8 Splurges for Those Who've Been Really, Really Good

8 Splurges for Those Who've Been Really, Really Good

We love stocking stuffers, but the big-ticket hero gifts are the ones we really look forward to. Presenting eight splurges to buy—or maybe just drool over. 

(Salemtown Board Co.)

Salemtown Board Co. Mimosa Oak Cruiser

Close to two hundred bucks might feel like a lot to spend on a skateboard, but keep in mind that the Salemtown Board Co. Mimosa Oak Cruiser is built from one piece of nearly indestructible Tennessee oak, meaning you’re investing in a deck that will last a lifetime. Add the fact that it’s shaped and painted by hand in Salemtown, Tennessee, and that number starts to feel more like a deal than a luxury.

Price $197

(DPS Skis)

DPS Pure3 Spoons

With a nearly 150-millimeter waist and a three-dimensional convex bottom, these DPS Pure3 Spoons are powder planks as decadent as the untracked powder they were built for. While you wouldn’t want to bring them out in less than 15 inches of fresh, skiers of varying skill levels can enjoy how they plane over the deep stuff.

Price $1,299

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(Cricket Trailer)

Cricket Trailers 2016 Trek

Cricket Trailers inventor Garrett Finney worked as a habitability specialist for NASA to keep astronauts from going insane in the cramped confines of the International Space Station. He’s brought that tech and livability genius to bear in the aluminum 2016 Trek, with features like an outdoor shower, portable toilet, and six feet four inches of standing room.

Price $TBA


Chofu Wood-Fired Water Heater

The Chofu Wood-Fired Water Heater can turn any old tub into a steamy soaker. Hook it up, toss in a few logs, and the heat from the rising water will keep things at a balmy temperature for an electricity-free après dip.

Price $863

(Vail Resorts)

Vail Epic Pass

Vail’s Epic Pass is big. Not the actual pass itself, but the fact that it grants holders unlimited access to 31,196 acres of terrain at 11 resorts in the United States and Australia’s Perisher.

Price $809

(Mad River Canoe)

Mad River Canoe Malecite Ultralite Wood Canoe

Mad River Canoe’s Malecite Ultralite Wood Canoe can lug hundreds of pounds of gear downriver, but the Kevlar and foam core means the 16.5-foot, 50-pound hull isn’t a pain to portage around a dam.

Price $3,249

(Tepui Tents)

Tepui Kukenam XL Ruggedized Tent

The Tepui Kukenam XL Ruggedized Tent attaches to any Thule or Yakima rack and adds only a foot of clearance to your vehicle’s roof when folded up. Unzip a cover, undo a few straps, swing out the telescoping ladder, and in three minutes you have a 54-square-foot aluminum floor that a family of four can easily bunk down on.

Price $2,100

(Vee Tire Co.)

Vee Tire Co. Snowshoe 2XL

The Vee Tire Co. Snowshoe 2XL, at just over five inches across, are the widest fat-bike tires we’ve ever seen. Beefy, grippy knobs in the tread cling to all manner of ice and snow, while the 2XL’s extra girth and ability to ride at low PSI keep you atop the powder, not stuck in it.

Price $150

The Best Backcountry Tools and Toys

Get off the grid and the real fun starts. Admire the craftsmanship of these gifts, then get out there—way out there. (Victorinox) Victorinox Swiss Army RangerWood Damascus Knife Each Victorinox Swiss Army RangerWood Damascus knife is unique. The handle is fine-grain walnut, and the blade’s wavy pattern is achieved by hammer-welding strips of iron and steel during forging. It’s got looks, but the RangerWood boasts all the utility you expect from a Swiss Army knife. Price $300 (Tenkara) Topo Designs x Tenkara Rod Co. Kit You might be wearing waders, but you don’t have to completely forgo style when fly-fishing. The

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Big Gifts That Float on Snow and Water

From water to powder to gravel, these four new toys give you extra float—and will have you grinning from ear to ear.  ​ (Tahoe SUP) Tahoe SUP Keep Tahoe Blue Rubicon Paddleboard The crew at Tahoe SUP shaved pounds off the 12-foot Keep Tahoe Blue Rubicon paddleboard by constructing the core from layers of partially hollow, laminate-encased foam, yet maintained a massive 280-pound carrying capacity. The result is a durable, lightweight, 30-inch-wide touring board that doesn’t lose any of its excellent trim or glide when loaded down with gear.  Price $1,299 ​ (K2) K2 Cool Bean Snowboard Don’t let the big scooped nose, wide

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