We’re proud to present Gear Institute’s holiday highlight reel of five top rated products for the Outdoor Enthusiast on your list.
From sunglasses to a world-class fly rod to superior hiking boots, a dog pack, and one super cool camper, all of this gear is sure to make it that much easier to escape the Christmas stress.
Kaenon Soft Kore
The Kaenon Soft Kore is a multi-sport women’s sunglass with an ultra-high-tech polarized lens that delivers incredible clarity, definition, and glare reduction. It also has high style looks, a very nice bonus in an intensely technical package.
Retail Price: $239
Read the Full Review of the Kaenon Soft Kore.
Orvis Helios 2 Fly Rod
The Helios 2 is the lightest fast action rod we’ve found, but it gives up nothing in performance, coming in first or second in our tests on distance, accuracy and versatility. Unfortunately, it also follows the general rule of lighter weights meaning heavier prices – it’s the most expensive rod we tested.
Retail Price: $795
Read the full review of the Orvis Helios 2 Fly Rod.
Lowa Focus GTX Mid
The Lowa Focus GTX is a solid and stable boot that works well for ambitious day hikes and overnight backpacking on established trails with packs around 20-35 pounds. It is very well made, with good support and protection, and it shines in rugged terrain—an excellent choice for day hikes in rough, rocky country.
Retail Price: $220
Read the full review of the Lowa Focus GTX Mid.
RuffWear Palisades Pack
The Palisades Pack is a great choice for backpacking adventures when the dog will have to carry big loads. The pack stays secure even when weighted, and extra features such as the five-point harness, and collapsible water bottles add to its value.
Retail Price: $130
Read the full review of the RuffWear Palisades Pack.
SylvanSport GO Camper
The GO is the camper answer for the Apple tech set: innovative, user friendly, beautifully designed and painfully expensive. It’s an excellent compact alternative to standard pop-up campers, with the bonus of lots of gear towing and storage versatility, though the price is almost double what we’d expect.
Retail Price: $8,000
Read the full review of the SylvanSport GO Camper.