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Holiday Gift Guide: Gear for the guy with a passion for the outdoors

Is your recipient an outdoor enthusiast who likes hunting, fishing, camping, hiking and shooting sports? Here are must-have tools he would be happy to unbox.
Victor Q. Magsarili | Nov 19 2018

Growing up in the Philippines, Vic was first introduced to nature and the outdoors during summers spent at the farm in his home province of Batangas. He moved to the US in his teens, and after a productive and satisfying career in banking, he decided to pursue his own passion for adventure that was sparked long before at his Lola's farm. He opened Gear for the Wild, Inc., an online retailer that promotes the passion for adventure. Its website,, offers over 40,000 products for the outdoor enthusiast. Today, when he's not prowling cyberspace in search for the latest and greatest outdoor gear, he's scouting for wild game, fishing, hiking, and exploring the natural world. Here are his top holiday gift suggestions:


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LUCI OUTDOOR 2.0 PRO SERIES INFLATABLE SOLAR LIGHT WITH MOBILE CHARGER. With mobile charging through a two-way USB port, the Luci Pro Series charges from empty to full in just a few hours when plugged in to a power source, and lasts 50 hours or more on a single charge. Top up the charge on your smartphone with the power of the sun, and still have enough battery power to have brilliant light for another couple of hours. 

BIG AGNES HELINOX LIGHTWEIGHT SWIVEL CAMP CHAIR. It’s a lightweight, comfortable Helinox chair with a simple design, but with a seat that swivels. Imagine fishing, roasting marshmallows, watching shooting stars streak across the sky with the convenience of a rotating chair. Mesh sides keep you cool and the single shock cord pole design makes set up quick and easy. 

BENCHMADE 15400 PARDUE HUNTER DROP POINT FIXED BLADE KNIFE. Mel Pardue brings years of hunting experience and practicality to the design of this all-around hunting fixed blade with bushcraft in its blood. Benchmade is one of the most recognized brands in the US knife industry. Its blades are top quality and widely used for tactical, professional, and recreational applications. Its founder is Les de Asis, a Filipino-American, who branded the name Bali-Song in the US. 

EXOFFICIO MEN'S BUGSAWAY SANDLFY BUG-REPELLENT JACKET. Permethrin, the active ingredient in Insect Shield, is so tightly bonded to the fabric fibers that it retains effective repellency through 70 washings. It also has an adjustable peripheral-vision brim hood to keep bugs away from face and ears. It’s made of lightweight mesh so it’s quick-drying. 

MINI FIRST AID KIT AND FLASHLIGHT. Designed by survival experts at VSSL, this essential first aid kit has been packed to the brim with the most common and useful items required to triage personal, minor medical issues. 

WACACO MINIPRESSO GR PORTABLE ESPRESSO MACHINE & COFFEE MAKER. Grind your own beans to and get more control over your coffee preparation, resulting in a quality espresso shot that will please even the most sophisticated coffee aficionado. 

BIOLITE CAMPSTOVE 2 ELECTRICITY-GENERATING WOOD CAMP STOVE. Burning only wood, the CampStove 2's fan creates a smokeless fire that can cook meals and boil water in minutes while turning its heat into usable electricity. Compatible with the KettlePot and Portable Grill, cook up wood-fired meals and charge devices using only the sticks around you. 

LEICA ULTRAVID BCL COMPACT BINOCULARS, 10X25MM, ROOF PRISM, BLACK WITH LEATHER CASE. The Leica Ultravid Blackline compact models are characterized by a black leather trim that gives them their classic and elegant appearance. But they also feature a bright, wide view with edge-to-edge sharpness, more functions and an astounding robustness compared to other binoculars of this lens size. They are waterproof to a depth of 16.5 ft and have eyepieces that are comfortable for spectacle wearers. 

LUCI ORIGINAL INFLATABLE SOLAR-POWERED LED LIGHT. Luci Original is a no frills, gets-the-job-done kind of light. Bright, compact, and portable for any situation–from camping to travel to working around the house. Completely solar, Luci Original is a clean, reliable source of light just about anywhere you need it.

CAMILLUS CHARGE CARBONITRIDE TITANIUM FOLDING KNIFE. Its steel blade is bonded with Carbonitride Titanium that resists rust and corrosion and is up to 10x harder than untreated steel. 

CHILL PAL ULTIMATE MESH COOLING TOWEL, EXTRA LONG. It’s soft, comfortable, and light on the skin. What’s more, its built-in evaporative technology keeps the cloth colder longer than the rest. Best of all, its “dry-soft” mesh design makes it easy to fold down, and it is easy to pack away. 

CHINOOK BACKCOUNTRY 3 ADJUSTABLE HIKING POLE – SINGLE. The outstanding craftsmanship of these strong and lightweight poles will make any hike easier for both novice and experienced hikers. 

TERRALUX TLH-50 LED HEADLAMP, 700 LUMENS. These are the best choice for hands-free lighting—these won’t flop around on your head since they’re light, they won’t break since they’re metal, and they shine as bright as anything you can buy. 

SEATTLE SPORTS FIREWATER PLUS COLLAPSIBLE WATER BOTTLE W/ SOLAR LED LIGHT. It’s a USB/Solar charged, collapsible, LED bottle. Unfold it to use as a water bottle, or as a waterproof container for your valuables. Illuminate your surroundings with the 3 setting LED light: low, high, or flashing. 

IGLOO OUTDOORSMAN GIZMO INSULATED BACKPACK. It features MaxCold insulation with 25% more foam to keep food and drinks cooler longer. It also has an adjustable, padded air mesh comfort straps for hands-free carrying convenience, sternum straps to distribute the load, and side mesh pocket with elastic strap buckle to keep beverage bottles from falling out. 

GEAR FOR THE WILD LOGO BALLCAP, KRYPTEK HIGHLANDER BROWN. It has a Qtech Wicking Technology that wicks moisture away from the skin and transfers it to the fabric’s surface for evaporation, while its Qtech Scent Control Technology eliminates odor-causing bacteria. 


Gear for the Wild is also available in Amazon and eBay.