December 5, 2017
Working in the outdoor industry has some major perks, not only do we get to be around like-minded people on the daily, we’re up to date on the latest gear. And we’ve been saving our pennies all year to make our holiday gear list come true. This is what Gear Coopers have saved up for or are begging friends and family for this holiday season.
Gore-tex shell pants are the way to go when it comes to winter outerwear. Layering is the key to any successful day on the mountain, and a shell style outer-layer lets you do just that. These pants stand out with their taped seams, and modern fit.
Aiming for the coldest days requires a jacket that will keep you warm. When the wind chill takes a turn for the worse a solid Gore-tex layered jacket will be crucial.
I really want the Petzl Glacier Literide Ice Axe for my Winter Hiking and Snowshoeing this season.
The Glacier Lite is the perfect Axe for my style of hiking, which is very minimal and Ultralight. The Axe excels at self-arrest, step chopping, and building anchors. It only weighs 11.2 oz so I won’t feel it when it’s strapped to my pack. In my opinion, it’s the best ultralight axe for early season hiking, and easy mountaineering terrain.
I’ve been drooling over and letting my girlfriend know I want the Rab Neutrino Endurance Jacket in the Beluga color. I’ve been really into Rab since being recommended and finding out they have some of the best down in the market. I get cold quickly, but the cold is necessary for sending my projects. The Neutrino lets me wear minimal layers between bouldering burns while staying super warm. I’d definitely love this during the Black Mountain season we’re in and will be in after Christmas. Having actually tried one on, it feels like an all-around warm hug from your most favorite person.
In my mind, Black Diamond has always been synonymous with gear: cams, slings, nuts, harnesses…and for good reason, they make super trustworthy and reliable products that I’ve counted on in some pretty rough conditions. I guess it shouldn’t be surprising that their apparel offerings would be any different and the First Light Hoody is one of the last items I need to round out my winter weather climbing kit. The First Light Hoody will be perfect for those chilly, mid-December Joshua Tree days when the wind insistently whispers in your ears and gnaws at your warmth. The water repellant fabric will protect my prized possession from light rain and my hastily consumed (and often spilled) coffee that so often finds its way onto my clothes as I psych-up for a day’s adventures. Of course, I can envision using this incredibly versatile layer in the mountains as well, and I’d feel pretty dialed to be crawling out of my Black Diamond First Light Tent in a warm hoody by the same name. All in all, the First Light Hoody seems to be an indispensible jacket and tops my wish-list this year; now all I have to do is convince grandma and grandpa I’d rather have this technical top rather than a gift card to Old Navy.
Black Diamond 9.2mm Dynamic Climbing Rope – 70m – Dual Gold: I started seriously climbing outdoors a little over a year ago and my first (and current!) rope is ready to retire. While I’ll probably buy myself a 9.5 Evolution Helix as my new everyday rope, I can’t get over the gorgeous gold color, smooth handling, and thin diameter of the BD rope. Definitely on the wish list for sure since I can’t afford that Dual Gold myself.
- A solar powered lantern.
- A socially conscious company with a mission to make clean energy accessible.
- Eight different colors and a color cycle mode! (Camp dance party, anyone?!)
- Plus, it’s practically named after me. What’s not to want?