Christmas Gift Guide 2015: 15 gadget gifts for campers, wanderers and explorers

From compass-kitted flasks to beefy battery packs, here's our list of the best presents for outdoor adventurers

Ah, the great outdoors. Best trodden in a pair of hefty boots with a whisky-filled flask, nature's playground is the perfect place to channel your inner adventurer. Or you could just put up a tent in the garden and use the downstairs loo.

Whether you're a ceaseless whittler, insatiable rambler or you just like sitting on rocks, we've bivvied up a veritable stove-load of great gadget gear to give and receive this Christmas.

Thermoball Triclimate (£280)

Christmas Gift Guide 2015: 15 gadget gifts for campers, wanderers and explorers

Not the lottery getting toasty, Thermoball is North Face’s answer to wilderness warmth.

Full to bursting with insulating goose down, it’s no poultry performer. The removable inner shell of this weather-beating combo scrunches up into a tiny package for easy storage, whilst the seam-sealed outer jacket provides breathable waterproofing to beat any weather.

Buy the Thermoball Triclimate here

Say no to earphone tangle

Petzl e+lite Zip Emergency (£20)

Christmas Gift Guide 2015: 15 gadget gifts for campers, wanderers and explorers

Admit it: you’re very unlikely to get into the type of situation where you would need to use a light to try and get the attention of a would-be rescuer. And, if you are, then by the time you’ve said, “Quick! Pass the Petzl e+lite Zip Emergency torch thing”, you’ll probably be dead.

Nevertheless, it’s a neat (27g), and very affordable, addition to your panic-bag, with white and red LEDs that can shine or strobe to bring help - ideal for when the festival campsite gets just too hectic.     

Buy the Petzl e+lite Zip Emergency here

VSSL Flask (£70)

Christmas Gift Guide 2015: 15 gadget gifts for campers, wanderers and explorers

Whisky by the fire, tequila by the tree, a beer in the bush and, oh, where’s the tent?

Down on all fours, you try to channel your inner Ray Mears, tracking shoeprints through the scrubs. After hours of walking in circles, you realise you’re actually in the back garden.

Still, had you really been drunk in the desert, this flashlight-equipped military-grade aluminium flask, complete with in-built compass, would have done the trick. Time to find that orienteering guide.

Buy the VSSL Flask here

Gotenna (Two for US$200)

Christmas Gift Guide 2015: 15 gadget gifts for campers, wanderers and explorers

There’s an odd physics to radio-waves: within a certain range of a mast, you get no signal at all. Antennae are often put on mountains. You are climbing mountains. Therefore, you have no phone signal.

So, make your own. GoTenna lets you stay connected even where there’s no mobile reception, with 1-to-1 or group broadcasts sent securely to your buddies by its cognitive digital radio across a range of up to 4 miles. You can even share locations on offline maps.

Buy Gotenna twin pack here

Leatherman OHT (£66)

Christmas Gift Guide 2015: 15 gadget gifts for campers, wanderers and explorers

When you’ve got a grizzly by the scruff and you’re scrabbling for your toothpick to remove a seed from the beast’s grill (thereby becoming fast friends and securing a lucrative TV deal), you’ll be glad you have this military grade multitool: all of its blades can be accessed with one hand. Bear-illiant.

Buy the Leatherman OHT here

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