Holiday Gifts for Gadget Geeks

Buying gadgets for a loved one during the holidays can be intimidating. Backbone Media, the country's leading active lifestyle agency, makes it easy with this list of cool gift ideas. Read product descriptions below and check out the gallery of downloadable images.


ThermaCELL Outdoor Lantern - The ThermaCELL Outdoor Lantern is an effective way to get rid of black flies, mosquitos and other biting pests.  These lightweight, portable two-in-one lanterns provide a 15’ x 15’ area of protection, while LED lights, powered by AA batteries deliver ambient light that can be used with or without the mosquito repellent. The Outdoor Lantern operates on a single butane cartridge, which heats a mat releasing allethrin, a synthetic copy of a natural insecticide found in chrysanthemum flowers. Lanterns are up to 93% effective and registered with the EPA. $32


Crash Sensor – The ICEdot Crash Sensor mounts to any helmet and detects critical impacts that may leave you incapacitated. It pairs with a companion app running on your smartphone over Low Energy Bluetooth and when it detects a critical force, the Crash Sensor triggers your phone to sound an alarm and if not disabled, will send out an emergency text to your predetermined contacts with your GPS coordinates. $149


Skull Orbic Comp H.I. MIPS – POC’s award-winning Skull Orbic Comp H.I. MIPS overcomes the common problem of uncertainty over whether a crashed ski helmet needs to be replaced by incorporating a collection of stress-strain sensors over the liner that record, collect and memorize any deformation; with the press of a button, an athlete can see if his or her helmet has been compromised. The Skull Orbic Comp H.I. MIPS also features the MIPS system to reduce rotational violence in a crash, a multi-impact EPP liner, and a layer of POC's VPD protection material, which hardens on impact to distribute force throughout the material and reduce point impact. $480 (Available this fall)


Brew Concentrate and Carbonator Bottle Now you can have beer in the backcountry without hauling the weight, taking up space  in your pack or creating waste with cans. This highly concentrated beer syrup, when combined with water and carbonated in the patented bottle, creates a tasty, full-bodied beer. Currently available in two flavors: Pat’s Pale Rail and Pat’s Black Hops. Five all-natural cane soda flavors are also available. Full Starter Kit: $49.95


Helinox Ground ChairA lightweight, foldable chair that can easily be packed for easy transportation and weighs just over 1 pound. $109.99 


Lazer Effect MIPSThe Effect is a great value helmet that has many of the features in more expensive models. The Rollsys Fit System hugs the back of the head and neck and is easily adjustable using the wheel at the back of the helmet. The frame around the Rollsys system can be removed and replaced with the GoPro adaptor allowing for easy and secure fitting of a GoPro camera. It features in-mold construction for superior strength and only weighs 410 grams. Price TBD


iOstand - The iOstand™ is the most functional and flexible iPad stand and tablet mount on the market. It lifts your device up seven inches and rotates in any direction for the perfect viewing angle. This stand will change how you use your iPad or tablet. It is the perfect tablet mount for the kitchen, improves the ergonomics of your desktop or workspace, and looks great anywhere in the home or office. $100

iOautoPro - The iOauto Pro™ will change your driving experience. Say goodbye to unreliable dashboard, cup holder, or vent mounts, and say hello to iOmounts: quite possibly the best car mount for cell phones, GPS units and small tablets on the market. It is simple, secure, universal, and exactly what you’ve been searching for. $50


Vigo Wine Carrier - VIGO’s patented molded impact foam material protects your favorite wine in transit to dinner parties, picnics, your boat, destinations across the world, anywhere you bring your favorite vino. In addition to protecting your wine bottle the VIGO wine bag helps insulate maintaining an ideal temperature for your enjoyment. And guess what boating friends, it floats too! $59.99


Gerber 39 Series Pocket Folder - Crafted to be a trusted companion, the 39 Series Pocket Knife celebrates Gerber’s 75-year history, while signaling the brand’s course for the future. Innovation, quality and style wrapped into one package, the 39 Series Pocket Knife features a stainless steel, fine-edge drop point blade, nickel plated zinc handle and lockback mechanism for safety. $95


Ember Power Light: Hand-held lighting meets portable power. Black Diamond’s Ember Power Light illuminates the trail ahead and charges your hand-held electronics when you get to camp. The light provides 150 Lumens of light, a USB port that charges other hand-held devices, and a rechargeable sealed lithium polymer battery. $49.95 (Available this fall)