Gifts for Gear Heads

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Looking for holiday gifts for the gear junkie in your life? Here are some quick picks that are guaranteed to please.

Stanley Nineteen13 One-Handed Vacuum Mug
Great for bike commuters, Stanley’s mug has a simple one-hand opening system that makes it easy to take a sip and stick it back in the beverage cage. Plus, the vacuum insulation will keep your cup of Joe hot for up to six hours. shopstanley-pmi.com

Tilley Aviator
Even though this late fall weather has probably lulled you into balmy submission, we all know cold is coming. Be ready with the Tilley Aviator, which offers some serious warmth thanks to the toasty combo of charcoal wool and real shearling. Plus, the burly North Country style will make you feel equipped to wrestle a Yeti (not recommended). tilley.com

Petzl PIXA 3
Just as useful for DIY, hands-free home projects as it is for a night in the pitch-black backcountry, the PIXA is a ridiculously rugged new addition to the Petzl headlamp family. With durability that meets ATEX and HAZLOC standards, the PIXA is equipped for use in explosive environments (again, not recommended). Plus, it’s chemical resistant, shock-proof, and waterproof, even after full immersion. Take it anywhere, and get the job done. petzl.com

Gerber Crucial F.A.S.T.
On this lightweight multi-tool, Gerber’s Forward Action Spring Technology (F.A.S.T.) makes it easy to deploy a blunt tip blade when you need it quickly. Other features include two screwdrivers, needlenose and regular pliers, and pinch-style wire cutters. gerbergear.com

Big Agnes Sleeping Giant Memory Foam Pillow
If you need a good pillow to sleep well in your tent, Big Agnes has your head covered. The Deluxe version of the Sleeping Giant features an easy inflatable air pillow along with a layer of memory foam for extra comfort. Plus it rolls up tight to take up minimal pack space. bigagnes.com

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