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($49.99 re-fuel.com)

The verdict is in: once you go wireless you won’t want to switch back. These earbuds from Re-fuel are another example of a practical design meeting Bluetooth technology. Charging was quick via a USB plug and the set synced easily with my iPhone. Listening to music while paddling was a new experience for me, but one that proved to be fun. I simply placed my phone in a waterproof case after syncing and away I went. The earbuds are rated for sweat-resistance. Since I knew they probably wouldn’t survive a swim, I kept my paddling to flatter water.

The earbuds come with three different sizes of earpieces and have an external ‘shark-fin’ flange that helps them stay put in your ear. Sound quality was good overall, though it seemed a bit bass-heavy at times. You can change tracks, manage volume and take in-coming calls all from the multi-selector on the side. The driver modules themselves are larger than those in standard ear buds, but you really don’t notice the extra size while wearing them. It definitely beats that annoying cable bouncing around and getting caught on stuff. If you enjoy listening to music on the move, we highly suggest you check out a pair of these.

25 Days of Gear Homepage

The complete holiday gift guide from our editors.


Camelbak Ultra 10

The Camelbak Ultra 10 is the reigning champ for quality hydration packs.


Gear Aid ARC Rechargeable LED Light and Power Station

A multipurpose, rechargeable power station and LED light.


GoPro Hero 5 Black

An action cam with voice control, 4k video and a touch screen.


Bramble Camp Towel

A larger microfiber towel that still packs small.

Flannel Camp Wear

Flannel-lined work pants and a fleece-lined flannel shirt make the perfect gift of cold weather camp gear for a paddling dirtbag.

GSI’s Glacier Stainless 8 Fl. Oz. Hip Flask

A convenient hip flask to boost your holiday spirit(s) in the backcountry.

Voormi River Run Hoodie

A gossamer-thin, made-in-the-USA merino wool sweater.


Xero’s Z-Trek Lightweight Packable Sport Sandal

Lightweight sandals that fit easily into a kayak and wear well in any situation.


Therm-a-Rest and Grand Trunk Down Pillows

Two down pillow options for comfort campers and intrepid paddlers.


Practical Power Luminoodle Light Rope

An ultra-bright string of white LEDs to light up your life.


Alpine Laboratories Pulse Camera Remote

An intelligent camera remote that allows full control over your camera.


Grand Trunk OneMade Double TrunkTech Hammock

A durable hammock using a patented nylon blend.


Stocking Stuffers from UST

Small ticket items for intrepid campers.


Goal Zero Venture 30 Recharger

The Goal Zero Venture 30 Recharger is a small, portable battery to power your gadgets.


Pakpod

A packable tripod for lightweight photo adventures.


Big Agnes Helinox Chair Zero

The Big Agnes Helinox Chair Zero is the ultimate camp chair for light-and-fast adventures.


Platypus Meta Water Bottle and Filter

A soft-sided, packable water bottle with an integrated filter.