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10 Valentine’s Day Gifts for Outdoor Lovers 2023

It’s February! And you know what that means: time to spread some love around as liberally as a toddler with a fistful of jam intent on making their own dang pb&j. And what better way to show your outdoorsy friends, family, and partners how much you love them than with gifts? Sustainable, outdoorsy gifts, of course! But if you’re short on ideas, we’ve got you. Here are 10 sustainable Valentine’s Day Gifts for the outdoor lover in your life (or yourself if, you know, you’re planning to treat yo’ self this season). They all come with the Terradrift seal of approval.

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The Ultimate Winter Backpacking Gear Setup

Winter backpacking is the bomb Trails are empty, campgrounds aren’t crowded, you don’t have to fight for backcountry permits, there are no bugs or snakes or bears or other things that you have to watch out for in warmer months, and you definitely don’t have to plan months in advance to make park or camping reservations. But it does require a bit more gear and preparation. So if you’re gonna hike, camp, or backpack in the winter, you definitely need to be ultra prepared. Fortunately, we gathered up a bunch of great winter-specific gear, took it into the backcountry, and put it to the test to see what worked and what didn’t. Here’s what we thought of ALL OF IT!

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MSR Revo Trail Vs. TSL Symbioz Hyperflex Instinct [Snowshoe Showdown]

Snowshoes. We love ‘em. They’re super handy for, you know, walking on snow. Because nobody likes post-holing in a foot and a half of powder over three miles when you’re just trying to enjoy a scenic winter hike. But there are tons of snowshoe options out there and, frankly, most of ‘em aren’t terribly sustainable. But we found two that do, in fact, leave a lighter footprint–no pun intended–and we’re gonna compare them so you can pick the best snowshoes for you. So allow us to introduce you to the MSR Revo snowshoes and the TSL Symbiox Hyperflex Instinct, two different snowshoes for different types of snowshoers (and terrain). We’ll help you figure out which one is right for you.

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Rad New Sustainable Outdoor Gear for 2023

You know we love sustainable outdoor gear here at Terradrift. I mean, give us an undyed hiking boot, a backpack made with recycled materials, or a PFC-free rain jacket and we’re happy campers. So we love hearing about what’s new, sustainable, and exciting in the world of outdoor gear. Fortunately, we just left Outdoor Retailer in Salt Lake City, the largest outdoor trade show in the country, and this is the gear we’re most excited about, most of which was on display at the expo. Check it all out now! You just might find your new favorite piece of gear.

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Fanny Pack vs Backpack: A Gear Showdown!

It’s a debate as old as time…Or probably just as old as the 90’s or whenever hip packs, bum bags, waist packs, or whatever you call them in your neck of the woods came into vogue: Which is better for hiking and other outdoor activities? A hip pack or backpack? They are, after all, very different animals. And serve very different purposes and functions. Or do they? We’ll break down what each does best in this backpack vs hip pack showdown to help you decide which you want to carry on your next outdoor excursion.

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7 Jackets for Hiking and Backpacking [Insulated and Sustainable]

Who doesn’t love a sleek and streamlined insulated jacket? Cozy and layer-able, they might be the perfect multitasking piece of outdoor clothing: you can wear one as a midlayer on cold hikes, an outer layer on mild trail days, ball it up and use it as a pillow, pack it in your carry on, throw it on to go to the gear shop down the road…synthetic insulated jackets are just so dang versatile! So we rounded up 7 of our favorite sustainable options that are guaranteed to keep you cozy on any outdoor adventure! Check ’em all out to find out which one is perfect for you.

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5 Last Minute Gifts for Outdoor Lovers [Gift Guide]

It’s that time of December: the week you get all those emails from your favorite brands announcing you’re running out of time to order and still get gear in time for Christmahanukwanza. Heck, by the time you’re reading this, those deadlines may have come and gone days ago! Fortunately, we’ve rounded up 5 last minute gifts for folks who love the outdoors so you can still make your favorite adventurer very merry this season.

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The Ultimate Ultralight Backpacking Gear Kit [Tested]

I’ve been backpacking for over two decades now. And over that time, I’ve become more and more of an ultralight Backpacker. Meaning, I prefer to carry as a little weight as possible, no matter how long of an excursion I am embarking upon. So I decided to go all in. I upgraded my entire backpacking kit to include only the most ultralight gear I could find to test it out and see if it was worth the weight savings, the cost, and the lack of feature-rich gear. So I took it all out on a recent weekend trip, and will break it all down for you right here, right now, and let you know if some of the most ultralight backpacking gear in existence today makes for a better backpacking experience or a more miserable one.

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The Pakt Coffee Kit May Be The Perfect Portable Coffee Maker

Coffee is what makes the wheel spin and keeps the content churning here at Terradrift. We love it. We’re obsessed with it. We’re probably addicted to it. So we’re always on the lookout for innovative devices and methods of brewing, especially portable coffee makers that we can take on the road with us. So allow me to introduce you to the Pakt Coffee Kit, a delightfully portable travel coffee maker that packs up into one convenient little handheld package and contains everything you need to brew a great cup of coffee just about anywhere. Read (and watch) all about it here.

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10 Gifts for Backpackers who Keep it Light [Ultralight Gift Guide]

Is there an ultralight backpacker in your life? One of those people who cuts their toothbrush in half or sleeps without a sleeping pad to save a few ounces (or grams)? Want to really wow them with the perfect gift that shows you understand their plight to have the lightest kit in town? These ultralight gifts for backpackers are guaranteed to impress. How do we know? Because we’ve either tested it or it’s on our own wishlist. Sustainability bonus: less weight means less fuel required for shipping! Huzzah! So shop happy (and ultralight)!

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