It’s that time of the year again. If you’re scrambling for ideas on what to gift your favorite rider for the holidays, here are a few suggestions:
Showers Pass Waterproof Socks— $35
It’s cold and wet this time of year and keeping feet warm is a lot easier when they’re dry. Showers Pass makes waterproof socks that make keeping feet warm easy. The 3 layer sock features a breathable Artex membrane and Coolmax FX moisture wicking anti-bacteria lining for a sock that still feels like a sock but protects like a bootie. The layers do add up in bulk though, so sizing up at least a half size on shoes is always a good idea. They’re good for hiking, commuting or simply walking outside if you live in the PNW.
Five Ten Freerider EPS Shoes — $140
Any rider that rides with platforms is already a fan of Five Ten shoes, so adding a winterized version of their favorite kicks is a easy win. The EPS features PrimaLoft insulation to help keep those piggies warm during the winter months and the black and brown color looks good covered in mud. Whether you’re hitting the trail or cruising around town, these are a favorite, so much so I’ve worn out my first pair.. (hint)
Feedback Sports Alpine Scale — $64
Every good shop and home workshop has a scale, and no bike geek’s wrenching domain is complete without one. The Feedback Sports Alpine Scale is the same one hanging from the hook at your favorite bike shop and weighs bikes up to 55 lbs. And your favorite bike nerd has always wanted one.
Topeak Ratchet Rocket Lite Multi-tool — $34
The Ratchet Rocket takes a different approach to the mini-tool concept, built around a reversible mini ratchet tool. Featuring 15 functions, the Ratchet Rocket Lite DX is contained neatly in a small, easy to carry durable nylon case. I’ve had this one for over a year and it’s still my favorite multi-tool of the bunch. And we could all use a spare multi-tool which makes it a great gift.
ABUS KeyGarage — $33
There’s nothing worse than losing your keys on the trail. If you’re the type of rider that hides a key to avoid that scenario, the ABUS Key Garage offers a secure way to stash that key so you can enjoy the ride.
Paul Components Bottle Opener — $22
Bottle Opener. Brake Adjuster Rotor truing tool on the other. Both are tools we would get a lot of use out of. What’s not to like? It also looks like it features a 15mm wrench (this is a bit confusing admittedly) which means you could use it as a pedal wrench in a pinch. Either way, I’d love for one of these to live in my car.
Check it out at PaulComp.com
Fox 36 Float Factory Fork — $979
Let’s just face it, we all want this fork and we’ve been pretty good this year. It’s on the pricey side for a holiday gift but it’s the ultimate upgrade to any bike and kicks ass over OEM models. Available in 160 and 180 options with a range of axle options, this is the best fork you can get.
Arktype PMK Magnetic Keychain – $36
I’m always looking for a better way to tote my keys and the PMK Magnetic Key chain looks like a solid solution. A slim profile magnetic clasp allows quick access to keys or key card and the pieces are available separately, so you can have different setups for car/work or various outings.
Check it out at ArktypeDesign.com
Showers Pass Atlas Jacket — $275
I’ll admit I’m alot biased when it comes to the Showers Pass Atlas Jacket (that is me modeling it on the ShowersPass.com site) but when it comes to a commuter jacket for the utter crap weather here in the PNW, I live in this jacket in the winter. The MapREflect fabric is waterproof and breathable with fully taped seams and it lights up like a tree when headlights hit it. Showers Pass makes bright neon jackets if that is your flavor as well, but I love the fact this jacket still looks like something I’d wear while retaining a high degree of visibility at night.
Leatherman Skeletool — $55
Who doesn’t love their old Leatherman multi-tool? No one in the history of mankind has ever been bummed to get a new tool as a gift. We all have at least one, and while some models are better than others, the Skeletool may be our favorite one yet. Featuring the old favorites – knife, pliers, bottle opener and wire cutter, the Skeletool steps up the old school screw driver with a bit driver and replaceable bits. It also features a built in carabiner and pocket clip.
Check it out at Leatherman.com or buy online at Amazon.com
MPowered Luci Outdoor 2.0 Inflatable Solar Light — $20
These little solar powered lights are great to have around whether you’re camping or just needing a bit of light in a power outage. The integrated battery and solar panel make them easy to keep charged and the bottom strap mounts anywhere. We keep a few of these in the van for extra light and think they’re the bees knees.
Gerber Tactical Pen — $72
This pen is not one of those things I’d buy for myself, but that doesn’t mean its not badass or that I don’t want one, which makes it the perfect gift. It’s a pen, but with a tough machined steel body and glass breaker tip and you could even use it for self defense. And it’s bad ass. Plus its on sale on Amazon at the moment.
Mountain Hardwear Chockstone 24/7 Pant — $95
4-way stretch and a DWR coating make these pants useful in active scenarios, but it’s the sheer comfort that makes these pants the most appealing. They also are super versatile, whether you’re hiking, commuting or lounging at the campsite – or couch.