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All I Want For Christmas – 2022 Holiday Gift Guide

tentree Treeline Canvas Unisex Jacket

tentree Treeline Canvas Unisex Jacket

This fall jacket is 99% compostable (seriously). That’s because its insulation is a blend of organic cotton and Kapok — a fully compostable fibre from the dried fruit of the Kapok tree. Once you’re done loving it, remove and recycle the screw buttons, and return your jacket to the earth.

Plus, with this purchase, tentree will plant… you guessed it! Ten trees!

Jack Wolfskin Routeburn Pro Insulated Jacket

Jack Wolfskin Routeburn Pro Insulated Jacket

Jack Wolkskin’s ROUTEBURN PRO INS jacket offers you reliable protection from the weather on your hiking trips. The insulating PRIMALOFT fill is made from recycled polyester, as is the TEXASHIELD PRO shell fabric, which effortlessly withstands cold gusts of wind and rain showers. With inserts made of comfortable stretch fleece, optimal freedom of movement is assured. The hem can be adjusted to get the fit that’s best for you. Small items can be stashed in the three pockets so you can grab them when you need them.

Torch Flask from High Camp Flasks

Torch Flask from High Camp Flasks

Delivering top-shelf drinking in a pocket-sized package, High Camp Flasks Torch™ Flask features an innovative, funnel-free design and an integrated magnetically attached shot glass. Unlike other pocket flasks, you can even add ice. Fill it up by unscrewing the wide bottom-cap of the flask, then pour yourself a drink in our sake-glass-inspired shooter. 

Specs

  • 100% stainless steel
  • Removeable bottom cap for funnel-free fill-up and easy cleaning
  • Shot glass magnetically attaches to the flask
  • Double-wall insulated
  • Electrogloss Clean Technology preserves the integrity of your spirits.

VOITED Cloudtouch® Indoor / Outdoor Camping Blanket

Cloudtouch® Indoor / Outdoor Camping Blanket

Cozy up with a loved one with Voited’s new Cloudtouch Blanket. Their 4 in 1 insulated & water-resistant indoor/outdoor blanket is perfect for van life, camping, travel & home. Recycled ripstop on one side & luxurious CloudTouch™ fleece on the other. Durable. Stain Resistant. Machine Washable. Eco-Friendly!

The Ultimate Outdoor Chair by ParkitMovement

Enjoy the Exploration with the Voyager Chair from PARKIT. This outdoor recreational-use chair has been designed to provide maximum comfort, ultimate durability, and fundamental functionality to relax in the great outdoors. A cooler-chair combo with storage for anything you need under your seat, a versatile cupholder, hands-free carry straps and more, VOYAGER is built to last, adventure after adventure.

  • INDUSTRIAL FRAMING | Aircraft-Grade Aluminum for strength and durability
  • WOVEN POLYESTER WEBBING | Woven polyester is soft, maintains strength 
  • FAUX TEAK ARMREST | Durable material adding style to any fireside campout
  • ERGONOMICALLY DESIGNED We designed the VOYAGER to mimic our natural sitting position (not too low to the ground)
  • INSULATED COOLER / UTILITY STORAGE | Designed to hold ice for 8+ hours, and includes exterior pockets to securely carry all items to basecamp 
  • HANDS FREE CARRY | Hands-free-carry strap(s)
  • INTERCHANGEABLE CUP HOLDER
  • 1 MANGROVE TREE PLANTED FOR EVERY VOYAGER PURCHASED.
  • 24-Month Warranty

Ibex Tranquil Hoodie Sweatshirt

Ibex Tranquil Hoodie Sweatshirt

We are huge fans of Ibex, so when we saw they launched a new hoodie, we knew it had to go on our holiday gift guide.

The Tranquil Hoodie Sweatshirt comes in both men and women sizes and in an array of different colors.

It comes with:

  • Invisible Zip Pockets
  • Elastane for Material Recovery
  • Raglan Sleeve Allows Extra Movement
  • Drawstring Hood
  • Rib Knit Hem and Cuffs

ORTOVOX VALBON PANTS Review

If you’ve read our review of the ORTOVOX PALA LIGHT JACKET, you know that we are huge fans. But if you’re going climbing with ORTOVOX, you can’t just climb with a jacket, you need a pair of pants to go with it.

ORTOVOX also sent us the VALBON PANTS to review as well.

ORTOVOX VALBON PANTS

These minimalistic pants are sustainably made with organic cotton and hemp materials. The combo of these materials make for an extremely comfortable climbing pants.

The VALBON PANTS is loose fitting with wide thigh-areas, a stretchy knee area, and tapered ankle cuffs for maximum movement. The crotch also features a two-way stretch material for ultimate movement that moves with you.

When climbing, I found these pants to be extremely versatile. They claim to be tailored for climbing and I found this to be true. I could stretch between holds without feeling like these pants were restricting my movement.

ORTOVOX VALBON PANTS

The waistband is flat and made with merino wool so its nice and soft and stretchy. It fits nicely underneath a climbing harness. I also appreciated how they didn’t ride up or dip down during my climb. They stayed where they were without exposing my butt or making me uncomfortable.

There is also a drawstring on the waist for extra security.

It features three pockets. Two are located on the front hip and one is zippered and on the right thigh. All of these are easily accessible while wearing a climbing harness.

ORTOVOX VALBON PANTS

There are also elastic ankle cuffs. I didn’t need them. My calves are pretty wide, but they rested naturally very comfortably at my ankle.

Just as I had found with the PALA LIGHT JACKET, these pants are so comfortable and nice that I wear them even when I am not climbing. I love the colors and how it pairs with the jacket that I will wear these to work or out on the town. I mean, its Colorado, so looking like you either came or are going to the climbing gym is normal.

The VALBON PANTS is available online for $150. I am 5’11” and 185 pounds and wear a size large. For reference, the waist fits similar to a 34″ waist. And the ankle cuffs rest, right at the top of my shoes, so similar to a 32″ inseam.

ORTOVOX PALA LIGHT JACKET Review

What I love about ORTOVOX is how bright and colorful their clothing is.

ORTOVOX PALA LIGHT JACKET

And the ORTOVOX PALA LIGHT JACKET is no exception. They sent me the jacket in the clay orange color (pictured above) and it pops!

But colors aside, ORTOVOX makes some of the best outdoor gear for climbing, hiking, and winter adventures.

The PALA LIGHT JACKET is a durable, athletic stretch jacket made for alpine climbing.

It is made with a sleek, athletic cut and a four-way stretch that allows for flexible movement. When climbing, I could easily stretch between holds without the jacket feel like it was catching or pulling.

It also has elastic cuffs and waistband that moved well with me when I climbed. It has drawstrings on the side to tighten around the waste as needed. I haven’t needed to use them though. I like how the jacket naturally fits. When reaching and climbing, I never felt that the jacket rode up on me.

The outer material is scuff resistant. How scuff resistant? Well, I lost a hold, slammed into the rock face, and the jacket made it out better than I did. I hit hard and the jacket has a couple scuffs, but that is it.

ORTOVOX PALA LIGHT JACKET

When ORTOVOX constructed this jacket, they added reinforcements in high-stress areas such as the hips, shoulders and underarms for ultimate protection against craggy rocks.

This jacket is also very breathable. When climbing, the morning was around 50-degrees and slowly warmed up to 65-degrees before I reached the top. Throughout I found this jacket very comfortable. I never felt overheated. And that is due to the merino wool used in the inside.

I have really enjoyed this jacket. It has been a great climbing companion, but it also looks really good off the mountain. I have worn this to work, on dates, road trips, and really, any opportunity where I needed a solid, light jacket.

The PALA LIGHT JACKET is available online for $220. I am 5’11” and 185 pounds and wear a large.

Solo Stove Is Worth The Hype!

Spending an evening outdoors, cuddled up with your kids, in front of a fire is one of my favorite activities during autumn.

But it takes a lot of effort to build a fire. You have to find the right location and setup the proper fire ring. Plus, if you live in suburbia, the HOA frowns upon having an open, wood burning fire pit in your backyard, and gas fire pits aren’t great. Sure you can roast a marshmallow, but you’ll be tasting propane.

Solo Stove sent us the Bonfire 2.0 to test out over the past several months and is it worth the hype? Absolutely!

Solo Stove Bonfire 2.0

The Solo Stove Bonfire 2.0 is a portable smokeless fire pit that is perfect for the backyard and beyond.

The Bonfire 2.0 is constructed of 304 stainless steel that is resistant to rust and corrosion. It has a dual-wall design with an elevated fire grate to improve airflow and minimize smoke.

While my kids love campfires (because campfire = s’mores), their biggest complaint is smoke. “Dad, it’s in my eyes!” I was impressed by how “smokeless” the Solo Stove was. When burning, we were able to sit comfortably around it without needing to play musical chairs.

The airflow on the Solo Stove also allowed the wood to burn down, eliminating much of the ash and charcoal that would typically need to be cleaned out.

Solo Stove Bonfire 2.0

The Bonfire 2.0 weighs only 20 pounds and comes with a carrying case. This makes it easy to store, but also easy to pack to watch the sunset over Longs Peak from our favorite lake or take tailgating. Once the fire is out, it is easy to tip over to dump out the ash before packing it back up.

Setting up the Solo Stove Bonfire 2.0

Setting up the Solo Stove Bonfire 2.0 fire pit was pretty darn easy. In the box, the fire pit body is a single solid piece.

It needs to be set up on a level surface, six feet away from other buildings or combustible surface like a deck or pergola. Sand, paving stones, pavement, or dirt make great surfaces. Solo Stove does sell additional accessories, including a stand that elevates the fire pit four inches off the ground, which is great for grassy surfaces.

Once you have the Bonfire 2.0 on your chosen safe surface, all you have to do is place the flame ring on the rim.

It is as simple as that.

For Halloween, it took me all of two minutes to have it setup and ready to go to welcome trick-or-treaters.

How to use the Solo Stove Bonfire

To build a fire in the Solo Stove Bonfire, you build it like you normally would.

Solo Stove Bonfire 2.0

Light a nice sized pile of dry tinder, add kindling to strengthen the flame, the slowly add larger pieces of firewood.

You can also use fire-starter logs in it as well.

The Bonfire 2.0 fits firewood logs up to 16 inches long, but shorter length logs are a bit easier to maneuver and position in the pit and seem to allow the fire to burn more efficiently.

Safety First

I have young kids, so I feel that it is important to mention that this is fire pit and it does burn hot.

Solo Stove Bonfire 2.0

The ventilation that creates the smoke free environment burns hotter and faster than an open fire pit.

My kids are used to their friends’ propane fire pits, so I did have to warn them not to run around the Solo Stove and that it is very hot.

Also, be careful with those marshmallows! They will burn easily!

Is it worth the hype?

The Solo Stove Bonfire 2.0 is $399. But when we were pricing out a fire pit for our deck, we were looking at $500-$750 for the construction. Plus, the Solo Stove is portable and it is wood burning (much better than propane!). You can take it anywhere. Plus, it has some fun accessories, including a Pizza Oven!

The ICEMULE BOSS® Is Built For Hauling

If you’re on the hunt for an easy-to-carry and use backpack cooler with great ice retention, look no further than the The ICEMULE BOSS. The BOSS Cooler will keep your food and drinks ice-cold throughout the day and night, whether you are camping or driving cross-country.

The ICEMULE BOSS

The ICEMULE BOSS weighs in at 7.5 pounds before packing it with ice and goodies.

The BOSS is made of a waterproof technical fabric with welded seams and 3-centimeter thick insulation foam to keep its content cool.

The top-loading pocket unfolds, making it easy to pack or unpack. It is a roll-top bag with a set of buckles to make sure the top is secure.

The ICEMULE BOSS Backpack Cooler
The ICEMULE BOSS Backpack Cooler

There are two insulated and waterproof cargo pockets on the side. These are great stash pockets for an iPhone, wallet and keys, but they are also large enough to hold extra snacks.

On the front is a large zippered pocket. This one could be used for additional snacks or to stash a Bluetooth speaker.

When testing I found these zippers to be extremely tough to use. This was in part because of the waterproof seal these zippers formed when closed. But ICEMULE had a solve for this included with the BOSS: lubricant.

The ICEMULE BOSS Backpack Cooler
The ICEMULE BOSS Backpack Cooler

It was easy to apply: just gently apply a thin layer a lubricant over the zipper, rub with a paper towel, and open and close the zipper until it moves with ease.

The ICEMULE BOSS can keep ice frozen for over 3 days. While testing this product during the summer, I found that it held ice for 80-85 hours depending on the temperature outside.

The excellent ice retention is due to the 3-centimeter Polar Layer XT insulation. The foam is sealed inside the backpack’s main fabric so that the contents are safe from outside air and heat. Additional insulation aid comes from the air valve on the side of the pack. It allows you to add air for additional insulation.

If you’re taking this cooler out on the water, the air valve also provides buoyancy so that the coolers can float even when loaded up with heavy cans and ice.

The ICEMULE BOSS Backpack Cooler
The ICEMULE BOSS Backpack Cooler

The ICEMULE BOSS is easier to carry than its competitors due to its high-end suspension system. It comes with double-padded shoulder straps that help distribute this product’s weight evenly across your shoulders and back. Across the chest, there’s an adjustable stabilizer strap and there’s an adjustable hip belt with padded hip pads. This makes sure that the packs sits on top of your hips, so that your movement isn’t hindered.

The product design for the BOSS is incredibly well thought out.

It was designed with Modular Lightweight Load-carry Equipment (MOLLE) in mind. This system is used by the military to attach survival gear to the outside of the pack. This allows you to quickly access a multi-tool, knife, or first aid kit.

The BOSS also has a ton of clip points for additional gear.

The ICEMULE BOSS Backpack Cooler

And have I mentioned this is 100% waterproof? For the test, I threw in a laptop computer, rolled the top down, and put it into my backyard ice bath. I held it down for 60 seconds and didn’t see any air bubbles. Afterwards, my laptop was dry.

It’s also worth noting that this product has a 3-year warranty.

Now, is this cooler worth the $350 price tag? Absolutely. I have used this on countless camping trips and day hikes. It has gone with me to the lake for paddle-boarding as well. The backpack functionality is extremely comfortable and it is so versatile.

You can buy the ICEMULE BOSS on their webiste.

California Cowboy’s PCH Hoodie Review

Here at Huck Adventures, we are huge fans of California Cowboy. Their fun, thoughtful approach to product design always leaves us pleasantly surprised when they send us a new product to test.

This Fall they sent us their PCH Hoodie and it quickly became my go-to hoodie.

California Cowboy PCH Hoodie
California Cowboy PCH Hoodie

The PCH Hoodie is made from durable 465 gram French Terry. It feels heavy, but that’s not a bad thing. If you’re coming off the slopes and want to throw something over your base layers, this is the perfect hoodie for that.

Or if you’re road-tripping.

Or if you’re taking the dog on a hike on a brisk Fall day.

Or if you’re lounging on the sofa writing product reviews.

California Cowboy PCH Hoodie
California Cowboy PCH Hoodie

When it comes to product design, what makes California Cowboy so great is that they start with the end customer. They didn’t just decide one day to design a hoodie. They started with the customer and asked, “What is important to them?” And once they had those answers, designed the PCH Hoodie around that.

The PCH Hoodie also comes with those classic features that make their functional clothing so great:

California Cowboy PCH Hoodie
  • Double needle stitched bottle pocket with nylon lining is proudly over-engineered to safely hold your beverage of choice
  • Zip Dry Pocket, keeps your tinder, matches, and tech safe
  • Bottle Opener Pocket contains credit card sized alloy bottle opener
  • Sunglass secure loop facilitates ability to throw shade
  • Secret Pen Pocket
California Cowboy PCH Hoodie
California Cowboy PCH Hoodie

I’ve said it before, but California Cowboy continues to knock it out of the park. I love this hoodie!

If you’re looking for a great stocking stuffer this year, this hoodie would be a clear winner.

The Take-Anywhere Sweatshirt – Ibex 24-Hour Long Sleeve Crew

With Fall and it’s cooler temperatures in full swing, I am reminded daily why I am such a big fan of Ibex and their Merino Wool products.

Ibex has the highest quality performance merino wool products on the market. Their care for the Earth and for the wearers of their products is evident in every piece we’ve tested. And the 24-Hour Long Sleeve Crew is no exception.

Ibex’s 24-Hour Long Sleeve Crew

The 24-Hour Long Sleeve Crew is made from 100% natural moisture-wicking and odor resistant merino. Ibex uses a proprietary steaming process that makes the material feel cool the touch.

And it does feel great!

Ibex’s 24-Hour Long Sleeve Crew

My first opportunity to test the long sleeve crew was at a dad’s retreat up in the mountains on the first cool day of Fall. It was cold and drizzling throughout the day, yet I was very comfy.

And that’s the beauty of merino, especially with the long sleeve crew that isn’t a blend… if it’s good enough for sheep, it is good enough for me.

Ibex’s 24-Hour Long Sleeve Crew

This shirt also lives up to its name, plus some. I spent 48 hours in this shirt before I decided that it needed a wash. Yet, even after 48 hours, it didn’t have a phunk to it. That’s merino, for you!

As we’re creeping closer to holidays, the 24-Hour Long Sleeve Crew would make a terrific stocking stuffer. Ibex sells them in a multitude of colors and in Men’s and Women’s sizes.

KÜHL’s RESISTOR CHINO Pant Review

Now that working from home is a thing, finding opportunity to head outdoors for tiny breaks is key. And with that comes the need for clothing that allow for flexibility between the standing desk and the trail.

KÜHL’s RESISTOR CHINO

KÜHL’s RESISTOR CHINO is made with a comfortable, high-tech fabric that is perfect for hiking or bouldering while stylish enough to wear in for your countless Zoom calls.

The fabric is a three-season four-way stretch material made from cotton and spandex. This provides the pants plenty of stretch and comfort. It also has a water repellent finish, which was perfect for when I got caught in a light drizzle. The beads of water rolled off and my bottom layers stayed dry. It also is UPF 50+ sun protection.

The fabric is also built to last. It is abrasion resistant and has a high tear strength. I found that while climbing around, the pants moved with me. I would try my best to stretch the pants past the point of no return, but the tear strength held.

KÜHL’s RESISTOR CHINO

The RESISTOR CHINO is tailored with a tapered leg. It’s tight around my calves, but comfy because of the stretch of the fabric. It comes in six different colors. KÜHL sent me their Black Moss and it paired wonderfully with my wardrobe.

KÜHL’s RESISTOR CHINO

There are also pockets for days. There are two hand pockets in the front. On the back, there are two hip pockets; the one on the right has a zip closure. There is a coin pocket on the front right and two drop-in cell phone pockets.

On the bottom hem, there is a bungee cord with a reflective ribbon. This allows the cuffs to stretch as you move to avoid catching on anything or to cinch up around your boots.

KÜHL’s RESISTOR CHINO

These pants are suburb. I am excited about the cooler weather, so that I can wear these more often.

KÜHL’s RESISTOR CHINO are available online. I tested a 34×32 and found that they were true-to-size.

KÜHL’s FUGITIVE™ FLANNEL Review

It’s flannel season, y’all!

KÜHL’s FUGITIVE™ FLANNEL

And KÜHL delivers with their FUGITIVE FLANNEL, one of my favorite flannels in my closet.

The FUGITIVE FLANNEL is a men’s long sleeve mid-weight flannel. It is amazingly soft and has a KÜHL’s signature stretch in it’s fabric. It’s breathable fabric moves with you for all-day comfort during the high and low-temperature swings of Fall.

KÜHL’s FUGITIVE™ FLANNEL

Why is this one of my favorite flannels? It is thick enough to be warm on the coldest days, but it isn’t too thick to wear on warmer days. It’s fit is versatile enough to fit over a light base-layer, as well.

It’s fabric is a nice cut and allows for complete range of motion.

When KÜHL sent me the FUGITIVE FLANNEL to test, my first opportunity was at a Cub Scout camp. I was camp chef for 100 scouts and their parents.

Even while in front of our camp stove, moving and cooking for over an hour, I didn’t feel overheated or uncomfortable.

KÜHL’s FUGITIVE™ FLANNEL

The shirt moved easily as I set up the tent, as well. One of my annoyances with shirts like these is that they are too light and ride up easily. Luckily this shirt didn’t.

The FUGITIVE FLANNEL also looks great. It is the perfect shirt for camping, but also works well in the office or about town. It also pairs well with our recently review RESISTOR CHINO.

I am definitely going to replace a few of my other flannels with the FUGITIVE.

I am 5’11” and 185 pounds. I tested a size large and found that it was true to size.

Ibex Nomad Jogger Review

Here at Huck Adventures, we are huge fans of Ibex and their Merino Wool products. And now that it’s getting cooler, I am starting to pull out my Ibex Base Layers and my Wool Aire Hoodie to stay warm.

Those base layers and the hoodie were constant companions during a recent dad’s retreat in the foothills of Colorado. We were outdoors the entire time in 40°F temperature and a steady drizzle. But thank goodness I was prepared and was able to stay warm. Thanks Ibex!

Ibex Nomad Joggers

Ibex had also sent me their Nomad Jogger to review and that retreat was the first opportunity I had to test them out. As activities shifted inside a small cabin with a smoldering fire, I traded out my base layers for the Nomad Jogger and settled in for the night.

The Nomad Jogger is made from lightweight, moisture-wicking merino French terry.

How light are they? When comparing them against a pair of Prana joggers, they weighed around 60% less.

Ibex Nomad Joggers

The fabric is made of 95% merino wool with 5% elastane to help the fabric maintain its shape between washings. Merino wool is the perfect performance material due to its superhero-like properties.

Merino is a natural, high-performance fabric, in part because of the conditions these sheep live in. Winters can be as cold as -4ºF and summers as warm as 95ºF. Their coats have evolved so that the fibers react to the changes in body temperature. And this natural technology is passed along to its human wearers.

Ibex Nomad Joggers

The Nomad Joggers also come with three pockets: two front hand pockets and a back pocket with a hidden zipper.

Sleeping in these was blissful.

Throughout the night, the fire died down and died out, and the temperature inside the cabin fluctuated. And these pants performed well. My legs didn’t get too cold or too hot. Just like Goldilocks, I was just right.

The next morning, we got up and hiked. The heavy, wet weather had lifted and as the sun came up, the temperature climbed with it. These pants continued to perform well. While my upper body got too hot for a jacket, my legs were still cozy.

Since this retreat, these joggers have continued to go on adventures with me. They are my go to pants for traveling and camping.

I am 5’11” and 185 lbs and wear a size Large.