Gift Ideas For The Outdoor Enthusiast - Part 2
In designing the Striker goggle, Marker teamed with one of the world's leading optic companies to develop the NXT lens. What's most striking about this ski-industry-first polyurethane polymer lens is the exceptional clarity it provides. It's also lighter weight, more scratch resistant and less prone to glare than the typical polycarbonate lens. The same material is used in Apache helicopters - it's bulletproof - which should make it good enough for your next day of fighting crowds at the ski resort.
Power lounging is not a sport to be taken lightly and the Power Lounger slip-on shoe from Timberland is the choice of champs. It's lined with SmartWool (of socks and base layer fame), making socks superfluous most of the time, and the leather exterior is washable, so the whole shoe can go in the washing machine. Put them on after wrenching your feet out of your ski boots, and you'll never want to take them off. Seriously.
Dog Trippin' Kit
Don't leave the family dog off your gift list, or you'll get that guilt-inducing, sad-eyed stare. The Dog Trippin' kit from Mountainsmith should bring howls of delight from the active canine. The package includes a generously sized dog backpack with fleece-lined straps; a fleecy, compressible dog bed with its own stuff sack; nylon food and water bowls; and an adjustable-length leash. It's all lightweight enough that Fido can tote all of his own stuff into the backcountry. Now if only your gear was that easy to carry.
Five Gifts For Under $50!
Guyot Designs 5 in 1 Utensil Set
The MealGear Utensils incorporate a gourmet place-setting and spatula in two snap-together pieces. They are versatile to the point that you can sip hot soup, twirl some pasta or use the surprisingly sharp edge to slice through even the toughest of trail foods. Made of durable nylon and weighing 1.4 ounces, they practically float in a backpack.
Cocoon Travel Pillow
Whether flying to Thailand or spending a night in Rocky Mountain National Park, this travel pillow, available in down or synthetic fill, ensures a satisfying snooze. It's a generous 13-by- 17-inches yet compresses into a stuff sack. An optional pillow case is made of a new fabric blend, containing cellulose and seaweed that is said to soothe and heal irritated skin.
Many of us can't even think about heading out to ski or snowshoe without that morning cup of hot joe or tea, and there's no cooler way to drink it than out of one these soft-sided mugs with stainless-steel inside and a no-slip Sof-gel exterior.
The stainless-steel Inka pen, developed by a Boulder-based engineer, is watertight, noncorrosive and works in wet and cold temperatures down to minus-30 degrees. The pressurized ink cartridge is replaceable so you'll be giving a lifetime of writing capacity to your favorite mountaineer or avid outdoor notetaker.
The carbon steel Gerber folding shovel combines metal-shovel performance with the lighter weight of plastic and is a must-have for any outdoor excursion. A telescoping handle slides into the blade for compact carrying in its own nylon bag.