Tech Outfitting the Outdoor Adventurer In Your Life

Tech Outfitting the Outdoor Adventurer In Your Life

Sean Rioux
Nov 23, 2012

For that person on your list who would rather be out skiing a black diamond or winter camping then spending time stuck indoors this holiday season, check out this list of great gifts for the adventuring spirit.

GoPro Video Camera ($199.99-$399.99)
The gold standard in durable and portable video rigs, GoPro offers a range of mountable and waterproof devices perfect for capturing all the action. With options for mounting on bike or ski helmets, no matter what sport the outdoor enthusiast in your life is into the GoPro is probably already on their wish list.

Solar Powered Water Bottle Cap ($19.99)
Wether it's long hikes or portaging down the river, it's always important to stay hydrated when you're staying active. This solar powered water bottle cap lets you charge up an ever useful LED lantern while you carry you're water with you through out the day.

Inflatable Paddle Board ($1,295+)
Paddle boarding has really taken off in the past couple of years. A fusion of surfing and kayaking, it's a great way to work on balance and upper body strength.

Paddle board manufacturer ULI offers an interesting take with their Ultra Light Inflatable boards, which will let the weekend warrior in your life pack up and get back to nature for the weekend without (without having to strap their board to the roof of the car).

Waterproof Tablet Cases ($10-$75)
If the outdoor adventurer in your life also has an iPad, it's likely they often also lament not being able to bring their tablet along without. Used as a nautical chart for sailing, or a GPS for long portaging trips keep your iPad dry with these waterproof cases from tech blog Geeksugar.

SteriPEN Adventurer Water Purifier ($89.95)
On serious camping trips deep into the bush you inevitably have to find a source of fresh water to stay hydrated or to cook some food. Unfortunately you're not always able to guarantee the cleanliness of the water you find. The SteriPEN water purifier has got you covered:

Ultraviolet (UV-C) light rays safely sterilize clear water by destroying 99.99% of protozoa (including Giardia and Cryptosporidium), bacteria and even viruses

Recon MOD Oakley Ski Goggles With HUD ($599.99)
While we're all stuck waiting for Google to ship their Project Glass heads up display, ski goggle manufacturer Oakley and HUD company Recon Instruments have teamed up to bring a taste of augmented reality to your ski adventures.

Integrated with Google Android, the Recon HUD Goggles let you check your speed, and track yourself with GPS hands free while you attack the slopes.

nomad-nov-21.jpgNomad 7 Solar Panel by Goal Zero
Keeping charged when you're out on a long hike means keeping that GPS running longer, or making sure you've got that phone charged up to keep in touch in case you get locked. I had a chance to review the Nomad this summer, and continued to enjoy it as a way to keep my phone charged on long bikes.

BioLite Camp Stove ($129)
That rusty old Coleman stove may still get the job done, but this high tech and highly portable option from BioLite is impressive. From an Apartment Therapy article earlier this year:

BioLite is a more eco-friendly way to cook food and uses only half the wood to heat up and reduces smoke emissions from open fires by 90%. The excess energy is saved so you can connect your electronics like your mobile phone or GPS to BioLite and use that to charge it while you're in the woods.

Cycling Computers ($18-$500)
While apps like Strava offer a great way to track your biking stats with your Android or iOS device, the cyclist in your life will likely agree that nothing beats a dedicated cycling computer. Check out our rundown of affordable and adaptive options which you might consider as a gift for the pedel pusher you love.

Rugged Weatherproof Cameras ($300-$400)
Gizmodo gives us a decent rundown of rugged weatherproof camera options which might make a great gift for help capture those outdoor adventures. Check out their performance test above to help you pick an option that stands up against the elements while also producing fantastic images and video.

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