Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Outdoors

Black Friday gift ideas for outdoors lovers

For true outdoors lovers, Black Friday might mean getting up before dawn to launch a boat, hike a trail or hunt for prey. It certainly doesn't mean battling crowds or standing in lines to save money on holiday presents. But Friday does mark the unofficial start of Christmas season, and outdoors enthusiasts need gifts, too, right? In an effort to make shopping a little easier, and to give you more time outdoors instead of in a mall or big box store, here are some cool gift ideas we found at local shops or online:

On the water

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White Knuckle Explorer Tandem Kayak

White Knuckle Explorer Tandem Kayak

The deal: This 12½-footer is big enough to fit two paddlers and has padded seating with back support. There's enough room for fishing poles, gear and a cooler. It's perfect for exploring the Intracoastal and grass flats along the shore. Or it can be used to paddle out to an island for an afternoon picnic.

Cost: $499

Where to find it: Bill Jackson's Shop for Adventure, Pinellas Park. Billjacksons.com.

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Malektronic Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

Malektronic Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

The deal: One of the newest trends, unless the helpful staff at Bill Jackson's was pulling my leg, is yoga on the water. Now you can amplify your own music while you do it. There is a latch on the Bluetooth that connects to the paddleboard. If a wave crashes over the board, the music keeps playing.

Cost: $50

Where to find it: Malektronic is based in Tampa (malektronic.com). It is also available at Bill Jackson's.

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Nautilus Lifeline Marine Radio GPS

Nautilus Lifeline Marine Radio GPS

The deal: This gift can be a lifesaver. The radio attaches to a diver's suit and is waterproof up to 450 feet. If a diver surfaces and is unable to find the boat, or the boat drifts away, this radio can be used to call for help. There is a button that sends GPS coordinates and a distress call.

Cost: $299.95

Where to find it: Area dive shops ornautiluslifeline.com

Vudu Mullet fishing lure

The deal: Joe Georgia, assistant manager at Dogfish Tackle and Marine in Seminole, said this is a hot lure. It imitates a fingerling mullet and has three slits in the middle that give the lure extra action in the water. It's good for snook, redfish, trout and even freshwater bass.st.

Cost: $7

Where to find it: Most tackle shops.

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Redington Four-Piece Fly Fishing outfit

Redington Four-Piece Fly Fishing outfit

The deal: This one is for fly-fishing beginners, especially children. It comes with the poles, reel and line. At Bill Jackson's, each purchase comes with a free casting lesson.

Cost: $89.99

Where to find it: Bill Jackson's

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The Kula Cooler

The Kula Cooler

The deal: This ultra-durable cooler is round, which makes it a better fit on boats, and especially on canoes or kayaks. It can also act as a live bait well. The top is padded and can be used as a seat while fishing.

Cost: $249.99

Where to find it: kulacooler.com

On the trail

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Eno Hammock

Eno Hammock

The deal: As a hobby, hammocking is getting bigger. Hammocks can be strung from two trees in a park or backyard, or even better, used at the end of a long hike. This particular hammock condenses down to a small carrying bag. It also has hookless straps to attach to the trees.

Cost: $29.95

Where to find it: Bill Jackson's

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Streamlight 1100 Lumen portable light

Streamlight 1100 Lumen portable light

The deal: It will light up a six-man tent, and has a USB port to recharge a phone. And there is a compartment underneath for spare change or knick knacks. It can hook onto a pole or tree limb, and light at the bottom that can be used as a dome light.

Cost: $129.95

Where to find it: streamlight.com

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Leki Adjustable Trekking Poles

Leki Adjustable Trekking Poles

The deal: The new wrinkle with these trekking poles is that they can be broken down to 13 inches — perfect for carry-on luggage. If longer poles were forcing you to check your baggage, then here is a better way.

Cost: $169.99

Where to find it: leki.com or Bill Jackson's

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Rogue Waterproof Backpack

Rogue Waterproof Backpack

The deal: Sticking with the waterproof theme, this backpack seals tight to ensure what's inside stays dry. It holds 25 liters of gear and has pockets on the outside that zip up tight.

Cost: $109.95

Where to find it: Bill Jackson's

Florida State Parks Annual Pass

The deal: This is a cheaper way to visit state parks throughout the state. There are some restrictions, so check out the website below first.

Cost: $60 for individuals, $120 for families (up to eight people). There are military discounts.

Where to find it: floridastateparks.org

Attire

Gillz Hoodie or Orvis Hoodie

The deal: Buff headwear, a thin piece of cloth that covers the face while outdoors, has been popular for a few years now. These shirts are made out of the same lightweight material but they've added a hoodie that can act like a face guard as well. And it has UPF 50 sun protection.

Cost: $49.95-$69

Where to find it: Most outdoors stores or at gilz-gear.com or orvis.com.

Darn Tough Hiking Socks

The deal: These socks are so tough they have a lifetime guarantee. Designs are varied, and they're made from wool that isn't supposed to tear.

Cost: $15

Where to find it: darntough.com or Bill Jackson's

O'Neill Wetsuits

The deal: O'Neill has been around for more than 50 years, with suits for all ages.

Cost: $140-$500

Where to find it: Most area surf shops, including Sun Coast Surf Shop on Treasure Island or Overhead Surf Shop at John's Pass. Also check outwetsuitwearhouse.com.

     
           
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