COAST MAGAZINE’S ANNUAL GIFT GUIDE
Are you making a list, and checking it twice? It’s that time of year again, and the Coast Magazine elves have been busy checking out the latest and greatest in outdoor gear, clothing, and travel opportunities for everyone on the Nice List. From camping, snow sports, or specialty items, we’ve got gear to fit every lifestyle and budget, with a few unique experiences thrown in for those seeking a truly wild Alaska adventure.
This TSA-approved lock keeps the contents of your luggage safe and secure. Compact locking system comes in a variety of colors, and is made with REI’s commitment to quality.
These packable, breathable, and quick-drying towels are perfect for travel, backpacking, and camping. Great to keep in the car or boat for muddy shoes and pets, too!
Apples to Apples Dice game, $12
Not just for kids, Apples to Apples is one of the hottest games around, and this version comes in a nifty can with fitted lid for easy transport. Perfect for a campsite competition!
CAMPING / BACKPACKING
Crank up this little lantern and shine some light into your tent or cabin. Power up a cell phone or camera with the CD input and USB port, too. The Lighthouse lantern also has an emergency beacon.
Adventure Medical Kit, $27
Stay safe on your backcountry adventures with this two-person medical kit designed by the experts. Ultra-light, yet very complete, this is the perfect gift for the mountain biker or backpacker in your life. www.adventuremedicalkits.com
Got bugs? Take shelter in this cube of netted bliss, and suffer no more. The Bugout fits over a picnic table for ease of use, and can be set up using included poles, or your own trekking poles and nearby trees.
Osprey’s latest in the travel department, this three-bag series of packs/luggage makes carry-on a snap. With a graduated grab handle, panelloading main compartment, and compression straps, you’ll be on your way in a flash. Oh, and did we mention the 18”/36L bag weighs a mere 4lbs, 4oz?
Eagle Creek NoMatterWhat Duffel, from $65
A brilliant solution for the “what to pack” crowd, these duffels range in size from small to extra-large, and are made of durable fabric to withstand many trips. Duffels self-store to reduce space until needed.
Therm-a-Rest Neck Pillow, $29.95
New from the pioneers of comfiness, this Memory Foam contoured pillow was designed specifically for the traveler who needs a bit more support. Covered in a washable, soft fabric.
www.thermarest.com, in the Trek and Travel series
Smartwool Quilted Bells hat/scarf combo, $40-$50
Really, now, who in Alaska doesn’t love hats and scarves? This fashionable duo is woven from the stuff that made Smartwool famous, with toasty wool crafted in a beautiful pattern that goes with any outdoor ensemble.
When the temperature drops, try this puffy down vest made by Isis, a company that understands womanly curves. A hood provides extra insulation for those breezy winter days standing on mountaintops or schussing down ski runs. Women’s sizes.
Frozen fingertips will be a thing of the past when you slide hands into these warm mittens, designed for the hardcore winter enthusiast. Gore-Tex fabric provides reliable waterproof performance with breathability, and is available in men’s and women’s styles and sizes.
Mountain Hardware Compressor Jacket, mens, $200
Style and function, without too much fluff, that’s the Compressor; made to withstand both Mother Nature and guys. Wear it to the backcountry, stuff inside the daypack when you need to remove a layer, then put it back on at the end of the day when the sun goes down.
REI Performance Headlayer, $19.50
As every winter bike enthusiast knows, keeping the noggin warm is critical to a positive and safe experience. This layer of ultra-thin fabric keeps heads toasty warm under helmets, and is great for skiing or skating, too. One size.
Gore Bike Wear Oxygen Thermal Overshoe, $80
Lined with comfy fleece to keep pedaling feet warm for a workout or bike commute, these overshoes are a must-have for Alaska’s frigid temperatures. Made of Gore soft shell fabric. Available in M-XL sizes.
Dillinger 45Nrth Fat Bike Studded Tires, $225 each
Pricey? Yes. Perfect for the winter fat bike commuter or single-track rider who wants extra performance from their bike? Absolutely. With 240 lightweight, aluminum-carbide studs, these tires will create winter-bike-bliss, guaranteed. Due out in November, 2012; be the first to own a pair!
Take a walk, hike, or bike ride and generate your own power to charge up a phone, GPS, or music player! The first human-powered generator to power up personal electronics, the nPower Peg is destined to be a lifesaver in the oft-remote areas of Alaska. As long as you’re moving, the Peg is powering!
www.npowerpeg. com, www.rei.com
With a softer layout than traditional metal-framed child carriers, the Junction has a secure harness system to keep kids in the cockpit and off adult shoulders. A padded back panel and hip belt help provide comfort, and tons of internal storage keep baby gear, toys, and snacks secure. Suitable for babies and toddlers capable of sitting without assistance.
Let kids read in the tent with their own headlamp! This 2-LED light will last around 4.5 hours on high, and 9 hours on low, so you won’t have to worry about dead batteries during the average adventure. Kids will love the pink or blue color options too.
Provide extra stability on longer hikes with these adult-styled trekking poles just for youngsters. Adjustable as kids grow, these poles come with safety tips, hand straps, and baskets for wintertime use, too. Great for backpacking trips and scouting missions.
If kids aren’t happy, nobody’s happy, especially on an overnight camping trip. Big Agnes delivers cozy warmth and ease of use with their updated Little Red15F sleeping bag, designed specifically for young explorers. Featuring a pad sleeve to keep kids from rolling off their resting place, and with a built-in pillow pocket, this makes a great first bag for the young backpacker.
PLACES AND SPACES
Salmon Berry Tours All-Inclusive Northern Lights Overnight, $649/pp, double occupancy.
Treat your loved one to an overnight excursion under the dancing lights of the Aurora Borealis with Salmon Berry Tours. This all-inclusive tour includes transportation, meals, overnight accommodations at the famous Talkeetna Roadhouse, and special late-night viewing of the northern lights. The perfect gift for the outdoor-minded family member or special friend.
It’s a special place to observe and become immersed in the bears, wolves, foxes, and other wild creatures of Katmai National Park. Trips range from one night to several, and include roundtrip transportation to and from camp, private cabin, meals, some gear, and guided daily excursions into the heart of Alaska’s bear country. Unforgettable.