2014 Holiday Gift Guide


61 Finds for Everyone on Your List

By Melissa McGibbon, Jenny Willden, and Other Contributing Staff Members

Explore our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide by clicking the tabs below.

  • photo of gadget gear
    1 Gwee Sport Guppy®
    Attach this microfiber cleaning cloth to your shirt when active to quickly clean touchscreens or sunglasses while keeping headphone cords tamed. 2 for $13 gogwee.com

    2 E-Case iPhone Case
    This waterproof case’s sophisticated SealLock zipper closure can withstand one meter of water for 30 minutes; the material technology allows full access to phone functionality while it’s sealed in the case. $34 e-case.com

    3 REI Dual Converter Kit
    Features an auto reset fuse and variable settings to pair with electronics ranging from 50 watts to 2000 watts. Includes travel pouch and four international adapter plugs. $39 rei.com

    4 Black Diamond Ember Power Light
    Charge hand-held electronics with this rechargeable portable power device’s USB port, or light your ways as it doubles as a flashlight providing 150 Lumens of light. $50 blackdiamondequipment.com

    5 OlloClip
    This quick-flip device turns your smartphone into a mobile photo studio with a 4-in-1 lens that enables fisheye, wide-angle, 10 X Macro, and 15 X Macro lenses. $69 olloclip.com

    6 earHERO Headphones
    Listen to your music safely while adventuring with audiologist-designed earphones that let noise like passing cars and barking dogs in to keep you aware in your surroundings. $149 earhero.com

    7 Polaroid 10-Megapixel Instant Print Digital Camera with Zero Ink Printing Technology
    Anyone who likes cameras, photos, or fun will love this. It prints 2-inch by 3-inch images instantly in full color and can record HD videos that are immediately viewable on the camera screen. $179 Polaroid

    8 Fugoo Bluetooth Speaker
    Enjoy tunes all weekend long on your next camping trip with this durable 40-hour battery life Bluetooth speaker. 360-degree sound means your whole campsite can rock to your jams. $199 fugoo.com

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    1 Chuao Oh My S’mores Chocolate Bar
    Fires not allowed at your campsite? Bring Oh My S’mores bars. They’re packed with smashed graham crackers and topped with marshmallows for a flavor that’s (almost) as good as the real thing. $6 chuaochocolatier.com

    2 MSR Strike Ignitor
    Every outdoorsman needs a firestarter, and this one beats a Bic! Produces 5,000° Farenheit sparks to light stoves and fires quickly, and a bottle opener is conveniently built in. $16 msrgear.com

    3 Eagle Creek Make-a-Pillow
    Stuff this quilted pillow cover with clothing to make a cozy camp pillow without taking up extra space. Or use it to cover airline pillows on flights. $18 shop.eaglecreek.com

    4 Grand Trunk Single Parachute Nylon Hammock
    Introduce a loved one to the joy of hammock ownership. This high-strength, mildew-resistant parachute nylon has triple-stitched seams and nautical-grade hanging carabiners so it can hold up to 400 pounds. $54 grandtrunk.com

    5 REI Flexlite Chair
    Cush your tush after a long day backpacking with this lightweight, quick-to-setup camp chair that uses aluminum tent-type poles for the frame. $70 rei.com

    6 Helle of Norway Olakniven Knife
    This multi-functional fixed-blade tool has a sleek birch handle for a comfortable grip and maximum dexterity. The triple-laminated steel blade comes with a black leather sheath. $89 helle.no

    7 Chaco Natilly Boots
    Chacos aren’t just for summer anymore! Though made for casual wear, these boots offer enough arch support and tread for short hikes and are ideal for cold campsites. $135 chacos.com

    8 Travelchair Sleeprite Cot
    Easy setup and compact storage makes this cot a dream come true for campers unsatisfied with sleeping on the ground. Supports you in all the right places and weighs just six pounds. $198 travelchair.com

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    1 Platypus Soft Bottle
    This reusable water bottle has a dual-valve HyperFlow cap, is 100% BPA-free, and comes with a clean-taste guarantee. $8 platy.com

    2 Eagle Creek Clean/Dirty Cube
    Separate clean from dirty or wet from dry with this dual-compartment packing cube that has a water-resistant compartment and a breathable mesh one. $22 shop.eaglecreek.com

    3 Eagle Creek Travel Throw
    The perfect gift for avid travelers. This soft travel blanket compresses down small and stows in a pouch to fit in a carry-on bag for long flights. $49 shop.eaglecreek.com

    4 Hari Mari Scout Flip Flops
    Pack these memory-foam injected flip flops in your suitcase for your next warm-weather vacay and let your feet revel in break-in free comfort with plenty of arch support. $60 harimari.com

    5 PackTowl Robe Towl
    A robe and towel in one—genius. Any traveler will appreciate the super absorbent, quick drying, and packability of this 2-in-1 piece, which is perfect for trips to the beach, hostel stays, and hotel hot tub commuting. $74 packtowl.com

    6 Smith Colette Sunglasses
    Subtle and beautiful, this style flatters most women’s face shapes. Splurge on ChromaPop lenses for mind-blowing color and clarity. $80, $208 with ChromaPop smithoptics.com

    7 Merrell Women’s Captiva Buckle-Down Waterproof Boots
    Boots that are waterproof and stylish? Yes! They’re comfortable and casual, but also offer a rugged appeal to match an outdoor lifestyle. Made with a full grain leather upper, breathable mesh lining, and a women’s specific sole cushion. $200 merrell.com

    8 Cotopaxi Men’s Bengal Canvas Jacket
    Utah-based company, Cotopaxi, just released their first apparel collection—and the Bengal is a standout. Made of waxed canvas to repel water and insulated with Polartec Alpha for warmth without bulk. Purchase benefits Radiating Hope. $267 cotopaxi.com

    9 Brenthaven Medina Weekender Bag
    The ultimate carry-on bag, the Medina stows your laptop, tablet, books, snacks, and anything else you need in-flight. Integrated power pockets keep cords organized. $295 brenthaven.com

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    1 REI Striped Knit Aviator Baby Hat
    Keep baby’s head warm with this acrylic and wool blend hat that features cozy Sherpa fleece-lined earflaps to keep cold at bay.
    $17 rei.com

    2 Free Country Girls’ Blossom Vest
    It can be pricey to outfit growing kids in winter wear, but Free Country makes affordable apparel like this 80% natural duck down vest in fashion-forward styles your kids will love. Available for boys as the Power Vest. $40 freecountry.com

    3 Patagonia Baby Hi-Loft Down Sweater Bunting
    So adorable you’ll wish they made these in adult sizes. This is Patagonia’s warmest one-piece bunting and is insulated with Traceable Down 600-fill-power duck down. It’s lightweight and wind-proof with a DWR (water repellent finish). $149 patagonia.com

    4 Kelty Pathfinder 3.0
    Make family hikes fun with the luxurious Pathfinder. No-Pinch hinges, padded straps, and a contoured waistbelt help mom or dad feel as comfortable as the little one riding along. Built with high-end extras like a sunshade, auto-deploy kickstand and zip-off daypack. $300 kelty.com

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    1 Stanley Adventure 17oz Vacuum Bottle
    This nifty new bottle offers 12 hours of thermal retention and a leak-proof design. It’s lightweight, packable, and the insulated lid doubles as a cup for sharing sips between climbs. $25 stanley-pmi.com

    2 Mountain Hardwear Women’s Whipped Butter Hoodie
    Made from Butter Jersey fabric, it’s not only comfortable; it has great stretch for those reachy routes, moisture-wicking properties, and an antimicrobial finish. $80 mountainhardwear.com

    3 Five Ten Rogue VCS Climbing Shoes
    These climbing shoes feature Five Ten’s Comfort Range Slingshot and Active Arch technology with a premium leather upper that conforms to the foot. For inside and outside climbing. $100 fiveten.com

    4 Patagonia Men’s Down Sweater Vest
    This 800-fill-power Traceable Down Sweater Vest is lightweight, windproof, and made from 100% recycled polyester ripstop shell. This staple will keep his core warm and his smile big. $179 patagonia.com

    5 LL Bean Women’s Ultralight 850 Down Jacket
    Weighing just one pound, it’s made with premium 850-fill goose down, is specially coated with DownTek, and has a nylon shell to protect her from the cold while she is belaying. $219 llbean.com

    6 Black Diamond Viper Ice Tools
    Made for all types of ice and alpine climbing, this technical tool is built with a hydroformed shaft to increase stiffness, reduce weight, and maintain exceptional balance. Available with an adze or hammer. $239 blackdiamondequipment.com

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    1 Nathan Mirage Running Pak
    Every racer needs a pocketed belt that expands to hold a smartphone, gels, and race essentials— without bouncing. Great for pinning a race bib to! $20 nathansports.com

    2 Nathan SonicMount
    Snap a selfie or check your pace on the run with the Sonic Mount, an armband built to make carrying and accessing any smartphone easy—case and all! $35 nathansports.com

    3 Nathan Zephyr Fire 100 Flashlight
    Light the path on dark days with this run-ready flashlight with rear-facing red LED for visibility and a built-in emergency siren. Adjustable hand strap makes for easy carrying. $45 nathansports.com

    4 Tasc Women’s Advance Tank
    Breathable, odor-resistant bamboo fabric makes this an ideal baselayer under winter run wear. Plus, the full-coverage halter-top style and built-in bra keeps the girls under wraps when in motion. $54 tascperformance.com

    5 Brooks Pure Project Men’s LS
    Pure Project apparel blurs the line between sport and style, and this geometric shirt is no exception. Built in an everyday style from runnable, wicking fabrics with smart details like seam-free shoulders and reflective accents. $75 brooksrunning.com

    6 New Balance Men’s Heat Tight
    Fitted and thermal, these fleece-lined tights keep muscles warm on the coldest days. Ankle zippers makes putting socks on easy too. $75 newbalance.com

    7 The North Face Runners Etip 3-in-1 Glove System
    The new Run System uses layering to keep hands at the right temperature whether it’s warm or cold—with these, runners are prepared for all conditions. Buy the 1 Etip, 2 Etip, and Runner’s Overmitt separately or together. $90 thenorthface.com

    8 Brooks Women’s LSD Light IV
    Gift this redesigned packable shell to your favorite runner. Features a flattering ruched middle and is now made with softer fabric that’s just as wind and waterproof as ever. $90 brooksrunning.com

    9 Brooks Winter Vanguard Sneakers
    Brooks winterized their popular heritage sneaker just in time for the holidays by
    re-constructing it in rich full-grain leather with textile fabric to create an amazing post-run kick. For men and women. $90 brooksrunning.com

    10 New Balance Women’s Chameleon Jacket
    Ditch the dreadmill and run outdoors with the Chameleon. Winter weather is no match for this Polartec® Alpha® fabric jacket that feels and warms like a down puffy, but breathes to wick away sweat when you heat up. $150 newbalance.com

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    1 PROBAR Bite
    Epic powder days call for nonstop turns, so bring PROBAR’s new snack—Bite—for the chairlift. This gluten-free, dairy-free bar has healthy ingredients with fewer calories than its meal replacement predecessor. $2 theprobar.com

    2 FOOTbrake BOOTbrake
    Banish your boots during ski breaks and slip on these ultralight sock covers to keep toes dry as you pad around the lodge. Small enough to stuff in a coat pocket! $35 footbrake.com

    3 Mountain Hardwear Men’s Trekkin Insulated Shacket
    The latest rage in men’s apparel—The Shacket. It’s part jacket, part shirt, and combines the look and versatility of a shirt with the warmth and protection of a lightweight synthetic, wind- and water-resistant shell. $80 mountainhardwear.com

    4 Icebreaker Oasis Base Layers
    Once you’ve discovered the magic of Merino wool, there’s no going back. Share the joy of these baselayers that are lightweight, naturally odor-resistant, breathable, and quite dreamy. $99 Top, $89 Bottoms icebreaker.com

    5 Sanuk Soulshine Chill
    Great for après-ski and everyday comfort, sass, and style. These suede slip-on booties feature wrap-lace detail with fold-down custom tribal print canvas shaft, faux shearling linings, and AEGIS antimicrobial technology. $90 sanuk.com

    6 POC Retina WO Ski Goggles
    Designed for women’s faces, these goggles feature triple-layer foam for an optimal fit. The double lens has optical grade polycarbonate and special anti-fog and anti-scratch treatments. $125 pocsports.com

    7 Chandler 4 Corners Chalet Collection Pillow
    Surprise a snow lover with a 100% knit wool pillow with Nordic motifs. Each is velveteen backed and filled with a feather down pillow. Available at Southwestern Expressions in Park City or The Garden Store in Salt Lake City. $125 chandler4corners.com

    8 Dakine Fall Line Double Ski Travel Bag
    This fully padded ski bag offers full protection with zippered exterior pockets, high-quality urethane wheels, dual-end carry handles, and lockable zipper cars. $130 dakine.com

    9 Helly Hansen Men’s HH Warm Flow FZ Hoodie
    Not your typical baselayer, this shirt’s interior open weave pushes moisture out to keep your skin dry and you warm. The Merino wool exterior is so insulating that you can skip the mid-layer altogether. $140 hellyhansen.com

  • Photo of Cycling Gear
    1 FitKnix Air Boyshorts
    Your under layers should work just as hard as you do, and this full-coverage pair goes the distance. Built with high-performing, odor-eradicating fabrics that combat sweaty cycling with plenty of stretch for comfort. $28 knixwear.com

    2 Saxx Men’s Vibe Boxer
    These are not your ordinary pair of undies—Saxx are made with special mesh panels, the comfort pouch, to keep everything in pairs in place. This prevents unwanted friction to reduce chafing and provides contact-free support. $31 saxxunderwear.com

    3 Lolë Women Kali Bra
    Made from Lolë’s second skin Pure Light material, ladies will want to give up wearing regular bras when they discover the comfort of this low-impact, moisture-wicking sports bra made from organic cotton and Tencel. $42 lolewomen.com

    4 Zoic Women’s MTB Jersey
    Whether she rides downhill or cross-country, this ¾ length jersey will please any lady who appreciates style, comfort, and technical performance. $49 zoic.com

    5 Troy Lee Designs Men’s MTB Shorts
    These 2-way stretch lightweight, breathable mountain biking shorts are great for all types of mountain riding and offer a fully ergonomically comfortable cut and fit. $135 troyleedesigns.com

    6 SealLine Urban Shoulder Bag
    For the rain-or-shine cyclist or fans of functionality, this waterproof messenger bag is lightweight and built to last. It features a light loop, gusseted interior pockets, and convenient, camp buckle-adjusted shoulder strap for added versatility. $169 sealinegear.com

    7 Smith Forefront Mountain Biking Helmet
    Ideal for all-mountain riding or racing, this coveted beauty has AEROCORE construction with Koroyd, which makes it light as a feather, strong as an ox. The ventilated protection integrates well with sunglasses, goggles, headlamps, and POV cameras. $220 smithoptics.com

    8 Garmin Edge 510 Bike Computer
    Live tracking, social media sharing, and weather reports are just a few features of this advanced bike computer. Uses GPS to track distance, speed, ascent/descent, and a variety of other metrics through wireless data. $329 garmin.com


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