The Best Outdoor Gadgets and Gear for the Holidays

outdoor gadgets
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 already has every little piece of gear for a weekend in the woods or a month-long excursion into the wilderness. We’ve rounded up some items that most outdoorsman won’t already have (or if they do, these are better than theirs). 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 the nature-loving man in your life.

Sparkr Mini – $30

Sparkr Mini outdoor gadgets

It’s light, it’s fire, it’s USB rechargeable – it’s a new take on a fire starter that will many any gadget guy swoon. An electronic charge runs both the plasma fire source and the LED light in one compact package. Check out our other picks for great fire starters here.

See It

Primus Kamoto Openfire Pit – $130

Primus Kamoto

It used to be that not having an actual fire pit prevented you from having a campfire wherever you damn well pleased. Thanks to modern technology, like the Openfire Pit from Primus, you have the romance of a campfire in a foldable, leave-no-trace package. This one is built with a wind protection on both sides and ventilation underneath for better combustion. So you can put this bad boy anywhere. S’mores, anyone?

See It

Ledlenser MH6 – $50

Ledlenser MH6

A quality headlamp is important light source to have, whether it’s for the trails or the shop. Ledlenser is one of the top manufacturers out there and the MH6 is 200 lumens of lightweight illumination to prove it. This light has a built-in temperature control system to maintain the best output and the whole thing charges in only four hours.

See It

360 Fly HD Camera – $300

360 HD Fly Camera

Take first-person recording to the next level with 360-degrees of pure camera awesomeness. Your gadget guy is sure to love capturing every angle of his outdoor adventures.

See It

ECOXGear EcoSlate – $150

ECOXGear EcoSlate

High-quality sound in a rugged, waterproof container that also happens to be a charging port. 20 watts of sound that’s ready for river float after river float. For other waterproof options, check out our spring round-up here.

See It

Hydroflask 64 oz. Growler – $65

Hydroflask 64 oz. Growler

Your gadget guy likely also loves his beer, so why not give him a sleek and functional way of transporting it? This comes in seven color options and there’s also a 32 oz edition for less courageous drinking adventures.

See It

Nemo Stargaze Recliner – $180

Nemo Stargaze Recliner

The Stargaze is the first camp chair to both swing and recline. It’s next-level comfort around the campfire (or even on your front porch). Save you and your guy’s necks when staring up at the stars.

See It

MSR TrailShot Water Filter – $50

MSR TrailShot Pocket-Sized Water Filter

Enjoy high-level water filtration in a 5.2 oz setup. You can drink directly from the source or pump easily into a bladder or hydration.

See It

Goalzero Flip 10 Recharger – $24

Goal Zero Flip 10 Portable Charger

Although there are hundreds of power banks on the market, this one stands up to the rigors of travel or a weekend camping trip. It’s super light and recharges fairly quickly too. More power is always appreciated.

See It

Leatherman Tread Tempo – $450

Leatherman Tread Tempo

Leatherman took their popular Tread wristband, added a watch, and made the whole thing TSA-friendly. It’s a completely customizable multi-tool with 20+ bands to suit just about any need. It’s an analog gadget for our increasingly digital age.

See It

A version of this article by Austin Parker originally ran on December 12, 2015.

Outdoors

Handy Heat – Five Ways to Keep Your Hands Warm This Winter

With these five things, the winter chill won't be so damaging to your digits.
Fashion & Style

Keep it Cozy with These Seven Warmest Winter Socks

Winter means padding around your pad in the softest, warmest socks possible.
Living

The Complete Guide to Kitchen Knives and Their Uses

You could be missing out on the perfect utensil for making sushi, slicing ribs, or creating radish roses and not even know it.
Travel

Camp Yosemite Like a Gentleman at AutoCamp’s Newest Airstream-centric Outpost

The luxuries of a boutique hotel with all the joys of traditional camping.
Food & Drink

Glenmorangie Debuts Limited Edition Wood Surfboards Made from Scotch Whisky Casks

Every custom Glenmorangie surfboard is beautifully and painstakingly crafted from ex-cask wood inside and out.
Auto

Narke Is the Emissions-Free Electric Jet Ski That Batman Would Ride

This sexy futuristic jet ski has smartphone integration and a digital dash.
Outdoors

HoverGlide Is a Clever ‘Floating’ Backpack Designed to Save Your Spine

It might sound like infomercial-flavored nonsense but it's rooted in sound science.
Outdoors

The Best First Aid Kits for the Home, Car, Hiking, and More

Accident, injuries, burns, bug bites, and worse can strike at any time. Be prepared.
Auto

Camp Literally Anywhere with the World’s 10 Most Extreme Overland Vehicles

Because it's more about the journey and less about the destination.
Outdoors

15 Best Travel Pants for Hiking, Exploring, and Everything in Between

Our favorite, all-around travel pants are suitable for every environment and activity, from finding comfort on the plane to finding adventure outdoors.
Outdoors

Cyber Wildlife Crime Sucks. But You Can Help Fight It Right There From Your Computer

The biggest marketplace for the illegal trade of wildlife isn't Africa or China, it's the web.
Outdoors

Levi’s Wellthread X Outerknown Clean Up Dirty Denim with Fall 2018 Collab

Each of these products are built with their end in mind.