We're back with the WiFi HiFi holiday gift guides! Each week, we'll release a new themed gift guides, chocked-full of great tech gift ideas for different people on your list. This week, we're looking at great gifts for the outdoorsy type.
GoPro MAX Action Camera
This action camera remains a perfect gift for any outdoor adventure seeker, or anyone who wants to capture the live action, whether it's a hike up a mountain, a ride on a skidoo, skiing, cycling, or simply walking about. One of the newest addition to the line is the MAX, which can capture 360-degree footage in 6K, ideal for vloggers and others who like to chronicle their experiences. It has a front-facing screen and shotgun mic. Max HyerSmooth provides smooth video, and you can tap through four lenses to get the perfect shot: narrow, distortion-free linear, wide, and Max SuperView. You can also capture 270-degree panoramic shots with a single clip; take PowerPano selfies, action shots, and vertical pics as well. As with other GoPro cameras, this one is rugged and waterproof down to 16 feet. And you can use the GoPro app to edit and share footage. US$500
GoSun Fusion Solar Cooker
For the person who loves going camping, adventuring, or heading out into the wild to fully take in the great outdoors, this solar cooker might be a great gift. It can cook enough food to feed a family of five using only power from the sun. It can work with additional accessories such as a power bank to recharge it, a travel bag, and a solar PV panel to charge the power bank via solar energy as well. An optional Bluetooth, app-compatible thermometer lets you know when the food is fully solar cooked. It can reach temperatures as hot as 550-degrees Farenheit (280-degrees Celsius) uses patented vacuum tube technology, while remaining cool to the touch. Pre-order for $594.
Renogy E.Power 10000mAh Portable Solar Charger
Using this solar charger, someone who loves to travel and go on outdoor adventures can gain and store power from sunlight using the high-efficient solar panel. With a 10,000 mAh capacity and dual USB outputs, it can charge two devices at once, including tablets, getting them anywhere from a half to a full charge, smartphones up to three times, and action cameras up to six times over. It comes with a built-in carabiner for attaching it to branches, tents, and backpacks to recharge it at a campsite, cottage, or while hiking, for example. It also functions as a multi-mode LED emergency flashlight and has LED indicators that tell you how much power it has left. IPX4-rated, it is protected from splashes and dust. The portable and compact device sells for US$40.
Renogy E.Flex 30 Portable Solar Panel
This solar panel has an energy conversion efficiency of up to 22-25%, using sunlight and turning it into usable electric currents that can power your electronics. Advanced iSolar technology enables the fastest charging speed possible and protects your device from overheating. It comes with an adjustable nylon kickstand and is water-resistant and rugged, able to withstand various weather conditions. An auto-optimization function guarantees immediate reconnecting when sunlight returns after charging interruption. It's foldable so it can neatly fit in a backpack, tote, or suitcase. US$100
Scosche BoomBottle MM Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
On the market now for a few years, this wireless Bluetooth speaker is a great option for the outdoorsmen given its rugged build. The cylindrical speaker, ideal for use outdoors, comes with Scosche's MagicMount technology, which allows you to keep your mobile device magnetically secured to the speaker. The bottom of the speaker is also magnetic, so it can be attached to metal surfaces, and secured at any angle. Finished in black, the BoomBottle MM also has a built-in bottle opener, so it can also help you open a bottle of soda, beer, or other beverage with a cap. Audibly, it is equipped with two 6W speakers and a pair of 40mm passive radiators, housed in the IP67-rated dust-resistant and military drop-tested waterproof enclosure. The BoomBottle MM also features auto-sensing indoor/outdoor EQ. It has integrated back panel control buttons for easy play/pause, skipping tracks and volume control; dual-pairing capability for left and right channel stereo sound when pairing it with another BoomBottle MM; and extended battery life that offers up to 12 hours of playback time on a full charge. MSRP US$130.
Casio PRT-B50 Pro Trek Outdoor Watch Series
This watch is designed for the outdoorsman. It includes three models that each offers Smartphone Link functionality via the Pro Trek Connected app and quad sensor technology. Three sensors detect compass bearing, barometric pressure/altitude, and temperature, plus an accelerometer counts steps. Smartphone Link functionality, which uses Bluetooth, enables the timepieces to connect to the Pro Trek Connected app and other outdoor specific features like Route Log for automatically recording altitude data from the watch and GPS data from the smartphone, and manually acquire altitude data at any point and plot that point on the route; calories burned as calculated based on step count and altitude data, saving it as an activity log; and location indicator for operating the watch buttons to save a current location in the app. In this mode, the compass bearing of the saved location point is indicated by the second hand of the watch and the distance is indicated on the LCD. Using the app, you can turn the watch modes on or off and change the sequence in which the modes appear on the display. This allows you to customize the display for your intended use - for instance, showing only certain functions or changing the sequence to show frequently used functions first. The default content on the LCD can also be customized. Automatic altitude adjustment, up to four times per day, sees altitude measurement values on the watch automatically adjusted based on altitude data acquired from the smartphone GPS. Automatic time adjustment, meanwhile, also four times per day, connects the watch to the app to automatically download global time updates such as time zone changes and Daylight Saving Time (DST) data by country. The time rules are stored on the watch to automatically adjust the time based on the latest data.There's also a mobile phone finder. By operating the watch, you can trigger an audible alert on the mobile phone even if it is set to silent mode. This helps in locating the phone if it is misplaced. Additional features include world time (39 cities + UTC), water resistance up to 100 meters, a full auto LED light, 1/100th second stopwatch, countdown timer, full auto calendar and more. The PRT-B50 series boasts a wide watch face that incorporates a large, rotating bezel and Arabic numeral indices. Ideal for the great outdoors, the new models are designed with a 3D textured urethane band and a strap keeper to keep the watch in place. It comes in black, blue, or orange for $280.
Lander Traveler Bag
If there's an outdoorsman on your list, you can't go wrong with pretty much anything from Lander. The company offers a wide selection of great gear specifically designed for adventure-seekers and the great outdoors. This bag can hold up to 35L and has a roll-top cargo section. Approved as an airline carry-on, it includes a crash pad that can hold a laptop up to 17" in size, along with a tablet, smartphone, and other such electronic devices. It's made of TPU-coated rip-stop material, is waterproof, impact protective, and breathable. Inner wireways make it easy to route your charging cables and keep your devices powered up. The cargo section, meanwhile, is made from durable canvas-like DWR coated recycled material called Cordura EcoMade. US$175
Lander Cairn XL Smart Lantern + Power Bank
A second entry on this list from Lander, ths smart lantern and power bank provides an ultra-bright 350 lumens for your campsite, cottage, or hike trail. It can also charge up to four mobile devices and provide up to 250 hours of light time. It's also Bluetooth connectible. Use the free Cairn XL app to control power, dimming, colour, light alarms, proximity lighting, battery settings, and light strobe. Since it's IP65-rated, it's fully waterproof and dustproof for safe use outdoors. US$80
Catalyst Case for Apple Watch Series 4 and 5
Sure, the Apple Watch is water-resistant, but there's nothing wrong with some extra protection against both water as well as dust, drops, and potential scratches and cracks of the screen. This one adds more protection to make the match waterproof down to 330 feet and drop-proof from as high as 9.9 feet. It uses the company's Truss Cushioning System, exceeding military standards for drops and shocks. The material is rugged, easy to grip, shock-resistant, snd scratch-proof as well. And when it's on the Watch, you can still wirelessly charge it, hear audio clearly, and even access the optical heart sensor. US$90
ORORO Heated Jacket
These jackets have been getting rave reviews online from sites like Amazon.ca. The slim-fitting woman's jacket is one such model that will be ideal for the outdoor-loving female. It comes with a detachable hood, but what sets it apart from your typical winter jacket is the battery pack and three carbon fibre heating elements that generate heat across your chest and mid-back. It's adjustable so she can choose among high, medium, and low, depending on how cold it is outside. It can heat up within seconds and works for up to 10 hours per charge. Use the USB to charge up your smartphones, too. It is made with a 100% polyester soft shell fabric exterior and fleece lining and is machine washable. There are options for men as well, as well as a unisex jacket and even a heated vest and body warmer vest you can wear under your jacket. This one is $185 and they all hover around the same price point.