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Top 5 Gifts for the Adrenaline Junkie in Your Life
If you’re thinking of buying a gift for someone who just loves adventure sports but you don’t know where to start, here are five ideas to consider. Your choice will depend upon the receiver’s own preferred activities, but these gift ideas should help to get you started.
1. Gloves for Winter Sports
If you want to buy a gift for someone who likes skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, ice climbing or any other winter sport, a good pair of gloves could be a great idea.
You can find a high-quality pair of gloves at SportPursuit and other sports stores, and they are an essential bit of kit for anyone who enjoys winter sports.
Gloves should be waterproof, warm, durable and of a high quality. Good insulation is essential, and goose down is particularly effective, but synthetic fleece gloves may also be a good option. Coverage beyond the wrist is also useful to prevent snow from getting down the sleeves.
2. Waterproof Rucksack
A good rucksack is essential for many outdoor sports, including hiking and winter sports. Many rucksacks are very high quality but not actually waterproof. Often they just have waterproof coatings, but water can get through these.
However, there are some backpacks that are fully waterproof, and these usually have the seams specially bonded. Other models have a dry liner built into the inside to keep the contents dry. Whichever model you choose, this will be a welcome piece of kit for anyone who enjoys adventure sports.
3. Hydration Packs
A hydration pack is another great gift idea. Some outdoor activities can be hard work, such as hiking, and a hydration pack can help to keep the hiker refreshed wherever they go without having to constantly stop to drink from bottles of water. They are especially useful for mountain bikers.
Hands-free hydration packs come in different shapes and sizes, ranging from very small and lightweight models to larger packs for all-day adventures. Try to think how the pack will be used, because this will affect the size and style that you opt for.
4. Nutrition Supplements
Nutrition supplements can be ideal for many sports, and outdoor activities especially. However, there are different types of supplements for different purposes. Usually, outdoor sports are for the thrill of the activity rather than getting fit and building muscle, so the best option may be energy bars and snacks, which are great for getting an energy boost on long hikes.
5. All-Weather Clothing
There is a wide range of clothing that you could get for an adrenaline junkie, and what you choose depends to a large extent upon their chosen sport. However, some items are used across sports, including base layers that provide wicking to take away the moisture and are good for winter sports like skiing; fleeces for insulation in cold weather; a waterproof jacket; a hat for the cold or the sun; a good pair of sunglasses; and gaiters for hiking and snowshoeing.
Think carefully about the type of activity enjoyed by the person you are buying the gift for, and then try to find an item of clothing that matches their needs.
Find the Ideal Gift
These are just a few of the suggestions for gifts for outdoor enthusiasts. However, others could include a good penknife, a head torch, camping equipment like a tent or sleeping bag, or even a GPS unit to stop them from getting lost. Have a look around and see what you can find that could make a suitable gift for an adrenaline junky you know.
John Larson is passionate about outdoor sports. He enjoys blogging about his experiences and insights into an active lifestyle.
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