Holiday Gift Guide: Our favorite gear for the outdoors, training and more
With the holidays right around the corner, SI Edge is bringing you our annual gift guide to help you find the perfect gift for your family and friends. Whether they're into camping year-round, hiking, trail running or even winter running, we've got you covered in Part 1, and if you're looking to satisfy the fitness junkie in your life, we'll give you some insight into some of the best activity trackers on the market, headphones made for working out and much more. From our Sports Illustrated family to yours, happy holidays!
For durable protection from the winter elements, Fjallraven's premier jacket boasts a lightweight but warm goose down filling, Pertex Quantam lining and a fixed hood. This is a superior quality jacket that will last you for years to come.
Designed from the same stuff they use in sleeping bags and puffy jackets, the Rumpl blanket has no equal. Incredibly warm, breathable and durable: the Rumpl is water, stain and odor resistant.
For a compact cooking system, any outdoor adventurer would love the Jetboil MiniMo. With the ability to not only boil, but also simmer at various levels, it's a must for any camping expedition. (Weight: 14.6 oz)
The best multi-tool in the world in our opinion. The Signal includes a diamond coated sharpener for maintaining your straight and serrated blade, fire-starting ferro rod and an emergency whistle in a compact, easy-to-carry design.
For any outdoor adventure that involves being in the dark, the Storm Headlamp is waterproof, bright with 160 lumens and features multiple lighting modes.
For that little extra bit of entertainment while you're out and about, the Boombot Pro is a seriously loud and quality wireless bluetooth speaker. The fact that it's waterproof and can withstand drops from 10 feet push it over the top.
With the self-appointed title of "the most protective case in the world," the Catalyst Case doesn't let you down whether your commuting to work or climbing a mountain, designed to meet military standards for protection.
A technical performance midlayer that offers serious warmth in a thinly designed, abrasion-resistant jacket from the Wyoming-based apparel company Stio. Perfect for training or outings in cold temperatures.
If you're thinking of doing some running this winter season, look no further for your favorite companion. With all of the essentials taken care of (warmth, movement, protection), the Therma-Sphere Max is also pretty snazzy.
Literally a fitness coach in your ears, the Sport Coach earbuds offer wireless bluetooth technology, as well as "intelligent audio coaching" which can help keep you in gear when you start to fall behind.
A heart rate monitor that doesn't require the use of a chest strap, the Mio Fuse tracks your heart rate through your wrist, and also offers the whole gamut of activity tracking as a bonus.
Looking to monitor your fitness? Give the Microsoft Band 2 a shot. It connects to your smartphone and tracks everything from your heart rate to calories burned, and you can even track specific activities like weight lifting, golfing and running.
For when your workouts are over and your body is screaming. The Shock Doctor's range of ice compression wraps are made for the modern athlete looking for multiple methods of recovery in one item.
Another way to initiate your post-workout recovery, the Hypersphere offers a unique way to get your muscles back on track with "localized vibration therapy."
If you've ever wondered whether or not your basketball shooting can be improved, you're probably right. The ShotTracker gives you all the tools you need to monitor, analyze and improve your shot in no time.
Going beyond the metrics of activity trackers, the Action Replay allows action sports athletes to capture their tricks and movements, brining film study to all the skateboarders who have longed for the ability.
A futuristic-looking pair of wireless earphones, the Kanoa is sleek and small, but paired with the company's app, this little guy turns into a performance tracker monitoring your heart rate, calories burned, distance and more.