SI.com Staff
Monday November 24th, 2014

Welcome to the first-ever SI Edge Holiday Gift Guide, our roundup of 2014's coolest gift ideas from the world of action sports, fitness, performance and the outdoors. From ways to stay warm, hydrated or charged to the latest tech trackers and video aids, there's something here for every adventurer on your list.

  • Courtesy of Blast

    Price: $149.95
    Add a little tech data to your GoPro video. The motion sensor will chronicle acceleration, vertical height, rotation and hang-time metrics. And, assuming your video footage is stellar enough to share, overlay those metrics on your action video for the heroic highlight reel that has data to back it up.
  • Courtesy of CamelBak

    Price: $99.00
    Watch the 60-second timer tick away as you turn tap or clear natural water into potable drinking water. The CamelBak All Clear neutralizes microbiological contaminants with UV technology. A built-in LCD display confirms results, which come in one minute, meaning you’re drinking while on the go.
  • Courtesy of Snurfer Boards

    Price: $139.95
    The 83-year-old Snurfer brand has been resurrected, and with it comes a modern twist on a retro fad. The bindingless snowboard lets kids—or "big kids"—drag boards up a hill and, with a dual-channel flat bottom, enjoy a twist-filled or trick-laden ride down the hill. This backyard enthusiast-type board aims to bring the fun—not the expense—back to playing in the snow.
  • Courtesy of Voltaic

    Price: $199.00
    When you're on the adventure of a lifetime, you’ll want to document it every step—or revolution—of the way. Voltaic Systems has made that possible with its solar-charging packs in a variety of sizes that can keep everything from an iPhone or GoPro to a studio-quality camera juiced up for even week-long adventures. Using lightweight solar power attached to a lithium polymer battery, the wattage juices your products while you hike, bike or even rest.
  • Courtesy of Nutcase Helmets

    Price: $59.99
    We choose Stumptown Woody, but with Portland-based Nutcase offering up so many funky skate and snow helmet designs, if your gift recipient needs to go a different direction, we’ll understand. Founder Michael Morrow brings a “sense of fun to the world of sport” by creating high-end safety with a bunch of nutty graphics to go with it.
  • Courtesy of Rip Curl

    Price: $400.00
    If you can’t find your break among the 1,360 locations programmed into Rip Curl’s new Search GPS watch, you aren’t surfing on this planet. The full GPS surf-specific watch does more than give tide info, though, tracking surfing sessions based on real-time data. The accelerometers and GPS technology give you personal surfing speeds, number of waves, distance covered, distance paddled, max speed on a wave and more.
  • Courtesy of GoPro

    Price: $499.99
    Is an adventure really an adventure if you don't come back with some awesome POV footage of the action? With professional-quality video at a frame rate of 4K30, 2.7K50 and 1080p120 video and 12MP photos at speeds up to 30 frames per second, GoPro has placed the most intense specs in its new Hero4 Black model. Of course, all this tech happens while strapped to a helmet, a bike, a board or just about anything that moves in adventureland. The new Hero4 Black also has built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to connect to a variety of apps for quick sharing.
  • Courtesy of Dr. Cool

    Price: $34.99
    Frozen cold, yet still pliable. That’s exactly how the Coolcore wraps keep you going, “like a bag of ice woven into a bandage, just without the mess.” The three sizes of wraps work without the cool factor, but a 20-minute stay in the freezer before you wrap lets you ice and adventure at the same time.
  • Courtesy of Zepp

    Price: $149.99
    Swing like the pros, with data to back it up. Whether for baseball, golf or tennis, the Zepp Sports sensors attach to your equipment to track your swing movements. You can then compare your data with taht of professionals, get advice on improving your swing and compare your results over time. Of course, just because you can mimic a pro’s swing doesn’t mean you can mimic their lifestyle.
  • Easton's Mako Torq's innovative grip technology
    Easton

    Price: $549.95
    Easton’s newest technology puts a little extra spin in your swing. Players naturally rotate their hands as they swing a bat. The new Mako Torq turns that movement into a benefit with a handle that moves with your hands. The bottom few inches rotate 360 degrees while keeping the bat’s knob in place. The movement allows for a stronger grip on the bat, and helps keep the barrel on the ball longer.
  • Courtesy of 94Fifty Sports

    Price: $199.95
    Now you know if that shot that “felt” just right really was right. At least according to the data. The 94Fifty Smart Ball makes a regulation-size-and-weight basketball a data-mining wizard, tracking everything from shot-release speed, arc and backspin to dribble force and angle, all in real time and fed back to the player via built-in Bluetooth. A smart ball may make your game “feel” a little smarter too.
  • Courtesy of Spy Optic

    Price: $204.95
    Independent eyewear manufacturer Spy Optic has Louie Vito seeing happy. Using technology that embraces all things long-wave blue light, the sunglass lenses for fashion, performance or snow let in the mood-altering long-wave blue light while eliminating the harmful lights. These “happy lens” products give a fresh twist to the Spy line.
  • Courtesy of NormaTec

    Price: $1,495.00
    Compression is key in recovery, so NormaTec upped the compression factor with a pneumatic compression device that wraps portions of the body and offers up unique massage patterns and pulse technology. Engineered for wound and disease recovery, the device has been embraced by professional and NCAA teams and athletes eager to up recovery rates.
  • Courtesy of Polar

    Price: $249.95
    Analyzing your body's output has never been easier. Polar offers the M400 Sports Watch, along with a line of other activity trackers, to help keep an eye on what your body is putting out in terms of average heart rate, calories burned and training load.
     
  • Courtesy of Asics

    Price: $160.00
    Twenty-one iterations in and Asics is still producing some of the best gel-cushioned running shoes available. The latest, the Gel-Kayano 21, has a combination of Asics technology designed to enhance a runner’s natural gait while providing cushioning and bounce back in the frame. The multi-directional mesh stretches with a runner’s foot. But it all goes back to that famed gel.
  • Courtesy of Nike

    Price: $120.00
    The women have all the fun with Nike’s engineered yarn, Flyknit. The new Flyknit Lunar 3 will come in six different colors for women. The design tops the well-known Lunarlon cushioning foam for comfort and response, while the Flyknit upper offers a tight knit structure where support is needed and a looser knit where runners desire breathability, stretch and support. So, while the Flyknit Lunar 3 isn’t out until February, if your gift needs to work right out of the box, may we suggest the Nike Free 4.0 in Flyknit or the Nike Flyknit Lunar 2.
  • Courtesy of Columbia Sportswear

    Price: $110.00
    Guaranteed waterproof. That sounds nice for a trail shoe. The new Columbia Conspiracy Razor Outdry trail shoe has a lightweight welded textile-and-mesh upper that is breathable and waterproof. The new Outdry tech keeps water away from the shoe, not just away from the foot, to reduce water weight. With an outsole engineered for outdoor traction, expect cushioning inside this all-terrain, all-weather trail shoe.
  • Courtesy of Jordan Brand

    Price: $225.00
    Jordan Brand offers up the ability to fly (figuratively, mind you). And who doesn’t want to fly? The AJ XX9 features flight plate technology with carbon plating and air that combine for lightweight strength to move energy throughout the foot with a comfort that lasts. The XX9’s upper includes a woven fabric made in Italy to add a distinctive Jordan aesthetic—with lightweight material—to the performance mix.
  • Courtesy of adidas

    Price: $109.99
    Adidas has fallen in love with its Boost cushioning technology, a foam made from thousands of capsules to better store and release energy motion during movement. And this year,the company added basketball movement to the list. The Crazylight Boost brought this cushioning to the hardwood in lightweight—11.6 ounces—performance complete with support around the foot and a soft mesh upper for breathability.

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