TAMPA - A self-professed minimalist, I'd rather have of a few pieces of high-quality equipment than a huge array of so-so gear. My wife, of course, would laugh at the previous statement.
She thinks my "man cave," the room most folks call a garage, is filled with nothing but useless junk. She doesn't understand that as a professional adventurer - a man who must fish, hunt, camp, paddle, hike, dive, sail and surf regularly as part of my job - I need specific equipment for each sport.
She looks at the crowded shelves and sees a mess. I look upon the same space and see endless opportunity. And while I am better equipped than most outdoors enthusiasts, I could still use a few things.
So this Christmas, instead of buying me another sweater that I won't wear, how about...
Princeton Tec CORONA headlamp: $57.00
My dad used to say that a camper can never have too many flashlights. The Corona regulated-LED headlamp floods your entire field of vision with an even distribution of light. Designed to reduce eye fatigue, the Corona’s wide beam eliminates the need for your eyes to adjust quickly from very bright to dark areas, as they do with standard, narrow beam lights.
Waterproof I-Pod Case: $34.95
Designed for any 1st or 2nd generation iPod®, Nano, and Shuffle, protect your player while using it via the external headphone jack. The lid organizer stores earphones. Added bonus: active sport double end tie down strap with reflective safety stripes.
Simms Solarflex long-sleeve shirt: $ 39.95
Little things like a high collar and flat shoulder seams may be hard to see, but spend a day casting in the hot sun and you’ll thank Simms for going the extra mile with this one. Comes in 4 colors and 5 sizes.
Simms SunGaiter: $29.95 to $39.95
Yet another option from Simms to protect you from the sun's harmful rays, this lightweight, breathable, quick dry fabric with 50+ sun protection and breathing holes has an anatomical design that provides excellent coverage at neckline.
Stratos Daypack: $99.00
This little beauty offers simple panel access in a lightweight, comfortable, custom fit daypack. Dual mesh side pockets with InsideOut™ compression and zippered mesh hipbelt pockets allow for easy gear access. Colors available: Cactus, Tarn, Shale, Magma
Brunton 26DNL Compass: $22.00
This great little sighting mirror compass features a fixed declination scale and a body that will float in the water if/when dropped. Other features include the 2 degree resolution scale on the bezel, along with inch and mm scales on the baseplate.
Giro Ski Helmet: $130.00
Tampa Bay has one of the largest snow skiing clubs in the country. Help your favorite skier play it safe with this insanely lightweight helmet. Outfitted with a carabineer and a new trip clip for hooking your lid to your pack, the Montane is up to backcountry missions and inbounds operations alike.
Benchmade knive: $99
This company set themselves apart from many other knife makers because of the quality of the materials that they use, their patented mechanisms, and their manufacturing processes. Benchmade always strives to be innovatively better.
BOTE fishing package: $1399
Designed to be the most versatile watercraft on the market, BOTE is a stand-up paddle board (SUP) that redefines the way people fish, paddle and surf. Rod holders, drink holders, paddle clips, coolers and more can all be installed on the BOTE within seconds.
This board is 12 feet long and 32 inches wide and weighs 29 pounds. What makes the Bote board unique is the addition of a fishing post, a Yeti cooler seat and flush-mount rod holders, all of which are removable.
BOTE’s removable fishing post: $199.99
The board’s most unique feature is its removable fishing post. Constructed of polished, marine grade aluminum, the fishing post is extremely light weight and installs in seconds into the recessed receivers. The fishing post is equipped with aluminum rod holders and bag pegs to secure all your gear.
YETI® Coolers: $329.00
The industry’s first integrated cooler system comes equipped with paddle clips and secures to the board through the use of flush mounts and custom BOTE straps.
Source: Bill Jackson Shop for Adventure, Pinellas Park, www.billjackson.com .
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