COTSWOLD OUTDOOR tells us that “you’re sure to find a must-have Christmas gift for every outdoor enthusiast”.
There’s certainly no shortage of choice, so here’s a few gift ideas suggested by the retailer.
The latest GoPro camera is called the Hero4 Session (£330) and is the smallest, lightest GoPro yet. This one has time-lapse capabilities and open-air microphones. You can use this for all sorts of activities, like windsurfing, bouldering, abseiling and paragliding. It’s getting lots of good press for the amazing footage it can capture as well as for being highly durable and waterproof despite it’s small size. Maybe wrap one up inside a Christmas Cracker for a bit of fun?
I would certainly like to wake up on Christmas Day and open up the new Suunto Traverse watch (£290). It has GPS and GLONASS navigation, speed tracking, route planning and daily calorie counting. It also gives you sunset/sunrise times and storm alarms. More importantly it looks amazing. Keep your Omega James Bond, I want one of these.
The Zeta LT Jacket from Arc’teryx (£315) is expensive but that’s because it has the brand new ‘C-Knit’ in it. It’s fabric with a unique circular knit (hence C-Knit) and is designed to work in partnership with three layers of Gore-Tex. It gives 10% more breathability and is 15% lighter than previous generations of three-layer products. This jacket is available in both Men’s and Women’s sizes and ideal for those who enjoy hiking and trekking. Well in line with Arc’teryx’s strapline of #Commit to winter.
The Sarek Heater Hat (£63) from Fjällräven looks good for keeping your ears warm. Pair with Fjällräven’s Men’s Skog Shirt (£85) – if you’re in to the rugged look.
I’m after a new headtorch for some night-running events I plan to do next year. The XEO 19R Headtorch Bundle (£250) from Led Lenser spreads light out to 300 metres and might do the job nicely.
The good old Swiss Army Knife is always a favourite gift to give at Christmas – practical and substantial. A few years back my mum bought be a chocolate one warpped in silver and red foil (ever so slightly disappointing). While there are many variants on sale, take a look the Huntsman (£35) – it has the tools you’ll use most often.
Finally, you can’t go wrong with giving someone a new pair of sunnies like these Fives Squared Sunglasses from Oakley (£80).For further details on these and more Christmas gift ideas visit: http://www.cotswoldoutdoor.com/christmas