Sportsmen, despite their many benevolent (and totally gift-deserving) qualities, make Christmas shopping a major chore. They’re picky, opinionated, and often already well supplied. Rather than spoil your yuletide goodwill trying to find them the perfect present, defer to this foolproof grab bag of gear. And if you’re feeling extra generous, we’ve included 13 items we consider to be the Best of the Best.
Rinehart Hogzilla $800 • rinehart3d.com That Rinehart makes the best, longest-lasting foam targets on earth is nice, but what’s really cool is that the company has a sense of humor about it—the 3D lineup includes foam dinosaurs, frogs, a jackalope, and a mosquito. Its latest must-have model is Hogzilla, a hulking wild-hog target that replicates a 600-pound porker. The target is hyperrealistic—and could even double as lawn decoration. —Dave HurteauRinehart
Reactor Gryphon $350 • reactorwatch.com Newly available in camo, the Gryphon is as tough as it looks. How tough, you ask? The company has run over the watch with military trucks and used it for target practice—and it keeps ticking. Designed to be indestructible, the Gryphon features a watertight 316L marine-grade stainless-steel core wrapped in a Nitromid polymer case. It isn’t cheap, but it may be the last watch you ever need. —D.H.Reactor
Igloo Trailmate $300 • igloocoolers.com Expanding further into territory Yeti pioneered, Igloo has introduced the Trailmate, a robust wheeled cooler with a convenient telescoping handle. The cooler boasts four-day ice retention, to keep food and refreshments (or bait, if you desire) cold. It comes with built-in drink and fishing-rod holders, as well as a pair of strategically placed bottle openers. —Slaton L. WhiteIgloo
CRKT Homefront $150 • crkt.com Columbia River Knife and Tool Works’ newest is a first-class hunk of cutlery that’s fine for all-around use but especially well suited for working on game. It is, by all accounts, the only folder designed to be disassembled for cleaning and general maintenance in the field. The knife has a 31⁄2-inch drop-point AUS-8 steel blade and a high-strength aluminum handle. —D.E.P.The Voorhes
SOCK IT TO ME
Five handy (and affordable) stocking stuffers for every outdoorsman
1. Savage Gear 3D Suicide Duck $17–$20 • savagegear-usa.com The Savage Gear 3D Suicide Duck is the year’s hottest piece of tackle, and for good reason. The topwater lure mimics a duckling with its lifelike design and propeller feet, which create tons of convincing surface commotion. This lure is sure to entice crazy strikes from monster pike, muskies, and bass.—M.M.The Voorhes
3. Steiner Miniscope $80 • steiner-optics.com A good optic can eat up your entire gift budget. The Steiner Miniscope, however, costs less than a Benjamin and boasts clear, high-contrast 8X magnification to boot. The 2×2-inch monocular is perfect for stuffing in a pocket when you need to cover ground quickly, without having to lug around a big pair of binocs.—JR SullivanSteiner
5. Stanley Mountain Vacuum Switchback $35 • stanley-pmi.com Stanley has a long history making vacuum bottles and mugs, but the new 16-ounce Mountain Vacuum Switchback is next-level. A flip-up grit guard covers the drinking surface, and the push-button lid disassembles into two easily handled pieces for fast, thorough cleaning. —S.L.W.Stanley
Woolrich Men’s Reversible Hunting Vest $185 • woolrich.com Put this rugged vest on in October, and you’ll never have to take it off until spring—just flip it over when the hunt starts. One side is 80 percent wool, 20 percent nylon; the other is tear-resistant, colorfast blaze-orange cotton. It has seven pockets total, including a handy zippered back cargo pocket. —D.H.Woolrich
Yeti Hopper Flip 12 $280 • yeti.com With the new Hopper Flip, Yeti fixed my one quibble with the original Hopper: accessibility. The Hopper Flip’s lid opens w-i-d-e, so you no longer have to struggle to get refreshments in and out. Otherwise, the Flip is just like the original: leakproof, crazy strong, and a veritable icy-air trap. If Yeti has yet to win you over, the Flip will do the trick.—C.K.Yeti
Redington Predator $300 • redington.com From stripers to pike, redfish to salmon, these fly rods are designed to deliver the bugs big fish chew, and then beat them fast. The sticks fire the heaviest-grain lines with ease, yet they maintain a lightweight feel and stellar sensitivity in hand. The hard-wire snake guides and aluminum-oxide stripping guides are built to play rough all day long. —J.C.Redington
Camp Chef SmokePro STX $500 • campchef.com Smoking meat no longer requires all your attention. Rather than obsessively tend a traditional smoker for hours, you can fill the compact SmokePro STX with wood pellets, set it to the desired temp, and then get on with preparing the rest of your meal. There are few pellet smokers at this price that will do the job as well as the SmokePro STX. —J.R.S.Camp Chef
An earlier version of this story featured the wrong photo for the Savage 11/111 Lightweight Hunter. The correct photo ran in the print magazine, however. The article also stated that the Smith & Wesson M&P15 Sport II has a folding front sight, when the rear sight is folding and the front sight is adjustable. We regret the errors.
Thirteen unparalleled items for outdoorsmen who deserve nothing less