Christmas 2012 Gift Guide: Under $500


You still have a couple of weeks to find that perfect gift. This guide is full of great gift that range from $250 to $500. There are plenty of great jackets this year and we have included those. We also have you covered for that extreme cyclist on your list. 

ACR Electronics’ ResQLink+

Want to give your loved ones the gift of life? Try filling their stocking this holiday season with one of the world’s smallest 406 MHz Personal Locator Beacons—ACR Electronics’ new ResQLink™+. Small and light enough to hold comfortable in one hand yet powerful enough to guide rescuers to within 100 meters or less of your position in a life-threatening emergency, the ResQLink™+ is the ultimate way out of trouble. Since the inception of the Cospas-Sarsat Search and Rescue program in 1982, electronic beacons transmitting distress signals have resulted in over 30,000 people rescued worldwide (6,800-plus in the U.S.)


• Size: 1.6 x 1.9 x 4.5” (4.1 x 4.8 x 11.4 cm)

• Weight 5.4 oz (153 g)

• Material: Engineered polycarbonate blend

• Color: ACR-treuse™ (high visibility yellow)

• Operation: 2 steps: deploy antenna, press ON button, giving clear view of sky

• Waterproof: 16.40 ft (5 m) @ 1 hr., 33 ft (10 m) @ 10 min. Factory tested @ 70°F, exceeds RTCM waterproof requirements

• Battery, Typical Performance: 30 Hours @ -4°F (-20°C)

• Accessories: Double-sided Attachment Velcro Strap Included

• Radiated Power 5W (406 MHz), 50 mW +/-3dB (121.5 MHz)

• MSRP: $289.00

foray1Brooks Range Foray Tent

This “Super Lightweight Champion” is a 2-person, 3-season tent that only weighs in at 2 lb. 10 oz.! The Foray is a freestanding double wall tent that features a removable fly for optimal ventilation. When the weather gets bad, you want to make sure you have a trustworthy tent that can handle the elements. 30sq ft floor and a 39” ceiling height allows for plenty of room inside for two people even during extended rain storms. The Foray packs down small enough that you might even forget you have it inside your pack.


• Fully seam taped

• Fly vents to help remove condensation

• No Drip Front door, rain won’t drop into the tent when the fly is open

• Quick release fly connections

• Full mesh canopy for added ventilation

• 6 sq ft vestibule

• Materials: wall - 10d Sil / PU Nylon 1200mm; floor- 15d Sil / PU 1200mm; poles - DAC 8.05mm NSL.

• Dimensions: 7’6” x 4’2” x 3’4”

• Weight: 2 lb., 10 oz.

• MSRP $424.95

SD tovmenSierra Designs Tov jacket with DriDown

For all the warmth of a puffy down jacket with the superior performance of DriDown™, check out the Sierra Designs Tov belay jacket. Insulated with 600 fill DriDown™ hydrophobic down insulation and equipped with a hung liner, the Tov takes the chill out of all but the coldest days. A helmet compatible, elasticized hood and elasticized cuffs with thumb holes add extra warmth. Two hand pockets and two interior pockets keep the essentials organized.


• 2 Zipper Hand Pockets

• 1 Interior Dump Pocket

• 1 Interior Zip Pocket

• Fitted, Adjustable Elasticized Hood

• Elasticized Cuff with Thumbhole

• Hung Lining for Warmth

• Includes Stuff Sack

• MSRP: $259.00

EB microthermFirst Ascent BC MicroTherm

This groundbreaking jacket in the First Ascent collection combines the microchannel construction of the MicroTherm™ Down Shirt into the lining of this fully waterproof and breathable shell rated to 20K/20K. We’ve built a warm, insulated jacket that is lighter than most non-insulated shells on the market.


• Weather-sealed zippers and corded pulls eliminate need for flaps, durable and easier to grab

• Ergonomic pockets and articulated elbows facilitate easy movement

• Harness and pack compatible, ease of movement

• Low-profile cuffs adjust for snug fit

• An inch longer than last season’s version provides more coverage to keep you warmer

• 100% nylon waterproof/breathable 20K/20K shell; 800-fill down insulation

• Center back length: Reg. 30.5", Tall 32.5"

• Garment weight: 1 lb, 4 oz.

• MSRP: $299

marmot lzMarmot Men’s LZ Jacket

Among the most advanced of Marmot’s Freeride ski jackets, the LZ jacket for men is constructed from the brand’s proprietary MemBrain® waterproof / breathable fabric and insulated with a light layer of Thermal R insulation. Abrasion-resistant face fabric, strategically placed pocketry, along with loads of trappings, including a bonded center front storm flap and a zip-off hood with laminated brim, make this superior technical jacket a key ally for any serious skier. The LZ is also gasket compatible for zipping together with a matching pant to become a one-piece ski suit, and it’s finished with seven strategically placed water-resistant zippers. 100% seam taped 2-layer construction promises superior durability and Angel-Wing Movement™ delivers remarkable range of motion.


• Marmot MemBrain® Waterproof/Breathable Insert - Waterproof, breathable and windproof for wide range comfort

• 100% seam taped 2-layer construction

• Zip-off Storm Hood with Laminated Brim

• Thermal R Insulation

• Handwarmer Pockets with Water Resistant Zips

• Flapped Chest Pocket

• Zip Chest Pockets with Water Resistant Zips

• Mesh Gear Pocket

• Sleeve Pocket with Water-Resistant Zipper - Sleeve Pocket with W/R Zipper

• Core Vents with W/R Zips

• Zip-off Powder Skirt - Allows Removal of Powder Skirt When Not Needed

• Mesh Goggle Pocket

• Elastic Draw Cord Hem - For Adjustability in Serious Weather

• Adjustable Velcro® Cuffs

• Angel-Wing Movement™ - Allows Full Range of Motion in Arms so Jacket Doesn't Ride Up

• MSRP: $295.00

montane featherliteMontane Featherlite Down Jacket

This fall Montane released its Featherlite Down Jacket, which weighs in at just 14.3 ounces and stuffs down to the size of a large orange. Exceptionally light, this jacket is highly versatile for year round mountain activities and can be worn as a mid-layer when moving quickly in cold conditions or as outer insulation on cool evenings at camp. Designed as an ultra light, highly compressible mountain jacket, the Featherliteä Down Jacket will hardly be noticed while stowed away with the rest of your gear. Constructed with PERTEX® Quantum fabric shell, the jacket is 100% windproof and has superior water resistance. The jacket’s liner is made of PEAQ® Down, which is comfortable next to the skin and is both highly breathable and fast drying. For years Montane has gone from strength to strength with it Featherliteä category of ultralightweight Pertex windproofs. The Featherlite Down Jacket continues this innovation story.


• Lightweight, 100% windproof PERTEX Quantum outer with a superior DWR

• PEAQ® Down liner that is supremely comfortable next to the skin, highly breathable and fast drying

• Exceptionally high quality 750+ fill power

• Micro baffle anatomical construction allowing perfect loft space for the down

• Articulated arms for reach high movement and tailored specifically to reduce hem lift

• Down filled technical hood with three point adjustment

• Internal tab to lock down and roll away the hood in windy conditions

• Two storm-lined hand-warmer pockets with reversed YKK zips

• Chest pocket for handy essentials in the mountains

• Adjustable hem to prevent spindrift entry and heat loss

• Subtle SCOTCHLITE™ reflective roundel details

• MSRP $269

salence archSalence Arch Jacket

The Salence line is built from the core belief that "technical" is not exclusive of fashion or style. Selecting the finest, most technical materials including fine Italian Merino Wool, Schoeller fabrics, thoughtful notions and trims, each product is designed to perform for the most rugged and unrelenting conditions. With inspiration from classics like the trench, pea coat and double-breasted bridge coat, these pieces transition smoothly into the board room or holiday party. The Arch Jacket is one to put on the list. Made of traditional boiled wool and taffeta, the materials of this lightweight, sweater jacket have been needle-punched together to create loft, warmth and wind resistance. For the man embarking on the Haute Route, this jacket will become the favorite insulating layer while in the elements as well as lounge-around-the-hut piece for sipping wine at night.


• Brushed tricot lining

• Hidden sleeve pocket

• Shirt tail cut

• YKK "Metaluxe" zippers

• Leather trim

• Retail: $495

marmot freeskierMarmot Free skier jacket

A signature style in Marmot’s Freeride collection for women, the new Free Skier jacket comes with great fabrics, features and aesthetics. Sewn-up with Marmot’s proprietary waterproof / breathable MemBrain® fabric and insulated with a light layer of Thermal R insulation, the Free Skier also has internal and external pockets for goggles, sunglasses and media. The fully seam-taped jacket is finished with stylish, water-resistant, color-contrasted zippers.


• Marmot MemBrain® Waterproof/Breathable Fabric - Marmot MemBrain, Waterproof/Breathable Fabric

• 100% Seam Taped - For Full Waterproofness

• Attached Helmet Compatible Storm Hood

• Thermal R Insulation

• PitZips™ with Water Resistant Zippers - PitZips with W/R Zippers

• Hand Pockets with Water Resistant Zipper

• Chest Pockets with Water Resistant Zips

• Flapped Chest Pocket with Zip Closure

• Zip-off Powder Skirt - Allows Removal of Powder Skirt When Not Needed

• Mesh Goggle Pocket

• HD Brushed Tricot Collar and Shoulder Lining

• Elastic Draw Cord Hem - For Adjustability in Serious Weather

• Adjustable Velcro® Cuffs

• Angel-Wing Movement™ - Allows Full Range of Motion in Arms so Jacket Doesn't Ride Up

• MSRP: $300.00

EB kettleEddie Bauer Kettle Mountain Wax Jacket

A classic field jacket built from top-shelf waxed cotton fabric, this guide’s favorite sheds rough weather in traditional style. Highlighted shooting patch details and corduroy collar. Tricot-lined snap closure handwarmer pockets; lower shell pockets with tuck-in flaps.


• Rewaxable fabric

• DWR 50-denier polyester lining

• Corduroy collar

• Shooting patch details

• Tricot-lined snap closure handwarmer pockets

• Lower shell pockets with tuck-in flaps

• Detachable belt

• British Millerain® classic waxed cotton with water-repellent finish

• MSRP: $299

oldtown heronjrOld Town Heron Jr. Kayak

Winner of an Outside Magazine Outdoor Retailer 2012 Gear of the Show award, the Old Town Heron Jr kayak is extremely efficient for its size, the lightweight Heron Jr glides well and tracks straight. Comfortable contoured seats are designed for smaller bodies, while a large cockpit provides easy entry and exit. The Heron Jr’s innovative Tag-Along Tow System is an essential for parents too, allowing users to tow kids if they become too tired to paddle.


• Tag Along tow system

• Extremely lightweight

• Contoured padded seat designed to fit kids

• Foam billet

• Bow and stern carry handles

• Material: Single Layer Polyethylene

• Length: 7' 5" / 2.3 m

• Width: 25" / 63.5 cm

• Cockpit: 16.25" x 35" / 41.3 x 88.9

• Deck Height: 10.5" / 26.7 cm

• Weight: 29 lbs / 13.2 kg

• Max Capacity: 100-115 lbs / 45.4-52.2 kg

• MSRP: $349.99

bluewater iconBluewater 9.1mm Icon

The all new Icon single rope is designed to be a great wearing skinny rope. The problem with most skinny ropes is overall performance is diluted when chasing a minimum diameter and weight. They really are not designed with the user's best interest - safety and longevity in mind. The Icon has a 35% sheath mass with a tight braid so the rope does not become floppy and has less drag which means less abrasion from running across rock. Try an Icon as your next skinny rope.


• Diameter: 9.1mm

• Grams Per Meter: 55

• Impact Force: 8.8 kN

• UIAA Falls Held: 5

• Static Elongation: 7.2%

• Dynamic Elongation: 32.7%

• Sheath Slippage: -3mm

• Sheath Mass: 35%

• MSRP-$199-$315,%20Dynamic&CategoryKey=&ProdKey=368

cirrus tiUltralite Sports Cirrus Ti

At 112 grams, the Cirrus Ti is less than half the weight of the industry's next lightest offering. The pedals have enjoyed a warm reception from the vertical cycling publications and also received Outside Magazine's "Gear of the Show" at the 2012 Interbike trade show in Las Vegas. The Cirrus Ti offers a striking design and significant weight savings that will be appreciated by all riders, whether professional or recreational. 


• System Weight: 112g (pedals 72g, cleats 40g)

• Spindle: Titanium (6al/4v)

• Pedal Barrel: Anodized Aluminum

• Plunger: Anodized Aluminum

• Spring: Light and Heavy options available

• Cleat: 4º float and 0º float options available

• Cleat screws: 3mm hex (M5x8)

• Maximum rider weight: 200 lbs

• MSRP: $395.00

amp-stand-up-paddleBending Branches The Amp Stand up paddle

A beautifully-crafted source of power, the Amp has all the juice you need to get where you want to go. Rounded blade edges avoid catching on the water. The Amp has a 10° bent shaft and the blade is edged with Rockgard® edge protection. The Amp weighs less than most synthetic paddles… and looks as good in the surf as you do. Suggested SUP Length: Your height plus 6 to 8 inches. Available in 2 lengths and each option has 10” of adjustability in two-inch increments.


• Blade Size: 8.5" x 16.5" (100 sq in)

• Grip Type: Palm Grip, Red Alder

• Lengths Available: 70" to 80” & 76” to 86"

• Rockgard® Color: Black

• Shaft Type: Aviation-grade T-700 Carbon

• Weight: 27.5 oz (780 g) : weight based on average weight of 70” (adjustable from 70"-80") paddle: due to the natural variations in wood, weight could vary by +/- 10%

• Wood Type: Red Alder and Black Willow

• MSRP: $275.00

Eureka! Tetragon Tent

eureka tetragonEureka!’s Tetragon tents are perfect for the outdoor couple or the whole outdoor family! These tents have all the bells and whistles to keep water out, provide ventilation and store all your gear. Available in 6 different sizes ranging from a 2-person tent to a 10-person tent.

Tetragon 10 tent features:

• The fly features 2 fly rods that form a brim over the door for protection from the elements and to add strength and stability to the tent.

• The tent's free standing and shockcorded fiberglass frame is lightweight and slides easily through fabric sleeves for fast set up. Clips secure the tent body to the frame.

• Two side-opening, twin-track doors, each consisting of a no-see-um mesh panel and a fabric panel, allow flexibility for venting & insect protection.

• Zipper covers on the doors provide protection from water.

• Four interior pockets keep essentials close at hand.

• Two overhead pockets provide extra storage.

• Matching yellow webbing on tent & fly couple with the ring & pin assembly to make set up fast.

• Removable zippered divider creates two rooms for privacy and rolls back to reveal one large room.

• Bathtub floor wraps up sides of tent, protecting against splashing and standing water.

• MSRP: 94.99-$369.99