FRONT ROYAL – For over 30 years, Mountain Trails has been offering a wide selection of gifts, gadgets and accessories from popular brands such as Mountain Hardwear, Marmot Mountain, Black Diamond, Outdoor Research, Royal Robbins, Sherpa, Arborwear and White Sierra for those who love the outdoors.
Garry Green, owner, shared his top picks for this holiday season:
"Anything from Patagonia, but most popular for ladies is the Down Sweater, the Better Sweater pullover, the Atom Sling Pack and Capilene long underwear. For men, the guys are crazy about Patagonia trucker hats with fish, bears and the Patagonia mountain scene. They also love the durability and functionality of the Patagonia Black Hole backpack and duffel line. Also, the Patagonia Torrent Shell rain parka and the new Micro Puff as also very popular."
Fjall Raven from Sweden
"The younger girls are really taken with the Fjall Raven Kannken backpack. It’s a sustainably sourced product that is built to withstand years of school books and anything nature can throw at it. The G-1000 cloth is super durable and most popular for winter wear is the Raven jacket and the insulated Greenland jacket for both men and women."
"As popular as ever with men and women is the Kuhl sportswear line. Stylish and functional with great attention to detail, these pieces are super durable and they are good looking. Makes you stand out in the crowd, for sure. Most popular for men is the Revolvr pant and the new Law pant, which is super heavy duty. Women really like the Rekon military inspired jacket, the stow-away hood fleece-lined Flight jacket and the Lea pullover with stylish cowl neck."
"What can I say about the new Howler Bros. line? It just simply has swagger. Don't know what it is about it, but the guys have taken to it like an old friend. The demographic is huge with a 19-year-old guy and a 60-year-old guy both looking at the same hats, shirts and pants. You will be seeing lots of this brand in the future."
Green said stocking stuffers are always very popular at Mountain Trails.
“Anything from Hydroflask including, tumblers with no spill lids, insulated bottles, growlers and wine glasses. Kleen Kanteen is another just excellent drinkware line. We carry hand-made knives from Pierce Knives and Trey Amick as well as Benchmade knives, Gerber, Sog and Spyderco knives, which the guys really like.”
Other popular items include backpacks, boots, socks and trekking poles. For men, Green suggested a Bertucci watch.
“These watches are extremely durable and offer covers for the face when you are in the field and interchangeable bands when you are around town. They come in carbon fiber as well as, titanium.”
And for women, he said Mountain Trails sells a new underwear line called Free Fly.
“It is made of sustainable bamboo fibers and is naturally hydrophobic and anti microbial for dryer and no odor wear," he said.
Mountain Trails is located at 120 E Main St., in Front Royal.