Micro-adventurers, through-hikers, epic adventure seekers, weekend walkers and school night bivviers all have one thing in common. They love being outside. Whether that’s under canvas or for a Sunday dog walk, here’s a few gift ideas from Alpkiteers and Alpkit Staff.
Alastair Humphreys: “I like the idea of getting a flask for you and your friend plus a 'voucher' for you to go and have a coffee on a hill together every month”. Go Nice Places Do Good Things can just be as simple as getting outdoors and having a catch up with a friend.
Ex-skater, BMXer, snowboarder, mountain bike racer and Alpkiteer Ian Palmer loves his Gravitas: “thin, lightweight, super waterproof and great colours. I’ve used it extensively for running and mountain biking around the Lake District. It has a hood and pocket for your keys. There’s nothing more to add, it just works very, very well.” Ian then added that, as soon as he put the Gravitas on, he realised it had the best cuffs in the industry!
Alpkit Photographer Joe takes a hammock camping, even if he’s not sleeping in it “for the pure luxury of swinging in the woods”. It makes a comfy camping chair - and it’s loads lighter and smaller. Mora is the compact, comfortable and versatile swinging and sleeping solution for the keen camper in your life.
Ian Palmer’s pick is the Filoment Vest: “wear it for work or for when you don’t want to put the heating on inside. Great for popping to the garage in or walking the dog on a chilly evening.” The micro-baffle down vest has a tiny pack size and is a rucksack staple.
Micro-adventure enthusiast Alastair Humphreys has lived in his Brenin jumper since the day he got it. Winter woollies are non-negotiable. Our Brenin, Tryfan and Rathlin are our RWS-certified heavyweight pullovers to fend off the dreaded chill.
Ian Palmer’s MytiStax still look brand new* even after lots of adventures: “they just work. And there’s nothing more to say. You can feed the dog from them or pee in them if you’re in a traffic jam”. He’s done both!
Sarah Leighton pedals, paddles and hikes. And she's an Alpkiteer. She recommends the Carbon Marathon Ultra poles for hikers. Particularly those who like to take on long distances. "If they don't already have any, then trekking poles could be the best gift they ever get. They could be the key to their next PB or mountain conquering success!"