With Christmas racing towards us, you’re no doubt compiling a list of great gifts for the man in your life. If he’s outdoorsy, why not treat him to the ultimate present of “something he’ll actually use”? Most outdoors guys like gifts that are practical, but still with an element of freshness. Gadgets are a good bet, as is clothing.
Garmin Forerunner 610 GPS Sports Watch: Garmin are market leaders in running and cycling gadgetry. And the latest incarnation comes with an ultra modern touchscreen so users can touch, tap and swipe to reveal various functions. The 610 also has vibration alerts for pace and distance, high-sensitivity GPS receiver and a new “training effect” to indicate intensity level so that you can train more efficiently. There are tons more features to keep the running and cyclist enthusiast in your life happy – and it evens tells the time!
Sells for around £270
Gore-Tex have announced a new generation of fabrics to be launched in the autumn of 2013 so we’re not going to suggest tat you buy your bloke a new Pro Shell walking jacket. Instead, we reckon the Gore-Tex Active Wear jacket ranges are a good bet for this Christmas. These jackets, made by a range of top outdoors brands, are perfect for “done in a day” activities, such as walking, running, cycling and skiing. The Gore-tex Active fabric is lightweight, very breathable and highly waterproof. This is the perfect Christmas gift for the speed junkie in your life.
Range of prices
Walking boots are a personal thing. But one thing’s for sure, Brasher are a very popular choice. With the new Brasher Hillmaster II GTX about to go on sale, this will make a great gift for the man who just can’t walk unless he’s in his Brashers. The new improved Brasher boot offers great comfort and breathability and has been scoring highly on test reviewers’ websites. See test review If you can’t find these for sale yet put in a pre-order and hand your man a voucher for Christmas.
Is your man a Munro bagger? If he’s currently pursuing his first round of Scotland’s hills with a summit of more than (3,000ft) then he’ll love a MunrOverground picture for the wall of his den. The MunrOverground, has all the 282 Munros plotted on a map that looks like the London Underground.
The lighter the better will likely be the mantra of your Man Outdoors. So treat him to one of the best lightweight stoves for times when he fancies an adventure away from home. Those in the know highly rate the MSR Whisperlite, which is heated by a special fuel bottle. It’s reckoned to be one of the fastest and hottest stoves – and it weighs just 330-460g.
Most good outdoors retailers will sell these.
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