Freitag Moss & Roy Commuter Bags from Holiday Gift Guide 2013: $100+

Holiday Gift Guide 2013: $100+

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Freitag Moss & Roy Commuter Bags

Your precious cargo will be safe at hand in these stylish urban commuter bags made from recycled truck tarps and seatbelts. Swiss company Freitag has been turning this ultra-durable material into commuter gear since 1993, and because every upcycled tarp is different, every bag has a unique design. New for the season, the Moss (left, $260) and larger Roy (right, $310) both have padded pockets for laptops up to 15 inches—the sleeve is removable in the Roy—and plenty of storage. And if price is holding you back, just remember that these will stand up to years of abuse on the road—after all, they already did.
—Mark Lebetkin


Opedix KNEE-Tec Tight

Here’s a high-tech piece of gear disguised as active wear. Perfect for runners who log many miles, the KNEE-Tec tight from Opedix features the brand’s patented technology, which is designed to enhance performance by supporting joint motion. The tights are touted for their ability to minimize fatigue, equalize joint loading, and improve dynamic stability during movement. Science even says that these premium pants provide enough joint support to realign the body’s kinetic chain. $225;
—Katie Rosenbrock


Lululemon Carry Me Om Tote

Every passenger seems to have a carry-on these days, but this bag is designed to own the overhead bin. From first class to yoga class, this gift goes everywhere. Complete with a padded laptop pocket, quick-access external cell phone pocket, and a kangaroo-style pouch for packing a mat, no other gifts will be left behind. $128;
—Katie Jackson


Dakine Apex Hydration Pack

If dog weren’t man’s best friend, then it would be this backpack instead. 3L Hydration pack? Check. Helmet storage? Check. Fleece goggle pocket? Check. It’s the perfect size for a day-trip but it also features a hip belt for when the going gets heavy. $135;

—Katie Jackson

Core Layers

Core Concepts January Jacket

Core Concepts describes its January Jacket as “always appropriate,” which we think is extremely accurate given it’s the perfect mix between stylish and sporty. Its chic shape with classic lines was inspired by the infamous but always well-dressed Mad Men character Betty Draper. She probably wouldn’t be caught dead outside the confines of her quaint suburban neighborhood, but for the fashion-forward adventurer in your life the coat also features a wind- and waterproof shell, a brushed fleece inner lining, and a zip front with magnetic over-closure. $189;
—Katie Rosenbrock

Project J Corporation

Max Mirani Luggage

For the adventurer constantly on the go who hates unpacking and repacking—or is just too busy to bother—this 2-in-1 carry-on will do the trick. Folded clothes are neat and accessible via the clever shelf feature, and a removable shoe and laundry bag is great for storing tennis shoes and sweaty clothes when there’s no time for a wash after working out. Bonus points because it comes with a lifetime warranty. $379;
—Katie Jackson

Mio Global

Mio Alpha Strapless Heart Rate Monitor

No annoying chest strap: this is the Mio Alpha’s biggest bonus according to gadget-loving fitness fans. Heart rate zone training is becoming more and more popular because it’s one of the most effective ways to track and evaluate progress, and for gym-goers and exercise junkies this no-strap monitor is one of the most accurate tools on the market. The watch provides a continuous heart rate reading by measuring capillary blood flow through “optical sensing.” Numbers are clearly displayed on the watch’s console, but it also provides audio cues to alert exercisers  where they are in relation to their desired zone. $199;
—Katie Rosenbrock

Osprey Packs, Inc.

Osprey Ozone Convertible Luggage

The new Ozone series by Osprey is all about convenience without clutter and efficiency without excess. It has a lightweight design and a handful of practical features that makes it perfect for the avid and active traveler in your life. Its most notable features: a backpack-style carrying harness (accessible through a removable back panel mesh cover) and a zip-off daypack. $329;
—Katie Rosenbrock


Patagonia Women's Vest

Warm to the core, this windproof 800-fill-power premium down vest will be treasured for years by travelers who like to switch to the slopes from the beach when winter comes.  The best feature for packing purposes is that it stuffs into an interior mesh pocket and takes up about as much space as a pair of socks. $169;
—Katie Jackson

The North Face

The North Face 3-in-1 Tri-Climate Sephari Jacket

Every kind of explorer will adore this adaptable jacket from The North Face. Removable Heatseeker insulation allows its wearer to regulate warmth to the desired level and a breathable but waterproof HyVent outer layer makes it an ideal piece of outerwear for any kind of activity. A few other sweet specs include a removable hood, pit-zips, two zipper pockets, an internal media pocket, a secure Napoleon pocket, a hem cinch-cord, and a brushed collar. $240;
—Katie Rosenbrock


SteriPEN Ultra

Whether you’re backpacking or traveling overseas, nothing will ruin your trip faster than GI distress brought on by drinking contaminated water, which is why it’s always a good idea to carry your own purification system. The USB-rechargeable SteriPEN Ultra uses UV light to kill 99.9 percent of bacteria, protozoa and even viruses. It takes only 45 seconds to sterilize a pint of water, and can perform about 40 treatments per charge. The user-friendly Ultra is designed to fit in almost any container, including store-bought water bottles, and has an unambiguous smiley-face indicator to signal a successful treatment—no more guesswork. $100;
—Mark Lebetkin


Men's and Women's Asics GT 2000-2

The newest shoe from Asics is a second take on the GT-2000 series and this time around it’s designed for a lighter and even more comfortable ride. John Gilberston, elite runner and member of the Mammoth Track Club sports these neutral sneaks because he likes the lightweight but durable build and the responsive cushioning courtesy of Asics’ FluidRide midsole technology. “With each stride I feel the cushion and I get that bounce back to propel me into my next step,” says Gilberston. This sneak’s specs are almost endless and it’s also available in a trail version, which means you can easily please the runner in your life, no matter what type of terrain they love to tackle. $120;
—Katie Rosenbrock

Holiday Gift Guide 2013: $100+