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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.