24 Adventurous Gifts for Any Budget
From stocking stuffers to big surprises, here are two dozen offerings perfect for outdoors-loving family and friends on your holiday list. —By Stephen Regenold of gearjunkie.com
KIND Nuts and Spices Bars
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Energy bars with holiday flavors? Stuff these in the stockings instead of candy. Flavors range from maple glazed pecan and sea salt to dark chocolate chili almond. Yum.
Get It: $1.75; www.kindsnacks.com
Voke Energy Tabs
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Natural caffeine from tea leaves, organic guarana berry seeds, and organic cherries are used to make these chewable energy "tabs," which come in a slim tin canister. Take one for a healthy boost in the outdoors.
Get It: $7, www.voketab.com
FITS Light Ski Women's Socks
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A merino wool blend is the base of this made-for-the-slopes sock. Its no-itch wool/nylon material offers warmth and wicking. Ski-specific stretch, cushioning, and design considerations range from toes to ankle to calf for optimal fit in an alpine ski boot.
Get It: $23.99, www.fitssock.com
Sawyer Mini Filter
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A backpacker or wilderness hiker will appreciate this water-purification "straw," which filters to the 0.1-micron level and lets you drink water straight from a stream. It weighs only two ounces, letting you put it in a pocket and take it anywhere.
Get It: $20, www.sawyer.com
Swiss Army Bike Tool
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Known for its knives, Victorinox offers this tool for cyclists. It has the essentials to adjust components or help at a breakdown, including bits, an L wrench for torque, and tire levers to change a flat.
Get It: $48, www.victorinox.com
Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil® Dry Daypack
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It packs up small for storage and weighs almost nothing. But unfurl this frameless pack and you have a 22-liter capacity carrier with a shoulder harness and a roll-top closure to keep the weather out. Made of a light and waterproof siliconized Cordura nylon fabric.
Get It: $55, www.seatosummit.com
PrAna Adilyn Top
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Fashion or function? Here's both. This cotton/polyester sweater works indoors and out. A classic pattern and form-fitting design mask the stretch, wicking, and warmth that makes the Adilyn wearable on any casual wilderness outing.
Get It: $60, www.prana.com
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This frameless kid carrier gives support for grownups toting little ones via its body-hugging design and pack-like fit. A kid can ride on front or back. Light nylon material lets you fold the BobaAir up to stow it in a pack when your kid wants to run free.
Get It: $65, www.bobafamily.com
CamelBak All Clear
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A powerful UV light from this bottle's battery-equipped cap shines through water and disables bacteria, viruses, and make-you-sick protozoan cysts. The process, which is similar to what's used in municipal water-treatment plants around the world, takes just 60 seconds to "clean" a half-liter of suspect H20.
Get It: $99, www.camelbak.com
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Sold as a do-all exercise mat, the SLVRBK is sticky enough for yoga, cushioned for Pilates, and durable enough for strength-training routines.
Get It: $107, www.slvrbk.com
Keen Alpha WP CNX
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It might look like a traditional KEEN sandal-shoe. But the Alpha WP CNX has a waterproof-breathable membrane to keep feet dry when it's nasty outside. A flexible outsole lets a foot move more naturally inside across a range of wintery terrain.
Get It: $130; www.keenfootwear.com
Columbia Conspiracy OutDry Omni-Heat Shoes
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Waterproof and warm—those are the hallmarks of this one-of-a-kind shoe. Columbia combines a waterproof/breathable membrane along with thermal reflective material inside. Add a gaiter and the Conspiracy can be worn as a lightweight alternative to a winter boot.
Get It: $130, www.columbia.com
JBL Charge Speaker
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Bluetooth syncs this rugged cylinder speaker with a phone or other device wirelessly. Sound pumps out surprisingly rich from the small, fit-in-your-hand rechargeable unit, which is equipped with five-watt speakers and a bass port.
Get It: $149.95, www.jbl.com
Patagonia Black Hole Duffel
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Pack for the long haul with this durable duffel bag. It's constructed of waterproof fabric and has water-resistant zippers. Inside, 60 liters of capacity can swallow a week's worth of clothing or gear.
Get It: $119, www.patagonia.com
Salomon S-LAB SENSE 2
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These top-end trail shoes were designed with ultra-athlete and Adventurer of the Year Kilian Jornet. The Sense 2s are light, fast, and made for racing. They offer an exact, minimal fit, but with just the right amount of cushioning and support for attacking serious mountain trails.
Get It: $200, www.salomon.com
Mountain Hardwear Hoop Dreams Tent
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A tepee-type design lets you set up this shelter with a single center pole. The result is a spacious and lightweight wilderness home that can sleep four adults in a canopied 64-square-foot space.
Get It: $250, www.mountainhardwear.com
The North Face ThermoBall Hoodie
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A new kind of insulation, ThermoBall mimics goose down to trap body heat and keep a wearer warm. The North Face built its hoodie to be insulating but still low profile enough to slip under a shell. Bonus: A stylish look lets the jacket work for everyday wear around town.
Get It: $220, www.thenorthface.com
Oliberté Krabu Backpack
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Made in Ethiopia by hand and brought to a larger market by Canadian company Oliberté, the Krabu is one of the more interesting outdoor products you can find. It's made of waxed leather and has multiple pockets, metal clip rings, buckles, and adjustable shoulder straps.
Get It: $240, www.oliberte.com
Black Diamond Dawn Patrol Jacket
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Multiple waterproof and breathable material types from Swiss-based Schoeller Textiles AG blend on this jacket, which the brand cites as giving "hardshell protection and softshell flexibility." This means it can keep the worst wind and weather out while staying stretchy, comfortable, and breathable on your back through the mood swings of a common alpine winter day.
Get It: $349, www.blackdiamondequipment.com
Body Glove 60 Year Anniversary Prime 3/2
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A retro wetsuit? Body Glove celebrates six decades in the business with an old-school aesthetic suit. But the 60 Year line uses the latest materials and design features found on wetsuits of today.
Get It: $379, www.bodyglove.com
Eddie Bauer Everest 50th Anniversary Karakoram Down Sleeping Bag
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It weighs just more than two pounds and packs small. But the down-insulated Karakoram sleeping bag puffs up thick and cozy for sub-freezing nights. Eddie Bauer uses superlight 850-fill-rated down that has a hydrophobic treatment to keep the plumes puffy even if they get wet.
Get It: $399, www.eddiebauer.com
Big Shot Single-Speed Bike
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Give a gift certificate for a bike junkie on your list. Big Shot offers an online design-it-yourself program to pick colors and components to create a custom urban-oriented fixed or single-speed ride.
Get It: $389, www.bigshotbikes.com
SPOT Global Phone
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It costs about the same as an iPhone. But you can call far off the grid with this satellite-connected unit, which debuted this year. It's small and light, and beyond voice communication, the Global Phone has text message features and a 911 function to signal for emergency help in a worst-case scenario outside.
Get It: $499.95, www.findmespot.com