New year gift ideas for an aspiring trekker in India

New year gift ideas for an aspiring trekker in India

With the holiday season upon us and the year 2015 drawing to an end, we invited all our team members to use their expertise and share a small compendium of trekking and hiking gifts. Unlike most shopping lists appearing in newspapers and magazines, all these gift items are available online in India and are practical for any trek. Whether you are looking to treat yourself to a new year gift, or looking to buy one for your friend or family. We are sure you will wind something in this list that fits your budget and is also immensely practical for trekking and hiking.

inditramp wishes all its readers "happy trails" in 2016.


Around Rs. 1,000

Lifestraw portable water filter. The only water filter you will ever need in the outdoor. Robust with no moving parts and an impressive 1000 litre filtering capacity. This has been our go-to filter from the Indian Himalayas to the dust bowls of Chad in Africa. Check out our long term review to know more.

Available on Amazon India.


Between Rs. 1,000 and Rs 2,000

Like most college students, I was frugal, erring toward cheap (and, proudly, still am). But when I rolled into the Nantahala Outdoor Center near Bryson City, North Carolina, on Day 8 of my Appalachian Trail thru-hike, I quickly handed over $100 for a pair of trekking poles to replace the stout tree branches that I had been crutching on since Day 4, in an attempt to relieve stress on my worsening shin splints and aching feet. Since then, I’ve used trekking poles on every one of my overnight trips and on many extended day hikes as well.
— Excerpt From: Andrew Skurka. “The Ultimate Hiker's Gear Guide.”

Decathlon's Forclaz 500 trekking poles are lightweight (230 grams), extremely robust and your knees will thank you on those sharp descents. They come with two buckets, one for normal treks and a wider bucket for more float over snow and slush. The hand grips are foam lined. Although, we would have preferred cork hand grips, at Rs 1600 we are not complaining.

Available on Amazon India.


Between Rs. 2,000 and Rs. 5,000

 

For Her

Deuter Futura 20SL is a woman specific backpack that is just the right size for a day hike. The backpack also doubles as an excellent alternative for office and shopping trips. It features legendary Deuter reliability and hip / shoulder straps with soft, breathable Soft Air Mesh lining. It comes with a detachable rain cover and is hydration compatible. 

Available on Amazon India and Flipkart.

 

For Him

Hi-Tec's Alpha Trail is a waterproof, ankle length, tough and rugged trekking shoe. What makes this one really special, is that it is the only shoe in India that offers a Vibram sole for under Rs. 5000. 

Available on Amazon India and Flipkart.


Between Rs 5,000 and 10,000

pics or it didn’t happen
— internet forums

Polaroid Cube makes an excellent yet cheap alternative to GoPro Hero 4. It offers full High Definition (HD) recording for 90 minutes in a diminutive 35mm x 35 mm package. With numerous accessories this waterproof cube can be used as a ski cam, cycle cam or even as a dog cam. The perfect companion to record all your outdoor jaunts and bloopers.

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Available on Flipkart and Amazon India.


Splurge!

The Suunto Ambit 3 Peak has been setting the outdoor channels afire with its stellar usability and excellent battery performance. At last, a GPS watch for hikers and trekkers that does everything required of it without getting in the way. At just under Rs 50,000 for the all sapphire version, it may be expensive but, hey you live only once!

Available on Amazon India and Flipart.


Finally, Inspiration comes Cheap!

Finally, if you have blown your paycheck on gifts already, it is not too late to order an inditramp calendar. It costs next to nothing and the photographs will inspire you to head outdoor more often.

For more details and to order click here.


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