For the best in this year’s outdoor gear and gadgetry, look no further than our 2017 Christmas Gift Guide. We’ve got it all compiled below, meaning drones, action cameras, camping equipment and survival gear alike. Indeed, thanks to technology and innovation, exploring nature has never been safer, easier or more fun. Because of that, young urbanites across the world take their weekends to the wilderness, returning with a hard drive’s worth of videos and photography. You know who those men are, and with our gift guide at your disposal, you’ll know what to get them this holiday season. Presenting the 2017 Christmas Gift Guide – The Outdoorsman.
GoPro HERO6 Black
Whether by air, land or sea, the GoPro HERO6 Black delivers prime 4K60 and 1080p240 video, marking a significant upgrade from its predecessor. That’s in no small part thanks to a new, proprietary GP1 chip optimised for GoPro capture. In addition to stunning resolution, the action camera offers advanced video stabilisation, instant compatibility with QuikStory, touch zoom and more. No matter how many imitators enter the arena, GoPro remains the top name in the action camera game year after year.
GoPro Karma Drone
After a shaky rollout in 2016, the GoPro Karma Drone has officially taken flight. Needless to say, it was worth the wait. The compact and lightweight gadget is as easy to hold in your hand as it is mount on your body or send into the air. No matter which method you employ, expect nothing but smooth, steady footage and effortless usability in return. Accessories like the Karma Grip and a Karma Controller with integrated touch display put the fun in functionality.
Ultimate Ears Megaboom
For the best in wireless sound, accept nothing less than the UE Megaboom. Not only does the compact device offer 360 degrees of crisp audio and bone-tingling bass lines, but it’s also waterproof (IPX7), lightweight, and compatible with Amazon Echo Dot. Thanks to a 20 hour rechargeable battery and a Bluetooth range of 100 feet, the Megaboom will never let the party down, no matter where that party might be.
Selk’bag Wearable Sleeping Bag
Keep the outdoorsman in your life warm and cosy at night by getting them the the Selk’bag Wearable Sleeping Bag. Boasting hassle-free hand openings, an adjustable hood and a breathable, anatomical fit, the wearable bag delivers effortless mobility and luxurious warmth alike. Staying insulated while out in the wilderness has never been so easy.
YETI Loadout Impact Resistant Fishing/Utility Bucket
Odds are the outdoorsman in your life goes fishing from time to time, or all the time. For that, he’ll need a trusty bucket. Enter the YETI Loadout Impact Resistant Fishing/Utility Bucket. Built to withstand impact, the bucket is further supported by a non-slip ring and equipped with a lip grip handle. While a fishing bucket might make for an unconventional Christmas present, just remind your companion that it will be the last one he ever needs to own.
Stanly Master Hip Flask
There are a few things no outdoorsman should go into the wilderness without. A flashlight for instance. Water. Food. And strong alcohol, of course. Keep 8 oz of the good stuff at your side with the Stanly Master Hip Flask. Made of 1.0mm 18/8 stainless steel, the flask is rust-proof, leak-proof, BPA-free and resoundingly sturdy. That steel body is given a coat of Foundry black powder, making the flask all the more easy to grip. Open the machined steel cap to reveal a super wide lip, which naturally allows for some generous guzzling.
Stanley Beer Growler
More of a beer man, are you? Then by all means check out the Stanley Beer Growler. It keeps beer cold and carbonated for up to 24 hours all on its own, thanks to a vacuum insulated body and foam insulated lid. The dishwasher safe, stainless steel growler will never put your beer into contact with any plastic. Grab the heavy duty handle and get pouring. Then sip, relax and enjoy.
For the true drone enthusiast, nothing short of a DJI will suffice. The DJI Spark Mini Drone is among the brand’s most compact and carry-friendly offerings. However, don’t take that to mean the drone doesn’t perform. Indeed, within its tight body you’ll find a bevy of cool features, including FaceAware technology, hand gesture response, a 2-axis stabilised gimbal camera and so much more. May this brilliant drone spark up your holiday season.
DJI Phantom 4 Pro
Another indisputable triumph from DJI, the Phantom 4 Pro is pretty much everything one could ask for from a modern drone. Among its many features is a 1-inch 20MP camera with a megapixel CMOS sensor, which supports H.264 4K videos at 60fps or H.265 4K video at 30fps. Also included are five-directions of obstacle sensing, a touchscreen controller and access to an adjoining app for greater control during more challenging shoots.
DJI Mavic Pro
While every drone in the DJI line up is pretty much an instant classic, arguably none are as popular or acclaimed as the one and only Mavic Pro. Compact enough to fold down to the size of a water bottle, but nevertheless equipped with top features like ActiveTrack, TapFly and Obstacle Avoidance, the drone is the quintessence of sleek. Whether you want to visually pinpoint the Mavic’s location by way of GPS and GLONASS, or film stable and smooth 4K footage, this brilliant gadget is up to the task. Hence, if you have any doubts as to which drone will put the biggest smile on his face come Christmas, go with the Mavic Pro. He will absolutely love it.
Lifestraw Water Filter
Whether planning a trip into the wilderness or getting ready for the apocalypse, your preparation isn’t complete without a Lifestraw Water Filter in your arsenal. The award-winning filter can remove 99.9999% of bacteria and 99.9% of parasites from up to 1000 litres of water. It does all that without using chemicals like iodine or chlorine, or batteries either. The trusty tool is lightweight, portable and life saving. Get one for yourself and one for your companion. Heck, get five. Because you just never know.
BioLite SolarPanel 10+ Charger
The clean energy revolution is underway and companies like BioLite are helping to lead the charge. Speaking of charge, they’ve developed a downright brilliant portable charger that captures direct sun rays in order to work. Dubbed the BioLite SolarPanel 10+, the charger is ultra-slim and weather resistant. It’s also equipped with a 3000mAh rechargeable battery, meaning it still functions long after the sun’s gone down. If your friend or loved one is a true outdoorsman, then slide one of these babies under his Christmas tree to power his holiday in genuine new school style.
YETI Panga Waterproof Submersible Duffel Bag
Built for the outdoors with the name to show for it, the YETI Panga Waterproof Submersible Duffel Bag is all kinds of rugged and beautiful. The 100% dry duffel includes a Hydrolok Zipper to ensure not a drop of water gets in. That’s joined by an airtight seal, high-density nylon and thick, puncture-resistant tpu lamination. Take the bag to any terrain and expect it to come out unscathed. In other words, give it your worst.
Norco Optic A7.2 Mountain Bike
If your outdoorsman friend or loved one likes to get on two wheels and feel the breeze racing through his hair, the Norco Optic A7.2 Mountain Bike was made just for him. Available in either carbon or aluminum, the bike features modern trail geometry, improved weight distribution, efficient pedaling and A.R.T suspension. Ideal for the way up and down alike, the Norco Optic is an optimised classic.
Leatherman Surge Multitool
Here to make your Swiss Army knife look like child’s play is the Leathermen Surge Multitool. It’s one of the brand’s biggest and best, jam-packed with 21 tools, including pliers, drivers, cutters, crimpers and blades. Included with purchase is a 25-year warranty because the compact stunner is just that good.
BioLite Campstove 2.0
If your friend or loved one is a true outdoorsman, then he goes camping. And if he goes camping, there are few products out there he could use more than the BioLite Campstove 2.0. Indeed, this is one versatile and efficient contraption. In addition to cooking food using clean burning and smokeless flames, the lightweight stove doubles as a USB charging device. We told you it was versatile and efficient.
Kammok Roo Double Camping Hammock
Comfortable, lightweight, durable and easy to set up, the Kammock Roo Double Camping Hammock turns virtually any tree-lined terrain into an epic place to lay back and relax. Constructed using the brand’s own proprietary LunarWave Fabric–which is both stronger and softer than most parachute fabrics–the hammock can hold weights of up to 500lbs. Kammok is also happy to give back, with a portion of every purchase going toward creating sustainable change in Kenya.
Adventure Book Set “Buckle Your Seatbelt Collection”
To be an outdoorsman is to join a long line of real and fictional outdoorsmen who came before you. Catch up on their classic adventures by getting the Adventure Book Set “Buckle Your Seatbelt Collection”. Each book features faux leather binding and an imprinted “word cloud” design filled with character quotes. Take these stories into the woods or read them at home. Either way you’re in great company.
YETI Hopper TWO Portable Cooler
Touting a design inspired by HazMat suits, the YETI Hopper TWO Portable Cooler is the only make to make sure your ice stays absolutely cold for days. The steadfast camping essential hosts a waterproof DryHide Shell, powerful straps and a HydroLok Zipper. Think of it as having your own portable mini-freezer to take on camping trips.
Patagonia Stretch Nano Storm Jacket
Patagonia has remained at the forefront of outdoor gear and apparel for decades, and entries like the Stretch Nano Storm Jacket are a good reason why. Made using patented H2N0 Performance Standard fabric, the jacket is light, stretchy, waterproof and comfortable in the face of all inclement weather conditions. Toss in state of the art insulation, nylon ripstop lining and an eye-catching design, and you’ve got no reason to pass up this versatile, legendary garb.
Seiko Dive Watch
Outdoorsmen need watches that go big on functionality, and it doesn’t much more functional than the Seiko Dive Watch. Utilising in-house 7236 automatic movement, the timepiece winds itself in accordance with the motion of the wearer’s wrist. Also featured on the certified diver’s watch is a sturdy, 40mm case and a military style nylon strap. But forget the specs–the price alone makes this rigorous beauty too good to refuse.