Holiday 2013 Gift Guide: Tech and Gadget Ideas

Black Diamond Revolt Headlamp

We all know someone who seems to have all the newest technology and gadgets. This guide is full of new gadgets specifically for the outdoor minded gadget geek in your live. 

Black Diamond ReVolt headlamp 

The sophisticated ReVolt headlamp has a bright, powerful beam that lights up the night, and it can operate on alkaline or rechargeable NiMH batteries (both are included). With a full feature set, including dimming and a weather-resistant housing, the ReVolt is ready for nearly any mission. Check out our full review of this headlamp here


• 1 TriplePower LED, 2 SinglePower white LEDs and 2 SinglePower red LEDs emit up to 110 lumens (max setting using alkaline batteries)

• Settings include full strength in proximity and distance modes, dimming, strobe, red night vision and lockout

• Sleek, low profile design uses 3 Black Diamond NiMH AAA Rechargeable Batteries or standard alkaline or lithium batteries (rechargeable and alkaline included as well as USB charging cable)

• Red night vision mode has proximity and strobe settings, and activates without cycling through the white mode

• Three-level power meter shows remaining battery life for 3 seconds after switching on headlamp

• Protected against splashing or sprayed water from any angle (IPX 4)

• MSRP: $60.00

PowerTraveller PowerMonkey ExtremePowerTraveller 12V PowerMonkey Extreme

I have featured the previous PowerMonkey Extreme in a gear guide before and it has been my go to battery backup for over a year now. It is durable, reliable and simple put just works great. But now they have even improved something that was great before. The new 12V PowerMonkey Extreme features a 12V DC output port that is capable of charging many more devices directly from the unit. The best part is how easy it is to charge the PowerMonkey Extreme. You can use the main charger from any electrical socket, USB or via a solar panel. I have not tried the new 12V but the previous model I have found it best to completely charge it before leaving the house and then maintain the battery via the solar panel


• Standard USB and 12V DC port output

• Shockproof and waterproof up to IP67

• MPPT solar technology

• One touch friction swipe On/Off control

• Digital LCD screen

• 12V charging via in-car socket

• 3 way charging options (international mains charger, USB and solar panel)

• Low static wastage: 75% of charge retained after a year

• Advanced safety features

• MSRP: $199.00

Withings PulseWithings Pulse

The Pulse is for anyone who loves technology and numbers. With the Pulse Activity tracker and onboard pulse sensor that detects heart rate, you can easily keep track of steps taken, calories burned and sleep patterns. Also, the Pulse can auto detect running and starts a counter denoting distance traveled and time elapsed. I have been using this now for a couple weeks and love it. It is simple, out of the way and truly reminds me that taking the stairs is a good idea.


• Steps taken

• Elevation climbed actively

• Distance travelled: based on user’s profile for high precision

• Calories burned: Pulse displays active calories

• App widget displays metabolic + total calories

• Run: daily recap of duration and distance

• Instant heart rate

• Sleep duration, sleep quality, light vs. deep sleep and sleep interruptions

• MSRP: $99.99

Pieps DPS Sport avalanche BeaconPIEPS DSP Sport

The DSP Sport is a new avalanche beacon for 2013 from PIEPS and features a dynamic three-antenna device for the freerider generation. The DSP Sport also boasts a circular receiving range, digital processor, a search strip width of 45 meters, one single button and an intelligent transmitting system that offers the best support while backcountry skiing or riding in avalanche terrain.


• Maximum circular range of 60 m

• Optimized MARK function as additional support in multiple burial scenarios

• Perfect readable display at all light conditions

• Unique self-check: all major functions are tested during power-on

• Direction and distance indication from the initial detection3 antennas allow exact fine search

• Search strip width: 50 meters (without turning and rotating)

• Intelligent transmitter: auto-antenna-switch, iPROBE support

• MSRP: $274.95

PowerPot VPowerPot V

The Power Pot is a lightweight thermoelectric generator that converts heat into DC electrical power, giving you the power to charge your electronics anytime, anywhere. As you boil water for cooking you can simultaneously be charging your phone or other electronics. The PowerPot comes with a standard 5V USB port, making it compatible with a lot of devices. The cable has three feet of heavy-duty, flame-resistant wire.  The solid-state voltage regulator provides up to 5W of power to charge your high-tech devices.


• Generator Output - 5 W Maximum

• 1 Amp max at 5 V (DC) USB 2.0 port

• Weight 12.1 oz (343 g), 18.2 oz (516 g) w/ lid + cord

• Capacity - 1.4 liter (46 oz)

• Dimension - 4.5" x 5.5" or 4.5" x 8" with lid

• Material - Hard anodized aluminum

• The PowerPot® with bowl/lid

• 5V USB regulator 

• Fast-Charge 3-in-1 Cable

• MSRP: $149.00

Beacon Phoenix 2 speakerBeacon Audio Phoenix 2 

Are you looking for someone who loves music? If so the Phoenix 2 could be that perfect solution. A handheld speaker offering portability, soft touch design, intuitive track-through and bluetooth activated wireless capabilities with the touch of a single button on your mobile device. Enjoy up to 10 hours of unbelievably loud music. It also has a mic for speakerphone capabilities so you never have to miss a call.


• Mic for speakerphone

• Wireless Bluetooth

• 10 hour battery life

• 10 second sync system

• 360-degree projection

• 2 speaker + subwoofer

• MSRP: $79.00

SpeeCup SpeakerspeeCup Bluetooth Speaker 

The speeCup Wireless Bluetooth Speaker is a Bluetooth wireless speaker with gesture control and Siri/S Voice enabled. This portable 8” tall speaker is designed to play music and function as a hands-free speakerphone in your car, home or office. It's a snap to set up, and its sound quality, performance and features are amazing. speeCup fits perfectly in your car's cup holder, but also works in a boat, RV, golf cart, backpack or bicycle or on a desk, bar, table or bookshelf — any flat surface is a convenient place to put a speeCup. 


• Integrated noise canceling microphone for hands-free communication

• Intuitive top mounted smartControl includes Gesture control

• Bluetooth range up to 30 feet

• Built-in rechargeable lithium ion battery for up to 20 hours of use

• Aux line-out jack for Bluetooth streaming audio to car and home audio systems

• MSRP: $129.00

Braven BRV1 SpeakerBraven BRV-1

Palm-sized, shockproof and IPX5 certified water-resistant Bluetooth speaker gives action sports and outdoor enthusiasts music they can take anywhere. Ultra-lightweight BRV-1 comes with an integrated speakerphone and charges your devices with an internal battery bank.


• Enjoy 3 Watts of audio output per channel with a 70mm passive subwoofer.

• Use the built-in noise-canceling mic to make and take calls wirelessly on your own, or in a group.

• Use the 1400mAh battery to play wireless audio for up to 12 hours.

• Turn the volume up or down right from the speaker. Press and hold the volume up or down button to skip one track forward or backward.

• Stream your music over Bluetooth by syncing with a compatible device.

• Attached the included lanyard to your BRV-1 using this built-in layard loop.

• The shock absorbing exterior prepares your BRV-1 to DJ in even the most extreme environments.

• Turn the volume up or down right from the speaker. Press and hold the volume up or down button to 

• Line in for non-bluetooth devices

• MSRP: $149.99

Outdoor Technology Chip Headphone systemOutdoor Technology Chips Audio System

The Chips is a universal wireless helmet drop-in audio system for listening to music and taking calls on the slopes. Connect to any Bluetooth-enabled device with easy one-touch pairing. Play and pause, raise and lower volume, answer calls and skip tracks from the Chips' two button interface, all without removing your mittens. 


• Rechargeable lithium-ion battery.

• Rugged, minimal design fits into virtually any helmet designed to take audio drop-ins.

• IPX4 sweat and water resistant.

• Reconnects automatically to previously paired device.

• Play Time: 9-10 hours.

• Standby Time: 280 hours.

• Wireless Range: up to 30 feet.

• Tested to work perfectly at -20° C/-4° F.

• Includes: USB charging cable, backup audio line-in cable w/ controls, carry pouch, and instruction manual.

• MSRP: $129.95

UrbanEars Kransen earphonesUrbanears Kransen

The Kransen are a great set of earphones for that person who is active and loves to listen to music. The Kransen is an in-ear model ergonomically designed to stay anchored in your ear and deliver precise and powerful bass tones across a finely tuned bandwidth. With the CableLoop solution, you can keep your cord neat and tidy and the handy SnapConstruction feature lets you connect your earbuds around your neck. It also comes with a microphone and remote for picking up calls and hands-free talking.


• The Urbanears patent-pending CableLoop allows you to wrap your cord and secure it into place.

• The SnapConstruction feature lets you connect your ear buds around your neck. 

• Comes with a built-in microphone and remote. Use it to pick up calls, or fast forward or rewind your music.

• MSRP: $49.00

MuseMini Uberbuds Bluetooth EarphonesMuseMini UberBuds

UberBuds are compact, wireless and tangle-free Bluetooth 4.0 enabled earbuds with premium audio. Treated with a hydrophobic (waterproof) solution, UberBuds offer a Lifetime Warranty against sweat and provide slip protection that is optimized for high levels of movement and action. Through a careful design process maximizing sound output without sacrificing sound quality, the UberTone is one of the main features that allow you to experience your music like you never have in a Bluetooth headset.  


• Three sizes of buds offer a variety of sizes options.

• UberStays that hug the critical portion of your ear for added performance and support when you are focused on your sport.  

• Li-Ion Battery and BudClip

• 8 hours of playtime on a single charge. 

• Carry Bag

Seirus Sountouch Glove

• MSRP: $129.99

Seirus SoundTouch Gloves

If you are shopping for someone who can never leave their touchscreen alone , even in freezing temperatures you will want to check out these gloves. Seirus’ patent pending SoundTouch technology uniquely allows connectivity to pass from finger to touchscreen, even through full insulation and a 100 percent waterproof/breathable membrane. This innovation creates warm, dry and comfortable gloves that operate smartphones, digital music players, cameras and other touchscreen gadgets. Check out their site to find the perfect glove.

• MSRP: $19.99-$84.99

Dockem iProp tablet standDockem’s iProp

The iProp by Dockem is an extremely unique, comfortable and versatile computing stand for your Apple iPad, or similarly sized tablet device. The unique design of the iProp allows you to conveniently use your tablet hands-free nearly anywhere. The micro-bead filled base of the iProp adjusts to form around your legs or any other surface you set it on. Finally, you can watch a movie in bed without having to hold your breath out of fear that your tablet will topple with the slightest movement. The flexible, yet sturdy iProp won’t fall over just because you moved a finger toward your tablet like many cases with built-in stands have a tendency to do. 


• Microbead base of washable breathable polyester sports mesh fabric

• High grip silicone shelf 

• Convenient carry handle on top for ease of portability 

• Size: 5.9 inches (w) x 5.9 inches (h) x 7.1 inches (d) 

• Weight: 0.46lb (210g)

• MSRP:  $29.95

E-case casesE-Case Cases

If that gadget-lover has to take their gadgets everywhere you will want to look into these cases. E-Case protective cases are made in Seattle and deliver an unrivaled, sophisticated combination of submersible, waterproof protection that delivers unrestricted access to your device’s features and functions in wet or gritty environments. Each case features high-clarity, supple windows for full touchscreen functionality and undistorted audio. The easy-to-use SealLock zipper closures are dual-track and interlocking to provide guaranteed submersible protection. And die-cut lash points allow users to safely tether their device to their gear, packs or apparel on adventures. Every E-Case case is individually tested to ensure that it meets the IPX7 electronics-industry standard of withstanding submersion in one meter of water for 30 minutes. Also available are audio-jack compatible iPhone cases, iPad cases, and a variety of alternatively sized electronic cases. 


• Ultra-clear urethane windows allow full use of touchscreens, cameras and audio functions.

• Every case is individually tested to meet IPX7 standard of withstanding submersion in 1 meter of water for 30 minutes.

• One-step, waterproof SealLock™ zipper and rugged RF-welded seams guarantee protection from the elements.

• PVC-free materials.

• Die-cut lash points for tethering.

• UV-resistant windows.

• Made in Seattle, WA. 

• MSRP: $24.95-$49.95

iCat 4 in 1 iPhone Retention kitiCat 4 in 1 Retention Kit

This is not just another iPhone 5 case; the 4 in 1 allows you to keep your phone close at hand while reducing the risk of damage and loss. The kit includes low profile case which doubles as an easel, a detachable neck lanyard, and detachable carabiner hook that can be attached to backpack, belt loop, or purse.   


• First ever impact resistant case with integrated lanyard and hook option

• Durable lanyard and hook retention significantly reduces dropped and damaged iPhones

• Prevents loss of personal information, payment systems, photos, apps, etc.

• Keeps iPhone 5/5s close at hand and easily accessible

• Perfect for everyday use

• MSRP: $59.99

Drycase and DryBud ComboDryCASE/DryBUD Combo

The DryCASE actually vacuum seals portable electronics so when you are playing in and around water, your devices will be protected. And the DryBUDS are completely submersible headphones that sound great and can be used at depths up to 3 meters. Combine the two and now you can listen to music while swimming laps, paddle boarding or anytime that water might be an issue. Check out our review here. 


• Waterproof Vacuum Seal

• Crystal Clear for taking Photos

• Stereo Headphone & Mic Jack

• Neoprene Armband Included

• Works with any Phone or MP3

• Tested to 100 Feet for 1 Hour

• MSRP: $64.95

eBags GripScale Digital Luggage ScaleeBags GripScale Digital Luggage Scale

Avoid baggage fees and know the weight of your bags before you check in with the eBags GripScale Digital Luggage Scale. It is easy to use. Just lift, wait for the beep, then read the weight. The ergonomic shape fits comfortably in your hand allowing a natural lift with a large east to read illuminated LCD display.


• Undivided grip design – there’s no bulky hardware to position between your fingers

• Wide weight range: 0.6 - 110lbs. 0.3 - 50kgs

• One-touch reset for weighing additional bags

• Auto shut off after 30 seconds saves battery life

• Low battery indicator tells you when to replace the batteries

• Includes two Lithium Cell 2032 batteries – the best choice for devices used intermittently

• Dimensions: 5.44" x 1.25" x 1.19" Weight: 4 oz

• Size: 5.44" x 1.25" x 1.19"

• Weight: 4 oz 

• MSRP: $15.99