Holiday Gifts for Active and Athletic Women

Backbone Media, the country's leading active lifestyle agency, has rounded up a list of must-have gifts for active and athletic women this holiday season. From running and water shoes, to fly-fishing outfits and baselayers, this list features gift ideas for women who love fitness and the outdoors.


Firelight Funnel-Neck – The Firelight pullover from Eddie Bauer features FreeHeat™ fabric to amplify personal heat, a StormRepel® DWR finish that sheds moisture, an ultrasoft brushed interior, and elastic-bound cuffs and drawstring neck. $80 (Available this fall)

MicroTherm Storm Down Vest -  The ultimate in ultralight packability, this vest delivers superior warmth when you need it, and packs into its chest pocket when you don't. Windproof shell is recycled ripstop polyester with a StormRepel® durable water-repellent (DWR) finish. Super high-loft 800 fill StormDown™ powered by DownTek™ sets a new standard for moisture-resistant down. Each cluster is treated with a DWR finish so the down retains its loft and superior insulating properties even in wet conditions. We performed extensive tests to determine the best DWR down available, and the DownTek™ technology is clearly superior. $129

Ignitelight Reversible Pullover – Two ultra-light insulators in one easy-packing jacket from Eddie Bauer. Features include: lightweight and windproof shell and lining, Stormrepel® finish, 60 G Primaloft® One Insulation, reversible design, and it all packs into the chest pocket. $149 (Available this fall)


Clifton - The award-winning HOKA ONE ONE Clifton offers best-in-class cushioning in a lightweight package that weighs just 6.6 ounces (women’s size 7). HOKA’s signature sculpting geometry provides a fluid, efficient ride, while a seamless, SpeedFrame upper helps reduce overall weight. $130


Crash Sensor The ICEdot Crash Sensor mounts to any helmet and detects critical impacts that may leave you incapacitated. It pairs with a companion app running on your smartphone over Low Energy Bluetooth and when it detects a critical force, the Crash Sensor triggers your phone to sound an alarm and if not disabled, will send out an emergency text to your predetermined contacts with your GPS coordinates. $149


Point Breeze Skimmer Slip on the Point Breeze Skimmer as a sleeker alternative to boat shoes and experience lightweight arch support, traction and increased cushioning. Its outsole features Adaptive Wave-SipingTM to disperse water underfoot and reduce slippage as well as ASV TechnologyTM in the heel to absorb vibration and reduce shock up to 30%. The streamlined design and fun color options make it great to pack for a getaway cruise and perfect to wear anytime you’re spending the day on or near the water. $90

Voyager - Much like its name, Sperry's Voyager is built for adventure. A high-performance, lightweight water shoe made for the avid fisher and boater, the Voyager features Sperry WaterBlockTM, a breathable, waterproof membrane that keeps feet dry and comfortable. Its outsole features Adaptive Wave-SipingTM to disperse water underfoot and reduce slippage as well as ASV TechnologyTM in the heel to absorb boat vibration and reduce shock up to 30%. $120 (Available this fall)

H2O Escape Bungee - Whether your watersport of choice is paddleboarding, boating or sailing, the versatile the H2O Escape Bungee is expertly-designed for superior watersport performance. The H2O Escape’s quick-drying material and drainage technology allows for dry comfort while its Adaptive Wave-Siping™ sole disperses water under foot to reduce slippage on even the wettest of surfaces. Pack it to go anywhere—its ultra-lightweight design allows for easy transport wherever your adventures may take you. $90


GRACE Outfit  – For a gift that gives back, pick up your lady the Sage's GRACE Outfit in either a 5-weight or 8-weight option and a donation will go to Casting for Recovery, a non-profit organization dedicated to giving women vital tools to overcome the challenges of breast cancer. This outfit comes with a rod, reel, line and case –all in pink– to show how powerful pink can be. $795 (Available this fall)


Layna Waterproof – For ladies that like to hit the trails no matter the weather, the Layna Waterproof hiking shoe from Chaco offers incredible traction thanks to the Active Adventure outsole with 5mm deep lugs and non-marking EcoTread™ outsole. The LUVSEAT™ footbed provides support and comfort and the seam-taped waterproof bootie ensures feet stay dry no matter what. $130


PhD SmartLoft Divide Hoody Sport - The Women’s PhD SmartLoft Divide Hoody Sport from SmartWool features Merino wool sleeves, lightweight SmartLoft wool insulation for ultimate thermoregulation even when wet, and strategically placed Merino lining to manage sweat. The antimicrobial and performance-fit hood features wind-resistant panels for use under a helmet, and gender-specific placement of insulation, HyFi knit panels and wind-resistant nylon provides breathability and protection from the elements during high aerobic activity in cold weather. $260 (Available this fall) 

PhD Mid 250 Funnel Zip & Bottom - The body-enhancing design lines of SmartWool's NTS Mid 250 baselayer line are seen in the sculpted side panels, eliminating side seams for reduced chafing, and in the contoured sleeve cuff and drop tail bottom hem for increased coverage. One new style for both men and women is the NTS Mid 250 Funnel Zip—a perfect alpine ski choice. $115/$95 (Available this fall) 

PhD Run Divide Vest – Offering the breathability, vapor wicking, and climate control inherent to Merino wool, SmartWool's PhD Run Divide Vest features a windproof front panel (1CFM rating), DWR finish, a secure zip chest pocket with internal Durwel® grommet for media cord routing. The 360-degree reflectivity extends the day for runners in the heart of winter. $160 (Available this fall) 


Arc'teryx Gaea Jacket - The women's Gaea jacket are lightly insulated jackets made of new Polartec® Alpha® - the first-ever breathable puffy fabric - for active warmth while running in cold conditions. $179 (Available this fall) 


Frost GTX Boot – A comfortable, insulated waterproof hiking boot using Gore-Tex Insulated Comfort lining to guarantee great breathability and warmth while shoveling snow, hiking, or snowshoeing. $170


CoEfficient Hoody: Combining lightweight warmth, high breathability and super-quick dry time, the Black Diamond CoEfficient Hoody is the ultimate thermal mid-layer for fast-and-light alpine pursuits. With an optimized Polartec® PowerDry High Efficiency fleece fabric unique to Black Diamond, the CoEfficient insulates when you're stopped at the belay and regulates body temperature when you're out on the sharp end. A scuba-style, under-the helmet hood lets you ditch the beanie, and a single chest pocket keeps small essentials at the ready. $159


Opedix KNEE-Tec 3/4 TightsNo matter what your athletic pursuit, you can improve performance, reduce fatigue and speed up recovery time just by putting on a pair of Opedix KNEE-Tec 3/4 Tights. Proprietary Torque Reform Technology in these tights aligns joints and improves muscle function unlike common compression gear. The stylish 3/4 length is perfect for a day on the slopes or a trip to the gym. $225 


Klean Kanteen ClassicThe perfect companion in the gym, yoga studio or office, the Klean Kanteen Classic will keep you hydrated so you can get the most out of your workout or workday. Available in a wide range of colors and constructed from 18/8 food grade stainless steel, this bottle is free of BPA, lead and other toxins. 27oz - $19.95


Hot Sulpur - Big Agnes' Hot Sulphur Belay Jacket has a full, straight cut and feature Pinneco Core synthetic insulation and Insotect Tubic construction for superb thermal efficiency. The 100%recycled polyester shell is wind-proof and water resistant. The hood is helmet compatible and the collar is fleece lined for next to skin comfort. $299.95 (Available this fall)