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14 Rad Pieces of Gear that Make Great Gifts

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14 Rad Pieces of Gear that Make Great Gifts
For explorers who love rough roads and far-flung places, these 14 pieces of adventure-worthy gear are perfect presents. They’re made for journeying beyond city streets, with features optimized for land, wind, sea, and shore.
By Kelly Bastone, AFAR Contributor
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    Garmin inReach Explorer+
    Encourage postcards from the road with this satellite communicator, which sends location updates, posts to social media, and yes, fires off an emergency SOS—no cell service required. $450 from Garmin
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    Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean “Big Blue”
    With a faux-fabric band (made of rubber), a blue ceramic dial, and hands crafted from 18K white gold, this dive watch looks splendid above and below the water. $11,700 from Omega
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    REI Co-op Big Haul 60 Duffel
    The tough-but-light fabric stands up to abuse, and various carry configurations morph from duffel to backback to strapless cargo bag. $109 from REI Co-op
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    Patagonia Black Hole MLC 45L
    Weatherize their travels with this carry-on, which converts to a backpack and is virtually waterproof—so it keeps contents dry from Manhattan to Manila. $199 from Patagonia
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    Sensi Studio Caracol Long-Brim Hat
    This straw hat is sun protection that’s handmade in Ecuador but influenced by Milan. $162 from The Line
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    Jack Spade Dipped Paddle Board Case
    Upgrade their beach toys with paddles and a ball packaged in tonal ocean hues. $98 from MoMA Design Store
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    Vivobarefoot Ultra 3 Bloom
    Give them a greener water shoe: Made with algae-based Bloom foam (instead of petrochemical EVA), these amphibious lace-ups feature a sticky rubber outsole for rock-hopping. $85 from Vivobarefoot
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    Hala Gear Hoss
    Carbon-fiber construction makes this SUP as fast and maneuverable as hardbodied paddleboards, but it’s deflatable—so it packs down small for easy storage and transport. $1,399 from Hala Gear
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    Budnitz Model E
    No clunky power boxes clutter up this sleek steel (or titanium alloy) frame, because the motor is built right into the rear hub—making this the e-bike for design-conscious cyclists. From $3,950 from Budnitz Bicycles
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    TreePod Camper
    Give your favorite road-tripper a portable tree house that sleeps two and suspends from any sturdy branch or awning. $575 from TreePod
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    Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR
    The built-in heart-rate monitor makes this powerful GPS watch perfect for runners and other outdoor athletes. $549 from Suunto
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    Oru Kayak Bay ST
    For the traveling paddler, this foldable kayak is stable yet speedy on the water. $1,599 from Oru Kayak
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    Alite Meadow Mat
    Outdoor concerts and backcountry picnics call for a waterproof blanket that rolls up into its permanently-attached carrying strap. $40 from Alite Designs
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    Eddie Bauer Women’s Departure Shirt Dress
    The go-anywhere silhouette of this shirt dress gains a performance edge with stretchy, moisture-wicking UPF 50 fabric that dries superfast (a boon for washbasin laundry sessions). $90 from Eddie Bauer
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    What’s Next . . .
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