Holiday Gift Ideas: Give the Gift of Gear

December 6, 2016

Best Gear for Gift Giving

By Kris Parfitt and Carolyn Price


LifeStraw Personal Water Filter

Designed to make 264 gallons of contaminated water safe to drink, the LifeStraw Personal Water Filter is an essential tool to take camping, backpacking, or hiking. This 9-inch, 2-ounce straw-like filter is BPA-free and doesn’t use iodine or chemicals. Sucking water through the FDA approved filter will remove more than 99 percent of waterborne bacteria and protozoa. A perfect stocking stuffer for your favorite traveler. Retail: $19.95

OXX Coffeeboxx

Car-camping, construction sites and tailgate parties now have something in common — the OXX Coffeeboxx. It doesn’t matter if you drop it, hose it down or blow it up, this rugged coffeemaker will remain spill-proof and water-tight and still make a tasty cup-of-joe. Using single-serve coffee pods there’s no fussing with filters and scoops, and the 84.5-ounce water reservoir leaves enough hot water for tea and instant soups. A great gift for the rugged caffeine-fiend. Retail: $199

Icy-Hot Hydration Portable wine growler

Icy-Hot Hydration has created the perfect non-glass wine growler to transport a full bottle of wine — anywhere. Double-wall vacuum-insulated technology prevents condensation on the outside while keeping the beverage inside at optimal drinking temperature for hours. Holding 25 ounces of vino, made of lightweight non-leaching stainless steel that doesn’t retain taste or odor, this unique gift is a must-have for any traveling wine connoisseur on your holiday list. Retail: $35

Road Noise Long Haul Vest

Road Noise continues to evolve its popular reflective vest that lets you easily listen to your smart device — eliminating ear buds and annoying cords without eliminating the sounds around you. Built-in, waterproof speakers are located shoulder-height in the vest’s top front; a volume control/amplifier works with Bluetooth or cord-jack devices. The vest has more front pockets (including a wider front pouch to accommodate larger smart devices) and reflectors, a large back pocket to hold a water reservoir or jacket, tube pouches, and a reflective, detachable back flap. Great gift for a runner or cyclist on your gift list. Available in two sizes. Retail: Vest only: $90; vest with hydration: $125

Eagle’s Nest Outfitters SingleNest Hammock

A great gift for any backpacker, boater or world traveler is ENO’s SingleNest Hammock. This 16-ounce hammock is made of breathable, durable and machine-washable nylon. The two light-weight aluminum carabiners and ultra-adjustable suspension system holds up to 400 pounds and can be easily set up between two strong solitary posts such as trees, rocks or vehicle gear-racks. The compression sack holds the hammock and suspension systems when traveling and is a great storage option for headlamps, snacks and small gear when in use. Retail: $59.95

Finis Surge Goggles

Have a swimmer or triathlete on your gift list? Surprise them with the Finis Surge Goggles. Designed for open-water swimming, the polarized polycarbonate lenses remove 99 percent of vertical glare and offers greater visual clarity and UVA and UVB protection. Our reviewer uses the Surge in the pool during the off-season and reports a great fit with low or no leakage, while its wide curved lenses offer great peripheral vision, perfect for spotting other swimmers in her lap lane.  Patented side button clips offer a provide custom fit. Retail: $29