A holiday gift guide.
The holiday shopping season has arrived, and here are some nifty gifts for the outdoors fan that won’t have them standing in the return line.
Safety is always on the top of the list for alpine skiers, and the KneeBinding ($399 for Carbon and Core Model, $369 for Mist and Shadow) is the first and only design that protects skiers of all abilities from serious knee injuries. Available at REI or kneebinding.com.
Keep your iPhone 6/6S powered up and protected from the harsh elements with the mophie juice pack H2PRO case ($129.95). The durable military-tested case is protected against drops, comes in four colors, provides 100 percent extra battery life (up to 14 hours additional talk time) and is waterproof. At Best Buy or www.mophie.com.
The Camillus EDC3 Folding Knife ($33.99) and Camillus Carnivore X 18-inch Titanium Bonded Machete ($34.99) are priced right and extremely durable, enabling you to cut through just about anything. The knife’s 3-inch partly serrated blade stays sharp and offers an ergonomic grip. The machete has an 18-inch titanium bonded stainless blade that can chisel, cut, dig and saw. Available at Bass Pro Shops or www.camillusknives.com.
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The versatile and stylish evrgrn Kickback Pack ($59) is ideal for your next adventure. The tough, durable nylon with leather accents includes a laptop sleeve in the main compartment, two organizer pockets in the front and a fleece-lined pocket in the lid. Available at REI Seattle stores and www.rei.com.
Rest assured your next hooked fish won’t unbutton with the lightweight and sensitive Berkley Buzz Ramsey Air Series fishing rod ($99.99). The sleek-looking rod comes in 11 different models, and is engineered with a Complex Matrix composite construction, and durable double-footed SS304 guides with titanium nitride coated zirconia inserts. Available at Bass Pro Shop stores or http://www.berkley-fishing.com/berkley-rods-casting-rods-berkley-air/1372982.html.
Keep warm on your next camping trip with the Cabela’s 0- and -30-Degree Sleeping Bag ($149.99-$199.99). The TechLoft+insulation keeps you toasty during the coldest of nights. Available at Cabela’s stores or www.cabelas.com.
The Cabela’s Men’s Three-Season Jacket ($39.99) is inexpensive, but don’t let the price fool you. The lightweight, water-repellent shell provides good weather protection with a plush fleece lining for warmth. Available at Cabela’s stores or www.cabelas.com.
The Bushnell Truth Rangefinder ($199) is an affordable range finder for bow hunters or anyone who hunts in heavy cover, and delivers accurate readings from 5 to 200 yards in bow mode. It has a 4X magnification and has easy one-handed operation. Available at Cabela’s stores or www.cabelas.com.
Save space and keep all your essentials safely packed in the SPIbelt Performance Series ($25.99). The belt has a weather-resistant zipper and pocket to protect your phone, money, credit cards, keys, and anything else from the elements. Available at Dick’s Sporting Goods store and www.spibelt.com.
Protect your lower legs with the MudGear Compression Obstacle Race Socks ($30), which are designed with a layer of padding that protects from rope burn on climbs and long traverses, and other injuries. Available at http://mudgear.com or www.amazon.com.
Never leave any of your fishing gear behind with the Flambeau Bucket Wrap ($28) that fits snugly around a five-gallon bucket. It has rod holders, and pockets for tackle and other fishing gear. Flambeau’s Ultimate Tuff Trainer Deep Series Waterproof Boxes ($17.23) are ideal for carrying any of your water-sensitive gear, and come in eight different sizes. Available at www.flambeauoutdoors.com.
The Pocket Shot Slingshot ($25) isn’t the wooden contraption your dad kept in his pocket. The circular design allows a person to fire at twice the rate of a regular slingshot, and launches projectiles up to 350 feet per second. Available at www.thepocketshot.com.
Keeping your feet comfortable and warm when trekking or hunting, the new Gunner Series Wood N’ Stream Boots ($99.99 uninsulated version, and $109.99 for 640-Gram) are the perfect fit. The company along with 3M have crafted a permanent odor-control technology while ensuring this durable boot will get you through the harshest conditions. Available at Cabela’s, Sportsman’s Warehouse and Sportsman’s Guide or www.woodnstream.com.
The winter wear collection of Violet Love Headbands ($22) is a fashionable gift for those heading to the slopes or the outdoors. The poly microfiber fabric headband comes in 17 different colorful patterns and uses recycled ink and allergy-free and vegan dyes. Available at http://violetloveheadbands.com.
The portable and lightweight Secur Six-In-One Car Charger ($34.99) has a wide variety of uses to keep your cellphone charged up in the car or as a portable power bank while on the go. It can also be used as an emergency window breaker, seat belt cutter, LED flashlight and a flashing emergency red light. Available at http://securproducts.com.
The Duluth Trading Company Shoreman’s Fleece Hooded Jacket ($99.50) provides maximum protection against cold winds and wet weather. The breathable soft-shell polyester fleece is water resistant and rated to keep you warm between 15 and 30 degrees. Don’t get pinched and keep the sweat off with the company’s Buck Naked Performance Boxer Briefs ($22.50). The briefs are treated to fight odor, and the quick-dry material is made from nylon and spandex knit. Available at www.duluthtrading.com or 866-300-9719.
Get the spark you need quickly with the Bison Airlighter Portable Rapid Firestarter ($79.95). A burnt finger from a lighter or matches has been the bane of many campfire builders. This powerful fire starter uses air and a 2,600-degree flame to quickly ignite kindling, wood and charcoal. Available at http://store.thebisoncompany.com.