Holiday Gift Guide - Gear 2015

Friday, November 27, 2015


It's officially Holiday shopping season.  With people trampling each other to get their hands on Black Friday deals and giant malls overrun with junk no one needs, we thought we'd share a few of our favorite gear gifts for your special someones.


Patagonia R3 Fleece Hoody:  The warmest of the Patagonia R3 fleece options, this reversible hoody delivers in all kinds of conditions.  Warm yet breathable thanks to a Polartec High-Loft fleece material, this jacket is a perfect layering piece, or a fully capable outer layer on days where temps stay above freezing. Highly packable and weighing only 18 ounces, this fleece will quickly become someone's go-to all weather option.
MSRP: $199


Motorola Talkabout MS350R Walkie-Talkies:  Staying in contact with your crew while on the trail or in the woods has never been easier.  These Motorola Walkies are rugged waterproof and even float should you happen to drop them in the lake.  With an on-water range of 6 miles, you'll be able to find your buddies from way off.  A built in flashlight and NOAA weather channel reception keep you safe when things get nasty.  The MS350R's come with built in rechargeable NiMH battery packs and charging station, but also operate on normal AA batteries as well.   MSRP: $99



Olympia RG850 Rechargeable Flashlight:  This flashlight has taken the rank of our favorite light in the woods.  It's a beast in a little package.  The CREE LED generates 850 lumens which lights up the dark like the sun and the beam carries for nearly 400 meters.  Waterproof down to 2 meters and rechargeable via a Micro USB, you have a perfect back country torch.  MSRP: $89


Helly Hanson Verglas Hooded Down Jacket: It's no secret we are fans of Helly Hanson gear, and the Vergals Down Jacket is further proof it's for a good reason.  The Pertex ripstop nylon shell provides wind and moisture protection while the 700+ European goose down fill is far warmer than you'd expect from this light weight puffy.  Compatible with the Helly CIS system, you can pair this down hoody with a variety of Helly shells and 3-in-1 systems.  Helly delivers the goods.  MSRP: $270



ENO Sub 7 Hammock and Helios Suspensions System:  Everyone should have a hammock in their gear arsenal, EVERYONE.  The new Sub 7 from ENO lets you do that, and barely notice a change in your pack.  At only 6.5 ounces, it's the lightest hammock we've found.  Add the Helios Suspension system and you have a turn-key hammock set-up that weighs in a a total of only 11 ounces.  From an afternoon at the park to a weekend on the trail, this is our favorite gear gift money can buy.  MSRP: Sub7 $69.95  Helios $34.95



Turcom AcustoShock Bluetooth Speaker:  Music on the trail need not be a chore.  This little bluetooth speaker is water, dust and shock proof and plays for up to 10 hours.  The 3 watt speaker delivers more than enough sound to fill camp and comes with a handle bar mount for mobile tunes on your bike.  The best part, it's only $37.99.  A steal for sure.



SOG Kiku Folding Knife:  Yet another collaboration knife from SOG, this folder was designed by legendary Japanese knifemaker Kiku Matsuda.  A substantial 4" AUS-8 Stainless steel blade with a tanto tip makes short work of just about any cutting task.  The removable linen micarta handle scales provide ample grip are easy to swap out should you want to customize this knife to be all you.  Not your father's pocket knife, this blade makes a statement. MSRP: $180.




Hydroflask Bottles and Pint Glasses:  Not just for water anymore, Hydroflask brings a whole line of vessels for the beers fans on your list.  From the giant 64 ounce growler that keeps your IPA's cold for 24 hours, to the True Pint that make camp beers a pleasure.  Never get to the bottom of a pint and have to suffer thru room temp suds again.  Elevate someone's camp beer game to a whole new level.  MSRP: Growler $54.99, 32 ounce Wide Mouth $33.99, True Pint $21.99


HanWag Rotpunkt Approach Shoes:  One shoe to rule them all.  These technical approach shoes can handle everything from light bouldering to the trail hike in.  Stylish and a bit retro, they play as well with jeans around town as they do out on the trail.  Gnarly Vibram soles provide superglue like grip in all kinds of conditions.  MSRP: $180




Snowpeak Ti-Double 450 Mug:  The last camp mug you'll ever buy.  Titanium, double walled, folding handles and big enough to use for coffee or oatmeal, what more could you ever need?  Super light and nearly indestructible, it has everything your old beat up mug doesn't.  This is one piece of gear your grand kids will end up using.  MSRP: $49.95


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