It’s hard to believe it’s time again to shop for the perfect holiday gifts. There's always one person in the family who loves finding the perfect gift for each family member and watching with anticipation as gifts are opened throughout the season. But finding a useful gift for someone who enjoys spending a lot of time in nature can take time and effort. And how can you be sure it’s a great quality item that will serve them well for years to come?
Our guides–Dave and Serra–dish on their favorite hiking, trail running, and outdoor gear to help get you started.
Hiking Day Pack, Deuter
Guineafowl turned to Deuter when we wanted comfortable day packs for our guided hikes, and you can too. On top of being comfortable to wear and having pockets in all the right places for easy access, this pack is PFC-free, making it environmentally friendly.
“I’ve used Deuter backpacks for years. They hold up well and don't rub or pinch like some packs I’ve used. I love the size of this pack for day hikes in the Whites.” – Dave
Waterproof Jacket, Fjallraven
The High Coast Hydratic Jacket is truly wind and rain-proof for those less-than-ideal trail adventures. Plus, it’s packable into its own pocket to maximize space in your pack. We love that this jacket is made from recycled materials, too.
“It’s the solution to the old adage ‘there’s no bad weather, just bad clothes.’ This jacket packs down small when you don’t need it and is ready for action when the weather turns. This shell is a great insurance policy for questionable weather.” – Dave
Wool Baselayer Shirt, Smartwool
Smartwool baselayers combine the moisture-managing properties of merino wool with the durability of nylon. Merino wool helps keep bodies cool in summer and warm in winter by wicking sweat and moisture away from the skin and drying quickly. The flatlock seams and their raglan-style sleeves prevent chafing under backpacks.
“I always overdress and have to peel off layers, then slip back into them on a descent or after the sun goes down. Starting with a Smartwool baselayer is essential to managing body temperature.” – Serra
You can fully represent the Guineafowl brand, message, and love for trailblazing with others. Our merchandise has been crafted with you in mind while connecting to others who have joined the confusion!
Keb Trekking Trouser, Fjallraven
Created to be your favorite all-around trekking trousers from spring to autumn, Keb Trousers combine low weight and high movability in a hard-to-resist format. Made from a durable, double-woven stretch fabric that dries quickly and protects legs from rough terrain.
“These pants are my new go-to for everything. I barely take them off. They’re comfortable, stylish, and are holding up great.” – Dave
Hiking Pants, Mountain Hardware
Breathable hiking pants that are stylish, too. We’re in. Both styles are comfortable enough to hike in all day and use quality material, so your boss won’t know you’re wearing hiking pants to work. If you’re looking for do-it-all, affordable pants, this is it.
“Mountain Hardware is half the price of some other technical pants out there, but they are just as comfortable and last forever.” – Dave
Waterproof Hiking Boots, Salomon
Salomon is a good choice if heavy, clunky hiking boots aren’t your thing. Lightweight and nimble, like their running shoes, Salomon hiking boots feature Contragrip technology for good footing and a lightweight feel so you can go all day. We recommend getting fitted for shoes at your local outdoor retailer before purchasing.
“I’ve been hiking and trail running in Salomon shoes for years. Their boots are durable, lightweight and have great tread for rocky terrain, in both wet and dry conditions.” – Dave
Protective Trail Sneaker, Merrill
The Skyfire comes in two versions; the LongSky, specifically designed for long runs or hikes, and the SkyFire, made for shorter, faster hikes and runs. Both sneakers are lightweight, shed water well, and a Vibram® Megagrip outsole prevents slipping on wet rocks. We recommend getting fitted for shoes at your local outdoor retailer before purchasing.
“I rely on these trail running sneakers when I’m training for and racing ultramarathons. The rock guard to protect my toes from injuries on rocky northeastern trails.” – Serra
Running and Hiking Socks, Swiftwick
Our resident ultra-runner loves Swiftwick socks on runs and hikes. Their seamless toebox prevents pinching and bunching, and, as their name suggests, they use a special moisture-wicking material to keep your feet dry and comfortable.
“Swiftwick socks are thin and tight, keep my feet dry. I love the crew length for trail running or hiking.” – Serra