Fix It Stix from Holiday Gift Guide 2013: $25-$50

Holiday Gift Guide 2013: $25-$50

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Fix It Sticks

Fix It Stix

Tightening a bolt on the road shouldn’t have to mean choosing between an awkward-to-use multi-tool or a bulky set of wrenches. These clever, packable “sticks” each come with two permanently installed bits and can be combined into a T-shape for extra leverage. Sets of two come in commonly used sizes (4,5,6mm hex, Torx 25, Phillips #2&3, slotted) and a choice of aluminum (extra light) or chrome steel (extra strong). $30;
—Mark Lebetkin


Coleman Stainless Steel 12-Cup Coffee Percolator

You’re a camper not a cowboy. This stainless steel, easy-to-clean percolator makes enough black gold for the entire campsite and won’t leave grounds in the bottom of your cup. $40;
—Mark Lebetkin

The Mountaineers Books

Everest: The West Ridge, Anniversary Edition

Two weeks after Jim Whittaker became the first American to summit the world’s highest peak, a less celebrated but no less daring team arrived at the top of the world by a different route, the West Ridge—and almost didn’t make it back down. In this expanded National Outdoor Book Award-winning reissue of a true-adventure classic, author Thomas Hornbein recounts that brutal experience, during which he and his partner Willi Unsoeld were forced to spend the night at 28,000 feet in the open air. Spoiler: not all toes survived. $30; The Mountaineers Books
—Mark Lebetkin

Map Bottom

myTopo Custom Map

Everyone who loves the outdoors has a favorite place: it could be a national park, remote seashore or backyard. It’s also no secret that maps can make great wall art. The good people at myTopo made the connection, and offer their custom-printed maps as glossy posters. Search by GPS coordinates or keyword for anywhere in the U.S. and Canada, and start customizing: adjust the scale (1:10,000 to 1:50,000), size (18”x24” to 5’x8’), overlays (including boundaries, grids, etc.), and whether you want a topo map, aerial photo, hi-res satellite image, or topo-photo hybrid. Prices range from $10 for the smallest topo map to $300 for a supersized satellite image. A still-jumbo 36”x48” topo map with relief shading starts at $29.95.
—Mark Lebetkin


Photojojo Lenses

For the Instagrammer in your life: give the gift of versatility without having to shell out for a DSLR. This set of four detachable lenses—including telephoto, wide angle, fisheye and macro lenses—attach to the phone with a circular magnet that won’t hurt the device. And unlike worthy competitors like the Olloclip, these work with any smartphone—Apple or Android—even with a case. $49;
—Mark Lebetkin

Action Wipes

Action Wipes

Don’t let anyone in your life complain they have no time for exercise. As long as their bag is stocked with a few Action Wipes there’s really no excuse. Workout, wipe down, and get on with the day. Since they’re compact and great for cleaning up anywhere at any time, avid travelers and outdoor adventurer-lovers will adore them too. $25;
—Katie Rosenbrock

Feel Goodz


Flips flops are an essential for every traveler, but these unique sandals are also e-”scent”-ial. With an aromatic cinnamon packet, even the smelliest feet won’t “reek” havoc on a seatmate or suitcase. Perfect post-run or for a trip to the surf shack, this present packs a feel good punch because every pair purchased empowers cinnamon farmers in Vietnam.  $40;
—Katie Jackson

Moving Comfort

Moving Comfort Just Right Gloves

Every gift for the gadget-lover on your list doesn’t have to be some sort of super impressive, state-of-the-art, device. The gizmos that assist those gadgets, like these touch-screen accessible gloves, make great gifts too. App-obsessed athletes love tracking their adventures with their phones, but they need to keep their hands heated too. The Just Right glove’s tech-tipped fingers make every app accessible while the moisture-wicking, temperature-regulating material continually keeps hands heated. $30;
—Katie Rosenbrock

Silver Edge Gear

Silver Edge Antimicrobial Travel Bags

When it comes to sweat, silver trumps gold. These antimicrobial travel bags designed by a soccer mom in North Carolina are a must-have for travelers carrying around sweaty clothes in their suitcase. The silver in the material causes odor to stay in the bag and prevents the spread of bacteria. The skunk logo is “odor-able” and there are plenty of fun colors and custom-printed designs to choose from. $40;
—Katie Jackson


Topeak Road Morph G Pump

In theory, any old mini pump will get you aired up and back on the road, but in practice most pump designs call for a whole lot of monkeying around, and many won’t reach the high pressure needed by road bikes. It’s not hard to long for a floor pump in these situations—and that’s where the Topeak Road Morph G comes in. The design brilliantly integrates the best aspects of a floor pump—namely, it de-couples the pumping action from the crucial pump-head/valve-stem connection. It also retains the promise of a mini pump—it’s lightweight (220 grams) and portable (only 14-inches long). The Road Morph G’s flip-out base provides a stable pumping platform and the in-line gauges makes it easy to read your pressure rating—all the way to 160 PSI. $45;
—Chris Lesser

Velo Bling Designs

Velo Bling Jewelry

Show your cycling sweetie some love this holiday season with one-of-a-kind jewelry made from new and recycled bicycle parts. Based near Denver, Colorado, artist Ed Dunne and crew put the words “chain” in “chain necklace” ($37) and “link” in “cufflink” ($40).
—Mark Lebetkin

JL Darling LLC

Rite in the Rain Pocket Notebook and All-Weather Pen

From John Muir to Jon Krakauer, all manner of writer has been drawn to the outdoors. But you don’t have to be a member of the literati to scribble down your observations while on the trail; and with this 4”x6”, 100-page notebook and all-weather pen—it writes on wet paper and at extreme temperatures—you don’t have to worry about your musings washing away in that unexpected rain storm. Comes in a cordura zip-up pouch. $29.25;
—Mark Lebetkin

Holiday Gift Guide 2013: $25-$50