9 Great Off-Road Holiday Gift Ideas
When it comes to finding a gift for the off-road enthusiasts in your life, thereís no shortage of high-end, expensive parts available for their vehicles - or the vehicle they hope to have one day. But finding useful gear and items for off-road enthusiasts that wonít break the bank takes a little more hunting around.
To makes things a little easier this year, weíve compiled a list of great off-road gifts that wonít break the bank this holiday season. Some of the products are available directly from the manufacturer, and some can be found at 4x4 outlets and retailers like Amazon. If you didnít find every gift item you needed during Black Friday (or Black Friday week or month), check out the below list of Off-Road Holiday Gift Ideas.
Meguiarís Heavy Duty Headlight Restoration Kit
Many off-road rigs sitting in the garage or driveway are not brand-new vehicles. That means thereís a good chance that the headlights are not as bright as they once were. Sure, you could opt for some new bulbs, but whatís usually at the heart of the problem is years of oxidation and buildup on the headlight housing itself. This Heavy Duty Headlight Restoration Kit from Meguiarís helps restore the clarity to your headlight housings so your lights will work like new once again.
Grizzly 15 Cooler
Food and water are necessities for the trail. Sure, you can grab a basic cooler for storing your stuff, but chances are itíll only make it through one season of wheeling (if that). Grizzly makes coolers that are ready for the abuse of the trail, offering improved cooling retention and a heavy-duty construction thatíll last. The Grizzly 15 cooler features the companyís ďRotoToughĒ rotationally molded construction, and come fitted with a molded-in hinge with a stainless steel pin, a rubber gasket seal, BearClaw latches and 2-inch tie-down slots so you can secure the cooler in your rig. The Grizzly 15 features a 16-quart capacity (and includes a dry goods tray), and it is made in the USA and is backed with a lifetime warranty. There are a number of sizes and options available, but the Grizzly 15 is a great day-trip or short-weekend option.
The first thing that many in the off-road world do is add a suspension lift and larger tires. The only problem with these upgrades if they make the factory jack that came with the vehicle nearly obsolete because it canít get the wheels far enough off the ground. Thatís where a Hi-Lift jack comes into play, as this taller jack helps lift an off-road vehicle high enough to swap out tires, and it can also serve as a useful recovery tool as well. Like some of the items on this list, Hi-Lifts arenít something youíll use everyday, but when needed it can be one of the most valuable tools in your arsenal. Check out Hi-Lift.com for more information on proper model sizes for your rig.
Smittybilt First Aid Storage Bag
Having First Aid items on hand is extremely important, especially considering that most off-road adventures take you further away from civilization. Smittybilt has a First Aid storage bag thatís perfect for many off-road rig, as it is designed to attach to roll bars thanks to its Velcro closures (it can also be tucked under the seat). The bag doesnít include first aid items, as itís only the bag itself, but we actually would prefer to build our own kit versus varying on the generic offerings in basic kits (that way you can include scissors, a small knife, gauze, Band-Aids, ointments, medicine and more).
TeraFlex Trail Recovery Kit
Getting out of jams, or having the ability to do so if needed, is crucial for any off-road adventure. Thatís why the TeraFlex Recovery Gear Bag is a great option for recovery needs because it includes the essential items you need for off-road recovery. The kit, which comes in a heavy-duty tool bag, features a 7-foot tree strap with a 20,000-lb. rating, a 30-foot tow strap with a 20,000-lb. rating, two D-Ring shackles, and a key chain air deflator.
ARB Speedy Seal Repair Kit
With the added demands of the trail come additional opportunities for stuff to break. Thatís why having something like this ARB tire repair kit on hand will help ensure you get back home safely. The ARB Speedy Seal Repair Kit comes in its own carry case, and it includes tools needed to make a trail-side tire repair: a pencil-type tire gauge with dual pressure range, insertion and reamer tools, lubricant, additional valve accessories, and 30 self-vulcanizing repair cords. Should you run out, ARB also sells additional repair cords, but what we like most about this kit is that it includes the key tools needed to make a tire repair without needing to pull the tire off of the rim.
Viair 300P Portable Air Compressor
Airing down is an essential part of many off-road expeditions, and if you want to prolong the life of your tires then immediately airing up once back on concrete is essential. Having portable air is a much better option than searching for the closest gas station. While there are a number of great options on the market, the Viair 300P is a good choice for those running up to 33-inch tires (itíll work on larger tires too, but itís rated for quickly airing up on 33s). The portable compressor kit features a 150 PSI rating and is powered by the included power leads that run off of your vehicleís battery. This particular kit also includes a 5-in-1 inflator/deflator gauge so you can monitor the PSI, and it comes with a carrying case. The unit is relatively compact (9.8 inches long by 4.9 inches wide and 7.5 inches tall) and it weighs in at 8.6 pounds.
Bartact Jeep Wrangler JK Front Seat Covers
If you own a new Jeep Wrangler JK and want to freshen up the seats or protect them from mud and debris while on the trail, Bartactís new Base Line Performance Seat Covers for 2013 to í17 models might be a perfect fit. The seat covers are made in the USA from heavy-duty, waterproof fabric, and the covers features a high-grade foam and scrim backing for added comfort and to protect the factory seats. The seats also incorporate storage options, as the Bartact seats feature a front zippered pocket and rear map pocket. The Base Line Performance Seat Covers are available in black or graphite color options and are guaranteed not to fade for three years. Matching rear seat and headrest covers are also available.
TRED 4x4 Recovery and Extraction Device
TRED isnít written in caps just to be cool. Nope, TRED is actually an acronym that describes the product: Total Recovery and Extraction Device. The TRED 1100 is designed to help get off-road enthusiasts out of messy situations, specifically in sandy or muddy conditions where traction is hard to find. Winches can help pull you out, but if the vehicle is struggling to gain traction in soft terrain, thatís where a set of TRED ramps can help considerably. The TRED ramps feature traction on top and on the underbelly, and built-in ergonomic handles make them simple to carry. TRED ramps also can function as a shovel to help clear debris around tires. The TRED 1100 comes backed with a lifetime warranty and is available in a host of colors. The Australian-made product is available here in the States from key distributors, such as our friends over at SoCal SuperTrucks (with free shipping right now as well).