Whether the adventurer in your life is looking to upgrade or if you know someone interested in becoming a true outdoorsman then look no further than our Green Gifts for the Adventurer this holiday season. We've scouted out 7 great products that are high quality, useful, and all incorporate green values into their manufacturing process from companies that make an effort to be eco-conscientious.
1. Cordsaround Bike Khaki: $90 at Cordsaround.com
This is the perfect gift for the friend or family member that commutes to work via bicycle. As an avid bike commuter (and with the short daylight hours here in the North East winter months) I often find myself in traffic in the dark. The Cordsarounds are a brilliant solution to your reflective problems. Using Illuminite Teflon and 3M Scotchlite along the inside hems and seams once your roll that pant leg to keep it out of the chain you have an instant reflector. The rear pockets are also stitched with reflective strips so you can pop ‘em out for an illuminated butt. The khaki material simple straight cut makes them perfect for work as well. Once folded to normal wear position you no longer look like a bike wielding maniac.
2. MEC Streamline Jacket: $60 at MEC.com
The combination of high tech performance gear and recycled material is not always easy to find. The Mountain Equipment Co-op MEC Streamline Jacket uses 100% recycled polyester Versatech Lite Matrix rip-stop material. This source of polyester comes from industrial waste and requires 75% less oil consumption for its processing than conventional polyester materials, and keeps that raw material out of the dump. The Streamline is a lightweight windbreaker with a comfortable fit perfect for cycling, running, or any sort of high paced ninja activities!
3. ECO Ether Series Sleeping Pad: $70 at REI.com
Pacific Outdoor Equipment has been on our radar as a strong example of eco-minded outdoor gear providers. Their ECO series tout their efforts to produce carbon neutral gear. They purchase wind and solar power to offset carbon production from the manufacturing and shipment of their goods. The Ether Thermo 6 Sleeping Pad using undyed bamboo fibers, carbonized bamboo fiber fill, and they won the Backpacker Magazine Editor’s Green Choice Award. The Ether is a three season inflatable pad available for both men and women.
4. 27oz Klean Kanteen: $18 at Klean Kanteen
Klean Kanteen has superb 27oz stainless steel bottles that are 100% recyclable, totally BPA free, extremely durable and long lasting, and very chic looking. Klean Kanteen is a member of the 1% for the Planet, they use 100% post consumer content office paper, support fair labor consciousness into their practices, and over all strive to be stewards of the earth through their work. The Klean Kanteen line comes in 6 colors with three different top styles; flat, loop, and strap
5. Zero Snowboard: $700 at Evogear.com
The K2 Zero Snowboard introduces the Harshmellow compound core built in a matrix format using less materials and bamboo to create a smooth downhill ride. The use of ultra-strong design allows for a lighter board which means less materials, and less manufacturing, and less waste.
7. Mountainsmith Spire Backpack: $67 at Evogear.com
The Spire pack from Mountainsmith uses recycled PET fabric. The rip-stop liner, reinforcement straps, and main body fabric are all recycled PET. Aside from that the Spire offers all the amenities a true backcountry pack should such as a hydration sleeve and port, gear straps, compression bands, pivoting waste belt, air mesh backing to keep cool, mesh sleeves, and it weighs in at only about 2.5lbs at a 31L volume.
7. Big Agnes Skinny Fish: $180 at REI.com
What is green about the Big Agnes Skinny Fish sleeping bag…about 97% of its materials. The shell, insulation, lining, cords, and stuff sack are all recycled materials. The high loft insulating Climashield HL Green is 100% recycled as well as the nylon lining. The Big Agnes Skinny Fish also comes equipped with a pillow sleeve and draft tube to block airflow around the zipper enclosure. The bag is rated to 20 degrees and weighs about 4lbs.