The countdown is on ‘til the jolly man in his red suit pays us all a visit, so we’ve put together the top picks of things to wish for… Whether you’re crossing your fingers these will be under your tree this year, or looking for the perfect pressie for the guy in your life, this list of the latest and greatest will have you covered.
Garmin quatix® 5
You know us; we love anything designed specifically for the water and this wrist-based release from Garmin ticks exactly that box, and so many more! The quatix® 5 multisport marine smartwatch builds on the technology that came before it to bring the wearer the next generation of comprehensive connectivity. You may as well think of yourself as the next Inspector Gadget, as not only does it connect with compatible chartplotters and other devices to stream data right to your wrist, it also has built-in FUSION-Link™ Lite app controls, so you’ve got your world of entertainment right at your fingertips. With advanced fitness features and tracking abilities, not to mention the styley quick-change bands and impressive battery life, this beauty is one to make sure Santa stocks up on!
We all know that any occasion is better with a soundtrack and Christmas is no different. Whether you’re spending it out on the boat, at the bach, or BBQing with mates, the Stereo Active is THE portable marine stereo that you need. Unlike a wired-in entertainment system that you only use when you’re on the boat, the Stereo Active allows you to head anywhere, on any adventure, with your full catalogue of music and streaming services, from Bluetooth audio streaming, through AM/FM radio, Weatherband (if you’re in North America) and Mp3 playback via USB. Even better, you can control your Stereo Active with the Garmin quatix® 5; the perfect reason to add both to your wishlist (as long as you’re on Santa’s ‘nice’ list!)
Shimano Curado K
The latest release from Shimano is sure to be on every angler’s Christmas list this year. The newest evolution of the Curado reel, the Curado K is more powerful, more durable and has better brakes and smoother gears than the models that came before it. Santa’s possibly already in on the secret, as this reel has already been winning awards this year! Give the gift of a technologically engineered edge on the water this Christmas.
When you’re out on the water, or even just out and about this summer, you need sun protection and comfort you can trust. Zhik has got you covered with their range of Zhikdry™ tops. The lightweight, quick-drying fabric wicks moisture away from the body, keeping you dry and cool when it matters most. Antibacterial treatment and UV50+ protection make these technical performance pieces even better! After all, marine fashion isn’t all about boat shoes anymore; apparel has gone high-tech, so make sure you get the gear this year.
RaceLogic Vbox Sport
We all like to know how fast we’re going – or can go – and while boating is known for some pretty impressive test gear, certain stats have always been a challenge. Until RaceLogic’s Vbox Sport came along, that is! A spinoff of the version commonly used in auto performance testing, this app samples GPS readings 20 times per second to record speed, acceleration, and deceleration curves. While the water isn’t all about racing, it’s nice to know, isn’t it? Try the performance tester straight on your device, or there’s a small, standalone portable logger available if you really want to get serious.