For the folks on your holiday shopping list that eyeball every vertical surface as a potential climb, whose climbing gear is worth more than their cars, and who know how to get on their roof without a ladder, here’s a list of gifts sure to make it on their rack and crush it at the crag.
Black Diamond Spot Headlamp
Help them see their routes in a new light. For late night descents or AM pitches before the sun wakes up, the redesigned Black Diamond Spot Headlamp will lead the way. Trust in the 200-lumen power of the Spot to take them to new heights, in any weather. The spot offers PowerTap technology for on-the-fly brightness adjustments whenever they need a boost or a dim. Perfect for finding the line on those long routes through the night. Available in a wide spectrum of colors. Stuff every stocking with one.
Leatherman Rev Multi-tool
Prepare them for the worst, the best, and the in-between. With the Leatherman Rev Multi-tool, the climber on your list will be equipped for any adventure their routes take them on.
Put a toolbox full of functionality at their fingertips, whether they’re cutting paracord, adjusting webbing or just tinkering back at camp. The stainless steel Rev offers 13 indispensable tools including a 420 high-carbon steel knife blade that locks open and features a replaceable pocket clip to keep the tool at reach when bridging the rock face.
Stanley Vacuum Coffee System
For the climber that loves sending pitches in the AM, or any adventurer that could use a java fix at any given moment, the Stanley Vacuum Coffee System makes sure a fresh pot of joe is always close by.
Talk the beta over before the coffee grounds in the stopper’s dry storage, then use the integrated pot and press to brew up a bottle’s worth of joe (17 fluid ounces) for a pick-me-up at any number of feet off the ground. The vacuum-insulated bottle will keep drinks hot for 15 hours, cold for 13 hours or iced for 50 hours, so no rush. And for the folks cautious about throwing one of these in their pack, fret not—it’s leak proof!
REI MiiR Pint Cup
For any climber, having a drink after a long day sending pitches is not only customary, it’s tradition.
Meet a cup that can take a spill, or a tumble. This elegant yet sturdy cup makes the perfect partner for celebrating a great multi-day trip at the crag. Pair with your favorite spirit, IPA or other libation for a refresh between routes or to unwind nursing the perma-pump. The 18/8 Korean stainless-steel cup is BPA free, dishwasher safe, and holds up to 16 fluid ounces.
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Gregory Baltoro 75 Pack
Behind every great climber is a great pack—literally. Put the best on their back. This pack is the winner of Backpacker magazine’s 2014 Editors’ Choice Gold Award, bestowed upon products that have sustained best-in-class performance for more than five years. They'll bridge the rock face with agility and comfort, thanks to the fully customizable suspension of this Gregory pack. The removable ultralight daypack provides a hydration reservoir and is perfect for unscheduled day trips, on-sight pitches, and quick trips to the crag. Available in three colors. The women's is the Gregory Deva 70.
Men’s Royal Robbins Fireside Wool Quarter-Zip Pullover
A trusted name among climbers, this Royal Robbins wool quarter-zip cuts the wind chill and keeps warmth close.
For brisk morning climbs and chilly routes in the night, the Fireside is made from warm, breathable wool with just the right amount of nylon for stretch and durability. Away from the boulders, this pullover is perfect for layering over a T-shirt or under a down jacket.
Available in charcoal and deep blue.
GoPro Hero4 Session
For many climbers, the smaller and lighter weight the gear the better. Meet GoPro’s smallest camera, the Hero4 Session: 50% smaller and 40% lighter than the previous Hero4 cam.
This lets them document every epic send in gorgeous hi-def! Though it’s smaller, the Session hasn’t sacrificed any video quality, capturing the same HD footage as the previous Hero4.
In addition to features like one-touch QuikCapture and Auto Low Light, the Session’s rugged and waterproof design eliminates the need for a separate housing. And as always, the Session is compatible with the GoPro App, Smart Remote (not included) and all GoPro Hero accessories.
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