Looking for a handful of last-minute presents or quality stocking stuffers? Shop these inexpensive finds and pick up the perfect gift for whoever’s left on your list.
Sufferfest FKT Beer
After an intense workout, you’re going to want a drink. Sufferfest is the beer made by athletes, for athletes. It’s gluten-removed with black currant and salt added into the brew, so you’re getting some much-needed electrolytes after a sweat. While we can’t attest to any gains you’ll see after this, we can totally agree that a good can of beer is much needed after a Tough Mudder, Ragnar Relay and many other activities.
GSI Outdoors Essential Travel Spoon
Forks don’t exist in the backcountry. Seriously, you can eat anything with a spoon, and tiny-tined sporks never really work anyways.
Worn & Wound Microfiber Cloth
Yeah, yeah, we get it — it’s just a cloth. But a microfiber cleaning cloth is a watch enthusiast’s best friend; use it to get those pesky smudges off your beautiful vintage Carrera, or you know, your $100 Timex — it’s all the same. This Worn & Wound microfiber cloth measures 7.5″ x 7.5″ and is chemical-free, washable and reusable.
Blue Plant Based Poop Bags
If there were ever a time to use clap emojis, this would be it. Pick. Up. That. Poo. And do it with these bags from Blue — they’re made with eco-friendly plastic, won’t leak and come with a nice message printed on them.
Natrapel Bug Spray
Throw this 3.4-ounce bug spray in your pack before heading out into the dense woods or fields. It’s DEET-free, but comes recommended by the CDC. Spritz once and you’re good for up to eight hours.
Allagash Beer Soap
There’s a good chance your drinking buddy has heard of Allagash Brewing Company, the Maine producer largely responsible for introducing Americans to Belgian-style beer back in the ’90s. But they probably didn’t know Allagash also makes soap that features its beer as a core ingredient. Put a bar in their stocking and pair it with a couple bottles of White, the brewery’s famous flagship Witbier.
If you’re a runner or cyclist, Strava is the legit way to document your miles. Whether you’re competing against a team or signing up for another virtual 5K race, Strava provides you with all the tools you need to explore more, train better and share your data easily. The premium version also includes real-time location so you can go off on a trail run and ping your important contacts while you’re safely being tracked.
Reefsafe Mask Defogger
If the old spit and rub tactic isn’t appealing to your SCUBA diver, try this mask defogger and cleaner. It’s biodegradable and non-toxic to the animals and plants under the ocean surface, so you don’t have to worry about adding to any pollution or harming anything. As an added side benefit, it also works on swim and ski goggles, so you can truly use for all eyewear-needing adventures.
Nite Ize SpotLit
Anyone who has owned a dog and lived near a treeline knows the dog will inevitably sprint into the woods at night. This is where Nite Ize’s handy, cheap collar light comes in. The $6 waterproof LED bulb is about as low-maintenance as useful dog gear gets.
Sipwell Stainless Steel Drinking Straws
An easy way to save the earth’s oceans and make everyone happy is to invest in a reusable straw. Starbucks, American Airlines, Hyatt and more have already pledged to phase out plastic straws, so now is a good time to hop on board. SipWell stainless steel straws come in a set of four and include a free cleaning brush, which is very useful in case you try a smoothie one morning and iced green tea the next.
Friction Ball Case Back Opener
If you have a watch with a screw-down case back, sometimes you can twist the back off using this simple friction ball rather than a specialized wrench. While we wouldn’t recommend doing this yourself without good reason (it lets in tiny dust particles and other grime), if you need to open a screw-back, this cheap tool is essential.
Spring Bar Set
Changing straps on your watch is a fun and easy way to change its personality, but do this enough and you begin losing spring bars. This set has 360 spring bars in 18 different sizes to help you feed your strap hobby. Keep this thing in your desk to stave off frustration when a 19mm spring bar goes flying off under a piece of furniture.
K&H Pet Products Crate Pad
Out of Colorado Springs, Colorado, K&H Pet Products is most known for making versatile, vet-recommended pet gear that doesn’t break the bank. Its crate beds embody this to a tee — they start at $8, you can get them in self-warming or odor control varieties and they come in a few different colors.
Perhaps the greatest gift to mankind after Yodels and business class seating on long-haul flights, Polywatch is a mild abrasive paste that you use to clean acrylic watch crystals. Simply squirt some on a polishing cloth, work it into the crystal for a couple minutes, and voila! Bye-bye, scratches.
Gear Aid Tenacious Tape Mini Patches
You’ve used the same puffy down coat for years when all of a sudden you catch it on a crag and it rips. If you can’t part with it, but it needs a second life, Gear Aid tape will hold it together. Tack these on tents, rain jackets and snow gear to extend the life of some of your favorite items. It sticks to everything: nylon, polyester, vinyl, even Gore-Tex. To make each patch last longer, cut to the exact size you need and save the rest.
UnTapped Lemon Tea Mapleaid
Pro cyclist Ted King’s take on endurance fuel is to keep it simple and natural. That’s why he relies on maple, which is fortified with minerals, amino acids and antioxidants, and is the key ingredient in UnTapped’s performance drink mix.
Whether you’re just starting a new workout routine or hit the gym five days a week, it’s likely that you need a quick fix to muscle aches and pains. Rub the non-staining Tiger Balm on your skin and feel a warm tingle. The herbal blend contains camphor and menthol to elicit that “ahh” feeling.
Camelbak Podium 24oz Bottle
You’d think that any old water bottle would do in cycling. You would think. CamelBak’s Podium, through its shape, squeezability and comfortable valve, outperforms any other in the bottle cage and it’s wildly cheap, too.
Wild One Tennis Balls
Wild One is a new brand with cutesy branding and cutesy products — like this these tennis balls. As it turns out, most match-ready tennis balls are not great for a dog’s mouth since they’re made of an abrasive felt that can damage gums and teeth. These aren’t, and they’ve got a rubber core for extra bounciness — because why not.
Runner’s High Chill AF Plus+ Muscle Rub
This all-natural muscle rub acts like IcyHot but features hemp extract, sunflower oil, menthol crystals, essential oils of wintergreen and beeswax. After a tough gym session, rubbing this onto sore arms, legs and back muscles is a good idea. The pinon, arnica flowers and peppermint essential oil are said to be anti-inflammatory, which athletes can always use.
Snow Peak Titanium Spork
While this might feel like a bit of a splurge for a spork, Snow Peak’s titanium utensil looks great and does it all. The prongs, scooped middle and crisp edges mean this is a knife, spoon and fork all in one. It’s made in Japan and built with perfection in mind, so you’ll never rebuy another spork.
Kent Sawcut Grooming Comb
Your hair deserves the best, so snag something that’s easier on your scalp and hair — and will last longer than that $3 plastic comb you snagged at Walgreens.
Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life
Even if you’re not interested in surfing, this adventure memoir by William Finnegan is worth a read. It provides insight on what happens when surfing becomes a way of life. Finnegan learned how to surf as a child and traveled to surf some of the most famous waves throughout his life. If you need more convincing, the book is also a Pulitzer Prize winner.
TriggerPoint MobiPoint Textured Massage Ball
If you love the gym, you know how important recovery is to your training. TriggerPoint is the name of the game for all things mobility related, and this massage ball works to roll out any tight spots in your feet and hands. It’s just two inches by two inches by two inches, making it easy to throw in a gym bag or briefcase.
The Surfer’s Journal
Since 1992, this beautiful magazine has dedicated itself to telling unique and unusual stories around surf culture. Throughout the 132-pages of each edition, you’ll experience everything that runs parallel to a surfer’s vein. Each issue will catapult you to far away lands and waves.
Hyperlite Mountain Gear Ultamid Pole Straps
These flexible rubber straps are great for everything from lashing extra gear to your pack to stepping in as a toe strap in the event of a failure.
Loksak Aloksak Drybag
Let’s face it, sometimes the weather changes unexpectedly, and our sunny camp setup gets soaked by a passing rainstorm. The Aloksak bags are certified to keep your phones, tablets and all other technology dry, even when submerged (up to 200 feet). Never worry about humidity, sand, snow or water affecting your gear again.
Clockwork Synergy Perlon Watch Strap
A “perlon” is a type of braided nylon, pull-through strap that can completely change the look of a watch, and works great during the summer when it’s just too damn hot to wear leather. This option from Clockwork Synergy comes in tons of colors and will spruce up just about any watch.
Pintrill × Gear Patrol Air-Cooled Coupe Pin
There’s more than one way to show your love for cars. You can always go the overt route with flags and banners. Or, you can employ a dose of subtle class with a Pintrill × Gear Patrol Pin.
TriggerPoint Massage Ball
Recovery is the name of the game in sports these days. If you’re not getting enough sleep, stretching and eating right, your body might revolt. TriggerPoint’s deep tissue massage ball helps you get at any tension points in your body to release muscles and promote blood flow to tight areas. Roll out your glutes, pecs, traps and more with this little ball.
Swrve Topo Map Mug
When you’re stuck at the office, Swrve’s Topo Map mug will help you envision loamy forests and berms made of hero dirt that you’ll be ripping come the weekend.
Good To-Go Mexican Quinoa Bowl
Just because you’re in the woods doesn’t mean you have to eat like a barbarian. Avoid the rehydrated slop and reach for something made with ingredients like raw organic cacao powder and ancho chiles.
Field Notes Expedition 3 Pack
Ever try writing on paper when it’s raining? Field Notes took aim to solve that problem in its Expedition Notebook. Printed on Yupo Synthetic paper, it’s an amazing tearproof and waterproof paper extruded from polypropylene pellets that is made to withstand the elements of Antartica. Add in the high-visilibity Antarctic Survey Orange cover and you’ve got a notebook that won’t ever fail you.
Casio World Time AE1200WH-1A
As much as we all love beautiful luxury timepieces, a watch that’s pure function — like this $14 Casio — has some special appeal. But that’s not to say this is a featureless or boring watch. Even at under $20 it manages to pack in a world-time function, 5 separate alarms, and a backlight for the entire screen. One of our staffers ended up buying this watch to wear while riding motorcycles, dirt bikes and ATVs, so as not to damage his expensive mechanical watches, and he loved the Casio so much he bought another one to keep in reserve. Trust us, that’s a ringing endorsement.
Malin+Goetz Mojito Lip Balm
Never ride without lip balm in your pocket. This Mojito lip balm from Malin+Goetz is some of the best out there.
When you’re an athlete, staying injury-free can be a tricky thing to do. Sometimes we push ourselves a little too hard and end up nursing a hurt hamstring or calf for longer than we’d like. KT Tape provides support and mobility for your muscles while reducing tissue pressure to help you recover faster. Most athletic trainers or physical therapists can help teach you how to properly apply KT tape so that you can get back to normal, sooner.
Lululemon City Trek Crew Socks
If you’re looking for a sharp pair of socks that can go with you on urban commutes and keep your ankles looking good during squats and lunges, these soft and stretchy socks are ideal. The foot-specific design and seamless construction mean no chafing and some much-needed arch support for however many miles it takes for you to get into work and to the gym.
There are few things worse than bonking when you’re still a handful of miles from the trailhead. Keeping a few Voke Tabs in your pack will save you on just such an occasion. Voke Tabs are all natural energy chews designed to give you that extra boost of energy. If you need more convincing, they’re endorsed by world class mountaineer Conrad Anker.
Sea To Summit 20L Lightweight Dry Sack
The Sea To Summit Lightweight Dry Sack is the outdoor company’s most versatile dry sack. It’s made from a lightweight 70D waterproof, durable nylon fabric that is sturdy enough for water sports yet light enough for backpacking. It utilizes a waterproof hypalon roll-top closure with a D-ring attachment point at the buckle. In addition to keeping your gear dry, a white interior lining means you’ll never have to waste time searching for items packed deep in your bag.
Fisher Space Pen Cap-O-Matic
Fisher Space Pens can write underwater and in space. Maybe that seems unnecessary for the city-based outdoorsman you know, but it’ll also write just as well in a neighborhood cafe (and it works well with Field Notes’ waterproof paper).
Red Wing Natural Leather Conditioner
Preserve the life of your favorite pair of leather boots with this conditioner, from one of the most trusted boot brands in the world.
CamelBak Quick Stow Flask
This time of year, it might be worth it to mix up your fitness routine, lest you get bored lifting the same weights in the same corner of your gym. Head outside for a run, hike or bike and the fresh air will do you good. One accessory you must pack is a water bottle. The bulky non-collapsible kind might work indoors, but outside, you want something sleeker. CamelBak’s Quick Stow Flask holds 17-ounces of water, fits in hydration vests and has a self-sealing valve, so it doesn’t leak all over.
Smartwool Hike Medium Crew Sock
Smartwool Socks and hiking boots go together like peanut butter and jelly. Designed for rugged day hikes and moderate backpacking, the Hike Medium Crew Sock uses a merino wool blend that optimizes thermal regulation to warm up and wick moisture depending on your foot’s temperature. Moderate cushioning underfoot absorbs impacts for thousands of steps you plan on taking on trails.
GSI Outdoor Boulder Flask
GSI’s Boulder Flask is the perfect vessel to transport said whiskey because it’s lightweight and nearly unbreakable. Plus, it’s one of the few flasks that’s clear, so you can see when you’re starting to run low.
While the gym you visit now likely smells fresh and clean, your gym bag might be in sad shape. How often do you sweat through your clothes and shoes, then toss them in your pack to take home and wash later? That sweat seeps into your gym bag, and it can be hard to get rid of. This fragrance footwear freshener spray can extend the life of both your sneakers and your gym bag. A two-ounce bottle lasts up to three months even with daily use. Spritz, spray and go.
BrainWavz Truss Headphone Stand
But, if you don’t have enough desktop space to have a traditional headphone stand, get this. It sticks to the underside of your desk — incognito — and has two hands to hold two pairs of headphones.
Well & Good Oatmeal Dog Wash
Yes, oatmeal. This one moisturizes dry skin, alleviates itchiness, softens dogs’ coats and smells pretty decent (for dog shampoo). It’s ideal for dogs with sensitive, itchy or dry skin, but works just like any other vet-recommended wash on dogs without skin issues.
The New Power Eating
Nutrition is a key piece in the fitness puzzle, and when you workout regularly, it’s likely that you’re pretty hungry. There’s a lot of information about what to eat and when to eat it, but that can be a lot to try and get through yourself. Dr. Sue Kleiner, a PhD and registered dietician, has worked with professional athletes, teams and Olympians for years, helping them to eat and drink for peak performance. Bring her knowledge into your kitchen with The New Power Eating. If your workout routine calls for a rest day or a sprint day, you can eat to power through each session.
Smartwool Hike Medium Crew Sock
When you think of tough socks built to bolster your feet and keep blisters at bay, Smartwool’s merino wool construction should be top of mind. The added cushioning underfoot helps each step feel better than the last, and the mid-calf height works for both trail runners and hiking boots. Plus, the sweat-wicking properties of wool are unmatched: they’ll keep your feet dry and warm no matter the temperature inside your boot.
Indoor trainers are the cure for winter blues, but the experience lacks the views of the journey and the camaraderie of the group. Zwift is an app that recreates these aspects of the ride through a video game-like platform that includes virtual roads and races and a multiplayer interface that’ll turn your fitness regimen into a competitive battle against your other cabin-fevered friends.
Clif Shot Bloks
While everyone’s stomach prefers different types of bars and gels during a run, these Clif Shot Bloks were what worked for me during my last marathon. This sample pack allows you to test out the different flavors to see what you like best. You’ll get orange, mountain berry, black cherry, citrus, strawberry, margarita, cran-razz and tropical punch — each of which stores 33 calories per block, made from 95 percent organic ingredients. When the wall hits, you’ll reach for these.
Jason Markk Shoe Cleaner Foam
This cleaner will get rid of unwanted marks that may have inadvertently graced whatever grail your sneakerhead friend accidentally wore out to the bar last weekend.
Stance Athletic Icon 2 Sock
With more cushioning underfoot, you’ll be feeling great after 10, 20 or 30-plus miles. These crew-height socks, made from a blend of nylon, polyester, elastic and cotton, are comfortable and breathe well. No matter if you’re out during the spring, summer, fall or winter, these work.
Jerky Snob Crate Joy
Sustenance on the go is a must on any commute, but shoving the same snacks in your face day in, day out can wear thin just as quickly as a commute. Jerky Snob is a jerky of the month club subscription which delivers tasty, high-quality jerky to your door each month. Perfect for keeping the pre- and post-work hangry fits at bay.
North: Finding My Way While Running the Appalachian Trail
When you think of trail runners, Scott Jurek is one of the best and most well known. With over two decades of running on his resume, he’s a powerhouse. In 2015, Jurek ran the Appalachian trail (all 2,189-miles of it) in 46-days. This story tells the tale of just how hard it was and how he made it through.
Watch Repair Kit
While we don’t necessarily condone performing the equivalent of open-heart surgury on your vintage Rolex (rather, we say leave it to a watchmaker), sometimes you just need to open a case back or size a bracelet. If this is the case, we do recommend picking up one of these handy watch repair kits — probably the best $17 you can spend in watches.
Honest Kitchen Beams Treats
When buying dog treats, or just processed foods in general, less is more. The Honest Kitchen’s Beams treat has one item on the ingredients list: dried salmon skin, which are naturally packed with Omega-3s, high in protein and good for dogs of any age.
Topo Designs Small Accessory Bag
Topo Designs’ pouch comes in a style that’s suitably retro-outdoor, and it has enough space for the things needed around town and in the woods; stuff like cash, a credit card, a small notebook and a tiny roll of duct tape (you never know).
Beeswrap Assorted 3-Pack
Beeswrap makes environmentally friendly food wraps that will keep your food fresh without contributing more plastic to overstuffed landfills. They’re perfect for on-trail lunches.
Outerknown Sections Camp Socks
Break from typical black and gray socks in a colorway way that’s a perfect fit for a wide variety of outfits. Added bonus: These are made from a blend of 70 percent upcycled cotton, so they do as much good as they feel.
Record Props V2
This is another neat way to show off the records that you love. It’s a mount that hangs both the record and its sleeve on the wall. The record isn’t bound by a frame or glass display, allowing you to take it off the wall and play on your turntable whenever you want.
If you commute by car, first you have to love your car — you spend hundreds of hours in it each year just getting to and from work. Second, coffee is a must to stay awake, alert, sane. Drive Coffee combines the love of cars and coffee with themed single-origin and blended roasts like Imola, Targa and Le Mans. If you don’t know what to get the car-coffee-loving commuter in your life, look no further.
Rapha Beginner’s Guide to Road Cycling
Road cycling can be intimidating, and not just because of the elite racing, the complicated equipment and the skin-tight clothing. Rapha’s “Getting Started In Road Cycling” addresses questions about bike culture in addition to providing useful information about gear and tips on how to ride correctly.
Hydrapak Ultraflask Soft Flask
Lightweight and easy to carry flasks are the best way to hydrate on the run. This soft flask is packable and compresses down as you drink it, so it’s not adding bulk to your pack. Hydrapak also offers a lifetime warranty on this water bottle.
Metolius Portable Power Grips
If you like to rock climb, your cross-training likely includes some pull-ups. You’ll need both powerful legs and arms to get yourself up anything from a 5.2 to 5.12 and higher. These custom-carved wooden power grips will challenge you to keep going up. The two holds can hang anywhere you want to do a little-added training.
Stay healthy and never miss a day at the gym with Nuun vitamins. You’ll find these all over Gear Patrol staffer’s desks in a variety of flavors. Try the ginger lemonade, blackberry citrus, blueberry pomegranate or tangerine lime and fill your body up with Vitamins A, C, D, E, and B6, plus folic acid, calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium. Each tab dissolves in water, so you’re also upping your hydration levels.
When it comes to the car lover’s leather interior, you can bet they want it staying as supple and soft as possible throughout their ownership. Conditioning all sorts of leather since 1968, Leather Honey is one of the best conditioners available, especially since it rings in under $20.
Kinco 901 Pigskin Ski Gloves
Whether you’re skiing, snowboarding, chopping wood or hiking, these waterproof leather gloves are sure to become your new staple. The durable pigskin leather will outlast your typical cowhide and fabric gloves and will keep the feeling in your fingers all day long thanks to a thermal lining.
Velomacchi Tool Pouch
Whether you’re on a bike or in your car, a full tool box isn’t exactly the most practical way to carry your essential tools. The Velomacchi Tool Pouch lets you keep your most used and critical sockets, ratchets or extra bolts and washers in a compact pouch under your seat, in the trunk or even in the glove box.
Yeti Rambler 10oz Lowball
Yeti’s version of the lowball is unbreakable, which truly makes it a go-anywhere vessel that’s ready for whiskey by the campfire or coffee at the office.
Soto Pocket Torch
This pocket torch weighs just 2.4-ounces so it won’t add much to your pack and total weight of the trip, but it will give you the power to light camp stoves quickly, fires and more. While a lighter is functional, this pencil torch is an easy stocking stuffer that every guy is sure to find integral to his new outdoor EDC.
UA x Stance SLK Crew
Stance makes some of the most fun performance socks out there. Under Armour makes some of the best performance tech gear that you’ve likely been wearing since middle school. The two joined forces to create a sleek sock with plenty of Fusion fibers, mesh panels and targeted compression to help you power through all your upcoming workouts.
Barton Bands Elite Silicone Watch Band
While certain professional rubber straps meant for scuba diving can be quite expensive, this Elite Silicone Watch Band from Barton Bands is affordable, comes in a variety of colors and features quick-release spring bars. What’s more, each strap ships with both a short and long lower half, meaning you should be able to find one for any-sized wrist.
Bow Wow Travel Food Bowl
There are only a few things you really need from a travel bowl — durability, affordability, water resistance and a lightweight build. This one from Fish Pond USA is just that. It’s made with a waterproof nylon interior, a jacquard mesh exterior, a heavy-set base to stay upright and priced at only $20.
Heritage Lensatic Compass
One look at the Heritage Lensatic Compass and you might think, although it looks incredibly classy and well made, it’s a bit archaic. Consider being out on the trail with no service or, worse yet, with a dead smartphone battery. Suddenly that handsome, archaic piece of brass is your best chance of getting home.
Wetsox are designed in the USA to make your life easier when trying to wiggle into a wetsuit. Slip on these calf-height socks then “slide” into your gear. The Wetsox diminish the amount of friction between your legs and the suit so it’s not as sticky getting it up over your waist. Just as it helps to get the suit on, it works just as well to quickly get the wetsuit off your body.
Haeckel’s Seaweed and Geranium Hand Balm
Protect or restore dried-out hands with this ocean-inspired lotion. We recommend pairing it with a listen of “Sloop John B” or a nice reading of Moby Dick.
The Original Goughnut
This circular chew toy has no weak points. It also floats in water and bounces on the ground. But the best part is that if your dog somehow manages to chew through the durable outside layer, Goughnuts will replace it. It’s about as safe as chew toys get.
The bicycle is a universal machine; it transcends borders and culture. But as with anything, the way in which different groups of people interact with particular items varies from place to place, and Bikevibe has made it its mission to document how people in cities as diverse as Portland, Oregon and Milan, Italy approach life on two wheels.
Picturing America’s National Parks
For the days when the mountains feel too far away, the camper in your life will find inspiration in a book full of inspirational photos of America’s National Parks.
Beyond Coastal Active Sunscreen
Sunscreen should be an essential part of your everyday skin routine, especially if you’re outside. Beyond Coastal’s SPF 34 sunscreen protects your skin for up to 80 minutes during activity. Whether you’re hopping in the ocean for a late-season surf or heading out on a trail run, this non-greasy lotion quickly dries so you can smear and go.
While a runner’s high is a real thing, getting yourself to that point often takes a bit of effort. To give yourself an added boost of energy, Run Gum is the way to go. It has taurine and caffeine as well as B6 and B12. Chew for a few minutes to feel the effects before heading out to keep them high all day long. Nick Symmonds, a former pro-middle-distance track athlete, developed it to help up his energy levels without drinking a ton of energy drinks.
Darn Tough ATC Socks
Proper hiking socks are as essential as boots, but they can also be expensive. Thankfully, Darn Tough backs up its peds with a lifetime guarantee, so no matter how many miles are put on them you know that they’ll be good for just as many more.
iClever Himbox Bluetooth Car Adapter Kit
Vintage and analog cars have a worthy place in the modern world, but when it comes to commuting a few modern creature comforts can go a long way. The iClever Himbox Bluetooth Car Adapter Kit simply plugs into the car’s 12V outlet and immediately gives you Bluetooth functionality. Stream music, take calls and use Siri just like you would at home or, you know, in a brand new car.
Path Projects Muir Cap
A trucker hat is the ultimate sign of a true trail runner, but if that’s not quite your style, this charcoal hat will help you still blend in. Laser cut holes mean loads of breathability. It’s quick drying and SPF 50, so no matter where you choose to run your next ultra, you’re covered.
Portland Design Works Tiny Object CO2 Inflator
When a flat disrupts your ride, the solution shouldn’t be cranking away at a tiny frame-mounted pump. Portland Design Works created the Tiny Object CO2 inflator as a fast and efficient alternative. It works on all Presta valves and includes a leather sleeve so that your fingers don’t get frosty while inflating. All of these things will fit neatly in a saddlebag, too.
Rogue SR-1 Speed Rope
Sign up for a jump rope class at Equinox or other boutique gyms and you’ll quickly be reminded just how exhausting jump roping is. It challenges your cardiovascular system as well as increases endurance. Other gyms, like CrossFit, use jump ropes before and during class to keep your blood flowing between high pressure weight exercises. The Rogue SR-1 is an adjustable speed cable in eight colors that doesn’t weigh much, but packs a serious fitness punch.
Le Labo Hinoki Shower Gel
A refreshing, natural, and vegan (!) shower gel that evokes the smell of Hinoki trees, which grow in what is called one of the most holy places in all of Japan.
Leatherman Surf Pocket Multitool
The everyday surfer needs a streamlined EDC tool, and this stainless steel surf tool fits the bill. It’s TSA friendly, so go wherever the waves take you. It’s also adapted for a lanyard, meaning it’ll be less likely to go missing after a day in the water.
Good Candle x Gear Patrol Campfire Candle
For the days when it’s just not possible to get outside, strike a match and let the scent of a campfire fill your home. Each candle is hand-poured into a brown glass container that’ll burn for up to 25 hours. Close your eyes, breathe deep and imagine you’re sitting in front of a campfire — there’s no better way to relax.
Claus Porto Soap on a Rope
With notes of patchouli, sandalwood, vanilla, ylang-ylang and vetiver, this soap smells great; the rope makes it so you’ll never lose track of it in the shower.
QALO Mountain Silicone Tags
The solution to dogs with jingly collars is here, and it looks better than any jingly collar ever did. QALO’s 100 percent silicone tags come in more than ten designs and can be engraved with dog names, parents’ names, phone numbers, addresses and more.
Adventure Medical Kits Mountain Series
Accidents happen. It’s best to be prepared, and wilderness wanderers don’t need an entire backpack’s worth of supplies to do so. Adventure Medical Kits makes carefully-considered medkits for all types of outings — from a day hike to a 28-day expedition.
Amazon Smart Plug
As long as they have some Alexa-enabled speaker in their home, this little plug (which Amazon just announced this fall) will turn any home appliance or light fixture that plugs into an outlet into something that can controlled with their voice. Get them a few.
Not all commutes were created equal. If you live in the city or just outside of one, chances are public transportation plays a big part in your life and negates the need for a car altogether, but every so often it’s incredibly convenient to own your own wheels. Skip the headaches of full-time ownership and use Zipcar, an on-demand car sharing program that lets you have your own car when you need it.
Philips Hue Smart Dimmer Switch
This smart switch is basically a remote control for your lights. It works with existing Philips Hue smart lights and lets you adjust the brightness of a specific light or a scene of multiple lights with the press of a button. You can also turn them on and off as well. It’s a simple gadget but lets you control all your smart lights without having to talk to your smart assistant.
BioLite’s SunLight charges in seven hours while outdoors, or just two via a micro USB, and then you can enjoy up to 50 hours of light inside your tent, next to the fire or anywhere else you could use a bit of light. The hanging clip is ideal for use in a tent, and the built-in kickstand works great on picnic tables or the ground.
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