(Photo: Inga Hendrickson)
2021 Holiday Gift Guide

Impressive Outdoor Performance Tech Gifts

For those folks always seeking the competitive edge


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Apple Nike SE Watch ($279 and up)

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Apple’s collaboration with Nike has your running needs covered, plus plenty of everyday tech. Cadence, pace, and total miles are tallied with the Nike Run Club app. Bonus: you can customize the look with myriad case and strap combos.

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POC Devour Sunglasses ($250)

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Think of the Devour as the love child of technical sunglasses and goggles. We’ve been testing them for months, and they truly deliver the best of both worlds. Complete protection with zero fogging is rare in performance eyewear, but POC nailed it.

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Wahoo Elemnt Bolt Cycling Computer ($300)

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The upgraded Elemnt Bolt is a straightforward evolution of Wahoo’s line of aerodynamic bike computers. It impresses with a crisp, brightly colored screen, easy-to-use navigation improvements with millions of miles of preloaded maps, 16 gigabytes of in-device storage, and intuitive controls.

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LifeProof NËXT case for iPhone 13 ($79.99)

This clear case combines performance with impact. The NËXT case can survive falls from 2 meters while maintaining a low profile style. When you purchase $1 is donated to the nonprofit partner of your choice, plus the case is made of 55% recycled plastic. It’s a purchase you can feel good about.

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Men’s UA Hovr Apex 3 Shoes ($140)

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Sturdy straps marry a featherweight upper to the sole of the Apex 3, which lends confidence and stability to dynamic movements. The 3D-printed mesh upper and dual-density EVA midsole feel downright airy on your feet.

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ACR Bivy Stick Satellite Communication Device ($350)

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Bivy Stick is a Clif Bar–size unit that uses the Iridium network and an app (Android and iOS) to turn your phone into a two-way satellite communicator. The app’s robust mapping capabilities can also help you pull off your most ambitious backcountry adventures.

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Dynafit Radical Pro Touring Boots ($800)

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Dynafit took the best part of its groundbreaking Hoji line—a climb-to-ski transition system executed in a single movement—and built the Radical Pro from a premium Grilamid plastic that is both lighter and stiffer than its predecessors. The result climbs as well as it descends.

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Garmin Forerunner 945 LTE Watch ($650)

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The Forerunner 945 has all the features you’d expect, including heart rate, pace, and activity settings. But testers agreed that safety details like live tracking—which lets friends and family follow the wearer in real time—made them push hardest.

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Courtesy: Outside+

If your special someone love the outdoors, there’s no better gift than an Outside+ membership, which includes a Gaia premium subscription (normally $40), a Trailforks Pro membership ($36), print subscriptions to two of our magazines (Outside, plus your choice of Backpacker, Climbing, Ski, and many more), digital access to all of our online stories and videos (including Outside TV and Warren Miller Entertainment), plus countless other perks. The access to the best active stories in the world is unparalleled.

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From December 2021 Lead Photo: Inga Hendrickson

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