WiFi HiFi Holiday Gift Guide 2018: Tech Gifts for Adventurers

Christine Persaud

Published: 12/12/2018 10:00:02 AM EST in Electronics

WiFi HiFi Holiday Gift Guide 2018: Tech Gifts for Adventurers

Adventurers like to live, well, adventurously. And they will appreciate thoughtful gifts that help enhance the experience, and keep them connected - especially in case of emergencies. Here are some thoughtful gifts that both adventurers, and their families back home, will love.

Scosche BaseClamp Panoramic Mirror Powersports Mount

These rugged mounts are designed for outdoor enthusiasts who participate in a wide range of sports, including those involving ATV/UTV/SxS vehicles, motorcycles, PWCs, boats, and more. With the mounts, users can keep their gadgets and gear secure as they partake in their desired activities. They fit perfectly on popular sizes of bars from 1.5-inch to 2-inch diameters, as well as a slew of base attachments to secure various accessories, including mobile devices, mirrors, whips, fire extinguishers, BoomBottle waterproof wireless speakers, additional handles, lighting, and others. For added visibility, the BaseClamp Panoramic Mirror (MSRP US$100) helps riders keep an eye on the surroundings. The wide-angle convex curved lens provides maximum coverage, whether hitting the trails, the dunes or the ocean, and is also fully adjustable while mounted, providing the perfect personal viewpoint.

Goal Zero Nomad 7 Plus Solar Panel

For the person who's often out on extreme outdoor adventures, this solar panel is compact and lightweight, and can seamlessly attach to the outside of a backpack so it continuously gains a charge from the sun. Then, use it to recharge portable devices, like a smartphone, headlamp, Goal Zero power banks, or other gear that's essential to ensure a safe and productive trip. US$79.95

Spot x Two-Way Satellite Messenger

Ensuring an adventurer's safety, this satellite messenger device provides peace-of-mind that the person can stay in touch in case of an emergency - even when outside of cellular range. In case of an emergency, use it to send a quick message confirming that you are OK, even with a map of your location. In a pinch? Post directly to Twitter for all to see, if help is needed. Keep track of your journey through a breadcrumb record in a map, and set waypoints using the built-in navigation and satellite digital compass so you won't get lost. For emergencies, it has a button for direct access to Search & Rescue services worldwide. The battery lasts for more than a week before it needs recharging. The Gen3 model is on sale for US$75 (after a 50% rebate). Make sure to get them an annual service plan as well. There's either the basic plan (required), which is US$200/yr. and includes unlimited check-ins, tracking, and S.O.S. messages, motion-activated tracking, and more; or pay an extra US$99/yr. for Extreme Tracking, which adds the ability for users to vary tracking intervals down to every 2.5 minutes versus intervals of 5, 10, 30, and 60 with the Basic plan.

GoPro Hero7 Black Action Camera

Every adventurer will appreciate being able to chronicle his adventures through videos and photos. And even better if they can do so from their literal point-of-view. This action camera can record 4K videos an 12MP stills at up to 60-frames-per-second (fps) with HyperSmooth digital imagine stabilization, 2.7K resolution video at 120fps, and 1,080p video at 240 fps for super slow-motion playback. It comes housed in a chassis that is waterproof up to 33 feet, with an intuitive 2" LCD with touch zoom framing. Additional features include face, smile, and scene detection and voice control; as well as a vertical capture feature that allows for easier integration with social media. Turn the camera to the side and shoot photos in portrait orientation, and the photos can then be uploaded seamlessly to Snapchat, Instagram, and other destinations. It captures stereo and raw audio and supports an external microphone via an optional adapter. There's an HDMI video output, live streaming capabilities, TimeWarp video, and a removable battery. US$400. For adventurers, make sure you also grab some useful mounts that allow them to easily wear the camera, like a head and/or chest mount, or mount it to something like bicycle handlebars or a helmet.

Lander Cairn XL Smart Lantern Power Bank

Safety comes first for adventurers, and this handy lantern includes an ultra-bright 350 lumens lantern that can provide up to 250 hours of light time, plus it can offer up to four mobile device charges via its internal 10,000mAh battery. With Bluetooth connectivity, you can use the free Cairn XL app for iOS or Android to control power dimming, colour, light alarms, proximity lighting, battery settings, and light strobe. The fully waterproof and dustproof device is ideal to bring with you while camping, portaging, hiking, and other outdoor adventures. US$100

Braven BRV-Blade Portable Bluetooth Speaker

All of Braven's portable Bluetooth speakers are ultra-rugged, but this one takes the cake, making it ideal for adventure-seekers. It's designed specifically for use during extreme power sports, like dune-buggying, jet skiing, snowmobiling, or 4x4 racing in the mud. It comes in a shockproof ABS housing, and can withstand full on dunks in the water. It fits easily into a backpack or glove compartment, and can double as a speakerphone, plus a portable charger to recharge USB devices. It runs for up to 22 hours per charge. Mount it to different surfaces or all-terrain vehicles using the tie down bars and nylon performance strap. An added bonus: there's also a built-in bottle opener. $290; might only be available through retailers in limited quantities.

Mpow Universal Waterproof Pouch Dry Bag

Ideally, you'd have a fitted, waterproof case for your smartphone. Or, even better, buy one of the latest models that are water-resistant. But there are a few reasons why the concept of a dry pouch might be the better option. First, they're usually universal, which means when you decide to upgrade your phone, the case is not rendered useless. Second, waterproof cases can be hit and miss, and the last thing you want to do is drop $50-$100 on a case only to find out that it's not very user-friendly, either hard to type through, or difficult to remove. This pouch is super-cheap at about $10, and can fit any device up to 6": I'm able to fit my iPhone XR, which has a 6.1" screen, in one, with a rugged fitted case on it. (It's a tight fit, but it still secures closed. Slide the phone in, clip the dual swivel locks at the top, add the lanyard, and you're off to the races. It's surprisingly easy to type through the PVC material. It's not as seamless, of course, as it would be with nothing on the phone's screen. But then again, that isn't the case with any fitted waterproof case either, with the exception of those that don't cover the screen. Even if your phone is waterproof, pop it into this bag before heading to the beach to keep it free from dirt and sand.

Shimoda Explore 30 Camera Bag

Adventurer photographers require a good, and lightweight backpack to carry all of their gear that is also ergonomic. This one might be a good choice for the person who's very short or tall, since the adjustable torso height offers three size options. An adjustable harness ensures the pack's weight doesn't put pressure on the wearer's shoulders, distributing it to the hips and front torso instead. A removable belt feature lets you convert from a mountain pack into a minimalist daily commuter or urban explorer. Each shoulder strap features a fast access sleeve for items. Unfasten the belt and slide it out when you have lighter loads or city adventures. It accommodates Small, Medium DSLR and the new Medium Mirrorless and Large DSLR size Core Units; or double the configuration by stacking and shifting how the Units are placed. With a 30-litre capacity, it has a 13" laptop sleeve as well.

Nikon Coolpix P1000 Superzoom Camera

Adventurers will appreciate the camera because it's compact, and boasts an impressive 125x optical zoom lens (24-3,000mm equivalent) so they can capture all of the action while out birding, playing sports, checking out wildlife, or more, whether they're up close (up to just a centimetre away) or at an extreme distance. It has a 16MP sensor, and can capture 4K UHD videos as well. Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth means they can share the best shots immediately. It even has dedicated modes, like Moon Mode and Bird Watching Mode, alongside manual controls. $1,400; grab the ML-L7 Bluetooth connected remote as well for $65.

Garmin fenix 5 Plus Series Multisport Watch

These GPS multisport watches have built-in routable topographical maps, storage for music playlists, the Garmin Pay contactless payment solution, and wrist-based Pulse Oximeter 1 for altitude acclimation awareness - perfect for ourdoor adventurers. The fēnix 5S Plus, fēnix 5 Plus and fēnix 5X Plus are built for athletes and adventures. They are rugged, ranging in size from 42-51mm and all boast a bright, sunlight readable display. The fēnix 5S Plus features a 1.2-inch display, and is Garmin's first wearable to offer a wrist-based Pulse Oximeter, which is especially useful for higher altitude activities. Built-in map data is optimized for at-a-glance navigation and location tracking. These maps can be used with the round-trip course creator that allows runners and cyclists to enter a distance they would like to run or ride, then select a route from a list of appropriate courses to choose from. The Trendline popularity routing feature uses Garmin Connect data to help users find and follow the best trails and running routes based on billions of miles logged by previous Garmin users. Runners can feel more comfortable knowing they're going down a path or trail that has been previously explored by others. All three offer on-device music storage for up to 500 songs, for phone-free listening. Every fēnix 5 Plus watch features multinetwork satellite reception, now including Galileo to track in more challenging environments than GPS alone. This is particularly helpful when adventuring in places without a clear view of the sky, like deep canyons or urban environments. Pricing ranges from US$700 to US$1,150.

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WiFi HiFi Holiday Gift Guide 2018: Tech Gifts for Adventurers

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