Last year we went to town on what to get for Christmas, so this year we’ve got a shorter list but still full of great ideas for the outdoor enthusiast in your life. Or just to treat yourself to!
FOR THE TECH ENTHUSIAST…
Aquapac – 100% waterproof iPad case, £45 and 100% waterproof iPhone case, £20:
For those who wouldn’t dream of going anywhere, not even kayaking, without their technology these cases make the ideal gift. They seal out water (up to 15ft), sand and dirt protecting gadgets from the elements. You can operate them through the case, hear through the case and take photos too. Genius!
Aquapac – Stormproof Camera Cases, from £25: The three-strong range of waterproof cases comprises a small and medium sized case as well as one specifically designed for SLR cameras. They are ideal for wet activities such as trekking, cycling and camping, in fact any activity that doesn’t mean your equipment will be completely submerged and will protect your camera from knocks thanks to a 10mm foam internal padding and soft anti-scratch lining. Stockists: www.aquapac.net
FOR THE MORE ADVENTUROUS…
A deodorising wash-in conditioner for use in combination with standard household detergents. Designed to deodorise and accelerate the drying time of all next-to-skin base layers used by outdoor enthusiasts, runners, and other active people. Added to the laundry load via the fabric softener tray, BaseFresh conditioner deodorises, speeds up drying and keeps technical garments fresh and cool. BaseFresh-treated fabrics are also more resistant to stains and day-to-day soiling, and are easier to get clean once stained. Stockist: 01892 786400; www.nikwax.com
This waterproof case (upto 5m for one hour) for GPS units such as the Genie GT31 with armband is a top gift for keen windsurfers and kitesurfers – the ultimate in hands-free communication while out enjoying the waves.
Osprey – Zealot Pack, from £70:
For the modern freeride mountain biker this high performance bike pack is just the ticket. The Zealot Series offers an uncluttered, edgy design and includes durable fabrics and innovative tool storage. A large compression shield keeps your load in check, so whatever trail you descend, your inner Zealot is always part of you.
Stockists: www.ospreypacks.com – 01202 413 920
This 3-in-1 Warmwool Hooded Sweater is made from 100% merino wool to help regulate body temperature, repel body odour and keep you warm even when wet. The hoody features a collar than can be worn as a crew neck, a turtle neck or as a balaclava. It’s super soft and can be tumble dried for convenience.
Stockist: www.nordicoutdoor.co.uk; 0131 552 3000
FOR THE COLOURFUL CHARACTER WITH A PRACTICAL SIDE…
Whether it’s the rush of Christmas or you just like tea the way you make it, these small, vibrant flasks are perfect for all those cold winter days when only a warm drink will do. In 6 different colours, they’ll keep your drinks cold or warm for ages. A perfect stocking filler for all the family.
Stockists; www.primus.se – 023 9252 8711
You never know when you are going to need a pair of binoculars, and lugging them around can be such a pain. But you need look no further, the pocket scope is a small but extremely powerful scope, that can zoom in on all those far away sightings in a jiffy.
Stockists: www.brunton.com – 023 9252 8711
FOR THE AVID, ALL YEAR ROUND CAMPER…
A disposable french press in an easy to carry pouch, containing 24g of fresh ground coffee and a filter. It’s easy: open the pouch; pour in half a litre of hot water; zip up the pouch; brew for 5-8 minutes – result…3 cups of fresh coffee. The pouch is designed to stop brewing after the first cup and half have been poured – perfect.
Stockists: www.growerscup.com – 023 9252 8711
Literally an opaque dry bag that you can slip the T-Trail head torch into [there’s a strap at the bottom] and turn it into a lamp. You can use the lamp for cooking or reading. The Ambient Light Dry Bag can also be used as a waterproof stuff sac.Stockist: www.mammut.ch; 01625 508218.
A colourful extremely sharp, flexible and sturdy all round knife from Light My Fire and Mora (manufacturers of knives for 120 years). The handle of the knife contains the Swedish FireSteel® fire starter that produces a 2,980̊C spark, even when wet, so with one tool you can prepare food and light a campfire, gas stove or gas BBQ.Stockist: www.nordicoutdoor.co.uk; 0131 552 3000
FOR THE ACTIVE COMMUTER…
A six-strong range of daypacks that are great for both the hill and the highstreet make the perfect Christmas gift. The packs offer a mix of essential outdoor features such as sternum strap, whistle buckle and walking pole loop with nice-to-have lifestyle extras such as elasticated laptop sleeve, MP3 pocket and a mini-organiser. Available in a variety of sizes to suit specific needs and budgets. Stockists: www.ospreypacks.com – 01202 413 920
FOR THE JET SETTER…
Here’s a super gift for those who like to hop on and hop off a plane with no fuss, no check-in queues, no extra costs and no lost luggage worries. This ultra-light (1.81kg) case is the ideal EU carry-on option for jet setters.