2017 Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Need some ideas for Mom? Check out this outstanding outdoor gear

This year, why not get Mom something she can use to enjoy Canada's great outdoors

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TUSCANY POLARIZED SUNGLASSES

Made in Italy, these women’s performance fishing sunglasses from Salt Life combine style with advanced technologies. They feature polarized, polycarbonate Zeiss lenses that are light, shatterproof, and scratch-resistant, with full UV protection, in a tough nylon frame. They’ll help Mom see fish, stay safe and look stylish, too.

Learn more: www.saltlife.com

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THE TERRADORA

Keen’s first-ever athletic hiking shoe designed specifically for women is intended to bridge Mom’s needs between the mountain, the city and the backcountry. It has a lightweight mesh upper for protection and structure, a breathable mesh lining, a contoured heel lock for stability on unpredictable terrain, and a dual-density foam footbed for comfort. The Terradora is available in mid, low and waterproof versions.

Learn more: www.keencanada.ca

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21OZ HYDRO FLASK

This insulated stainless steel bottle with a sport cap is BPA- and phthalate-free, and keeps drinks hot for six hours or cold for 24. It stashes easily in a small shoulder bag, the side pocket of a backpack or a car cup holder, and holds enough to keep you going for hours without weighing you down. And because outdoor adventure is hard on gear, Hydro Flask offers a lifetime warranty.

Learn more: www.hydroflask.com

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ULTRA ADVENTURE HAT

Embodying Sunday Afternoons’ go-anywhere approach to headwear, the updated Ultra Adventure now has a Clamshell Brim and a clever Sunglass Lock feature, to secure shades on top. Other features include a six-inch neck cape, crown ventilation, wicking sweatband, and adjustable sizing, plus its water and stain resistant. In jade (pictured), blue mountain, cinder and pumice colours. (And Outdoor Canada art director Sandra Cheung sure looks sporty in hers.)

Learn more: www.sundayafternoons.ca

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GRACE

Equip Mom with a sharp new fly-fishing combo and help women tackle breast cancer at the same time with the Grace rod from Sage. Available in a 5- or 8-weight outfit, the fast-action Grace comes ready to cast with a Sage 3200 series reel spooled with Pink RIO Gold Line. Sage is donating $50 from the sale of each outfit to Casting for Recovery, a non-profit organization helping women combat breast cancer.

Learn more: www.sageflyfish.com and www.castingforrecovery.org

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PFDIVA

Made specifically for women, the PFDiva features MTI’s proprietary Adjust-a-Bust fit system, which promises all-day comfort by reducing pressure and providing support for the chest. Constructed with extra-durable 500D Cordura, the PFDiva also features a front zip, making it easy to put on and take off.

Learn more: www.mtiadventurewear.com

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GALLEANN

If Mom is a turkey hunter, with a few weeks still remaining in the spring season she’ll appreciate the waterproof, breathable and ultralight Galleann rainjacket from Prois, a company that specializes in hunting clothes for women. Touted as the lightest raingear on the market, the Galleann features taped seams, waterproof zippers and an adjustable hood. Also available are Galleann pants, which are likewise rated to withstand torrential downpours. Available colours include Realtree APX, Max1 and Olive.

Learn more: www.proishunting.com

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AVAIL

Equip Mom for the fall hunting season with the new Avail compound bow from Mathews. Made specifically for women, the four-pound bow measures 30 inches axle-to-axle, and has a six-inch brace height. It features draw range options from 22 to 28 inches, and draw weight options up to 60 pounds, delivering arrows at an impressive 320 fps. The are several finishes to choose from, including Gore Optifade Elevated II, Under Armour’s Ridge Reaper Barren and Lost Camo XD.

Learn more: www.mathewsinc.com

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SAPPHIRE BAITCASTING COMBO

SAPPHIRE SPINNING COMBO

Made for serious anglers, these Rapala combos offer the same quality as the company's Griffin, but with styling just for her. The rods have high-modulus HM-30 graphite, RCT3 Rapala Custom Tapers and X-Grip Split-Grip Technology. The baitcasting reel has four ball bearings, and a 6.2:1 gear ratio; while the spinning reel has six bearings, and a 5.2:1 gear ratio. And both will let Mom fish just as hard as the boys.

Learn more: www.rapala.ca

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WOMEN’S TACKLE TOTE

Fishing meets fashion with this nifty Plano tackle bag. The exterior has four zip pockets and three mesh pockets, and inside are dual compartments for holding tackle and clothing and a zippered phone pouch. It also comes with two or four 3600-size utility tackle trays.

Learn more: www.planomolding.com