By Ellen Barone - www.EllenBarone.com
Adventure has always been synonymous with wish lists. Whether it's a dream destination, a once-in-a-lifetime experience, the latest gadget or gear, it's all about getting out there.
As if you needed a reason: here are ten irresistible holiday gift ideas sure to inspire you to pack up and play.
1. YOUR LIFE IN HD: GoPro HD Hero 960 Wearable Camera
Relive the high-adrenaline excitement of your heli-ski vacation, mountain bike adventure or scuba holiday (it's waterproof!) with this tiny, shatterproof GoPro HD Hero 960 camera. It can be mounted on ski and cycling helmets, handlebars, dive gear or just about anywhere else you want the hands-free ability to capture the fun. ($179, www.gopro.com)2. PERFORMANCE NEVER LOOKED SO GOOD: Arcteryx Sabre SV Jacket
This stylish, high-performing GORE-TEX® soft shell jacket is wind and waterproof giving you full alpine protection without weighing you down. Blending form and function, the large cuffs fit over, or under, gloves, and a generous Storm Hood™ covers helmets and allows easy layering with hoodies. ($450; www.arcteryx.com)
3. ROCK N' ROLL: Eagle Creek Switchback™ Max 22
You simply can't go wrong with Eagle Creek's lifetime, no-matter-what guarantee. For a multi activity trip when a backpack and wheels are essential, the Switchback™ Max 22 is the ideal traveling companion. Carry on your back or roll down the street - whatever works. Best of all, the zip-off daypack is a perfect solution for your daily needs once you get where you're going. Team it with the Eagle Creek pack-it cubes, folders and sacs and you're more than good to go. ($300; www.eaglecreek.com)
4. STOP WHINING: PlatyPreserve wine preservation bottle.
Who says you have to rough-it when you adventure? Bring along your favorite wine without the weight and worry of glass. On the go, or at home, the PlatyPreserve bottle is the smartest way to keep your opened wine tasting fresh. These collapsible containers, from Seattle-based Cascade Designs, the makers of Therma-Rest, offer an easy, lightweight alternative to pack and enjoy wine wherever you go. ($9.95; http://cascadedesigns.com/platypus)5. READY, SET, ADVENTURE: Olympus Stylus Tough 8010
Hurtling down a rugged trail. Plunging underwater. Balancing on your snowboard. This is a go-anywhere, do-anything pocket-sized camera that snaps amazing photos, records HD movies, and can handle any adventure — wet, wild, or freezing. The freeze-proof, crush-proof, drop-proof STYLUS TOUGH-8010 is engineered to play as hard as you do. ($379.00; http://www.olympusamerica.com/)6. TOUGH, COOL, ESSENTIAL: ExOfficio Insect Shield® Halo™ Shirt
Male or female, no matter where your adventures take you, the ExOfficio Halo shirt is the ultimate travel essential. Lightweight, moisture-wicking, quick-drying, wrinkle-resistant, anti-insect and UPF 30+, with hidden security pocket and roll-up sleeve tabs, this shirt makes you feel like a super hero in your own life. Don't leave home without one. ($59.91; www.exofficio.com)7. TRAVEL TECH PROTECTION: Otterbox Defender Series
For the adventurous techie in your tribe whose play-hard lifestyle requires serious protection, these rugged multi-layer cases withstand any environment and provide added protection against the scratches, drops, bumps, and shocks of an adventure lifestyle. Available for Apple®, HTC, BlackBerry, Motorola, Samsung and others devices. ($49.95; www.otterbox.com)
8. BEST IN SNOW: North Face Nuptse Knee-High Boot
Cold, wet, and wintry? Bring it on! This super warm goose-down knee high boot is filled with a plush 550 fill down, and features a full zip from the Achilles tendon to the calf for easy on/off access. Stretch elastic binding at calf. Durable TNF™ Winter Grip™ outsole and Ice Pick™ technology sole for traction, bites into slick, icy terrain. ($170; www.thenorthface.com)
9. LIFE IN THE BIKE LANE: Montare Dual Sport by Gary Fisher for Trek
Take legendary bike guru, Gary Fisher, and Trek passion, brains and brawn. Add in a spec package to rival top-tier mountain bikes, but in a more versatile package. Then top it off with engineering that not only allows off-road riding, but great on-road performance, too, and you have a sweet all-purpose dual sport bike to ride into the New Year. ($989.99; www.trekbikes.com)
10. THE ULTIMATE BUCKET LIST: The Adventure Collection
Dream it. Do it. The Adventure Collection brings you over 300 collective years of experience bringing you 1,000 journeys to all 7 continents. A ten-member alliance of the world’s best and most imaginative adventure travel companies (including CMH Summer Adventures), The Adventure Collection offers experiences from the Himalaya to the Sahara, from Provence to Patagonia, from South Sea paradises to glittering mega-cities. Whether it's rock climbing or wine tasting, globetrotting private jet extravaganzas or fly fishing idylls, they've got you, and any adventure-loving friend or family member on your list, covered.
See you out there!
Travel expert Ellen Barone did what many of us only dream of doing: at the age of 35, she traded a successful academic career for the wild blue yonder and set out to explore the world and herself. In the dozen years since that intrepid decision, she has turned passion into profession journeying to more than 70 countries in search of evocative images and life-enriching adventures. Learn more at EllenBarone.com