Hardcore outdoor enthusiasts can be the most difficult people to buy for on your holiday gift list. The problem is, since they are hardcore, they have collected most of the gear they want and need. On a few essential items it’s okay to double and triple up, but as a gift giver and recipient, that’s not really exciting. You want to break the mold; to give a gift that’s truly new and different and exciting. We’ve searched far and wide, and here are some great items for the hardcore outdoor enthusiast that ought to put you at least one step ahead in the search for “unique.”
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Water, water ANYWHERE you are … with any water bottle you happen to have with you … that’s the beauty of the LifeStraw Universal. It’s the first bottle adapter kit with a 2-stage filter. With two sizes of screw caps, it allows you to turn your favorite bottle into a powerful water filter. The filter uses advanced hollow fiber membrane technology (0.2 microns) to remove waterborne bacteria and protozoa up to 1,000 liters (264 gallons). The second stage of filtration is a replaceable activated carbon capsule to improve taste, reduce chlorine, and organic chemical matter for up to 100 liters (26) gallons.
Gogglesocs are brand new to the market. They serve to protect your expensive goggles when they are not protecting your eyes and serve as a super cool fashion-statement wherever you have your goggles on your head or helmet.
Gogglesoc is a funky, stretchy microfiber cover that allows you to conveniently (and quirkily) adhere to the wise advice “not on your face, then in a case” without the hassles of a traditional goggle case. They have more than a dozen designs in their introductory lineup, so there’s sure to be something that’s uniquely “you.” We also love that the microfiber fabric is made from recycled plastic bottles. It will give you a bonus warm-fuzzy feeling when you put them on.
Good To-Go Meals
Every Good To-Go Meal you buy for friends and family on your gift-giving list is just like taking them out to dinner … only better. Because with Good To-Go, they can not only choose which meal to eat, but where to enjoy it. It could be on a mountaintop, somewhere on the water, or even at home on the patio. Wherever they choose to quickly prepare and then enjoy a Good To-Go meal, it’s bound to be delicious. There are dozens of entrees and side dishes to suit any taste. (As a delicious intro to Good To-Go, we highly recommend the Pad Thai Shrimp.
Camp Tarp 16
You think that unwrapping a tarp under the tree might be like getting Linus’s lump of coal? Not this tarp – not by a long shot. There’s no doubt a good tarp ranks near the very top of the list of useful camping gear … and the Camp Tarp 16 will probably be the last one your camper will ever have to think about acquiring. It’s cut square and symmetrical for maximum coverage and pitch versatility. It includes six reflective guylines for nighttime visibility. And the 75D polyester won’t stretch when wet. Also includes six stakes.
COAST Polysteel 600R Flashlight
The Coast Polysteel 600R is the flashlight you want in your corner when SHTF. It’s quite honestly the toughest flashlight we’ve ever tested. It has a stainless steel core we’ve thrown against rocks and over cliffs, because … because we could. It kicks out 530 lumens on high and has a beam distance of 810 feet. The most impressive feature, however, is it runs on a rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack or alkaline batteries. Oh, it’s also waterproof, so you don’t have to worry about that either.
Big Frig Denali 45 Cooler
Have you heard of a company called Big Frig? If not, they’re the company that is generating a buzz by selling great roto-molded coolers for about 40% less than most of their competitors. They’re bear-resistant, have non-slip feet, an airtight seal, and have bottle openers on each side. One feature we especially like is the vacuum release button. On hot summer days, this makes it much easier to open and cool yourself down with a frosty can of your favorite swill.
NEMO Stargaze Recliner Luxury Chair
Some campers like to go all out when it comes to relaxation.
They spare no expense, and they make sure they have the absolute best of everything. If this is you, the NEMO Stargaze Recliner Luxury Chair is what you want to be stuffing in the back of your car for the weekend. It’s the equivalent of bringing a reclining porch swing to the campsite, and the comfort just can’t be beaten. The aircraft-grade aluminum can hold 300 pounds, including a spot for your beverage and another for your book.
Quarter Dome Air Hammock
An optimally minimalist alternative to a tent, the REI Quarter Dome Air Hammock packs light, sets up easily, and provides a structured, open sleeping area off the ground with a stowable bug net for protection. Choose your lounging option – open air, inside the bug net, or under a rain fly. It’s versatility makes it perfect for both daytime and nighttime use. Sleep soundly knowing the ripstop nylon hammock tent is equipped with strong tension lines, anchors, shock-corded poles and all the robust straps and clips you need to stay off the ground.
Kingdom 4 Tent
Enjoy easy, wide-open spaces inside your tent, too. The airy Kingdom 4 3-season tent offers protection for your family with plenty of space for all your gear. Floor dimensions are a generous 100” x 100” providing more than 69 square feet of space. The peak height is 75”. There are two huge doors and many interior storage options. This is one great tent at a very good price.
The North Face “One” Sleeping Bag
The “One” sleeping bag by The North Face truly lives up to its name, providing three different setups — ranging from a 40ºF bag all the way down to a 5ºF bag with a 20ºF setup in between. The beauty of this system, is its versatility. You no longer need a separate bag for each season, you just need One.
Advanced Elements Lagoon 1 Inflatable Kayak
The sporty Lagoon 1™ kayak is so unique you will have complete strangers asking questions about it. Its bow and stern have fixed rigid forms that help cut through the waves and keep you on course. It has an inner tube cover for increased rigidity and durability. With additional features such as an inflatable seat rest, foam floor, paddle loops, and a tracking fin; this multi-use boat is for anyone who enjoys the water.
From lakes and mild rivers, to bays and estuaries, it is a delight to get on the water quickly without lugging around a heavy cumbersome hard-shell boat.
Tentsile Vista Combo
If you’re into camping tech, you know Tentsile. They make the tree tents taking the camping world by storm. The first time you see a Tentsile camp … you’ll never forget it … and you’ll want one for yourself. The Vista Combo is the way to make that happen. It offers versatility and comfort anywhere for up to six people. The Tentsile Vista Combo includes: the Vista Tree Tent (poles, rain fly, straps, and ratchets), Trillium 3-person Hammock (straps and ratchets), hatch cover, drinks holders, tree protector straps, and lightweight ladder. Total weight of the package is 38 pounds.
Dometic CFX 4oW Cooling Box
Calling the Dometic CFX 40W Cooling Box a “cooler” is like calling the Star of India sapphire a “rock.” These high-tech devices will deep freeze food down to -7F and maintain temperatures indefinitely without the need for ice. They are built with reinforced corners, stainless steel hinges, and robust lining to perform in the most extreme conditions. There’s a soft-touch digital display, but you can also control the cooling temperature via a wifi app on your smartphone.