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All I want for Christmas

Jahna Miller from Further Faster wants the Wilderness Equipment Second Arrow X tent.

We asked outdoor retail staff around the country to tell us which gear from their own store they would most like to get for Christmas. 

Exped SynMat UL $219.99
Picked by Taha Shahiwala from Bivouac Outdoor in Albany

“I am planning a few overnight hikes with my nine-year-old daughter this summer and because I’ll be carrying most of the gear I’m looking to buy the SynMat UL. A good night’s sleep is crucial after a long day on the trail and I know this mat provides that. It weighs only 475g and is 7cm thick. It’s a great three-season mat that is compact and light to carry. I also love how easy it is to inflate with the clever pump sack that’s included.”


Macpac Nitro Polartec Alpha Pullover $169.99
by Simon Randall from Macpac’s Tower Junction store in Christchurch

“I really want the Nitro Pullover because it’s the lightest weight fleece I’ve ever held (140g/men, 110g/women). The Polartec Alpha Direct insulation (78 per cent of which is recycled content) is able to regulate temperature much better than other fleeces I’ve used. As a mid-layer piece or standalone outer, it ticks every box.”


GSI Outdoors Bugaboo Cup $26.50
Picked by Rebecca Gorton from Southern Adventure in Invercargill

“I’ve taken a liking to the new GSI Outdoors Bugaboo Cup. It comes in a range of bright colours, making it easy to locate and, at only 23g and made of high-grade aluminum, it’s ideal for tramping where durability and light weight are important. The cup stands out not only for its colours – the handles split and fold around it when not in use and, when in use, they’re large enough to comfortably grip, making scooping up water or ingredients, drinking hot and cold beverages or eating your porridge from it, easy. Metric measuring lines inside and outside the cup make it a cinch to get the correct measure of liquid when rehydrating meals.”


Petzl Iko $199
Picked by Colin Hancock from Trek ‘n’ Travel in Hamilton

“This ultralight headlamp punches well above its 79g weight, offering 500 lumens and a 100m beam range. One of its best features is that it can be used with 3xAAA batteries or Petzl’s rechargeable Core battery (included). It’s an unusual-looking headlamp with a unique headband which is less sweat-inducing than the usual fabric bands. It’s a great multi-purpose headlight.”


Wilderness Equipment Second Arrow X $999
Picked by Jahna Miller from Further Faster in Christchurch

“I’ll be asking Santa for the Wilderness Equipment Second Arrow X for Christmas. I love that it’s a tough tunnel tent built for proper mountain adventures. It manages to be hardy, highly waterproof and weighs just 2.5kg. I’d take this tent on some Arthur’s Pass missions and I’d like to go through the Edwards Valley to knock off all the peaks in the Polar Range and make my way over Mt Oates into the Mingha Valley and eventually up Mt Rolleston – plenty of nights to try out the new tent!”


DD Hammocks Superlight Hammock $179.99
Picked by Mike Smithers from Gearshop, Nelson

“I don’t get to do many multi-day trips these days because I’m always working, so I’d like to get this hammock for fast and light overnighters. It weighs 270g and I can pair it with my own tarp for a lightweight shelter that will fit into my running pack. I think it’ll work well on overnighters in the Richmond Range, up by Coppermine Saddle. Hammocks are super comfortable if you get the set-up right and use the right mattress – one that bends well – which is why I’ll also upgrade my mattress to a Big Agnes Q-Core Insulated SLX.”