1. Garmin Fenix 5X Plus GPS Smartwatch
Ultralight hikers no longer need to carry a big handheld GPS unit if they want full topographic maps on their device—Even on this small screen, they’re completely readable and make navigating through new terrain easier. Plus, Pulse OX will give hikers a readout of how their body is handling elevation on those hilly trails.
2. Ortovox Haute Route 32
The versatility of the Haute Route line is what makes it the ultimate winter adventure pack. Quickly strap skis or snowboards to the pack in a handful of different ways, or tack on crampons, ice axes, trekking poles, rope, a helmet, and more, all with built-in straps and attachments. It’s the only pack they’ll need.
3. Western Mountaineering Standard Down Booties
Warm feet in the hut at night means happy feet in boots all day. These down booties are the perfect hut shoe, with ample insulation, a durable and water resistant nylon outer, and a non-slip sole that will stay intact after countless night shuffling around on a rough, dirty floor.
4. MEC Deluxe Pillow
Being a little more comfortable is one of the luxuries afforded to a hut trip, but that doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice your lightweight pack. The Deluxe Pillow inflates quickly and is topped with comfortable fabric over a topper made from pieces of old foam sleeping pads, but still packs down small enough to fit in the palm of your hand.
5. Scosche Boombottle MM
With great sound, easy and fast USB recharging, and a built-in bottle opener, the Boombottle is the perfect packable speaker for pumping tunes into the hut while lounging after a long day of skinning and skiing.
6. Pikes Peak Lemonade Hot Apple Toddy Mix
This stocking-stuffer is the perfect way to turn a chilly hut into home during the winter. Add hot water (and a little bourbon, if you choose), to the concentrate to make eight eight-ounce servings of the delicious drink, perfect for warming up from the inside.
7. The North Face Respirator Jacket
On the uphill, unzip the ¾-zip fleece and pull it down to your waist to cool down without taking it all the way off, and on the descent, zip up the high collar and put up the under-helmet hood for warmth. The polyester and elastane material has a DWR treatment so snow brushes off with ease.
8. Adventure Medical Kits Mountain Backpacker Medical Kit
Make yourself feel good about feeding an adventure habit by supplying your loved one with a well-stocked first aid kit. The AMK kits come fully-loaded with everything they would need to get out safely if something went wrong.
9. Mountainsmith Cooler Tube
No hut trip is complete without some post-send brews. Skiers can drop them into this sleeve and throw it over their shoulders for a protected skin to the hut. Deliver this to your loved one with a six-pack pre-installed for extra appreciation.
10. mountainFLOW Anti-Stick Spray
Your loved one loved their skis. Make sure they can see them with this environmentally-friendly anti-stick spray which keeps ski top sheets clear of snow, easier to swing without that extra weight, and a whole lot better looking.