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High Tech Gifts for Skaters

Gift ideas for your geeky outdoor friends

If you can't figure out what to buy your favorite athlete for the holidays, consider one of these electronic gadgets. Some of them are healthy, some are practical, and some are neither one, but still lots of fun! Prices are in U.S. Dollars, but you can use a Money Converter to calculate costs in other currencies.

GPS Receiver
A hand-held GPS receiver will tell you how far you have traveled and it will let you make a map of your favorite route for skating, running, skiing, driving, or anything else. It will also prevent you from getting lost, by guiding you back to your starting point, exactly the way you came.
  • GPS Receivers Available at Amazon.com

    MP3 Player
    Portable MP3 players are perfect for exercising to music, because they are small, lightweight, and they have no moving parts, so your music won't skip when you jump up and down or skate over bumps.
  • Portable MP3 Players at Amazon.com
  • Portable MP3/CD Combo Players at Amazon.com
  • Headphones Available at Amazon.com

    Heart Rate Monitor
    A heart rate monitor is a great tool for improving the efficiency of your workouts, because heart rate is the best indicator of exercise intensity.
  • Heart Rate Monitors Avaialble at Amazon.com

    Digital Camera
    Digital cameras are great for athletes, and especially athletes with Web sites. I skate with a VERY TINY Canon Digital Elph camera, and when I return home, I can have new skating photos posted on my Website within 5 minutes. If your computer has a USB port, I highly recommend purchasing a USB flash card reader, because it will allow you to download photos very quickly to your computer. My flash card reader cost about $75 USD, and it reads CompactFlash, SmartMedia, and IBM Microdrive cards.
  • Digital Cameras Available at Amazon.com

    Digital Camcorder
    Digital video cameras come in two formats: MiniDV (Mini-Digital) uses a cassette tape that is smaller and more expensive than a VHS or 8 mm tape. D8 (Digital 8) cameras use a standard 8 mm or Hi8 cassette.
  • Digital Camcorders Available at Amazon.com

    Night Light
    A mountain bike headlight mounted on your helmet will let you see the path in front of you when skate or cycle in the dark, and there are many fun ideas for lighting yourself up at night, so you can be seen by others.
  • Safety Lights and Headlights for Skaters

    The last item I would like to add to my inline skating "Bat Belt" is a tiny pair of binoculars that I can use to get a close-up look at whales (and other interesting mammals) as I'm skating along the beach between Venice Beach and Santa Monica. When you shop for binoculars, you will see they have a specification like "7x35". The first number represents the magnification (in this case 7x) and the second number is the diameter of each front lens in millimeters (in this case 35 mm).
  • Binoculars Available at Amazon.com

    Two Way Radio
    There are two basic types of two way radios: (1) the inexpensive, half-Watt, 2-mile range radios that broadcast on the FRS section of the airways, and (2) the more expensive, 1 to 5 Watt, 5-mile range units that (when used in the United States), require an $80 license from the US/FCC.
  • Two-Way Radios Available at Amazon.com

    A bike speedometer or a pedometer is a gift that any cyclist, runner, or walker would appreciate, and now you can even buy skate speedometers and scooter speedometers!
  • Skate, Scooter, and Bicycle Speedometers

    Night Vision Goggles
    Night vision goggles and binoculars are not that practical for active recreational sports, but they sure are fun to play with! And those devices ARE useful for activities like hiking, hunting, and camping at night.
  • Night Vision Optics Available at Amazon.com

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