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Off Road Holiday Gift Guide

Posted in Product Reviews on January 1, 2010
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With the holiday season rolling around, it gets kind of frustrating trying to get everyone a special, meaningful gift, especially when most of us are looking to save a few bucks everywhere we can. Buying a gift for an off-road enthusiast can be pretty daunting with the high prices of most products. We have compiled a list of all sorts of cool products you can give to that off-roader in your life and it won't set you back more than 100 bucks. You read that right - cool gift ideas we can all afford. And besides, it's the thought that counts, right?

ARB Speedy Seal Tire Puncture Repair Kit
Long trips, the middle of nowhere, and flat tires go together like late-night parties and hangovers. Tires always seem to go flat at the most inconvenient time. Why not make life a little easier for that off-roader in your life by getting them their very own tire-repair kit? ARB designed this kit so that anyone could repair a punctured tire out in the middle of nowhere without having to dismount their tire. The kit includes a quality tire gauge with dual pressure range and dual chuck, insertion, and reamer tools, lubricant, additional valve accessories and 30 self-vulcanizing repair cords for complete air sealing. The best part of is that it comes in a compact carry case that can be left inside an off-road rig for adequate peace of mind.

What it does: Lets you fix your own flats in the middle of nowhere
Benefits: Takes up very little space and can be a real life saver if you get stranded in the middle of the desert on a really hot day.
Company: ARB 4X4 Accessories
Phone Number: (866) 293-9078
Average Price: $39

Tiger Claw Gen II Aluminum Hitch
The Tiger Claw Generation II is CNC machined from a solid block of 6061-T6 billet aluminum and is anodized in black for years of service. The TIGER CLAW Extreme 4x4 hitch has a 5/8-inch alloy steel shackle and a massive tow hook rated at 10,000 pounds of working load. The tow hook provides the incredible strength and pulling power to get your truck or your buddy's truck out of any sticky situation. This is the perfect gift for any off-roader because eventually we all get stuck - this will make sure they remember you while they are being extracted.

What it does: Gets trucks out of deep mud!
Benefits: Looks cool and is highly functional; provides an adequate tow point.
Company: Tiger Hitch
Phone Number: (800) 257-3474
Average Price: $74

MasterCraft Nylon Ratchet Strap
All truck owners have one thing in common: eventually they will all haul stuff around in the bed of their truck. Ratchet straps are the perfect solution to keeping things from moving around or flying out of the cargo area of your truck. It's also a great tool to have around if you can't tie a knot to save your life-don't worry, most of us can't either. MasterCraft designed this nylon strap with a wide ratchet (for folks with big hands) and large vinyl coated S-hooks. The ratchet strap is rated at 2,800 pounds maximum load and makes for a great stocking stuffer that won't leave you with an empty wallet.

What it does: Allows you to tie up all the goods in the cargo area.
Benefits: Keep your stuff in the truck without worrying if it fell out every ten minutes, comes in 1-inch-by-15-foot lengths.
Company: MasterCraft
Phone Number: (800) 565-4042
Average Price: $16

Bestop Bikini Top
If you know somebody with a Jeep Wrangler or CJ7, you know how much they'd appreciate a new Bikini Top for their Jeep for those topless summers. All Bestop Bikini Tops are made with premium fabric and industrial grade thread and fasteners and will last longer and maintain their shape and fit better than others. This is a really inexpensive product and is super easy to install which makes it a good choice for any off-road enthusiast with a Jeep.

What it does: Keeps you from getting the meanest sunburn during topless summer wheeling
Benefits: Looks cool and protects you from the sun as well as rain-if you so desire.
Company: Bestop, Inc.
Phone Number: (800) 854-3567
Average Price: $37

Durabak Roll-On Paint & Bed Liner
The Durabak Company specializes in polyurethane coatings for the inside and outside of any certifiable off-road rig. The material is so resilient you can coat the interior of your truck with it and literally hose it out after your off-road trips. The product is super easy to use and can breathe new life into any old beater rig. The Durabak roll-on paint and bed liner come in a variety of colors including black, grey, green, red, blue, white, yellow and more.

What it does: Protects your truck from the elements and provides for a rugged non-slip coating
Benefits: Can make an old truck look new again while also protecting its bed or body from tree branches or moisture; it doesn't rust!
Company: Durabak Company
Phone Number: (303) 690-7190
Average Price: $80 per gallon

MasterCraft Canvas Tool Bag
Breaking parts off-road is inevitable but being prepared for just that situation with spare parts and the proper tools can mean the difference between making it home in your rig or on foot. The funny thing about tools is that you always want to take more than you need. The problem then is trying to keep them all in one safe place where you won't lose them. The MasterCraft canvas tool bag is made from heavy canvas with a reinforced bottom. This bag is equipped with two carry handles and a bag strap for mounting. It is great for storing tools, jumper cables, towropes, and wrench roll-ups.

What it does: Lets you carry your tools with you in a durable canvas tool bag for those long off-road trips
Benefits: You don't lose your tools on the way.
Company: MasterCraft
Phone Number: (800) 565-4042
Average Price: $30

Trucks Gone Wild 7
Wrenching on your truck can become a dreaded chore at times so instead of replacing that axle you just snapped, why not watch others beat the snot out of their own trucks from the comfort of your living room. Trucks Gone Wild 7 brings you incredible new 4x4 action from northern Vermont, the legendary swamp buggies from Naples, Dennis Anderson's Motorsports Park, snowbogs in Minnesota, as well as a return trip to some of the wildest mud slinging events in the country along with non-stop Florida 4x4 insanity. Who knows, it may even motivate you to start building your own mud monster. This is truly a dirty stocking stuffer that will be loved by any mudslinger.

What it does: Depicts non-stop mud slinging action around the country
Benefits: Sit back, relax and enjoy the view of everyone else bashing on their own rigs in the sloppy stuff-best of all you don't even have to get dirty!
Company: Truck Gone Wild
Average Price: $17

Mile Marker Snatch Block
Sometimes a winch simply can't pull your truck out of a mess because only a small portion of the cable is extended which in turn reduces its pulling power. In order to overcome these situations, Mile Marker designed a snatch block to double your pulling power when winching your rig out of any situation. Any off-road enthusiast would be thrilled to find this stuffed in their stocking.

What it does: Can change the direction you pull in as well as double or even triple your pulling power when used properly
Benefits: Has a 24,000-pound rating and features a grease fitting that provides less friction on the pulley rotation.
Company: Mile Marker
Phone Number: (800) 886-8647
Average Price: $70

Dee Zee EZ Down Tailgate Lift Support
This little gadget lets you open your truck's tailgate without having to hold it-no, it won't slam onto the bumper either. The Dee Zee EZ Down tailgate lift support safely controls the drop of a truck tailgate. The kit works in conjunction with the factory cables and is an easy no-drill installation that takes a few minutes to install. Get this for your buddy to make him think he's weak or soft-it will only set you back about 60 bucks. Now if only they made these for Blazers and Broncos.

What it does: Allows your tailgate to drop smoothly and slowly without you having to hold it yourself
Benefits: If your hands are full of tools or other junk, it can really come in handy.
Company: Dee Zee Truck Accessories
Phone Number: (800) 779-8222
Average Price: $55

Hi-Lift X-TREME Jack
This is the top of the line Hi-Lift jack that is the perfect gift for any off-road enthusiast. The Hi-Lift X-TREME is the top of the line all-cast version jack with special features that include, charcoal metallic powder-coat finish, gold zinc-coated hardware and handle, and a special top winch-clamp spreader attachment. The Hi-lift comes in 48-inch or 60-inch sizes and is a must have for serious backwoods or remote off-road explorations.

What it does: Lifts and winches your truck out of precarious situations
Benefits: A real lifesaver when no one else is around to lend a hand in the middle of nowhere
Company: Hi-Lift Jack Company
Phone Number: (800) 233-2051
Average Price: $99

Warn Tree Trunk Protector Strap
Getting stuck is just part of the off-road experience but that doesn't mean you need to make a mess of the environment trying to get yourself out. It's never okay to loop the winch cable around the trunk of a tree; doing this will destroy the outer layer of bark, which delivers minerals to nourish the entire tree. Warn designed this 4-inch-by-8-foot, tree-trunk-protector strap to prevent the kind of damage a choker chain or wire rope might cause. The strap is constructed of tough, high-quality nylon web encasing red warning marker to indicate damaged webbing so you know when it's time to get another tree trunk protector and to top it all off the end loops are reinforced with abrasion-resistant wear pads.

What it does: Protects trees from being damaged during vehicle recovery
Benefits: Gives you a secure anchor point that is rated at 30,000 pounds of breaking strength while keeping environmentalists off our backs.
Company: Warn Industries
Phone Number: (800) 543-9276
Average Price: $82

Rugged Ridge Recovery Gear Kit
You never know when you're going to need a tow strap or snatch block until you really need one. Whether you never use it or use it to pull your buddy's truck, you'll have peace of mind knowing you have the bare minimum to get out of most situations. The Rugged Ridge Recovery Kit includes everything you need next time you yank your buddies out of deep mud. The kit comes in a durable carrying case that's filled with a beefy pair of 9,500-pound D-rings, a 20,000-pound snatch block pulley, the Rugged Ridge winch line dampener, a 2-inch-by-30-foot recovery strap, 3-inch-by-6-foot 30,000-pound tree trunk protector strap, and a pair of leather Recovery Gloves.

What it does: Gets you out of stuck situations as well as make you the most popular person in your convoy.
Benefits: Recovery gear is right up there with lockers and off-road tires.
Company: Rugged Ridge Performance
Phone Number: (770) 614-6101
Average Price: $99

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