1. Kansas Trail Guide. You may not be able to get the actual book until March 2015, but you can go ahead and pre-order our Kansas Trail Guide: The Best Hiking, Biking, and Riding in the Sunflower State. From $24.95.
2. Merrell Grassbow Air Trail Running Shoe. This is a trail-running shoe with enough traction to take on the rockier trails of Kansas, but light enough to be comfortable all day. From $99.95.
3. Osprey Stratos 24 Pack. It has a lightweight frame for a total weight of 2 pounds 4 ounces, and it can carry 22 literes/1,343 cubic inches, which makes it a good size for a light day on the trial. The mesh back panel helps keep you cool, and it has 6 total pockets for everything you might need, including a water reservoir pocket, and the adjustable waist belt means you can load it up and still carry it comfortably. Plus, it comes with a rain cover.
4. The Kansas Sky by Konza Press. The book features photographs of 45 Kansas skies, and as a 5 x 5.5 softcover book, it’s perfect for a stocking stuffer, and all money goes to the Kansas Sampler Foundation. $10.95.
6. Outdoor Research Helium II jacket. The wind and rain can kick up quickly out on the prairie, particularly in spring and fall, and you’ll want to have a lightweight waterproof layer to help keep you dry. Plus, Outdoor Research has an “infinite guarantee” on its products. For the Helium II jacket, the women’s weighs 5.5 ounces and the men’s weighs 6.4 ounces. Both pack down to around the size of a granola bar, so they’re easy to bring with you on the trail. From $129.95.
7. Garmin GPS device. Since there’s not always cell-service, you can use a Garmin device to keep track of where you are on the trail, and you can use it to input coordinates from the Kansas Trail Guide to help keep you on track. Our favorite devices are the GPS Map 64s (non-touchscreen) and Oregon 650t (touchscreen).
8. Kelty Pathfinder 3.0. Just because you have a baby or toddler doesn’t mean you have to forego your time on the trail. With the Kelty Pathfinder 3.0 for kids 16 to 40 pounds, you get all kinds of bells and whistles. There’s a hydration compartment for you, a sun hood for baby, and it’s easy to fit the pack for your as well as your kid. It also comes with a zip-off daypack for storing snacks, diapers, and whatever you might need. From $279.95.
9. The Guide to Kansas Birds and Birding Hot Spots. Kansas is on the Central Flyway, a bird migration route, and it’s a great spot for birders. For beginning and moderate level birders, this book has all the information for finding and identifying the state’s birds. It includes types of birds along with maps and a calendar of Kansas bird activity. From $17.25.
10. The Stick – Roller Massager. After a long day on the trail, whether it’s on foot, on a horse, or on a bike, you may end up with sore muscles. To help work them out, you can get a massage, or you can give yourself one with the 24.5 inch roller massager. It helps your muscles recover quickly, and you’ll notice less soreness and stiffness if you use it regularly. From $27.45.