Hi-tech gifts fresh on the market that are designed specifically for the high tempo outdoor enthusiast


[1] G-SHOCK Gulfmaster GWN-Q1000 – £700

A man’s ability to covet and own watches knows no bounds, so it’s impossible to conceive of an outdoor lover opening a box with this rugged G-Shock inside and not grinning like the proverbial feline from Cheshire. Quad sensors monitor atmospheric pressure, temperature, compass bearings, and water depth, while the bombproof construction screams “take me somewhere wild and wet and I will survive” (but without any echoes of Gloria Gaynor).

[2] TomTom Adventurer –  £269.99

TomTom

This brand new watch by TomTom combines sport, GPS and fitness tracking functions to cover all your outdoor activities. There are dedicated modes for hiking, trail running, skiing and snowboarding, GPS tracking (including a breadcrumb trail that lets you retrace your steps in case you get lost), a built-in heart rate monitor, as well as more mundane step, calorie and active minute counting features.

[3] Oakley Radar Pace – £400

Oakley

What do you buy the runner or cyclist who seems to have everything? How about this pair of Oakley sunglasses, which combine first class lenses with in-ear buds to deliver individualised training sessions as you run or ride. The glasses sync with a dedicated app that can adjust your training sessions to meet your goals. Equally, your questions and voice commands – such as “what’s my heart rate?” or “what’s my pace?” – are answered in real time, and the app will prompt you to raise your effort levels if that’s what the workout demands. Clever stuff.

[4] Garmin Virb Ultra 30 –£449.99

Garmin Virb

If it isn’t captured on Strava or YouTube, then it didn’t happen! Action cameras have transformed the way we record and remember our outdoor sport, and this small, waterproof Garmin Virb can take Ultra HD footage at 4K/30fps. You can even stream it live to YouTube via Apple devices. Its in-built sensors and GPS gather precise data to show how far, how high, and how fast your exploits really were. It can also capture 12MP still photographs.