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

Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Entertaining

What to get the gear-head friend who has everything? A performance water bottle to fall in love with. Hydro Flask makes 21-ounce bottles that keep cold stuff cold and hot stuff hot, with handle tops. Our user said these water bottles keep their cool even during a heat wave. Lots of sizes and colors to choose from.

$32.95 | hydroflask.com

Yeti Daytrip Lunch Bag

Why use a lunch bag when you’ve got a daypack? Because an insulated lunch bag can keep your food hot or cold for hours. Yeti’s sturdy lunch bag (use it on or off the trail) is insulated, rolls up and comes in four colors. It’s pricey, but don’t you want to keep your hot turkey sandwich hot when you’re out in the wilds?

$79.99 | yeti.com

Ornot Handlebar Bag Mini

Here’s a place to stash your tools (or cookies or sunglasses) in style that’s good for road or gravel. Ornot’s mini handlebar bag measures 7 ¼ by 3 ½ inches, enough room for even big phones. The water-resistant zipper and “weatherproof” liner adds some protection from the rain.

$44 | ornotbike.com

The Wild Insulated Water Bottle


Allow us to humble-brag about The Wild water bottle with the cool logo of the L.A. Times newsletter about the outdoors in Southern California. It’s insulated, holds 22 ounces and is fashionable enough for trail or town.

$35 | store.latimes.com

Thousand Heritage Bike & Skate Helmet

Thousand is a Boyle Heights-based company with the “goal of helping to save 1,000 lives by making helmets people actually want to wear,” says founder Gloria Hwang, an avid cyclist who never wore a helmet until she lost a good friend to a bike accident. The brand’s Heritage Bike & Skate Helmets for adults live up to expectations, with a flattering, easy-to-adjust fit, 12 super-cool colors and a smart design that lets you lock your helmet to your bike. Bonus for plant eaters: The straps are microfiber vegan leather.

$89 | explorethousand.com


(Ben Muessig, Steven Banks, Louisa Frahm, Jeanette Marantos and Stuart Leavenworth contributed to this gift guide.)