A few weeks ago I posted Christmas gift ideas for the paddler in your life, as the Holiday season is less than a week away I thought maybe you would need some ideas to fill out the stocking - that is hung by the chimney with care - of that paddler who is so hard to shop for. In no particular order, they are all under $25.00
#1 I am sad to see that my favorite paddling shoe is being discontinued and replaced with a more expensive version by NRS. But it still exists as a close out item and is a steal at $11.25. I have worn this shoe (they call it a sock, but it is definitely more shoe like) from Alaska to the Caribbean. It's low profile yet comfortable.
#2 Another NRS closeout - These pogies served me well in Alaska this summer - So well I left them there. Somewhere between Juneau and Skagway. Probably on a rock. I like pogies much more than gloves. These are a nice simple neoprene version. $21.95
#3 Don't be fooled by the one bad review on REI.com. This little five liter dry bag is the bomb! Durable, with tie downs on the sides it makes an awesome deck bag. A reader actually suggested it, and I will never go back. $19.95
#4 Don't want to spend $49.00 on the Black Diamond storm - Try this for $19.95. This updated Black Diamond Gizmo is 35 lumens and weighs just a couple of ounces.
#5 Already shooting with a GoPro Hero HD2? Then they need this. $20.00 gets you a bicycle seat post adapter. Why would you need that? Because it fits perfectly on a paddle shaft.
#6 This is one of my favorite things. The replacement pad for the NRS quick change duffel. You already have a bag that all your gear goes in, but how many times have you stood next to it to change into or out of your paddling clothes and ended up standing on cold wet gravel mixed with mud? This is a round piece of nylon with a draw string around the outside. I stand in the middle of it to put on or take off my drysuit. It keeps my feet dry and clean, and protects the booties of my drysuit until I put on my desperado Socks. If you leave wet clothes in it you can then pull the draw string - it ends up looking like a big dumpling! - to keep your wet clothes from getting everything else wet. The best $15.95 I ever spent.
#7 To help you build Chi in the new year how about these Black Diamond Chinese exercise balls. You can find this same item less expensive without the Black Diamond Logo, but they make such nice steel products I think it's worth it. I have a pair of BD chopsticks that I received as a gift from the president of BD. And they are so beautifully made it's incredible.
#8 Another company that makes amazing products out of metal, Snow Peak makes this amazing piece of cutlery. $9.95 for titanium, you can't beat that.
#9 This is a book that really helped me get my meditation rolling (no pun intended), I highly recommend it. Don't knock it until you have tried it. And if your going to meditate I find a timer essential. $1.99 gets you my timer of choice.
#10 And finally, Don't get lost. I love this Wilderness Navigation book, It's not marine specific, but it is very good.
I hope everyone has a healthy and happy holiday. I will see you in the new year.