune Blue Geode Print, Tibetan Red Mountains For Days Print, Pine Gray Balabar Print, Ocean Blue Balabar Print
Weight: 150g / 5.29oz
Petzl IKO CORE Headlamp
Petzl just released their new IKO CORE lightweight rechargeable headlamp that provides three brightness levels with a maximum output of 500 Lumen and a beam distance of 10 to 100m. The AIRFIT headband design places the ultra-thin lamp body at the front and an energy source in the rear which provided great balanced and a comfortable fit. The IKO CORE’s Hybrid Concept design uses a CORE rechargeable battery and is also compatible with three AAA batteries (not included). The AAA batteries provide 350 lumens whereas the CORE rechargeable battery can maximize output at 500 lumens. The IKO CORE Headlamp fits comfortably on your head and works seamlessly with Petzl’s new SIROCCO climbing and ski touring helmet and you can also just wear the IKO CORE around your neck as a lantern. The included storage pouch flattens the IKO CORE to reduce bulk when stored in your pack providing you with a versatile, high performance, lightweight headlamp no matter where you venture.
Price: $119.95CAN / $90US
Brightness: 500 Lumens
Weight: 79g / 2.78oz
Water resistance: IPX4
Battery life: 2.5-10 hours
Orage Harebell Half-Zip Base Layer
Orage’s Harebell Half-Zip Base Layer is made of their heavyweight Drirelease merino blend fabric (86% polyester, 9% merino wool, 5% spandex) so it will keep you cozy and warm. The fabric is designed to wick moisture away from your skin to keep you drier and more comfortable longer. It also has antimicrobial features so it can be worn more and washed less. Show the woman in your life that base layers don’t have to be boring, with the Harebell Half-Zip.
Price: $109.99CAN / $99.99US
Colour: Cranberry, Black, Pure Navy
Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL
Helionox Table One Hard Top
Camping trips are always better with a well organized and comfortable base camp and the Helionox Table One Hard Top helps with that as it provides a much-needed space up off the ground for your cooking and leisure needs. The ingenious hardtop design of the Table One folds down like an accordion so it packs away small yet creates a rigid surface for even heavy items. The DAC aluminum alloy poles (which are also used on high-end tents) are strong and light and work in conjunction with the high-strength nylon resin hubs and joints to form a stable platform. Your next car camping trip should include the Helionox Table One Hard Top, it’s also the ideal gift for any camper.
Price: $195CAN / $139US
Dimensions: 60x40x39cm / 23.5x15.5x15”
Weight: 870g / 1lb 15oz
Packed Size: 41x12x11cm / 16x4.5 x4.5”
Capacity: 50kg / 110lb
POC Merino ZIP Hoody
Cotopaxi’s new Kusa Blanket 160 is an added-insulation version of their versatile, indoor/outdoor Kusa Blanket. This new 160 version uses a highly packable llama-poly insulation which is also breathable and super warm. A DWR-finish was added to the nylon ripstop shell fabric to help it stand up to light rain. The Kusa 160 comes in two sizes, the traditional Full (52 x 70in) and Queen (80 x 80in). Give as a gift or pick one up for movie nights at home or under the stars.
Price: $190CAN / $160US
Colours: Uranium Black, Alloy Grey, Turmaline Navy
Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL
Saucony Switchback 2 Shoes with BOA Fit System
In case you don’t know what the BOA Fit System is all about, I’ll elaborate. It’s a dial and cable mechanism that lets you create a custom fit in many types of footwear and even some apparel. The BOA system consists of a micro-adjustable dial which tightens a super-strong lightweight lacing system that is guided with internal or external low-friction lace guides. It effectively replaces laces and buckles on running shoes, hiking boots, ski and snowboard boots, helmets, gloves, snowshoes, Inline skates, clothing and more. Case in point, the Saucony Switchback 2 Shoes which is a performance trail shoe that features the BOA Fit System integrated into the Mono-panel upper. The laterally mounted BOA L6 dial wraps the foot with TX4 Laces through FormTX Guides to secure the foot comfortably while optimizing performance. If you haven’t used a BOA system do yourself a favour and give it a try, and if you’re looking for an ideal hiking/running shoe then give the Saucony Switchback 2 a try.
Price: $169.95CAN / $140US
Weight: 249g / 8.8oz
Colours: Black/Charcoal, Pine/Orange
Available: For Men and Women
Faction Agent Poles
Faction not only makes great skis but you can pick up a pair of adjustable poles to match. The Agent Poles are a lightweight, adjustable touring pole that can also be used to shred the resort. They’re made from lightweight aluminum so you know they are strong yet won’t slow you down on the skin track. They have an extended rubber grip so you can easily grip down on it while ski touring and the interchangeable baskets ensure they work just as well on hardback as in deep powder. The Faction Agent Poles are a versatile gift for the skier in your life.
Price: $119 CAN / $89US
Size: One size fits all
Flylow Hiboy Anorak
A wind layer is often the missing link in most peoples hiking and backcountry apparel arsenal. Flylow’s Hiboy Anorak not only protects you from the wind but it will also shed light rain thanks to its Durable Water Repellent (DWR). It also provides just the right amount of warmth for those high energy activities since it’s made from lightweight 100% nylon Intuitive fabric. It also features a chest pocket which the Hiboy Jacket stuffs into when not needed so it’s ideal for hiking and ski touring. This is such a light and compact layer you’ll want to take it on every adventure and trust me, you’ll be so glad you added this one to your kit.
Price: $160CAN / $125US
Colours: Night/Amaro, Charcoal, Shale/Mallard
Sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL
Backcountry Gore-Tex Snow Glove
This no-nonsense ski glove from Backcountry is called the Gore-Tex Snow Glove and is made with PrimaLoft insulation and you guessed it, Gore-Tex to keep your hands dry and warm. The goatskin leather delivers supple durability and reliable grip. The built-in glove leashes ensure you won’t drop a glove off the chairlift in bounds and the velcro cuffs ensure the powder stays out on those epic backcountry laps. With all the features you need and none you don’t, the Backcountry Gore-Tex Snow Glove is reasonably priced and ideal for any skier on your list.
GSI Bugaboo Base Camper, Camp Cookset
This non-stick cook set is ideal for a family camping whether it be in the camping ground or in the backcountry. The Bugaboo’s unique nesting design incorporates two non-stick pots and frying pan along with a lid for each, a removable handle and a cutting board. The Base Camper Cookset provides premium performance at a price that’s more than reasonable. Choose the small, medium or large pot set depending upon your group size or how fast and light you want to go in the backcountry—No matter what GSI has you covered.
Price: $111.99 - $129.99CAN / $84.95 - $109US
Sizes: Small / Large
Weight: 0.9 - 1.36kg / 2 - 3lb
Small: 8.2 x 8.2 x 5.4”, 2lb 7oz, 2L and 1.5 L Pots, 8" Fry Pan
Medium: 9.1 x 9.1 x 5.4”, 2 lb 10oz, 3L and 2 L Pots, 8" Fry Pan
Large: Measures 10 x 10 x 6”, 3lb 4oz, 5 L and 3 L Pots, 9" Fry Pan
Helly Hansen LIFA Merino Lightweight Hoodie
Merino Wool provides many desirable qualities for active adventures such as backcountry skiing and hiking, the most important being its anti-microbial properties which prevent it from stinking after prolonged use. The others are breathability, comfort and the ability to keep you warm when it’s cold and cool when it’s hot. The downside to 100% merino wool is its cost and durability, this is why Helly Hansen has combined merino wool with their proprietary LIFA Stay Warm Technology. This 2-layer construction consists of a 70% Merino Wool and 30% Polypropylene which provides all the benefits of merino wool with the durability and wicking properties of LIFA. The Flatlock seams ensure maximum comfort while the hood provides added warmth and the 1/2 zip allows you to dump heat and regulate your temperature. The LIFA Merino Lightweight Hoodie is functional, stylish and ideal for the adventurer on your gift list this holiday season.
Price: $120CAN / $110US
Colours: Black, Electric Blue
Size: S, M, L, XL, XXL
Patagonia Insulated Fjord Flannel Jacket
Who said grunge was dead? The Patagonia Fjord Insulated flannel is offered in men’s and women’s sizes and colours. The 60g Thermogreen recycled polyester insulation elevates the Fjord beyond the level of a common flannel. It can be worn on colder days, around a campfire in the spring or out for a pint at your local. Two chest pockets out front and stealth side pockets mean you have space the stash stuff and keep your hands warm all at the same time. To top it all off, the garment is sewn “Fair Trade certified.”
Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL
Colours: Navy Blue, Forge Grey, Mojave Khaki, Owl Brown, New Navy, Basin Green
Weight: 703g / 24.8oz
Material: 6.6-oz 100% organic cotton yarn-dyed flannel
G3 Pivot Poles
G3 has redesigned their entire pole line up for winter 2020 and now offer the VIA, FIXIE and PIVOT poles. The Pivot poles are designed for splitboarders and backcountry skiers who want a flexible pole that can also collapse down and easily store in their pack. The innovative design of the PIVOT poles allows them to wrap around the handle and lock into place when packed. This secures the poles in a nested format so there are no loose ends or pole segments flapping around. The PIVOTS use lightweight aluminum and are engineered for strength and durability so you can even use them in bounds at the resort. Just below the main grip of the PIVOT there is an extended soft foam grip with a dual-density plastic upper which provides a comfortable grip when you need to choke down while crossing steep slopes. If you need to choke down even further there are two integrated rings that provide plenty of purchase. The main grip has an extended utility tab at the nose which is designed for overall grip comfort and also helps manipulate your binding risers be they AT or Splitboard. And finally, the pole straps are ergonomically shaped and easily removed with a fast clip system.
With all these features you can see why G3 makes some of the best poles on the market.
Price: $160CAN / $145US
Sizes: Short - 105-125cm; Long 115-135cm
Weight: 295g / 10.4oz; 10.8oz
Outdoor Research Carbide Sensor Gloves
Like Outdoor Research’s new Carbide Jacket and pants, the Carbide Sensor Gloves are durable, warm and of course waterproof and breathable thanks to their Gore-Tex insert. The Carbide Sensor Gloves feature a touchscreen-compatible index and thumb as the name suggests along with a soft nose wipe built into the thumb, a removable leash, SuperCinch Gauntlet and ladder-lock wrist cinch with Arcade Elastic Webbing. Their pre-curved construction means they fit,… well, like a glove. At just $130 Canadian you can’t go wrong with these gloves for skiing, ski touring or any winter adventure.
Price: $130CAN / $115US
Sizes: S, M, L, XL
Colours: Madder/Saddle, Black/Storm
Weight: 273g / 9.6oz
Petzl SIROCCO Helmet
The new Petzl SIROCCO Helmet is an ultra-lightweight helmet which is certified for climbing, mountaineering and ski touring. The shape is lower in the back which offers enhanced protection over the entire head and optimizes volume. The hybrid construction uses a shell with EPP (expanded polypropylene) foam and a rigid crown that is injected with EPS (expanded polystyrene) foam which provides excellent ventilation with many large vent holes. The adjustable headband and chinstrap ensure a custom fit while the magnetic buckle facilitates fastening the chinstrap quickly and easily. There are also two clips in front of the SIROCCO and a rear elastic band for securing a headlamp. Even though the design has a reduced weight it doesn’t sacrifice protection and provides optimal protection against side, front and rear impacts while still being amazingly comfortable. This helmet is an adventurer’s dream come true and one they’d surely love to receive as a holiday gift.
Price: $189.95 CAN / $140US
Weight: 170g /6oz
Colours: black/orange, white/orange
Sizes: S/M, M/L
Westcomb Crest Hoody
Westcomb is obsessed with creating minimalist, functional, high-quality apparel and nothing epitomizes this better than their Crest Hoody. It’s made from Pertex Equilibrium which is a lightweight softshell material that is quick-drying and weather-resistant. This synthetic fabric consists of a tight duplex weave that wicks moisture away and is water and wind-resistant. It does all this yet the Crest Hoody is paper-thin and packs down to the size of an orange. Ideal for windy ridges and climbing the skin track on cold days, the Crest fits over a base or mid-layer and the provided hood while minimalist in nature provides additional protection from the elements. Features include one large Napoleon pocket, non-adjustable hood, an elastic hem, laminated zippers, adjustable cuffs and a super handy napoleon pocket. Go light, fast and far with the super versatile and packable Westcomb Crest Hoody, it’s the layer you never knew you couldn’t live without.
Colours: Black, Eclipse, Flame
Sizes: S, M, L, XL, 2XL
POC Define Sunglasses
POC’s new Define Sunglasses are designed to be ridden both on and off the bike, so there’s no need to switch out your shades when you’re putting in beer laps on the local patio. Their Clarity lens technology was developed in partnership with Carl Zeiss, the optical industry leaders. Clarity lenses control the colour spectrum for enhanced contrast and colour definition for clearer vision in the environments you ride. The Define frames use a minimal frame on the bottom of the glasses to increase the field of view and are made of a lightweight and durable grilamid material. Rubber grips on the nosepiece and the temples ensure the glasses sit firmly in place even during strenuous activity. Corrective optical lenses can also be fitted to the Define frames should you require them.
Price: $200CAN / $180US
Colours: Uranium Black, Hydrogen White
Size: One Size Fits All
Victorinox Swiss Army Ranger Grip 55
If you are looking for more of a substantial knife compared to the Evolution Grip 18 which we featured in the $50-$100 Holiday Gift Guide Category then consider the Victorinox Swiss Army Ranger Grip 55. This bad boy is seriously good looking and over twice the size of the Evolution Grip 18 but with a few less features. The Ranger Grip 55 contains only the essential tools you’ll need in a knife all wrapped up in a monochrome black finish. This finish not only looks amazing but thanks to the special polispectral process, the monochrome black finish is extra durable too. The 12 functions include: can opener, screwdriver 3 mm, large blade, bottle opener, screwdriver 5 mm, wire stripper, wood saw, reamer, punch and sewing awl, corkscrew, and key ring. Give the gift of safety, utility and style this holiday season with the Victorinox Swiss Army Ranger Grip 55.
Price: $180CAN / $119.99US
Colour: Onyx Black
Weight: 166g / 5.85oz
Dimensions: 13 x 2.25cm / 5.1 x 0.88in (LxW)
Smartwool Merino 250 Base Layer Colorblock Crew
Smartwool’s new Men's Merino 250 Base Layer Colorblock Crew is made from 100% responsibly sourced Merino wool. We all know the attributes that merino wool provides, thermoregulation, odour resistance, breathability and superior wicking, but the 250 Base Layer has more. The interlock knit process used on 250 Base Layer provides enhanced comfort and breathability with shoulder panels and a flatlock seam construction, in addition to this it’s a heavier weight so it’s ideal for adventures in colder environments like winter hiking, running, and skiing. Merino wool is far superior to synthetic fibres so why even consider them, especially when the Merino 250 Base Layer is designed to go from the mountains to aprés ski with ease.
Price: $139.99CAN / $110US
Sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL
Colours: Military Olive Heather, Deep Navy
Weight: 280g / 9.88oz
Ombraz Dolomite Sunglasses
Ombraz has taken the tradition sunglasses design and eliminated the sidearms which make these sunglasses virtually indestructible and also eliminate the discomfort typically felt when wearing a traditional pair of ‘armed’ sunnies for extended durations. Their Dolomite model is a timeless circular frame design but they also offer Classic and Leggero frame. The Dolomite’s have built-in side visors to reduce peripheral glare in the mountains or on the water. All of Ombraz models feature German engineered high quality polarized Zeiss optics. These lenses are both smudge and scratch-resistant and instead of arms they use a 100% recycled Japanese nylon cord which is abrasion-resistant, water-resistant, and ultra-comfortable. Ombraz offers 30-day returns a lifetime warranty and plants 20 mangrove trees for every pair sold, sequestering 330x more carbon than it takes to produce and deliver a single pair of Ombraz. So why go with shades that don’t have side arms? Well, they are lighter, more comfortable, harder to break and never fall off your face so they are ideal for adventure sports. Give them a try and see what you think!
Process: $190CAN / $140US
Colours: Charcoal, Slate
Weight: 20g / 0.7oz
Lens Options: Polarized Grey, Polarized Brown, Polarized Yellow
Scarpa Kalipe Shoes
The Kalipe Approach Shoe from Scarpa is suitable for “approaching” a rock face to climb (as the name implies)—it’s also a passable day hiker, disc golfer, wear-around town-er. Because Scarpa has been making footwear forever (almost) they’ve got the basics dialed. Fit, material and styling are always bang on. A pair of Kalipe’s will make someone happy this season and ensure that they will be kitted out and able to accompany you on your next adventure. The partial rand means they’ll last for years and stick to stuff on the way up. Bonus.
Price: $181CAN / $149US
Sizes: 40 – 48 (half sizes)
Colours: Smoke/Green Fluorescent / Stone/Black
Weight: 340g / 12oz (single size 42)
Material: Leather and synthetic
MSR Pocket Rocket Stove Kit
If you are looking for a complete system to cook in style, this may be it. The kit is comprised off two insulated cups with lids, two bowls, two foldable sporks and the super-awesome Pocket Rocket stove. And…it all tucks into the 2L hard anodized aluminum pot. The only thing missing is gas (yes, some items may be sold separately). This kit is ideal for two people. The pot is big enough to make a wicked Pad Thai and it’s all self-contained. Give this to your sweetie and reap the benefits!
Price: $134.95CAN / $99.95US
Sizes: 2L pot
Colours: Grey Pot, Blue and Green cups and bowls
Weight: 1.73kg / 1lb 9oz
Material: Plastic and Aluminium
Helly Hansen Lifaloft Full Zip Insulator
No one likes to be cold and the new Lifaloft Full Zip Insulator from Helly Hansen will help keep you warm on those long chairlift rides or waiting for your turn in the local comp. Insulated with super warm and lightweight LIFALOFT, these Full Zip Insulator cropped pants are only 3/4 length so they never interfere with your ski boots but keep your butt and thighs warm. The full side zips mean you can put them on over your heard shells and take them off in a flash. LIFALOFT is 20% lighter and still warmer than standard insulation and the outer fabric is both water-resistant and windproof. They also include a YKK centre front zipper for when nature calls and dual YKK zipped hand-warmer pockets for small items and to keep your digits from freezing.
Price: $200CAN / $160
Fabric: 100% Polyamide
Insulation: LIFALOFT 80g insulation
Sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL
Orage Sentinel Shell Pant
The all-new Sentinel Shell Pants from Orange use a 3-ply Dermizax fabric (3 ply: 100% polyester, 100% nylon backing, 80/20 Eco DWR, 180g/m²) for best-in-class waterproofing and breathability, along with the high-output ventilation to dump heat when needed. The fabric’s flexible stretch provides a full range of motion and comfort for both resort and backcountry ski days. The lower leg reinforcement, stretch snow gaiters with elastic grip, adjustable waist band and fully seam sealed design are but some of the features the Sentinel Shell Pants have to offer. These are high performance shell pants with out the high price tag. Enjoy a pair yourself or get one for the adventurer on your holiday shopping list.
Price: $199.99CAN / $149.99US
Colours: Honey Yellow, Pure Navy, Blue Horizon
Sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL
Black Diamond Solution 150 Base ½ Zip
Black Diamond’s new Solution 150 Base ½ Zip uses Nuyarn’s patented stretch fabric which is an extra-fine 18.5 micron merino wool technology for superior thermoregulation and moisture management. It is warmer and dries substantially faster than traditional merino wool fabrics and is also naturally anti-bacterial and odour resistant. The Solution 150 Base has a ½ Zip to easily dump excess heat and uses flatlock stitching which eliminates chafing and pressure points while carrying a pack. It is designed for high-output activity in the mountains and the integrated thumb-holes make pulling on additional layers easy without bunching up your sleeves. The built-in hood keeps you warmer on cold days and provides an extra level of protection from the wind on those less than ideal touring and hiking days.
Price: $179CAN / $139US
Sizes: S, M, L, XL
Colours: Black/Cypress, Black
Fabric: Merino Wool Blend Single Jersey (150gsm, 78% Merino Wool, 22% Polyester)
Garmin inReach Mini
The inReach is Gamin’s palm-sized satellite communicator that can send interactive SOS alerts from anywhere in the world as well as provide two-way messaging to anyone with a smartphone or computer. To keep your friends and family up-to-date you can also use location tracking and sharing and when out of cell range you can still get current weather updates to help ensure your safety and the success of your adventure. The 100% Global Iridium Satelite Network subscription (reasonably priced month-to-month or yearly subscription required) keeps you connected anywhere in the world so you can stay safe and in touch with those who are important to you. The internal, rechargeable lithium battery gives you up to 90 hours use at the default 10-minute tracking mode and up to 24 days in power saving mode. Keep the adventurer in your family safe with the sure to be appreciated inReach Mini.
Price: $449.99CAN / $349.99US
Dimensions: 5.17 x 9.90 x 2.61cm / 2.04 x 3.90 x 1.03”
Display: 128 x 128 pixels
Weight: 100.0g / 3.5oz
Battery: Up to 90 hours with 10-min tracking and 1 year when turned off.
Water rating: IPX7
Colours: Red, Black
Helly Hansen Odin Lifaloft Down Hybrid Jacket
Helly Hansen combined both 80g weight LIFALOFT insulation (by PrimaLoft) and Allied Down 800 Fill Power 90/10 Goose Down into their new Odin Lifaloft Down Hybrid Jacket, hence the name. The body-mapped baffle construction places synthetic insulation where you get more abrasion and moisture like on the shoulders and top of the hood with down used everywhere else. While this zonal construction helps keep you warmer (and dryer) Helly Hansen went a step further and also used a dual down baffle construction on the front and back of the jacket for additional warmth. This means there are two sets of down baffles, one on the outside of the jacket and one on this inside for double the warmth. All this super warm insulation is held together by the 70 denier Bluesign approved down-proof main fabric which means you won’t see those pesky feathers poking out anywhere. Other features include two hand pockets, one chest pocket, elastic cuffs, adjustable hem and even an included stuff sac to protect the Odin jacket when stored in your pack. Treat yourself to the gift of cozy warmth this winter with a new Helly Hansen Odin Lifaloft Down Hybrid Jacket.
Price: $600CAN / $400US
Colours: Black, Patrol Orange
Sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL
Tecnica Forge GTX Boots
When you buy a pair of ski boots they typically come with free fitting by a trained boot tech, yet when you buy hiking boots you are told to wear them around the house for a few days then only go on easy hikes to break them. It doesn’t seem logical that hiking boots don’t get the same treatment as ski boots, so Tecnica set out to change that. With their new Forge GTX Boots, you get the same in-store attention to fitting as you would if you were to buy their Tecnica Zero G Ski boots. The Forge GTX’s footbeds, as well as the boots themselves, are heated up to 180°F which takes around 8 minutes. Once ready the footbeds are moulded to your feet with the help of a pressurized overboot. The Forge GTX Boots are then fitted warm and the ankle, heel and arch support mould to your feet as they cool so you get a custom fit unique to your specific feet. Should your feet change over time you can always re-heat mould the Forge GTX Boots and footbeds with the same process. The Forge GTX Boots come in leather and synthetic options and both have a Gore-Tex lining, Vibram Forge with Megagrip compound soles, self-locking eyelets and a wrap-around tongue for a more comfortable fit. This award-winning boot is the ultimate trekking boot that is designed to meet the demands of serious trekkers and hikers who appreciate the comfort a custom fit provides.
Price: $330CAN / $270US
Sizes: 6 - 13.5
Colours: Coffee Green, Black/Orange, Swaltura/DP Laterite
Upper: 1.8mm Nubuck leather with a stretch fabric base
Lining: Gore-Tex Extended Comfort Footwear
Outsole: Vibram Forge with Megagrip compound
Midsole: Adaptive system; 2 Layers of EVA combined with 1 layer of ESS
Footbed: C.A.S. Customizable - Trekking
Dragon RVX OTG Goggles
These RVX Goggles use Dragon’s secure and quick one-sided Swiftlock 2.0 lens change system so you can easily swap in any of their other 100 percent UV protective lenses. The RVX’s frameless design is not only sleek and good looking but is OTG or ‘Over The Glasses compatible’. Their helmet-compatible design utilizes Dragon’s LUMALENS technology which means the lenses are Hydrophobic (repel water), Oleophobic (repel dirt & oil), uses a Hard Coating (protects from scratches, wear & tear) and Ionized (provides rich colour and glare reduction). This colour optimized lens technology provides ultra-high definition optics across the entire spectrum of light conditions and improves visibility in all environments. An ideal gift for the skier on your list.
Price: $395CAN / $300US
Colours: Red/Rose, Violet/Purple, Midnight/Rose
Cotopaxi Fuego Hooded Down Jacket
Cotopaxi is a company that likes to do things right, in both apparel design and how they treat people and the planet. Their new Fuego Hooded Down Jacket is a versatile, water-resistant lightweight down jacket that uses responsibly sourced, water-resistant 800-fill RDS-certified down. To keep things lightweight Cotopaxi used a 20D mini-ripstop nylon lining and a 20D giant-ripstop nylon shell fabric which is treated with a DWR-finish. A built-in scuba hood with elastic binding throughout further helps seal out the cold. Other features include two external zippered hand pockets and two interior stash pockets, one of which allows the entire jacket to pack down into creating a nice compact and safe way to store the Fuego. Stay warm, look good and buy responsibly this holiday season.
Price: $330CAN / $250US
Sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL
Colours: Black, Bronze Stripes, Avocado Stripes, Black Stripes, Cayenne Stripes, Maritime Stripes, Graphite Stripes, Dark Forest Stripes
Weight: 397g / 14oz
Giro Grid Mips
The Giro Grid is one of the lightest helmets out there with Mips integration which makes it ideal for backcountry skier and riders. Since any helmet spends most of the day strapped to your pack as you skin up, light-weight is of importance and the Giro Grid Mips delivers since it weighs only 400 grams. The Giro Grid Mips comes with Thermostat Control and Stack Ventilation to help control your temperature which is an important feature for any skier.
The Grid also features MIPS Spherical technology, which reduces rotational energy during certain impacts for an additional level of safety. On the comfort side, the Grid uses Polartec Power Grid Padding for warmth and comfort which is removable along with the ear pads. The In Form 2 Fit System is lighter and has a lower profile than the original, making it even easier to dial in a custom fit. Of course, the Grid is seamlessly compatible with all Giro Goggles and uses a Fidlock Magnetic Buckle Closure to make putting it on and off a snap,… literally. Put this on your holiday wish list if you’ve been good this year.
Pricing: $359.99CAN / $280.00US
Sizes: S, M, L
Colours: Matte Black, Matte Bright Orange, Matte Bright Red Patrol, Matte Charcoal POW, Matte Light Grey, Matte Midnight, Matte Ox Red, Matte Well Green, Metallic Coal/Tan
Kora Xenolith Sweater
The Kora Xenolith Sweater combines Hima-Layer Yardang 240 fabric which is a Merino-Yak wool blend. This fabric provides the comfort, temperature regulating and antimicrobial benefits of natural Yak and Merino wool. In addition to this, Polartec Alpha insulation is found on the back and in the sleeves and shoulders where warmth is needed most. Polartec Alpha is extremely breathable, insulates even when wet, dries quickly and packs down super small. Other useful features on the Xenolith include thumb loops, an extra-long front zip for ventilation and a zipped inside pocket for stashing keys, slip balm or a cell phone. This super warm and versatile sweater is ideal for backcountry skiing and hiking on cold winter days and is ideal for any adventurer.
Price: $335CAN / $250US
Sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL
Colours: Epidote Green, Steatite Grey
Garmin fēnix 6 Pro Solar
Garmin’s fēnix 6 Pro Solar Watch is the brand's flagship outdoor adventure smartwatch for those that want it all. The fēnix 6 Pro is available in a 42, 47 and 51mm case size as well as standard, sapphire and solar configurations. It provides all the features of the Instinct Solar watch (multi-GNSS GPS, sports apps, smart notifications, tracback routing, ABC sensors, robust health monitoring, wrist-based heart rate monitor, a Pulse Ox2 sensor) as well as a 256x256 pixel colour display, 32GB of memory, topo and ski maps, audio storage, climbpro, acclimation widget, sleep monitoring, hydration tracking, and much more.
The fēnix 6 Pro Solar is also a backcountry skiers best friend in the backcountry, with a pre-loaded Backcountry Skiing Activity profile which can distinguish between skiing and climbing and automatically show metrics specific to either ascent or descent. With built-in colour Topo and Ski Maps you can easily navigate your adventures, view run names and difficulty ratings for 2,000 ski resorts worldwide. The Acclimation Widget shows your current elevation, acclimated elevation and correlated Pulse Ox2, heart rate and respiration rate, so you can see how you’re holding up at the current elevation.
The fēnix 6 Pro Solar also has activity tracking for hiking, trail running, biking, paddling and climbing and much more, making it the perfect gift for skiers as well as other outdoor adventure enthusiast.
Price: $1,189.99CAN / $849.99US
Colours: Slate Grey, Black, Mineral Blue, Titanium Carbon Grey, Silver, Gold, Amethyst, Rose Gold, White,
Weight: 85g / 3oz
Battery Life: 10 hours - 80 days
Display: Colour 256x256 pixels
Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer 2 Hoody
Mountain Hardwear pioneered the ultra-lightweight down hoody with their Ghost Whisperer and now they have released the Ghost Whisperer 2 Hoody which places environmental standards above those of previous versions of this jacket. The Ghost Whisperer 2 Hoody uses 800-fill RDS-certified down insulation (90% Goose Down, 10% Goose Feather) which is trackable and humanely sourced. In addition to this, the ultralight ripstop shell fabric is also 100% recycled. The jacket includes minimal features to keep weight to a minimum but it still has two zippered hand pockets, elastic hood and cuffs, drawcord hem adjustment and just like the previous version this highly packable design stuffs into its own pocket with an internal carabiner clip loop. Give an environmentally conscious gift this holiday season and make more than just the recipient happy.
Price: $425CAN / $325US
Colours: Golden Brown, Dark Storm, Black Zinc, Dark Sage, Desert Red
Sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL
Weight: 249g / 8.8oz
Smith Guides Choice RX Glasses
Smith’s Chromapop lenses aren’t just hype, they actually make everything look more natural with greater clarity and definition. They achieve this by blocking colour wave intersections with red, green, blue light as it passes through the lens, which eliminates colour confusion allowing your brain to recognize truer colour, faster. It really works! The lenses also use an 8 base lens curvature design with anti-reflective and hydrophobic lens coatings to improve your vision and repel water.
The Smith Guides Choice Sunglasses uses a wide temple design and an aggressive wrap for impressive light protection as well as keeping snow out of your eyes. Add to this are premium Italian spring hinges, megol nose and temple pads, and a detachable sunglass leash and you have a great pair of shades. The RX version of the Guides allows you to incorporate your specific prescription directly into the lenses so you don’t have to sacrifice your vision when the sun comes out. This is especially important while driving and for high paced activities such as riding and skiing.
The Smith Guides Choice RX Glasses make an ideal gift for anyone who is active and needs corrective lenses.
Price: $460CAN / $329
Colours: Matte Havana, Matte Crystal Deep Forest, Matte Deep Ink, Charcoal, Matte Black
Tentsile 3-person Trillium Hammock
The Tentsile 3-person Trillium Hammock uses a 400 denier nylon/polyester composite material with a PU coating for durability and strength. It comes with three 35mm x 6m straps and three 2.5 tone rates ratchets along with three tree protector wraps so that you can safely and easily erect the hammock using three trees. The Trillium is large and strong enough for 3 adults to sleep comfortably, or for 6 kids to play. This unique camping hammock can be set up underneath any Tentsile Tree Tent to form the foundation of a multi-storey camping stack. It can even be converted into a full tree tent by adding one of Tentsile’s Trillium Upgrade Kits. This is the ultimate backyard or basecamp hammock and one that everyone will want to try out.
Price: $399CAN / $299US
Capacity: 440kg / 880lbs
Weight: 7.5kg / 16.5lb
Dimensions: 4.1x4.1x4.1m / 13.5x13.5x13.5in
Packed size: 56x25x25cm / 22x9.8x9.8in
Colour: Green with black mesh
Flylow Lorraine Jacket
The Flylow Lorraine Jacket is one good looking women’s outer layer, it’s style is that of a mid-weight down puffy only Flylow decided to use PrimaLoft synthetic insulation since it dries quicker, is extra packable, and it stays warm when wet. The 100% nylon Intuitive ripstop face fabric resists abrasions and comes in three very styling colour options. The Lorraine Jacket incorporates 2 hand pockets, 1 inner chest pocket, a removable hood, 6-inch pit zippers to dump excess heat in a snap, Lo pro elastic cuffs, backpack friendly pockets and adjustable waist cinch. This functional insulation layer not only looks good but it’s also super warm and practical—ideal for that special woman on your holiday gift-giving list.
Price: $350CAN / $280US
Colours: Night, Plum/Shark, Beet
Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL
This lightweight PrimaLoft insulating midlayer will save you when a cold front moves in.
Victorinox Swiss Army SwissTool Spirit XC Plus
The Giro Jackson Helmet uses a Passive Aggressive Venting system to keep you from over-heating on the up track while its ultra-lightweight construction won’t slow you down. The seamless compatibility with Giro goggles makes the Jackson an obvious choice and the Form 2 Fit system allows you to dial in your specific fit preference. Add to this MIPS technology and you’ve got a super safe helmet for resort and backcountry skiers on your gift list.
Price: $290CAN $134.99US
Colours: Black, Brown
Weight: 210.4g / 7.4oz
Dimensions: 10.7 x 1.9cm (LxW)
Black Diamond Access Down Hoody
Black Diamond’s Access Down Hoody has a range of new colours for this season and maintains its do-it-all appeal. This mid-weight down jacket is indispensable for mountain adventures, cragging sessions, lightweight ski tours and everyday outdoor comfort. Its 700-fill, RDS-certified Allied HyperDRY goose down insulation (85% Down, 15% Feather) is super warm and wrapped in a lightweight nylon ripstop shell fabric. The fit is regular so there is plenty of room for a base layer under and a shell over it. The two zippered hand pockets and a zippered chest pocket provide warmth for your hands and plenty of space for storing small items. There are elastic cuffs and an elastic hood opening to help keep the weather out and the warmth in. Great value, good looks and functional features make this an ideal jacket for him or her.
Price: $299.00CAN / $259.00US
Sizes: S, M, L, XL
Colours: Dark Crimson, Azurite, Black, Carbon/Black, Octane/Carbon
Weight: 441g / 15.5oz
Suunto 9 Baro
We awarded the Suunto 9 Baro our prestigious Gear of the Year Award and for good reason, it’s a tech-savvy GPS watch that uses a touch screen for navigation. With intelligent battery modes to save on power and GPS navigation with Fusedtrack functionality, you can head into the backcountry for days on end knowing where you are at all times. The Suunto 9 Baro has over 80 sport modes to choose from and with a built-in wrist heart rate monitor, you can easily track your performance. The ABC (Altimeter, Barometer, Compass) are of course included as are activity tracking, sleep tracking, stress and recovery and weather functions.
Read our full review of the award winning Suunto 9 Baro here, then get one for yourself or your adventure buddy.
Price: $769CAN / $599US
Weigt: 76g / 2.68oz
Dimensions: 51.5 x 51.5 x 17mm / 2.03 x 2.03 x 0.67"
Water resistant: 100m
Display: colour 320x320 pixels
Battery: 25hours - 14 days
Colours: Black, White, Titanium
Haglofs Roc Nordic GTX Pro Jacket
The Haglofs Roc Nordic GTX Pro Jacket uses three different types of GORE-TEX Pro membranes, each with different characteristics: rugged and hard-wearing over the shoulders, stretchy on the back panels, and breathable around the body. This ski and mountaineering jacket is built to withstand whatever weather is thrown at it, wind, rain, snow—no problem. Other features include water-repellent zippers throughout, cord adjustment in the waist, articulated sleeves with velcro adjustment, 3-way adjustable climbing helmet-compatible hood with a laminated reinforced peak, reinforced shoulder, sleeve, and hip sections, stretch inserts in back for optimal mobility, RECCO reflector for searchability, two large napoleon chest pockets for easy access and one emergency chest pocket insulated with Primaloft Aerogel to keep your electronics alive. Phew! Now that’s a feature-packed jacket.
Price: $895CAN / $750US
Sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL
Weight: 551g (size Large)
POC ORB Clarity Goggles
The ORB Clarity Goggles feature lenses developed by optical industry leader Carl Zeiss and use a dual compound frame that provides durability and flexibility. Their unique frame design features a simple and quick lens changing system, making it easier to fit the right lens for all conditions. The toric lens shape provides minimal distortion and intensifies contrast and light for enhanced vision in changing conditions. The lenses use a Spektris mirror coating developed for different weather conditions which include sunny, partly sunny and overcast, and come with an Anti-fog and Anti-scratch treatment so you can see well no matter the conditions. To further improve the ORB Clarity’s field of view they use an innovative frame construction which ensures the view is maximized in all directions. Stylish and full of technology make the ORB Clarity are an ideal present for anyone on your gift list.
Price: $300CAN / $250US
Colours: Uranium Black/Spektris Orange, Baskentane Blue/Spektris Orange, Poydenum Green/Spektris Gold, Lactose Red/Spektris Rose Gold, Lead Blue Spektris Orange, Hydrogen White/Spektris Orange
Sizes: One size fits all
La Sportiva Crizzle Jacket and Pants
La Spotiva’s latest full-featured backcountry ski and winter mountaineering jacket/pant combo is the Crizzle. Both the jacket and pants use an Idrobreath fabric which is made up of a 100% Polyester face fabric with a 100% Polyurethane membrane to provide 20K waterproof breathability. The pants are a more relaxed, freeride fit, so they pair perfectly with a bigger 4-buckle AT boot but can also synch down for use with a more low-profile mountaineering boot. The jacket is a sleek, full-featured, all-mountain, rugged yet lightweight hardshell so it packs down nice and small in your pack when you are skinning up. The pants feature invisible side zip vents which allow you to dump heat fast and their external waist adjustability and integrated belt loops ensure a snug fit. The Jacket has two hand pockets and one chest pocket for ample storage while the reinforced adjustable hood provides ideal coverage and visibility.
Price: Jacket - $259CAN / $199US; Pants - $229CAN / $179US
Colours: Jacket - Opal/Pine, Pine/Green Grass, Poppy/Pine; Pants - Opal/Aquarius, Pine/Green Grass, Poppy/Pine
Sizes: S, M, L, XL
Weight: Jacket - 420g / 14.80oz; 429g / 15.10oz
Jaybird Vista Headphones
These wireless earbud headphones are the lightest, most compact, and most advanced that Jaybird has ever made. The VISTA’s feature industry-leading battery life of 16 hours, shock, dust, water, and sweat-proof IPX7 construction with a Custom EQ app to tweak your sounds preferences. This is why they performed so well in our Best Wireless Headphones of 2019/20 Review. They also come with three Secure-Fit ear gels so you can ensure a proper fit no matter your ear shape and size. Tech is always in season so give the gift that everyone loves this holiday season.
Price: $239.99CAN / $179.99US
Charging time: 2hrs (Quick Charge 5 min = 1 hour playtime)
Response Bandwidth 20Hz - 20kHz
Driver size: 6 mm
Anon M4 Goggle Toric + Lens + MFI Face Black
The Anon M4 Goggles provide a precision goggle to helmet fit so there are no gorby gaps. Their toric lens provides a wide field of view with enhanced peripheral vision and the innovative MAGNA-TECH quick lens change technology (which uses magnets) is super easy and fast to use. The M4 Goggles include two Toric lenses featuring PERCEIVE optics for high-contrast, terrain-defining clarity and their best anti-fog treatment for clear vision through a wide range of conditions. You also get a Magnetic Face Mask which seamlessly attaches so that the goggle’s vents are not covered up which maintains airflow for fog-free clarity. You also get a microfibre goggle bag and lens compression case. High-tech goggles for the skier on your list.
Price: $369.99CAN / $299.95US
Colours: 7 to chose from
Sweet Protection Clockwork Max RIG Goggles
Sweet Protection’s Clockwork Max RIG Goggles are a low-volume, snug fitting goggle with a large field of view and features their premium 2.8mm thick Toric sculpted lens. The unique proprietary RIG lens technology has been developed by Sweet Protection to provide superior contrast, minimum colour distortion and reduced eye fatigue. The double lens is equipped with a GORE Protective Vent to equalize the pressure and avoid deformation of the inner lens due to variable atmospheric pressure which provides an optimal working conditions for your eyes. The Max version of the Clockwork Goggles is 11% bigger compared to the normal Clockwork and all versions come with an oleophobic and hydrophobic coating to reduce fogging.
Price: $219.95CAN / $169.95US
Colours: Matte Black
Lenses: RIG Light Amethyst/Matte Black/Black
CamelBak Phantom LR 25 Hydration Pack
CamelBak’s snowsport specific Phantom LR 25 Hydration Pack is designed to carry all your winter gear in addition to 3L of water so you’ll always be hydrated. The CamelBak Crux lumbar reservoir is designed to keep water weight low and close to your back which means a more stable and smoother carry. The insulated drink tube won’t freeze in chilly weather and delivers 20% more water with every sip. The Phantom LR 25 provides 25L of interior space and is designed to easily carry your skis or snowboard, helmet and shovel. There is even a fleece-lined pocket to keep your goggles protected and safe from scratches). Features include a Snowshed Back Panel which repels snow, a Therminator Harness with built in insulated sleeve in the shoulder strap to prevent your water from freezing, an A-Frame & Diagonal Ski Carry, a Vertical Snowboard Carry, Ski Helmet Hooks which make it easy to carry a ski helmet on the back of the pack, Avy Gear Organization Pocket, a cargo pocket on the hip belt, and large zipper tabs which are easy to grab while wearing gloves.
Price: $210CAN / $160US
Orage Solar Down Shorts
Orage’s Solar Down Shorts come in a men’s and women’s version, the women’s is pictured below in the mesmerizing Iridescent colour. The 750 Powerfill Responsible Duck Down keeps your upper thighs and butt warm on those colder than normal ski days while built in side stretch panels provide optimal mobility and the ability to dump a little heat for when you over exert yourself. Worn over a base layer and under a your shell pants, the Solar Down Shorts are the perfect gift for those people that get cold in winter. Now they have no excuses.
Price: $200CAN / $150US
Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL
Outdoor Research Carbide Bibs
Outdoor Researches latest waterproof/breathable ski touring shell pants are the new Carbide Bibs which are made with super light, yet tough 40 denier Pertex Shield 3L fabric. Generous side zips allow you to dump heat on the up track white the built-in bibs (with a built-in pocket) keep snow and cold out. There is a transceiver pocket on the thigh that has it’s own internal clip and mesh pocket within a pocket to safely stow your transceiver while keeping it conveniently at the ready. The Arcade Belt Webbing Suspender Straps with warli tribe thatched roof print keep the Carbide bibs from riding down but if you prefer using a belt then there are built-in belt loops as well. Should nature come calling then the suspenders have quick releases to drop the bibs fast and there is also a zippered fly for less urgent requirements. The new Carbide Bibs are made for skiing pow this winter but don’t forget about the colour coordinated Carbide Jacket and gloves to complete the ensemble.
Price: $379CAN / $299US
Weight: 696g / 24.6oz
Sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL
GoPro Hero 9 Black
GoPro has long been the industry leader when it comes to action cameras and their new GoPro Hero 9 Black camera is their latest offering. The Hero 9 Black come with a long list of upgraded features and new functionality that makes it the best GoPro yet. The first thing you’ll notice is the full-colour front-facing screen (which makes selfies a breeze) and a larger rear screen which increased in size by about 16%. The Hero9 Black now captures 5k/30 resolution at 16:9 5120x2800 pixels up from the previous 4k. This allows you to easily take stills from video footage and also zoom in on video footage. The new 23.6MP photo mode gives you higher definition photos while the removable front lens allows you to incorporate 3rd party lenses or replace the existing lens if you happen to scratch it. Video mode now offers Hypersmooth 3.0 for more flexibility, Tirewarp 3.0 which allows you to pause and go to realtime video and Horizon Levelling which automatically keeps the horizon level in all your videos.
The battery has a 30% longer life and provides better cold-weather performance which is ideal for those winter backcountry ski edits. There is also now a webcam mode which allows you to plug and play with your laptop and the Hero9Black also now works with many more lives-stream platforms. You can also now schedule photo, time-lapse and video captures and set the duration of these captures as well.
The new GoPro Hero9 Black comes with an included travel case which eliminates all plastic shipping materials. It is priced at $399.99CAN / $349.98US with a GoPro Plus subscription which costs the same amount as just buying the unit with0ut the subscription so why not go ahead and do it.
Anyone would love to get the best GoPro to date as a present this holiday season.
Price: $529.99CAN / $449.99US
Dimensions: 7.1 x 5.5 x 3.36cm / 2.8 x 2.1 x 1.3in
YETI Panga 100 Duffel
It may not be spring for another 4 months but better to be prepared for paddling seasons now. If you’re not a paddler then the YETI Panga 100 Duffel works extremely well as a bag for remote backcountry lodge trips or resort ski week away. This is YETI’s largest duffel at 100L, they also make a 50L and 75L Panga if you don’t need quite the room that the Panga 100 provides. All of the Panga Duffels keep your gear 100% dry thanks to the Laminated, high-density nylon fabric (which is nearly impenetrable to nature’s abuse) and the Hydrolok Zipper that is not only water but also air-tight. Inside the Panga there are two easy-to-access mesh pockets which keep your valuables safely tucked away. On the outside the EVA moulded bottom is not only sturdy but also waterproof (of course) and the builtin Drywall straps enable you to carry the Panga like a backpack. Like all YETI products, the Panga is built tough and will last a lifetime.
Price: $600CAN / $400US
Price: $529.99CAN / $399.99US
Sizes: 50L, 75L, 100L
Helly Hansen Elevation Infinity Shell Jacket
Helly Hansen has taken their best-selling Elevation Shell Jacket and incorporating LIFA Infinity Pro Technology to make this a serious freeride jacket for serious skiers. The longer freeride fit provides a generous range of motion and increased comfort while a long list of features makes it a must-have: built-in removable balaclava, high-vis hits, Life Pocket that uses NASA-engineered PrimaloftAerogel insulation to keep your phone and electronics alive longer, wrist gaiters with thumb hole, internal pockets for goggles and electronics, ski pass pocket, detachable powder skirt, helmet-compatible hood with adjustment, underarm ventilation zippers and RECCO Advanced Rescue system, to name a few.
The Elevation Infinity Shell Jacket sets a new standard for responsible, waterproof-breathable apparel and was recognized as a 2020 ISPO Award Gold Winner in the Snowsports segment, voted as the best product in the Hardshell Jackets category. This is a hard-charging and rugged ski shell jacket that will protect you from the element and whatever Mother Nature can throw at you.
Price: $900CAN /$750
Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL
Fabric: 100% Polypropylene
Somewear Global Hotspot
The Somewear Satellite Communicator provides 100% global connectivity via the Iridium satellite network and allows for tracking, 7-day weather forecasts and SOS emergency services via GEOS worldwide. The device is small and compact and pairs with a smartphone via the Somewear mobile app. The Somewear Global Hotspot is super easy to use and has a minimalist design so there is no confusion, to send a text message via the satellite network simply turn on the device, open the app on your phone, and begin texting—it’s that easy. Thanks to the mobile-first satellite communication platform, Somewear Labs is able to continuously improve the user experience through the app well after the initial purchase of the Somewear unit.
It’s easy to turn your phone into a satellite communicator with the new Somewear Global Hotspot device and the reassurance that you are always in touch with those that care is very reassuring, not to mention the SOS feature, should you ever get into real trouble in the backcountry.
Price: $452CAN / $350US ($100 off in the month of December)
Dimensions: 7.6 x 9 x 2cm / 3 x 3.6 x 0.8”
weighs: 113g / 4oz
Colours: Blue, Black
Data: $8.33 - $50/month
Water-resistant: 1m for 30 mins and it floats
Connector: Micro USB (charging cord included)
Battery: 1000+ messages sent/received per charge. Hotspot will last for over 10 days with 10 min interval tracking
Garmin Instinct Solar Watch
Garmin makes the best GPS Sport Watches on the planet and their Instinct Solar Watch is no exception. It debuted in 2018 and was released with a solar option in summer 2020, making it a GPS watch with unlimited battery life (just ensure sufficient solar exposure in Battery Saver mode). It also has multi-GNSS GPS, built-in sports apps, smart notifications, tracback routing, ABC sensors, robust health monitoring, wrist-based heart rate monitor, a Pulse Ox2 sensor for altitude acclimation monitoring and more. The Instinct Solar is also built to adhere to the U.S. military standard 810 for thermal, shock and water resistance and is rated to a depth of 100 meters. The best thing about the Garmin Instinct Solar Watch is it’s minimal price—at just half the price of Garmin’s fēnix 6 Pro Solar. If you have an adventurer in your life, surprise them with the gift that they will love, the Garmin Instinct Solar Watch.
Price: $559.99CAN / $399.99US
Colours: Graphite, Tidal Blue, Orchid, Sunburst, Flame Red, Black, Moss, Camo, Pipeline, Surf, Cloudbreak, Coyote Tan, Tundra,
Models: Standard, Tactical, Camo
Weight: 52g / 1.8oz
Display: Monochromatic 128x128 pixels
Helly Hansen Elevation 3.0 Shell Pant
Helly Hansen’s Elevation 3.0 Shell Pants use their proprietary HELLY TECH Professional fabric which employs a 3-layer ripstop construction to provide a waterproof, windproof and breathable fabric. The Elevation Pants received an update this year which includes lighter fabrics, minimized seams, increased abrasion resistance and added durability. Features include back thigh ventilation zippers to quickly dump heat, RECCO® Advanced Rescue system, articulated construction in the butt and knee areas for a better fit, stretch snow gaiters, dual hip pockets with a transceiver loop in the right pocket, adjustable waist with fastener and YKK Aqua guard water-resistant zippers all around. Whether you are a resort skier or a backcountry shredder in search of deep powder days the Helly Hansen Elevation 3.0 Shell Pants have you covered.
Price: $550CAN / $475US
Colours: Slate, Patrol Orange
Sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL
Sea To Summit Ether Light XT Insulated Air Sleeping Mat
A good nights sleep is essential to any backcountry adventure and Sea To Summit’s Ether Light XT Insulated Air Sleeping Mat provides just about the best sleep you’ll ever get in the mountains. Its 10cm thickness and use of XT Air Sprung Cells are super comfortable. The 30D / 40D nylon face fabric with anti-microbial liquid-extruded TPU laminate is quiet yet durable and the Thermolite HL-1 insulation provides an R-value of 3.2 so the Ether Light XT Insulated Air keeps you warm three seasons of the year. The quick valve design makes inflation and deflation quick and easy and the included stuff sack is also an Airstream pumpsack so it does double duty and saves on unnecessary weight. Having reviewed every kind of sleeping pad out there I can tell you that Sea To Summit makes the very best and the Ether Light XT Insulated Air is by far the most comfortable in the lightweight category. For a full overview of the Ether Light XT Insulated Air Sleeping Mat read our review and find out why we gave it our prestigious Gear of the Year Award.
Price: $239.95 - $289.95CAN / $179.95-$219.95US
Sizes: Regular, Large, Rectangle Regular Wide, Rectangular Large
Dimensions: 198 x 64cm / 78in x 25in (Size Large)
Packed Size: 12 x 28cm / 4.75 x 11in (Size Large)
Thickness: 10cm / 4in
Weight: 625g / 22oz (Size Large)
Haglofs Nordic Mimic Hood
This hybrid jacket uses two insulations like that of a mid-layer and weather protection like that of a protective outer layer to create a super versatile jacket for all conditions. The Nordic Mimic from Haglofs uses Primaloft Aerogel and Mimic Platinum synthetic insulation over the shoulders, chest and hood with stretchy side panels made from durable FlexAble fabric for increased range of movement. The Nordic Mimic uses lightweight tear and wind-resistant fluorocarbon free DWR-treated Pertex shell fabric which is not only light but also durable. Spacious harness and backpack compatible chest pockets offer plenty of space for storing small items on the go while the articulated sleeves with elasticated cuffs and adjustable hem are ideal at increasing heat retention. Haglof’s Nordic Mimic Hood Jacket is made for adventure so if you know anyone this holiday season in need of a new hybrid layer then this is the one!
Price: $400CAN / $330US
Sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL
Weight: 438g / 15.4oz (size Large)
Vallon Freebirds Goggles
The Vallon Freebirds Goggles are a testament to 70’s-inspired design combined with a long list of modern technologies. They not only look great but offer up all the features one could want such as interchangeable lenses, 100% UV protection, Impact protection, Helmet compatibility, Anti-fog lenses and OTG compatibility (Over the glasses). Their dual-layered spherical lens maximizes peripheral vision and optical clarity while the Flow-tech vents and retro-style air holes maximize ventilation. The Freebirds Goggles us a Vallon VIZ Lens which is a brown base lens with anti-reflective mirror coating that enhances contrasts and increases depth perception. Their 14% Visible Light Transmission or VLT is optimal for sunny and varied conditions days. This is the ideal gift for those retro-loving people on your gift list.
Price: $205CAN / $155US
Colours: Blue, Off-White, Green, Black
Sizes: Medium to Large
SealLine Pro Zip Duffel
I have a bit of a duffel fetish and the SeaLine Pro Zip model may be the ne plus ultra. As well as being submersible, the SeaLine Pro Zip features an easy-to-use zipper, multiple lash points, removable should straps and a size and colour selection that’ll placate any duffel hoarder on your list. These duffels are entirely weatherproof for activities like kayaking, paddleboarding, river running, hut tripping—to name just a few. Practical and luxurious at the same time, the SealLine Pro Zip Duffel will make someone happy this holiday season. 100%.
Price: $ 269.95 - 399.95CAN / $199.95 – $299.95US
Sizes: 40, 70, 100 L
Colours: Gold, Orange, Black
Weight: 1kg / 2lbs 3oz (for the 40L)
Obex BC Spin Helmet
The backcountry-specific Obex SPIN Helmet is designed for enhanced traceability and durability. It features wICEme NFC which is the integration of an NFC Medical ID Chip to help first responders get the information they need instantly, greatly reducing lead times during an emergency. The Obex Spin also comes with the Obex Communication Headset (sold separately) which is designed for seamless compatibility with POC goggles and fully adjustable ear pads that are removable which provides control over the fit and feel of the helmet. The integrated SPIN (Shearing Pad INside) is POC’s patent-pending silicone pad technology system to help reduce rotational force head trauma. Backcountry skiers/riders will appreciate the integration of RECCO rescue reflectors in the Obex BC Spin which helps rescuers locate lost skiers. This is a backcountry skier’s helmet but can also rip the resort, so if you have a skier on your holiday gift list consider the Obex BC Spin Helmet.
Haglofs Elation Hood
The men’s Elation Hood from Haglofs uses a combination of 91% Pontetorto Tecnostretch Recycled Polyester and 9% Elastane to create a stretch fleece with a slightly structured face. This bluesign approved hoody has a soft inner face for next-to-skin comfort, and a smooth outer face with a stretchy fabric throughout for unrestricted movement. There are two hand-warmer pockets for keeping your hands warm on cold days and a chest pocket provides room for small items while the adjustable hem lets you get a snug fit to keep out the cold. This warm stretch fleece hoody is ideal for active days outdoors when you don’t want to get cold or overheat.
Price: $230CAN / $180US
Sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL
Weight: 527g / 18.5oz (size Large)
Patagonia DAS Parka
The Patagonia DAS parka is for that exceptional loved one on your list. At $559, it’s tough to justify buying items like this for more than one person. The DAS is called a belay parka—mostly because it’ll keep you warm while standing still and is impervious to occasional water falling from above. The PrimaLoft Gold Insulation Eco with Cross Core mimics many key properties of down, but won’t become cold/dead weight when wet. As with many other items from Patagonia, the DAS Parka is Fair Trade Certified sewn so you know the people making them are paid a fair wage.
Price: $ 559CAN / $449US
Sizes: XS,S, M, L, XL, XXL
Colours: Fire, Black, Crater Blue
Weight: 556 g / 19.6 oz
Material: Shell—0.8-oz 10-denier 100% nylon ripstop Pertex Quantum Pro, Insulation—133-g PrimaLoft Gold Insulation Eco 100% polyester
Icebreaker Women's Nature Dye Lydmar Pants
Sweatpants. Elevated. A Lot. If you have experienced Icebreaker’s RealFleece yarn before, you’ll know what these pants are all about. Available in men’s and women’s options, the Lydmar will be very cozy, comfortable and stylish. What more could you want from your athleisure wear? Hold on….the pants are made with plant-based dyes too so they’ll fade over time and use less water in the manufacturing process. Zippered front and back pockets round off the package. You know these will bring a big smile come holiday time.
Price: $200CAN / $230US
Sizes: XS - XL
Colours: Husk, Ash
Weight: 390 g / 13.76 oz (size medium)
Material: 88% Merino Wool, 9% Nylon, 3% Elastane
Kuat Switch 6
Kuat’s new Ski rack comes in two versions, a Switch 4 which can fit 4 sets of large skis or 2 snowboards, and a Switch 6 which can fit 6 sets of large skis or 4 snowboards. The Switch 4 is less expensive than the Switch 6 at $269CAN / $198US. The secret sauce of the Switch ski/snowboard racks is that when they are not in use you can simply fold them down for improved aerodynamics while driving. The universal security mounts compatible with round, square or aero crossbars max width 4.25”, 2” max height, .5” minimum height and both racks come with integrated locks included so you can protect your expensive ski and snowboards. The Kuat 6 and Kuat 4 are easy to mount on most car racks, simple to use and super functional for avid skier and riders.
Price: $329CAN / $239 US
Eddie Bauer Microtherm 1000 Jacket
In 1957, Eddie Bauer introduced a down shirt that changes the way people layer and stays warm in the mountains. Now, as part of Eddie Bauer’s Centennial Collection, the new MicroTherm 1000 is the next generation of this innovative design. It features 1000 fill power Premium Goose Down for unmatched warmth at minimum weight. This down is also sourced ethically and tracked thanks to the Responsible Down Standard (RDS). The outer shell is made from 100% recycled nylon and coated with a StormRepel Super DWR (Durable eWater Repellant) which is Eddie Bauer’s longest-lasting moisture-shedding finish. The Microtherm 1000’s athletic cut means it fits close to the body without restricting mobility and is designed to fit over base-layers and lightweight mid-layers. Two-way stretch knit panels under the arms provide increased range of motion and also some venting for when you may overheat. This jacket is warm and light but won’t weigh down your conscience.
Price: $499CAN / $399US
Colours: Black, Citrus
Sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL
Weight: 8.5 oz
Dragon PXV2 Goggles
The PXV2 Goggles from Dragon use their secure and quick one-sided Swiftlock 2.0 lens change system so you can easily swap in any of their other 100 percent UV protective lenses. The lenses feature Dragon’s LUMALENS technology who optimizes colour and provides ultra-high definition optics across the entire spectrum of light conditions to improve visibility in all environments. These lenses are Hydrophobic, meaning they repel water, Oleophobic which repels dirt & oil and they use a Hard Coating to protects from scratches and wear & tear. They are also Ionized which is how they are able to provide rich colour and reduce glare. This is a gift any skier would love to receive.
Price: $395CAN / $300US
Colours: Green/Amber, Violet/Smoke, Silver/Amber, Pink/Smoke, Midnight/Violet, Red/Rose
Smartwool Women's Merino 250 Base Layer Colourblock Bottom
Like all Smartwool apparel the Women's Merino 250 Base Layer with Colour block Bottoms offers breathable warmth, moves sweat away from the body, and provides next-to-skin comfort in colder conditions. The 250 weight is made of 100% Merino wool fabric and is a heavier weight than most bottoms in order to provide more warmth yet it is still super soft to the touch. The interlock knit construction uses a grid or latticework knit which provides ample cross stretch and recovery. It also traps more air in the knit structure, which creates a warm microclimate next to skin and enhances comfort and breathability. Of course, you get the natural benefits of merino wool such as enhanced comfort, breathability, thermoregulation, and odour resistance. Any woman is going to love the style, versatility and feel of these Merino 250 Base Layer Colourblock Bottoms from Smartwool this holiday season.
Price: $139.99CAN / $110US
Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL
Colours: Wave Blue Traced Dahlia, Canyon Rose Heather, Black
Weight: 226g / 7.97oz
Danner Insulated Mountain 600
We’re already sold on footwear from this iconic brand and we're happy to see that they are offering an insulated version of the Mountain 60o (for both men and women, BTW). The all-black pair is made from beefy full-grain leather and the recipient’s toes will be toasty thanks to PrimaLoft insulation and Danner Dry waterproofing. The special sauce with the boots may be hiding on the soles, Vibram SPE midsole and Nisqually outsole mean excellent grip in ice and snow. Avoid the ass-over-tea kettle experience this winter!
Price: $ 301.88CAN / $20US
Sizes: 7 – 14 (with some half sizes, Medium and Wide Widths
Colours: Jet Black, Brown Red
Weight: 1,133g / 40oz (per pair)
Material: Full grain leather upper, PrimaLoft insulation and Danner Dry waterproof protection
Marmot Women's Novus 2.0 Hoody
The Women's Novus 2.0 Hoody from Marmot is a light, warm, and durable jacket that works as both an outer layer and mid-layer. On cold-weather days when active adventure is the main focus, the Novus 2.0 Hoody is ideal for keeping you warm but not overheating. he Primaloft Silver Hi-Loft insulation is light and very warm yet breaths when you start to overheat. When the weather turns you can easily put a hard shell over the Novus 2.0 Hoody to stay toasty warm and dry. The Nylon Ripstop Stretch 1.4 oz/yd outer fabric does not impede movement yet repels wind with ease and packs down impressively well when you need to stow it in your pack. Other features include a fixed hood with elastic binding, an adjustable double cord lock at the hem, elastic-bound cuffs and zippered hand pockets and interior chest pocket. This is a versatile jacket the woman in your life would enjoy as a holiday gift.
Price: $250CAN / $200US
Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL
Colours: Wild Rose, Royal Night, Black
Arc’teryx Sentinel LT Women’s Bibs
These low bib pants will make recipients swoon. They are positioned as touring pants but they are definitely burly enough for running at the resort. Two thigh pockets (one transceiver friendly) round out the package. If you are wondering what “enigma” means as a colour, it’s a gloriously dark green—really lovely. GORE C-KNIT means the pants also sport next-to-skin comfort; good news for those toasty spring tours!
Price: $ 650CAN / $525US
Sizes: XS - XL
Colours: Enigma, Sundance
Weight: 520 g / 1 lb 2.3 oz
Material: N80p 3L GORE-TEX fabric with GORE C-KNIT backer technology
Gregory Targhee FT 45 Pack
We’ve been huge fans of the Targhee in all its earlier iterations. This time around, the good people at Gregory have brought the weight down and added a couple bells and whistles. Of note is the ski carry system which lets wearers attach and carry their skis without taking the pack off. Cool party trick! If the sign of a good present is something you, yourself, would like to receive, then this is a winner. It even comes in two sizes to accommodate different torso lengths.
Price: $325CAN / $239US
Sizes: S/M. M/L
Colour: Spark Navy
Weight: 1.33 kg / 2.94 lbs
Icebreaker 250 Vertex Top and Leggings
The 250 designation stands for “cozy” in this very warm Icebreaker Kit for her. If you aren’t a fan of the curry colour pictured, these items are also available in black and snow—each with the distinctive “ice structure” graphic. Classic Icebreaker merino means regulated body temperature in all weather conditions and little-to-no stank. Flatlock seems and gussets make for added comfort and the droptail hem makes for added comfort. This top and bottom combo would work great as a backcountry base layer on a cold day.
Price: Top - $170CAN / $140US, Leggings - $160CAN / $130US
Sizes: XS - XL
Colours: Black, Curry Smoke
Weight: Top - 250 g / 8.82 oz, Bottom - 250 g / 8.82 oz (both size medium)
Material: 100% merino wool
ZOLEO Satellite Communicator
ZOLEO provides seamless global messaging for your smartphone or tablet when you venture beyond cell coverage. It uses the Iridium satellite network when out of range and can also use cellular or wifi connections when in range to send messages, SOS alerts, check-ins, receive weather forecasts and can even share your GPS location. ZOLEO pairs with your smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth and the free mobile app allows you to easily message. People can also get in touch with you via your Zoleo number or e-mail address. Iridium is the only satellite network to cover everywhere on Earth, including landmasses, oceans, and Polar Regions. If you have a clear view of the sky you can message and communicate with the outside world.
Safety is paramount no matter the location or ambition of your adventure. Even venturing out into the side country of your local resort for a backcountry ski lap could go wrong fast, which is why it is super important to consider a communication device such as a Zoleo’s Global Satellite Communicator. The Zoleo unit is dust- and water-resistant (up o 1.5m / 4.9 ft for 30 min and has a shock-resistant MIL-STD 810G rating so you can be a little rough on it.
Monthly plans range from $25 - $70 a month with the basic plan providing you with 25 messages (70¢ for additional messages) and SOS Alerts with 24/7 GEO Monitoring. The In Touch plan is $45/month and provides 250 messages with additional messages costing only ¢35/each and of course the SOS Alerts with 24/7 GEO Monitoring are included. The Unlimited plan at $70/month is just that, unlimited messaging plus the SOS Alerts with 24/7 GEO Monitoring. All plans include a unique Zoleo SMS number and email address and you can change, suspend or cancel your plan after the first three months should you ever need to.
Price: $269CAN / $199US (subscription required)
Weight: 150g / 5.3oz
Dimensions (L x W x D): 9.1 x 6.6 x 2.7cm / 3.58 x 2.6 x 1.06in
Charging time: 2 hours using 1.5 A charger
Battery: Rechargeable internal Lithium Ion
Battery life: 200+ hours
Sweet Protection Ascender MIPS Helmet
Sweet Protection’s new Ascender Helmet is a dedicated ski-mountaineering helmet that’s the lightest and most packable helmet to in Sweet Protection’s line up to date, weighing just 430 grams. It’s designed to be worn both uphill and down since it has plenty of ventilation to ensure you won’t overheat. The Ascender Helmet is triple certified as an S alpine skiing helmet, European alpine skiing helmet and also certified for mountaineering (CE EN 1077 / ASTM 2040 / EN 12492). If this isn't enough, there's also MIPS integrated which is a a technology that reduces rotational forces on the brain. The Ascender uses a unique hybrid variable elasticity shell and the dual density EPS. Click here for more info on the Ascender and even a video overview.
Price: $295.95CAN / $219.95US
Colours: Black, White, Orange, Grey
Weight: 430g / 15.2oz
Orage Morrison Gilltek Layering
What looks to be an ordinary down jacket is actually a whole lot more. The Orage Morrison Gilltek Layering Jacket uses 500 Powerfill Primaloft Recycled Thermoplume insulation instead of down and incorporated side stretch panels made of recycled taffeta, polyester, merino wool and spandex. On top of this, the Morrison uses a unique GILLTEK technology on the back panel which provide maximum insulation value when you are stationary and the “Gills” lay flat, when you are moving the gills open up more and excess heat can dissipate through the mesh lining to prevent overheating. Practical design and innovative technology have made the Morrison Gilltek an ISPO Award winner so you know it has to be good!
Price: $249.99CAN / $180US
Colour: Pure Navy, Outlaw Print, Black
Sizes: S, M, L, XL
DPS Alchemist Wailer 100 RPs
Ok. unless you were an early investor in Google, most items in the DPS Alchemist line come at a difficult-to-surmount price point. The payoff? The recipient will be brought to tears upon receiving them and you know you are giving the gift of unforgettable experiences and feel-like-a-kid-again fun. The carbon layup delivers stiffness and lightweight, while the RP shaping pathway provides a ski experience that is: surfy, playful and intuitive. And the 100 underfoot bring the weight down enough that the ski can be part of a very light, long day kit. I’d love to be presented with a pair of these over the holidays—and I bet anyone on your list would too.
Price: $ 1399CAN / $1299US
Sizes: 171, 179, 184, 189
Colours: Banana Yellow
Weight: 1805g (184s)
Material: Vibration-tuned aerospace grade carbon
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