Explore Gift Guide

Oleksandr Kotenko

Whether you're looking for simple stocking stuffers or you have your eyes set on a high-end gift—you'll find it here.

Read on for seven amazing gifts—including one that keeps on giving, at bottom—for someone you love (or just for you):


Burton Photon Step On Bundle

($800; burton.com)


Jake Burton invented snowboarding. Now his company is reinventing it with the Step On snowboard binding system. Sold as a bundle with boots, boarders need now just click-in to ride—three connection points secure the boot—then thumb a lever to hop out. Compatible with all current binding mounts. 


Nova Scotia Fisherman Lip Balm

($7; novascotiafisherman.com)

Nova Scotia FishermanNova Scotia Fisherman

We all carry lip balm in our pockets throughout winter. Shouldn’t it be petroleum-free, handmade and 93 per cent organic? Made with care (and kelp!) in the Maritimes, this balm keeps us kissable throughout the cold months. 


Helly Hansen Ridge Shell

($625; hellyhansen.com)

Helly HansenHelly Hansen

This is HH’s top-level ski jacket, created with input from world-class pro-freeskiers. Constructed from their Helly Tech Professional waterproof-breathable three-ply fabric, this shell was designed for deep snow with a high collar, powder skirt, wrist gators, high-viz hits and a RECCO reflector rescue system. 


Oboz Women’s Bridger 7” Insulated Waterproof

($230; obozfootwear.com)


Goodbye flat-sole, cumbersome winter boots; hello deep tread, arch-supporting Oboz Women’s Bridger Insulated 7”. With 200 grams of Thinsulate, a BDry membrane and a waterproof Nubuck leather upper, the Bridger keeps toes cozy while defending against winter wet. A cold-weather-rated rubber sole with a molded heel-kick means we can step from icy sidewalk into a snowshoe or crampon, all in a winter afternoon. (Men's available.)



($3.25; gorpworld.com)


When you eat wholesome foods, your body pays you back. That’s the theory behind GORP—a bar made from ingredients like canola honey (rather than high-fructose corn syrup), organic dark chocolate and grains harvested by Canadian farmers.


Great Bear Paleo Bites

($2.80; greatbearbites.com)

Great Bear PaleoGreat Bear Paleo Bites

Made to meet the demands of CrossFit enthusiasts, these paleo-friendly energy bars have powered us through many a hard hike and chilly ski. Chomp like a grizzly into Apple Cinna Summit, Cocoa Goji Mojo and Lemon Cran Trail flavours.


Explore Magazine's Live the Adventure Club Gear Box

($97; explore-mag.com/ltaclub)

explore gear box

We test hundreds of products every year for Explore Magazine, so we know what products are going to be useful and what products will probably wind up collecting dust in your backpack.  

In each box we will surprise you with four to six (or more) pieces of super handy gear, a copy of Explore Magazine and a challenge set to get you outside and using your new gear. (With amazing prizes!) That's $150-plus in retail value for just $97 per quarter... plus the priceless value of the motivational challenges you won't find anywhere else (and membership in our private Facebook forum too!).

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