(Editor’s note: Guest blogger Joe Risi is in DC today surviving the big storm. We wish everyone there the best and that the storm passes quickly. Meanwhile, in honor of our own storm tracker Joe, I thought it would be good to publish one of his blog posts. Perhaps he’ll see it and get a smile out of it in spite of everything.)
I caught this stuff at the Outdoor Retailer trade show last summer. Want a gift for that backcountry skier who seems to have a gear room chock full of everything that should have been on Ebay two years ago? Following items could actually cause him to purge. Shopping links included of course!
TOUGHSTAKE ROLLERCAM 12 FOOT (Rack Systems)
As you can imagine, I just had to include the Biolite in this post. I mean, for the outdoorsman who has everything? Charge his iPhone from the campfire? It’s a no brainer. BioLite Wood Burning Campstove
Rescyou truly is amazing. Perfect for all sorts of glacier travel. We’ll stick a shopping link in here just as soon as it’s available.
Light and Motion Solite 250 Lumens Headlamp, Bronze
Multi-tools make terrific gifts. No person on the planet can have too many. One for the car. One for the boat. One for the pack. One for the kitchen. REI has a beautiful selection that will get you browsing their site forever. Backcountry.com has a good selection as well.
What we’d recommend here at WildSnow? For the backcountry skiing kit as well as our daily go-to knife, we’re partial to the Leatherman Skeletool.
You can go high-end with the Skeletool and opt for the CX model, which incorporates some carbon fiber into the tool’s frame.
The only downside we see with Skeletool is the insert bits are proprietary rather than being standard 1/4 inch hex inserts (they’re flat and pack easier, so that’s the upside). If you get a Skeletool, you need a bit kit if you want full versatility. Weirdly, the Leatherman bit kit doesn’t seem to be available from the usual suspects, so here is a link to it at Amazon: Leatherman 931014 40-Bit Assortment for Leatherman Bit Drivers
Any of you WildSnowers out there have suggestions for good multi-tool setups for backcountry skiing repair kits? Comments appreciated.
Joseph Risi was raised on pasta and meatballs in the “backwoods” of Long Island before seeking higher education in the mountains of Vermont. Always looking for adventure, building treehouses, working too many odd jobs around the world he now lives in the Aspen area of Colorado.