Special Gift Ideas For Outdoorsmen
Are you thinking about holiday gifts for your favorite outdoors person. Well, here are some ideas for items that can be found online as well as regular outdoors and department stores:
The Helinox Chair from Big Agnes is light, sturdy and packable. It weighs just two pounds and packs down to just 14 inches by 4 inches by 5 inches. Great for a canoe-country campsite. Suggested retail, $89.95.
To Build a Fire
Jack London will have nothing on you when you use your Soto Pocket Torch to kindle a campfire. The torch attachment fits atop a specific disposable lighter to create a strong, wind-resistant burner. Suggested retail, $19.95.
Ride the Runners
Give the gift of a dogsledding tour. Positive Energy Outdoors near Duluth, Minn., offers Winter Adventure gift certificates for various dogsled tours from $175 per person to $350 for up to four people. Or give a private skijoring lesson ($130, bring your own dog) or a private ice-climbing lesson ($270 for up to two people).
Try a Fly
The Tri-Trout Fly Fishing Kit from Scientific Angler includes everything a beginning fly angler needs to get into fly fishing. Suggested retail, $114.95.
Fly-tying on the Road
The Road Trip Soft-sided Fly-Tying Kit from Fish Pond lets you carry all of your fly-tying gear in one compact pack. Suggested retail, $89.95.
Make Holes Fast
Weighing in at 22 pounds, the 8-inch Ion Electric Ice Auger will drill up to 40 holes through 2 feet of ice on a single charge, according to the manufacturer. Suggested retail, $499.95.
Sleep Well, Doggies
Carhartt’s canvas duck dog bed is “Lab” tested. Made of durable 12-ounce, 100 percent cotton canvas duck, it features a removable inner cushion. Bed measures 28 inches by 36 inches by 4 inches. Suggested retail, $49.99.
Show Your Olympic Pride
Helly Hansen Lifa tops come in a variety of colors, including the U.S. Ski Team limited edition style. Lifa combines unique fiber technology with lightweight, moisture-wicking polyester. Suggested retail, $55.
Warm Your Skin
Warm Skin All Weather Guard warms by holding in the body’s own natural warmth while serving as a barrier to water loss. Suggested retail, $9.99 for 3-ounce tube, $21.99 for 16-ounce jar.
Hold Your Firearm
The Tipton Gun Vise secures your rifle or shotgun for any work you want to perform. Just right for gun cleaning and gunsmithing. Features a rubberized cradle and jaws to protect and grip your gun. Suggested retail, $43.99.
Gun Cleaning Kit
Keep your cleaning bench organized with the Browning Universal Gun cleaning kit. The 35-piece kit is packaged in a fitted aluminum frame carrying case and contains solid brass cleaning rods, plus brushes, wool mops and more. For 17- to 45-caliber, plus 12, 20 and .410-gauge shotguns. Suggested retail, $44.99.
Swaddle Your Baby
Zip your baby into the fluffy warmth of the Baby Synchilla Cardigan by Patagonia. It’s made of 100 percent polyester fleece that’s durable and easy to care for. The full-length zipper has a fleece wind flap. Spandex binding at the hood opening and cuffs seals out chilly drafts. Suggested retail, $59.
The Versatile Buff
Introduced in 2010, the Reversible Polar Buff is a continuous double layer of polyester microfiber and fleece. Wear it with the fleece inside or out or half way up or halfway down - as with all Buffs, the possibilities are almost endless. Suggested retail, $33.
Keep ‘em Warm
Layer your loved ones in the One Industries Honda Fargo black and red men’s jacket in X-large size. Or the Fox Sweatshirt in black, large size. Suggested retail: Honda jacket, $89.99; Fox sweatshirt, $59.99.
The Craft AB Siberian Jacket is a great piece of gear for the cyclist who wants to ride all winter. Suggested retail, $119.
The SKS Airchecker digital air gauge is accurate to 0.5 psi. Great for cyclocrossers, mountain bikers and fat bikers who need precise tire pressure. Suggested retail, $25.
Trail or Town
The Frost River Sojourn Pack can be your “do-it-all” pack for use on or off the beaten path. Two styles are available, a classic envelope style and roomier gusseted style. Each size has a sleeve, which can be padded or unpadded. Built by hand, from waxed canvas, solid brass, and premium leather. Suggested retail, $115 to $165.
Rope Tow Mitt
The Rope Tow Mitt from Damage Boardshop is right whether you’re hitting the rope tow or sitting on the chairlift. Extra strong pigskin leather is doubled with a cozy warm thermal interior. Suggested retail, $34.95.
Artwork on Hand
Just eight snowboard shops worldwide have collaborated with Celtek Gloves to make mitts like these. The Damage x Celtek Mitt features artwork done by artist Pat Sharrow. Highly water repellent, extra grippy. Suggested retail, $49.95.
The fly fisher on your list would love a Sage 1800 series fly reel, a lightweight, large-arbor reel with a sealed, easily adjustable carbon drag system. Suggested retail, $100.
Fly Rod and Reel
Give your budding fly fisher a Redington Pursuit rod and reel combo - a four-piece graphite rod with a large-arbor reel fully spooled with fly line. Limited quantities. Suggested retail, $150.
Haul a Growler
Insulated Growler Pack will protect a growler of beer from light and keep the beer cooler longer. It folds tightly to keep the growler safe while it’s attached to your bike or canoe, or when you’re hiking. Suggested retail, $54.
Move logs easily
The Pack Log Carrier lets you haul large loads of logs or kindling in a single trip. Made from 15-ounce canvas with rolled leather handles. Suggested retail, $130.
Ice-fishing suit floats
Fish safely on the ice with the Striker Ice Climate Jacket and Bibs, designed specifically for ice anglers. Three-in-one jacket, and the bibs have a removable liner. Suggested retail, $239 for jacket, $219 for bibs.
Tingler Spoons are back
VMC’s Tingler Spoons are back by popular demand. These V-shaped spoons mimic the action of a dying baitfish. Excellent for walleyes and crappies. Suggested retail, $3.99.
Get the original
Stylish and warm, it’s the Original Stormy Kromer Hat. Made in the USA of 80 percent wool, 20 percent nylon, with 100 percent cotton lining. Available in many colors. Suggested retail, $39.95.
It’s a Northland classic
White Mountain Wool Shirts by Minus 33 are made from 80 percent soft merino wool and 20 percent nylon. Available in traditional red and black, green and black or blue and black block plaids. Suggested retail, $99.95.
The Darn Tough sock is just that. So tough, it’s guaranteed for life. Made from 100 percent merino wool. Suggested retail, $24.
Get some air
Every bicyclist needs a reliable pump. The Specialized Airtool Comp Floor Pump fits both Presta and Schrader valve stems and has a 3-inch gauge for easy reading. Steel and aluminum construction. Suggested retail, $59.95.
Light up your dog
The Adventure Light Kit is an expedition light for extreme conditions. Mushers and dog-walkers can add this lithium-battery, red light (steady or flashing beam) to a slide-adjustable collar. Suggested retail, $14.95.
The Kondos Outdoors Three-Pocket Guide Pack is popular in canoe country. It’s 12 inches wide, 18 inches high, 7½ inches deep, excluding pockets. Made from 1,000 denier Cordura nylon. Suggested retail, $85.95.
There aren’t many TV shows more popular now than Duck Dynasty, and this hooded sweatshirt highlights the business that started it all. It’s a cotton-poly blend with neon accents, available in several color styles. Suggested retail price $49.99.
Remote-control boot warmers? Yep, and these ThermaCell Heated Insoles will keep your feet nice and warm for five hours at a time with rechargable batteries. The wireless remote controls on/off, and two temperature settings. Suggested retail, $129.99.
Warm and chic
Steger Chicks mukluks are new this year from Steger Mukluks. Moosehide with faux fur, plus liners and insoles. Two colors: Maple Chicks and Nutty Chicks. Suggested retail, $259.95.
The AHTI Finnish Leuku (knife) from Kauhava, Finland, has a 3½-inch carbon steel blade, a brass bolster and pommel, and a stained curly birch handle. Suggested retail, $95.00.
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