Thanksgiving has past, and Christmas is nearly upon us! Let us help make your holiday gift giving a little bit easier this year. We asked each Mountain Shop staff member to tell us what they are most stoked on, so that you can get the perfect gift for each outdoorsy person on your list.
Check out our staff recommended gift giving guide for the best gifts of the season!
Voile Straps ($4-8) - Snowboarder and backcountry skier, Simon, recommends this stocking sized gift. Coming in at under $10 Voile Straps make the perfect little something extra under the tree. These straps are super versatile and can be used for everything from strapping skis together to making sure your bike stays on the rack. Definitely must haves for any outdoorsy person.
Sawyer Mini Water Pump ($24.99) - Korpi is one of our backpacking experts, and would be stoked to unwrap a Sawyer Mini on Christmas Day. These tiny filters weigh just 2 ounces, but can filter up to 100,000 gallons! Plus, they can be used with a water bottle, you can drink instantly from the straw or pouch, or they can be used inline with your hydration pack. It’s the perfect gift for anyone who likes to drink water!
Swix Skate S5E Roller Skis ($325) – In Guy’s words, “Roller skis are the single most important off season conditioning tool for XC skiers.” On any given day during the snow-less months you can find Guy ‘skiing’ up and down Mt. Tabor, working his glutes. As a result, when the snow does come he’s already got his skiing legs and strength. Give the gift of fitness to the XC skier on your list this year. More than you want to spend on a gift? The Mountain Shop also rents roller skis!
OR Ear Band ($21) - Give the gift of warm ears this winter! Heidi recommends the OR Windstopper Ear Band. This cozy headband is made with Windstopper, which does exactly what the name implies. Never before had Heidi’s ears been so warm and comfortable on long bike rides and windy days spent skinning up Palmer.
Salsa Mukluk Fat Tire Bike ($2,300) - Lisa, one of our in house biking enthusiasts, likes to dream big, or should we say FAT! Her recommended gift is the fattest bike around, the Salsa Mukluk. With 4 inch wide tires, it’s the Cadillac of the bike world. This bad boy rolls over just about anything, and is the perfect outlet for the shoulder season when there’s not enough snow for skiing but too much for mountain biking. Plus, it’s not just for snow! The Mukluk’s wide wheels give it great traction and stability on any mountain biking trail.
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