Cool Gifts for Hikers Who Love To Explore In 2018

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Product Name

Primary Feature

Types

Price

GoPro HERO5 Black

4K video and 12MP photos

Action Video Cameras

TETON Sports Mammoth

Fill SuperLoft Elite

Sleeping Bags

Garmin eTrex 10

Waterproof

Handheld GPS Units

KEEN Women's Voyageur

Leather

Hiking Shoes

Merrell Men's Moab

Leather/Mesh

Hiking Shoes

Wantdo Men's Mountain

Waterproof

Winter Jackets

Wise Food Survival Backpack

Waterproof

Survival Backpack

ChillaX Inflatable Lounger

Air Sofa Bed

Sleeping Bag

Sundome 4 Person Tent

Polyester

Camping Tents

XOPRO Hiking Chair

Heavy Duty Foldable

Hiking Chair

Campmor Ultimate Survival

HEX design

Tent Accessories

Rusee Camping Hammock

Parachute Fabric

Hammock

Bushnell Falcon 133410

35-mm lens

Camera & Binoculars

Mright Mens Pockets Jacket

0.44-0.55KG

Jackets

Singbring Women's Outdoor

polyester

Hiking Pants

Rothco Deluxe Adventurer

10.5" length

Tactical Knives

Praktikal Life Pocket

Practical Pouch

Sleeping Bags

Gerber Dime Multi-Tool

10 tools

Safety Multitools

dizauL Solar Charger

5000mAh Portable

Solar Chargers

BAFX Anti Shock Hiking

26.5 to 53 inches

Trekking Poles

Cool Gifts for Hikers - Reviewed

1. GoPro HERO5 Black

The GoPro has changed the landscape of outdoor film and photography ever since it first came out. With their newest iteration, the HERO5 Black, you can do so much more than you could with previous models.

HERO5 Black comes with a digital touch screen for reviewing your pictures and video in real time, it has a tougher casing to withstand water (up to 33 feet) and shocks, and it can even connect to the cloud wirelessly.

If you’re going for the ultimate GoPro experience to help remember your outdoor adventures, then the HERO5 Black is the way to go. You can even use voice commands to take photos, and it captures the images in stunning HD quality.

Pros

  • Waterproof up to 33 feet without a cover
  • Backlit LED screen
  • Front displays all pertinent video data
  • Captures HD 4K video
  • Automatically stabilizes your video
  • Preview and playback shots in camera
  • 12-megapixels
  • Single, burst, and time-lapse options
  • Voice control 
  • One-touch operation
  • Wirelessly uploads your videos to the cloud

Cons

  • Some customers complained that the housing is not 100% waterproof
  • On rare occasions, the battery may stop holding a charge

2. TETON Sports Mammoth Double Sleeping Bag

No one wants to sleep uncomfortably when they’re out in the wild, but with this double sleeping bag from TETON, you will never have that problem. You and your significant other can both enjoy the space and warmth provided by this bag because there is more than enough room to share.

One really cool thing about this sleeping bag is that you can also separate it along the seams so that you can make two comforters instead of just one bag—this gives you more versatility, particularly if you feel like it might get too toasty inside.

However, this bag does have plenty of ventilation, so you shouldn’t overheat.

Pros

  • Taffeta shell withstands years of abuse
  • SuperLoft elite filling
  • Rated for temperatures as low as 20 degrees F
  • Lightweight and easy to carry
  • Draft tubes for ventilation
  • Mummy-style hood protects your head
  • Wide enough for two people
  • Separates into two pieces as comforters

Cons

  • Not machine-washable
  • Can be rather large, even when folded

3. Garmin eTrex 10 Worldwide Handheld GPS Navigator

While searching for adventure can be exciting, you don’t want things to take a turn for the worse by getting lost—to prevent that from happening, you can use this Garmin eTrex Navigator. While it’s not as detailed as some other GPS models, it provides you with all the information you need to figure out where you are and where you need to go.

Best of all, this system also has a tracking feature so that you can easily retrace your steps up to several miles, if necessary.

Pros

  • 2.2-inch digital screen
  • Fast and accurate signaling
  • Simple menu operation
  • Preloaded with maps all over the world
  • Tracks your movements so you can retrace 
  • Lasts up to 20 hours on batteries
  • Rugged impact casing absorbs shocks
  • Lightweight and easy to carry
  • Waterproof against rain and splashes

Cons

  • In rare cases, the battery compartment may not close correctly
  • Limited number of maps installed

4. KEEN Women's Voyageur Hiking Shoe

When it comes to finding the right shoes for hiking, you need something rugged that is also supportive and comfortable enough that a whole day on the trail won’t leave your feet in bad shape.

The Voyageur Shoe from KEEN delivers excellent results by using high-quality rubber and leather materials to provide both protection and comfort. The out sole gives you fantastic traction, and the mesh sides provide plenty of ventilation.

Finally, a thick EVA foam insole helps ensure that you get the support you need on any hiking excursion even on rough terrain.

Pros

  • Durable leather and synthetic construction
  • Thick rubber outsole for traction and comfort
  • Contoured midsole conforms to your foot
  • Mesh siding for better airflow
  • Heel pull strap for convenience
  • Extra toe protection
  • Non-marking outsole
  • Waterproof leather material

Cons

  • Sizes tend to run small
  • May take a while to break in fully

5. Merrell Men's Moab Ventilator Hiking Shoe

While women hikers get the high performance and comfortable design of the Voyageur, men can breathe a sigh of relief when they try on these shoes from Merrell—the Moab Ventilator provides many of the same benefits and features to ensure that you have a great hike.

The outsole is made of thick Vibram rubber with advanced lugs that provide traction on both wet and dry surfaces. The insole is thick EVA foam, so you get more support and comfort while you hike. The sides are mesh to allow more air to flow through, and the interior is treated to help prevent bad odors and microbes from growing in your shoes.

Overall, these are excellent hiking shoes.

Pros

  • Durable leather and synthetic construction
  • Compression-molded EVA footbed for comfort
  • Mesh upper allows for more airflow
  • Thick rubber outsole for better traction
  • Extra toe protection
  • Excellent arch support
  • Interior treated to prevent odor and mildew
  • Heel pull tab for convenience

Cons

  • Sizing tends to run small

6. Wantdo Men's Waterproof Mountain Jacket

Staying comfortable while you’re out on the trail is a crucial aspect of your hiking experience, and a major part of that is staying warm and dry—wearing cold or wet clothes can sour the mood faster than anything else.

Fortunately, with this jacket from Wantdo, you will be able to maintain the perfect internal temperature regardless of the weather. It has a waterproof polyester exterior coupled with a thick fleece lining inside to keep you warm and comfortably. It even comes with plenty of pockets so that you can keep all your essentials close by.

Pros

  • Water- and windproof exterior
  • Fleece lining for warmth and comfort
  • Thumb hole on the sleeve
  • Large detachable hood 
  • Extra storage and pockets
  • Durable construction

Cons

  • Some of the seams are not as sturdy as others

7. Wise Food 5-Day Survival Backpack

Have you ever heard of the term “bug-out bag”?

If so, then you know that it’s a bag filled with a few days’ supplies of what you might need in case of an emergency situation. While you could go through the trouble of building your own bug-out bag from scratch, why not take advantage of this well thought-out package from Wise Company?

As the name suggests, you will get enough supplies to last you up to five days, including food, water, and first aid. No matter the situation, you can handle yourself with this remarkably packed bag and will no longer have to worry about being unprepared.

Pros

  • Includes 32 different meals
  • Emergency water packets
  • First aid kit and accessories provided
  • Backpack has extra space for additional items
  • Thick and comfortable straps
  • Relatively lightweight when fully loaded
  • Water-resistant shell

Cons

  • Meals cannot be resealed
  • Bag is not completely waterproof

8. ChillaX Inflatable Lounger with Carry Bag

How are you going to kick back when it’s time to relax on your outdoor adventure? You could rely on something as cumbersome as a chair or hammock, or you could bring the ChillaX Inflatable Lounger instead.

What makes this product so convenient is that it inflates in seconds without any special equipment needed—just drag it through the air, tie it off, and sit back. It also comes with some extra features like two side pockets for drinks and belongings, as well as an anchor strap with a bottle opener. This way, you can leave it sitting without worrying about it blowing away on you.

Pros

  • Inflates in seconds
  • Folds compactly for easier transportation
  • Side pockets for convenience
  • Durable material
  • Large enough for most people
  • Anchor stake included
  • Bottle opener on the anchor strap

Cons

  • Thicker material doesn’t inflate as quickly as other models
  • No instructions included the package

9. Sundome 4 Person Tent

One of the most important things you can bring on any outdoor adventure is some shelter for wherever you make camp. This four-person tent from Coleman is the perfect way to keep you and your comrades safe and out of the elements.

This tent is spacious and sets up relatively fast. It comes with storage pockets on the inside, sturdy fiberglass poles to hold up to the wind, and a thick polyester floor to keep water from coming in. Also, it has a sturdy rain fly that will keep you warm and dry at night.

Pros

  • Durable 1000D polyester floor that prevents water from seeping in
  • Strong fiberglass poles
  • Waterproof rain fly 
  • Wind-resistant design
  • Ventilated for better airflow
  • Sets up in 15 minutes
  • Fits up to four people
  • Storage pockets on the inside
  • Folds compactly for easier transport

Cons

  • May feel a bit cramped when at capacity

10. Lightweight and Foldable Camp Chair

For the most part, camping chairs are either comfortable and bulky, or compact but awkward to sit on. Thankfully, this Foldable Camp Chair from Sunyear gives you the best of both worlds with a chair that is much smaller than most other models while still providing excellent support and comfort.

Its frame is made of durable aircraft aluminum, and the seat is thick nylon material. Not only that, but it’s waterproof and breathable so that you can use it in any environment. It also sets up and tears down in seconds, making it both practical and convenient.

Pros

  • Aircraft-grade aluminum frame
  • Durable nylon material
  • Rubber feet for stability
  • Holds up to 250 pounds
  • Unique design provides better comfort
  • Waterproof and breathable fabric
  • Super compact design
  • Lightweight and easy to carry
  • Washable and easy to clean

Cons

  • May tip over relatively easily

11. Ultimate Survival Base Hex Tarp

If you plan on camping out in the wilderness for more than a few days, or you prefer to head out with as few supplies as possible, you probably agree that nothing is as reliable and versatile as a good tarp—in this case, the Ultimate Survival Base Tarp provides you with ample protection and warmth for almost any conditions.

One side is reflective, which makes it ideal for signaling or using it as a space blanket, and the other side is waterproof so that you can use it as a makeshift shelter or ground cover. The hexagonal design is more versatile and compact than a rectangle, and it even includes guylines and stakes to turn it into a hammock.

Pros

  • Thick and durable material
  • One side is aluminized for heat reflectivity
  • Guylines and stakes provided
  • Folds compactly for transportation
  • Waterproof 
  • Works as ground cloth, blanket, or tarp
  • Hexagonal design is more versatile

Cons

  • Hex design may not provide adequate coverage in all situations
  • May be too small for some users

12. Rusee Mosquito Net Outdoor Hammock

While tents are the most common way to provide shelter for a good night’s rest outdoors, some hikers prefer to use a hammock instead. This way, you get just enough room for yourself and your supplies without having to carry a bulky tent in your pack.

This hammock is designed for summer camping or lounging, as it comes with a mosquito net instead of a rain fly. It has thick nylon material that can hold up to 330 pounds, and it fits most users with ease. It even has a side pocket for your convenience.

Pros

  • Durable nylon material
  • Mosquito netting included
  • Holds up to 330 pounds
  • Large enough for most people
  • Sets up in minutes
  • Side pocket storage
  • Folds compactly for easier transport

Cons

  • No rain fly included
  • Mosquito net may rip relatively easily

13. Bushnell Falcon 133410 Binoculars

If you enjoyobserving nature and animals, then you will definitely need a good pair of binoculars like this set from Bushnell. They are light and compact, and provide excellent magnification with minimal adjustment needed.

The lenses are fully coated to provide clarity, and the prism automatically focuses for you so you will be able to spot fast-moving animals even easier. It still allows you to adjust the lens manually so you can control what is in focus at any given time. Best of all, you can use it with or without glasses.

Pros

  • Fully coated lenses for improved clarity
  • 7x optical magnification
  • Auto-focusing prism for convenience
  • Compact and lightweight design
  • Soft and comfortable eye relief
  • Rubber grip for stability
  • Weather-resistant housing
  • Works with glasses as well

Cons

  • In rare cases, both sides may not focus at the same time
  • Internal components can be a bit fragile

14. Mright Mens Pockets Jacket Outdoors

Most hikers want to carry as few items on their journey as possible to make their experience more comfortable and enjoyable. So, if that sounds like you, then you may like this vest from Mright—it provides you with a lot of storage options so that you don’t have to bring as much in your bag. Also, it makes everything much more accessible, too.

Overall, this vest is rather simple, and it comes with twelve outside and four inside pockets. It closes with a zipper, and it is made of thin denim material. There are also two D-rings on the top so that you can strap items to it as well.

Pros

  • Thin and lightweight design
  • 12 outside pockets 
  • 4 inside pockets 
  • Extra large pockets for storage
  • Zippered closure system
  • D-rings on the shoulders for clipping items
  • Durable denim construction
  • Machine washable

Cons

  • Sizing tends to run small
  • Material does not offer much weather protection

15. Singbring Women's Waterproof Hiking Pants

Having the right clothes on while hiking can make or break your enjoyment of the experience. While most people would opt for something thick and durable, that means that you will also get hot quickly and it can be heavy and cumbersome. Fortunately, these hiking pants from Singbring are designed as a lightweight alternative.

What’s great about these pants is that you can wear them anytime and be comfortable. They are waterproof for the rainy season, thin for the summer, and wind-resistant for the winter. In colder weather, though, you will have to wear an additional layer underneath to stay warm.

Pros

  • Weather-resistant 
  • Adjustable waist for easier wearing
  • Zippered front pockets for convenience
  • Durable polyester construction
  • Dries quickly

Cons

  • Finding the right size can be hard because they are so form-fitting
  • In rare cases, the material may not be 100% waterproof

16. Rothco Deluxe Adventurer Survival Kit Knife

One of the most essential tools that you will need when out in the wilderness is a reliable knife. Even in a survival situation, having the right blade will enable you to make all kinds of items that can help you endure the elements. The Rothco Deluxe Adventurer Knife even takes it one step further by also providing you with a full kit inside.

Along with a thick stainless steel blade, you get a bunch of supplies like a fish hook, line, string, compass, and even band-aids. On the sheath is a small sharpening stone to keep your knife in good condition, and the tip has a hole so you can even use it as a fishing rod. Overall, this versatile tool has everything you need, just in case.

Pros

  • Stainless steel blade
  • Serrated edge for sawing
  • Loop in the front for fishing
  • Complete survival kit stored in the handle
  • Fishing hook, safety pins, and first aid materials
  • Sharpening stone on the sheath
  • Extra space for matches
  • Keeps contents dry and accessible
  • Compass on the hilt as well

Cons

  • May need sharpening upon arrival
  • Some of its components are not as durable as others

17. Praktikal Life PRAKTIKAL Pocket Blanket

When enjoying the outdoors, sometimes you need a clean surface on which you can sit or lie down. However, bringing a tarp or a full-size blanket can be more trouble than it’s worth, so what are you to do? Well, you can get this Praktikal Pocket Blanket and be prepared for any situation.

Whether it’s at the park, on the trail, or at the beach, this blanket will provide the coverage and protection you need. It’s waterproof so you can spread it on wet grass or use it as a makeshift parka. It’s also puncture-resistant, so you can put it on rough or rocky terrain without any problems. And when you’re done chilling, it folds up compactly and weighs less than a pound.

Pros

  • Durable, puncture-resistant material
  • Large enough for three people
  • Waterproof
  • Fits compactly in your bag
  • Machine-washable
  • Drawstring bag included

Cons

  • May feel flimsy
  • Can blow away easily

18. Gerber Dime Multi-Tool

While something like the Survival Knife from Rothco can be handy out in the field, you can also benefit from having a multi-tool as well. Because it comes with items like scissors, screwdrivers, and pliers, this tool from Gerber works great both on the trail and in your daily life.

This particular model is designed to be compact so you can carry it in your pocket for any emergencies. While some of the tools can be a little small, it will come in handy plenty of times, and its size makes it more than convenient.

Pros

  • Compact and lightweight
  • Includes pliers, scissors, package opener, and other tools
  • Durable stainless steel construction
  • Easy to grab tools and replace them
  • Ideal grip for most projects

Cons

  • Some tools may be too small for certain situations
  • Rust and corrosion can be an issue when wet

19. Solar Charger, Dizaul Solar Power Bank

Although the point of camping is to get away from modern life, you probably still want to have your mobile device with you for emergency calls or games of Candy Crush. And to keep your electronics powered, you can also bring this solar charger as well.

Ideally, you want to charge the battery before you go on your trip, as it can take a while for the solar panel to recharge itself. Nonetheless, if you leave it out for most of the day, then it will easily keep your devices loaded for your next round of Angry Birds.

Pros

  • Compact and easy to carry
  • Charges a smartphone in about 2 hours
  • Rubber-capped USB ports
  • Emergency flashlight on the side
  • Top hook for transporting
  • Shock and waterproof

Cons

  • Charging can be slow, even in full sunlight
  • Can feel a bit flimsy

20. BAFX Products - Anti Shock Hiking Trail Poles

If you’re a serious hiker, you may have tried walking along with trail poles to help reduce fatigue and give you a more stable walking stance. If so, then you’ll love these poles from BAFX Products.

Not only are they made of heavy-duty aluminum, but they have an anti-shock spring system so that you can go harder and longer without getting tired or sore. And when you don’t need them, you can simply fold them down and put it in your backpack.

Pros

  • Durable and lightweight aluminum
  • Anti-shock spring inside
  • Rubber feet won’t slip
  • Rubber grip for stability and comfort
  • Telescoping design
  • Wrist straps for convenience
  • Works on all terrains

Cons

  • In rare cases, the poles may not lock into position

Final Verdict

With so many great items to choose from, it’s hard to narrow this list down to one or two top picks. However, when thinking about just the essentials, we have to say that the most crucial items you need for your next trip are the Rothco Survival Knife, the 5-Day Survival Bag, and the Survival Base Hex Tarp. As long as you have these things you’ll be in good shape on the trail.

David Valle
 

I started this blog to provide advanced material, guiding you towards a better and more comfortable fishing experience. I deliver more than fishing gear guides, and motivate people to hit the water!

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