Best Gifts for Adventurous Women

November 20, 2015

Best Gifts for Adventurous Women

Got a gal on your list that’s constantly swapping city sidewalks for snowy trails? Active Junky gear testers picked out these 12 gifts for those mountain lovers, the ones who wear everything from skirts to snowshoes in the same day. Take a look—and don’t be surprised if you find something for yourself in here, too. 

Fjallraven Down Cape

Fjallraven Luhkka Down Cape

Capes are getting their fifteen minutes in the fashion spotlight, and we absolutely love the Fjallraven Down Cape. With a water-resistant outer shell and 700-fill goose down insulation, you’re guaranteed to stay warm and dry all winter. The roomy design allows you to wear just about anything underneath, from ski clothes to a little black dress. The cape features a kangaroo pocket in front to keep hands dry and a faux fur trim hood for extra warmth. You can also button-snap the cape around your wrists to keep it in in place. A stunning, unconventional piece.

Best For: The trendsetter, cold winter days

MSR Women’s Lightning Trail snowshoes

MSR Lightning Snowshoes Starting at: $210.06

Snowshoeing is a fantastic way to get outside and remain active in the winter. We’re longtime fans of MSR’s snowshoes, and the Lightning Trail Snowshoes are perfect for ladies ready to stomp around the neighborhood mountain range. The ultralight materials and narrow design hold these snowshoes true to their “Lightning” name, while aggressive crampons grip surfaces from the fluffiest of powder to the iciest of trails. The versatile bindings are compatible with a wide variety of footwear and easily adjusted with gloves on. If the snow gods are generous, powder-tails can be added for extra float.  

Best For: Active women in snowy climates

Mountain Hardwear Ratio Down Jacket

Mountain Hardwear Ratio Down Jacket - Women's $98.21 - $111.69

Mountain Hardwear’s Ratio Down Jacket will quickly become an instant favorite. The 650-fill down is super toasty and compressible—perfect for shoving in your pack as an extra layer on a day hike but still warm enough to serve as your primary insulator on a backcountry excursion. The super soft fleece-lined collar was a meticulous details that our testers couldn’t stop talking about. 

Best For: A versatile and warm jacket for the whole season

Sorel Joan of Arctic Snow Boots

Sorel Joan of Arctic Boot - Women's Starting at: $136.56

We’re convinced that these boots can do just about anything. We’ve worn them strapped into snowshoes for 8-hour alpine excursions one day and then paired with sweater dresses at holiday dinner parties the next. One Active Junky tester’s been saying, “Oh, I’ll just replace them next season” for the past five years. For a long-lasting, multi-functioning and fashionable snow boot, this is a go-to. 

Best For: Anyone who has to walk through snow

prAna Mattea Sweater

prAna Mattea Sweater $56.01 - $99.32

Nothing beats tossing on a soft, cozy sweater in the middle of winter. We love the flattering asymmetrical design of the prAna Mattea sweater and all the ways you can wear it. It’s cozy and cute enough to pair with jeans and boots, yet still moisture-wicking and breathable to toss on after yoga class. The recycled wool blend makes your conscience feel soft and fuzzy, too. 

Best For: Casual and cozy wear

SmartWool Corbet 120 Skirt

SmartWool Corbet 120 Skirt Starting at: $114.56

When the days get shorter and the temps start dropping, many of us tuck away our skirts and dresses in exchange for a season’s worth of pants and leggings. The SmartWool Corbert changes the game; it’s made with 120g SmartLoft insulation to stay warm while looking great. It comes in a few fun colors, and the contrast zipper detail keeps the piece chic. Pair with the SmartWool Micro 150 leggings and you’re good to go for those chilly late season football games or a walk out in the woods. 

Best For: The fashionista

SmartWool Micro 150 Bottom

SmartWool Micro 150 Bottom Starting at: $56.34

This next-to-skin merino base layer is great for active winter activities like skiing or running, but can also be worn under a skirt on chilly days downtown. The wide waistband makes for a flattering fit while ensuring these won’t slide out of place while you’re flying down the mountain. Pair with the SmartWool Mid 250 Crew Top and you’re ready for just about anything. 

Best For: The runner, the skier

Tech Touch Fleece Gloves 

Basin and Range Tech Tip Fleece Glove Starting at: $19.71

There’s nothing worse than having to take off your gloves and freeze your hands when you need to access your smartphone. The Basin and Range Tech Tip Fleece Gloves prevent that unnecessary hassle with touchscreen compatible fabric on the thumbs and pointer fingers, allowing you to text or snap away while hands stay toasty. Perfect for winter walks and chilly nights out on the town.

Best For: Chilly, casual days

Darn Tough Ski Socks

Darn Tough Merino Wool Over-The-Calf Padded Cushion Ski Sock - Women's Starting at: $24.40

There’s no gift more cliché – or appreciated – than a good pair of socks. Darn Tough Merino Wool Padded Cushion Ski Socks are an excellent choice should you decide to stick to a classic. Made in Vermont, these over-the-calf socks are cushioned in all the right places to prevent blisters and sore feet. Toes stay cozy in the super soft merino wool and a ribbed knit ensures a snug fit. For backcountry touring or long walks in the snow, Darn Tough socks are a winter necessity.

Best For: Winter athletes of all creeds

Hydroflask 18oz Wide Mouth Insulated Bottle 

Hydroflask 18oz Wide Mouth Insulated Bottle $28.16 - $28.61

Hydroflasks are all the rage these days—and for good reason. Double-wall vacuum insulation keeps piping hot coffee, well, piping hot. On the flip side, these things hold ice for a couple days straight. Whether you’re transporting iced tea to work on a summer morning or hot tea on backcountry ski mission, it doesn’t get better for your beverage than this Hydroflask bottle. 

Best For: The commuter

Coal beanie

Coal Julietta Beanie - Women's $11.46 - $18.76

A girl can never have too many hats, and Coal is our go-to brand for the coolest new beanies. The Julietta beanie is made of soft but thin acrylic, perfect for casual street wear. The slouchy style pairs well with jeans or a sweater dress for a cozy mountain town look. Coming in a rainbow of colors, grab one or a few of this winter wardrobe staple. 

Best For: Laid back ladies


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