Chacos, without a doubt, are my ultimate favorite shoe. With a multitude of strap styles and colors galore, it’s pretty dang hard to not collect these sandals in every combination imaginable. And just when you thought they couldn’t get any better, Chaco introduced the Z/Cloud sole this season, which takes the ultra-comfy Chaco footbed and makes it even comfier. My trusty Z/Cloud X2 has accompanied me nearly everywhere this year from dusty trails to fancy meet-the-family gatherings. They can be dressed up or dressed down. They’re burly enough for your outdoor adventures and dainty enough for city wanderings. Now a pair can be yours.
Chacos are the king of the rafting and guide world. Outdoorists wear their sandal lines like a badge of honor. Rugged enough for the trails, but chic enough to rock on city streets, these shoes do it all in temperate environments. For Spring 2016, Chaco updated the footbed with their proprietary Z/Cloud and made their sandals that much better.
When you’re outside putting in thousands of miles on your feet and taking customers to epic destinations, you need gear that works flawlessly. Our resident outdoor guide and newest contributor to Little Grunts, AJ Baker, put together a cheat sheet on what to get your outdoor guide for the holidays.
Out in the wilderness with no access to laundry? ExOfficio’s underwear is the answer to your prayers. Lightweight and quick drying, every guide gets a good few days use before maybe it’s time for a washing. The best part? Toss these in a bit of water and a bit of soap, give it a good scrubbing and they’re just as good as new.
Patagonia Capilene 3
The Patagonia Capilene 3 zipneck is arguably the most versatile layer for this outdoor guide. From hot summer days of guiding in the Southwest to four seasons in Michigan, this keeps you warm and protected. Bonus: the zipper lets you open up and ventilate when it’s getting a little too warm.
Black Diamond High Ball Pants
The Black Diamond High Ball pants aren’t just for climbing. From the crag to lounging around to city streets, these are versatile without looking like you’re about to hike to work.
‘Tis the season for new Chacos. Wait, it’s always Chaco season. Who wants to hike in boots when Chacos can do it all? The best part is winter means all the Chaco sandals are on sale.
Green laser pointer + National Geographic’s Backyard Guide to the Night Sky
Every guide should know his stars. What better way to woo guests than to tell them wild tales about the night sky? National Geographic’s Backyard Guide to the Night Sky and a green laser pointer are hands down a winner. Just make sure the laser pointer is at least 50 Megawatts so you can point it all the way to the stars.
Stocking stuffer: merino wool socks
You can’t go wrong with merino wool socks, ever.
REI has just about every brand imaginable along with their own private label line, so you’ve got merino socks for every budget.