Tired of Giving the Same Old Gifts? Check Out These Options
There’s still time to shop for the outdoors enthusiast on your Christmas list. Here are some suggestions guaranteed to spread holiday cheer. (Mistletoe not included.)
PATAGONIA R1 PULLOVER
Probably the most versatile piece of clothing in my closet. Wear it as a top layer in spring or fall or as a mid-layer in winter. It’ll keep you warm, whisk away moisture and feel super-stretchy while moving. Also available as a full-zip jacket or hoody and in both men’s and women’s cuts.
Price: $129; patagonia.com
ZIPPO DELUXE HANDWARMER
Slip this into your pocket on a cold morning and say goodbye to frigid paws. Its platinum-catalyzed glass fiber is virtually odorless and provides 12 hours of warmth using just 0.4 ounces of lighter fluid.
Price: $19.99 (black or chrome) or $29.99 (camouflage); zippo.com
CABELA’S DANGEROUS HUNTS 2013
Bring the thrill of the hunt into your living room. As you stalk your virtual prey, the gun-shaped wireless controller measures heart rate and breathing levels and steadiness of your aim. So better stay calm. For Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 or Nintendo Wii.
Price: $79.99; activisionhunts.com
GARMIN FORERUNNER 10
Got a runner on your list? This watch tells you how far, how fast and how many calories burned without weighing down your wrist. And when you’re done, all that info can be uploaded, stored and shared with friends. Available in black, pink and green.
Price: $129.99; sites.garmin.com/forerunner10
MAX BURTON 3-WATT SPOTLIGHT
This baby emits a whopping 250 lumens and can spotlight objects up to a mile away. Fully charged, it provides six hours of light. And the detachable Power Pod (included) can charge up your cellphone, camera or other device.
Price: $59.90; aervoe.com
MOTOROLA TALKABOUT MT350R RADIOS
When cell phones are out of range, two-way radios keep you connected. These have a weatherproof design and a 35-mile range, as well as hands-free capability, built-in LED flashlight and NOAA weather channels. Don’t leave home without them.
Price: $89.99; motorola.com
JETBOIL SOL STOVE
Until someone comes out with a more efficient and easier-to-use stove, I’ll keep touting JetBoil. (My 7-year-old model is still purring.) The latest upgrades include a fuel regulator that delivers consistent heat output down to 20 degrees and when the canister is running low. All in one handy 10.5-ounce package.
Price: $119.95; jetboil.com
LEATHERMAN STYLE CS
Multi-tools aren’t just for survival junkies. Combining spring-action scissors, a file, knife, tweezers, bottle opener and mini-screwdriver, this gizmo is perfect for everyday suburban life. At 1.4 ounces, you’ll hardly notice it in your pocket, purse or keychain.
Price: $20; leatherman.com
STANSPORT SPANISH WINE BOTA
Sometimes, sipping from streams isn’t enough. You need something stronger. Carry your favorite liquid in a leather satchel that’s both sanitary and leakproof. Comes in 0.5-, 1- and 2-liter sizes, depending on the size of your thirst.
Price: $9.99, $11.99, $14.99; stansport.com
PEAKS 2.0 iPhone APP
The age-old question, “What mountain is that over there?” is now easily solved. Just hold up your iPhone in the direction you’re interested in and presto! Your screen instantly displays name, location and altitude of the peaks you’re looking at. Comes preloaded with 500,000 peaks around the world.
Price: $2.99; peaks.augmented-outdoors.com