Gift Guide: Outdoor Gadgets

Maybe you’re a procrastinator. You might just have some really hard people to shop for on your list. If you’ve got a serious outdoor addict in the family, then you know how hard it can be to find a gift for the guy who has every little piece of gear for a weekend in the woods or a month long excursion into the wilds. These time tested Outdoor Gadgets are our go to favorites for both personal use (who doesn’t deserve a little gift to themselves with all the holiday stress), and to brighten up the day of your favorite gear head.

Related: Gift Guide: The Lady Adventurer | Gift Guide: The Outdoorsman

Light & Motion Vis 360 Plus $150

Light & Motion Vis 360 Plus

A good headlamp will pay for itself many times over during its lifetime. Light & Motion’s Vis 360 line are some of the best. We love the Plus version because it can mount to a bike helmet or a plush head band. At 250 lumens, it throws some serious light for even your darkest trail runs. The rear flashing light is a welcome addition for urban adventures.

Abom Anti-Fog Goggles $250-270

Abom Goggles

As ski goggles go, the technology hasn’t changed a whole lot in the last last decade. Abom took the one last real problem with goggles – fogging up in bad conditions or when you’re working hard – and solved it perfectly. A conductive film in the lens is powered via battery in the goggle frame. With it, you’ll never have anything but crystal clear vision. Bring on the powder.

Aerix Vidius HD Mini Drone $95

Aerix Vidius HD

Whether you’re a budding drone pilot, old hand at flying, or just want a new way to drive your dog crazy, the Vidius HD is a fun little drone to add to your arsenal. At its price point, you won’t be worried about a few wrecks as you learn to fly it (and you will crash it). Aerix’s VR app and goggles make the Vidius HD a great option to learn on, and the included controller is a breeze to fly with. With livestreaming capabilities, we have a feeling this will be a hit (and a terror) at your next holiday office party.

Miir Food Canisters $35

Miir Food Canister

Cold winter mornings on the trail are best combated by hot food after your trail run. Short of packing in a full camp kitchen, Miir’s insulated Food Canisters are your best bet. At sixteen ounces, they’ll pack a good sized breakfast on the trail. The vacuum insulated 18/8 stainless steel will keep your favorite oatmeal recipe hot for hours.

Pocket Shot Slingshot $25

Pocket Shot

Remember that slingshot you had when you were a kid? This is infinitely better. The Pocket Shot is a circular framed slingshot capable of firing steel slugs, marbles, and paint balls. A conversion kit allows you to fire arrows with remarkable accuracy. We recommend springing for the Pocket Hammer grip ($40) for more stability.

LifeStraw Steel $42

lifestraw steel

From emergency kits to your hiking pack, having a LifeStraw on hand is a must for any adventure. We love the upgraded LifeStraw Steel not just for the premium body, but the additional carbon pre-filter. It will remove any foul taste, and is replaceable once it is expended. Inside, you’ve got the same award winning filter that will last for a thousand liters of drinking.

Lensbaby Trio 28 Lens $280

LensBaby Trio 28

Purpose built for mirrorless cameras, Lensbaby’s new Trio 28 is essentially three lenses in one. With a rotating lens dial, it allows you to select from their Velvet, Sweet, and Twist effects. Whether you’re shooting with a Sony e-mount format camera or micro 4/3s, your instagram photos just got a whole lot more interesting – no filters needed. Get a Trio and let your creativity run wild.