Holiday Gear Guide 2017
Still deciding what to get someone for Christmas? Or maybe you need some last minute ideas to add to your list.
1. Black Diamond Swift Ice Axe - $190
With a T-rating and an adjustable pinky rest, this piolet can take you to places no other piolet can. Capable of ice and mixed climbing in addition to self arrest, this ice axe is sure to be along for the ride on all of your climbing adventures.
2. Aqua Sphere Cayenne Goggles - $50
Perfect for races or long days at the pool, these goggles feature antifog, a quick adjust system, and low profile geometry to reduce drag. They come in a wide variety of color and tint options.
3. Smartwool PhD Mountaineer Socks - $35
Unlike traditional mountaineering socks, these are thin and fit snugly on your foot. This translates to greater technical precision and fewer blisters. Everything you need and nothing you don't in a climbing sock.
4. SteriPEN Quantum Rapid Purification System - $80
Traditionally, SteriPENs have only been able to treat 1 liter at a time. Their new system allows you to purify 4 liters at once - in 150 seconds. Finally, a SteriPEN for groups!
5. Anker 21W Solar Panel - $60
This solar panel has one of the highest power-to-weight ratios of any on the market. Powerful enough for almost any portable electronic you could carry. Perfect for those long trips into the backcountry.
6. EPIC Meat Bars - $25 (pack of 12)
As delicious as they are nutritious, these bars will make you forget you're eating a bar. Made with real ingredients, and coming in a wide variety of flavors, these are sure to keep you fueled - especially on those high-output adventures.
7. Pyle Waterproof Headphones - $12
If you enjoy listening to music while you workout, these headphones are for you. In addition to being waterproof, they offer good sound quality and do a very good job of staying in your ears, even during activities like swimming.
8. Eddie Bauer Evertherm Jacket - $280
Warmth without the bulk. This ultra-packable, ultra-light down jacket will keep you feeling cozy when the mercury drops. Read my full review here.
9. Marmot Featherless Jacket - $175
With a new synthetic fill equivalent to 700 fill down, this piece will keep your warm, even if it gets wet. A good feature set and low weight make this one of the best synthetic pieces on the market currently.
10. Run with Power - $19
There are a number of running power meter options on the market right now, including Garmin's power support for many current devices. Just like with cycling, a running power meter can take your running to the next level, and this book gives you everything you need to know to get started.