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Dreaming of a "Green" Christmas

While most of us enjoy giving or receiving a thoughtful gift (particularly one that gets us outdoors), that doesn't have to mean being part of the excessive consumerism that surrounds the holiday season. If you want to give good gifts that are also good for the planet, consider some of the ideas and companies in our "Green Christmas" list. There are no "must-haves" or "hottest essentials" here, just some ideas to get you thinking outside of the (big) box. Read the list »

Don't Be Late

Whether you're buying gifts for others or gearing up to take advantage of a few days off, you'll want your order to arrive on time. Below is a rundown of pre-Christmas order deadlines from Trailspace's merchant partners. (Ordering at one of these last-minute deadlines means you'll be paying extra for next-day shipping. We've also compiled a list of cut-off dates for other, less expensive, shipping methods.)

Tuesday 12/19
Last day for Christmas orders at RockCreek.

Wednesday 12/20
Last day for Christmas orders at Sierra Trading Post, Gear for Adventure, and REI.

Thursday 12/21
Last day for Christmas orders from Altrec Outdoors (order by 9 a.m. PST), (order by 3 p.m. EST), Massey's (order by 2 p.m. CST), Moosejaw, Oregon Mountain Community, and (order by noon MST).

Friday 12/22
Last chance! Use Saturday Shipping from EMS (order by noon EST).


Recent User Reviews

G. Baldwin gives a first-timer's perspective on the MSR DragonFly stove.

Ross Rodgers reports on two months in Nepal with the Hydro-Photon SteriPEN water purifier.

Jndfrank drops into some slots with the Metolius Safe Tech All-Around harness.

Jhbeckman pits the Arc'Teryx Gamma MX Hoody soft shell against the Adirondack winter.

photo: MSR DragonFly
MSR DragonFly


photo: The North Face Ultra Gore-Tex XCR
The North Face Ultra Gore-Tex XCR

Glen finds his way with the Suunto M-2D Locator compass.

Wesley Ryan reviews the Sierra Designs MX31 Jacket.

A mother recounts her kids' experiences with the Kelty Lynx 2750 ST internal frame backpack.

Mike Marcus puts some long days on The North Face Ultra Gore-Tex XCR trail runners.

Browse all user reviews by date, type, or brand.

Do you have a favorite -- or least favorite -- piece of gear? Write a review.

Forum Highlights

When moving on snowy slopes is it better to be roped or unroped?

Suggestions for winter backpacking trips on the Georgia AT.

Backpacks for long-torsoed hikers.

Do you have a favorite climbing movie?

Lightweight battery-powered lanterns and alternatives.

Join the conversation: all this and more in the Trailspace forums.

Tagline Deadline

December 31 is the entry deadline for the Trailspace tagline contest. We've received some great entries so far, but we still want to hear what you have to say. Define "Trailspace" in eight words or less and get a shot at one of two $100 gift certificates and other prizes. Click for details »

Sales and Specials


Until December 20, get a free upgrade from ground to 2-day shipping at Patagonia.


Save up to 20 percent at the secret stash sale.


Now until December 24 is taking 10-25 percent off their best sellers.


Sierra Trading Post's 12 Days of Christmas is almost over -- check out the remaining one-day deals.

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