Scouting magazine

Awesome outdoor gear to give or receive this season

FOR THE SURVIVALIST
Wasatch Outdoors Survival Laces take “Be Prepared” to the next level. Pop off the metal aglet at the end of the paracord lace, and find a 4-inch strand of waterproof tinder and 1 inch of ferrocerium rod for starting fires in an emergency. Plus, the laces have a fishing line tucked inside. $15; wasatchoutdoors.com


 

FOR THE NIGHT OWL
The Goal Zero Lighthouse Mini is a smaller version of the larger, well-respected Lighthouse camp lantern. Just like its big brother, the Mini touts 210 lumens of brightness and doubles as a battery pack for charging your phone or gadgets with a handy USB port. Now night owls can light their campsites for up to 500 hours (Wow!) with a lightweight lantern weighing a mere 8 ounces. $59.99; goalzero.com


FOR THE WELL-DRESSED
The low-cut Oboz Teewinot hiker seamlessly takes you from the trail to a casual night out — and in style. The suede upper and grippy rubber treads bring comfort and surprising durability to this shoe. Plus, you can feel good about your purchase: The company plants a tree for every pair sold. $100; obozfootwear.com


FOR THE COMFORT CAMPER
Billed as a campsite’s “screened-in porch,” the NEMO Bugout Tarp creates a 9-by-9-foot patch of shade, rain cover and (best of all) insect protection for buggy evenings. Use two hiking poles and a pair of trees to lift the tarp, which fits a small group beneath the polyester rip-stop canopy. A see-through mesh enclosure provides enough room for about four people or your average picnic table. $199.95; nemoequipment.com


FOR THE SNACK KING
Hungry for a new take on trail snacks? Try a Chapul bar. In flavors like “Chaco,” “Thai,” “Matcha” and more, these energy bars are made with cricket flour. (Yep, you read that right.) Chapul grinds dehydrated crickets into a powder with plenty of protein to keep you moving. We’ve tested the bars, and Chaco (with chocolate and peanut butter) is our favorite! $34 for box of 12 bars; chapul.com


FOR THE GADGET GUY (OR GAL)
Move over, Apple Watch: the Garmin vivoactive watch looks great at the office and during a run. Count your daily steps, track your workouts and more. The sleek design offers GPS technology and smart notifications when your Bluetooth-enabled device is nearby, which means you can glance at a text while swimming laps. (That’s right — it’s waterproof, too.) The battery should last up to three weeks between charging and up to 10 hours when using GPS. $249.99; garmin.com


FOR THE TREKKER
Got a long overnight hike on the horizon? Then it’s time to invest in a pack that can keep you comfortable no matter how much you carry. The JanSport Klamath offers a specialized GridFit system that lets you carefully adjust the pack’s weight to your back. The world-famous brand turned to Philmont Scout Ranch’s expert rangers to test this line of packs, so you can rest assured that it will meet your Scouting needs. Sizes: 55-, 65- and 75-liter capacity. Starting at $155; toothoftimetraders.com