What to Buy With Those Gift Cards

REI Gift Card

It’s the day after Christmas, better known as Boxing Day in much of the world, and my guess is that many of you received a gift card as a present from Santa. Here are my suggestions on how to put those gift cards, or even returns, to good use. Treat yourself to something that will be useful playing outdoors for many seasons to come.

REI Gift Card

OutDry Extreme ECO

Columbia OutDry Ex ECO Jacket: REI currently has an exclusive on this jacket so it makes the perfect item on which to spend your gift card. Devoid of PFCs, this wind- and waterproof rain jacket will protect you from the elements while doing its part to help save the environment. The non-dyed fabric is made from 100% recycled polyester and because the waterproof breathable membrane is on the outside, it won’t wet out like other rain jackets.

Backcountry Gift Card

Yeti Tundra Cooler

Yeti Tundra Cooler: Yeti coolers are the absolute bomb but they are expensive. So why not put your gift card to good use to make these that much more affordable. The 35-liter size is perfect for a weekend camping trip or to hold enough beer for that tailgating party.

Amazon Gift Card 

Abom anti-fog goggles

Abom Snow Goggles: Amazon is usually a good place to apply your gift cards towards higher priced items. Grab yourself a pair of snow goggles that are guaranteed to never fog up. With the push of a button, a transparent film in between the lenses regulates the temperature and eliminates any fog or ice build up. I am excited to ski with these this winter — I wish I had them last winter as many a time I got caught in a wet snow storm that left a crusty ice all over the front of my lenses. You don’t want to wipe that off for fear of scratching.

Patagonia Gift Card

Nano-Air Light

Patagonia Nano-Air Light Hoody: I guarantee this is going to be one of your favorite layering pieces this winter whether you are an ice climber, fat biker, Nordic skier, or even backcountry skier. The unique insulation offers warmth while remaining incredibly breathable and the fabric is super stretchy so as not to limit your range of motion.

Moosejaw Gift Card

Petzl Nomics

Petzl Nomics: Ice climbing hardware is expensive so this is the perfect opportunity to use your gift card to help bring down the cost. If you are in need of new tools, my current favorite are the Nomics. They swing so nicely and dig effortlessly into the ice. If you already have tools, I would suggest putting those dollars towards another expensive hardware item — ice screws. The Laser Speed Ice Screws will save you plenty of precious minutes hanging on your tools.

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