Australian Traveller brings you everthing you need to know about…Christmas gifts
By Lucas Trihey
Whether hotel hopping or going bush, this gear is sure to be treasured by the active traveller.
The best thing about good quality travel gear is that it’s functional, durable, lightweight and tailor-made for anyone heading off on an adventure. We’ve compiled a selection of top quality gift ideas that are guaranteed to make someone’s travels more fun, less effort and definitely more stylish.
Leatherman invented multi-tools and the new Surge has pliers and 25(!)
other tools. Great for travel gear repairs, fixing cars, rocket science, brain surgery and amputations (don’t laugh, it’s been done!). $239.95 www.leatherman.com.au
The Suunto Vector has an altimeter, compass, stopwatch and time functions and will even help predict the weather with the on-board barometer and thermometer. Water resistant to 30m, it’s also one of the most user-friendly sport watches available. $399.99 www.suunto.com.au
Travel packs are easier to drag around and live out of than a regular rucksack or suitcase. The Osprey Meridian can be wheeled or carried, has a detachable daypack, a ventilated harness and tough chassis. $349 www.ospreypacks.com.au
Time to celebrate! Whatever the occasion you’ll win friends when you produce these unbreakable GSI Lexan wine glasses from the depths of your rucksack. They look so much like real glass it’s scary. $11.25 for the 150ml size (also available in 295ml), merlot not included. www.spelean.com.au
Never lose track of a loved one again. In an emergency the new GME406 PLB electronic distress beacon sends a signal to a satellite or plane and a search is initiated. New model has digital signal and owner ID. Great for remote travellers. On sale soon, price TBA. www.gme.net.au
Travellers in remote areas can’t always trust the water. The Steripen Purifier helps keep you healthy by eliminating bacteria, protozoa and viruses using UV light (no pumping or chemicals). Very light and compact. $299 www.steripen.com
The Airstrip shirt from ExOfficio is comfortable, easy to wash and fast drying. (And the 3-stage collar is really smart!) There’s no doubt Lawrence of Arabia would have chosen ExOfficio clothing for his travels if he’d known about it. $129.95 www.paddypallin.com.au
The Nikon DXII binoculars are compact and light due to the carbon fibre shell and are great for watching wildlife, sports, cultural events and just checking things out from the hotel balcony. Nikon’s legendary optics ensure a quality image. $329 www.nikon.com.au
The Jetboil Personal Cooking System was designed from the ground up to burn efficiently and hot, meaning less fuel used for faster boil times. Great for a quick cuppa on the trail or ski slope. The stove packs into the insulated cooking cup. Clever. $159 www.jetboil.com
The new improved Led Lenser Duplex head torch has an awesome 1.25 watt (50 lumens) LED light source for after-dark adventures, as well as a low-beam light for close work (and to save batteries). Runs on three AAA batteries and weighs just 180g. $99 www.ledlenser.com.au
WIN! For your chance to win one of two great prize packs (each with a Leatherman Surge multi-tool and a LED LENSER V Focus flashlight) turn to page 19 of the magazine.