Holiday gift guide for the outdoors enthusiast
From books to jackets to binoculars, here’s a list of 18 gifts for your favorite adventurer.
Seattle Times staff reporter
Northwest travel guides
The holiday shopping spree is starting to ramp up, and here are some nifty ideas for the outdoor enthusiast on your gift list.
Under Armour Eyewear has a wide range of item that are perfect stocking-stuffers. The UA Men’s Igniter 2.0 Design ($129.99) cuts the glare and offers a durable frame with a secure fit. The UA Women’s Marabella ($89.99) is made for the female athlete, and comes in five colors. The UA Youth Nitro L ($64.99) has an impact-resistant lens with a frame meant to fit all youth. Available at Dick’s Sporting Goods stores and www.underarmour.com
KeySmart ($19.98) is a new way to eliminate carrying around a bulky amount of keys, and shrinks a key ring down to the size of a pack of gum and can expand to hold up to 100 keys. The frame is made from ultra lightweight aluminum and the hardware is made from stainless steel. There is a Titanium 2.0 Edition Standard ($57.98), and 19 different accessories to attach. Available at www.GetKeySmart.com
Cabela’s Instinct Euro HD Binoculars ($1,199.99) offer superior high-tech optics, and the nearly nonexistent color distortion and amazing light transmission gives a hunter the ability to spot animals in the dimmest of conditions. Available at Cabela’s Tulalip and Lacey stores or www.cabelas.com
Cabela’s XPG PrimaLoft Hooded WindStopper Jacket ($199.99) has a weather- and wind-proof shell to protect you from the worst of elements, and the superior insulation locks in the warmth. Available at Cabela’s Tulalip and Lacey stores or www.cabelas.com
The Rapala Mini Digital Scale ($18.99) gives anglers an “on-the-water weight” of prized fish up to 25 pounds. The easily storable scale is a simple-to-operate digital design and is powered by one lithium coin battery. Available at Cabela’s Tulalip and Lacey stores or www.cabelas.com
The Victorinox Swiss Army EvoWood 14 ($67) has seven accessories, and is made from top quality durable walnut with each uniquely colored in a rich dark stain. The EvoGrip S18 ($60) has an ergonomic handle that improves grip and contains 11 implements (including a 2.5-inch locking blade) with 15 different functions. Available at Victorinox Swiss Army Store in Bellevue Square Mall or www.victorinox.com.
The REI Sugoi Zap Versa Jacket ($159) makes any cyclist highly visible at night, thanks to tiny bits of glass embedded into the fabric that light up when hit by oncoming headlights. The jacket, in styles for men and women, can also be converted into a vest. Available at local REI stores or www.rei.com
The versatile REI Flash 18 Pack ($34.50) is ideal for carrying gear or school books, and easily converts into a stuff sack when you turn it inside out. Available at local REI stores or www.rei.com
The Primus ETA Lite Stove System ($99.95) can quickly boil water, and cook a one-pot meal fast and efficiently. The pot attaches directly to the stove burner, and is convenient to take on remote backpacking trips. Available at local REI stores or www.rei.com
The REI Women’s Poof Vest ($75) comes insulated with a polyester fill to provide warmth in all weather conditions, and the outer shell has a durable water-repellent finish that resists light rain. Available at local REI stores or www.rei.com
The Brunton Torpedo 2600 Portable Battery ($45) allows you to keep your electronics fully charged at all times. The internal permanent lithium-ion battery charger works with the 12V power socket in your vehicle with a charge time of two to three hours. Available at Fjallraven Store, 1113 1st Ave. in Seattle or 206-602-6588.
The Fjallraven Crochet Hat ($40) is made from a wool/acrylic blend with ear flaps, and comes in four different colors. Available at Fjallraven Store, 1113 1st Avenue in Seattle or 206-602-6588.
Take a seafood journey by picking up the new book “Seafood Lover’s Pacific Northwest” ($19.95) written by former Seattle Times reporter Karen Gaudette Brewer (and wife of Times sports columnist Jerry Brewer). The book offers an extensive list of seafood restaurants, markets and recipes, and takes the reader on an outdoor journey to places in Washington, Oregon and British Columbia where one can gather or purchase the seafood themselves. Available at University Book Store, Barnes & Noble and www.amazon.com/books
The Tani Luxe Men’s Loft Thermal Underwear Set ($295) is created with advanced Superfine Japanese and German fibers, and designed to keep you warm on the chilliest winter day while the naturally wicking fabric keeps you dry. Available at www.taniusa.com
You can’t head out into the woods without bringing along the Eagles Nest Outfitters Jungle Nest Hammock ($99.95). This durable 400-pound capacity and easy-to-hang hammock, turned bug-net keeps you protected from nasty insects without compromising your suspended comfort. It weighs just 27 ounces, making it easy to stuff into your backpack. Available at local REI stores or www.eaglesnestoutfittersinc.com
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