10 Outdoorsy Gifts for Hikers, Campers and Other Outdoor Adventurers
This innovative product is a backpack cooler. Unlike that cheap cooler bag that you got as a giveaway at your last work conference, the TrackPack features an internal storage system that keeps your cans organized. It stores 20 cans, and ice packs fit in between the stacks of cans to keep everything cold. The best feature is the secret slot on each side that allows you to access drinks without ever taking the backpack off. This one is great for campers, hikers, event goers and tailgaters. The Track Pack is available in a variety of colors for $40.
Anyone who's ever spent the night in a sleeping bag knows it's a far cry from the comforts of a bed. One of the main issues beleaguering the sleeping bag is that it's difficult and uncomfortable to roll around in--and who spends the night in one position? The Selk Bag is like a sleeping bag body suit that moves with your body instead of against it. The bag provides a more comfortable night of sleep and can be worn around the campsite in the evening (or for that late-night nature call). The Selk Bag is available at Amazon starting at $99.
For those who've never seen it in action, the sport of paddleboarding is a sort of cross between canoeing and surfing: participants stand on a big board and paddle across a body of water. Kahuna Creations Big Stick is designed to bring the relaxing sport onto dry land. When used in conjunction with a long board, the Big Stick allows users to "paddle' across the road or concrete. Buy a Big Stick for your favorite long boarder, or pair it with a board for the big kid on your list.
In the outdoors, it's all about getting as much function as you can while taking up as little room as possible. The Eton FR1000 delivers by packing a weather radio, AM/FM radio, clock, flashlight, SOS alert, two-way GMRS radio and charger into one compact device. This one is a great safety device for anyone that strays well past the ranger's station. It operates via battery pack, AA batteries or crank power. You can find the FR1000 at Amazon starting at $70. (Update: The Eton NFR 1XB is a newer model with similar features and excellent reviews.)
What's more comfortable than a hammock? A hammock that protects you from the elements. The Hennessey sets up between two trees with two web straps and gives users the comfort of a weatherproof tent. Users can get up off the ground, away from the rocks, roots and slimy creatures of the night, and enjoy a comfortable night of sleep inside of a hammock. The one-person tent includes plenty of room for gear storage and mesh windows for warm, clear nights.
Updated and republished from original posted December 19, 2009.
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