Get the outdoorsman or woman on your list something they will actually use this holiday season. We've rounded up some of our favorite gear from apparel to fly reels get your shopping done now while the deals are good
One of Leatherman’s all-time best-selling multi-tools gets an upgrade. Whether you are out hunting or fishing you won’t want to be caught out without this multi-tool featuring 18 different tools. We’ve been carrying around this Leatherman on all of our outdoor excursions and have found it exceptionally useful. Everything from pinching barbs of flies to snipping line with the scissors when our nippers inevitably go missing. With all the right tools to get you out of a jam, the Wave+ will definitely be with you wherever you go.
KUIU Attack Pant
If you want some do it all pants look no further than the KUIU Attack Pant. With a versatile fabric that is comfortable, durable, and flexible nothing will hold you back while trudging through the woods. The Attack pant has long been a favorite amongst KUIU enthusiasts and for good reason. With colors that can be worn on a daily basis and a few camo patterns, you may just find yourself wearing the Attack Pant everywhere you go.
Vortex Optic Diamondback HD Binoculars
A good pair of binos can set you back quite a bit these days. Luckily there are some options that still give you a good bang for your buck. The Diamondback Binoculars from Vortex are the perfect balance between quality and affordability. With multiple magnification options to choose from and reasonably small size, you can get a lot of great use out of these binoculars at a minimal cost.
Redington Rise Fly Reel
The good looks of the Rise reel from Redington are backed up with an incredibly well-performing reel in a lightweight compact package. With its large arbor reel, the Rise takes up line quickly so when that fish makes a run straight for you, you can keep tension on the line. We paired this with the ultra-lightweight Hydrogen rod for an ultra-lightweight setup that still packs a punch and handles bigger fish. The powerful carbon drag system is stout enough to handle hard-fighting fish, yet the lightweight construction doesn’t way you down when you are fishing backcountry streams for small brookies where the reel serves more of a line storing function than anything else. Pick up the Rise reel and you’ll be ready for a variety of angling opportunities.
Garmin–Echomap UHD 94sv Chartplotter/Fishfinder Combo with GT54 Transducer
If you have a dedicated boat angler on your list consider this unit for a sure-fire upgrade to their current system. With a bright 9” screen that is readable in direct sunlight and a transducer bungle that will give you Ultra High-Definition scanning sonar and CHIRP traditional sonar. This unit will have you on the fish in no time.
Redington Vice Fly Rod
If you are looking for your first fly rod the Vice might be your choice. As a beginner, it is difficult to justify some of the astronomical costs of some fly rods on the market. The Vice is a little more budget-friendly than some of the other options on the market, but it doesn’t compromise on quality. You can certainly get a cheaper rod, but you’ll likely be looking for an upgrade as your casting improves. We took the 8 weight 9 foot model of the Vice out to the Flats of Belize chasing bonefish and whatever else would take a fly. The anodized guides and reel seat keeps the rod in top condition when faced with corrosive saltwater. Consequently, the first fish hooked with this rod was a baby tarpon off the deck of our hotel. The 8 weight had no trouble standing up to the king of the flats and paired with the strong drag of the Behemoth reel our tester was able to bring in the fish without issue. With the tarpon out of the way, there was little doubt that the rod could stand up to some of the smaller species we are after. From bonefish to mangrove snappers this rod stood up to them all. The fast action made sending out long casts with heavy flies a breeze, even when the winds picked up the Vice still punched straight through and delivered the fly.
Orvis Recon Rod
High-end fly rods can cost more than your monthly mortgage payment. While affordably priced, the Recon shares a lineage with Orvis's world-famous, award-winning, and pricey Helios 3. Improved hoop strength, sharpshooter accuracy, and damp handling are all at your fingertips with this high-performance redesign of a longtime classic. While Orvis revamped the tech, the Recon remains one of the lightest rods on the rack, making it a favorite for long days on the river, especially amongst anglers who enjoy hiking to their honey holes. We tested the 7'6" 2-weight this summer and fall and found it the perfect companion for backpacking along alpine streams. That said, the Recon lineup includes both saltwater and freshwater rods, ranging from that dexterous 2-weight to game-ready 12-weights. All are equipped with silver snake and stripping guides and anodized aluminum reel seats, come in durable nylon rod tubes, and are backed by Orvis' angler-approved 25-year guarantee.
Orvis Hydros Reel
One of Orvis' most popular models, the Hydros Reel has landed more fish than most. Recently updated, the Hydros boasts many technical improvements; the angling engineers shaved weight, stiffened the spool, and improved the drag knob and seal. The resulting masterpiece is a featherweight large-arbor fly reel with zero start-up inertia that's easy to adjust on the fly and performs predictably under pressure. Available for line weights 1 through 11, the affordable Hydros is ready for whatever you are.