Have you been good this year? Like, really good? Well, then you may just deserve one of these dream gifts.
Santa’s making a list and checking it twice. And with so many cool gear gifts out there, we sure hope you’re not on the naughty list. Here are some of the most drool-worthy mega gifts that will make the outdoorsmen and women in your life jump for joy come Christmas morning.
The Coolest Gear Money Can Buy
Yup, you read that right: The YuJet is an electric surfboard that lets you cruise the water without waves. It tops out at 24 mph and offers a 16-mile range for rides. A wireless remote helps you control the speed and like a normal surfboard, plus it has a leash in case you go full send and fall off.
This board looks like a blast that will invoke questions, and maybe some jealousy, from anyone who sees it.
Make ice on one side, keep sandwiches and beer cool on the other, and make sure the temp stays where it needs to be for everything — right from your phone.
Dometic packed in plenty of conveniences to its CFX3 line (ranging from 35 to 100 L). And in our overlanding tests, the cooler/fridge/freezer/icemaker impressed us thoroughly! We found it surprisingly energy-efficient, working great with the brand’s battery packs or a vehicle’s internal power supply for rugged pursuits.
Bottom line: If you like remote adventures with refined fare, this is the answer.
While we love our cozy, pop-up Roofnest, the Boulder-based rooftop tent brand also makes a more luxurious foldout model. The Roofnest Condor sleeps up to three people, has windows and vestibules on three sides, and — at 135 pounds — can sit atop most vehicles (even your small hatchback).
The hard plastic shell keeps everything aerodynamic and protected when stowed, and Roofnest redesigned the Condor to work with solar panels.
It’s winter, so it’s time to treat yourself to a nice new puffy. Only, instead of the average old baffled down jacket you’re used to, why not go ham and get one that’s nigh-indestructible?
Vollebak, in pure Vollebak fashion, offers an over-the-top spin on this winter staple with the Indestructible Puffer Jacket. As with most insanely durable items these days, the IPJ is made from Dyneema, the wündermaterial that’s stronger than steel and yet ultralight.
Vollebak rates this jacket down to -40 degrees (Fahrenheit and Celsius) and demonstrates it standing up to slashes with a knife. That should help keep all the 600-fill down inside, which is great, considering you paid $1,000 for each and every feather.
Maybe the best gear launch of the year was the long-awaited rebirth of the mighty Ford Bronco. And while outfitting options and builds (like the Overlander) continue to spring up, we saw one Bronco concept that stole the show.
In October, Ford partnered with the National Forest Foundation (NFF) and Filson to create the Bronco x Filson Wildland Fire Rig concept. Built to celebrate the increasingly dangerous and crucial work of America’s wildland firefighters, this Bronco is a specially designed Bronco Badlands with Ford’s Sasquatch Package.
And while the Detroit automaker only produced two such vehicles — and donated them along with firefighting equipment to wildfire personnel — Filson still offered up a special Bronco duffel bag. Made with rugged twill, leather, and brass, the Ford Bronco Small Duffle boasts the same premium construction and quality as all Filson gear.
Plus, for each duffel sold, Filson will donate 50% of the proceeds to the NFF.
Everyone’s dreaming of life returning to normal. And more than a few of us have realized there’s no putting off those bucket list items. So if you’ve wondered about visiting Mount Everest but don’t want to risk life and limb getting to the top, this may be the perfect travel adventure for you.
Spend several days hiking to surrounding villages and see the fabled Khumbu Ice Fall and its towering seracs from a distance. Then hike to the summit of Kala Patar for an unobstructed view of Everest’s windblown summit. It’s truly a bucket-list experience.
Part camp kitchen, part fire pit, the KUDU packs a ton of culinary versatility into a car camp-friendly package. KUDU’s multi-tier design lets you cook steaks in one area (and at one temp), veggies in another, and heat up coffee, tea, or whatever else in yet another.
And while it’s no win for backpackers, it breaks down and sets up surprisingly easily for those with a backseat, trunk, or truck bed to haul it in. Plus, you can burn charcoal, wood, and briquettes, and each of the cooking surfaces can move horizontally or vertically to accommodate your needs.
With custom colors, fabrics, deck configurations, and plenty of special add-ons like seats and bike tie-downs, this “dreamboat” is the perfect gift for the dedicated paddler.
Want a stealthy, subtle look? Go with a cedar-green raft body and black bow and stern. Want something badass and bold? Go with alternating colors like fire-engine-red and submarine-yellow. And don’t forget to upgrade to a self-bailing floor in case your sweet ride tips.
The Alpaka Rafts that can be customized include the Classic, Expedition, Wolverine, and the ultralight Scout. Depending on design, rafts ship in 10-12 weeks.
Jump this truck! With 702 horsepower and a 6.2L Supercharged HEMI V8, the RAM TRX (pronounce that like the dinosaur) leaps from zero to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds. That ain’t bad for a nearly 3.5-ton pickup truck!
Designed to take on — and, by our tester’s estimation, defeat — the iconic Ford Raptor, the TRX is built to rock crawl, sprint, haul gear, and yes, actually jump through rugged desert environs. Sure, it’s a gas-aholic, mustering just 10 mpg in the city, and it costs more than a few down payments on a home, but look at it! It’s a dream gift for sure.
Let’s be clear: The entire Casio MR-G lineup is drool-worthy. But if you spend Franklins like Washingtons, the ultra-limited Shougeki-Maru is an all-time timepiece.
Casio said it drew inspiration from a “kabuto” (samurai helmet) with an intricate dragon hand-carved on the bezel. Expert metalsmith Masao Kobayashi, a master in the art of chasing, meticulously carves each dragon, so no two watches are alike — and that’s saying something, as only 400 of these watches exist.
If the Shougeki-Maru’s $8,000 price tag is just too hefty, the rest of the G-SHOCK MR-G lineup offers the same premium build at a — well — somewhat less shocking price. Full titanium construction, Bluetooth connectivity to work with a smartphone, water and shock resistance, and solar charging mark just some of the MR-G’s features.
Do you love your dog more than yourself? You’re not alone. YETI’s dog bed is pricey. But with that cost comes portability and durability, so your best furry bud has a soft place to rest no matter what adventure you take them on.
The YETI dog bed has a few things that set it apart. The bottom is rugged and waterproof. The soft internal cushion is removable and works great as a secondary travel bed. And finally, the EVA-molded base (the same material used in running shoes) is durable and long-lasting.
A new bike makes a great gift — an $11,000 new bike makes a dream gift! A great way to make an aspiring XC rider feel race-ready the moment they clip in, the Supercaliber fills the niche between Trek’s Procaliber hardtail and full-sus Top Fuel.
Unlike its off-road cousins, however, this lightweight carbon mountain bike is the only in Trek’s lineup to sport the brand’s IsoStrut suspension. Unlike traditional rear shocks, the IsoStrut is built right into the top tube. According to Trek, this “eliminates the extra hardware and parts” that literally weigh down other mountain bikes.
Wanna know how it rides? Check out our full review here and see why we love it.
Interactive “connected fitness” comes built into NordicTrack incline trainers, treadmills, rowers, strength towers, ellipticals, and exercise bikes. That means workouts are led by a coach onscreen, often set in epic destinations around the globe. The machines adjust speed, incline, and other factors to simulate treks, river rows, and mountain climbs.
We tested the Commercial 2950 treadmill this year with iFit virtual coaching and came away hooked. Lush scenes shot around the world display on the treadmill’s 22-inch screen. Budget one of these for a loved one and they’ll be fit, coached, and engaged as New Year calories are burned, the miles roll by, and they get started on next year’s adventures.
You need a water bottle. You need a coffee thermos. Heck, you may as well have a cocktail shaker to boot, right? The Hibear Adventure Flask does all that and more — can you say tea- and water-infuser, plus cold-brew coffee brewer?
Sure, $85 is a bit pricey for an insulated bottle. But when you factor in everything you can do with the Hibear and add in the fact that it’s a good-looking bottle, this is one heck of a value (still a dream gift, though).
Oh, and did we mention it also has a mini dog bowl? Treat yourself (or someone else) and get this on Indiegogo for a discount!