The Freedom Seeker’s Gift Guide: Six Ideas For The Adventurous Soul
Freedom is at the heart of NORQAIN, an independent family-owned watch brand that is driven by the excitement of exploring the great outdoors. Its watch collections have names such as Freedom, Adventure, and Independence, proving that the spirit of self-determination and wanderlust is in its veins.
The brand’s Adventure Sport collection says it all with their automatic movements, unique NORQAIN pattern dials enhanced with Super-LumiNova, and tough stainless-steel cases. These robust and powerful timepieces are ready for any challenge.
So too is NORQAIN’s brand-new Freedom GMT collection, powered by a new exclusive chronometer certified manufacture caliber featuring a 70-hour power reserve and a jumping-hour GMT function The Freedom GMT comes in stainless steel or a 300-piece limited edition bronze version.
NORQAIN offers watches for both men and women and this holiday season it is offering free engraving (worth $140 - $400) until the end of the year on all holiday purchases, making a NORQAIN timepiece the perfect gift for your favorite watch enthusiast this holiday.
Gift Guide: Six Ideas For The Adventurous Soul
To accompany the NORQAIN Adventure Sport and Freedom GMT, here are some other inspiring adventure gift ideas for the freedom seeker in your life.
Eagles Nest Outfitters (ENO) – SkyLite Hammock
There is nothing that says adventure like a hammock: portable, comfortable, and designed for the great outdoors.
Even the story of Eagles Nest Outfitters is an adventure in itself. The company was founded by the Pinholster brothers, who started selling their hammocks out of the back of their van as they traveled to various music festivals in their home state of Florida. The brothers’ first product was designed for their lifestyle: easy to pack and adventure-ready. Today, they have a range of hammocks made using patented technology, such as the very first knotless hammock suspension system.
Whether you are at the beach, in the backcountry, or relaxing in your backyard, ENO has a hammock for you. Photographed here is the SkyLite Hammock that offers a flat sleeping position, integrated bug net, and can be fitted with a rain tarp, making it an ideal gift for an overnight adventure.
Cabrinha – Switchblade Kite For Kite Surfing
You will never feel freer than when you are skimming across the surface of the water at speed and taking off into the air. Based on the island of Maui, Cabrinha was one of the first companies to develop kite surfing gear over 20 years ago.
The Switchblade is an excellent kite for unhooked or hooked-in riding in just about any conditions. Its reliability and predictability are two of the reasons it excels as both a high-performance kite and an all-around universal kite ride. It delivers a stable source of power and, once in the air, will steer effortlessly with minimal input from the rider.
On-Running – Cloudventure Waterproof Trail Running Shoes
The Swiss running shoe company On-Running was founded in Zurich in 2010 by former professional athlete Olivier Bernhard and his two friends David Allemann and Casper Coppetti. Their mission: Make a running shoe that would have a cushioned landing and a powerful kick. Just a decade later and On-Running shoes are on the feet of seven million runners in over 50 countries.
Their Cloudventure line is designed for trail running, and this lightweight, waterproof trail running shoe features a breathable and supportive upper stretch-mesh sock for a precise fit and comfort. The sole is crafted using Speedboard and Missiongrip technology that allows for maximum agility over uneven ground.
Made for men and women, the Cloudventure also offers responsive off-road acceleration, as well as grip and traction on wet surfaces.
Belstaff – Trialmaster Jacket
Belstaff started making practical and waterproof garments for both men and women, with an emphasis on motorcycling, in 1924. The company has been associated with some of the most daring adventurers over the years, including motorcycle racer Joseph “Joe” Wright and pioneering aviatrixes Amy Johnson and Amelia Earhart. More recently, Belstaff jackets have been spotted on actor Ewan McGregor and motorcyclist Charley Boorman in their motorcycling documentary Long Way Up (currently running on Apple TV+).
The Trialmaster is an iconic jacket dating back to 1948 and was originally designed to cope with the grueling conditions of the Scottish Six Days motorcycle trial. The jacket, made of 6 oz. waxed cotton, comes with Belstaff’s signature check cotton twill lining and corduroy touches on the collar, cuffs, and hem. The four front pockets, belt, and high collar with an adjustable throat latch will keep the adventurer in your life dry and stylish on their adventures.
Ski-Doo – Foam Snow Sleds
Ski-Doo is best known for its snowmobiles, which are the go-to mode of transport for anyone living or working in the snow. Less well-known is that, in addition to the snowmobiles, the company also creates other snow-related products for winter fun, such as these cool foam snow sleds.
Extremely lightweight, these foam sleds make trekking to the top of the hill slightly easier. And with four durable molded plastic handles and a slick bottom, adventurers will have the fastest and smoothest ride back down the mountain. The Ski-Doo foam snow sleds can fit one or two riders at a time and come in a range of colored graphic designs. You don’t need to own any children to have fun on one of these!
Oakley – Prizm Gaming Glasses
Oakley is a sport and lifestyle brand that is best known for its high-performance sunglasses, goggles, prescription lenses, and frames designed for professional and amateur athletes. This year has unfortunately curtailed many of our opportunities for outdoor adventure, but adventure can still be found if you know where to look.
The new Oakley Prizm gaming glasses are the first optical solution developed specifically for gaming and specially built to enhance visual contrast and provide sharp vision. Feature blue-light filtering technology designed to reduce 40% of blue light within the 380-500nm range to help protect from artificial light, Oakley also designed the lens to reduce the yellow tint, which often appears as a result of blue-light filtering.
So, if your gaming adventures involve slaying dragons or bringing your NFL team to victory, these glasses are going to up your game.
(NORQAIN's Photography by Liam O'Donnell)