Best gifts for outdoor enthusiasts… We like #5 :)

Holiday gifts for silent sports enthusiasts

Dave Foley
Friday, November 01, 2013 11:38 AM

Will they like this? Do they need this? Will they use this? These questions nag at me when I’m shopping. I don’t want to give my friends stuff they won’t use so it takes me a long time to make a selection. If you choose items from this list for the silent sports enthusiasts in your life, I feel certain they will be put to good use.

 1) Thermacell Mosquito Repellent

It looks like a big cell phone and is powered by a single butane cartridge, but when it’s turned on, mosquitoes, black flies and no-see-ums vanish. The instructions say it clears them out in a 15-by-15-foot-square area, and that seems about right. It might not work on a windy day, but it sure made our campsite bug free when turned on. They are available for $25 to $30.

2) GoPro camera

Last year we were sea kayaking off the Brittany Coast and two guys in our party were wearing a GoPro cameras. Both had just purchased them, but after a few trials, they were producing great video. At night we would review the footage and relive our paddling adventures. These cameras, of which there are several variations, sell for $200 to $300, not including accessories.

3) Cycling leg warmers

Often at the start of a bike ride on cold days, your legs are covered, yet two hours later the temperature has shot up and you’re sweating. Rather than have to remove a pair of pants, with leg warmers you just pull off the sleeves covering you from your thighs to knee or a longer version that goes to your ankle. Leg warmers are small enough that you can stuff them in the pockets of your jersey or in a small fanny pack. Depending on the fabric and length, plan to spend  $20 to $70.

4) Cross Country Ski Bones

These flexible rubber or plastic  pieces fit around the edges of your skis and hold them so the bases of the skis aren’t rubbing. Using a unit of Ski Bones at each end of your skis also makes it easier to carry and store them. A unit of Ski Bones retails for about $5.

5) Crazy Creek chair

I bought my first one of these about 15 years ago and it ranks as one of my all-time best camping purchases. The wilderness may be wonderful but when all there is are logs, rocks and the ground to sit on, you really miss a soft seat. The layer of foam on this fold-up seat makes for comfortable sitting and insulates you from the cold damp ground and it slips easily into a backpack. There are several versions ranging in price from $40 to $60.

6) Lightweight snowshoes

Weighing just 2 ½ pounds per pair, these aluminum snowshoes, outfitted with titanium crampons, and only 25-inches long, are what folks that like to run through the snow choose.

You don’t have to be a racer to make good use of these, though. They’re great for just walking on packed snow trails or in the backcountry. Save your bigger snowshoes for when you’re tackling the really deep drifts. Lightweight snowshoes will handle most of what our Midwest winters serve up. Though they sell for up to $300, they will last for decades.

7) Specialized bike frame bag

I’m one of those cyclists who nearly crashes if I try to fumble with a zipper or undo Velcro straps to get a snack. But not with this bike frame bag that fits on the top tube just in front of the seat. Its magnetized flap and mesh cover allows me to eat-on-the-ride without stopping or crashing. It is totally worth the $30 price tag.

8) Spot Locator

Each year my wife and I head into the backcountry, miles out of cell phone coverage. Our only way of communicating with the outside world is through our Spot Locator. It’s a one-way connection enabling us to send an email to alert others that we are O.K. and allows them to track us using GPS. We like knowing that if we had a real emergency, we could press the red SOS/911 button and have someone come to our rescue. Spot Locators sell for about $100.

Dave Foley would rather clean outhouses than wander through shopping malls trying to decide what gifts to buy. He hopes this gift list will make the process less painful for you.  

Essential Camp Gear

By now you may have made your inaugural camp trip. Almost inevitably there were those items you forgot to pack. Well, that is what happened to us. Luckily this was just a “car camping” trip close to home. Packed up the tent, cooking gear, bug spray, sunscreen, clothes, food and water. We even managed to bring out the SUP’s and get some exercise on this car camping trip. The only things we forgot were the Crazy Creek chairs! Sitting around the campfire was plain miserable without that relaxed, laid back comfort of a Crazy Creek. Good thing we were only fifteen minutes from home and did not have to endure. Whatever you forget to pack on your next outing, make sure it is not the Crazy Creeks!

Let me count the ways…

What do I love about the new Air Chair Plus?

What don’t I love about the Air Chair Plus? I mean really, what is not to love about a “cush” seat that can be rolled up and taken anywhere? Probably my favorite feature though is the fact that it is a sleeping pad too. A sleeping pad that you do not need to take apart or put together when you want to change from sleeping to sitting or sitting to sleeping. A chair and a pad – no need to carry both separate items on your next backcountry excursion, cross-country bike trip, motorcycle adventure or whatever your favorite pastime.

Fall is the time for High School Booster Clubs

Looking for some fun new ways to raise money for your High School Booster Club? Crazy Creek chairs are perfect for fall sports. They keep you warmer on the bleachers, give you back support at those long events and offer a great way to prominently display your support for your favorite team!Image

Crazy Creek Original Chairs have been a staple for bleachers and stadiums across the country for years. Available in 5 color options and a variety of ink colors these limited lifetime warranty chairs are our most durable, top-of-the-line products for your logo.Image

If your budget is a little tight to start with, Crazy Creek now offers a lower price point option for your fundraising needs. The Sports Chair is available in 4 colors and also a variety of ink color options to screen your logo on the back of the chair.

You can certainly check out all the options our website www.crazycreek.com or call us at (800) 331-0304.