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2015 Holiday Guide: Outdoor gear guide

Hala Gear Hoss BT
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Hala Gear Hoss BT

For an uber-friendly family SUP for the Yampa or local lakes, it doesn’t get much better than the Hoss BT. Its 11-foot length, 35-inch width and six-inch thickness offer stability and agility wherever your strokes take you. One of Hala’s most versatile, all-around boards, it’s great for lakes, rivers, light whitewater, fishing, multiple riders (including your dog) and more. Built with the industry’s toughest drop-stitch technology, it comes with a full-length traction pad, raised stomp pad, nine D-rings for rigging, removable, 4-inch side fins, and flexible, 8-inch flex fin. $1,399, halagear.com

Talon Grips Gripster coaster

If it works for guns, it’ll work for coffee cups. That’s the theory behind Talon Grips’ new Gripster, a mixture of a patented Talon grip and coaster designed specifically for 20- and 30-ounce YETI Ramblers. $4.99 (two-pack), talongrips.com

Phone Puffy

Keep your phone warm and extend its battery life with the new Phone Puffy, made right here in the Yampa Valley. The fleece-insulated, polyester phone purse keeps batteries operating all day, prolonging everything from tunes to skiing apps while you’re out on the slopes. $19.99, phonepuffy.com

Point6 Coolrado sock

For skiers and riders, Point6‘s Coolrado Sky High is an ultra light sock with a minimalist design that fits perfectly inside all boots. Made from 67 percent wool, 28 percent nylon and 5 percent spandex, it comes with achilles and arch braces to secure it in place and hug the foot for fit, while temperature-regulating merino keeps your feet dry. Bonus: graphics inspired by Colorado’s mountain culture and a lifetime guarantee. $20.95, point6.com

Spiffy Dog Christmas Collar

Like its other award-winning Air Collars, this Christmas version is made of lightweight, breathable mesh that dries quickly, breathes, reduces odor and is washable. $15.99, spiffydog.com

Moots Routt 45

Designed for rough roads and two track, the Routt 45 handles mixed terrain with pedaling aplomb, accommodating 23mm skinny tires up to 45mm knobbies. It’s hand built in Steamboat with 3/2.5 Pi Tech titanium tubing with 45cm chain stays for clearance; a lower-threaded bracket for road feel; 44mm head tube for tapered fork; top tube cable routing; disc brakes; and more. It’s available in custom and seven stock sizes (50 to 60 cm), with options including S&S couplers, internal electronic cable routing, fender eyelets, third water bottle mount, rack eyelets, pump pegs and slider dropouts. $8,979 (with porcelain rocket bags), moots.com

Walton’s Thumb multi-tool

Invented in the early ‘70s by Hank Roberts and now resurrected by Steamboat’s Creek Company, it features 10 functions: four lever-operated, including pincer, cutter, crimper and split shot remover; and six folding, including knife, screwdriver, split ring remover, scissors, hook eye cleaner/knot pick and lanyard ring. Made of stainless steel, it can hang from a vest or be stored in a pocket. $39.99, creekcompany.com

Helinox camp chair

Want to win the camp chair envy game? Get your loved one the Helinox, a lightweight buttpiece offering back and neck support. Light enough at just 1.9 pounds to bring hiking, backpacking, fishing or paddling, its single, shock-corded pole design makes set-up a snap. $139, bigagnes.com

SmartWool Propulsion jacket

Available in men’s and women’s versions, the Propulsion is great for the slopes and perfect for Slopeside afterward. Built for function and fashion, it carries Smartloft wool up front for warmth and equal parts knitted merino and polypro joining 8 percent Elastane on the sleeves and back for comfort. Wind-resistant nylon with a DWR finish keeps breezes at bay while a plush 56-percent merino lining provides apres-like coziness. $200, smartwool.com

Cogma Bikewear Leah cycling top

Designed and tested on Steamboat’s trails, Cogma’s clothing is designed for riding and relaxing. Made from high-performance, eco-friendly compressive bodice fabric from Italy, the women’s Leah comes with a zipper front, back pocket for gear and Cogma floral print for those not afraid to ride hard “while showing their girly side.” $85, cogmabikewear.com

Big Agnes Farnsworth hooded jacket

Designed for when Old Man Winter blows into the Yampa Valley, the Farnsworth is a lightweight, synthetic hoodie insulated with Pinneco Core™, a more breathable, thermally efficient and sustainably engineered fill than other insulation options. Warm and comfy, its fit is relaxed, with a stylish slanted-quilt design to decrease bulk and allow for layering underneath. $199.95, bigagnes.com

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