Holiday Gifts for Guys Who Love Gear

Every guy loves cool gear, right? Backbone Media, the country's leading active lifestyle agency, has created a list of gift ideas featuring the coolest new gear from the best outdoor brands. See product descriptions below and downloadable images on the right.


Bandit AvaLung Package:  Featuring a trio of backcountry avy essentials to prepare you for skiing in avalanche terrain, the Bandit AvaLung Package is your ticket to endless fresh lines. The Bandit pack with built-in AvaLung provides quick access to the Deploy 3 shovel, QuickDraw Super Tour Probe 265 and other backcountry necessities. $279.95

CoEfficient Jacket: Combining lightweight warmth, high breathability and super-quick dry time, the Black Diamond CoEfficient Hoody is the ultimate thermal mid-layer for fast-and-light alpine pursuits. With an optimized Polartec® PowerDry High Efficiency fleece fabric unique to Black Diamond, the CoEfficient insulates when you're stopped at the belay and regulates body temperature when you're out on the sharp end. A scuba-style, under-the helmet hood lets you ditch the beanie, and a single chest pocket keeps small essentials at the ready. $139


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


Roland – Built on the Mountain Sneaker Platform with the EcoTread™ recycled rubber outsole with 3.5mm lugs, this water-resistant leather and suede boot is as stylish as it is functional for all winter activities. The LUVSEAT™ footbed provides great support and either the Coffee Bean (pictured) or the Dark Olive are sure to be a hit with your man this holiday season. $140


ACCEL – Using Sage's Generation 5 technology and made on Bainbridge Island, Washington, these smooth casting, responsive rods come in at a great price for those looking to cast an excellent rod and catch more fish. $595 


Westwater Roll Top Backpack – For guys who need 100% assurance their gear will stay dry while still accessing some of the worlds most remote locations, the Westwater Roll Top Backpack combines durability and comfort perfectly. The CYCLEPOND fabric is made from recycled commercial fishing nets and the air-mesh backpack straps and waist strap make carrying this pack extremely comfy no matter the conditions. $149.95


Butter Stick – For the angler in your life who wants to take fishing back to its roots, give the Butter Stick from Redington this holiday season. At just $250, this fiberglass fly rod is perfect for high mountain streams and lakes and makes even the smallest fish feel HUGE!


Fornix Communication with Beats by Dr. Dre - Now offered with Beats by Dr. Dre® headphones built into the neck roll, POC’s award-winning Fornix helmet is compatible with most smartphones, allowing the wearer to take calls, switch tunes and adjust volume with a remote control. Fornix is a lightweight, Aramid-reinforced and well-ventilated helmet featuring Aramid Bridges molded into the liner to distribute impacts and reduce concussions. $240 (Available this fall) 


Double Z Sleeping Pad - This non-insulated pad is four inches thick and features a stabilizer construction that is new to the sleeping pad category. The technology distributes weight evenly to improve body support for a more comfortable feel. The unique two-piece valve allows for one-way inflation and convenient, quick deflation. The pad weighs 482g thanks to the superlight nylon rip-stop top and bottom. R-Value: 1.5. $79.97

Copper Spur UL2  - The completely redesigned Copper Spur UL2 is the lightest tent in the two-person, two-door, freestanding category that weighs under 3 lbs. The unique DAC Featherlite pole construction creates nearly vertical interior walls to increase the tent volume and livability, while the low profile fly makes it stable in wind. The tent offers 29 sqare feet of floor space and two 9 square foot vestibules. Media pockets located above the sleeping area enable clean earbud cord routing for phones and other electronic devices. $399.95

Farnsworth Jacket - Big Agnes’ lightweight jacket has a straight cut and features Pinneco Core synthetic insulation, the latest advancement in synthetic fiber insulation. It is designed to be more breathable, thermally efficient and sustainably engineered. Built into the insulation, Pinneco’s Core Screen resists water from the outside while actively drawing sweat from inside the garnet. $189.95 (Available this fall)


Fontainebleau Hoody – Every guy needs a go to hoody. Whether it’s sitting in front of the fire after a long day, or to ward off the temperatures on a cold winter day, the Fontainbleau from La Sportiva is a laid back pullover, knit from a mix of soft cruelty-free merino wool and a little acrylic for durability. $139


Makers & Riders Dispatch Rider Weatherproof Trouser - The Dispatch Rider Weatherproof Trouser is a refined pant for urban travel, the office and everday life, made of durable Polartec® NeoShell®, the most breathable waterproof fabric on the market. A five-pocket design with self-cleaning deep pocket bags features trouser style welts in the rear, and dress suit front pockets. The Makers & Riders exclusive Gull Wing gusseted crotch allows more freedom of movement, and a purpose aggressive grippeer waistband provides non-slipping performance. Seven inch anti-sprocket leg openings keep excess fabric away from the bike. $189


Voyager - Much like its name, Sperry's Voyager is built for adventure. A high-performance, lightweight water shoe made for the avid fisher and boater, the Voyager features Sperry WaterBlockTM, a breathable, waterproof membrane that keeps feet dry and comfortable. Its outsole features Adaptive Wave-SipingTM to disperse water underfoot and reduce slippage as well as ASV TechnologyTM in the heel to absorb boat vibration and reduce shock up to 30%. $120 (Available this fall)