Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Outdoors gift guide

The weather's perfect, so why waste your time inside a store when you could be enjoying the great outdoors? If you're like me, you'd rather be surfing than shopping. But Christmas is only a month away, so why not get the shopping over with and get back to what is really important, like hitting the trail on a cool November's morning. Here are several gift ideas for that special outdoors lover:

Powertraveller Powermonkey Discovery

Now you can recharge iPads, smartphones, e-readers, GPS units, MP3 players and more on the go. Encased in aluminum and compatible with most popular portable electronics, this device is a must for the tech-savvy traveler. Price: $80.

Powertraveller Powermonkey Extreme

Similar to the Discovery, but this charger is waterproof for 30 minutes up to 1 meter, shock-resistant and can be recharged via solar power. Price: $200.

Grower's Cup Coffeebrewer

Enjoy freshly brewed gourmet coffee anywhere, anytime, just add hot water. The Coffeebrewer is basically a hybrid between a filter and a French press. Price: $3.50.

Bison Survival Pod Zipper Pull

When you're stranded in the Everglades, you'll be happy grandma stuffed this in your stocking. Comes with paracord, sharp eye knife, firestarter flint, tinder, duct tape, knife sheath and key ring. Price: $14.95.

iSeries E-Case iPad

Play it safe with this submersible protection that allows for touchscreen functionality. Price: $34.95.

iSeries E-Case iPhone

That phone costs too much to drop in the water. This case keeps it safe in the kayak or boat. Price: $24.95.

Aryca Rock Dry Case for iPad

Waterproof up a depth of 3 feet, this dry case offers excellent protection for your iPad. The adjustable support stand is also helpful. Price: $79.99

Grand Trunk Parachute Nylon Hammock Double

After a long hike, this hammock is a quick and easy setup, and it includes a hanging kit. Maximum weight: 400 pounds. Price: $64.99.

Hitch Safe Key Storage

No more hiding those car keys on top of a tire. Now you can secure your valuables in your trailer hitch when surfing, paddling, swimming or just strolling the beach. Set your own combination. Dust cover conceals and protects. Price: $69.95.

Women's Kuhl Bandita Convertible pant

With a UPF rating of 40 and super-quick dry, nylon rich fabric that feels like cotton, these pants are well-suited for the adventurous woman. Price: $89.

Men's Kuhl Revolver pant

Uberstrong, uberlight, and dries uberfast. Technical features you love and durability you can appreciate. Price: $69.

Darn Tough Socks Women's Light Crew

They come with an unconditional lifetime guarantee. Need we say more. Price: $19.

Darn Tough Socks Men's Boot Sock

Ditto. Price: $21.

Vasque Mantra 2.0 Hiking Shoe for men and women

Stability-providing midsoles, Vibram outsoles and durable nubuck and mesh uppers, these shoes will work for a walk in the park or an expedition into the wild. Price: $125.

Products courtesy of Bill Jackson's Shop for Adventure, Pinellas Park, www.billjacksons.com.

Meopta Meopro Binoculars

The excellent resolution makes these binoculars a great choice for viewing birds and butterflies. The iScoping adapter allows you to use them with an iPhone. Price: $299.


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Published: 03/18/18
Updated: 03/19/18

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Published: 03/18/18

Captainís Corner: Snook are the hot bite

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Published: 03/16/18
Updated: 03/17/18

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Published: 03/14/18
Updated: 03/15/18

Captainís Corner: Temperature changes affect fly fishing

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Published: 03/11/18
Updated: 03/14/18

Captainís Corner: Warming trend increasing activity over grass flats

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Updated: 03/13/18
Captainís Corner: Favorable water temperatures approaching

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Published: 03/11/18
Updated: 03/12/18

Captainís Corner: Spring fishing is getting close

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Published: 03/10/18
Updated: 03/11/18

Captainís Corner: Trout return to their early spring areas

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Published: 03/10/18