UCO Arka Lantern from Holiday Gift Guide 2013: $50-$100

Holiday Gift Guide 2013: $50-$100

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UCO Industrial Revolution

UCO Arka Lantern

This cleverly designed lantern by Redmond, Wash.-based UCO will do more than just light up your campsite: it collapses down into a flashlight and can charge your phone, too. Its rechargeable lithium-ion battery can charge an iPhone once and still have enough juice left over to stay lit on the low setting for up to 25 hours. $70; industrialrev.com
—Mark Lebetkin

Cold Avenger

Cold Avenger Fleece Mask

For the determined traveler who plans to stay and play outside as long as possible, this fleece mask features a patented, medical grade ventilator that allows normal  breathing, keeps the face dry, and relaxes airways with warm and humidified air. Major warmth without the weight—this is one must-have for any suitcase headed for snowy, cold climates. $50; shop.coldavenger.com
—Katie Jackson


Leatherman Wave

Unless you’re buying for a Gerber or SOG fan, the Leatherman Wave is the way to a multi-tool lover’s heart. The Wave’s thumb-open knives—both serrated and flat-edged—are deployable from the outside, as are the the saw and file. They lock securely in place so there’s no wobbling or accidental closing on your hand. The inside holds standard implements—bottle and can opener, wire stripper and scissors, not to mention super-grippy pliers—but there are also large and small bit drivers that accept Leatherman’s proprietary bits (two reversible bits are included for a total of four drivers), so you can fix eyeglasses or your ATV. At 4 inches and 8.5 ounces, it’s compact enough to travel with you wherever you go, but big enough to have all the functionality you need, when you need it. $85; rei.com
—Mark Lebetkin


Petzl Tikka R+ and RXP

The ‘R’ in Petzl’s Tikka R-series of headlamps stands for “reactive,” which is industry speak for “knows where you’re looking.” That’s right: near or far, bright or dim, the RXP and R+  automatically (and fairly instantly) adjust the light’s power according to your gaze. This is great news for nighttime/early morning runners and campers who would rather not fiddle with a headlamp’s angle and brightness controls. The 215-lumen RXP ($89.95) and 170-lumen R+ ($74.95) come with a USB-rechargeable lithium ion battery and accept regular AAAs. rei.com
—Mark Lebetkin & Peter Koch


Scrubba Wash Bag

Billed as the world’s first pocket-sized washing machine, this travel- and trekking-friendly bag has a flexible internal washboard and can complete a small load of laundry—about two days worth of summer clothes—in 5 to 6 minutes with only about a gallon of water. $65; thescrubba.com
—Mark Lebetkin

My Adea

Adea Reversible Camisole

Even the most active woman likes to feel like a lady when she’s on the road. This wardrobe staple is made from luxurious micro fiber fabric manufactured in Italy, but the best part is that it can be hand-washed in a hotel sink and hung up to dry in about an hour. And it saves space, too. Wear it as a v-neck one day and a scoop-neck the next. All you have to do is reverse it. $73.50; myadea.com
—Katie Jackson


Athleta Ironstone Connect Capri

These comfy, cutely-patterned capris were inspired for studio and yoga workouts, but are certainly versatile enough for all types of active endeavors. The yogi in your life may love these the most, but that doesn’t mean they're wrong for a runner or die-hard CrossFit fan. Available in three different colors and all made with Lycra and “CoolMax” Spandex, these capris are designed to wick moisture and provide breathability. Plus, they get bonus points for a snug fit that still offers the utmost flexibility. $80; athleta.gap.com
—Katie Rosenbrock


Bowflex Boost™ Smart Activity tracker

The Bowflex Boost is all about encouraging activity, and since we all need to a do a little less sitting and lot more moving, that means it makes a great gift for pretty much anyone. The discreet wristband makes tracking daily activity almost effortless. It records steps, distance, and calories and measures the results against pre-programmed goals. Motivation comes in the form of a little LED light that progresses from red to yellow as your approach your daily target and finally to green when you reach your goal. Bluetooth compatibility makes for seamless smartphone data syncing and of course, social media sharing too. $50; bowflexboost.com
—Katie Rosenbrock


EvoFit Enso Roller

After you gift this to the runner (or any athlete) in your life, you can tell them they’re not allowed to complain about sore muscles anymore. The EvoFit ensō Roller loosens tight muscles by providing a dynamic deep-tissue massage. But what sets the ensō apart from other “rollers” on the market is its ability to be customized to fit individual needs. A few easy disc adjustments are all it takes to turn the ensō into your own personal masseuse. $90; evofitforlife.com
—Katie Rosenbrock


LifeProof Galaxy S4s

For the smartphone-equipped traveler whose activities involve water, dirt, snow, and more, this gift is worthy of a spot in the hero gift hall of fame.  New for Galaxy S4 but also available for iPhones, this hardcore case guarantees that phones survive submersions of 6.6 feet deep and drops from as high as 6.6 feet. It keeps your phone totally sealed from the elements, but is still totally touch screen compatible. $80; lifeproof.com
—Katie Jackson  


Woolies 150 Zip T-Neck by Ibex

Staying warm while you work out in the winter doesn’t have to be boring. In fact, it can be quite cozy and cute with pieces like this base layer made of superfine New Zealand Merino wool. Naturally odor-resistant and moisture-wicking, the quality material is complemented by flatlock seams, a tag-free label, and a luxurious feel—all features that score major brownie points with the active crowd. $90; ibex.com
—Katie Jackson

Moving Comfort

Moving Comfort Just Right Half-Zip

Not only does the 1/2 Zip Hoodie boast more bells and whistles than the newest iPhone, but it comes in four different fun colors to fit any personality, too. Perfect for all kinds of outdoor athletes, this jacket-like pullover is designed to keep you cool when it’s warm and heat you up when it’s cold. It includes a ponytail compatible hood, stitching designed for enhanced flexibility, a left arm media pocket for phones and music players, zippered hand pockets, and every runner’s favorite shirt feature—sleeves with thumb loops. $98; movingcomfort.com
—Katie Rosenbrock

Brilliant Swim


The PaceWatch is perfect for the traveler who loves to test out every hotel pool. Whether worn while swimming in climate-controlled luxury or in a chilly alpine lake, this portable pool-like pace clock is easy to read and never  a pain to pack or wear.  It’s  the slimmest water-resistant sports watch on the market, and because it just launched in July, it’s ideal for any active early adopter. $80; brilliantswim.com
—Katie Jackson  

GSI Outdoors

GSI Outdoors Pinnacle Dualist Ultralight Cookset

This ingenious nesting cookset for two weighs in at only 22 ounces, making it a perfect fit for backpackers or car campers who like to keep things compact and light. It’s a kitchen in a pot: the nonstick 1.8-liter pot has a strainer built into the lid, and it fits two squat, insulated 20-ounce mugs with sipping lids to prevent spillage, two bowls, and two telescoping sporks inexplicably called “foons.” The carrying bag doubles as a camp sink. All that’s missing are your folding camp stove, fuel canister and spices. Lucky for you, they fit inside, too. $65; gsioutdoors.com
—Mark Lebetkin

Holiday Gift Guide 2013: $50-$100