AGR Mens Holiday Gift Guide
Gerber Gator Premium Folder Clip Point Knife – $121
A perfect knife for the outdoor rambler. This knife is the cat’s meow. Seriously. The gator line up from Gerber is the go anywhere, cut through anything standout that braves all conditions. The “gator” part refers to a grip that is sticky in all conditions, whether you’ve found yourself in rain, snow, ice… or just have really sweaty hands. Made of glass filled nylon with a highly rubberized coating, the steel knife remains perfectly balanced in your hand – and a grooved pommel doubly ensures your grip won’t slip! At a pricepoint of $121 from Gerber’s Website, this knife is no stocking stuffer, worthy of gifting all alone. The holster is even included!
- CPM-S30V Steel
- High gloss machine finish
- Textured Gator Grip
- Folding Knife
- Lock back
- Solidly balanced
- Hefty Lock Back
- Great Edge from the factory
- Includes Holster
- Gator grip is excellent in all conditions
- Hefty Price Tag
- Holster is too bulky to actually wear
- Too big to carry in a pocket – without the holster, have to stow it
Outdoor Tech Tuis Wireless Headphones – $129.95
For the tech nerd who still gets outdoors – you know who they are. It’s rare that a product that’s hot off the shelves makes our gift guide – but we can’t say enough about the Outdoor Tech Tuis Wireless Headphones. These bluetooth headphones are the perfect blend of audio quality, comfort, portability… and price. The folks over at Outdoor Tech make great product that’s designed to last the long haul, and this set of headphones compares to headphones that are priced double this. Get this for anyone needing a good pair of headphones, and they’ll love you for life. Did I mention you can actually take calls on them, too? The call quality is excellent, comparable to dedicated bluetooth headsets when used indoors. They also included an aux jack, so if you run out of juice (which should be pretty impossible due to a whopping 16 hr battery life), just plug ’em in and keep rocking.
- Two 40mm drivers for great sound quality
- Bluetooth 4.0
- External controls on both the headset and the included aux Jack
- Built in mic for taking calls
- 16 HOURS PLAY TIME
- Up to 400 hrs standby time (how did they even test this!)
- Up to 30 foot range
- So. Darn. Comfortable.
- Folds up easily into a carry case – chuck in your bag, forgot about ‘em
- On ear pads make a great audio seal for loud environments
- BLUETOOTH 4.0!!
- Only weigh 6.1 oz – did I mention they were comfortable?
- Hard to make them comfortable with large framed hipster glasses
- So good that I never wanna use my other, more expensive headphones and Bluetooth devices
- I had to go look up what a Tuis was.
Gerber MP1 Multi-tool – $132
Why buy one tool for that special someone… when you can buy 12? I mean, really, who doesn’t need a multitool? Help that special guy on your list shred HIS honey-do list with the Gerber MP1. Gerber builds their multi-tools to last the long haul; I actually still own the first Gerber multi-tool I received as a gift as a highschool graduation present several years (gasp) ago. The MP1 is quite a step up from that, as Gerber has gotten quite serious in it’s quest to take over the world of all things sharp. They’ve upgraded all the components and made every single one of the tool on this easy to access and practical. No more fumbling to get the right tool out in the cold, the damp, the whatever you’re out there working in – lord knows, she had to have it done TODAY, it doesn’t matter if the Broncos are on or not.
- Butterfly opening
- 12 tools – check out Gerber’s site for a full run down.
- Textured handle(s) for sure grip in all conditions
- Comes with a nylon sheath
- All tools easily accessible.
- ONLY USABLE TOOLS ARE INCLUDED. If you’ve ever owned a multi-tool – you’ll know what I mean. Gerber cuts out all the crap
- A BIT DRIVER. ‘Nuff said
- Made in the USA
- Pricing is a bit high in the multi-tool world, over a hundo.
- No space for extra bits – you lose the one size it comes with, you have no back up
- It’s too awesome NOT to carry, so you end up looking like a weirdo with this huge nylon sheath on your belt all day
Gerber Gator Premium Fixed Drop Point – $146
Cause nothing beats a big ol’ knife. Folding knives are great for everyday carry, but nothing beats the feel and durability of a fixed knife. A solid fixed knife is your trusty companion through thick and thin – whether you’re hacking up clothes for a tourniquet after fighting bears by hand, or prepping that racoon for dinner that you caught bare handed, this guy gets you through anything you could possibly encounter out there in the wilderness. Bear Grylls, eat your heart out. And the handle – made from glass filled nylon, wrapped up in a highly rubberized grip – is superb in all conditions thanks to Gerber’s synthetic gator skin. The balance is excellent, the finger guard just beefy enough, and the overall craftsmanship superb. This might just be the best fixed knife Gerber’s put out.
- Full tan CPM-S30V blade steel
- Gator grip – textured rubber
- Polished steel bolster/pommel
- Leather sheath included
- Excellent balance
- Sharp right out of the package, and holds an edge well
- Comfortable enough for all day use, in all conditions
- Made in the USA
- Pricing is a bit high, but it’s a premium knife.
- If you wore this in town, you’d look like Crocodile Dundee.
Helinox Camp Chair – $139.95
Perfect those looking to get serious camp comfort in a lightweight package. Nothing is worse than coming back to camp after a long, awesome day hiking, cracking open your beverage of choice… not having anywhere comfortable to sit. The Helinox Camp Chair (quite literally) has your back on this – it’s simple design sets up in seconds, is comfortable enough to sit in for long periods of time (I actually used one as an office chair in a pinch one day), and due to the fact that it’s constructed with one long paracord, you’ll never lose any of the pieces. The best part about the Helinox Camp Chair is that it’s got a large back with upper back/neck support, meaning you can lounge away to your hearts content! Head on over to the Helinox Website to check the whole lineup out for yourself.
- Lightweight – 2lbs, 9.6oz
- Holds up to 320 lbs
- Aluminum frame with single paracord
- Includes a handy storage sack
- The set up is easy, just unfold the poles and attach – really does go up quick
- No small parts to lose
- Carry bag has a bit of extra room for whatever you need
- Sturdy, “large” size
- High in the price range for this type of chair – but worth the investment
- Can’t really use for outdoor concerts, etc due to height of the chair – it’s the same height as a normal folding chair
- Neck rest in the chair back is a little stiff for comfort
The North Face Mountain Guide Gloves – $140.00
Because everyone loves a pair of winter gloves that actually keep your hands warm! While it may be hard to tell the level of warmth of The North Face Mountain Guide Gloves by a stock photo, these are one of TNF’s warmest gloves. Having tested out the a previous Mountain Guide Glove from TNF, I am here to tell you that this is a serious glove that is meant to last for many years. For the guy who tends to get cold finger, the high loft fleece removable liner keeps your fingers warm on even the coldest of days. Wet gloves after a long day? Not to worry, you can take off the waterproof shell to help speed up the drying of the gloves for tomorrow’s journey.
- Proven glove in the TNF Winter Line-up
- Extended cuff to keep out cold and snow
- Amazing warmth
- Durable leather palm
- Removable liners
- Design could use a little more Life
- Bulky at first causing loss of dexterity