Holiday Gear Guide from Outdoor Retailer

Holiday Gear Guide from Outdoor Retailer

The holidays are just around the corner and with so much great gear on the market these days it’s hard to decide on what to get your special someone.  Beau & Krista from Living Overland traveled to the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market in Salt Lake City to meet with equipment manufacturers, talk to consumers, and bring you our picks for the very best gear for any outdoor or Toyota enthusiast.


Mountainsmith Parallax  Mountainsmith Parallax:
The most technical camera pack in the line, the Mountainsmith Parallax features a backcountry suspension and ample camera and media organization.  It features an innovative side access DSLR case that can be deployed as a stand alone pod or chest mounted accessory.  Other features include a padded compartment with internal dividers, two front pockets including a padded laptop sleeve, secondary iPad, Kindle or Tablet sleeve and a rain cover.  
MSRP: $270 – Sold exclusively at REI 


LED Lenser SEO 7R  LED Lenser SEO 7R:
Now get the technology you want in a compact, lightweight and rechargeable design. Built into the pivoting head is a German-engineered OPTISENSE Technology™. This allows the SEO7R to sense the light level in your surrounding area and adjust its brightness automatically, helping you to save battery life and provide just the right amount of light when you need it – hands free! The SEO7R comes with a USB-compatible charging cable that can be used on the battery independently of the light, so you can still run your light with standard alkaline batteries while charging on the side. A red light option helps to preserve your vision in low light situations. The SEO7R really is a premium headlamp for any adventure.
MSRP: $100 


SIGG Thermo  SIGG Thermo:
The new Thermo collection adheres to SIGG's sleek and modern Swiss aesthetic and will be offered in 4 sizes (0.3L, 0.5L, 0.75L, 1.0L) and 3 colors (white, teal and smoked pearl). The two smaller size models come equipped with a tea filter, perfect for sipping tea on chilly winter days. The two larger models will come with adjoining cups. The new Thermo bottles are constructed from top quality stainless steel that is both odor and taste neutral and will keep your beverage warm for up to eight hours.
MSRP: $24.99-39.99 depending on size. 


The Scrubba  The Scrubba:
The Scrubba wash bag is the world’s first pocket-sized washing machine and is the best way to wash clothes on the go.  Weighing only 6oz the Scrubba wash bag is perfect for any pack and is helping travelers, campers, and fitness enthusiasts around the world stay clean and smell fresh.
The secret to the patent pending Scrubba wash bag is on the inside; hundreds of resilient nodules that act as a flexible washboard in a bag.  It is twice as effective and hand washing and a machine quality wash can be achieved in only minutes.  To wash clothes, simply add cleaning liquid and 0.5-1 gal of water, seal the bag, expel the air and rub for as little as 30 seconds.  Rinsing can be done in the bag or in the shower and then it is simply a matter of hanging the clothes to dry.
MSRP: $64.95 at 


TravelChair Joey Chair   TravelChair Joey Chair:
The Joey Chair – named for the baby kangaroo and the compact pouch it lives in – packs down to the size of a large California burrito and under 2 lbs. Featuring a lightweight drawn aluminum frame, shock cord system to avoid lost parts, the highest seat height of any competitor, and durability developed from 30 years of camp chair manufacturing.
MSRP: $69.99

Grand Trunk Nano-7B   Grand Trunk Nano-7B
Grand Trunk’s Nano-7 Hammock weighs just seven ounces and stuffs into a tiny ball for incredibly easy packing. Now you can always be ready to unwind the “Grand Trunk” way – whether you’re trekking through Central America or simply heading to an outdoor concert. With triple-stitched seams, this lightweight workhorse can easily hold up to 300 lbs.
MSRP: $79.99


Grand Trunk Hammock Compatible Sleeping Bag   Grand Trunk Hammock Compatible Sleeping Bag:
Most sleeping bags compress under the user’s back when laying in a hammock, which crushes the insulating loft. But, the Grand Trunk Hammock Compatible Sleeping Bag wraps completely around the user and their hammock to create a warm, swinging nest. Hanging in the cool mountain air never felt so good!
MSRP: $159.99 (32 degree bag); $189.99 (Zero degree bag)


LabRak EDC Camp Fork  LabRak EDC Camp Fork:
This utensil follows the same guidelines of quality and craftsmanship that LabRak prides it's self upon.  This camp fork features a 3" serration on the handle for cutting tender meats or your favorite canned meats. The serration is not ground to a knife edge, therefor safe to handle.  Very well balanced and with its hour glass shape, easy and comfortable to hold.
MSRP: $30.00 sold at 


Luminox Recon Point Man 8826.MI   Luminox Recon Point Man 8826.MI:
•    Designed with the US military's needs in mind for simple and efficient navigation on the ground
•    Water Resistant up to 200meters
•    Offers a tachymeter scaled to measure walking speeds
•    It's graduated turning bezel and the contrast-color countdown quadrant of the dial cab be used to time maneuvers.
•    The bezel's compass rose helps to establish the wearers position in conjunction with the sun
•    All Luminox pieces include the Luminox Light Technology which offers a constant 24 hour glow for 25 years without the push of a button or luminescent paint charged by sunlight (that often fades quickly)
MSRP: $425


The JVC Adixxion action camera is ready to rock, out of the box. The GC-XA2 is waterproof, shockproof, freezeproof and dustproof without the need for a housing. The Adixxion’s simple controls, 1.5” LCD display and 1920x1080/60P recording make it easy to capture Full HD video and photos anytime, anywhere. And with built-in Wi-Fi and smartphone linking, it’s just as easy to share. See the action at
MSRP: $299.95


Columbia Sportswear EvaPOURation Jacket  Columbia Sportswear EvaPOURation Jacket:
The EvaPOURation jacket, priced at $99.99 goes head-to-head with the competition and wins by offering a rich feature set including underarm vents, adjustable hood, waterproof zippers, and more. Incorporating Omni-Wick EVAP<,default,pg.html> technology, the EvaPOURation jacket comes in 1.8oz. lighter than the competition's rain shells that are often 50% more expensive.
MSRP: $99 


Bushnell POWERSYNC SolarBook 850   Bushnell POWERSYNC SolarBook 850:
PowerSync, featuring nine lightweight, rugged and portable products, provides power on demand via a simple plug-and-play USB port.  Whether it’s a weekend in the woods or the backcountry hunt of a lifetime, the fact of the matter is more and more hunters are taking portable electronics into the outdoors. And inevitably, at some point during each adventure, those devices will need a charge. From recharging a smart phone to powering up a satellite phone in the backcountry, PowerSync was developed to power those off-the-grid adventures.
MSRP: $299.99



GRAYL’s stainless steel water filtration cup works like a coffee press- simply Fill, Press, Drink.  GRAYL filters water fast on the go, no sucking, squeezing or pumping required. The G3+ Filter (included) removes 99.99% of bacteria.  The optional G3+ Purifier removes 99.999% of bacteria, cysts and viruses. Both the G3+ Filter and Purifier are effective against chlorine and certain industrial and pharmaceutical chemicals and heavy metals commonly found in tap water.  Drink Freely.
MSRP: $69.95 sold at


A charged handheld device can make all the difference in the outdoors, providing mapping data, camera function or phone connection in case of emergency. UCO’s new Arka USB Charger + Lantern + Flashlight features a USB-charger port and switches easily between flashlight and lantern functions, eliminating the need for three different devices. MSRP: $69.99


Light My Fire Pack-up-Cup   Light My Fire Pack-up-Cup:
Holding up to 260 ml of liquid, the Pack-up-Cup has a tight lid to keep your beverage warm and protect it from dirt or curious bugs. It is easy to clean and takes minimum space in your bag. It comes in six great colors and fits snugly into your MealKit and LunchKit. Practical lines on the inside of the cup allow you to use the cup as a measuring tool. And of course it is stackable, for your convenience. Just pack it up!
MSRP: $9.99


MyFC PowerTrekk   MyFC PowerTrekk:
myFC PowerTrekk charges smart phones, cameras and other USB-compatible devices in minutes through a clean-energy process triggered by ordinary water. Because it never needs to be plugged in to recharge, it’s ideal for use in off-the-grid locations or during power outages or weather emergencies.
MSRP: $229.99 - A three-pack of pucks has an MSRP of $12.99




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