The Best Outdoor Gadgets and Gear for the Holidays

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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


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