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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

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!

Solo Stove Launches the First Fire Pit Compatible Pizza Oven, Pi Fire

Solo Stove Pi Fire Pizza Oven

Solo Stove, a home and outdoor lifestyle brand within the Solo Brands (NYSE: DTC) portfolio is excited to share the launch of Pi Fire, the first pizza oven designed to be used with a dedicated fire pit. After releasing the Pi backyard pizza oven earlier this year, Solo Stove is thrilled to provide customers with another pizza making tool. Pi Fire leverages functionality from Solo Stove’s Pi pizza oven, but is uniquely designed to cook pizza over a wood fire pit. The exterior skirt captures the flames’ heat and directs it toward the stone and crust of the pizza, while an inverted demi-dome shape maximizes radiant heating of the top of the pizza. Craving s’mores and pizza? Pi Fire’s long legs provide the clearance needed to bake pizza while still letting you enjoy the fire pit for its traditional uses–so you can operate Pi Fire and access your fire pit at the same time.

Solo Stove Pi Fire Pizza Oven

Pi Fire is designed for you to relax around the fire while enjoying a leisurely pizza cooking experience. Once the fire is lit, Pi Fire should be ready to cook pizza within 30-45 minutes or when the stone has reached 500-600F degrees. And after launching the pizza, the cooking process should span five to ten minutes, requiring just a few turns of the pizza for an even bake. The results: An extra-crunchy, artisan, grade pizza for you and your loved ones to enjoy while relaxing around the warmth of a smokeless fire.

Solo Stove Pi Fire Pizza Oven

Pi Fire will be sold in three sizes, compatible with the Ranger, Bonfire, and Yukon sizes of Solo Stove fire pits. Pi Fire is also compatible with most of Solo Stove’s existing fire pit accessories,  such as the Surround for protection, Shield to block embers, Sticks to cook s’mores, and Tools to add logs and stoke the fire. Pi Fire is made to be highly portable with its included carry case, so that Pi Fire and artisan-quality pizza can go wherever your fire pit goes. A pair of Solo Stove’s heat-resistant gloves is also included with the purchase of Pi Fire.

Clint Mickle, President of Solo Stove, said, “We have been overwhelmed with the response we’ve received with the launch of Pi this year. One thing we heard from our community was the desire to incorporate our fire pits with the pizza oven. We are so excited to offer our customers the experience of a pizza dinner, and the calmness of a night by the fire, together, in one portable and easy to use product.” 

Pi Fire is available for sale on solostove.com and will be available through retailers. Ranger Pi Fire $199.99, Bonfire Pi Fire $259.99, Yukon Pi Fire $349.99.

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.

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.

The Coolest Cooler for Adventures

In the past, when we’ve cruised through Outdoor Retailer, there has been one booth that continued to stand out from all the other cooler companies. And that’s Rovr Products. What caught my eye was the evident hardiness of their coolers, their bright designs and bold branding, but most of all their thicc wheels.

We were built to roam and Rovr’s coolers were built to roll right alongside of us.

RovR RollR 60 Cooler with LandR Bin
RovR RollR 60 Cooler with LandR Bin

Rovr sent us their RollR 60 to test. And it arrived just in time for a local Cub Scout camp where I was Camp Chef, cooking for over 100 adults and kids. I needed something that could cart in all the cold food, including 30 pounds of smoked pulled pork, and keep all of it cold over the weekend.

Hands down, the RollR 60 is coolest cooler I’ve seen.

The RollR was built for keeping your food and beverages cool, but with portability and organization in mind.

RovR RollR 60 Cooler
RovR RollR 60 Cooler

It can hold 60 cans and hold 20 pounds of ice. With their dry bin installed, storage capacity changes, holding 40 cans and 10 pounds of ice in the main compartment and 4-6 bottles of spirits or various foods in the dry bin.

Besides being the coolest cooler from a product design standpoint, the RollR is designed to keep your stuff cool for up to 10 days (depending on use).

When we followed their method for ice retention (article forthcoming), there were still a couple of ice cubes left by the end of day 9. That in itself is pretty darn impressive and its due to the cooler’s high density insulation.

And as the ice melts, and water builds up, there is a DualSpout™ Plug to help with draining. The great thing about the dry bin is that as water builds up, your food stays dry. There’s a clip on the side of the cooler that keeps the dry bin from floating to the top, as well.

If you’re rolling your RollR into areas that have bears, this cooler is bear resistant. They also sell Bear Proof Locks that can attached to each corner for extra protection. But still, practice safe food storage whenever you are out in nature.

RovR RollR 60 Cooler with LandR Bin
RovR RollR 60 Cooler with LandR Bin

On the base of the cooler are two hearty wheels that are perfect for rugged terrain. When I arrived at the Cub Scout camp, I had a quarter-mile walk from my car, down a loose gravel trail. My 18-year old Igloo cooler wouldn’t have been able to handle it, but the RollR handled it with ease.

With the dual grip handle, I found it easy to pull the cooler behind me without it bumping against my heels. Likewise, while it was loaded with 80 pounds of food and ice, it wasn’t cumbersome. With one hand I pulled the cooler, while my other hand was free to haul a tent and duffle bag.

With the RollR cooler don’t forget to pick up a RovR® LandR™ Bin. This bin sits on top of the cooler, attached by Velcro straps. It’s great for storing extra snacks, water, or helping cart in additional campsite supplies.

RovR Essentials Pack

If you do buy a RollR cooler, you also need to pick up their Essentials Pack. It comes with an attachable prep board, cup holder, and stash bag. These accessories make camp life a bit easier. The prep board makes for a great small cutting board or a small serving tray.

RovR RollR 60 Cooler
RovR RollR 60 Cooler

I can’t tell you how cool I feel toting around this cooler. I feel like a bad ass.

At the Cub Scout camp, dads were checking it out: opening and closing the lid, playing with the dry bin, and kicking the tires. It definitely catches the eye.

One other killer accessory this cooler has is a bike hitch. Oftentimes in our neighborhood we gather at our community part. And I can’t wait for the next opportunity to roll up with this amazing cooler!

Rumpl Down Puffy Blanket Review

If you’re in the market for a new blanket for camping or just being cozy, one brand you’ve probably heard of is Rumpl.

Rumpl AllTrails Collaboration

Their blankets are top-notch: light, water-resistant, and eco-friendly with their post-consumer recycled polyester.

Their dedication to environmental causes goes deeper, though. They donate 1% of sales to offset their carbon footprint. They also work with low carbon transportation options. And Rumpl is a Certified B Corporation.

Rumpl AllTrails Collaboration

Rumpl sent us their AllTrails collaboration blanket to test, we’ve enjoyed the versatility their product provides. It’s the perfect picnic blanket, great for camping, the perfect cozy wraparound, or as a cape with their Cape-Clip.

Rumpl AllTrails Collaboration

It also includes:

  • 100% post-consumer recycled polyester shell and insulation
  • DWR finish for stain and water resistance
  • Corner loops
  • Machine washable
  • Water-resistant stuff sack included

I love this product. It’s a great companion especially for camping when you aren’t sure if a sleeping bag is enough. My kids love it too. We spend a lot of our early mornings outdoors and now that it’s cooler, it is a great blanket for cuddling.

If you’re looking for a cozy companion this Fall, look no further than Rumpl!

KÜHL’s AIRSPEED™ Men’s Shirt Review

KÜHL sent our team the AIRSPEED shirt to review and I was immediately impressed.

Pirate Blue
KÜHL’s AIRSPEED™ Men’s Shirt

Colorado summers where I live are warm and dry with temperatures fluctuating from early morning to evening. Higher in the mountains, you get a wider range and lower low points in the morning and evening.

I found this shirt to be the perfect outdoor companion for those types of days.

For our test, I took this on an overnight camping and hiking trip.

The AIRSPEED is a long-sleeve shirt, which provides ample, UPF 30+, coverage. It was warm enough for cool mornings hiking through the woods. As the day heated up, the cuffs roll up easily to attach to a button located mid-bicep.

It is constructed using three different fabric types:

  • Fabric 1: 72% Nylon, 28% Polyester | 88 GSM
  • Fabric 2: 85% Polyester, 15% Cotton | 160 GSM
  • Fabric 3: (Mesh): 85% Polyester, 15% Cotton | 160 GSM

This combination of fabrics makes the AIRSPEED a breathable, high-performance shirt. The knit panels provide ventilation and stretch for easy movement. The sleeves are designed with five panels for freedom of motion; making it easy to set up the tent or cast a fishing line.

Pirate Blue
KÜHL’s AIRSPEED™ Men’s Shirt

Throughout the testing period, I found this shirt to be extremely comfortable. While hiking with a backpack on, my back did get sticky. It’s worth noting that the fabric isn’t “moisture wicking,” but as KÜHL describes it: “moisture managing.”

But after my hike, as I rested at the camp site, the shirt dried out quickly.

Additional features on this shirt include:

  • Zipper security pocket where I was easily able to stash my driver’s license and credit card
  • Hidden, button-down collar
  • Two button-down chest pockets for additional storage
  • Sunglass cleaner inside bottom left placket
Pirate Blue
KÜHL’s AIRSPEED™ Men’s Shirt

This is an extremely functional and durable shirt. Perfect companion for the outdoors. And it pairs really well with our recently reviewed KÜHL RENEGADE pant.

I am 5’11” and 185 pounds and wear a size large. Found that it fit true to size.

You can purchase this on their website or at your favorite outdoor store.