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Active Outdoor Gear to Put Under the Tree
For the Skier
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When it comes to jackets, Arc'teryx reins over all the rest for performance and technicality. Try the Arc'teryx Macai men's ski and snowboard jacket and you'll never go back. The athletic-fit jacket uses waterproof, breathable Gore-Tex to keep you dry on the wettest powder days but doesn't skimp on warmth, either. Synthetic Coreloft, which stays warm when wet, is strategically-placed in wet-prone areas for lasting durability, and 750-fill European Goose down fills out the rest.
The hood is large enough to fit over a helmet, and there is also a removable powder skirt. There are plenty of pockets, too, including an inside mesh goggle pocket for when you're relaxing with an apres drink. $850; arcteryx.com
For the Apres Fan
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Although certain styles go in and out each season, staying warm on a freezing winter night will always be in. Instead of shivering your way from place to place, invest in durable, yet adorable gear. Pistil Designs, which specializes in long-lasting headwear and accessories, has been around for 10 years and offers great options for winter warmth.
For a full set, choose Pistil's Jax Wristlet, Jax Knit Brim and the Frenchi Infinity Scarf. The wristlets and hat come in a hand-knit, diamond pattern, with the inside of the hat lined with fleece and a narrow brim to add some sass. The scarf is very wide, very soft and very lofty—what more do you need? Pair them all together for a complete look or wear separately. Wristlet, $28; Knit Brim, $32; Scarf, $38; pistildesigns.com
For the Hiker
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Hands and feet often get the coldest on winter excursions, and don't even think about trying to answer your phone with those bulky, wool gloves. Dakine solved both problems with their men's insulated Scout Glove—the waterproof, breathable gloves comes in short, long or mitten versions and have a touch-screen compatible liner glove. The best part? The nose wipe thumb panels—trust us, these are awesome and will get plenty of use on cold hikes. $45; dakine.com
For the Angler
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A day on the water can be ruined if you forget your sunglasses or if the pair you have doesn't protect like it should. Leading eyewear brand Smith Optics has new ChromaPop lens technology, which increases visual clarity and eliminates color confusion for your brain. Sounds intense, but either way, you'll get protection and a clear image on the water or a sunny hike. For medium to large coverage, Smith's Dover sunglasses with ChromaPop offer protection from direct and peripheral sun glare. And don't worry about slippage—when wet or sweaty, the temple tips and nose pad gently adhere to the skin to stay on. $209; smithoptics.com
For the Runner
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Possibly the most handy gift you can give to a serious runner or even someone starting off, is a GPS watch—it takes out the pre-run work of mapping a route online and is a very motivating gadget. Garmin's Forerunner 220 has auto-pause so it stops and starts when you do, along with real-time coaching, such as pace, time and distance. With vibration or audible alerts, you'll be informed of mile splits, laps and pace, along with other customizable options. The watch syncs with Garmin Connect to upload activity online or you can download free training plans to your watch. You can also sync the Forerunner with the free Garmin Connect Mobile app on your smartphone, so friends and family can Live Track your run.
For the extreme athlete, opt for the Forerunner 620, which has all the features of the 220, plus a VO2 max estimator, recovery advisor and race predictor. It also tracks running dynamics such as ground contact, cadence and vertical oscillation. Forerunner 220, $250; Forerunner 620, $400; garmin.com
For the Mountain Man
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Sure, a multi-tool can usually get the work done, but sometimes a well-crafted knife is just...cool. The HEFT 4 Woodsman by DPx Gear (Hostile Environment Field Tool) not only has a high-performance blade, but also has a bottle opener and a hole for a lanyard. Designed by Robert Young Pelton—author, filmmaker and crazy adventurer—the knife comes in an Italian leather sheath and has a lifetime warranty. $181; depxgear.com
For the Active Traveler
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The Osprey Ozone Convertible Series has made active traveling easier for everyone—Osprey neatly combined a wheelable, lightweight suitcase with a backpack-carry option that also has an easily detachable, zip-off daypack. The suspension system can be fully removed for trips where you won't need to carry the pack on your back. For the suitcase, you'll get all the regular amenities like external pockets, padded carry handles and an extendable handle, but also an adjustable harness, a padded mesh back panel and a hip belt for when you want to sport a pack. The 15-liter daypack has padded shoulder straps and is laptop compatible. 50L, $299; 70L, $329; ospreypacks.com
For the Cyclist
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A trend that has been growing the past few winters is cold-weather mountain biking with a fat bike or an all-terrain bike—a ride with larger tires (usually around four inches) that run at low pressure on larger rims to be used on snow, ice, mud, sand and whatever else you take it on. Surly's 2014 Pugsley fat bike will have you floating over thick snow and exploring your regular trails all year long. $1750, pugsleybikes.com
For Your Gal
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Everybody can use a nice pair of boots—many argue they need multiple pairs. Stay wise and invest in one pair that will last for years and doesn't skimp on the cuteness. Ugg's Irmah wedge, calf-height boot is technically a rain boot with waterproof leather, but is gorgeous enough to wear out on the town even if it isn't raining. Pair with cozy socks and they'll be set to head through winter slush. $230; uggaustralia.com
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GoPros have been used to capture just about everything lately from surfing sessions to first-person footage of little tikes mountain biking—one camera was even attached to an eagle. However you use it, a GoPro makes for great footage of your adventure with professional-quality images and even slow-motion playback. The latest version, GoPro's Hero3+ Black Edition is even smaller and lighter than previous versions, but still delivers top-notch video and 12MP stills at up to 30 frames per second. New to this version is the SuperView that offers a wide-angle perspective, as well as the Auto Low Light mode, which adjusts frame rate for low-light performance. Capture all of your adventures and family trips easily. $400; gopro.com
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