There’s that saying “spend money on experiences, not things.” While I support this, I also feel that certain “things” make those experiences even better!! To help you this Valentine’s Day I’ve picked my top pieces of gear that will be sure to impress the special outdoorsy person in your life.

NEMO’s Puffin Blanket is the perfect companion for cuddling up with a book, your girl or your guy by the campfire. Of course, nothing spoils a good snuggle like cold toes. So NEMO designed a few buttons into Puffin™ that let you fold the end into a cozy pocket for your feet.

Searching for your next adventurous romantic getaway then Lonely Planet’s Guide to the Word Book has taken the highlights from the world’s best guidebooks and put them together into one 960-page whopper to create the ultimate guide to Earth. User-friendly, in A-Z format, this guide gives a flavour of each country in the world, including a map, travel highlights, info on where to go and how to get around, as well as some quirkier details to bring each place to life.

If you’re wanting to set the mood to more romantic level Petzl’s Noctilight is the perfect tool for you. This handy little protective carrying case for Petzl’s compact headlamps that diffuses light into lantern mode for when the night gets late.

A place for everything, and everything in its place. That’s what the Osprey Packs SnowKit & TrailKit‘s offer – superior organisation and convenience. No more digging through a mess of gear at the boot of the Subie only to find what you need is missing. These duffels serve as grab-and-go basecamps for any activity, ready to follow you no matter where you run, ski or ride.

Like a good adventure partner, the Black Diamond Women’s Distance FLZ is strong when you aren’t, supportive when you’re tiring and easily adjustable when the terrain calls for adaptability. With soft-to-the-touch features where it matters most, even the longest of days won’t leave your hands calloused. Constructed with FlickLock technology and a three-section foldable design, rapid adjustability and deployment eliminate wasted time. Don’t worry gents there is a men’s Distance FLZ for you as well, which will help both of you on long hikes, steep approaches, stream crossings—or for supporting your tarp shelter.

The bottle that launched Klean Kanteen a decade ago is now available as their Classic Insulated 20oz. Klean Kanteen have combined their original, iconic, Classic bottle with high-performance, double-wall vacuum insulation to create our most versatile bottle ever. And as a bonus it features the leakproof Loop Cap for safe transport.

Finally a classic Valentines Day present with the outdoors twist, the ExOfficio Give-N-Go undies. Their active fit, ultralight mesh, and smooth fabric waistband make them the most comfortable performance underwear you’ll ever put on. Whether you’re cycling in Bolivia, trekking through Thailand, or trail running at home, the Sport Mesh will keep you cool, fresh, and comfortable.


About The Author

Dave Casey

Dave has worked as an International Expedition Leader and in Outdoor Education for over 15 years. He has extensive travel and guiding experience in Australia, NZ, Asia, South/North America and Europe. In his spare time Dave is a keen bushwalker, mountain biker and climber while also dabbling in some mountaineering and sea kayaking.

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