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2015 Gift Guide: Gifts for Women Who Rip

The active women in your life will likely be spending time outdoors this winter at every opportunity. But it can be tricky to pick out the perfect gift for the women of winter.

Speaking from experience, here is a list of my favorite cold-weather gear and clothing suited for the active, winter-loving lady in your life, be she outside shredding in her natural habitat or indoors snuggled up fireside.

On the Mountain

Fischer Ranger 98 SkiRanger 2 sm

In what may be my favorite quiver ski of all time, Fischer has managed to put together a real solid set of sticks for women who like to ski fast and take risks. Fischer has over 100 years of experience producing racing skis, and I’m super stoked on how fast and slick the bases on the Ranger 98 ski feel. Both lightweight yet super solid, this ski is going to be a formidable weapon for both frontside and backcountry conquests.

Backcountry Exclusive G3 Climbing Skinskins crop

Of all the different brands I’ve tried, the G3 Climbing Skins, with their intuitive and simple cam closure system, are my favorites by far. Add in the incredible ease of using G3’s bomber skin cutting tool (included with purchase) and you’ll be sweating up the skin track in no time (does anyone actually prepare ahead of time and cut their skins before the first exploratory tour of the year?). I’ve been using these skins from G3 for three seasons now and I’m not about to stop. Great durability and tackiness.

Anon WM1 Goggle

I’ve owned many a goggle in my years of skiing. Nothing touches the performance, functionality, and slim silhouette of the Anon WM1 Goggle. I have a fairly small face, so finding goggles is always a challenge. These not only feel awesome, but they don’t make me look like a housefly, either!

The integrated magnetic lenses make swapping lenses a cinch, no more wrestling matches with your goggles. I absolutely love these, they are crucial to my ski kit.

Voile Straps

If you’re looking for stocking stuffers for your lady skier or snowboarder, look no further. Buy five of these in a few different sizes, she will thank you later.

Arc’teryx Sentinel Full Bib Pant

If you love your woman, you will keep her safe, dry, and styling with the Arc’teryx Sentinel Full Bib Pant. Having used these for going on four winters now, I trust nothing else. An incredible blend of function, design, and fit, these bibs are truly a work of art. Ample pocket space for treats and ridiculously durable construction, all packed in a supremely lightweight build and fetching silhouette.



Norrona Falketind Gore Tex Pro Shell

At the very top of my wishlist (*hint, hint*) you’ll find the Norrona Falketind Gore-Tex Jacket, a exclusive. In colors that are sure to make any girl swoon, the Falketind is Norrona’s most versatile all-season jacket. The dialed fit, hood, pit vents, perfectly placed pockets and 3-layer Gore-Tex make it a wonder of Norse engineering. It’s a jacket that will last many seasons, and is worth the investment.

Darn Tough Merino Yeti Ultra-Light Ski Sock

I’m a sucker for cute socks,and these are my favorite ski socks in the drawer. The fun pattern makes me more excited about getting up at 5:15 for a little dawn-patrolling. I’ve had great success with my Darn Tough socks lasting multiple seasons; it’s a brand I trust to keep my feet comfy in my oft-times painful ski boots.

Après-Ski and Beyond


Sorel Joan of Arctic Knit II Boot

I positively live in my boots in the winter months and I appreciate the ability of Sorel to meld both fashion and function when it comes to its insulated winter boots. I snapped up the Joan of Arctic Knit II to keep me dry and warm en route to the ski hill or while sipping a hot toddy on the deck. I felt no chill at all when out walking the dog in Wyoming in sub-freezing temps. I prefer the knit cuff over their traditional faux fur offerings because it’s so soft and maintenance-free. These are a slam-dunk if you’re shopping for a woman who is both practical and style-conscious.

Lolë Call Me Dress

The Call Me Dress has decisively taken over my closet and become my winter uniform―I own it in three different colors! It’s warm, positively effortless to wear, and flatters a wide variety of body types and heights. It’s an office favorite around here; I would bet that a good 34% of female Backcountry employees are wearing this dress on any given winter day.This is a real winter winner from Lolë with top-rated community reviews to prove it.



Will Leather Goods Hazel Crossbody Purse

When heading out for a hot whiskey on a Friday night I carry the Will Leather Goods Hazel Crossbody Purse. The deerskin leather is positively buttery to the touch and I know this is something that will last decades with proper care. The colorful woven lining adds a dash of color and I’m always just thrilled to take this little number out on the town for a good time.

productsLeft to right, the Hazel crossbody purse, Beech shirt, and Purcell beanie.

United by Blue Beech Plaid Shirt

Wrap your lady in flannelly goodness while giving a gift you can feel good about—United by Blue removes one pound of trash from a waterway for every clothing item purchased. All winter lovers need a good flannel and this Beech Plaid from United by Blue is refined and stylish with a classy cut. Whether she’s snuggling up fireside or getting ready for a long dog walk, this will become a trusty wardrobe staple.

Coal Purcell Beanie

I’m a self-professed beanie connoisseur. If the fit, feel and pom aren’t perfect, it’s not coming home with me. Coal Headwear has some of the softest knits around and the neutral but fun patterns on the Purcell Beanie match just about any outfit in my winter wardrobe. The fleece lining on this model locks in all the warmth without any bulk.

Teeki Eagle Feather Pant

I’ve yet to meet a woman of the outdoors who does not immediately feel that she simply MUST own some Teeki tights. Perfect for a huge array of outdoor activities from yoga, to running, to climbing to casual outfits paired with a tunic or dress, Teeki tights are incredibly versatile.

Bonus round: Teeki tights are produced from recycled plastic bottles rather than relying on raw resources. The fun patterns offered up by Teeki are breathtaking and any active lady would be tickled to own a pair.



Nixon Blaster Wireless Speaker

Available in a plethora of fun colors, the Nixon Blaster Wireless Speaker will help your fun-loving friend get the party started. Dance parties are an important part of the outdoor life, be they next to the campfire or when offering up a jive to the snow gods. The Nixon Blaster will ensure the tunes are ready and loud.

Highly portable and available in a ton of fun colors.

Magic Carpet Deco Yoga Mat

Core strength and limber muscles are crucial to a skier’s success, and I find yoga is a fine way to wake up the muscles before a big ski day or a backcountry tour or stretch them out after. Because I hate waking up early, I need extra motivation to hit the mat and there’s nothing quite so pretty as the yoga mats crafted by Magic Carpet. Buyer beware: take this mat to the gym and prepare to be harassed constantly by curious yogis wondering what it is and where they too can purchase such a lovely work of zenlike wonder.

Work out on a work of art.

Stanley Classic Flask

A cold fact: Winter is frigid. Another fact: Whiskey warms the soul. Having the Stanley Classic Flask handy to tote her spirit of choice is crucial to surviving the long months of chilly weather or the next Polar Vortex. The rust-proof finish and stainless steel construction will guarantee years of enjoyment imbibing her favorite liquids. The cap’s attached for security and convenience, and as an added bonus, the base of this flask can be engraved for that special lady in your life.

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