ExpertVoice Gift Guide: Top 10 Recommended Products

The top 10 products experts recommend.

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If you’ve been pining for an elf to suggest gifts that are ready-made favorites for everyone on your list, we’ve got something better: The collective wisdom of thousands of helpful experts. Our experts are trusted industry insiders and knowledgeable retail associates who test out new products more frequently than the average consumer. We sifted through tens of thousands of their detailed product reviews to find the 10 products that earned their most frequent and most glowing recommendations. Let's count down the top 10 expert-recommended products to find gift ideas sure to make anyone’s holiday merry and bright.

No. 10: Big Agnes SkyLine UL Chair

“It's easy to set up and take down, and fits easily in the provided storage bag. In addition to being comfortable, I love that the frame is entirely made of aluminum tubing. A lot of the other camp chairs I see have plastic joints, which will surely become brittle with age. I usually leave it set up in the house to quickly carry it from room to room for hanging out. Nerdy, but true.” 

– Mark Winningkoff, The Ebike Store, ExpertVoice member since 2012

No. 9: JBL Flip 5 Bluetooth IPX7 Waterproof Speaker 

“We've been using it at the house, on the deck and out on our boat to save the boat battery from the long days of chilling and grilling in the bay. … I needed a speaker that was waterproof for obvious reasons and to test it, I literally threw it in the lake, and it just kept pounding out the music. I would recommend this speaker!” 

Eric Brundige, U.S. Army, ExpertVoice member since 2022

No. 8: Klymit Static V Sleeping Pad 

“The Klymit Static V masters the perfect equation of weight, comfort and cost. While not a high R-value, I found this to be a perfect size and warmth for high desert spring and summer backpacking treks. I coupled it with the Klymit quilted sheet for some added warmth when night temps were lower than 50.”

– Kristin Smith, The Dyrt, ExpertVoice member since 2017

No. 7: MAMMUT Barryvox Avalanche Transceiver 

“This is the most intuitive, well-designed and high-quality beacon. Our instructors go with the [Barryvox] S, but for me — a backcountry skier who just volunteers/assists with teaching avalanche safety — the regular Barryvox has plenty of features for ease of navigation and multi-burial scenarios. Keep it simple when in an emergency, when you're not an avy pro.” 

– Xuan Mai V., American Institute for Avalanche Research (AIARE), ExpertVoice member since 2018

No 6: Vortex Optics Diamondback HD 10x42 Binocular 

“They have excellent clear glass and a broad field of view. I use them daily because, where I live, we have wildlife passing through regularly. I was sitting on a hillside with my son-in-law this last deer season ... Through his binoculars he could see deer, but through my Vortex binoculars we could determine buck or doe and how many antlers! Game changer!” 

– Scott Fitzpatrick, Fire & Rescue, ExpertVoice member since 2017

No. 5: Superfeet Green Insoles 

“Having had foot issues for years, it made it difficult to wear basic off-the-shelf hiking boots. But these Superfeet Green inserts were/are the solution to making any boot usable for more than 12 hours. I’ve tried many inserts and various orthotics, and without question these Superfeet inserts have given my feet relief from many hours of hiking, without paying $600 per pair.” 

– Tricia York, National Association for Search & Rescue, ExpertVoice member since 2008

No. 4: 5.11 Stryke Pant (Men’s and Women’s)

“I have been in law enforcement for over 21 years. The 5.11 Stryke Pants have been the best daily wear uniform pants I have ever used. Not only are they comfortable, with the stretch fabric and self-adjusting waistband, but they are also tough! The Flex-Tac mechanical stretch ripstop fabric holds up to a lot of stress and usage.”  

– Matthew H., Law Enforcement, ExpertVoice member since 2021 

No. 3: Nuun Sport Strawberry Lemonade 

The Nuun hydration tablets have been a lifesaver for me as I've been training for my first marathon. I've been using them in all of my water bottles during my long runs, and I've even started popping them in my water during the work day for a little boost of energy. I've tried half a dozen different flavors and haven't been disappointed yet. 

– David Wollman, Oracle Arms, ExpertVoice member since 2013 

No 2: Brooks Running Ghost 14 (Men’s and Women’s) 

“Love these shoes! I’ve been working with a PT for over a year due to old injuries. This was the first pair of shoes I purchased that alleviated my knee pain! Naturally, I purchased numerous pairs to rotate for work, dog walking, and running. I successfully trained and completed my first marathon in these shoes. Love all the bright colors!” 

– Graceann Tonna, REI Retail Associate, ExpertVoice member since 2013 

No. 1: Oakley Holbrook Sunglasses 

“Love these glasses. The Prism tech is awesome and just makes the world look more crisp, clear, and sharper. The glasses don’t just make everything darker, but actually work with the light … to make things brighter while at the same time cutting down on those harsh reflections. Fishing they do great for seeing into the water and eliminating the top water glare.” 

– Courtland Parret, Anchorage Yamaha, ExpertVoice member since 2020 

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