Holiday Gift Guide: Best Outdoor Gadgets

November 15, 2016

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  • Melanie Ott
  • Wade Hobbs

Holiday shopping for active loved ones doesn’t have to be limited to gear and apparel. From cameras to headphones, gadgets make great gifts, and you don’t have to guess on sizes. Active Junky’s pulled together some electronic gift ideas that your friends and family will love to receive this holiday season and to use when off on adventures.

GoPro Hero5

Go prohero 5 main GoPro Hero 5 $356.00 - $709.16

The Hero5 is GoPro’s newest action camera, improving on previously available models. Although slightly bigger than the unhoused Hero4, the Hero5 is waterproof to 33 feet without requiring an extra case like older GoPros. An improved LCD preview screen accompanies the new 4k video resolution and video stabilization feature, and audio updates allow you to record separate WAV audio files in addition to video. Still photos are shot at 12MP resolution with options of Wide Dynamic Range HDR and RAW image formats. Other updates like Voice Command and GPS tagging make GoPro Hero5 a great gift for adventurous shutterbugs.

Aftershokz Trekz Titanium

Aftershokz treks titanium square Aftershokz Trekz Titanium Starting at: $128.66

For most of us, music while exercising is a necessity, and a good pair of workout Bluetooth headphones can make a world of difference. Aftershokz Trekz Titanium were designed with athletes in mind: lightweight, sweatproof and secure. A great option for urban runners who need to be aware of their surroundings, Trekz’s off-ear design uses bone conduction technology to transfer music through the cheekbones rather than in the ear – hear traffic, have a conversation and even take phone calls without having to fuss with the headphones. At only 1.25oz, they’re comfortable while producing high-quality stereo sound for up to six hours without ringing your eardrum or impeding your hearing.

JBL Charge 3

Jbl charge 3 main JBL Charge 3 $130.65 - $148.50

JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker takes all the quality of previous models and makes it waterproof so you can enjoy music on the boat, on the beach or even in the rain for up to 20 hours. JBL Bass Radiator and stereo sound produce high quality music streamed via Bluetooth connecting with up to three devices for sharing music with friends. Compatible with SIRI and Google Now voice assist, Voice Assistant allows you to control your music without your phone and even take calls with noise- and echo-cancelling speakerphone. Available in five color options, the portable Bluetooth speaker is about the size of a water bottle and weighs less than two pounds.

Bose QuietComfort 35

Bose quietcomfort 35 main Bose QuietComfort 35 $307.12 - $346.50

Whether traveling abroad or working in the office, the recipient of these noise canceling headphones will appreciate the quality and function of QuietComfort 35 from Bose. Advanced acoustic noise canceling technology measures and counters surrounding sounds, creating a quiet atmosphere for focus. Or listen to tunes streamed via Bluetooth from your phone or MP3 player, a feature not available in previous models. Buttons on the right earcup play, pause, skip tracks and adjust volume, and the built-in microphone allows you to take phone calls, as well. With or without enjoying Bose’s speaker quality, the 20-hour battery life will block unwanted noise all day.

Fitbit Charge 2

Fitbit charge 2 main Fitbit Charge 2 $134.96 - $148.46

For the health conscious person in your life, the Fitbit Charge 2 is a simple but thoughtful gift that’s among the easiest fitness trackers to setup and use. All data is tracked on the device and synced via wireless connection to the Fitbit smartphone app. It counts number of daily steps, distance and floors. It also tracks calories burned based on BMR and activity, and monitors your heartrate both while resting and active. It senses when you’re asleep, keeping track of restless and awake minutes during the night. The band is comfortable and lightweight, with a larger display screen than the previous Charge model to let you view more data without pulling out your phone.

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