2014 Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts Over $100 | Boating Magazine

2014 Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts Over $100

Find the perfect gift over $100 for your favorite boater.

Grundens Gage Storm Surge 2.5 Bib Pants and Jacket
Tailored from 10,000 mm waterproof nylon, Grundens’ new Gage Storm Surge 2.5 layer bib pants are lightweight, breathable and cut for athletic mobility. Fully taped seams and heavy-duty Velcro-cinch ankle adjustments seal out water. The interior lining features a Northern Pacific weather-fax print. They’re available in XS to 5XL. Match them up with a Gage Storm Surge jacket for a gift any boater will love. Bib pants starting at $119, jackets at $98.70; grundens.com

Aetrex Justin Boat Shoe
With built-in orthotic support and memory foam, these might be the most comfortable boat shoes to wear right out of the box. They also have an anti-microbial lining to prevent odor and water-resistant leather. The slip-resistant sole is designed to work on wet or oily surfaces. $119.95; aetrex.com

Weather Tech Floor Mats
Boaters step in mud, gravel, water, sand, and sometimes even bait, oil, and gas. It can all ends up in the tow vehicle Weather Tech floor mats have deep, sculpted channels that catch water, salt and more to protect your car and truck. Available in a variety of styles and sizes. Prices vary. Weathertech.com

Cobra HH450 DUAL
This rugged waterproof unit doubles as a handheld VHF or a walkie-talkie. It includes Cobra’s exclusive Rewind-Say-Again technology, and its power can be adjusted for short-, medium- or long-range communication. It can also access specific-area message encoding (SAME) weather alerts. $129.95; cobra.com

Rule AquaCharge Xtreme Cordless Water Pump
Besides being fully submersible to 6 feet, this portable pump works in both fresh and salt water and can pump up to 600 gallons in one Ni-MH (nickel–metal hydride) battery charge. It can pump to a height of 17 feet. $139; xylemflowcontrol.com

Vexilar SonarPhone
With the ability to turn a smartphone or tablet device into a fish finder, the SonarPhone SP200 will be the hit of the holiday season. It includes a transom-mount transducer, which connects to a “T-box” that becomes a Wi-Fi hot spot. Download the free SonarPhone app, and you can view the bottom and fish to depths of 240 feet on your mobile device. Anyone on board with the app can do the same. $149.95; sonarphone.mobi

Costa Realtree Xtra Frames
As fall hunting and fishing season kicks off, Costa announces its new frame color, Realtree Xtra camo, on select styles of sunglasses. While the camo pattern blends perfectly year-round in a wide variety of habitats, it blends best from the leaf change of fall through winter and then again in early spring before green-out. Shown in Fisch frame style with 400G mirror lenses. $209; costadelmar.com

Meguiar’s Professional Dual Action Polisher
With adjustable speeds and easy brush changes, this polisher will help any boat owner keep the boat looking showroom fresh. It also has cruise control. $219.99, meguiars.com

Maui Jim Ikaika Sunglasses
Maui Jim Ikaika sunglasses fit larger faces better with bigger lenses. They feature anti-corrosive, spring-hinge hardware and oleophobic lens coatings to repel water and grease. Their scratch-resistant properties are legend. Ikaika is a saltwater-friendly style with a contoured, aerodynamic shape that comes in two high-grade nylon frame colors: matte black rubber or matte tortoise. $249; mauijim.com

ICOM IC-M92D VHF Radio
What boater wouldn’t want the gift of the world’s first floating handheld VHF radio with DSC, GPS and active noise canceling in one unit? We’ve tested this Icom technology aboard boats and in helicopters during our photo shoots and can attest to the claims. The new user-friendly interface is killer. $299; icomamerica.com

Marinade Express
This tabletop marinade system allows boaters to “vacuum tumble” their fresh caught fish (plus other fish, meats, poultry and fresh vegetables) for faster flavor, superior taste and amazing tenderness while reducing unwanted chemical additives, preservatives and other contaminants. It even eliminates up to 99.5% of bacteria that can cause spoilage and food-borne illness. $299, marinadeexpress.com

HO Sports Agent Kneeboard
Kneeboarding is as hot as ever, and this pro-style Agent ensures the lake gets shredded. The two-stage rocker maximizes “pop-off” from all wake sizes, while curved flow channels permit deep carving hold from the edges. Its PannoLock knee strap is regarded as the most durable in the game. $299; hosports.com

Kwik-Tec Airhead Live Wire AHLW-2
Dual tow points create a variety of towing options for riders of this new-for-2015 towable. A multitude of grab handles with neoprene knuckle guards ensure multiple seating and riding positions. Kwik-Connect tow point and Speed Safety Valves for quick inflation and deflation add to this two-rider inflatable’s value. $349.99; airhead.com

Zayak Sea Sled A1-DLX
Who needs a sleigh and reindeer when you can have a Zayak Sea Sled instead? The Zayak A1-DLX enables everyone who has ever desired to view the “features and creatures” beneath the surface to do so while floating comfortably on a sturdy and stable flotation device that gives them a panoramic view of the undersea environment. Super cool! $ 375; zayakseasled.com

Drytunes Waterproof Speaker
The Bluetooth-­enabled audio system isn’t just waterproof. It’s wireless, affording boaters 400 cubic inches of stowage for valuable, sensitive gear. The case is uniquely designed to be played closed, so your Hi-Fi audio plays through the lid of the case! Rock on! $399; ­drytunes.com

Thetford Portable Fridge/Freezer
Thetford Marine’s NRF 30 portable refrigerator/freezer is a gift that will be truly appreciated. Just 15.6 inches tall by 15.7 inches wide by 22 inches deep, it holds 42 beverage cans. Change from fridge to freezer with the turn of a dial. Runs on AC or DC power. $549; thetford.com

Polk Audio PA450UM
Designed for life afloat, this high tech system boasts solid, marine grade construction to protect it from the harsh elements encountered in a marine environment such as temperature fluctuations, UV degradation corrosion. The PA450UM has a maximum power of 200 watts and features a two-piece modular construction with a waterproof commander for the helm and a hideaway module. The sleek, low-profile design is perfect for the modern boater, and the unit easily integrates with a boat’s digital control panel. This Sirius satellite-ready source unit offers Bluetooth and iPad/iPhone capabilities. $559.99, www.polkmarine.com

HO CX Slalom Ski
Sharing many features with the pro-model A3 ski, including signature speed skin, acceleration flex, auto-centering continuous rocker and automatic angle shape, CX slalom ski also boasts unique features. It has a new hybrid sidewall and clean-edge technology to provide support where you need it and to give you 50 percent less drag to make cutting through the wakes super-easy for you. It’s handmade in Seattle. $650; hosports.com

Jimmy Styks Mysstyk Pink Package
This stand-up paddle board (SUP) is especially balanced to enhance the experience of waterborne practitioners of yoga while additionally serving admirably as a coastal cruising board. Remarkably stable, it’s rated for novice riders up to 190 pounds and comes with a paddle, fins, board bag and a leash. The manufacturer donates $20 to breast cancer charities with every purchase. $899.99; westmarine.com

Clarion CMS5 Marine Stereo
The Clarion CMS5 won the coveted CES Innovations Award. We can see — and hear! — why. This all-in-one digital media stereo features a color LCD display, Bluetooth wireless audio streaming and advanced audio distribution profile with aptX audio coding and AVRCP 1.4 compatibility. It’s waterproof and offers both iPhone and Android device controls. $899.99; clarion.com

Iris NightSpotter Handheld Thermal-Imaging Scope
Watch the boater in your family light up when he opens this gift. Available in two versions — IRIS240 (384x288 resolution) and IRIS241 (160x120) — the thermal-imaging NightSpotter is lightweight and IP67 waterproof, and it floats. Ideal for boating after dark, both rubberized models feature digital zoom, palette inverse and a video output port to view the image on a monitor or multifunction display. Starting at $2,700; boat-cameras.com

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