GoPro HERO4 Camera ($400) I love to mountain bike, but unlike hiking, it’s difficult to capture images or video while biking. To remedy this, I’d love the chance to record some of my rides with GoPro’s HERO4. It’s a bit pricey, yes, but the HERO4’s touch display and on-the-fly highlighting would allow me to record not only my rides, but my other activities, as well, such as soccer, fishing, or even trail running.
GoPro Ride Hero Mount ($20) Obviously, I’ll need this handy mount to attach my new GoPro to my bike. The mount is affordable and features a three-way adjustable pivot arm.
Mountainsmith K9 Pack ($65) I may not have a dog of my own—wink, wink, Santa—but when I do head to the shelter and find the dog meant for me, I plan on taking him with me on hikes, and the K9 pack is a great piece of gear for trail-loving dogs. Designed with input from a service-dog veterinarian, Mountainsmith guarantees the K9 Pack to be the most “dogonomically” correct pack available.
Leatherman Juice S2 Multitool ($65) Some may scoff at the price tag, but a sturdy, reliable multitool—especially a Leatherman—can be invaluable in the backcountry. The high-carbon stainless steel S2 is slim, lightweight, and features several potentially lifesaving tools that any outdoorsmen would be thankful to have.
Tarptent Double Rainbow ($290) I’m in need of a new tent and I’m looking for one that’s light and sleeps two. Tarptent’s Double Rainbow is on my list this year. It weighs less than 2 ½ pounds, has plenty of room for two, and packs to about the size of a loaf of bread. Perfect for my needs.
The gear listed above comprises the bulk of my Christmas list this year, and I’m sure I’m not alone on at least a few of the items. I wish you all a Merry Christmas! Happy trails!