10 gifts 'Made in Colorado' for the outdoor adventurer


Colorado is home to a plethora of outdoor activities, with enthusiasts spending their days camping, hiking, mountain biking, climbing, fly fishing or on the slopes. The state is also home to many companies creating products to make those outdoor activities easier and more enjoyable. This gift-buying season, Colorado Community Media has compiled a list of 10 items made by Colorado-based companies that the outdoor adventurer would enjoy.

Four Points energy bar

$3 a bar

Denver-based company Fourpoints crafts its real food energy bars around a unique base of plums and figs with a low to moderate glycemic load for long sustained energy. At 230 to 280 calories, each 2.5 ounce bar is high in fiber and offers 10-plus grams of protein. The owners also tout that this slow-burn energy bar won’t freeze in cold conditions. It comes in seven flavors and can now be found at REI, Safeway and Natural Grocers.


Camping meals by Trail Fork


Trail Fork, based in Boulder, aims to make food that sustains adventurers and the environment with packaging that is 100 percent compostable. The retail line focuses on vegetarian and vegan offerings. As a member of the 1% for the Planet Foundation, 1 percent of Trail Fork’s annual sales goes to supporting Friends of Cedar Mesa, an organization in Bluff, Utah focused on protecting the Bears Ears Region.


Firebiner by Outdoor Element


A survival carabiner that is as much for everyday use as it is for survival enhancement. Made from stainless steel, in addition to being a carabiner, the Firebiner also has a flathead screwdriver tip, bottle opener, small utility blade, hang slots (for keys and tinder vials), and the EverSpark Wheel to get fires started. Outdoor Element, based in Centennial, also offers a custom Colorado laser etched option.


Frosty Christmas Trucker by Headsweats


The Frosty Trucker hat is performance based to help keep the sweat from your brow, but also festive in style in only a way an ugly Christmas sweater can be. The hat, like other Headsweats products, is made with its Eventure microfiber and soft sandwich stretch mesh fabrics, giving a lightweight and breathable hat that fits comfortably and dries quickly. Headsweats, based in Boulder, also offers a full line of Colorado headwear.


Scream 25 by Mountainsmith


The new Scream 25 backpack by Golden-based Mountainsmith offers durability with minimal weight, coming in at just over one pound. The pack uses high tenacity Robic fabric with Ultra Tear-Strength PU coating and Aramid yarn woven throughout, to prevent extended tears and abrasion. The Scream 25 stuffs into its own top lid pocket for convenience when storing for travel or as a makeshift camp pillow. Stash the bag into your favorite backpacking pack for summit assaults, count on it for light day hikes, or pack it with ropes for a day at the crag. This latest version has been upgraded to include a sternum strap, waist belt, more supportive shoulder straps, a convenient front panel pocket and even more durable, lightweight pack fabric.


Lil’ Native Black Blade by Spyderco


Made in its Golden factory, the Spyderco Lil’ Native distills all the key qualities of the brands iconic Native into a compact folder. For even greater discretion, the new black-bladed version cloaks the full-flat-ground CPM S30V blade in a non-reflective Diamond Like Carbon coating. Matching black-coated handle hardware continues the theme to yield an easy-to-carry knife with a serious demeanor.


Frying Pan by Big Agnes

UL2 $249.50; UL3 $299.95

It gets plenty warm, but isn’t for cooking. Frying Pan SL by Steamboat Springs-based Big Agnes is a shelter versatile enough for backpacking, road-trip camping and all pitches in between. Two large “D” shaped doors with two vestibules make entry and exit seamless while the steep walls give plenty of elbow room for changing clothes or playing dominoes while you wait out a storm. Easy to pitch, with generous living space, this is a great option for someone wanting one tent to do it all.


Trooper LT 30 cooler by OtterBox


Introduced earlier this year by Fort Collins-based OtterBox, the Trooper LT 30 cooler is rated IP-65 to protect against rushing rapids; features a heavy duty base to protect against abrasion; and keeps ice for up to three or more days. A mounting system allows for attachment of accessories like a bottle opener or a drybox. It also features a 30-quart capacity and two exterior pockets with water-resistant zippers. The most unique part of this cooler is that the two-inch wide padded carrying straps that convert easily between shoulder- and backpack-carry styles.


Mens Mountain Jacket by Topo Designs


This jacket is Denver-based Topo Desings’ answer to the everyday winter coat. Pull up the hood for casual chilly days around town, or fully zip up with the combined snap placket to keep extra warm in colder alpine environments. The Mountain Jacket is insulated with PrimaLoft Black Eco Insulation, a sustainably built synthetic fill that performs like down. The insulation is made from 100 percent recycled plastic bottles to keep you warm while keeping plastic out of the landfill.


Swift Split snowboard by Never Summer


This board is great for tight trees, chunder, powder and all over backcountry access. Made in the Denver factory from the core up, the Swift Split features Never Summer’s Fusion Rocker Camber Profile with more Camber in the back and less towards the front while maintaining rocker between your feet. The Swift Split also has an early rise nose and tapered swallow tail to keep you afloat in the deepest pow or heavy spring snow. A massive Carbon X in the mid section and Power Grip Sidecut add to the stability and performance.



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