Do you have a gadget/gear lover for a Valentine? Let us offer you some ideas that will sure to be a hit.
If you carry a pen and notebook around in your bag or pocket, the utility and function that an EDC pen offers simply cannot be understated. The sleek, metal design makes it easy to carry without causing drag, and the pen is usually less likely to leak ink and stain your clothes. The ManualPen is machined from a solid piece of metal with no moving parts and is designed to be anti-roll; it also writes upside down, in zero gravity, or virtually any other way you need to use it.
Go ahead, laugh. This one’s a bit of a wilcard on our list. But who doesn’t want to wield a fully-automatic Nerf that fires up to 8 rounds per second while causing all manner of mischief around the house? Or get a few of them and have fun games of run-n-gun without the hassle or cost of paintball, airsoft or other even a day at the range. The hopper can hold a whopping 200 rounds and fires at a velocity of 100 feet per second; impressive for a nerf gun. We think people can appreciate the more unusual gift ideas….
We love a good pair of Clarks Desert Boots, but sometimes you need something a little classier and a little heavier duty. Thursday Boot Company makes all their shoes in Mexico or the US, and from the highest quality leathers and materials available, so there is no question as to their durability and craftsmanship. The Scout Chukkas combine the best of “classy dress shoe style” with “cool, casual chukka convenience” and come in 5 sweet colors.
For the very reasonable price this watch retails at, we think it’s a steal. The look borrows elements from classic field watches of old, but brings them up-to-date with a very shiny stainless steel case and modern-looking watch face. A round black dial has large hands, numbers and dates, and is topped with mineral crystal; the Japanese movement even changes colors to be come illuminated in the dark! Add that vintage green canvas webbing band and this this an affordably-classic watch.
Fenix’s BCR25 is a compact-yet-powerful bike light that packs an impressive amount of light (600 lumens) into a versatile package. It’s mounted on your handlebars with a quick-release bike mount, while an anti-glare facula on the front also helps preventing blinding passersby and cars when out on the road. It’s also IP66 rated to ensure performance in rain, wind, sleet, snow – whatever the elements throw your way. And you can charge it via USB.
When you’re off the grid for days at a time, it can be nice to have some electricity to provide some illumination and charging. And since it’s hard to get electricity out in the field, you might need some solar power. That’s where the The BioLite SolarHome 620 comes in. It captures sunshine everyday and converts it to electricity, enough to power 3 includes hanging lights or to charge a few devices. A cool- unique – gift for a camping aficionado.
Valet trays are typically made of leather, which is classic, but this one from DOIY comes in concrete. Designed in Barcelona, it’s got 4 slots, each specifically designed for holding your wallet, phone, keys or loose change. Nothing quite like having a dedicated spot to throw all your stuff in, so you never lose it again.
The Distill Union does an excellent job of…distilling…the contents of your wallet down to a much more manageable size. FlexLock wallets, as they call them, are designed to keep items from falling out when the leather stretches and becomes worn, and an internal money clip keeps your cash neatly in place. Also, it’s NFC compatible – meaning that your tap-to-pay and keyless entry cards don’t need to be removed to function; just tap and go.
If that adventurer you’re buying for has a need for speed, they might like Velomacchi products. The Giro backpack is a waterproof, compact rolltop backpack designed for everything from motorcycle riding to hiking, with a hidden laptop sleeve and a spot for a hydration pouch for those days on the trail. The fabric is Acquaforte 300D high tenacity nylon.
A vintage style boot fit for modern wear, the Jack II is based on Danner Gentleman’s Boots of old. It’s got a full-grain leather construction with a 270-stictch build and rubber outsole built on the 971 last. It goes with virtually everything, from jeans to dress pants.
Compact, affordable and built to last, the Kershaw Leek boasts a 3” Sandvik steel with a bead-blasted finish. That’s paired with an anodized aluminum handle that is as sleek as they come and comes in a variety of cool finishes. And – it’s made in America, designed to last a long, long time.
If you’ve always liked the classic look of the field jacket but prefer something a little bit trimmer and with a sleeker silhouette, the Orvis Midpoint is what you’re looking for. It’s your typical field jacket with assortment of pockets, made from a cotton-nylon blend.
If you haven’t made the switch to merino socks, you are missing out. These crew socks are woven from an 80% merino, 15% poly, 4% nylon and 1% spandex blend for ultimate breathability and soft comfort. They’ll keep your feet warm, dry and ultra-comfortable all year round, from the hot, sweaty days of summer to frigid winter.
You’re sitting around the campfire, but it’s cold and you need to warm up – fast. What do you do? Reach for the Matador Pocket Blanket. Water repellent and puncture resistant, the Matador Pocket Blanket is large enough to cover two people for superb warmth but can pack down small enough to fit in your pocket.
No holiday is complete without some kind of spirit with which to relax. Old Forester Bourbon is one of our many favorite Bourbons, and the 100 Proof rendition is easily one of the best, winning Gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. It’s got a classic bourbon sweetness with hints of coffee, nuts and that light oak-aged finish.
Like a Swiss Army Knife but slimmer, more durable and modern, the LD43 Trekker Knife from Fenix is a multi-functional EDC knife with 15 functions, a Sandvik 12C27 Stainless Steel blade, and slick G10 handle. Selected functions include a glass breaker, drill and belt cutter – items not found on everyday multitools.
It’s cold out, and a good pair of gloves it a necessity for any outdoor adventure. The Black Diamond Guide Gloves are some of our favorite – super warm gloves for use in all but the coldest of winter conditions. Once broken in, they are quite comfortable and nimble enough to most jobs – even climbing and skiing. We highly recommend them.
Bose are nice, but Grado are classic. The GW100 are Grado’s first Bluetooth headphones, and they sound as good as we’d expect. They’re also the first Bluetooth headphones to rock an open-back design, which helps reduce escaping sound by up to 60%. They’ve also got a 15-hour battery life. For $249, they’re perfectly priced for a pair of Bluetooth headphones and a perfect accessory for any well-equipped gear lover.
Trekking poles can be lifesavers on the trail, but they don’t need to be fancy. Black Diamond gets that, which is why the Trail Back trekking poles are lightweight, no-frills but fully capable trekking poles designed for use in virtually any terrain. With a 3-section aluminum build and FlickLock adjustment system, they can be easily customized to your height needs. And the rubber grip and non-slip foam handle reduce vibrations when descending rugged trails.
Uberleben makes some of the best survival tools and accessories out there, and the Kraftig Ferro Rod is no different. Self-described as “simple yet overkill,” it comes in 5” and 8” lengths and is made of Sanft-korr ferrocierum that throws sparks at 5500F, even when wet. Carry one of these in your pocket and you will likely have no problem starting a fire in virtually any weather, any location, any time.
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