Great goodies for anglers and hunters

Give the gift of outdoor adventure with this awesome outdoor gear

Does your Christmas list include outdoor adventurers? And are they hard to buy for? Here are plenty of suggestions to fill Santa’s gear bag, all selected by the editors of Outdoor Canada.

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KAYAK KRATE

Kayak anglers can now upgrade from the old milk crate to this tough, sleek and supremely functional storage crate by Wilderness Systems. An open main compartment with removable dividers accommodates larger gear and tackle boxes, while smaller items can be stowed in the secondary (and see-though) lid storage. It comes standard with four customizable rod holders, lash-down points and is highly water resistant. That’s a feature Outdoor Canada associate editor and enthusiastic kayak angler Scott Gardner appreciated while field-testing the Krate in a teeming downpour this summer. 

More info: www.wildernesssystems.com

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VICE COMBO

With its sharp-looking, high-performance VICE combo, Redington is injecting a little playful fun into the often musty world of fly fishing. The VICE is an easy-casting, fast-action rod that perfect for an angler just getting into fly fishing—or one who's starting to get more serious about it. As well as a RIO Mainstream fly line and a cordura rod/reel case, the combo includes Redington’s new i.D. reel (above right). The cast aluminum i.D has a smooth rulon disc drag, a large arbor for speedy line retrieve and, get this... a flat back surface to accept any of 34 custom decals representing anything from your country to your favourite fish species. The combo is available in sizes 4 to 9, covering everything from stream trout to muskies to saltwater species.

More info: www.redginton.com

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HOOK2

In late 2017, Lowrance launched its HOOK2 series of fishfinders/chartplotters. These new units boast numerous high-end, easy-to-use features, yet at a surprisingly affordable price. The key feature of the HOOK2 line is Lowrance Autotuning, which actively corrects the CHIRP sonar settings for the clearest underwater view. So if you’re not an electronics expert, that means more time fishing and less time scrolling though menus to make manual adjustments to your settings. Higher-end units include side-scan and down-scan imaging, and even the smallest model has a wide-screen display. Most models also feature full navigational capability and pre-loaded, high-detail mapping. HOOK2 units come in 12-, 9-, 7-, 5- and 4-inch display sizes, ranging from US$99 to US$1,499.

More info: Lowrance

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OUTDOORPRO KIT

Simply put, this is a sport optics necessity for keeping cameras, scopes or even your glasses clean and clear. The LensPen device has a retractable natural brush at one end, and a soft cleaning tip at the other, and safely and effectively removes dust and fingerprints from lenses, eyepieces and filters. Does it work? Well, Outdoor Canada associate editor Scott Gardner has kept a LensPen in his camera case since 2012, and it's saved more than a few shots. This new kit includes an Original LensPen for scope and binocular lenses, a MiniPro for action camera lenses, FogKlear anti-fog cloth and a MicroKlear microfiber cloth, all in a handy carrying bag with belt loop.

More info: www.lenspen.com

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ERGO MICRO TIP SCISSORS

Speaking from experience, fly tiers can always use scissors, and the new Ergo Micro Tip Scissors, from fly gear experts Loon Outdoors, offer excellent quality at a reasonable price. Both the All Purpose Scissors (left) and the Arrow Point Scissors (right) have enlarged ergonomic handles, surgical quality stainless steel and are hand-tuned in the USA for precision. Choose the Arrow Point for perfect precision and the All Purpose Scissors for versatility.

More info: www.loonoutdoors.com

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BLACK RIFLE COFFEE

Do you know a coffee drinker who longs for simple, high-quality coffee? Founded and owned by a Canadian Forces veteran and firearms enthusiast, Black Rifle Coffee Company Canada is located and operated in St. Albert, Alberta. Black Rifle produces premium light, medium and dark roasts, as well as single-serve coffee rounds. And instead of pumpkin spice or French vanilla, Black Rifle has blends like Warriors Heart, AK-47 Espresso and CAF (short for Canadian as F**k, Eh). Take that hipsters!

More info: www.blackriflecoffee.ca

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WOMEN’S CHEROKEE VEST

Part of Browning’s Buckmark Collection, this vest was designed for avid outdoorswomen and firearms enthusiasts. The 92% polyester and 8% spandex vest provides a high level of comfort with 4-way stretch performance and soft touch fleece. Insulated taffeta provides warmth without the price tag of a fully insulated vest, and security pockets provide discreet, secure and convenient storage. In cameo green (pictured) and black, and sizes S to 2XL.

More info: www.browninglifestyle.com

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BOTTLE OPENER BELT

In case the name wasn’t a giveaway, these casual belts from angling gear experts Simms Fishing come cleverly equipped with an aluminum alloy bottle-opener buckle. The belt is 1½-inches wide, with webbing made from 100-percent recycled plastic bottles, and a cut-to-size fit for up to a 42-inch waist. The array of colours includes simple black, grey or blue, three hex-camo tints, and five fish-skin colours, including brook trout (pictured).

More info: www.simmsfishing.com

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110 FOLDING HUNTER GREEN

The classic Folding Hunter first earned accolades in 1963, when Al Buck created a revolutionary lockblade knife for hunters who didn't want to carry a long fixed-blade knife. More than 50 years later, the Folding Hunter is still one of North America's best-selling knives. This Christmas-themed limited edition features a red, hand-cut tree inlay and festive green wooden handle, along with standard features such as a 420HC steel blade with a clip point and nickel silver bolsters. And for an extra US$7, you can add a two-line personal engraving.

More info: www.buckknives.com

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ONE-SHOT SKIMMER PRO EDITION

Had enough of the seemingly never-ending process of scooping the slush out of your ice fishing hole? Then check out the brilliant One Shot Ice Skimmer form Deep Freeze, which clears holes in just one scoop. A clever hinging mechanism lets you use a scoop the same size as your hole, plus it folds flat for travel and storage. Not convinced? Then check out the demo video on YouTube. Available in 6-, 8- and 10-inch sizes.

More info: www.deepfreezefishing.com

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FLY-FISHING ADVENT CALENDAR

Sure to make any fly angler smile for nearly a whole month, the Fly Fishing Advent Calendar contains a high-quality, waterproof fly case and 23 premium, hand-crafted freshwater flies. Produced by Vancouver Island’s Allure Tackle, the calendar is the brainchild of company founder (and Outdoor Canada photo contest 3rd place winner in the fishing category) Mark Falvai. “Why should Advent calendars be just for kids,” Falvai asks, “Wouldn’t it be nice as an adult to receive a fun little gift 24 days in a row leading up to Christmas?” Yes, that would be nice, Mark, we couldn’t agree more. And if it's too late to get and start an advent calendar this year, you can still get all 24 items in a handsome gift set.

More info: https://looksthatkill.myshopify.com

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POCKET HAMMER KIT

A modern take on the traditional slingshot, the Pocket Shot shoots projectiles via a unique rubber pocket instead of stretchable tubes or bands. Paired up with the Pocket Hammer handle, it’s been called a “slingshot on steroids” and can shoot up to 350 feet per second. That’s two to three times the rate of a regular slingshot. Meanwhile, you can also shoot arrows with the attachable whisker cap. The complete kit (US$99) comes with one Hammer handle, one standard pouch, one pro-pouch, three arrow pouches, one arrow cap, and four nook covers. With a little practice, the Pocket Hammer is remarkably accurate, and though it might not be viable (or legal) to take down small game in your area, it’s a lot of fun to shoot targets and a great way to get kids busy in the outdoors.

More info: www.thepocketshot.com

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FRESHBACK DETERGENT

If you’re like many outdoorsfolk, you’ve got a pile of hunting clothes stuffed into a duffle bag that you only open during certain times of the year. Are the clothes, or the bag, starting to get a little ripe? Enter Freshback laundry detergent. Made for active people and outdoor enthusiasts, Freshback uses a molecular bonding process that promises to ​keep your apparel odour-free for an entire year or 25 washes! Using food-grade material, this non-toxic laundry treatment thoroughly cleans your clothes and locks in freshness with no perfumes or scents. And it works. After a wet and soggy camping trip this past summer, managing editor Bob Sexton used it to successfully remove the smell of sour milk from a duffle bag.

More info: www.freshback.com

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VINTAGE FLANNEL WORK SHIRT

Available in five colours, Filson’s Vintage Flannel Work Shirt is a comfortable classic that’s both functional and stylish. Made of breathable midweight cotton, it has a soft-brushed interior while its pleated back provides a full range of motion through the shoulders. It has two flap pockets on the front and button-adjustable cuffs. Machine washable and available in XS to XXXL.

More info: www.filson.com

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HOOK SINKER APPAREL

Hook Sinker’s line of toques, caps, t-shirts and hoodies is billed as “lifestyle apparel for those of us who love being on the water.” Based in Kingston, Ontario, the company was founded by four friends who love fishing. And their passion for the sport is definitely reflected in the clothing, albeit in an understated way. After launching the hip clothes, a press release stated: “People want to represent who they are by what they wear, they also want something that looks good, Hook Sinker Apparel does exactly this. It says, ‘I like to fish’ without overselling it.”

More info: https://hooksinker.shop

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And finally, don't forget… OUTDOOR CANADA magazine!

It’s the one gift that every hunter and angler in Canada needs: a whole year of outdoor knowledge, community and entertainment from Outdoor Canada magazine! This holiday season, Canada’s only national fishing, hunting and conservation magazine (that’s us!) has a trophy-class Christmas deal: if you buy one subscription at $19.95, you can get a gift subscription for only $13.95—and that's including taxes, a bonus gift and free gift cards! We’d love to arrive in your mailbox all year long.

To sign up right now, just go to www.OutdoorCanada.ca/GIFT

And from all of us here at OC, many thanks to our readers for a fantastic 2017, and we hope you'll join us for a bigger and better 2018!