Christmas is coming! Of course the obvious present is a gift subscription to Scotland Outdoors, butÂ we’ve rounded up some other things that theyÂ will love opening on Christmas morning.Â
Le Chameau Vierzon boots – Â£165
When did wellies get so expensive? Did it start with Royals wearing them or was it muddy festivals that gave them a fashionable, rather than practical status? New kid on the block Le Chameau isnâ€™t actually new at all, having started life in France in 1927. Theirs are luxurious wellies, if you can imagine such a thing. They come in 10 different calf sizes and have a snap-fastening buckle and a 2mm thick neoprene outer to insulate you against the cold.
The North Face base camp travel canister – Â£24.99
This handy little capsule wash bag is great for keeping all your toiletries in one place when youâ€™re on the move. Itâ€™s got a great hanger, a couple of mesh pockets and thereâ€™s a little (shatterproof) mirror which sticks on the Velcro tab, so thereâ€™s no excuse not to look good in the mountains! Made from phthalateâ€“free fabric laminate, it comes in black, red or blue.
A great alternative to the Christmas sweater, she’ll love wearing this luxurious 200g merino wool hoody base layer during the festive season and beyond. You can pull the hood down so it becomes a cowl or crew neck, and there’s thumb loops or pockets to keep your hands warm.
HaglÃ¶fs Ryggsack N:o 1 – Â£500
This traditionally styled backpack from Haglofs was designed to celebrate the Swedish companyâ€™s centenary year. Made from traditional materials such as leather, wool and cordura, itâ€™s a long way from the abundance of ripstop nylon packs out there. Inspired by a design from 1916, the rucksack has been given a contemporary look, while everything is sourced in Sweden, right down to the rivets and buckles. Itâ€™s a limited edition, and only available in a few select stores. Search one out at Escape Route in Pitlochry.
FjÃ¤llrÃ¤ven Sarek heater hat – Â£60
The fact that the Sarek heater hat is named after Swedenâ€™s second largest national park suggests that it should withstand even Scottish winters. Itâ€™s made from Fjallravenâ€™s G-1000 heavy duty fabric, with a faux fur lining. Thereâ€™s a chin strap to keep the ear flaps in place, and smaller, extra ear flaps that act as â€œhearing holesâ€ when you want to have a conversation. Anyone would look glamorous in one of these, and it comes in five colourways.
Harvey Maps Mazzle – Â£14.95
Map reading without having to leave the house! Harvey Maps have come up with these cunning jigsaw puzzles based on their popular Superwalker maps. They have 750 pieces, and weâ€™re not going to lie, they are quite difficult. Perfect for those long winter evenings. Choose from Cairn Gorm, Ben Nevis or the Cuillin.
John Muir Trust gift membership – from only Â£15
This is a great present as it benefits more than one party. Inspired by the Victorian conservationist and founding father of Americaâ€™s national parks, the Trust look after wild land in danger of development â€“ helping nature to flourish, and encouraging lost species to return. Currently, it owns Ben Nevis, Schiehallion (pictured), and part of the Cuillin range. As part of the membership, you receive the Trustâ€™s magazine, The Journal.
Quote the code SCOT2014 and get that for 50% at Â£15 only!
Call on 01796 470080 or email [email protected]Â to get this offer.
Suprabeam Q7 XR torch – Â£150
This high-end torch will just about fit in his stocking, but it packs a serious punch. With a tough, anodized aluminium casing, and a recessed power button at the base, the front end can be focused to create a narrower or wider beam. It throws out a whopping 800 lumens (on boost mode) to a distance of around 350 meters. It comes with a carry case and two rechargeable batteries (one spare).
Coleman Vail Comfort sleeping bagÂ – Â£79.99
This is a great winter camping essential â€“ itâ€™s an oversized single with a flannel lining, which is instantly cosy, adding a homely feel to sleeping under canvas. Colemanâ€™s own Coletherm insulation keeps the cold at bay (rated down to -21ÂºC), and the polycotton outer layer is pretty robust. Itâ€™s heavy though, at 3.9kg, so only suitable for car camping.
Oh, and you could always buy two and zip them together to make a double!
Osprey Mutant pack – Â£100
This great new rucksack from Osprey may have a strange name, but it is packed with features. Aimed at climbers and ski tourers, it has loops and locks for attaching ice axes and skis, and an integrated helmet pocket. Itâ€™s hydration compatible and weighs just over a kilo (unpacked). There is a weatherproof cover, which also compresses the gear inside. Ventilated shoulder straps help cut down on sweat when moving around.
Elliot-Brown Canford watch – Â£325
One of the best sellers in the Elliot-Brown range, the Canford 202-004 has a military look, with a webbing strap, and gunmetal details. The case is bead-blasted to cut down on reflections, and the no-nonsense face is clear and stylish. This watch is made for the outdoors â€“ and itâ€™s been rigorously tested so that it wonâ€™t let the wearer down. At Elliot-Brown they drop it, splash it and hit it before they are certain it will perform properly. Oh, and it tells the time, too â€“ even in the dark, thanks to its luminous hands.
Chainsen Snowline SnowSpikes Pro – Â£44.99
These handy snow spikes fit over boots or trainers in seconds, and could get the user out of a difficult situation. He should be prepared and carry them in that backpack through the winter months. The elastomer upper stretches over the shoe or boot really easily, and the stainless steel spikes give a decent grip, not just in emergencies, but on longer hikes too. Thereâ€™s a lightweight version for Â£55.
Soulra Rugged Rukus – Â£89.99
This solar-powered sound system is a great way to take music everywhere. The lucky recipient simply pairs his phone through Bluetooth and starts playing those favourite tunes. Made of impact-resistant plastic with rubber corners, it can dangle from a rucksack to charge through the day. It recharges the phone, too, via a USB connection. Sound quality is pretty good, but remind him not to pump up the volume too much.
The Yellow Walk Maps – Â£3.99
Men just will not ask for directions, so these great wee maps from Yellow Publications will ensure the man in your life doesnâ€™t get lost again. Made from water-resistant paper, they use Ordnance Survey mapping but enlarge the detail to 1:16 000 â€“ perfect if the eyesightâ€™s not what it once was. Unlike OS maps, they arenâ€™t sheeted, but focus on popular areas like Aberfeldy or Trotternish. There is a range of cycling maps, too. All maps come with a handy scale and key.
Swiss bottle gurus Sigg have created a great new range for outdoors offspring this Christmas.
Made from high-quality aluminium, the bottles are phthalate free, durable and feature cool winter designs.
Opt for the 0.3 litre version for toddlers or the 0.4 litre for users aged four and upwards.
Alpkit Viper headtorch – Â£12.50
Thereâ€™s a bright LED in the centre, and two wide angles either side for extra light.Â The light can be angled and it comes in black or blue.
Frog bicycle – Â£250
Start â€™em young is our motto â€“ and we think teaching your youngster to ride a bike is one of the best things you can do. A variety of sizes are available, but this Frog 52 is suitable for 5-6 year olds, and is fitted with twist-shift Shimano gears, quick release 20â€ wheels, and hybrid tyres â€“ just like a grown-up bike. Frog is one of the leading childrenâ€™s bike manufacturers, and most quality cycle shops stock them, including Edinburgh Bicycle Co-operative.
Perfect for a Christmas Day family walk. The little darlings can stash all their other goodies inside these adorable three-litre backpacks in loads of designs. We like the dinosaur and ladybird styles, but you can choose from spiders, sharks and bees.
Ruffwear Approach PackÂ – Â£84.99
When out hiking with your dog, do you sometimes wish they could help you carry stuff? We donâ€™t mean a rolled-up newspaper between the teeth, but useful stuff, like food, or a first aid kit. This great doggy rucksack from Ruffwear lets your pet take some of the strain, and also features a handle for helping the carrier to get over walls. Check sizing, as you should never make dogs carry more than 25 per cent of their overall bodyweight.