Camping Gear Holiday Gift Guide
If you’re having a tough time finding that perfect present for the outdoors types in your family or group of friends, we’ve assembled a number of items that would make any recipient happy. They will delight the gift-giver with the satisfaction of knowing your present won’t be found in the closet gathering dust in a month—like that little statue of the bluebirds on a branch your Auntie sent last year.
Canon PowerShot Camera
New from Canon, the PowerShot SX110 IS digital camera has a 10x optical zoom lense, large 3-inch LCD screen, and a 9-megapixel sensor. It’s also got face detection, motion detection, and red-eye correction technology, as well as optical image stabilization capabilities. All this makes it a great camera for capturing wide sunsets or tight wildlife photos. MSRP: $299. Canon U.S.A.: 800/OK-CANON; /usa.canon.com/.
Smartwool SnowIsle Hat
This Nordic-inspired hat is warm and comfy, made from Smartwool’s 100-percent no-itch wool, and offers a traditional snowflake motif with the classic earflap design. It’s a great companion for someone who likes skiing, boarding or shoeing, or just wants to go throw some snowballs. MSRP: $35. Smartwool: 800/555-WOOL; /smartwool.com/.
Motorola Talkabout Two-Way Radio
The compact EM 1000R two-way radios from Motorola offer 22 channels, each with 121 privacy codes (for a possible 2662 combinations) for clear and discrete communications. A load of features, such as voice-activated hands-free operation, dual power (three AA batteries or rechargeable N-MH battery pack), emergency alert, access to seven NOAA and four EC/Canada Marine weather channels, mini-USB charging port, backlight display, and a built-in LED flashlight make the radios ideal for camping families. MSRP: $69.99/pair. Motorola: 800/638-5119; /hellomoto.com/.
Cascade Designs PlatyPreserve
If you like wine, but hate to deal with bottles when camping or at a picnic, then you’ll love the PlatyPreserve from Cascade Designs. It’s a handy flexible container that limits oxygen and light exposure to already opened wine and keeps it fresh for weeks under the right conditions. Great for the outdoors, it’s the Boda bag of the new millennium. MSRP: $12.95. Cascade Designs: 800/531-9531; /platypreserve/.
Old Guys Rule Tee
For the holiday season, the company that brought you the famous “Old Guys Rule” shirts now offers its newest line of cotton tees featuring images and quotes from John Wayne. Part of the proceeds go to the John Wayne Cancer Foundation for research and education support. Four different designs in the new line come in a variety of sizes. MSRP: $19.95. Old Guys Rule: 805/954-1195; /oldguysrule.com/.
HighGear Adventure Tool
For gadget freaks, the Adventure Tool from HighGear is tops! It offers a high-intensity LED flashlight, liquid-filled compass, thermometer, digital time/date display, 5x magnifier, and a safety whistle and mirror. A quick-release lanyard is included with the 4.75-inch long Adventure Tool. MSRP: $20. HighGear: 828/681-0335; /highgear.com/.
SIGG Aluminum Bottle
Available in a wide range of sizes, uses, colors and patterns, the water bottles from SIGG are made of 100 percent aluminum and are recyclable. You can choose from the fun Kidz line in 0.3-, 0.4- and 0.6-liter sizes; the bread-and-butter Sports and Classic lines ranging from 0.4- to 1.5-liters; or the City collection with hip colors and styles (including a flask) that go from 0.4- to 1.0-liter capacities. MSRP: $17.99-$29.99. SIGG: 203/321-1220; /sigg.com/.
Tool Logic Survival Card
Packed with vital features, each of the new pair of Tool Logic Survival Cards features a 2-inch serrated knife blade, replaceable magnesium alloy fire starter strip, signal whistle, tweezer and toothpick, and a lanyard hole. The SVC1 model adds a compass and 8x magnifier; the SVC2 provides a bright red LED flashlight. They are small and light (about 3/16-inch thick and 1.3 ounces) and can be carried in a pack or pocket. MSRP: $29.95. Tool Logic: 800/483-8422; /toollogic.com/.
Sony HDR-SR12 Camcorder
For the camper who has been especially good, the new Sony HDR-SR12 HD (high-definition) Camcorder is just the ticket! The camcorder features full 1920×1080 high-def’ recording, face-detection technology in both video and photo mode, 5.7-megapixel CMOS sensors with 10.2-megapixel photo capture, 3.2-inch (16:9) wide LCD screens with a wide (160 degree) viewing angle, and ultra-sharp resolution (921K). Movie and photo recording is on optional Memory Stick PRO Duo media cards, as well as the built-in hard drives. We tested this camera for a number of weeks and were very pleased with it. MSRP: $1400. Sony: 888/222-SONY; /sony.com/.
Ibex Shak Hoody
Your giftee won’t be returning this cool and hip pullover hoody. It’s not only got style, but is made from 100 percent dense-knit New Zealand Merino wool. The hoody features Raglan sleeves, a Kangaroo pocket, contrast-stitching details, and flatlock seams. The sturdy hoody delivers 390 grams of wool per square meter of cloth. Comes in three colors, chrome blue (pictured), russet and black; and sizes small to XL (XXL in black). MSRP: $150(men)/$140(women). Ibex: 800/773-9647; /ibexwear.com/.
GSI Holiday Ornaments
GSI Outdoors, the company that brings you all kinds of outdoor cookware and flatware for the campsite, also offers a broad line of products in its Outside Inside Collection, including birdfeeders, birdhouses, party lights, ‘fridge’ magnets, and ornaments for the home or cabin. One of our favorites from the line is the 3.3-inch-tall Rooftop Kayak Santa Ornament that makes a great addition to any holiday décor. MSRP: $12.95. GSI Outdoors: 800/704-4474; /gsioutdoors.com/.
Teko Organic TekoMerino Socks
The Organic TekoMerino Light Hiking socks from Teko Socks are available in sizes and designs for men and women. The women’s version has a narrower heel, tapered toe, and a slightly more open cuff. Both are made from 76 percent EcoMerino wool from organic farms in Argentina, 13 percent Ecopoly recycled polyester, 8 percent nylon and 3 percent Lycra. They are high wicking and fast drying, and great for any outdoor activity. MSRP: $19.95/pair. Teko Socks: 800/450-5784; /tekosocks.com/.
Essential Gear Spotlight
Here’s a compact spotlight that can always be charging and handy. The rechargeable Spotlight from Essential Gear is an aluminum-bodied light that is less than 2 inches long, weighs 1.6 ounces, and will recharge from almost any automotive-style 12-volt power point or cigarette lighter outlet. The rechargeable NiMH battery powers the 0.5-watt LED; and according to the manufacturer, offers two hours’ minutes of light per charge. MSRP: $19.95. Essential Gear: 800/582-3861; /essentialgear.com/.
Wenger G-3 Navigator Watch
The unique design of the G-3 Navigator Swing-out Compass Watch provides a convenient swing-out case that reveals a fully functional rotating compass. It also features a Swiss quartz movement, 165-foot water resistance, and engraved elapsed minutes on the rotating bezel. A nylon strap with leather accents highlights the dial face, which is available in white or black. MSRP: $225. Wenger: 800/267-3577; /wengerNA.com/.
Bass Pro Shops RedHead 10×42 Binoculars
Premium binoculars at an affordable price is what you’ll get with the RedHead Epic 10×42 black binoculars from Bass Pro Shops this holiday season. The Epic 10×42 offers BAK-4 roof prisms, multilayer phase coating, nitrogen-purged 100-percent waterproof and fog-free protection, shock-absorbing rubber armor, twist-up eyecups, and a right-eye diopter for precise focusing. A padded case and neoprene neck strap are included. MSRP: $179.94. Bass Pro Shops: 800/BASS-PRO; /basspro.com/.
Surefire G3 LED Flashlight
The G3 LED Flashlight from Surefire is a virtually indestructible unit that produces four times the light of a typical two D-cell powered flashlight, but it runs on three little #123 lithium batteries. Its output is a blinding 80 lumens, and the G3 LED features one-push switching for momentary-on and twist for constant-on, in a 6.5-inch long Nitrolon polymer and aerospace-grade aluminum body with a Lexan lens. MSRP: $89. Surefire: 800/828-8809; /surefire.com/.
Cabela’s XPG K2 Headlamp
OK, so they look odd, but a headlamp is worth it’s weight (8 ounces) in gold when you need a flashlight /and/ two free hands. Plus, the light goes wherever you look! Cabela’s offers its very nice XPG K2 Headlamp with a Luxeon LED that will shine brightly (60 lumens) for up to five hours on three AA batteries. The battery pack on the back has green lights on it for visibility and safety; and there are four modes of operation (high, medium, low and strobe) and an adjustable bezel to direct the light. MSRP: $29.99. Cabelas: 800/237-4444; /cabelas.com/.
Mr. Heater Compact Radiant Heater
Looking at its new BaseCamp Pro Series of outdoor equipment, we spotted the new Compact Radiant Heater from Mr. Heater and thought it would be a perfect present for the outdoorsy types in your family. Designed for safely heating small spaces such as tents, campers, hunting blinds or ice shanties, the device will crank out 3800 BTU, runs on a standard one-pound bottle of propane, and is CSA-certified indoor safe with its low-oxygen shut-off (ODS) system and tip-over safety shut-off system. MSRP: $65. Mr. Heater: 800/251-0001; /mrheater.com/.
Cobb Premier Portable BBQ Grill
If you’re into outdoor cooking, and who isn’t these days, then you have to check out the Cobb Premier Cooking system. The Cobb Premier Portable BBQ Grill features a stainless-steel mesh base and is a full cooking system that barbeques, grills, bakes, smokes, boils and warms food. Lightweight and efficient, it’s touted as being able to cook for up to three hours on eight to 10 briquettes, getting as hot as 450 degrees F inside, while staying cool to the touch on the outside. Comes with carry bag and cookbook. MSRP: $139.95. Cobb America: 800/593-8244; /cobbq.com/.
Oregon Scientific ATC3K Mini-Camera
Multiple mounting possibilities (bike, helmet, ski pole, etc.), rugged construction, and its compact size and weight make the ATC3K all-terrain mini digital video camera the hot tip for the adventure junkie. The hands-free, waterproof digital video cam weighs ounces, runs on two AA batteries, offers 640×480 VGA resolution up to 30 frames per second, a 53-degree field-of-view, and is PC and Mac compatible. MSRP: $299. Oregon Scientific: /OregonScientific.com/.