With Mother’s Day fast approaching, shopping for the outdoorsy mom can be a little tricky. Here at Outdoorsman Time, we’re dedicated to helping you find the best products to enjoy the outdoors. Without going to into depth in a particular activity, we’ll look at some items that would make excellent gifts for the outgoing mom or any mom for that matter.
Hiking boots and shoes are the bread and butter of any hiker. Running shoes will hold up in wet conditions, so its best to stick with boots and shoes with tough outer layers and insulating interiors.
My pair of Oboz boots got me through a week of backpacking in the depths of the Grand Canyon. Since then, Oboz has retained my loyalty and I’m certain they’ll work out for you. The women’s Sawtooth boots are some of the best reviewed and received in Oboz’s catalog.
Other boots/shoes we recommend:
Hydration packs are becoming increasingly popular for all types of hikes. Camelbak is one of the most popular brands, but nowadays there are cheaper and more diverse choices.
Both the packs and water bladders come in a variety of sizes and styles, which gives you many options to choose from. If you decide to purchase a water bladder without the encompassing pack, you can place it in a larger backpack and still drink from the tube. You may be able to save money this way and still get the bladder (the essential part).
Choose the Unigear pack if you’re looking to take a water bladder but have plenty of room to include other items.
Other hydration packs we recommend:
Trail Running Shoes
A popular alternative to hiking boots or shoes are trail running shoes. If you’re looking to get some extra exercise in, trail running shoes are the footwear that will enable you to run or jog on natural terrain without harming your feet.
The Salomon Women’s Speedcross is the 4th iteration in the Speedcross line, with a water-resistant textile built into the fabric of the exterior. You won’t have to worry about tying laces, as it comes with a simple pull string for easy tightening and loosening. They also come in a variety of vibrant color schemes.
Other trail runners we recommend:
Fitness trackers are pretty popular for their health tracking software and reminders to keep active during the day. Working at a desk eight hours a day can leave your body pretty stiff at the end of the day. There are many different types of fitness trackers. Some are simple in that they only track steps, heart rate, and calories. Others, like smartwatches, have a variety of apps available to help you understand your health or go even about your day a little easier.
The Fitbit Versa is Fitbit’s newest smartwatch and has already impressed us with its style and versatile range of activity trackers. It’s not terribly expensive as well.
Other fitness trackers we recommend:
Standup Paddleboards (SUPs) provide a unique experience for water recreation. There are three different types of SUPs currently on the market: hard foam, wood, or inflatable. Inflatable ones are cheaper and easy to transport, while hard foam and wood are more authentic and can sometimes be used as surfboards. SUPs are also a commonly used platform for aquatic exercises. If you’re really looking to get into shape or work on your balance, consider a SUP this holiday season.
Our favorite SUP is the Surftech Saber. Pricey it may be, but it can double as a surfboard and has a sturdy EPS construction at its core.
Other SUPs we recommend:
The price of winter coats and jackets will skyrocket once fall sets in, so make sure to grab yours now while they’re at some of the lowest prices of the year. Take these hiking, backpacking, or just about any outdoor adventure that’s within your reach. Don’t forget to pack extra layers!
The North Face is a pretty reliable brand and also has an enormous selection of coats for all different situations. For general outdoor activities, we recommend the Arrowood Triclimate jacket.
Other jackets we recommend:
With the right tools and adjustments, action cameras can be mounted just about anywhere. Action cameras are designed to be hands-free so you can use your hands for more essential tasks. Plus, who doesn’t want to revisit memories of their favorite trip?
It’s for these reasons that we strongly recommend the GoPro HERO 6 Black. While there are definitely cheaper options, GoPro is almost unmatched in its quality, user-friendly interface, and adaptability to gimbals and selfie sticks.
Other action cameras we recommend:
Whereas water bladders and bottles are designed to just keep contents cool, thermos containers can keep things hot as well. If your mom is a coffee fanatic or enjoys taking soup on the go, a thermos or similar device is sure to make her life easier.
Thermos’ 16oz King is the most basic container in Thermos’ catalog but is also the most popular. It can keep contents warm for around 5 hours and chilled for about 18 hours.
Other Thermos’ we recommend: