2012 gift guide and staff picks – Trina’s picks

By the Dirt Rag staff

This is our first attempt at a holiday gift guide, and, in typical Dirt Rag fashion, we had to do it our way. We’ll share a dirty little secret with you: most magazines’ gift/buyer’s guides are not created based on the recommendations of riders, but by the wants and desires of advertisers.

That’s not how we roll. Instead, we asked each staffer to select two items that they had experience with and would wholeheartedly recommend to fellow a mountain biker. Real riders, honest recommendations, realistic prices—the way it should be.

Each day we’ve been sharing a different staffer’s choices for their favorite gear of the year. Today’s picks are from Advertising Sales Manager Trina Haynes.

Camelback Mini Mule – $50

My little ripper was very excited to carry his own water, snacks, and use the emergency whistle whenever possible. The backpack straps are mesh for some breathability and the chest strap is easy to adjust. My son, Odin, has used it for mountain biking, long distance rides while cruising in the trailer, hiking, and any other excursion he can convince me to let him take it. It comes in blue, pink, and red with flames. 


‘Let’s Get Primitive: An Urban Girl’s Guides To Camping’, By Heather Menicucci – $15

An oldie but a goodie, this book is for any lady who prefers city life but is ready to embrace their inner mountain lady. It covers basic camping needs—from essential gear to making a fire, digging a cat hole, and how to overcome the mental battle of pooping in the woods. It also delves into how to transition from car camping to backpacking, campfire recipes, and then some. 



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