If looking for the best gifts for winter hiking gear then you are in the right place! We have searched for everything anyone could need to trek the trails even during the winter months.
Winter Hiking Gear Gifts
A few years ago, my husband wanted to start adding winter hiking to his activity list. We are lucky to live in an area of the country that has a lot of options when it comes to enjoying sports and health and fitness in the great outdoors.
Within a 2 hour drive, we can be in the gorgeous Adirondack Mountains to skate, ski, snowshoe or hike.
One item on my husband's wish list for years has been a set of snowshoes. Last winter, I was able to finally check off that much-wanted item!
I was so happy he was able to use them and enjoyed a great season trekking through some beautiful trails!
Winter Hiking Gear Essentials
Snowshoes – Great to have for deep snow hiking trails. These can be kept on your day pack so you have easy access when needed. When purchasing this type of equipment, be sure to follow the guidelines for height and weight.
Black Diamond Raven Ice Axe– When hiking in the backcountry, especially during winter months, many times you can run into steep ice-faces. So for safety reasons, it's a great idea to have this item in your pack. This item SAVED my husband a few times!!!
Feather Light Down Jacket– It's important to have a warm jacket, but during activity, you want something light. This is a perfect weight jacket that still provides the warmth you need.
Boots- ASOLO Men's TPS 520 GV EVO Backpacking Boots are my husband's preferred winter hiking boot. They work great for hiking in the snow and also when strapped into his snowshoes.
Microspikes- KAHTOOLA MICROspikes are also essential for winter hiking as it helps with traction when on the trails.
Can You Go Hiking in Winter?
Absolutely! Winter hiking is an amazing way to experience the great outdoors. It gets you out into nature, fills your lungs with fresh air and offers postcard-like views. As long as you are prepared for the weather and have the proper gear, you will enjoy hiking fun all winter long.
A Few More Ideas for Gifts for Hikers
- Long underwear
- Hat & gloves
- Backpack/Daypack for winter hikes
- Ski Goggles
- Neck Gator
- Water bottle
- Waterproof matches
Snacks for the Trail
Hiking in the winter months requires you to remain hydrated and fueled for the elements. Snow can often replicate walking or running in the sand- the effort is a bit more strenuous, so calories burned are much higher than you may think.
We have a super easy Trail Mix that is great for hikes or any time!
Or, mix up a batch of our Easy No-Bake Energy Bites and be sure to stay hydrated.
Is a winter storm approaching? Be sure you are prepared. Check out our post on How to Keep Your Family Prepared for Winter Storms.
We hope this gift list is helpful to complete the wish list of your outdoor enthusiast this year!
10+ Best Gift Ideas for Winter Hiking Gear
Original Post 12/17/18
Updated Post 12/11/19