Five Best Outdoor Winter Gifts

by Ragtimelil

Winter brings its own beauty, along with its own difficulties for those who want to enjoy the outdoors. Here are some great gifts for the active person.

The winter can be the most beautiful season in the northern part of the world. It's a time a lot of people would like to get out and walk through the woods or down a trail. But ff you live in snow country, you already know the problems of trying to be outdoors during the winter months. Even if there is no snow, there are things you would like to take with you to make your trek safer and more fun.

Trekking Poles

Even when there is no snow, poles are handy to have for hiking. They help keep you balanced and take some of the strain off of your knees and legs while walking. They give security when traveling on rough terrain or a water crossing. You can walk further and longer with poles.

The Elektra LockJaw 2-piece Adjustable Poles are perfect for hiking or snowshoeing.They come with a aluminum seamless 2-part shaft that is adjustable to 130 cm with gender specific grips and steel flex tips. It also boasts a revolutionary, over-the-center cam design that clamps and releases easily, allowing the user to pack and adjust effortlessly even while wearing gloves.



 It’s always a good idea to carry some emergency supplies when going into the woods or out on the trail. A comfortable backpack makes your trip safer and more enjoyable. A backpack leaves your hands free while giving you a place to carry your camera, maps, and other necessities.

This pack by Camelbak is designed to carry a helmet, goggles, extra clothing, lunch, and other items as well as a 70 oz. reservoir for water fully insulated to protect against freezing.


Ice Grippers

Even when there is no snow, ice can be a problem. Ice can make doing simple things outside the home treacherous. Some of the rubber grippers available in hardware and grocery stores don't hold up to rugged use. Here's a pair that will keep you on your feet and walking.

The 3/8" spikes are made of stainless steel and the tough elastomer shoe harness provides a snug and secure fit without special buckles or straps. They come in sizes from children to large adult and are extremely durable. They allow any person to walk safely in all types of terrain whether ice, wet rocks, or packed snow.


If you live in snow country, you already know how hard it is to walk through knee deep snow. Snowshoes keep you on top of the snow so walking is easier. You don’t need to learn how to use them, just strap on and go.

The Frontier Snowshoe features an aluminum frame designed to reduce impact on joints by the innovative design while allowing the traction teeth to bite into the snow for secure walking. The binding is easy to use with a single buckle design. This is a great value for trail blazers and families alike.

Wrist GPS

A GPS system is handy to have anytime, but even more important in the winter when you don’t want to take a chance on getting lost. Get to where you are going and get back safely.

The Garmin Foretrex 301 Waterproof Hiking GPS features a high-sensitivity receiver for improved performance and reception in heavy tree cover or deep canyons. It keeps track of your route and shows the path for retracing your steps. The system also will show sunrise and sunset times and displays current location in multiple formats.
These are just a few of the products that can allow you got enjoy the outdoors during the winter months and help keep you safe. They make great gifts for your active friend or family member or even for yourself.
Updated: 11/26/2012, Ragtimelil
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Ragtimelil on 08/31/2012

Sounds like you need special boots if you can't find any that fit well. I'd go to someplace that will fit them for you rather than waste money on boots that you can't wear. I didn't have that problem but there are plenty of people who do. I'd ask around.

Mira on 08/31/2012

Great advice. I, too, love the boots. I have still to find regular hiking/trekking boots that won't hurt my feet. I have to use sneakers instead. Any advice? As you can imagine, they're absolutely terrible in winter!

Ragtimelil on 08/27/2012

Couldn't live without them - when I was in snow country.

annieangel on 08/27/2012

I love the ice grippers

Ragtimelil on 08/27/2012

Keeping warm is important. The secrets is layers, layers, layers...:)) Then, as you said, the extremities.
Then you can enjoy your time outdoors.

katiem2 on 08/27/2012

Really nice, I know it can get really cold here in Ohio. I love anything that keeps my neck, earns, feet and hands warm, after that it's all about the cold weather fun. :)K

Ragtimelil on 08/27/2012

Ice grippers are great! I got a little concussion one year from falling on the ice and banging my head. The poles are nice to have too.

dustytoes on 08/27/2012

I already have the snowshoes and backpack, but the hiking poles are something I have been wanting for a while now. Maybe Santa will bring them. I will have some of those ice grippers this year too. I love the snow, but hate the ice - like most.

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