Gifts for the Tactically Operational and Operationally Tactical (Tactical Gifts)
Gifts for Beyond the Wall
•Northern Lites Elite Snowshoe
Good snowshoes are both personal preference, dependent on terrain/snow conditions and your weight. The Elite by Northern Lites has a nice solid decking to aid with you not sinking into the snow and comes in two styles of binding which we can appreciate.
- 8″x25″ and 42 oz/pair (Tru-Trak) or 41 oz/pair (Speed)
- Surface Area 164in2
- Recommended for up to 175-190 lbs. total weight (user, gear, pack, etc.).
- Off-trail hiking and camping, Cross-Training, Racing
- 2-1/2 lbs. per pair
- Made in the USA
We were most excited to see the Speed Binding which looks to be a very efficient method of getting into the binding. Some snowshoes have overly complicated systems to attach them to your boot and if this is as truly fast as they say it should be pretty awesome to quickly pop these on and hit the snowy trail.
Buy one on their website.
• Fabric: 100% tight-woven polyester with exterior breathable, waterproof membrane
• Breathability moisture rate transfer: 5000 gr’ square meter in 24 h
• Water pressure resistance: 6000mm/H2O2.
• Designed in Israel
• Manufacturing: Imported
Engineered for use by Israeli SOF bubbas to keep out wind, cold and moisture whilst maintaining an inordinate level of flexibility, breathability and durability. It features a half-glove that covers half the hand and helps bridge the transition area from jacket sleeve to glove (you can fold it inwards to make a regular sleeve). It’s got a Micro-Fleece interior, a low-profile hood hidden under the collar, and twin pit-zip vents. Plus it’s stretchy!
Gifts for First Responders
• Rescue Knife: Spyderco Rescue 3
This version of the Spyderco Rescue 3 features a fully serrated edge on a sheepsfoot style blade with a satin finish. It has an ergonomicallly enhanced FRN handle with what they call Bi-Directional Texturing, Back Lock, a skeletonized stainless steel liner, and a four-position ambi hourglass clip for different carry positions.
•Overall length 8.29 in.
• Blade length 3.57 in.
• Weight 3.8 oz.
Gifts for Hikers
• Agilite Injured Personnel Carrier (IPC)
This is an awesome piece of kit. If you hike remote locations with a buddy, have one of these with you. If you go to field with a Scout troop – have one of these with you. If you have kids and are putting together a get-home or bug-out kit, have one of these in it. If you…well, you get the idea.
Find ’em on the Agilite website (there’s a demo video there too).
• Lawson hammock
The Lawson Blue Ridge Camping Hammock is an award-winning piece of kit that can be used as a traditional hammock or as a de facto ground tent (ish). Lawson says, “Comfortable, waterproof and bug proof – relax in the backyard, sleep in the backcountry, stake it in the desert or hang out by the river with your new favorite tent-hammock hybrid.”
Suspend it or stake it out on the ground. Their proprietary spreader bar + arch pole system is intended to keep the hammock taut, which will keep you flatter (and maybe prevent you from flipping around or getting all bowed up). There are an integrated bug net and an attachable rainfly as well.
Hammock + Straps
- Hammock (Forest Green)
- 2x Spreader Bars
- 2x Arch Poles
- Rain Fly
- Stuff Sack
- 2 Suspension Straps
- 2 Premium wiregate carabiners (not for climbing)
- Stuff Sack
- Hammock (Forest Green)
- 2x Spreader Bars
- 2x Arch Poles
- Rain Fly
- Stuff Sack
Features & Construction
- Rip-stop and poly pack hammock construction for lightweight durability
- Ultra fine, no-see-um net canopy keeps bugs out
- Waterproof rip-stop nylon rain fly for all-weather use (polyethylene coated to 1000mm)
- Sealed nylon border on the canopy protects against water blowing up under rain fly
- Strong 10-point Spreader bar system for flat interior surface
- Shock-corded aluminum arch poles provides roomy net canopy
- Single secured zippered entry
- Additional exterior loops for ground staking
- Two interior storage pockets
- O-ring in ceiling for hanging light
- Use suspended or on the ground
- Total Weight: With Straps – 4 lbs, 15 oz Without Straps – 4lbs, 4 oz (including poles, rain fly and stuff sack)
The three-piece cook set from Keith Titanium is one of the most popular camp cooking kits for light weight hikers. Ti does have relatively low thermal conductivity, but it cools fast and is completely safe tasteless, odorless, non-toxic and dishwasher safe.
- Capacity: 40.6 + 27 + 13.5 fl oz │1200 ml + 800 ml + 400 ml ● Weight: 4.4 + 3.5 + 2.5 oz │ 125 + 100 + 70 g ● Set Dimensions: 5.4 × 5.2 in │ 138 × 133 mm /// 1.2L: Pot Rim: OD 128mm / ID 120mm; Pot Body: OD 118mm / ID 117mm 0.8L: Pot Rim: OD 128mm / ID 120mm; Pot Body: OD 121mm / ID 120mm 0.4L: Pan Mouth: OD 138mm / ID 130mm; Pan Bottom: OD 120mm / ID 119mm
- Keith Titanium 2.4 L 3-Piece Pot and Pan Cook Set is made of premium pure titanium grade 1 without lining and coating. It is tasteless, odorless, non-toxic and dishwasher safe. Originally designed for backpacking, camping and traveling, it is also great for picnicking, emergency prepping and around the home, school and office. The handle insulating tubes are made of silicone. It comes with a custom made mesh storage sack.
- Titanium is ultralight and super strong; it is also eco-friendly, extraordinarily hypoallergenic and exceptionally corrosion-resistant.
Gifts for Liquid Courage and Epic Tales
(or just staying hydrated)
•Uncle Jerry (Can) Whiskey Flask
We’ve all got that one uncle that embarrasses the hell out of us at family gatherings. You know the one. He’s the one that packs his own rocket fuel to spike up whatever drink he can find at Grandma’s place. He’s also going to hit you up for that $20 you made mowing lawns before he leaves. This whiskey flask is named in honor of Uncle Jerry.
It’s a stainless steel, 5 oz. jerrycan-shaped flask and available in a variety of colors. You have to supply the fuel.
Everyone has finished their bring while out walking about only to have to carry the large container it came in. Bubi Bottle out of Canada has made a silicone bottle that can be rolled up for easy storage taking up a fraction of the size it once did.
- Keep Bubi cool or hot
- Bubi is microwave and freezer safe
- Bubi is mold-resistant
- Bubis are dishwasher safe
- Bubi is foldable /reversable to clean
We dig the fact that these are so easy to clean, being both dishwasher safe and reversible to make scrubbing the inside out. We have all forgotten a liquid of some sort in a bottle only for us to toss it out because we couldn’t easily clean the insides, right?
• BenShot Bullet Rocks Glass with Real .308 Projectile (Set of Two)
The Ben Shot Bullet Glass is the perfect gift for the gun-totin’, bourbon-drinkin’ person in your life.
- 100% MADE in the USA
- Set of 2 – 11oz rocks glass made from high-quality glass
- Real Lead-free 0.308 caliber bullet
- Glasses come individually packaged (packaging is also made in the USA)
Gifts for the Man Cave
• Large Wooden American Flag from Rebranded Customs
If you are looking for a gift for the patriot in your life, look no further than this wooden American Flag. It’s so inspiring, I am standing at the position of attention as I type this.
- Weight: 80.00 Ounces
- Width: 36.00 (in)
- Height: 24.00 (in)
- Depth: 1.50 (in)
Gifts for Outdoorsy Women
• Ski Boots: Apres Ski Recovery Boot from Telic
Ankle boots that are easy-on, easy-off, the Apres Ski Recovery Boot is insulated and water-resistant. Available in five sizes (triple extra-small) up to large (size 11).
From the product description:
Designed for easy entry and exit, this ankle boot feels like a natural extension of your favorite house slipper. Water-resistant and insulated, you can now enjoy Telic comfort all year round!
- Insulated & Water Resistant
- Traction Control Out-sole
- Pillow-Soft Comfort
- Lightweight Stability
- Athlete Approved
- Dr. Recommended
Find ’em on the Telic.com website.
• McGovern and Company Glacier National Park Scarf
You may not be able to wear this as a shemagh or in scrim fashion, but that doesn’t make it an excellent everyday accessory (or for that matter, to keep your body armor from chafing your neck).
Via their description:
This oblong scarf printed with our beautiful vintage-style map of Glacier National Park is a stunning accessory. It’s soft and drapey which makes it easy to wear several different ways. Dress it up or down – the warm color tones look great with anything from jeans to a little black dress.
- 100% soft polyester voile
- hand wash, hang dry
- 72 in. x 30 in.
Gifts that are Tactical
• Ballistic Helmet Bridge from Agilite
It’s one-size-fits-all equipment mounting system for most tactical helmets. It has exit holes for NVG cables and switches, central bungee retention for IR strobes and cameras, all kinds of cool options. Hell, you should have one of these even if you don’t have a tactical helmet just so you can look cool.
You can find it online on the Agilite website.
Gifts for Travelers
•Rolo Travel Bag
This roll-up compression bag is meant to be a wardrobe organizer for travelers. As such it could be used in a carry-on, checked luggage, or maybe camping gear (depending on weight/distance restrictions). From what we can tell, looking at the pictures and some of the comments online, this is going to be something used to separate certain components of your travel clothes vs. all of them.
In other words, maybe you pack all your skivvies, t-shirts, and socks in here so you can keep tabs on your drawers. It doesn’t look big enough to keep several pairs of jeans, multiple shirts, etc. segregated. Though we could be wrong about that. We haven’t yet put hands on one.
Description according to the manufacturer:
Each Rolo includes a convenient detachable carrying strap so that you can choose to carry it as is or add it to your backpack or suitcase.
- Features military-grade nylon mesh zipper pockets
- Patented high-performance name brand buckles
- Name brand zippers
- 360-degree swivel hanging hook
- Fiber-reinforced support bar
- Lightweight and high-quality construction
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