Parenting during a two-year pandemic has been a lot like doing something difficult on the outside: challenging, sometimes overwhelming, a few tears, but ultimately, rewarding. Now is the time to reward the women who hold it all together. We asked the moms, mother figures and caregivers of Basecamp, a Facebook group for people interested in the outdoor and active lifestyle industries (now 34,000 members strong)—what they wanted for Mother’s Day this year. Here is what they told us.
Before spending your money on equipment, consider a babysitter. The most requested thing by moms was a little time for themselves: a day of babysitting to go on a guilt-free hike, a night out or just a few quiet hours to relax alone. If you can give them that time, do it. If you also want to give them something to help them enjoy the outdoors better, here are some solid options.
Best Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Outdoor Moms
Faithful Trail Running Shoes
Our Pick: Salomon Sense Ride 4 ($120)
Trail runners were the most requested piece of equipment in our legend. A mom wanted shoes that could also double up for running errands. One pair that can do it all is the popular Salomon Sense Ride 4, a versatile shoe suitable for technical trails and everyday use. They feature Salomon’s quick-draw lacing system, which takes some getting used to, but ensures you won’t trip over your laces halfway through. There are more specialized trail runners on the market, but the Sense Ride 4s are comfortable, excellent in breathability, have solid traction on slippery rocks and mud-covered trails, and ample cushioning to keep you going. long kilometres. For a shoe that can tackle most types of terrain and adapt to a wide range of foot types, you won’t find better options at this price.
A reliable foldable backpack
Our Pick: Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Dry Backpack ($60)
A mum wanted a packable backpack for outdoor adventures while traveling, asking for ‘something that won’t take up a lot of space in the suitcase, but will have plenty of room once we reach our destination’ . Sea to Summit’s Ultra-Sil Dry Backpack does the trick. The wheeled waterproof bag folds down to fit in the palm of your hand, and the shoulder straps are surprisingly comfortable despite the lack of padding. Twenty-two liters of space is enough for essential hiking gear, beach gear and everything you need for a day spent exploring a new city. It’s great for traveling as it weighs next to nothing (3.8 ounces), takes up little room in your luggage, and keeps everything dry if you get caught in the rain.
A leak-proof coffee bottle
Our Pick: 16oz Hydro Flask Coffee Tumbler with Flex Sip Lid ($33)
“I love teaching my kids that it’s all about the little things that matter and add up to make a big difference,” says a mom looking for a colorful 16-ounce coffee mug to cut down on her use. disposable cups before the hike. slats. Unlike many travel mugs, the Hydro Flask Coffee has a leak-proof lid that can be taken apart and deep cleaned, and the parts are labelled., to facilitate reassembly. The double-walled vacuum insulation will keep the coffee hot longer than it takes to drink it, and the flexible strap makes it easy to carry or clip onto your backpack. The mug is dishwasher safe, fits in most cup holders, and the new deep berry color is pretty.
A stylish bandana
Our Pick: Endless Bloom Bandits Bandanas ($30)
Bandanas are a versatile backcountry staple. A mum requested a new bandana “to add some style to her outdoor outfits”, but this simple square piece of fabric also works as a neck covering, a cool compress, a medical bandage, toilet paper and even a menstrual tampon, in a pinch. Bandits’ Endless Bloom is a GOTS certified organic cotton bandana with a vibrant artist-designed coyote and floral pattern. All Bandits bandanas are made in a Fair Trade certified factory in Kolkata, India, with ten percent of profits donated to charities chosen by the artists they partner with. Each Bandits print is stunning and when worn in a classic way they are accessories that will enhance any look.
Leggings With Pockets
Our pick: Ad-Vantage Outdoor Research Leggings ($99)
Every mom needs a pair of leggings with pockets. A mum wanted a pair to “use both on the trail and at home for running around the neighborhood”. The Ad-Vantages were designed in conjunction with mountaineer Quinn Mason, so they’re designed to move in. These high-waisted leggings are reinforced in high-abrasion areas, so they’re tough enough to withstand the outdoors, and the seam placement is sporty and flattering, so you can look sharp as you push the stroller in the streets of the city. Plus, they have pockets. There’s plenty of room to store your phone and other small essentials with two side compartments and a concealed waist pocket.
A hiking quilt
Our Pick: Kammok Firebelly 30-Degree Down Trail Quilt ($300)
“My 12-year-old introduced me to hiking last year, and it’s something we’re slowly getting into; just the two of us,” wrote one mum, asking for a sleeping bag that was warm, compact, comfortable for side sleeping, with roomy shoulders and not a mum’s bag. My first reaction was to recommend the Nemo Disco sleeping bag ($300) because it’s a good non-mummy bag for sleeping on your side, but she told me that’s what she got; she likes it but wants a little more leeway. Enter: the backpack quilt.
The Kammok Firebelly is an outdoor duvet insulated with 750 fill power duck down that is RDS (Responsible Down Standard) certified. With snaps at the sides and drawcords at the top and bottom, it can be configured in multiple ways to be used over a sleeping pad or as a hammock underquilt (it comes with the straps and the conversion kit to do both). The Firebelly also converts into a poncho that can keep you warm when setting up camp. It’s a bit heavy at 28 ounces, so if you’re looking to pack less weight in the backcountry, the Arcos 20 Degree ($360) is the lighter (and warmer) option.