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As you make your holiday gift lists and check them twice, be sure to keep an eye out for these cool gift suggestions for your favorite gear guy or girl:
Should you find yourself stranded in the backcountry, the SOL Origin is the survival kit you’d want in your pack. Compact enough to fit in your hand, this multi-function tool has everything you’d need to live to tell the tale, including a removable folding knife with LED light, an emergency whistle that can be heard a mile away, and a signal mirror that broadcasts your location for up to 20 miles. The Origin also has fire-starting tinder and a sparker, six feet of stainless steel safety wire, and an emergency sewing and fishing kit. FalconGuides aficionados will appreciate the booklet that comes with the Origin—62 wilderness survival techniques by Falcon author, and backcountry expert, Buck Tilton. Surviveoutdoorslonger.com; $40.
Here’s the perfect gift for both the seasoned outdoor traveler and that anxious, hypervigilant special someone in your life—pickpocket-proof pants. Made by P^cubed from double-thick fabric, these pants offer multiple layers of protection from every angle a thief might try to strike. The four cargo-style pockets have zippers and button flaps, and the extra-deep side-seam pockets have an additional internal space for a cell phone or a camera. The rear pockets expand to hold guide books, and there’s a triple-secure back pocket where you can slip a passport. Clothingarts.com; $119.
Mini Hozuki Lantern
Want to add some design flair to your next camping adventure? Snow Peak’s stylish Mini Hozuki LED Lantern offers a sleek, contemporary take on the ancient Chinese paper lantern, with all the functionality and durability of a trusty camping light. Use it to illuminate your site while you unpack or cook, and then switch it to the flickering candle mode for added ambiance while you eat and relax. The Mini Hozuki’s bendable silicon loop allows you to hang the lantern in your tent. The three AAA batteries that stay lit for up to 70 hours? They are included. Snowpeak.com; $39.95.
Five Ten Hoodie
For Gear Guy’s money, Five Ten makes some of the coolest footwear and apparel in the outdoor industry, from their stylish climbing, biking, and hiking shoes to their fashionable Yosemite jeans and hipster flat-billed hats. Looking for something new? Check out their fleece night hoodie with the tackle twill Five Ten front logo. Fiveten.com; $39.95.
Ultralight Water Filter
Small and light enough to fit in a jacket pocket, the Katadyn Mini Micro water system is perfect for day hikes, solo backpacking treks, and family or business travel. The Mini’s ceramic filter that traps particles as small as one 2,000ths of a millimeter, removing all the nasty bacteria and protozoa you don’t want to drink and leaving you with the clean, fresh water you do. Katadyn.com; $109.95.
Whether practicing yoga, climbing, or playing golf or tennis, nothing disrupts your focus quite like forehead sweat in the eyes. Available in black charcoal, and espresso, these lightweight organic headbands from prAna will not only soak up perspiration and tame stray hair, but they’ll make you look good during a workout. Great stocking stuffers. prAna.com; $10.
Just because you spend a weekend roughing it in the woods doesn’t mean you need to eat like you foraged in the Great Outdoors, too. Rome Industries’ line of cast iron cookware allows you to grill everything from burgers and fish to specialty breads, calzones, waffles, and fruit pies. With their 8 inch-by-4-inch panini press, you can grill Italian bistro-style sandwiches filled your choice of vegetables, cheese, and meat, right there at the campfire. Buon appetito! Romeindustries.com; starting at $20.
A headlamp is always a great gift, whether as a practical stocking stuffer or as a fun, affordable option for the office Secret Santa. Black Diamond’s Cosmo is a versatile lamp that’s well-suited for both short-distance use around the campfire and for long-distance route finding on night hikes. Switch easily between the two single-power LEDs for short-range viewing, and the strong double-power LED to light up that distant trail with a bright 55 lumens. Blackdiamondequipment.com; $29.95.