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Ten Of The Best Outdoor Christmas Gifts

Our selection of the top Christmas gifts for an outdoors person from flasks to GPS devices.

If you’re stuck on what to buy for an outdoorsy person this Christmas then why not check out our selection of the top ten outdoor gift direct from Santa’s wilderness grotto.

There’s a huge range of potential outdoors presents out there, and we’ve included a selection that should suit any discerning walker or climber with choices ranging from an award-winning climbing biography through to an ingenious USB connector gizmo that’s ideal for anyone with USB cable spaghettis syndrome.

We’ve looked at nifty gadgets that are perfect stocking fillers as well as some proper techy stuff like the GoPro camera and of course the all important GPS device so you don’t get lost this winter.

If you’ve found any great gifts on your Christmas shops this year then why not lets us know in the forum below. To look through the gifts either scroll down the page or follow the links below to your favourite brands.

Alpkit | Brunton | GoPro | Jottnar | Nikwax | Posing Productions | Powertraveller | Satmap | Stanley | Vertebrate Publishing

Alpkit Brupot

Price

£20

What is it

Cool new cooking pot from Alpkit incorporating a heat exchanger base which makes it more efficient than conventional pots. The concept’s used by the likes of Primus, MSR and JetBoil, but the advantage of this is that you can utilise it with pretty much any stove.

Why get one

It’s all about that little bit of folded metal attached to the base of a pan, which increases the surface area to capture your stoves heat before transferring it through to heat your meal. Basically it’ll heat stuff up quicker.

Who would it suit

Those frustrated campers who have had to deal with waiting an eternity just to heat up half a tin of beans.

More info: www.alpkit.com.

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Brunton Knife

Price

£11.26

What is it

A handy alternative to a cat’s cradle of USB leads that you can use to connect pretty much anything USB-ish to a portable charging device – not included – from Brunton or indeed anyone else. Handy about the house too we reckon.

Why get one

The spaghetti-like tangle of cords, broken cables and missing adapters are an everyday part of modern life, but with this no cable system this should be a thing of the past in the outdoors at least. What you do at home is your own business.

Who would it suit

Terminally untidy folk who are permanently swamped in a jungle of USB adaptors for their multiple portable electronic devices.

More info: www.brunton.com.

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GoPro Hero

Price

£99.99

What is it

If you’re a an action cam virgin then this high-quality 1080p30 and 720p60 video entry-level camera with waterproof case as standard is sure to get you hooked into the exciting world documenting your own outdoor adventures on video.

Why get one

Probably the best-known action cam out there, the GoPro is a proven bit of kit that’s capable of recording high quality footage and, thanks to the availability of a huge range of mounts and accessories capable of giving you all sorts of unusual options and angles.

Who would it suit

Brilliant for walkers, climbers, mountain bikers, runners, anyone in fact who wants to record their adventures on video and share them with friends.

More info: www.gopro.com.

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Jottnar Vidar beanie

Price

£20

What is it

It’s a simple, wool beanie with a fleece inner band to keep your ears comfortable and available in a selection of attractive striped designs.

Why get one

Jottnar’s top-end shell jacket may retail for a serious £450 but you can have one of their new beanies for just 20 quid. Looks very neat but functional too and has been designed so it can be worn under a helmet. We’re loving the colour combinations with the horizontal hoops and we might even have ordered one ourselves…

Who would it suit

Folk a penchant for stripy beanies and a taste for the outdoors and anyone else with a head they want to keep warm.

More info: www.jottnar.com.

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Tech Wash and TX Direct Wash-In Twin Pack 300ml

Price

£11.26

What is it

This twin pack is perfect for cleaning and reproofing waterproofs. The Nikwax Tech Wash revitalises waterproofing and breathability without damaging the durable water repellency, while the Nikwax TX. Direct Wash-In is the world’s number one high performance waterproofing for breathable waterproof clothing that is easy, safe and quick to use.

Why get one

Once easily applied, the waterproofing will prolong the life of gear and optimise its outdoor performance. All the products are also designed for washing machine use so no need to worry about deterioration.

Who would it suit

Anyone who thinks their waterproof is losing its waterproofness or just wants to optimise one that’s a little old. The Christmas gift that says: ‘Your waterproof jacket is filthy…’

More info hillandmountain.paramo.co.uk.

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Alastair Lee’s Brit Rock Tour DVD

Price

£19.99

What is it

The Brit Rock Film Tour DVD is a collection of films grounded in the UK and focuses on a selection of athletes from different outdoor disciplines. It’s a cracking collection – OM reviewer Nik Cook loved it – and Stone Free about solo climber Julian Lines landed the Best Adrenalin Film prize at the recent Kendal Mountain Festival.

Why get one

Stone Free, is the stand-out and one of the best climbing films of recent years. A wonderfully understated film that gives an insight into the equally understated but deeply fascinating character of free climbing soloist, Julian Lines. The ‘best climber you’ve never heard of’.

Who would it suit

Any outdoorsy type that enjoys frittering away hours watching movies on the box and is allergic to the British winter. That would be me then…

More info www.posingproductions.com.

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Power Monkey Explorer 2

Price

£75

What is it

A rugged portable USB charger that’s reckoned to be fully waterproof as well as tough enough to survive the weight of a carelessly parked 4×4.

Why get one

It’s reckoned to be utterly bomb proof, okay not literally bomb proof, but it is supposed to be capable of withstanding anything the British outdoors can throw at it at it. Or, presumably, anything you can throw it at.

Who would it suit

Any proper hardcore mountaineer, winter hikers, campers, pretty much anyone who needs a bit of power on the go wherever they are. Oh, and people who park 4x4s carelessly on top of their mobile charging devices.

More info www.powertraveller.com.

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Satmap Active 12 GPS device

Price

£450

What is it

The latest model from GPS navigation company Satmap is the ultimate in hand-held GPS devices with a super high-res screen and the ability to display Ordnance Survey mapping for the UK plus options for overseas maps as well.

Why get one

We reckon the Active 12 is the best GPS unit out there for practical navigational use. Not only do you get that excellent OS mapping, it’s also easier to use than anything else we’ve tried and the new high res screen is fantastically clear. For GPS geeks it also offers advanced features like a Barometric Altimeter, which provides accurate elevation data and a Bluetooth Smart Ready module, allowing peer to peer data sharing, connection with a heart rate monitor or speed and cadence device.

Who would it suit

Anyone looking for a powerful GPS unit with Ordnance Survey mapping that’s also really straightforward to use. Not cheap though, so you’ll have to really like them…

More info

For more details on the Active 12 or any other Satmap product visit www.satmap.com.

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Stanley 100 Year Anniversary Vacuum Flask (1.3L)

Price

£35

What is it

This is a classic from the flask giants Stanley with a vacuum insulated bottle that keeps drinks either hot or cold for 24 hours with a folding handle to give it extra packability.

Why get one

It’s completely leak proof, the bane of any walker’s life, as well as being made from rustproof and BPA-free stainless steel. Pretty much everything you’d want from a mid-range flask and with ultra-cool retro looks too. Oops, did we say cool? We meant hot…

Who would it suit

Who doesn’t want a warm bottle of soup or coffee during a long winter’s walk?

More info www.millets.co.uk.

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One Day As A Tiger by John Porter book

Price

£20

What is it

It’s the story of Alex Macintyre, charismatic British alpinist who died young pushing the limits of lightweight climbing in the Himalaya when he was struck on the head by a single rock on Annapurna.

Written by one of his climbing partners, John Porter, it’s a really readable insight into Macintyre himself but also a distinctive period in mountaineering history when the emphasis shifted from huge siege-style expeditions – the British ones were generally led by Chris Bonington – to smaller, self-sufficient lightweight attempts by just a hand-full of climbers, which is where modern big range mountaineering has got to now. On a broader level, it’s also a poignant look back at the impetuousness of youth.

Why get one

The Banff Mountain Film And Book Festival Grand Prize Winning book really gets into the mind of Alex and particularly the difficult, driven and complex nature of his character. Just an all-round fascinating read.

Who would it suit

Anyone who loves to engross themselves in a great outdoors tale with a mug of cocoa in front of the fire.

More info www.v-publishing.co.uk.

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