The best gifts and gear for the outdoor enthusiasts in your life

Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Entertaining

Nomadix national park towels

Go ahead and pick your favorite national park. Nomadix makes a series of big towels (72 ½ by 30 inches) printed with stylized images of Joshua Tree (a namesake tree), Sequoia (a huge redwood), Yellowstone (with buffalo) and other parks. Towels are made from post-consumer recycled plastic. Good for hot yoga, the beach, a trip to a national park (duh!) or anywhere you need a durable towel.

$44.95 | nomadix.co

Dirty Girl gaiters

Who doesn’t want gaiters tough enough to hit the dirt and look good? We wore dowdy black nylon gaiters for years before we bought our first pair of Dirty Girls. The lightweight ankle cuffs, which keep debris out of your trail-running shoes or low-cut boots (they aren’t for snow or thick brush) come in a ridiculous number of solid colors and cool patterns, including flames, paisley, swirls, skulls and more. Almost two decades ago, ultra-marathoner Xy Weiss started the company whose products are “made in America by goddesses from their Empire of Dirt in Tucson, Ariz.”

$17 to $23 | dirtygirlgaiters.com


REI Flexlite chairs

Last summer, we saw enough of these chairs at backcountry campsites to start getting serious seat envy. The Flexlite Camp Chair’s lightweight frame and nylon seat (1 pound, 11 ounces) make it easy for campers and backpackers. The pricier Flexlite Air Chair lightens the load to just 1 pound. Are they comfy? Yes. Have we carried one in our backpack? Not yet.

$59.95-$99.95 | rei.com

Hydro Flask 21-ounce water bottle


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