Gifts for the Gearhead With Everything
- Marmot Phenomenon EL Jacket ($750; www.marmot.com):
All the other reindeers wouldn't have been so standoffish if Rudolph'd been wearing this—a bomber three-layer Gore XCR fabric with five electro-luminescent panels that glow for up to 12 hours off four AAA batteries, adding a valuable safety feature if you're lost in the dark. Other features that make the Phenomenon noteworthy include an integrated hood and interior bottle pockets.
- Light & Motion ARC Li-Ion HID Light ($499; www.bikelights.com):
Nocturnal singletrackers hoping to chase down Santa's sleigh would be wise to rig up the ARC, a blindingly bright light cannon that burns for nearly four hours on one charge. Adaptable to helmets or handlebars, and new this year is a lighter battery.
- Black Diamond Havoc Telemark/Randonee Skis ($569; www.blackdiamondequipment.com) and Scarpa T2 Boots ($479; www.scarpa-us.com):
The perfect combination for shredding the backcountry. Scarpa's T2s give you terrific control even in the deepest crud, while the Havoc is a big, powerful ski that has two tips for easy back-sliding when maneuverability counts.
- Valandré La Fayette 550 Sleeping Bag ($539; www.valandre.com):
Cold winter nights? Not with the La Fayette 550. This sleeping bag has it all: superb construction, clever design that minimizes drafts, and mounds of fluffy down. And all in a bag that's still lighter (two pounds three ounces) than many summer-weight sleeping cylinders. Ho, ho, ho.
- ACR Electronics RapidFix 406 EPIRB with GPS Interface ($910; www.acrelectronics.com):
No sea kayaker or boater wants to be marooned, overboard or otherwise, in dire straits. But if that happens, the RapidFix 406 can get you out. It's a marine-ready emergency locator beacon that automatically floats upright for maximum antenna transmission. An on-board GPS guides rescuers to within 100 yards of your location.