2011 Holiday Gift Guide: Outdoor Gear
Launch golf balls, ward off bears, and cook delicious meals in frozen wastelands with this season’s coolest outdoor gear.
By Stan Horaczek
Nikon AW100 ($380)
This 16-megapixel cam has a built-in GPS, can survive in water up to 33 feet deep, and withstands drops from up to 5 feet. It’s also freeze-proof and has built-in vibration reduction, so the 1080p HD video you shoot hunting Yeti will be secure as well as clear.
Jet Boil Sol Titanium Cooking System ($150)
This lightweight, propane-powered boiler is capable of boiling up to .8 liters of water in 2 minutes and 15 seconds. The cooking cup is made of titanium, which makes it sturdy and keeps the overall weight of the contraption down to 8.5 ounces. The Thermo-Regulate technology gives consistent head in temperatures as low as 20 degrees Fahrenheit, so you can enjoy a soothing cup of Sleepy Time Tea as you get frostbite alone in the Arctic wastes.
Giant Glory 0 Mountain Bike ($5,600)
At last year’s Downhill World Championships, 19-year-old Danny Hart put together a mountain bike run so incredible Evil Knievel would have been all, “Damn.” And this is the bike that carried him down the hill. The Glory 0 has 8 inches of suspension on both wheels, so it can hammer over rocks the size of old CRT computer monitors at breakneck speeds. Braking is handled by Avid Code R disc brakes with 8-inch rotors designed to dissipate heat and keep you from ending up in the Helivac. It’s surprisingly light despite its burliness, but don’t expect to do much uphill pedaling. This bike is made for abuse, so skip the bike park and feed it healthy amounts of choppy rocks, gnarly roots, and big drops.
Surefire G2X Pro Dual-Output LED Flashlight ($95)
The light from your cell phone screen is fine for finding your keys on the floor of your car, but try navigating the great outdoors like that and you’ll likely end up being the target of a search party … or hungry bear. Surefire’s G2X pro is made out of ultra-tough Nitrolon polymer and comes in four colors. Cranked up to max power, it can throw an eye-scorching 200-lumen beam through its polycarbonate lens. But down at 15 lumens, you’ll get 45 hours of light before the batteries die. Oh, and it has an anodized aluminum bezel you can use it to clobber anyone who tries to bust in and break up your shadow puppet show.
Nike Pro VR Driver ($420)
The watermelon-on-a-stick drivers that do everything for you are fine for newbies and mid-level players, but serious golfers want the ability to work the ball. And that’s what this 430 cc driver is designed for. The head has a more traditional shape, the ultra-thin NexCOR face maximizes ball-speed for distance, and a Compression Channel in the sole allows experienced hitters to work the ball from the blue tees like the big boys.
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