While anglers and hunters get the attention as collectors of gear and gadgets, hikers and campers are similarly afflicted with the need to have the newest, coolest items for their time in the outdoors. Here are a few ideas for Christmas gifts for campers and hikers on your shopping list.
LifeStraw Personal Water Filter- One of the number one selling outdoor gadgets! A LifeStraw is a great emergency water filtering system but it also works great for hikers, hunters and anglers. With the LifeStraw you can drink directly - and safely - from most water sources, even the nastiest stock ponds or creeks. Best of all, there are no chemicals used; water is sanitized through mechanical filtration. It also has a very long life because you can blow most of the "crud" right back out of the filter.
Gerber Dime Mult-tool- Not too big, not too small, at a price that makes it a great stocking stuffer. Smaller than most multi-tools, it is still quality piece of equipment that handles basic daily chores with 10 tools including scissors, pliers, files, knife blades and even a bottle opener.
Zippo Rugged LanternIf only lanterns floated, were nearly indestructible, and came with a five-year warranty. Well at least one does. The Zippo Rugged lantern is constructed with heavy-duty rubber corners and metal support tubes to create an amazingly durable design. The IPX7 water proof rating makes it great for use in areas where rain or spray could be an issue, and it floats. The LED has three brightness settings, as well as an SOS mode for emergencies.
Lethal Bug and Tick Repellent – Anyone who spends much time outside needs protection from the creepy-crawlies that can carry diseases like West Nile Virus and Lyme disease. The non-greasy, non-staining, quick-drying formula comes in a pocket-size spray bottle, so it’s easy to keep accessible while hiking, hunting, or fishing. The need for re-application is reduced because of the long-lasting 12-hour protection.
Slumberjack Big Steel Chair – There’s no reason to not be comfortable around the campfire. The Slumberjack Big Steel Chair uses 600D polyester for sling-style seat and back support on a flat powder coat frame to perfectly marry comfort and durability. If time around a campfire is on the agenda, make sure it’s as comfortable as possible.
Nalgene Tritan Wide Mouth Water Bottle- A standard backpacking accessory for 20 years. If you're still carrying water in canteens, pouches or other methods, the Nalgene bottle beats all of those. The bottles are simple to drink from, easy to clean (and see if there is nasty stuff growing inside!) and provide measurements for when you need to treat the water to make it safe to drink. They also make a great container for dried food; we often carry our trail mix in a Nalgene.
Full Curl Brands – Hunters, angler, hikers, backpackers. While every activity has its own focus and obstacles, in the end, it’s about time in the outdoors. Full Curl Brand seeks to unite all outdoor enthusiasts under one umbrella, with an iconic image that everyone can identify. Full Curl clothing is tested to ensure it lives up to the quality standard that time in the outdoors requires. Choose from tees, hoodies, and other clothing items for men and women. http://www.fullcurlbrand.com/shop/