This is part two of a three part holiday gift guide for outdoor lovers. Yesterday's guide featured gifts that were under $50. Today's guide focuses on gifts priced between $50 and $100. Be sure to check back tomorrow when we conclude with gifts over $100.
Dale of Norway Hat
Since 1879 the folks at Dale of Norway have been knitting up some of the finest outerwear around, from Mother Nature’s finest fabric – wool. Their sweaters, cardigans, and jackets get most of the attention, and justifiably so. But don’t sleep on their hats! Dale of Norway hats are warm, functional, and stylish. They offer a variety of styles, but my favorite remains the Original 1956 Hat. $54.95
Sierra Designs Pull-On Down Bootie
The Pull-On Down Bootie from Sierra Designs makes a great addition to any Apres Ski arsenal. On the outside – a 100% recycled polyester ripstop shell with a nylon non-skid sole. On the inside – luxurious 700-fill power down. The booties are lightweight and compressible, making them perfect for travel or just hanging out around the house. $65 – Women, $75 - Men
I’m convinced that a hammock from Eagles Nest Outfitters is simply one of the best investments you can make if you’re a camper or a backpacker…. or maybe just shopping for one. The Doublenest Hammock from ENO is lightweight, easy to set up, and strong enough to hold two people. It’s an ideal gift for your wilderness-bound cuddle buddy. $69.95
Arka USB Charger/Lantern/Flashlight
The Arka is a rechargeable LED lantern from UCO. But it’s more than your standard camping lantern. In addition to having 5 different lighting modes the collapsible, water resistant Arka doubles as charging station for any USB compatible device. The lamp puts out up to 180 lumens of light and is powered by a 4 amp-hour rechargeable battery that plugs into a standard electrical socket. It’s an excellent gift for any camper. $69.99
Icebreaker Base layers
Proper gear is essential for outdoor recreation anytime of year, let alone winter. And the first piece of gear you put on should be a good base layer. For my money nobody makes better base layers than Icebreaker. The merino wool garments produced by Icebreaker are lightweight, breathable, and naturally odor resistant. They keep you warm when it’s cool and cool when it’s warm – everything you want in a quality base layer. Icebreaker makes a wide array of base layers for men and women starting around $50.
LifeProof iPhone Case
Providing the most comprehensive device protection available, the aptly named LifeProof iPhone Case is just that. And by LifeProof they mean: Water Proof – down to 2 meters for up to an hour. Dirt Proof – completely sealed from dust and dirt. Snow Proof – fully enclosed to keep out ice and snow. And Shock Proof – designed to military specifications to survive drops up to 2 meters high. LifeProof makes cases for every model of iPhone including the new 5s for $89.99.
Mountainsmith Descent Camera Pack
Mountainsmith produces a myriad of quality outdoor products from backpacks to tents. But I’m currently all about the new line of camera cases being offered in 2014. Designed by photographer Andy Mann, the new line offers a camera carry solution for just about any type of photographer with any type of camera. My personal pick is the Descent Camera Pack. The clamshell-style sling pack blends mobility and comfort with camera accessibility. The removable rain cover makes it a superb choice for outdoor photographers in the Northwest. $99.95
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