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2016 Holiday Gift Guide


Give the gift of living large this holiday season. Here’s our rundown of the best gear, gadgets, apparel and more. 

2017 Chevy Camaro ZL1 

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The most powerful production Camaro ever. If the video-game stylings don't get you, the ground-shaking 650 horsepower supercharged 6.2L V8 will. 0-60? 3.5 seconds. Still not impressed? Watch this bad boy going Beast Mode during a lap at the legendary Nürburgring. $62,

Fender FXA5 Pro In-Ear Monitors

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You don't have to be a musician to appreciate the incredible sound coming out of these small in-ear monitors from the legendary guitar maker. We were impressed with just how well balanced they were, offering crisp highs and robust bass. They come with various secure-fit tips, 1/8" to 1/4" adapter, and a sturdy cord/cable. Prepare to hear your music like you've never heard it before. $300

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Wilson X Connected Football

A “smart” football that syncs to your mobile (once you download the app and turn on your phone's Bluetooth, of course) to measure the ball's distance, speed, spin and more. No need to charge since it is good for approximately 500 hours of active use or roughly 200,000 throws. Be warned, we found it to be quite addictive as we tried to beat our personal bests. $200

Mission Mercantile Stateroom Weekender 

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A vintage-inspired travel bag that will outlast us all, thanks to full-grain, vegetable-tanned leather and a beefy zipper. The bag has both comfortable handles and a padded shoulder strap for easy carrying. The inside is fully lined and has pockets. Yes, the price is hefty, but it's not so bad when you realize that your great grandkids will be toting this around, telling the story of this traveling family heirloom. $845

Tentsile Flite+ Tree Tent

This two-man tent is ultralight and was surprisingly easy to set up. After watching the short how-to video on Tentsile's site, we were able to go from unpacking to lounging in our tent in under 15 minutes. We loved the idea of sleeping off the hard, damp ground away from ants and other things we don't want to think about. Enjoy an insect-free meshed view of the stars or throw on the included flysheet to keep the wind and rain at bay. As long as you have three securing trees wherever you set up camp, you're going to love this sturdy (485 lbs. limit) tree tent. $350

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Xbox One S

Microsoft’s flagship gaming system gets a sleek upgrade, cutting the size down by about half, while ramping up the internal memory to 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB options. It’s prettier, too: 4k Ultra HD resolution, so you can watch super high-resolution content from Netflix and Amazon Video and play your favorite games with a whole new appreciation for the vibrant colors and depth. Starting at $299

Four Roses Single Barrel Whiskey

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An award-winning, 100-proof premium bourbon that will make your holidays a whole lot happier. We recommend sipping it slowly, fully enjoying hints of ripe plum, cherry and other fruits, mild spices, plus sweet aromas including caramel, cocoa, vanilla and maple syrup. Truly, one of Kentucky's finest. $39

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Lululemon Einn Shell

A waterproof, breathable and outrageously lightweight jacket ready for a run, bike or outdoor adventure. We love the fit, the reflective touches and just how comfortable it feels, whether we're out for an easy hike or hard run. $398

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Cobra King F6 Driver

This beauty has a movable weight (adjustments take only seconds to make) that allows golfers to dial in their trajectory and maximize distance. We loved the feel and especially the forgiveness. Plus, it's always nice to have more options to suit your swing. $249

Thermacell Scout Mosquito-Repeller Camp Lantern 

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Choosing between getting eaten alive by mosquitos and drenching yourself in DEET-flavored bug repellant is like choosing between the frying pan or the fire. Which is why we love this lantern, which uses a butane insert to heat up an insecticide-treated pad, which creates a 15-by-15-foot halo of bug protection around it. Which means more beers and less bug-swatting around the campfire the next time you head out into the woods. $40

Hydro Flask Growler 

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A growler that keeps your beer cold for hours? Sold. Hydro Flask’s stainless steel, double-wall vacuum-insulated bottle and honeycomb insulated lid will keep your beer cold and carbonated all day. But our favorite feature is the reduced size, from the usual 64 to 32 ounces (now hear us out). Not only is the 32 easier to throw into a backpack and haul up a mountain (or sneak into a movie theater), but if you have two, you don’t have to choose between getting the coffee stout or the triple IPA. $44 (32 oz.)

Abom Ski/Snowboard Goggles

Abom has solved one of skiers’ most common complaints: foggy goggles. Abom’s goggles use a clear film between their two lenses, which heats up and clears up fog, much like a car’s rear-window defroster. The rechargeable lithium-ion battery lasts up to six hours of continuous use, or you can just give the power button a tap to clear your vision during foggier moments. $249.99-$269.99

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