Holiday gift ideas for the great outdoors enthusiast

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 13 2011 5:13 p.m. MST

18. CamelBak Podium Ice Bike Bottle. Because there is nothing worse than warm water on a hot day, this little number is back on the market. Trouble in finding a manufacturer for the insulation material led to its disappearance. It returns, and so does the possibility of keeping water cold. Holds 21 ounces and retails for $20 at REI.

19. Brooks Pure Project Minimal Footwear. Doing more with less — on your feet — is all the rage. But moving from hiking boots or regular running shoes to nothing can cause more injuries than it cures.

If you're wanting to move away from traditional running shoes into the less is more craze, it's wise to choose a minimalist shoe that will forgive a few extra miles.

The Brooks Pure Project shoes come in a number of options, depending on what the wearer needs. Dark green accents for men and aqua for women, and they retail at $90 to $120.

"It's a good transition shoe to get into minimalist shoes," said WRC manager Darrell Phippen, who shows the difference in height with two stacks of nickels. The Pure Project shoe lifts the heel two nickels high, while traditional shoes life it six nickels high. "We recommend a small adjustment period. It's a great shoe to rotate with your regular running shoe."

20. Honey Stingers Waffles. With the help of Lance Armstrong, Honey Stingers has come up with the single best way to get quick carbs. Both delicious and effective, these treats come in vanilla (the author's favorite), honey and strawberry. They sell for $1.50 at Wasatch Running Center.

21. Soleus GPS Watch. For beginners or young runners, this watch calculates speed, distance, pace and calories. It won't download or keep track of workouts, but it is the least expensive GPS watch on the market and perfect for high school or new runners. It retails for $99 at Wasatch Running Center.

22. PRO-3 Thin Sport Incredisocks. Finding the right socks can be challenging. This new product promises help with pain and swelling, as well as better temperature regulation and increased recovery times. Available online at buyincrediwear.com for $14.

23. Pearl Izumi Pro Softshell Lobster Bike Glove. Oh, how I wish I'd had these on my 62-mile ride to Ogden in the snow. Blackburn did and his hands were useful, while mine were not. Retails at REI for $75.

24. MSR (Mountain Safety Research) Lightning Axis 25-inch Snowshoe. Awesome for many reasons, but most importantly because they now allow you to adjust the shoe to deal with different gaits. It's the cheapest way to customize a snowshoe. Retails at REI for $239.95.

25. Superflash Rear Bike Light. It's a must-have if you ride a bike outside in any kind of weather. The irregular pattern could save your life and the lightweight design will make it easy to use for running or biking. Retails at REI for $29.

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