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GREAT GEAR by stephen regenold


Presents of Mind Thoughtful gift ideas for the savvy outdoors enthusiasts on your list.


1SEA TO SUMMIT ‘ULTRA-SIL’ DRY DAYPACK $45, SEATOSUMMIT.COM


It packs small enough to fit on a keychain and unfurls into a full-size pack ready for a hike. That’s the magic of the “Ultra-Sil” Dry DayPack, a frameless “sack with straps” that stows away small until you need it. Weighs 3.2 ounces and offers 22 liters of capacity for gear.


2YAKTRAX PRO $30,YAKTRAX.COM


Get a grip! Ice and snow crunch in the path of these flexible, strap-on traction crampons. Steel coils dig in and grab onto frozen surfaces, keeping you steady as you walk. And the Yaktrax’s rubber harnesses stretch to secure tightly on boots and winter-built shoes.


3BIOLITE STOVE $130, BIOLITESTOVE.COM


One of the “hottest” gifts of the season, the BioLite stove burns wood and converts ambient heat into usable electricity. A cook pot sits on top. A power module on the side of the stove has a USB port to let you plug in a GPS, phone, or camera for a recharge in the wild.


4PETZL NAO HEADLAMP $175, PETZL.COM


Looking at a map in low lighting? Need to shine a spotlight on a distant object in the dark? This headlamp thinks for you with its self-adjusting shine. The NAO’s sensors automatically detect when you need 8 lumens or (up to) a blazing 355 lumens in a literal blink—all hands-free.


5PATAGONIA WILD SALMON JERKY $12.50, PATAGONIA.COM


Give your Scouts a taste of the wild—without endangering the population of wild Pacific salmon. This year, clothing-maker Patagonia launched Provisions, a line of wild-salmon jerky that employs “selective-harvest” techniques to ensure long-term healthy fish populations. The delicious smoky flavor comes without a side of guilt.


6SUUNTO CORE WATCH $299, SUUNTO.COM


Don’t call the Core a wristwatch. This ruggedized “wrist-top computer” is built to stand up to the elements and spit out data from ocean depths to the literal summit of Mount Everest. Its primary functions—altimeter, barometer, compass, thermometer, and time—provide the base set of stats needed for Himalayan expeditions, a weekend hike in the woods, and anything in between.


7BLACK ROCK DOWN HAT $65, BLACKROCKGEAR.COM


Dubbed the “world’s warmest winter hat,” this beanie is like a heater for your head. Its construction—a paneled rip-stop nylon fabric stuffed with 900-fill goose down, all machined in Seattle—is of the same caliber seen on high-end “puffy” jackets made for alpine and polar regions. ¿


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