2017 Holiday Gear Guide

The holidays are right around the corner and with so much great gear on the market these days it is hard to decide on what to get your special someone.  Our team traveled to the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market and SEMA to meet with equipment manufacturers, talk to consumers, and bring you our picks for the very best gear for any outdoor or automotive enthusiast. Here are our top pics:

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1. Topo Designs Dopp Kit

Giant shave kits don't make sense when packing light, and you can't keep using that plastic bag. It's just embarrassing. Enter the Topo Designs Dopp Kit. The triangular shape allows it to sit upright on small hotel shelves and provides easy access to everything you need. The size is small enough for the "travel light" crowd, but roomy enough to hold all you'd need to stay looking good on the road. MSRP: $29.00

2. Klean Kanteen Insulated Wide 20oz bottle

Our Insulated Wide 20oz is our best selling stainless steel coffee mug solution for hot coffee, cold brew, tea, water and more. Constructed of high-quality stainless steel and rigorously tested double-wall vacuum insulation, our 20oz Insulated Wide will keep drinks hot for 14 hours and iced for 40 hours. Comes with leak proof Café Cap 2.0 which keeps drinks safely contained, spill free and has easy clean construction. Add a wide loop cap to create a full stainless steel interior and make it easy to clip and go. MSRP: $32.95

3. Stanley Adventure Happy Hour

Slimmed down but still a smooth operator. Campfire cocktails, mid-hike martinis, and Sunday sours at home -- all made possible with the help of the Stanley Adventure Happy Hour 2x System. Just because you’re hitting the trail doesn’t mean you can’t share a few fancy libations. This all-encompassing cocktail shaker set features a removable reamer to juice and strain directly into the jigger cap, two rocks glasses, or shaker. Make them doubles and raise a glass to adventure and mischief. MSRP: $35.00

4. Combat Flip Flops Gunner Shemagh

The Gunner Shemagh is loaded with belt-fed goodness. 6 hours of manual embroidery of belt-fed ammo adds a “Rambo” factor to your scarf. If there was a question whether or not you could rock a scarf, this removes doubt. Sourced and embroidered in a woman-owned factory in Kabul, Afghanistan, this universal survival and fashion piece has a story to tell. MSRP: $39.99


The TOOL CREEPER is a large, three compartment rolling tray; perfect for putting your tools within arm’s reach and designed with a magnetic receiving plate for the POD Light to light up your workspace. Our POD Light is a sphere work light with a magnetic base, allowing light to be aimed in any direction. MSRP: $49.99

6. 5.11 Tactical Defender-Flex Straight Jean

After searching for years for a denim fabric that meets our mission criteria, we bring you the Defender-Flex Jean by 5.11 Tactical®. We can't tell you the number of times our end users have asked us to do a jean and we know it's a favorite on the range as well as just about everywhere else. These jeans feature a five pocket styling plus two rear hip pockets, double needle construction with bartacks in high-stress areas, and a fitted waistband. MSRP: $69.99

7. GSI Outdoors Pinnacle 4 Season Stove

Pinnacle Stoves are compact, lightweight and high-output, designed for efficiency in every regard. With clever folding stove legs and pot supports that pack small to nest within our nForm Ultralight cookware and integrated windscreens which allow you to cook faster with less fuel, the Pinnacle Canister Stove and Pinnacle 4 Season Stove are the peak of GSI Outdoors' unique approach to going fast + light without making sacrifices. MSRP: $79.95

8. Nuu-Muu Marin Scoop

At Nuu-Muu, we believe that women’s exercise apparel can be functional and flattering, and should make a girl feel like a million bucks. With the goal of empowering women to love themselves into action, we design high-quality, light-hearted exercise dresses that look and feel amazing.Meaning "of the sea," Marin's bold navy brush strokes on a pale sky blue background are gorgeous on land or water. Easy to coordinate, Marin's appeal is serene and timeless. MSRP: $85.00

9. Merrell Freewheel Lace

Sometimes traveling off the beaten path takes you deep inside an urban city center. A sleek spin on a classic oxford; Merrell’s Freewheel knows you were born to ride. The suede upper merges with a CycleTread™ sole for pedal power. M-Select Grip outsoles deliver durable, highly slip-resistant stability on pedals, wet or dry ground and mixed terrain. MSRP: $110

10. Tepui Expedition Series Duffle Bag

These rugged bags are designed to stand up to whatever abuse you throw at them.  The sturdy materials used in constructing the Expedition Series make these bags ideal for use in the outdoors and their vivid orange coloring make them easy targets to spot in times of quick necessity. The Expedition Series Duffle features one large compartment that can be used to store gear, clothing, equipment and more. It’s reinforced bottom panel, and high strength polyester canvas coated with a synthetic resin mean this duffle will withstand all you can throw at it. MSRP: $135

11. ECCO Women’s Aspina Low

Durable with modern design details and a feminine appeal, these sturdy leather shoes are fit for rugged trails and all types of adventuring. Crafted for maximum traction on various terrains, lightweight and comfortable, these versatile leather lace-up’s easily move between town and country. MSRP: $140

12. Gerber Center-Drive

Gerber’s new multi-tool offers uncompromising performance through revolutionary design. The innovative center-axis driver opens to align like a real screwdriver, yielding maximum torque and rotation. No productivity is sacrificed with the addition of a 30% longer outboard blade and one-thumb opening sliding jaws. Full size, real tools - the multi-tool just got a reality check. MSRP: $146

13. Smartwool Double Propulsion 60 Printed Hooded Vest

You still have your workout schedule, even when the temperature dives. Enter the Double Propulsion 60 Printed Hooded Vest. Made with our lightest weight SmartLoft wool insulation, this vest boasts breathability and temperature regulation, and helps keep you warm even when wet. The wind-resistant polyester front panel with protective DWR finish fends off wind and rain. Thumbs up to great workouts, no matter the weather. MSRP: $160

14. Nemo Stargaze Luxury

The ultimate in kick-back comfort just happened, with the introduction of the first ever swinging and reclining camp chair. Stargaze™ chairs take relaxation to a new level, combining comfort and portability in a completely new way. See why they’ve quickly become the go-to chair for camp, as well as concerts, backyard BBQs, and sporting events. MSRP: $219

15. OtterBox Venture 45

Durable 45-quart OtterBox cooler is built to keep your tribe full, hydrated and happy on weekend outings. Keeps ice up to 14 days and Venture is designed with a mounting system and accessories that configure for each of your adventures. INCLUDES Bottle Opener and Dry Storage Tray. MSRP: $349.99

16. Dometic CFX-75DZW

The hi-tech Dometic CFX Series refrigerator/freezers refrigerate or deep-freeze food down to -7°F without the need for ice. The CFX Series models are also fitted with heavy-duty features like reinforced corners, stainless steel hinges, and a robust lining to perform in the most extreme conditions. The CFX 75DZW includes WIFI capabilities allowing temperature control and monitoring from the Dometic CFX app. MSRP: $1,099.99


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Beau Johnston is an engineer, writer, and photographer who is dedicated to proving you can find a balance between work and life. He is the Co-Founder and Publisher of Living Overland, and when he isn't working, you can find him exploring National Parks, fly fishing, and camping with his wife (Krista) and their two dogs.


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