The holidays are just around the corner, and here are some nifty, must-have gifts for the outdoor devotee on your list.
Keep your iPhone powered and safely tucked away with the iBatzz Mojo Refuel Armor Battery Case ($89.95) and the Mojo Refuel Aqua Battery Case ($119.95). They’re a rugged, yet stylish and compact case that extends the battery life on long outings. An extra battery is $15 and worth the purchase. Available at www.ibattz.com or www.amazon.com or Walmart, Best Buy and Sam’s Club stores.
A premium, handcrafted knife stocking stuffer is the W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Company’s Lightweight Pink Camo Lockback ($13.31), which has a 3-inch blade and weighs just 1.9 ounces. Honor a scout with the Boy Scouts of America Mini Trapper Knife ($52.95) with a peach-seed jigged dark red bone handle and a 3½-inch blade that comes in a very nice case. Available at www.wrcase.com/dealer/master_dealers/.
Attention to detail is what makes the Marmot Minimalist Jacket ($200) stand out from the crowd. The waterproof, breathable outerwear made from a Gore-Tex Paclite material is designed to ward off the worst elements, and weighs just 15 ounces. Available at www.marmot.com.
The 21-ounce FLEXR Sports Water Bottle ($10.95) comes with a disposable and fully biodegradable liner. It collapses as you drink, keeping the liquids from sloshing around. Available at www.flexrsports.com.
The sturdy REI Half Dome 2 Tent Plus ($219) holds up well in any weather situation and offers plenty of space and storage for two people to move around in. Available at www.rei.com or REI stores.
The ultra lightweight REI Flash Sleeping Bag ($199.93-$208.93) has synthetic insulation on the bottom and goose down on top, and is rated at 32 degrees. The waterproof breathable fabric around the edges wicks away condensation. Available at www.rei.com or REI stores.
Nothing spells misery like cold feet, and the Thermacell Heated Insoles ($129.99) will keep them toasty in the worst of conditions. The insoles run on a small wireless remote that fits into a pocket, and runs up to five hours or longer if used in intervals. Available at www.thermacell.com or Cabela’s Tulalip and Lacey stores.
Deciding what healthy snacks to pack can be a challenge, and GoBites (deliveries start at $27.86 per month) could be the cure-all on the next outdoor adventure. These USDA Certified Organic treats come in 25 varieties of dried fruits and nuts that are customized for every dietary need. Available at www.gobites.com.
The Free Country Women’s Transcend Softshell-Down Jacket ($70) comes in seven stylish colors, and the water- and wind-resistant high-performance fabric is just what you’ll need this winter. Available at www.freecountry.com or Kohl’s, JCPenney and Bass Pro Shops.
Utilizing space is a must when heading into the backcountry, and the Panasonic Compact EH-WR40VP Body Shaver ($29.99) and Battery-Powered EW-DS90 Toothbrush ($39.99) are the perfect on-the-go items. Available at www.Shop.Panasonic.com. The shaver can be purchased at Ulta Beauty Stores in Redmond, Northgate, Southcenter, Alderwood and Everett.
The durable, fully-padded and inline-skate-style wheels make the Volkl All-Equipment Bag ($135) a perfect gear transporter on any ski trip. It can fit three pairs of skis up 198 centimeters and poles, plus additional storage space. Available at Sturtevant’s in Bellevue, Alderwood and Tacoma or www.volkl.com or www.sturtevants.com.
JanSport Inc., founded in Seattle in 1967, offers its versatile Watchtower Daypack ($90) that comes in four colors with plenty of storage space and weighs just one pound. Details: www.jansport.com or www.amazon.com.
Winter steelhead fishing is starting up in local streams, and get set up to catch the big one with the Abu Garcia BCX/Cabela’s Pro Guide Salmon/Steelhead Casting Combo ($69.99). The lightweight IM6 graphite rod comes in four lengths — 8½ feet to 9 feet — and the reel features an anti-distortion spool that won’t give under heavy loads. Available at www.cabelas.com or the Tulalip and Lacey Cabela’s stores.
The Jetboil Sumo Cooking System ($129.99) is the speedy way to prepare a meal for a big group of hungry campers. Available at www.cabelas.com or the Tulalip and Lacey Cabela’s stores.
Light up the trails or campsite with the Energizer 7 LED Headlight ($25.99) and 4 LED Headlight ($20.99). Each packs more power than before with the 7 LED going from 58 to 100 lumens with four light modes, and the 4 LED increased from 40 to 80 with two light modes. Each is water resistant and requires three AAA batteries. Available at www.amazon.com or www.energizer.com.
Use the Brinno Bike Camera Sport Series ($289.99) by Phase 3 Systems to capture your next biking, ATV or motorcycle adventure. The long battery life (runs on four AA batteries) allows you to shoot an eight-hour ride and automatically consolidates into an eight-minute time lapse video. An adapter quickly uploads them to your smart phone. Available at www.amazon.com or www.brinno.com.
Coghlan’s has a wide range of outdoor products, including the Trekking Umbrella ($17.99) with a vented 42-inch canopy and a bright LED light on the handle. Fuel Fire Discs ($1.89) are a great starting source to light up the next campfire. The Emergency Survival Horn ($5.19) emits an audible sound up to 120dB. Available at www.amazon.com or www.coghlans.com, and Sports Authority and REI stores.