The Rack Holiday Gift Guide Part 1 - Outdoor
With their snug fit, minimal seams and durable leather palms and fingers, the MX gloves are a top choice for mixed climbs. For extra knuckle protection, Arcteryx adds a small piece of laminated foam along the back of the glove.
This lightweight and highly compressible garment delivers exceptional warmth while taking up minimal space in the pack. Outdoor Research specifies an 800+ fill down as the core-warming insulation and then wraps it in a light but water repellant Pertex Quantum shell. A small chest pocket provides storage and two zippered handwarmer pockets offer some extra warmth during long belays.
Thanks to the conductive material on the thumb and fingertips, the Digital Liner Gloves allow climbers to use the touch screen on their digital devices without exposing their hands to the cold conditions. Black Diamond uses Gore's Windstopper Edge material for lightweight wind protection while a leather palm adds durability and grip.
The Alpine Attack is one of those rare packs that's actually made for climbing. Built with a lightweight but durable Dyneema reinforced fabric and thoughtfully chosen fittings, the pack easily carries climbing loads without being excessively heavy. The carefully shaped shoulder straps and waist belt allow unrestricted movement during challenging climbing and the innovative strap system can accommodate any ice tools.
Filed with 800 fill-power European goose down and using a water resistant Pertex Endurance shell fabric, the Neutrino Endurance 600 is a top choice for winter adventures. The bag's mummy shape is thermally efficient without feeling claustrophobic, making it a comfortable option when waiting out bad weather. The bag weighs only 1120 g and comes with a waterproof dry bag style compression sack.
By combining a blended merino wool fabric with its FlashDry technology, The North Face creates a warm base layer that dries significantly faster than untreated wool. As a bonus, this base layer is also less likely to retain odours like some all-synthetic base layers.
This warm mid layer jacket uses a polyester hard-face stretch fleece with a FlashDry treatment for excellent wicking and fast drying. High wear areas are reinforced to withstand abrasion from packs straps and belts while a form fitting hood adds extra warmth and weather protection. This is a great piece for layering or on its own in milder conditions.
Weighing just 73 g and about as big as a medium size vitamin bottle, the MicroRocket is perfect when travelling light-and-fast. The stove is surprisingly efficient and in ideal conditions can boil a litre of water in about three-and-a-half minutes. MSR also provides a small plastic container that storing the stove and the included piezo igniter.
MSR this year has updated their classic showshoes with their new and more durable Torsion2 crampons. These are one of the most capable snowshoes available delivering exceptional traction, control and security at a surprisingly low weight. Worth considering for many short to medium distance winter approaches where skiing in would be overkill.