Get Out There's holiday gift guide
Turn the campfire inside out with the cool new BioLite FirePit available at Mountain Equipment Coop. This is a portable campfire that can be used anywhere from the cottage to the beach, and, of course, the campground. The stainless steel portable fire pit gives you a 360-degree view of the blaze through X-ray mesh side panels. Inside the pit, there’s a rechargeable battery-powered fan with four different flame settings. The fan is also Bluetooth-compatible, which means you can control the intensity of your campfire from the palm of your hand or across the campsite. There are 51 tiny perfect air jets that improve burning efficiency, which means far less smoke than a traditional fire.
Looking for something special for the sportsperson in your life? The beautiful Seastar 1000 from Swiss luxury watchmaker Tissot is an exquisite timepiece that blends style and performance without compromising either. The diving inspiration shapes both the appearance and the functionality of this watch. It maintains its performance to a pressure of 30 bar (300m/1'000ft), combining underwater sports and a preference for a sophisticated Swiss watch. The diving theme continues through elements such as a unidirectional bezel, a strap with a divers' safety buckle, plus luminescent hands and markings.
A rider-focused spin on GORE-TEX weatherproof protection, fully-featured for a day on the hill no matter what the weather's up to. The Burton Kaylo jacket delivers versatile warmth while ensuring the Keep You Dry® performance you’d expect from Gore fabrics. Living Lining® thermo-regulating technology reacts to your body heat for climate-controlled comfort. Other features include a removable waist gaiter, adjustable hood and cuffs, hand-warmer pockets, and more add value to an already jam-packed winter staple. The Burton Kayto is also a bluesign™ product that meets the highest standards of environmental responsibility, consumer safety, and resource conservation and features Living Lining® thermo-regulating technology that reacts to your body heat and a lifetime warranty.
With wintry weather here, Baffin has just what we need: Wonderfully stylish yet functional boots that are fortified against the elements. The Copenhagen and Chelsea boots come with an all-season rating, breathable waterproof bootie membrane and a removable comfort-crafted insole. The Copenhagen base combines an EVA midsole with ICE BITE outsole while the Chelsea features a P.U. midsole with premium rubber high-grip outsole. The boots have a waterproof and breathable leather upper and a waterproof neoprene side panel and back-loop pull for easy slip-on. These boots will have you looking good walking about town after a day on the slopes, or heading out to the woods for a fall hike. Versatility meets style.
The new Giro Method goggle takes a page from the past with bold retro style but has been advanced with the most modern technology. This goggle is designed with the core rider in mind, whose mission is to progress in the park and pipe and look good doing so. The Method goggle’s most boast-worthy feature is the expanded field of view. Our product developers have worked hard to ensure the goggle sits as close to the face as possible for excellent vision in all directions, making spotting and stomping landings easier. Also noteworthy is the Method’s totally new vent design that not only creates a unique textured aesthetic but also offers durability and structure at the same time. To top it all off, the Method is Adapt Strap-compatible, so riders can have their goggle look more personalized than ever before. Bonus: Method comes with two VIVID lenses with Optics by ZEISS.
These hybrid sleeping bags have the best of both worlds; down insulation on top and TrueLoft synthetic insulation on the bottom. Features include a generous mummy shape for comfort and thermal efficiency as well as ethically sourced down insulation on top for maximum warmth, light weight, and small carry size. Additional features include an insulated and sculpted hood and foot box for better fit and warmth, drawcord around the face to trap heat and keep cold out, two-way nylon coil zipper allows for venting; reversible slider with hi-visibility fabric and much more. See Get Out There’s full review of the Fusion 150 on our YouTube channel here.
This is a line of hikers designed by women for women with performance, comfort and traction to get you where you want to go whether it’s up the side of a mountain or along a creekbed. High-performance features include a 4mm multi-directional traction lugs, a stability shank for lightweight support and the KonnectFit heel-capture system for a locked-in feel. The Terradora features a mesh upper with overlays for lightweight support, as well as the Keen All-Terrain rubber outsole for high-traction grip, low-density EVA midsole that caters to a woman's foot, breathable mesh lining and removable, dual-density EVA footbed with arch support for long-lasting comfort.
These bold and stylish frameless goggles are a fantastic choice for athletes looking for a balance between style and performance. The Nevada features Bolle’s incredible Phantom lens, which is a combination of three advanced technologies that have revolutionized vision on snow. The Nevada is a sleek and stylish goggle made with NXT that delivers greater definition and the molecular photochromic filter adapts to any light condition. The low-temperature sensitivity ensures high photochromic performance even in low temperatures. It’s a great fit for the slopes.
We at Get Out There are loving our Anian Modern Melton wool shirt. It is an essential part of our wardrobe for fall and winter. This shirt is perfect to layer in the outdoors and made by natural fibres to withstand adventures. The Melton wool, which was historically used in Navy uniforms, has fantastic wind and water resistance that make it the perfect choice for hikes in the forest, fishing by the lake or even late-night fires. The Anian Modern Melton is made to be last and will never go out of style, but added bonus: the material is created through a sustainable process and will not harm the environment.
This shoe is an ideal choice for all-weather activity on technical trails. The Norvan GTX is lightweight with a GORE-TEX membrane as well as GORE Invisible Fit technology. The shoe is designed for long trail runs across a range of conditions. The Vibram® Megagrip outsole delivers a versatile grip on the most technical of trails. In short, the material choices and geometry ensure long-distance performance, protection and comfort.
These long-cuff gloves are particularly well suited for the adventurer no matter your choice of winter pursuits from alpine skiing to winter camping to skijoring. The Adventurer gloves feature PRIMALOFT® insulation and +GORE WARM certification that makes this style perfect for off-trail expeditions. The water-resistant and breathable Flexshell has premium leather, just like the palms, while the membrane is waterproof and breathable GORE-TEX. The Adventurer also features an ACCU-DRI® moisture-wicking micro-polyester lining and +GORE WARM certification for higher insulation performance.
Looking for a modern, weekend-ready parka powered by 600-fill goose down? Look no further than the stunning women’s Hillsdale parka. The shell is Omni-Tech treated: critically seam-sealed, waterproof, and breathable. A stow-away hood gives you options depending on the weather or your mood. We love the two-way front zip that can open at the bottom for more walking mobility. Rib cuffs and the extended length keep the wind out. Reverse the jacket, and the quilt-sewn inner makes a different statement. Our gear reviewer Caitlin Foisy actually checked out one of these jackets earlier this year. Check out her full review here.
Events that make for perfect stocking stuffers
This is one of the best organized and most enjoyable events on the winter running calendar. Held by the crack team at VR Pro, the Chilly has been a vital part of the Southern Ontario running scene for almost a quarter-century. It’s also about six weeks before the Boston Marathon, so attracts some pretty big names looking for a race workout. There are three options for this Burlington race: a 5K, 10K and half-marathon. Count on a fantastic race atmosphere and as always some delicious Stagg chilli and beer available at many post-race locations. This year, the race is held on March 1, 2020. The Chilly has always been a popular race with Get Out There's team of reporters. Here is our most recent review from 2018.
This fantastic winter obstacle event made our list of Canada’s Must-Do Winter Races. Polar Rush takes place at Horseshoe Resort just north of Toronto. Think playdate in the snow meets obstacle race! More than 1,400 participants are expected to enjoy this 5K romp through scenic forest trails punctuated by Polar Rush’s unique winter obstacles. Over 12 obstacles will have you slipping, sliding and climbing your way to the finish line. But these aren’t just any obstacles! Of course, you’ll find the traditional walls and climbing apparatus you’re familiar with from summer OCR racers, but you’ll also get to try crazy carpeting, snow crawls and snow tubing! And we totally love the apres vibe of this race. A licensed BBQ next to a roaring bonfire greet you at the finish line. Sit back with your friends, warm-up and tell tales of the race.
It is hard to beat music and Muskoka at any time, but add fun family running event to the mix, and it is the recipe for a fantastic day. Band on the Run combines live music along a gorgeous running route in the hills of Muskoka. All levels of runner are welcome and there are a few distances from which to choose — half-marathon, 10K, 5K, 5K walk and a kids fun run. Last year, there were 11 bands out on the route to entertain and motivate participants. This, combined with some seriously spirited volunteers makes the event one of the most enjoyable for runners and families. But the fun doesn’t end there, after the race, there is a family-friendly, licensed all-ages Celebration Party in downtown Huntsville at River Mill Park from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. Musical guests in years past include Jim Cuddy, Joel Plaskett and Matt Mays.