Outdoor Lovers Holiday Gift Guide 2015

roanoke-giftIt’s time to get in the holiday spirit. And there are few things that get us more excited than the thought of playing with (and buying) some new gear. We’ve made the list for you to check off as you find the perfect gifts for the outdoor lovers in your life this season.

Anyone & Everyone Clothing & Shoes
Camping & Hiking Running
Biking Paddling
Climbing Fishing
Ski & Snowboard Experiences

When possible, we listed the local outodor retailers where you can purchase items. Buying local is a great thing and according to the 3/50 Project, $68 of every $100 spent at locally-owned stores returns to the community.

But if you can’t find a local store and have to buy online, please consider buying through our Amazon Smile link. When you shop, Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to the Roanoke Outside Foundation.


Donate to Roanoke Outside Foundation

Your Roanoke Region is reinventing itself for the 21st century as one of the greatest outdoor towns in the United States. Have we arrived? Nah, we’re just getting started. Roanoke Outside is a charitable organization working to make your region the capital for world-class, outdoor fun. We started RoanokeOutside.com, Get Outside Weekend Update, Blue Ridge Marathon, and GO Fest. Plus, we’ve been the advocate for the many changes that are making this place more awesome than ever. We’ve got plans for even more exciting events and facilities. And you can be a part of it all. Your tax-deductible contribution will help us continue to push for a future where Roanoke is the greatest place for outdoor recreation.

Cost: Priceless

Buy It: Online

20% off Roanoke Mountain Adventures Gift Certificates

Get your friends or family outside. Good for bike, kayak and paddleboard rentals or guided and instructional trips. Purchase for any value. Visit Roanoke Mountain Adventures to see pricing on all activities and rentals. Also available at shop to purchase. Mention 20% off for holiday special.

Cost: Any amount

Buy It: In store, by email, or by phone (540-525-8295)

More Better Trails

A membership to Roanoke IMBA (the Roanoke Chapter of the International Mountain Bicycling Association) helps make “more better trails” happen. Join a group of dedicated and passionate individuals who work together to create, enhance, and preserve trail opportunities for mountain bikers in the Roanoke Region. From socials to group rides to trail building, Roanoke IMBA is there to ensure our mountain bike culture thrives.

Cost: $30+

Buy it: Join Roanoke IMBA online and select your membership level

Protect the Open Spaces You Love

The Blue Ridge Land Conservancy is a local non-profit which helps protect Carvins Cove (and all the trails around it), Mill Mountain, and other scenic places in the area. We also run environmental education programs to inspire tomorrow’s conservationists. Your support keeps this region beautiful!

Cost: Suggest donation of $25

Buy It: Donate Online

Craft Beer Tour

Discover our hopping local craft beer scene as you visit three local microbreweries where we’ll go behind the scenes to explore their brewing facilities, learn the basics of brewing beer (“Beer Brewing 101”), examine traditional ingredients, and uncover the roots of the national and local craft beer movement while tasting fresh, delicious craft beer!

Cost: $50

Buy It: Online

Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon & Half Marathon and Anthem Star 10K Entry

With a complete versus compete philosophy, the Blue Ridge Marathon race series has gained an international reputation as a bucket list marathon. It’s been featured on The Weather Channel list of the most challenging marathons in the world and it is right here in your backyard. Give the gift of a challenge!

Cost: $50-$100 (use code “HOHOHO” to get 20% off)

Buy it: Online

River Rock Climbing Gym Membership

Nothing spells love like a gift card to the River Rock Climbing Gym. Give the gift of climbing with a one month membership, a punch card, one of our climbing instructional classes, a birthday party, or any of the other great programs that we offer. It’s the most fun you’ll have indoors all winter!

Cost: $10 to $100+

Buy It: Online

Guided Wade or Float Fishing Trip

Virginia is an amazing resource for fishermen. With over 2,900 miles of stocked and wild trout streams and the James and New Rivers, there’s a place for everyone to tap into. Dead Drift Outfitters offers guided wade and float trips on some of the best waters around. Whether you want to learn the basics of fly fishing, learn how to tie flies, float the famous James River for smallmouth bass, hike into some mountain streams and catch the beautiful brook trout, or trick a trophy trout on private waters, we can make it happen. Dead Drift can accommodate beginners to seasoned anglers. There’s even cabin and river house lodging at a few of our trophy trout streams if you want the whole package!

Cost: Rates from $175

Buy It: Online

Multi-Day River Camping Trip

Book a spring float trip down the Upper James River Water Trail with Twin River Outfitters. Whether you choose one night or three, Twin River Outfitters has the perfect trip to help you get away from it all.

Cost: Starting at $60 per person

Buy It: Online



ENO DoubleNest Hammock

The DoubleNest, or two-person hammock, is crafted from strong, breathable parachute nylon and comes complete with aluminum wiregate carabiners. Setting up in seconds, the hammock packs down in its attached stuff sack to the size of a grapefruit, and weighs about as much as one too – only 19 ounces. Versatile in a variety of scenarios, any travel-savvy adventure can use their hammock from the airport (instead of those uncomfortable plastic seats) to the beaches of their holiday destination – and anywhere in between.

Cost: $70 (Take $5 off at Walkabout Outfitter when you mention this holiday guide)

Buy It: Walkabout Outfitter



Turn any environment into a playground with this slackline designed as a complete kit specifically for beginners. Featuring static-style material with rubber grip, an overhead guide line with arm trainer and instructional DVD, the PLAY LINE makes learning simple.

Cost: $80

Buy It: Walkabout Outfitter


AVEX Recharge Tumbler

Pretty sure this is the best travel mug we’ve ever used. AVEX introduces the Autoseal ReCharge, the new version of the Highland thermal mug. This product offers autoseal technology, easy clean lid, spout cover to keep germs out, bolt lock to prevent spills, bottom pad, button overmold for better gripping and a reservoir drinking interface–preferred for drinking hot beverages.

Cost: 16oz for $27.99 or 20oz for $29.99

Buy it: Online


Game Tent

The Pop ‘N Play Game Center provides hours of fun with three games in one portable unit. Enjoy Ladder Ball, Bag Toss and Quad toss with Lightspeed’s “Set’s Up in Seconds” quick set up hub system. With all accessories included, the Lightspeed Pop ‘N Play Game Center is perfect for game day, camping, the beach and park. Lightweight and portable to take anywhere!

Cost: $65

Buy It: Online (use code “Roanoke20” for 20% discount)


Klean Kanteen Tumbler

Klean Kanteen 16oz tumbler is great for coffee or beer. Made from durable 18/8 food grade stainless steel, the 16oz tumbler is built to last and travel safely where glass can’t go.

Cost: $24

Buy It: Walkabout Outfitter or Online

LifestrawLifeStraw Go

Need to cover some ground before the next stream crossing? The LifeStraw Go lets you fill up so you can stay hydrated when traveling between water sources. The same instant water purification abilities as the LifeStraw Personal, but with a 22 ounce bottle attached. No electrical power, batteries or replacement parts needed. Removes 99.9999% of bacteria, 99.9% protozoa and turbidity.

Cost: $35

Buy It: Sportsman’s Warehouse or Online

Sport-Shelter-LightspeedSport Shelter

We had sitting on the sidelines in mind when we designed the Sport Shelter. This instant set-up sun shelter has 360° views and UPF 50+ protection, perfect for those days watching the kids play sports or just spending time outdoors.

Cost: $140

Buy It: Online (use code “Roanoke20” for 20% discount)


Merrell-Capra-Waterproof-shoesMerrell Capra Waterproof

Sure-footed and lightweight, this speed-hiking shoe will send you soaring up inclines, while scrambling over snow and ice with ease. Trail Protect pad offers additional protection off road. Vibram Mega Grip provides great traction to the trail and Merrell’s air cushion will absorb shock and provide stability.

Cost: $140.00

Buy It: Walkabout Outfitters


Outdoor Research Diode Hooded Jacket

The OR Diode Hooded Jacket is a best-of-all-worlds, weather-resistant, highly compressible puffy that employs both down and synthetic Primaloft Gold insulation – using each type of insulation hybrid mapped into different parts of the jacket to optimize performance. Perfect for cold, damp environments where pure down could wet out, theDiode Hooded Jacket provides functional, water-resistant warmth in variable conditions. Men’s and women’s sizes available.

Cost: $325

Buy It: Outdoor Trails and Back Country Ski & Sports

Keen-Liberty-bootKEEN Liberty Ridge Boot

The Liberty Ridge hiking boot is KEEN’s tough, supportive high-performance leather boot for long trips on gnarly trails. The shock absorbing direct-attach PU midsole delivers lasting comfort, and a full-length shank adds stability. The waterproof upper and KEEN.DRY waterproof, breathable membrane combine to keep your feet dry. Designed to handle any trail surface, if you rack up serious backcountry mileage with a full pack, this is your boot. American Built with materials from around the world.

Cost: $200

Buy It: Outdoor Trails

Skida-tour-hatSkida Headwear & Accessories: The Tour

Headband meets neckwarmer, falls in love, becomes inseparable. The Tour is the feather-weight layer that will fend off the elements, leaving you warm and dry. The Brushed Thermal fabric is soft on one side and bold on the other. The Tour has a slight stretch in the fabric for easy on/off and can easily be adapted for multi-use around the face, head, or as a headband. Available in limited edition, colorful prints for men and women. It is the perfect side-kick for any chilly day.

Cost: $20

Buy It: Online


Oboz Women’s Bridger Mid BDry

While the all-leather upper of the Oboz Bridger Mid BDry gives a nod to classic hiking boots, there’s nothing old-fashioned about it. The Bridger sports soft construction for immediate comfort but features the rugged necessities of a trail worthy performer that can fend for itself on sharp talus, off-camber paths and sloppy, slick routes. Its pliable leather requires little break-in and feels cushy around the ankle yet has supportive thickness for serious duty. Inside, Oboz’ BDry lining makes the BRIDGER waterproof and breathable for tromping in wet conditions.

Cost: $165

Buy It: Walkabout Outfitter  and Outdoor Trails



Make Your Tent Glow with Big Agnes mtnGLO

The Big Agnes mtnGLO™ Tent Light Accessory Kit features durable LED lights to illuminate the interior of any tent or campsite with enough light to sort gear, play cards or hang out with friends without blinding them with a bright beam of light.

Cost: $40

Buy It: Outdoor Trails and Back Country Ski & Sports

Helinox Camp Chair 1

Helinox Camp Chair

The Helinox Camp Chair is a simple, lightweight, technically designed chair with back and neck support for a seriously comfortable backcountry experience. Single shock corded pole design makes set up quick and easy. The comfort to weight ratio on this chair is astounding.

Cost: $139

Buy It: Outdoor Trails and Back Country Ski & Sports


UCO Titan Matches

You have never seen a match like this, we’re sure of it. The beefiest match on the market, you absolutely cannot put this flame out. Be prepared for anything with 25 seconds of wind and waterproof burn time. Wind, rain, snow, or dirt, whatever you throw at the Titan, it will take it on.

Cost:  $10

Buy It:  Online

Suunto-Traverse-WatchSuunto Traverse GPS Watch

“The GPS watch for the Trails Less Traveled”. Integrated GPS and GLONASS for advanced route navigation. Ease of use with quick access to essential function for hiking and trekking. Real-time breadcrumb view to retrace or select the shortest backtrack route. Speed, distance, pace, altitude, compass, and flashlight mode. Route planning on Movescount.com with topographic maps. Daily activity tracking including step monitoring and calorie counter.

Cost: $450

Buy It: Runabout Sports


Field Trip Jerky

Makes for the ideal stocking stuffer for travelers, athletes, moms & dads looking for healthy snacks for their kids or just siblings in need of a great afternoon snack at the office! Field Trip Jerky is a producer of all-natural jerky that is gluten-free, MSG-free and nitrate-free. Field Trip makes jerky from only the ingredients found in your kitchen cabinet. Field Trip’s goal is to provide great snacks and to get people outside on adventures enjoying their jerky! Available in six different flavors, including turkey jerky.

Cost: $6.50

Buy It: Online

titanium-sporkTitanium Spork

You really cannot beat a one-spork-fits-all item like this. Nobody (nobody!) wants to mess around with a fork and knife when you’re crouched against a tree. This guy has a serrated edge for cutting whatever you’ve packed into the woods, and you’ll lick it clean with no metallic taste, promise. Once you’re home, toss it in the dishwasher, you can’t break this durable titanium multitasker.

Cost: $15

Buy It: Online


All Terrain Battery Charger

Rechargeable 3000mAh portable charger. The IP68 military grade All Terrain portable charger is water-proof, temperature-proof, dirt-proof and shock-proof. This military grade charger is designed to withstand the toughest job sites as well as the great outdoors and features a built-in USB port. With a 2.1A output it is the perfect portable charger for smartphones or other USB devices.

Cost: $40

Buy It: Online

Helix_Basecamp_BluetoothPrinceton Tec Helix Basecamp Lantern

Helix Basecamp Bluetooth is a lantern with all of the bells and whistles! The Helix Basecamp Bluetooth allows for full control from your smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth, with no wifi or cell signal required. With one dimmable, white Maxbright LED boasting 250 lumens and one dimmable, red Maxbright LED, this lantern offers ultimate comfort both inside and out. The Helix Bluetooth can operate via either a lithium-ion rechargeable battery or three AA batteries as backup for a max burn time of 50 hours. This lantern has charge out capabilities to keep your other devices running far from the grid. There’s even a sleep timer to ensure your lantern turns off when needed.

Cost: $109.99

Buy It: Outdoor Trails

morakniv-bushcraft-orange-knifeMorakniv Bushcraft Orange Knife

Whatever you need a knife to do, this one will do it. It really is just that simple. Don’t mess around with lesser blades, this stainless steel Swedish knife is made to stay sharp, for a hell of a long time. The back is ground to function as a fire starter and the sheath has a built-in belt clip. What more could you need?

Cost: $50

Buy It: Online



Farm to Feet Socks “The Roanoke”

Support Roanoke by running in the only sock named after our very own running community. 100% made in the USA with merino wool from the States as well as manufacturing done only here in America. There are dozens of different types in addition to the running sock.

Cost: $19-$24

Buy It: Starlight Bicycles and Outdoor Trails

icebreakerWinter Weather Running Apparel

Icebreaker Merino wool is a free-range fiber that doesn’t itch like traditional wool, isn’t clammy like synthetics, and isn’t stinky like cotton. If you hike, fish, camp, run, or just want to wear the most comfortable natural fiber known to mankind then Fleet Feet Sports has you covered with everything from jackets and vests, to base layers and a variety of accessories like gloves, hats, chutes and mittens.

Cost: Tops range from $90 to $200. Winter accessories range from $25 to $35.

Buy It: Fleet Feet Sports Roanoke


Voke Energy Tabs

Voke is a portable, convent energy tab that gives users a clean boost with natural ingredients, 77mg of green tea leaf caffeine and is used by elite athletes all over the world. Only 2 calories, no artificial sugar or sweetener.

Cost: $7

Buy It: Online

Tifosi-Pro-Launch-SF-SunglassesTifosi Pro Launch (two models for price of one)

The Tifosi Pro Launch SF – two models for the price of one. Kit includes two frames:  Full Frame & Shield; plus a set of interchangeable arms and an extra set of lenses for each frame. Switch from full-frame to shield and back again, depending on your activity or your mood.

Cost: $120

Buy it: Fleet Feet Sports or Online


Bontrager-Flare-R-TaillightBontrager Flare R Tailight – Be Seen, Be Safer

The Bontrager Flare R taillight is a game changer- a powerful 65 Lumen tail light that is specifically designed to be daylight visible and makes cycling safer. It is an accessory that should be added to every bicycle that gets ridden on the road. Two day-time visibility modes, two night modes, and 65 Lumens provide visibility from over 2km day or night for ultimate safety.

Cost: $60

Buy It: East Coasters Bike Shop


Cold Weather Cycling Package from Pearl Izumi

Don’t let the winter weather keep you off your bike. With the right gear cycling in the winter is no different than riding in the summer. Throw on some Pearl Izumi garb and you’ll stay toasty warm as you cruise along the Parkway. The Elite Thermal Arm Warmers allow you to easily regulate your temperature while the Barrier Headband and Barrier Skull Cap give you options to keep your head and ears warm. And the Thermal Conductive Gloves allow you to still work your touch screen devices without removing your gloves.

Cost: $25-$30

Buy it: East Coasters Bike Shop or Online

specialized-bike-helmetsSpecialized Bicycle Helmet

Don’t forget a new helmet this holiday season! We sell Specialized helmets which are Snell tested, a standard above the minimum federal requirements. Whether shopping for children or adults, we have a wide selection of colors and sizes.

Cost: $35-$40

Buy It: Cardinal Bicycle


RinseKit is a perfect way to quickly rinse off shoes, gear, muddy legs or dirty paws after a fun day in the outdoors. RinseKit provides pressurized water on demand — it’s a hose to go! RinseKit takes the water pressure from your home spigot, stores it inside and is ready to spray high-pressure water when you need it. RinseKit holds water pressure for a month and sprays for up to 3 minutes. It weighs 24 pounds when full with 2 gallons of water and sells for just $90. There are no batteries, no pumping, and no moving parts to worry about.

Cost: $90

Buy It: Online



NRS Earl 4 Inflatable SUP Board

Built for efficient paddling and smooth turning, the 10’6″ NRS Earl 4 Inflatable SUP Board gives you a sleek, swift ride for flatwater, rivers and waves. This is a great all-around stand-up paddle board for fitness paddling, touring, river running and light surfing.

Cost: $995+

Buy It: Back Country Ski & Sports

Yakima-JaylowYakima JayLow

What do you give to the person who has everything? An easy way to transport it all! Versatile, adaptable, and super low-maintenance, the JayLow provides maximum loading and minimal fuss. Carry one boat in cradle position, or two boats in stacker position. Comes fully assembled and features universal fit adjustment for round, square, factory or aerodynamic crossbars.

Cost: $170

Buy It: Back Country Ski & Sports


belaggles-belay-glassesBelaggles Belay Glasses

Prevent belayer’s neck. The idea of specialized glasses designed for belaying has been around for a while, but none of the previous iterations are as comfortable, durable, and well-designed as the Belaggles specs. They work simply: A prism in the place of a normal lens bends the light so you look straight ahead with your head and neck in a neutral position, but you can actually see what’s above you. These glasses allow you to safely watch your climber while belaying, without wrenching your neck backward for long periods.

Cost: $90

Buy It: Online


Bäm! Board

Climbing Gear Guide 2015: Editors’ Choice Awards. A compact training tool that progresses with you. There’s a trade-off with the size of a hangboard: A small size usually means fewer holds and less training variety, while a large size has hold diversity but limits your options of where to hang it. The bäm board solves both problems with a super-small size (at 2’ x 5”, it’s one of the smallest boards available) but a huge range of training options and levels.

Cost: $150

Buy It: Online



Orvis Get Started Fly Fishing Kit

Enter the world of fly fishing with ease with affordable Encounter fly rods. These economy fly rod outfits are offered in the most popular sizes and line weights, so that there is no guessing on your part. Complete with fly rod, reel, line and backing, you will not find another value package with such high quality. This package makes a great gift for new anglers or those looking for a back-up fly rod. These discount fly rods make it easy for the novice angler to get in on the sport of fly fishing.

Cost: $159 (complete kit)

Buy It: Orvis

Fishpond-Cerveza-SidekickFishpond Cerveza Sidekick

Take a tasty beverage with you to the river is just part of the culture, so fishpond made it easier with the Cerveza Sidekick. Carry this around your neck like a chest pack for easy access or attach it to your cooler to have a permanent beverage holder in your boat. It also holds a fly box and all necessary tools for a great evening on the river.

Cost: $70

Buy It: Online

Reddington-Form-Game-RodRedington Form Game Rod

Redington makes practice casting fun with the Form Game Rod. Cast in the house or teach your office mates, let your kids try and play fun casting games all while improving your skills.

Cost: $40

Buy It: Online


RIO AgentX Line Cleaning Kit

Perfect stocking stuffer for the angler in your life. Keeping your fly line clean not only prolongs its life, but the performance advantages of a clean line are astounding. Enter the AgentX Line Cleaning Kit, with a Wonder Cloth and a bottle of line dressing, any angler can easily clean any line in its arsenal.

Cost: $10.95

Buy It: Online


Hanz Waterproof Gloves

Whether you need complete protection from rain and cold while sitting in a blind or casting flies on a freezing creek, or need waterproof comfort and grip while doing sports in the rain, HANZ gloves provide unmatched protection and reliability. Seamless and stretchable, HANZ gloves are built with a three-layer construction and breathable MVT membrane to keep you dry. Every waterproof glove is performance-tested in the factory before it’s allowed out into the field. Made in the USA.

Cost: $35

Buy It: Online



K2 Stash Helmet

K2’s lightweight Stash helmet was designed for skiers’ comfort and ease-of-use on the mountain with features like a magnetic goggle strap and 360 K2dialed fit system. Skiers who like to wear a thin beanie under their helmet have the ability to pop out the full-wrap liner and still achieve an optimal fit.

Cost: $130

Buy It: Online


OR Extravert Glove

The Outdoor Research Extravert glove went through a completely new redesign. This is a great, do-anything glove that’s both an athlete favorite at OR and super versatile and dexterous. This version takes an already great product to a whole other level with a complete redesign.

Cost: $75

Buy It: Outdoor Trails and Back Country Ski & Sports


K2 Source Z Goggles

K2’s new Source Z goggles feature a semi-frameless design equipped with removable outriggers to achieve a best in class fit regardless of a skiers preference to wear goggles over or under your helmet. The quick lens changing capabilities make it easy to switch the two included lenses for varying light conditions.

Cost: $150

Buy It: Online