From sturdy backpacks to phone cases that can withstand being drop-kicked across a parking lot, here are 10 Valentines’ Day gift ideas for guys who love the outdoors.
With deluxe features and optimal organization and gear access, the Osprey Xenith 105 backpack is a gift idea for the guy preparing for an expedition backpacking trip. The company claims it’s comfortable and easy to carry, but highly functional with a dual-compartment top pocket, hydration, vertical zippered pockets, sleeping bag straps and side zip access.
Designed with multi-directional lugs, 3-millimeter drop mid sole, and weighing less than 10 ounces, these shoes are for guys who love running and hiking. Boulder, Colo.-based Newton Running created what it claims is the perfect grip on running sneakers, ideal for all types of terrain. It claims they’ll keep his feet warm and dry with durable, all-weather uppers and closed mesh.
These days, your phone is literally your lifeline. Not only does it contain all your valuable contacts, apps and information but it’s a GPS, flashlight or compass when you’re exploring the outdoors. Help make sure he doesn’t drop his to an untimely death with the LifeProof iPhone case. These cases also protect against water, dirt, and snow.
If your guy is into more than one sport, he can use this heart rate monitor to input whatever kind of workout he’s gearing up for (running, cycling, snowshoeing) to produce more accurate readings. The monitor provides feedback during the workout about which heart rate zones he should be training in, so he knows when he needs to kick it up a notch or slow things down. It also keeps track of his route with GPS, his average pace, calories burned and distance covered.
This jacket has a sleek silhouette with features including stretch and breathability. Made for active purists, the lightweight GORE-TEX® jacket is designed with ventilation inserts on the side to control body temperature when your guy is pushing the limits. Reflective seams are designed catch the eyes of drivers in oncoming traffic to keep him safe while running at night.
This makes a great gift for the guy who loves to camp. Petzl has been making headlamps for more than 30 years, and has some of the best designs in the industry. When that firewood for the campfire runs out, he’s going to need a light to hunt for more to keep you warm.
If music gets him motivated, wow him with these SnuggBuds headphones. The maker claims they offer a crystal clear sound, a perfect fit to keep them put, and innovative fabric cords that won’t tangle. The SB-X headphones are lightweight, and the Pump seriously turns up the bass. They’re made out of metal, aluminum alloy casings instead of plastic to keep audio balanced, crisp and clean while he’s moving.
Another fantastic gift option for runners is a fuel belt. Everyone gets thirsty when hitting the trails, but carrying a water bottle or bag can slow you down. The Revenge R20 Fuel Belt is adjustable, comfortable and lightweight. It won’t bounce around, and the snug fit means he’ll probably forget he’s wearing it! The belt comes with two easy-to-grab bottles for rehydrating on the go.
Your guy will never have enough technical shirts for layering (or not, once this weather warms up). The Brooks Versatile T is lightweight and has all the features a runner needs: moisture-moving textured fabric, super soft feel, flatlock seams to prevent chafing, and front-back retroreflectivity.
A great guys’ camping trip almost always involves kicking back with a few beers at the end of a long day of hiking, fishing or exploring. Give the gift of a good time with this 50-quart roller cooler, which has enough space to stash a 30-pack, plenty of ice and maybe some snacks. It’s lined with three inches of insulating foam so it can maintain sub-freezing temperature for days. Oversized wheels make hauling it to the campsite easy.