Holiday Gift Guide 2023: The Best Gifts For Wilderness Explorers

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Pushing the limits of wilderness exploration can mean extreme weather conditions, hours or days spent outdoors, and lots of pulling and hauling, all to achieve an extraordinary experience. The products you wear, use and carry can be like superpowers that put impossible journeys within reach. Here are the best luxury gifts for exploring the great outdoors:

Panga 100L Duffel in tan, built to hold even your bulkiest equipment on long expeditions, puncture resistant ThickSkin™ Shell with Interior mesh pockets
Panga 100L Duffel in tan, built to hold even your bulkiest equipment on long expeditions, puncture … [+]YETI


With torrential terrain in mind, the YETI Panga 100L Waterproof Duffel ($400) is your fortress against all weather conditions. This submersible wonder will safeguard your essentials, from the bulkiest equipment for extended excursions in the harshest environments to camp gear, clothing, and a sleeping bag. When properly closed, no water will get in.

Korchmar Haywood Waxed Candle Pistol Case
Korchmar Haywood Waxed Candle Pistol Case KORCHMAR


Korchmar’s waxed canvas products were used by the Army and Air Force during both WWI and WWII. The Korchmar Haywood Waxed Candle Pistol Case ($45) features the same heavy lock stitching and full-grain American leather the Korchmar family has been using for four generations, dating to the origin of the company in 1917. A century later, their products are still as versatile and stylish as ever.

G-Shock Mudmaster 1A4 in red
G-Shock Mudmaster 1A4 in redG-SHOCK


For off-the-grid wilderness exploring, the G-Shock Mudmaster GWG2000CR-1A ($850) is the leading timepiece for the harshest elements and the roughest places on earth. Both complex and intricate, this shock-resistant watch is buttressed with a forged carbon bezel and Carbon Core Guard case. It features mud-resistant buttons, stainless steel pipes, and silicone buffers. The triple sensor measures point you in the right direction, and provide altitude, barometric pressure, and exact temperature readings.

Sionyx Aurora Pro Lifestyle3 digital night vision lens
Sionyx Aurora ProSIONYX

Sionyx Aurora Pro

For digital night vision optics, the Sionyx Aurora Pro ($999) is the best in class. The Sionyx Aurora Pro works in all sorts of tricky lighting conditions, with its best performance in the dark. Be it open land or water, this wireless pro is designed for performance.

Duration Health Lifesaver AED Med Kit

Duration Health

There’s no underestimating what can happen when on exploration, which is why an ER doctor, Dr. Benjamin Jack, created Duration Health ― an urgent care kit on-the-go. Imagine being stranded deep in the wilderness with a cut or worse; the Lifesaver AED Med Kit ($3,809) is the closest thing to having an emergency room in your backpack. The kit includes a wide spectrum of life-saving medications ― two EpiPens, antibiotics, antivirals and antifungals, and an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to help you when a healthcare facility may be miles away.

Stance Divide Hike Wool Crew Socks
Stance Divide Hike Wool Crew SocksSTANCE


Extreme exploration means harsh conditions, rocky or icy terrain, and the possibility of superficial skin cuts as you wade through brush and bristles. The STANCE Divide Hike Wool Crew Socks ($9.80 – $16.99) are made to keep you warm and survive the elements intact. Their Merino wool blend keeps your feet fresh when it’s warm, and comfortable when it’s not. They are also durable under harsh conditions and, according to the company, nearly impossible to tear. What’s the worst scenario? Blisters! These teflon-style socks prevent damage from chafing with great compression and cushioning.

YETI Rambler 12oz Camp Green Hotshot Bottle
YETI 12-oz HotShot Bottle in Camp GreenYETI


For YETI-level exploring, the 12-oz HotShot Bottle ($25) comes with the 360º HotShot™ Cap that ensures leak-proof transport for piping hot coffee, beverages, or soup on the go. Its stylish design and dishwasher-safe materials make it a good choice whether sipping at home, at the office, or out in the wild.

SPIbelt Performance Belt from


Towing a lot of small, flat items? The SPIbelt ($24.99) is a luxury best appreciated when you need a safe and secure spot for items you must access securely — phone, credit cards, keys, medical necessities — without enduring the hassle of having to dig in a backpack or through pockets without obstructing intense outdoor activities.

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