Start a New Tradition with a Campfire Holiday Feast


We can all agree that tradition is one of the best parts of the holiday season. Sharing a tradition builds family bonds and provides the comfort of familiarity, but after a while the years can start to blur together until no one can remember what year Uncle Johnny lit the neighbor’s yard on fire deep frying a turkey, or when Grandma’s pecan pie won first prize in the county fair.

And while carrying out the traditions themselves can be more cherished than the secret family recipe they are built around, every once in awhile, change can be a welcome breath of fresh air. We believe in the invigorating power of that fresh air, which is why we are proposing something a little different for this holiday season. Below is a guide to creating a holiday feast al fresco with a few recipes to cook over a campfire. So be bold and savor the new experience. The food will taste better as the cool crisp air heightens your senses. And who knows, you might just be creating a new tradition.


Enjoy the stunning colors of fall, on the table and outdoors. Hailey Moore


To make the most of your meal, take time to plan the menu. We’ve offered some great recipes here, but feel free to make modifications that cater to your taste. Most of the recipes will require at least a few of these key ingredients:

Staple Ingredients: Fire-proof gloves, aluminum foil, camp skillet, olive oil, sharp knife, salt and pepper, 1-2 heads fresh garlic

Specific ingredients for each dish are listed below. Of course a campfire is going to be the most important element in your rustic repast, so be sure to know the basics of building a good cooking fire. A level, U-shaped fire ring with one prominent “chimney” stone at the back is ideal, but any flat fire ring will eventually produce the desired bed of smoldering coals. This smoldering bed of coals is going to be crucial to ensure even cooking of your food. Bringing along a fire grate is optional but encouraged if you intend to use camp cookware. However, several of the recipes below call for no more from the kitchen then a simple roll of aluminum foil, which is great if you plan on packing light.

Hobo Packs

Hobo Packs use a few key ingredients that will transformed once cooked together. Katie Taylor


These recipes embody the simplistic yet delicious flavors that can be achieved by cooking over an open fire with nothing more than aluminum foil and your favorite seasonal produce or cured meats. Quick pro tip: once you have your fire blazing and are waiting for it to turn to coal, place your fresh garlic on a nearby stone to roast while you prepare the rest of your ingredients. Be sure the garlic does not catch fire, but is close enough to roast in the husk. This will make an amazingly smoky, savory addition to your meal. Now you’re ready to begin.

  • olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 3-4 large carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1-2 large beets, peeled and chopped
  • a few sprigs of fresh thyme, sage or rosemary
  • a couple cloves of roasted garlic
  • handful dried cranberries, toasted pumpkin seeds, or pecans
  • salt and pepper to taste

Start by chopping an assortment of the fall veggies listed above. It is important to chop them fairly small so that you’re not waiting all night for them to cook. Tear a 12-inch sheet of aluminum foil (one per person) and mold around your fist in the shape of a “pocket”. Depending on how full you’re filling your pocket, you may want to double up the foil. Drizzle some olive oil into the bottom of the pocket to prevent sticking and fill with veggies. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, add a sprig of thyme, sage, or rosemary and stuff in a couple cloves of roasted garlic if you made some earlier. Add about ¼ cup of water, fold pocket closed and set to cook on the coals for 20-40 minutes. Bringing along some pre-cooked bacon, or honey ham to throw in with your veggies is also a great way to add a savory umami kick.

Chorizo Hobo Packs

  • 8 oz. dried Spanish chorizo, casings removed and chopped
  • 1 ½ pounds fingerling potatoes, chopped (skin on is OK)
  • 3- 4 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2-3 stalks celery
  • a few sprigs of fresh thyme, sage or rosemary
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

The great thing about using dried chorizo here is that you don’t have to worry about refrigeration and can spend the day on the trail worry-free. Chop all of your ingredients and wrap per the same method as the Veggie Hobo Packs. Cook over the coals for 25-35 minutes, or until potatoes are tender.

Campfire Panini and Turkey Cream Cheese Sammy

A skillet over the campfire is a great way to cook cheesy, delicious paninis. Basheer Tome


If low maintenance cooking is your M.O., we’ve got you covered. Sandwiches, especially hot sandwiches with beautiful golden-buttered toast, and melted cheese oozing through the crumb (let the salivation begin) are perhaps one of the most underrated comfort foods around. And with the holidays being about comfort food, we thought we’d share some of our suggestions for making the best holiday sandwich you’ve ever had. The amounts here yield about 4 sandwiches.


  • 8-10 oz. carved roasted turkey or honey ham
  • 1 jar fig preserves, apple butter or cranberry chutney (you pick your jam)
  • 8 oz. sliced gruyere, gouda, brie, provolone or swiss (you want a creamy, melting cheese)
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 granny smith apple, thinly sliced
  • A loaf of sliced bread (honey wheat or sourdough are great options)

Assemble your sandwiches with the ingredients listed. Heat a camp skillet over the hot coals and add 1 tbl. butter to melt. Once butter is melted, toast your sandwich in the pan, grilled-cheese style.

Turkey Cream Cheese

  • 8-10 oz. Carved roasted turkey
  • 8 -10 slices crispy bacon
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • handful chives, chopped or fresh rosemary, chopped
  • A loaf of sliced bread (try rye or pumpernickel)

Toast your bread slices in a pan with a small amount of butter. Meanwhile, mix cream cheese with chives or rosemary (or both!). Once toasted, spread the herb cream cheese on your bread slices and go to town adding the turkey and bacon slices. It’s that easy.

Holiday Hash

Use traditional seasonal ingredients—or anything else you like—in creating a campfire hash. Hailey Moore


This dish is a mash-up of the sweet and savory holiday flavors that make a dish satisfying. This is a one pan meal which makes it ideal for camp cooking.

Camp skillet

  • 1 lb. ground turkey or pork sausage (if hiking at all before setting up camp, use frozen sausage so that it will be cold but thawed by the time you’re ready to cook)
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2-3 sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 2 apples, peeled and diced
  • 2 Tbl. maple syrup
  • 2-3 cloves roasted garlic, minced
  • A few dashes of the following spices: cinnamon, cayenne, and sage
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Coat the bottom of skillet with olive oil, cook sausage with maple syrup until browned, then remove the sausage from the skillet and set aside. Add onions and sweet potatoes to the pan and cook until sweet potatoes begin to soften, about 10 minutes. Add apples and spice mixture, cooking 8-10 minutes, or until sweet potatoes and apples are completely tender. Return the cooked sausage to the pan and toss together with a handful of dried cranberries, pecans or toasted pumpkin seeds!

Baked Apples

Is anything more reminiscent of the holidays then the aroma of baking apples and cinnamon? This perfect combination is truly a hallmark of any holiday meal, and should be included in yours too.

For our rustic rendition of baked apples you will need an apple per person, aluminum foil, pairing knife and a 50/50 cinnamon-sugar mix. Leaving the skin on, cut a hole in the top and bottom of the apples to pop out the core and create a hole that cuts through the apple. Set the apple upright on a piece of foil. Sprinkle 1-2 tablespoons of cinnamon sugar mixture into the hole (which should be closed off by the foil) and wrap the foil closed around the apple. Place on the coals to cook for 10-15 minutes and enjoy a piping hot-baked apple.

It’s true that most of us do not eat the same way year-round as we do around the holidays. We expect the same to be true for how we eat on the trail—usually we throw in a few packs of instant oatmeal, trail mix, some ramen and call it good. But for this special season, we hope you feel inspired to pack in a little extra weight (to keep a little extra off) and indulge in some holiday feasting and festivities chez-mother nature. Being gathered around the warmth of a fire inspires storytelling and memory sharing much the same way as being gathered around the family table.



Looking for help with your holiday shopping list this year? Check out our holiday gift guides for ideas for everyone on your list! We want everyone to enjoy the outdoors, and we work to build loyalty one connection at a time. Visit one of our stores or take advantage of our shipping or curbside pickup! #BeOutdoors


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Last Minute Gifts for Anyone On Your List

For the last minute gifters or for the ones on your list that are hard to shop for. Here are our top last minute gift ideas that are great gifts for anyone on your list. They’re so good, they won’t know you had a hard time or did a grab-and-go on the way to meet them.


For the accessory aficionado 


Whether it’s a funky print bag or another duct-tape wallet, we all know an accessory aficionado. For the loved one who can’t leave the house without an array of extras, get them something from KAVU. With fun and functional wallets, bags, beanies, and more, they go great with any outfit. The classic canvas wallets come in lots of sizes and colors for every adventure. Their bags combine simple designs with fun and functional prints. You can even grab a fun keychain for an injection of some easy-going personality. So check out KAVU for a quick gift that’s sure to surprise!


Who matches every accessory with every outfit, these make it easy


We all love a good pair of shades, and with Goodr you can match any outfit with funky functionality. These fun and outlandish shades make UV protection a breeze. With fully polarized plastic lenses, they’re scratchproof and super-light. And the no-bounce frames feature a special finish that keeps them in place no matter how sweaty you get. Grab a pair of these cool shades for your favorite runner, hiker, or sunset chaser and make their holidays, well, not as bright!


Yeti enthusiast

YETI drinkware

For the loved one who loves an ice-cold drink or the perfect temp coffee, grab them a YETI tumbler! These cups and koozies come in tons of sizes and colors for anyone. Be it game day or their commute, you can get them the perfect drink holder for any occasion. The fun doesn’t stop at tumblers, with the koozie and slim can holder you can keep cans cold all summer long. So if you’re still looking for the perfect gift for your favorite beverage fan, check out these YETI tumblers! 


For the one you never know what to get

Gift card

There’s always one, the has-it-all who “doesn’t need anything”. Don’t let them stump you this year, get them an Alabama Outdoors gift card! Friends and family alike will love getting to pick out the perfect piece of gear for themselves and you can skip the lines and wait. With this gift card, you can get them the gift of getting outdoors however they want to. So for your favorite explorer who can’t be shopped for, get them the perfect gift!



‘Tis The Season Of Giving! Check out our gift guides to help you find the perfect gifts for the ones on your list. We want everyone to enjoy the outdoors, and we work to build loyalty one connection at a time. Visit one of our stores or take advantage of our shipping or curbside pickup! #BeOutdoors

Best Headlamp Gifts 2021

So you have an avid adventurer on your list who needs a new headlamp but when you go to buy one, there are so many choices and they all look the same. We get it. Let us make gifting a headlamp easy for you this year. Here are our top picks for the after-sun trail runner or for those who just know how handy a headlamp is to have either at home or the campsite.


Best all-around

BD Spot 350

Finding the perfect headlamp can be confusing. There are lots of colors, styles, lights, and strap options. You may not know exactly what you or someone you love needs, which is why the Black Diamond Spot 350 is a perfect choice. A powerful, lightweight, and super comfy headlamp, it does it all. Redesigned, the lower profile brings better balance and a more ergonomic fit. It features an updated user interface thanks to a second switch for easy lens mode selection. And the updated optic is more efficient. It provides brighter light with more peak intensity while also saving battery life. Adventurers can now easily track battery life too thanks to its upgraded interface.


Best for running

BD Astro 250

Late-night jogging may sound like the least enjoyable way to run. And it probably is. But if you have a loved one who won’t miss a midnight mile, check out the Black Diamond Astro 250 Headlamp. This compact, lightweight, ergonomic headlamp is perfect for runners. The stormproof housing keeps out sweat and rain, so they won’t slow down. And the super-efficient optic provides bright, functional light. The memory feature lets runners get the perfect light even after turning it off. While the optic provides 3 lighting modes and 3 lighting levels, they can fine-tune for any need. Weighing in at only 1.9 oz (54 g) with batteries, it’s shockingly lightweight. So for your favorite runner, grab them the Black Diamond Astro 250 Headlamp.


For the tiny trekkers

BD Wiz

Easy to use and lightweight, the Black Diamond Kid’s Wiz Headlamp is a campsite must for any little explorer! Made with a child-safe closure and breakaway elastic safety strap, it’s both safe and fun. With a max burn time of 120 hours and 20m beam distance, it’s plenty powerful for little adventurers. The 2 AAA batteries and super-light body weigh in at only 20z too. It features a 30-lumen optic so young explorers will make their next campout one to remember!


Best for power

BD Storm 400

The all-new Storm 400 Headlamp is waterproof and built for any adventure you can think of. Brighter, simpler to use, and with a more compact body, it’s unlike bulkier designs that came before it. Its battery life lasts longer due to the multi-faceted optical lens design. And, its 400 Lumen optic is super powerful. The PowerTap Technology allows instant transitioning between full and dimmed power. And the Brightness Memory lets them turn the light on and off at chosen brightness without reverting back to full power. So for the serious night-explorer, get the Black Diamond Storm 400 Headlamp and brighten up their holidays!



‘Tis The Season Of Giving! Check out our gift guides to help you find the perfect gifts for the ones on your list. We want everyone to enjoy the outdoors, and we work to build loyalty one connection at a time. Visit one of our stores or take advantage of our shipping or curbside pickup! #BeOutdoors

The Shoe Lover Gift Guide: Top Shoes for Her

Chances are the shoe lover on your list may have more shoes than they ever wear and sometimes they are only a decoration for the closet. But that’s not the point, right? So if you have a shoe lover on your list, it’s time to stop sole searching. Here are 6 of our top and trending styles that will be at the top of their list and their new solemate.


For the new runner


When someone you love wants to start running for their new year’s resolution, it can be tough to know what they need. Check out the On Running Cloudswift Running Shoes so they can run in soft, supportive comfort. These shoes combine On’s patented Speedboard with their Helion technology for a lightning-fast, super-supportive midsole. The mono-sock upper combines breathable mesh with a classic lacing system for the perfect fit. And with multiple colors, you’re sure to delight with these stylish running shoes.


For the gym experimenter

Cloud x shift

For the gym-goer who wants something different, grab the On-Running Cloud X Shift. These funky throwback-styled trainers integrate next-gen materials. With a vibrant colorway and the proven performance of the Cloud X, they build on the shoe’s success. We love the supportive midsole and athletic upper, they stand in a league of their own in the gym. Don’t settle for boring and get the Cloud X Shift for your favorite gym experimenter today!


For the wet-weather adventurer

Sperry Women’s Saltwater Duck Boots

Don’t let them get stuck out in the rain with the Sperry Women’s Saltwater Duck Boots. These waterproof, insulated boots take on stormy days and chilly nights in comfortable style. With a rubberized outsole and a leather upper, they give the classic duck boot look without the hassle. And thanks to the subtle heel and leather details, they go perfect with any outfit. So for the wet-weather adventurer in your life, get the Sperry Women’s Saltwater Duck Boots!


For the want something different

Ugg Women’s Classic Clear Mini Boot

Change it up this winter and get them something new with the Ugg Women’s Classic Clear Mini Boot. This new waterproof Classic delivers fashion, function, and feel – all in one. Lightweight and warm into temperatures as low as 0˚F, it’s ideal for rainy days out and about. It’s got coziness you can see with a translucent waterproof upper revealing curly faux shearling. So give the gift of quirky comfort with the Ugg Women’s Classic Clear Mini Boot!


For the retro-styled fashionista 

Karhu Women’s Sneakers

Throwback style has never been so simple with the Karhu Women’s Sneakers. Born in the Finnish Lapland, these running-inspired trainers will take you back. Get them for someone close who’s mastered the laidback look. We love these shoes for their vintage, track-inspired style, and sporty features. The touch of color on the upper and mesh mono-sock gives just the right amount of flair. While the chunky rubber sole keeps them balanced and comfy without slowing them down. So for your favorite fashionista who wants to turn back the clock, grab a pair of Karhu Women’s Sneakers!




‘Tis The Season Of Giving! Check out our gift guides to help you find the perfect gifts for the ones on your list. We want everyone to enjoy the outdoors, and we work to build loyalty one connection at a time. Visit one of our stores or take advantage of our shipping or curbside pickup! #BeOutdoors

Top Jackets for the Patagonia Lover

A Patagonia Jacket for every occasion. Here are our top picks for the Patagonia lover in your life that can never have too many jackets.


Fun + Cozy

Patagonia Snap-T Fleece Pullovers

The fleece pullover is a must for a reason, there’s nothing as functional and cozy. This holiday season, give the gift of comfort with a Patagonia Snap-T Fleece Pullover. These iconic pullovers combine warm, lightweight fleece with the snazzy four-snap nylon placket. With so many different options, you can get a techy mid layer or lightweight standalone. Add in a stand-up collar and Y-Joint sleeves for range of motion and you get the perfect fleece. A relaxed fit, chest pocket for your shades, and elastic cuff keep this fleece in place and look good



Simple + Classic

Better Sweater

A sharp fleece that’s versatile and warm, the Patagonia Better Sweater brings technical style from the boardroom to the trailhead. Coming in a full-zip jacket or quarter-zip pullover, there’s plenty of options for anyone. These fleeces feature a regular fit, handwarmer pockets, and a zipper pocket on the chest. Perfect for cold snaps or icy nights, the brushed liner lays flat for easy layering. Sharp and fashionable, this is perfect for recent grads or office execs looking for a warm, clean look.



Always on-trend

Patagonia Women’s Lunar Frost Jacket

Why choose between style and comfort when you can choose the Patagonia Women’s Lunar Frost Jacket? For your most stylish loved one, get this jacket so they can rock their favorite fits all winter long. A faux fur outer and nylon liner provides warmth while layering like a breeze to prevent bunching up. The front hand-warmer pockets and elastic hem ensure a bubbly fit without bulk. With a full-zip and nature-inspired colors, it’s a standout piece with function and form. So for your most fashionable loved ones, get the Patagonia Women’s Lunar Frost Jacket!


Who is always cold

Patagonia Insulated Jacket

We all know someone who’s always cold, all the time. So give them the gift of warmth, anywhere and everywhere, with a Patagonia Puffy Jacket. These jackets combine soft and breathable nylon with super-warm and temperature-regulating insulation. Thanks to their design, they lay low and pack down so you can take yours on any adventure. Grab this for any loved one who wants to stay warm and active this winter.



‘Tis The Season Of Giving! Check out our gift guides to help you find the perfect gifts for the ones on your list. We want everyone to enjoy the outdoors, and we work to build loyalty one connection at a time. Visit one of our stores or take advantage of our shipping or curbside pickup! #BeOutdoors

Top Sleeping Bag Gifts of 2021

We have picked our top sleeping bags for the cold-weather backpacker and sleeping bag gifts for the one on your list who prefers car camping to help make holiday gifting easier for you.



Best for Overall

Marmot Trestles 30° Synthetic Sleeping Bag – Regular (length) $99

Our all-purpose, if-you-had-to-pick-one, sleeping bag pick this year is the Marmot Trestles Sleeping bag. With a synthetic Spirafil High Loft Insulation, this bag will stand up to the cold and wet weather to keep you comfortable and warm on your night under the stars, down to a chilling 30 degrees. Priced just right with all of the features you need. 



Best for Car Camping

Marmot Nanowave– 55°, 45°, 35°
$69, $79, $89

Just because someone might be new to camping or may not venture out too often does not mean they should compromise their comfort. After all, the purpose is to enjoy the outdoors, right? Luckily with the Marmot Nanowave, you do not have to compromise comfort or spend a lot to get a well-made bag. The Nanowaves are great as they come in 3 different temperatures. So if you prefer camping in the summer and early when the temps may only drop to the 60’s in Alabama, your best best is the 55 degree. Heading out for a weekend away in North Alabama to see the leaves change? Why not go with the 35 degree. And when the weather comes in? This bag is made with synthetic fibers so it will keep you warm even if it gets a little wet.





Best pick for the rugged backpacker + Staff Pick

Nemo Disco 30° Sleeping Bag – Regular (length)

Let that disco ball shine its light on this great gift for an avid backpacker. The Nemo Disco Men’s 30 degree sleeping bag is out of this world with unmatched features for some of the most extreme excursions; well, down to 30 degrees. This bag has you in mind while you’re out on the AT. The Classic Spoon shape will ensure you have plenty of room and mobility at your elbows and knees, and those ThermoGills on the top allow you to vent body heat without letting any cool drafts in. With its design, shape, and length, this bag is most ideal for side-sleepers under 6ft but great for everyone. Not to mention it is our Staff Pick.




Best bag for the adventurous kiddos

Marmot Kids’ Trestles 30° Sleeping Bag

You want to make sure the kids are warm, especially if it is one of your first camping trips out, or with cooler weather. So to keep them happy and comfortable, we suggest the Marmot Kids’ Trestles 30 degree. Same great technical features as the adult version, this is a great all-around bag for various weather. This will ensure they are well-rested and ready for a little trekking and exploring!




‘Tis The Season Of Giving! Check out our gift guides to help you find the perfect gifts for the ones on your list. We want everyone to enjoy the outdoors, and we work to build loyalty one connection at a time. Visit one of our stores or take advantage of our shipping or curbside pickup! #BeOutdoors

Best Packs to Gift Travelers

For the always-wandering traveler who may need some new, expert-tested gear for their next trek. Whether they are always on-the-go around town, spend the weekends on the trails, or if their adventures take them further. We have our top picks for packs this year for the traveler on your list.



Exploring Locally

The North Face Lumbar Pack

For the local explorer who’s always up for a spontaneous adventure, get them The North Face Lumbar Pack. A fun and functional piece, this pack can take anything and everything. With a zipper-top pocket, adjustable waistband, and rugged canvas, it’s rugged and comfy. The funky colorways stand so they can express their personality on every adventure. The durable, water-repellent canvas design keeps valuables safe in any weather too. Perfect for festivals, hikes, and city exploring, the pockets have room for everything. Plus, the wide base and clip-belt ensure the perfect fit no matter how you rock it. So when your favorite adventurer needs both hands, get them The North Face Lumbar Pack.



Day-trip excursions

Osprey Hikelite Daypacks 

For the light-packer, go-getter that doesn’t slow down, get the Osprey Hikelite Daypack. This lightweight and versatile daypack comes in plenty of sizes and colors. With a high-tech AirSpeed mesh frame and a spacious main compartment, you can haul it all. Thanks to its simple design, this pack is perfect for beginners who need a simple pack. Experienced hikers will find something to love in its lightweight, super comfortable design. For treks that need a day worth of supplies, this pack is a perfect choice. Plus an outer mesh pocket, bottle holders, and an electronics pouch keep things close. So grab one of these packs today and let your favorite explorer do it all in comfort.



Heading home for the holidays

The North Face Base Camp Duffel and Patagonia Black Hole Duffel

From the trailhead to the terminal, everyone can use a spacious and durable duffel. Ensure your jet-setter packs everything with these travel essentials. Roomy and durable, The North Face and Patagonia duffels come in plenty of sizes, colors, and styles. These duffels make packing a breeze thanks to their huge pockets. Padded handles, daisy-chain webbing, and rock-solid design ensure these duffels are bombproof. Their flexible construction packs into itself for easy storage in any dorm closet. With removable shoulder straps, shoe pockets, and a puddle-guard, these duffels are great for any on-the-go traveler.



‘Tis The Season Of Giving! Check out our gift guides to help you find the perfect gifts for the ones on your list. We want everyone to enjoy the outdoors, and we work to build loyalty one connection at a time. Visit one of our stores or take advantage of our shipping or curbside pickup! #BeOutdoors

Great Gifts for Gadget Lovers

Is there someone on your list that seems to have “the” tool for everything? Here are some of our favorite gifts and gadgets for the gadget lover on your list this year.


ICEMULE Jaunt 9L Cooler

For the warm-weather adventurer who won’t slow down for bulky coolers, get the ICEMULE Jaunt 9L Backpack Cooler. This stuff-sack-turned-cooler combines an inflatable, insulated bag with shoulder straps for max convenience. Stuff it down to fit any pack, and inflate it for quick and easy cooler capability. With space for up to 9 cans, it only weighs 1.4lbs. The padded shoulders straps and zipper pocket ensure it’s functional and comfortable. Plenty of fun colors and sizes ensure you’ll find the right one for your favorite paddler, hiker, or beach bum!





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Leatherman Sidekick Multitool

Every outdoor enthusiast could use a multi-tool, but it’s not always easy to know what they need. With the Leatherman Sidekick Multitool, you can give them a little bit of everything! This multi-tool includes convenient carrying options, one-handed tools, and tons of different blades. The durable, superlight 420HC Stainless Steel ensures this gift will last a lifetime. Anything else you need from the backyard to the backcountry.





Black Diamond Spot 350 Headlamp

Overnight adventures always need some extra light, and the Black Diamond Spot 350 Headlamp brings a lot. With an easy-to-use interface, a comfy strap, and a lightweight frame, it’s made for late-night camp-site runs. The low-profile, IPX8 water-resistant design is versatile and powerful. The updated bulb makes the most of batteries, providing power or efficiency on demand. And since there’s no such thing as too many headlamps, it’s the perfect gift for every camper!




Opinel Knives

The perfect blend of passion, nostalgia, and utility, the Opinel Knife is a gift that’ll last forever. With a classic flip-out design and a Vibroloc safety ring, it’s perfect for beginners. With a stainless steel blade and wood handle, it’s the gift that keeps on giving. Lightweight and super-durable, they go wherever with ease. With several blade lengths and wood finishes, you’ll find the perfect knife for your favorite outdoor adventurer.




Pocket Bellow Collapsible Tool

With this tool in hand, your friends will think you were the top scout growing up. Impress them with your campfire skills with your pocket bellow tool. A modern tool for an ancient technique, the Pocket Bellow Collapsible Tool will make sure you are spending less time starting fires and more time sitting back and enjoying them. It is so simple, you will wish you had known about this gadget earlier. Just extend the tube and blow into the fire. No more burnt eyebrows with this tool. 



‘Tis The Season Of Giving! Check out our gift guides to help you find the perfect gifts for the ones on your list. We want everyone to enjoy the outdoors, and we work to build loyalty one connection at a time. Visit one of our stores or take advantage of our shipping or curbside pickup! #BeOutdoors

Top 5 Gifts of 2021

Drumroll please…….here are our top 5 best-picked gifts of 2021.
These products were at the top of the charts this year and will be at the top of everyone’s wish list this season.


On-Running Cloud Shoes

The shoe that is taking the Southeast by storm, The Cloud. You have seen them around town and you have probably heard about them. Commonly called the OC’s or the On Cloud shoe, the On-Running Cloud has Zero-Gravity foam and patented Swiss CloudTec technology. What does that mean exactly? It makes the Cloud the lightest running shoe in the world with outstanding cushioning and impact protection. Take on Alabama in these featherweights and never slow down. Once you try them on, you will understand why they are always On. Shop the classic Cloud styles here and all On Running footwear styles here.





Anything +everything Vuori

If you know, you know. If you don’t, one touch of the butter soft items from Vuori and you will be hooked. Come into one of our stores and feel for yourself! The women’s Performance Jogger and the men’s Sunday Performance Jogger are crowd favorites and became a quick game-changer for the ‘work-from-homers’ last year. Browse online to see part of our Vuori collection but be sure to visit us in person for more styles and to shop this in-store exclusive hot brand. Browse Vuori gifts here.


Goodr OG Running Sunglasses
$25 and up

Fly, fresh, fun, and style names as clever as nail polish, the Goodr OG Running Sunglasses are the sunglasses we have been waiting for. Affordably priced just in case you lose them in the lake and need a new pair or want a pair to match every outfit . Even though we love them for the look, they were designed with runners in mind. With a special finish on the frame to eliminate slip, even when you’re sweaty, and a snug but lightweight frame to minimize bouncing, these glasses are great for any activity. Not to mention they have polarized lenses and UVA and UVB protection. Shop Goodr OG Sunglasses here and all Goodr styles here.



A cooler for every adventure

Coolers, how did we go on all-day adventures and tailgates without them? Luckily now, we can keep our snacks and beverages cold all day and can trek near or far with ease with a wide array of coolers that fit every adventure. And yes, we need them all. Our two favorites brands for coolers right now are Yeti and ICEMULE. We love our Yeti Coolers for tailgates, days at the park, car camping and other activities where space is not an issue. ICEMULE is our go-to for quick day adventures on the trail, kayaking down the Cahaba, or enjoying a relaxing paddle boarding day at Oak Mountain. IceMule Coolers are insulated, 100% waterproof, and are meant for mobility wherever you go. Shop Yeti gifts here and ICEMULE Coolers gifts here.

Still not sure which one to gift? Check out our blog: How to Pick the Best Cooler for You to help you decide.




Solo Stove Bonfire + Stand Firepit

The hottest gift on the market right now. See what we did there? With the Solo Stove Bonfire + Stand, you can be fireside wherever you like thanks to this convenient and portable smoke-less fire pit. Don’t worry about cumbersome fuels and specialty heat sources, this fire pit works au natural with logs, kindling, and any other safe-to-burn materials. Thanks to its brilliant design, the stand elevates the heat source ensuring you can use it on grass, decks, or any other surface without leaving scorch marks. So sit back, grab the s’mores, and enjoy this fire pit on the go whenever, wherever. Shop the Bonfire Firepit here and all other Solo Stove gifts here.


‘Tis The Season Of Giving! Check out our gift guides to help you find the perfect gifts for the ones on your list. We want everyone to enjoy the outdoors, and we work to build loyalty one connection at a time. Visit one of our stores or take advantage of our shipping or curbside pickup! #BeOutdoors

Our 2021 Staff Picks and Wish Lists

Working in the outdoor industry has some major perks. We get to spend our days around like-minded people, share our experiences and knowledge with our community, and we are in the know about the latest gear. While we’ve been cultivating gift guides for you and your adventure buddies, your local Alabama Outdoors managers have been adding to their own personal wish lists and saving their pennies to make their gear wishes come true. Here are the top items on our staff wish lists this season.



Vuori Women’s Performance Joggers

“Can you go wrong with the softest, comfiest pants around? I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone say anything negative about these joggers. In fact, oftentimes after purchasing their first pair, they’re back to collect all the colors (myself included in this count). They’re the perfect gift for nearly everyone – including yourself. These are my go-to joggers for all activities including a light hike, running errands, going to the gym, and relaxing at home. I suggest getting the size you would typically wear in most things if you want them fitted and sizing up if you’d prefer a looser, more ‘loungy’ fit.” Click to shop Vuori Performance Joggers in Men’s and Women’s

-Grace Willis, Homewood Manager



The North Face Men’s Thermoball Eco Jacket in Monterey Blue

The “it” jacket of the season. The North Face Thermoball Eco Jacket is a lightweight softshell that provides warmth above its weight class. Made from insulated post-consumer recycled content for superior lightweight and packable warmth on cold hikes, it’s as light on the earth as it is in your pack. “I use it almost everyday during the winter time and even use it as a mid layer while skiing. You can’t beat the versatility of the Thermoball.” Click to shop The North Face Thermoball Eco Jacket in Men’s and Women’s

-Collin Kendrick, Mobile Manager



Alabama Outdoors Apparel Women’s Performance Tech Joggers

The only pair of joggers you’ll ever need and about to be your new favorite. The new AO Apparel Performance Jogger is the ideal pair of do-anything “sweats” that’ll keep you cool and comfy no matter the weather. “I want the AO Apparel Performance Joggers because this year is all about comfort for me; and, these are the coziest pants in the building while offering top notch performance for a nice day hike!” Click to shop Alabama Outdoors Apparel Performance Tech Joggers in Men’s and Women’s

-Carla Mann, Florence Manager 



Vuori Clean Elevation Leggings

“My Christmas wishlist item is definitely some Vuori Clean Elevation Leggings. They come in so many cute colors and are currently some of my favorite leggings to run in. They do a great job of staying up around my waist while also being made of the softest material. I think they’re a great gift because many of the different colored leggings have matching tops to go with them!” Click to shop Vuori Women’s Clean Elevation Leggings.

-Abby Sanchez, Inverness Manager




‘Tis The Season Of Giving! Check out our other gift guides to help you find the perfect gifts for the ones on your list. We want everyone to enjoy the outdoors, and we work to build loyalty one connection at a time. Visit one of our stores or take advantage of our shipping or curbside pickup! #BeOutdoors