News Tribune annual outdoor holiday gift guide
Santa Claus has been tuning up for his chimney climbing at Duluth's newest city park — Quarry Park in West Duluth. And retailers from across the Northland have offered up some great suggestions for the outdoors enthusiasts on your holiday gift list.
The Roll-Top Scout Pack from Duluth Pack is an ideal companion for bikers and commuters. It offers the option of rolling the bag down to accommodate a small load or rolling it down less for larger loads. Dimensions: 12 inches wide, 4 inches deep, 16-22 inches high. Suggested by Duluth Pack, Duluth. Price, $165.
Extended run time
MarCum's Lithium Shuttle is a compact, lightweight and long-lasting shuttle for your MarCum electronics (or other brands with an adapter, sold separately). Powered by a 12-volt, 12-amp hour lithium ION polymer battery, it can extend your unit's continuous run time up to 40 hours. Suggested by Marine General Supply, Duluth. Price, $249.99.
To the summit
Gear up with the Summit Expedition pack in Heritage Black from Frost River. The Summit series of packs is based on the traditional knapsack. The Summit Expedition goes a step further with upgraded pockets, external lash points, waxed canvas, premium leather and solid brass hardware. Suggested by Frost River, Duluth. Price, $245.
Protect your noggin
The Castle Mode MX Stance helmet features an aerodynamic shell design and a multi-density EPS liner. Removable and washable interior padding offers a plush fit and wicks perspiration. Large eyeport allows comfortable fit of most goggles. Suggested by Duluth Lawn and Sport, Duluth. Price, $119.99.
Studs on ice
Freeze-thaw conditions can create slippery trails and, with a selection of studded fat bike tires in stock, Twin Ports Cyclery has your answer. The shop has several trail-gripping models from 45NRTH and Terrene Tires. Suggested by Twin Ports Cyclery, Duluth. Price, from $149.99.
Outcast float tube
Outcast's Super Fat Cat Float Tube for fly-fishers combines reliable durability and thoughtful features. A fully inflatable seat and back rest provide on-water comfort and compact transport.
Suggested by Great Lakes Fly Shop, Duluth. Price, $449.
Grab and go
The Grab-N-Go from Duluth Pack is the perfect little bag for school supplies, makeup or small toiletries. Made in America. Guaranteed for life. Dimensions: 5 inches high by 8½ inches wide by 4 inches deep. Suggested by Duluth Pack, Duluth. Price, $35.
Purify water fast
The SteriPen Adventurer Opti was the recipient of a 2012 Desnivel Award as one of the 15 best new products. Great for camping and hiking off the power grid. Suggested by Northwest Outlet, Superior. Price, $89.95.
Stay warm on the stream
Be prepared for the biting wind that may cut through your predawn casting routine with Simms' Guide Windbloc Hat. Polartec Windbloc fleece fabric gives you a soft, stretchy fit that battles any breeze with a fully windproof exterior. Suggested by Superior Fly Angler, Superior. Price, $37.46.
Warm at the lodge
The Wintergreen women's sweater fleece lodge cardigan is full-zip, crafted from 8.9-ounce Polartec Thermal Pro sweater fleece. Looks and feels like a sweater. Made in Ely. Suggested by Wintergreen Northern Wear, Ely. Price, $158.
Work Sharp has partnered with legendary knife-maker Ken Onion to develop a new knife and tool sharpening platform with expanded features. Keep your knives sharp with Work Sharp. Suggested by Piragis Northwoods Co., Ely. Price, $149.95.
Do the Polar Buff
The Polar Buff is ideal for skiing, fat-biking or snowshoeing. Wear it around your neck or with multifunctional headwear versatility. It's made with warm, comfortable Polartec Classic 100 fleece at the base and a full-length microfiber headwear on top. The Polar Buff can be worn 10 different ways. Suggested by Trailfitters, Duluth. Price, $32.
Heat it up
The MSR Windburner 1-liter is a fast, fuel-efficient personal stove system for solo travelers, minimalist trips and personal meals. Ideal for backcountry adventures and weekend camping alike. The all-in-one system nests inside its pot for easy packing. Suggested by Northwest Outlet, Superior. Price, $139.95.
Snake Eye camera
The Snake Eye is for hard-to-see places. View firearm actions, barrels, home drains and much more. See it, photograph it and video it from your phone or tablet. Comes with a 6-foot waterproof camera. Lifetime guarantee. Suggested by Superior Shooters Supply, Superior. Price, $55.
Bring your Buddy
Stay warm in your fishing shelter with the Mr. Heater Buddy portable propane heater. Designed with safety in mind, this lightweight heater is powerful enough to heat spaces up to 200 square feet. Suggested by Mills Fleet Farm, Hermantown. Price, $69.99
A skateboard from home
Damage Boardshop in Duluth offers a limited-edition "Home Is Where The Heart Is" skateboard. This board represents Damage and the love that the shop has for its community and skateboarding in our area. Suggested by Damage Boardshop, Duluth. Price (deck only), $45.
Tie some flies
The Wapsi fly-tying kit makes fly-tying fun. Kit includes all tools and materials needed to tie many of the top trout flies. Step-by-step instructions included. Suggested by Superior Fly Angler, Superior. Price, $69.95.
Wax up and go
You'll always be waxed and ready with Swixsport's F4 Universal All Temperature Liquid Wax. For all skis and snowboards in all snow conditions. With foam applicator and felt polisher. Handy ergonomic pocket size. Suggested by the Ski Hut, Duluth. Price, $17.
Warm your paws
These 12-inch beaver fur mittens are made in Duluth with buckskin palms and Polartec fleece lining. Plunge your hands into these for superior warmth. Suggested by USA Foxx & Furs, Duluth. Price, $129.
Drink your favorite beverage from a mug with graphics from your favorite boardshop. A variety of graphics available. Suggested by Damage Boardshop, Duluth. Price, $9.95 per mug.
Get the Guru
Waterworks-Lamson's Guru II 3 is a rugged, fully USA-machined and ultra-reliable fly reel. Enlightened excellence at a reasonable price. Suggested by Great Lakes Fly Shop, Duluth. Price, $249.95
Support local trails
With your purchase of Continental Coffee, Grand Avenue Nordic Center ski ties, or the Duluth XC Ski Club hat, you'll support funding for a new cross-country ski trail at Spirit Mountain with man-made snow, or the building of local single-track trails. Prices: Coffee, $20; hat, $25; ski ties, $10. Suggested by Continental Ski and Bike, Duluth.
StrikeMaster's 40v Lithium Auger combines decades of ice-auger experience with leading-edge design and power engineering. Its 40-volt, 5-amp hour lithium ion battery powers an electric motor for constant speed and torque. Suggested by Marine General Supply, Duluth. Price, $549.99 (8-inch); $569.99 (10-inch).
Make firewood fast
The Sven-Saw, manufactured by Sven Products Inc. of Duluth, is the original camper's folding saw. Ideal for camping, backpacking, canoe trips and more. Weighs less than a pound. Suggested by Minnesota Surplus and Outfitters, Duluth. Price, $36.95 (15-inch blade) or $39.95 (21-inch blade).
Light the night
Light your way with the classic Barebones Forest Lantern. Rechargeable Li-Ion batteries put out 325 lumens of warm light for up to four hours. On low, it will glow for 80-plus hours. Bronze or red body. Dimensions: 6 inches by 9½ inches by 6 inches. Suggested by Piragis Northwoods Co., Ely. Price, $50.
Micro trail camera
Browning's Sub-Micro Trail Camera can be used not only for a trail cam but also a security camera. HD video with audio. Capture up to 10,000 images on six AA batteries with four-second trigger speed. Suggested by Superior Shooters Supply, Superior. Price, $109.
Roll up your tools
The Tool Roll by Frost River stows your tools for the toolbox, duffel bag, under the seat of a bike, or the handlebars of a Hog. Built from waxed canvas, leather and brass. Snapped, leather flapped pocket included. Suggested by Frost River, Duluth. Price, $55.
Merino wool hoodie
Timeless and sustainable, Wintergreen's new active-wear merino wool pullover hoodie can be worn without itch next to the skin and will give you miles of comfort whether biking, hiking or skiing. Made in Ely. Suggested by Wintergreen Northern Wear, Ely. Price, $175.
Beaver fur hat
Stylish and toasty. Stay warm all winter long with a beaver-fur Russian hat made in Duluth. Fur ear and neck flaps can be tied under the chin for maximum protection from the elements. Suggested by USA Foxx & Furs, Duluth. Price, $129.
Protect those paws
When you want the most protection for your dog's paws, you need the Durapaw Dog Bootie from Kondos Outdoors. The booties are made with a soft fleece inner layer, and a tough rubberized outer layer. Suggested by Kondos Outdoors, Ely. Price, $29.99 (set of four).
Paddle with a story
This Sawyer canoe paddle features original artwork by the late Anishinaabe artist Roy Thomas of Thunder Bay. Each paddle is numbered and signed by Louise Thomas in memory of her husband. Suggested by Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply, Grand Marais. Price, $159.95.
Bring the gang
There's room for up to four ice anglers in the Shappell Wide House 6500 Hub Ice Fishing Shelter. Easy set-up for a perfect day on the ice. Includes ice anchors, tie-downs and carrying case. Suggested by Mills Fleet Farm, Hermantown. Price, $199.95.
It's hard to beat choppers — leather mitts with wool liners. These moosehide choppers are made by Klondike Sterling out of Winnipeg. Suggested by Minnesota Surplus and Outfitters, Duluth. Prices: Single-palm, sizes small through 3XL, $44.95; double-palm, sizes small through XL, $49.95. Wool liners by Fox River (85 percent wool, 15 percent nylon), $14.95.
Take your tools
The Fabric Chamber Multi-Tool features a ratcheting head and a selection of fastener bits for modern bicycles. The bits store inside the aluminum handle of this compact tool. Hex bits, Phillips bits, slotted bits and Torx bits all included. Suggested by Twin Ports Cyclery, Duluth. Price, $49.99.
Hot or cold
The Hydro Flask stainless steel pint glass features double-wall vacuum insulation that will keep your drink hot or cold for hours, whichever you prefer. An excellent choice for the trail. Suggested by Trailfitters, Duluth. Price, $24.95.
Ride with warm feet
Castle Charge Boa snowmobiling boots adjust fit with precision and allows for quick release. Made with molded, high-abrasion toe and durable traction rubber sole. Reflective elements and EVA footbed. Suggested by Duluth Lawn and Sport, Duluth. Price, $219.99.
It's a long winter...
So, ride a Framed Wolftrax Alloy fat bike. With big tires, disc brakes, and room for lots of gear, fat bikes can take you anywhere from the beaches of Lake Superior to hunting to winter biking. Suggested by Galleria Bicycle, Hermantown. Prices, $875 and up.
Hitch up and go
Have fun with your dog year-round! The updated Combi-jore Kit is the premium setup for skijoring, canicross and scootering and can work with some bikejoring set-ups as well. Suggested by Kondos Outdoors, Ely. Price, $98.99.
Hit the trails
Norco mountain bikes can help you experience the Twin Ports in a whole new way. With hundreds of miles of trails in our backyard, it's hard not to fall in love with this ride. Suggested by Galleria Bicycle, Hermantown. Price, $430 and up.
Be seen, be safe
For safety on the roads, use revolutionary, button-free Vibe headlights and taillights by Light & Motion on your bike. They feature smart sensors that recognize motion and automatically turn on and off, with a powerful, variable pulse. Suggested by Ski Hut, Duluth. Price, $40.
Keep your boat's battery up to full charge with the Moose Automatic Maintainer and never worry about running out of juice. Suggested by RJ Sport & Cycle, Hermantown. Price, $39.95
Pick up a $25 gift card from RJ Sport & Cycle, Hermantown.
For someone on your list who's been very good, consider the Oru Bay ST Kayak. This foldable kayak has room to stash gear for day trips and short camping excursions. Only 28 pounds and packs up for easy transport. Suggested by Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply, Grand Marais. Price, $1,599.
Light your way
The Serfas Headlight and Taillight Combo Pack provides bikers excellent visibility on the road or trail. Light pack has four light modes and is USB-rechargeable with a battery life of up to 7.5 hours. This light can be seen up to one mile away! Suggested by Continental Ski and Bike, Duluth. Price, $49.99.