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Petzl's New Headlamp Adjusts on Its Own

Petzl_NAO Headlamp_PGDo you ever get tired of fiddling with your headlamp in an attempt to get just the right amount of light? You need more, but not so much that you drain your battery before your adventure is over? Now your headlamp can do that for you. Petzl, the company that invented headlamps, has raised the bar again with its new NAO headlamp.

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Conversation Openers

Afraid to open a bottle with your teeth or the flesh of your forearm? You can still impress your friends by using the outdoor gear/bottle openers below. We definitely don't recommend using the sandles on a first date if you've worn them around town.

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Opena iPhone 4 Case: This iPhone 4 hardcase protects your phone and makes you the life of the office party. The stainless steel bottle opener slides out on command. And, the case fits all iPhone 4s. Available now, $40, openacase.com

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The Best Gifts for the Guy Who Has Everything

Struggling to find a gift for the guy who has everything? Or perhaps you've been an exceptionally good boy this year, and you'd like to reward yourself. Either way, we rounded up a few of our favorite things, price be damned. A word of caution: while the list starts out on a (somewhat) practical note (vacuum sealer, custom-fit ski boots), it gets more absurd and starry-eyed the farther down you get (handmade wooden canoe, personal landing pad, Airstream, private plane). But what can we say—we love gear, and we've got big dreams.

JanSport Fort Hayes 

JanSport Skip Yowell Collection Fort Hayes: Made for road trips and big living, this waxed cotton and leather bag holds gear in a hinge-top main compartment with two interior organizer pockets, including one just for shoes. Stash smaller items in front, quick-access zippered pockets or in dual roll-top side compartments. Throw it over your shoulder with an adjustable seat belt webbing strap. $300, jansport.com.

 

OlisioOlisio Pro VS97A Vacuum Sealer: Along with the bag above, this is the only, truly practical gift on this list. When you’ve reeled in your own Alaskan salmon or felled your own deer, you don’t want your steaks to taste like freezer burn when you pull them out in six months. Olisio supersucks the air from its reusable zip top bags to keep food as fresh as the day you stored it. $200, oliso.com



Agner

Wagner Custom Skis: Hand-built in Telluride, Colorado, Wagner skis take a scientific approach to creating a ski to perfectly meet your preferences. Owner Pete Wagner has cataloged the properties of every pair of boards on the market for the past ten years. He completes a full survey of your skis style and habits, as well as what you liked and didn't like about past planks, to build you a set of boards that will be your new best friend. $1750, wagnerskis.com.

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The Best Gifts for Women

Wondering what to get the favorite women in your life for the holidays? We’ve honed in on the best holiday gifts for your better half, whether she's a shredder, cyclist, or simply likes to stay warm.

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Nobis Farrah hat: If you're going to get her a warm hat, get her a really nice one. Nobis makes some of the coolest hats around. $60, nobis.ca

 

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Timberland Earthkeepers Shoreham Tall Fold-Down Boot: Are you shopping for an enviro-conscious woman who can rock skinny jeans and short skirts, but still wants traction when she’s walking around town? The suede Shoreham has a recycled fuzzy teddy fleece lining, visible when you roll down the top, eco-rated leather, and a high traction sole that’s partly recycled rubber. $130, timberland.com

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Undress, End up Famous

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Love the idea of modeling, but don't have time for the agents, the makeup trailers, the long days on set in Hollywood?

Send in a photo of yourself stripped down to your favorite Smartwool layer and a one sentence write up of what inspired you to do so, and you could end up a in Smartwool's next ad campaign.

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