Christmas arrives on the same day every year, yet you still end up in a last-minute scramble to finish up your shopping before the big day. Get it together already. For the third year in a row we’re here to bail your ass out with some ideas.
- ARB Tire Repair Kit + Viair Compressor: For the guy that got bigger tires but didn’t upgrade the spare. Give the gift of self-sufficiency when the off roader in your life inevitably get a flat. The ARB Tire Repair Kit (~$40 ) is a handy thing to keep in your truck and includes everything you need to patch a punctured tire. The Viair 300P air compressor is affordable (~$115), reliable, and powerful enough for just about everyone running 35” or smaller tires. I’ve personally been using this unit for 5+ years with great results.
- BROG Cooking Tool Bag: For the guy that can never find the can opener in his kitchen kit. Blue Ridge Overland Gear makes a wide array of high-quality storage and organization products that we’ve been highly satisfied with. One item that caught my eye (but I haven’t bought, yet) is a Cooking Tool Bag that keeps your camp utensils and spice organized – one less thing to worry about when whipping up your signature camp recipes.
- Fjallraven Pants: For anyone that that is too fancy for Carhartts. I bought a pair of Fjallraven Karl Trousers before going to camp for a week in Glacier National Park. I’ve found these pants versatile enough to wear on a 12 mile hike and still be presentable enough for a post-hike happy hour. Their proprietary fabric is taxable as well, creating a highly water resistant purchase. The price (at north of $100) is a little ridiculous for pants, but they sure are nice:)
- LED Dog Lights: For the camper that lets their mutt run wild around the campsite. LED dog lights are both convenient and a good safety feature (for finding pups in the dark, and catching them as they attempt to steal from your camp table). Here’s 2 that we like:
- National Parks Gear: For that person who can’t stop talking about the Park they visited this summer. Check out Huckberry for a good selection of vintage-inspired National Parks gear and home furnishings. This stuff looks awesome and is sure to make a discerning National Parks lover happy.
- Admission to Vermont Overland Rally: For the local-vore / late-night camp reveler. My personal favorite “Overland” event of the year features Peter Voller’s signature mix of great offroading, local Vermont sightseeing and dining, and epic late-night camp revelry that you may not remember, but won’t be allowed to forget. Seriously – if you’re buying for someone within a day’s drive – they’ll thank you later. Prices are not yet up for the 2017 event.
- Sven Saw: For the fireside fidgeter. The 21” Sven Saw (~$40) weighs practically nothing, takes up virtually no space, and will saw the hell out of limbs and trees. Put one in the hands of the guy unable to relax at the campsite and he’ll have a cord of firewood stacked in no time.
- Snow Peak Mini Hozuki Lanterns: For anyone looking to set the mood. We’ve been using these mini lanterns for years and really like the battery life, as well as the soft light they give off, which is not harsh at all like most LED lanterns.
- Salomon XA Pro GTX Boots: For anyone tired of heavy traditional hikers that take forever to break in. I’ve been extremely pleased with my Salomon XA Pro Mid GTX Boots. They are lightweight, required virtually no break in, and enabled a week of hiking (~45 miles) in comfort with warm, dry feet.
- Helinox Chairs: For anyone that’s had enough of el-cheapo “camp chairs” and values minimalism. These Helinox Chair One Camp Chairs pack up small, weigh next to nothing, and are quite comfortable around the campfire.
Hey Ben, what foam did you use in your ARB drawers to secure your tools?