BIKE RACK AND BAG
What: Carry stuff on your bike with ease with this Topeak cargo system. It consists of a rack that is either permanently attached to the frame, or clamped to the seat post. The rack has a slider rail that mates with several Topeak bags, so you just slide your bag into the rack for quick attachment and detachment. No straps or hassles. Most bags are expandable for extra loads.
Price: $55 to $60 for the rack and up to $125 for the bags, seen at Bobs Bicycles at 6681 W. Fairview Ave. in Boise.
What: This is a medium-weight fleece sleeping bag liner that will keep you warm and cozy during frosty nights. It will also relieve that itchy, sticky feeling you get from nylon sleeping bags. During summer, its warm enough to be a lightweight sleeping bag. Who knows, it might even replace your favorite Snuggy for lounging on the couch at home.
Price: $29.95, seen at Sierra Trading Post at 530 E. Sonata Lane in Meridian.
LEM 575 WATT MEAT PROCESSOR
What: A grinder is a long-term investment in wild game processing. Its likely to last a lifetime, and when you consider all you can save by avoiding the butcher shop, it quickly pays for itself. A grinder does more than make burger, its a first step toward making your own sausage and other tasty stuff. You can also use it to blend wild and domestic meats to create great tasting taco or burrito meats, meat loafs and more.
Price: $119.95, seen at The Sportsmans Warehouse at 3797 E. Fairview Ave. in Meridian.
What: This is a lightweight and compact hydration pack that carries enough water (50 ounces) for a ride and enough storage for a spare tube, basic tools and an energy bar. Theres also an expandable pocket big enough to carry a lightweight windbreaker. This pack is compact enough to wear under a jacket when skiing, snowboarding, or doing other winter sports.
Price: $44.99, seen at Bobs Bicycles at 6681 W. Fairview Ave. in Boise.
SMITH BACKDROP SUNGLASSES
What: Shades for winter, huh? Heres why. If youre fishing, theres still reflection on the water, even in low light. These have photochromic lenses that lighten and darken depending on how bright the day is, and theyre also polarized so you can cut through the glare and spot fish beneath the surface. They also provide eye protection from errant hooks, and you can still use them during summer.
Price: $219, seen at Idaho Angler at 1682 Vista Ave. in Boise.
BOAT FLY BOX
What: Montana Fly Company calls this a boat box, maybe it should be called an ark because it can hold two of everything. Okay, maybe thats a stretch, but it can hold 600 flies. You can add an insert for another $18 and hold a whopping 2,000 flies. Its not going to fit into your chest pack, but thats not what its designed for. Pack it into your boat and no more fumbling through multiple boxes looking for the right fly. Theyre all in one box.
Price: $69.95, seen at Anglers at 7097 W. Overland Road in Boise.
What: This device is a great stocking stuffer that can save valuable electronics or other gadgets from loss or damage. Its like a fishing retractor for larger items used outdoors, such as cameras, GPS devices, range finders, etc. Clip in your gadget and attach the retractor to your backpack straps, fishing vest or whatever else is handy. You dont have to worry about dropping your device into the water or onto the ground. The retractor has 48 inches of kevlar cord that goes in and out quietly and clip to quickly detach your gadget. You can also lock it so the cord stay out.
Price: $24.95, seen at t-reignoutdoor.com.
GOLITE DEMAREE CANYON DOWN JACKET
What: This is a great jacket for a great price. You get 800-fill down (among the highest rating for warmth-to-weight) in a lightweight jacket for under a hundred bucks. Its trim design means you can wear it as an outer jacket or a mid layer beneath a shell or softshell. Its also something you can wear on the trail or around town, and there are both mens and womens versions.
Price: $99.99, seen at GoLite at 906 Main Street in Boise.
RINEHART ZOMBIE ARCHERY TARGET
What: Because who doesnt want a zombie under their Christmas tree? This 3-D target has a lovely zombie face on each side and will sustain hundreds of arrow shots. But of course you already knew that; it is a zombie, after all. The target is about 2-feet tall by 18-inches wide and heavy enough that it wont tip over when you pierce it with an arrow.
Price: $99.95, seen at The Sportsmans Warehouse at 3797 E. Fairview Ave. in Meridian.
IN THE WILD CHEF
What: Local author Stephen Weston has created a real-world, outdoors cookbook for folks who dont carry a spice rack into camp. Check out Boise chowder, campfire popcorn, and many more camp creations. Extra points for his creativity in using outdoor staples like ramen noodles in his recipes, and any recipe that has jerky in it has to be good.
Price: $19.95, seen at Sierra Trading Post at E. Sonata Lane in Meridian.
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What: You can never have too many military-style fingerless wool gloves. They are handy whether shooting a shotgun while duck hunting or playing a guitar during a winter picnic. Buy several pairs as stocking stuffers.
Price: $5.97, seen at Boise Army Navy, 4924 Chinden Blvd., Garden City.
What: Pink camo has a certain flair to it. Can deer see pink camo? It also comes in purple camo.
Price: $34.97, cargo pants $8.97, T-shirt seen at Boise Army Navy, 4924 Chinden Blvd., Garden City.
What: Its all in one watch altimeter, barometer, compass, thermometer, GPS navigation, and yes, it tells time. The Garmin Fenix also features wireless communication.
Price: $399.99, seen at The Benchmark, 625 Vista Ave. in Boise.
What: The Redline Select light features flood, zoom, SOS and strobe lights from 31 to 310 lumens. It has a magnetic back to hold it in place in case youre working under the truck.
Price: $49.99, seen at The Benchmark, 625 Vista Ave. in Boise.
QUICK-CHANGEGOGGLESWhat: Oakleys Airbrake goggles make it easy and quick to change out lenses for changing slope conditions. Price: $220, seen at McU Sports, 822 W. Jefferson St., in Boise.
BRIGHT BOCCI BALLS
What: Have a late-night bocci ball game in camp with Bocci Balls that light up and blink. Each one is battery operated.
Price: $64.99 a set, seen at McU Sports, 822 W. Jefferson St. in Boise.
What: This Lucky Bums Snow Foam Sled looks like the ideal surfboard for snow. How about Bruneau Sand Dunes, too?
Price: $39.99, seen at Greenwoods Ski Haus, 2400 Bogus Basin Road in Boise.
What: The Giro Seam helmet offers a mechanical vent on top plus another front vent, which comes in handy for allowing your goggles to vent and not build up moisture. Comes in both mens and womens styles.
Price: $160, seen at Greenwoods Ski Haus, 2400 Bogus Basin Road in Boise.
What: The two-legged Alite ultra-light rocking chair comes in handy for easy camping or river running. Its all about comfort.
Price: $49.99, seen at Idaho River Sports, 3100 W. Pleasanton Ave. in Boise.
NO-EXCUSES LIFE VEST
What: Your favorite angler will have no excuses for not wearing a life vest with NRSs Chinook PFD. It features lots of pockets for fishing gear.
Price: $99.95; seen at Idaho River Sports, 3100 W. Pleasanton Ave. in Boise.
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