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The latest in outdoor tech... By Cotswold Outdoor
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Our Equipment Buyer Dave has selected his favourite new gadgets for 2015/16. You’ll find the latest in GPS watches, fitness trackers, ultra bright headtorches and the ultimate filming devices to help you capture your most thrilling moments. So whether you’re looking for gift ideas for a gadget lover, or you want to upgrade your outdoor tech armoury, read on for inspiration.

Garmin Fenix 3 Sapphire Leather Performer Bundle

Form and function combine in the ultimate watch for demanding athletes and outdoor adventurers. Garmin have taken the hugely popular Fenix 3 and added a stunning leather strap to give this tech heavy watch a timeless look. Packed with functions to cover multiple sports, motivating training aids and extensive navigational aids, the Performer bundle comes complete with full heart rate monitoring functionality. Whatever your outdoor passion, the Fenix 3 is the wrist worn gadget that has you covered.

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Fitbit Charge HR

Fitness gadgets are here to stay and the Fit Bit Charge HR is a fitness tracker that will get you motivated and help you achieve your activity goals. LEDs on the back of the tracker measure your heart rate without the need for a chest strap. Whilst sleep monitoring functionality and smart phone wireless syncing make this a very clever little package for anyone wishing to keep an eye on their activity. The Fitbit Charge HR comes in 2 sizes and colours for a great fit to match your style.

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Blue Mountain Ultima Knife

An eternally popular gadget, the multi-tool should appear in any outdoor gadget list. Whether you’re camping, trekking, opening a can of beans or tackling the DIY on a Bank Holiday Monday there’s a place for a multi-tool. The Blue Mountain Ultima Knife has 13 different functions and can be clipped to belts or bags with a handy carabiner so it’s available when you need it most. At £10 this is an affordable must-have gadget.

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Blade Chroma GPH4 Combo Drone

Drones fly high up on many a gadget lover’s list of desires and they empower budding film makers to capture the sort of epic shots they could only have dreamt of previously. Adding a GoPro camera to The Blade Chroma GPH4 Combo Drone is simple and the beginner friendly Smart Mode enables you to start flying easily with no experience necessary. Experienced pilots are also accommodated with a host of additional control options. The mind will boggle and jaws will drop at the sight of some the epic shots that this drone is capable of capturing.

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Led Lenser XEO 19R

The Led Lenser XE0 19R turns night into day with 2000 lumens of amazing brightness and a beam length of up to 300 metres. The versatile headtorch can be mounted on helmets, bikes or straight on the head with the separate battery pack that can be clipped onto the hip. With a plethora of power, focus and battery management options the XEO 19R enables mountain-bikers, adventurers and thrill seekers to keep going long after sundown.

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Suunto Traverse

The Suunto Traverse takes big strides to bring a GPS watch that is suitable for wearing everyday and also caters for the outdoors lover who wants powerful navigation tools on their wrist. Daily activity tracking, smart phone notifications and a stylish sleek design mean you’ll want to keep this watch on all day and navigation features including altimeter, barometer, compass and route/waypoint navigation make this wrist worn gadget a superb tool for walkers and hikers.

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Garmin eTrex Touch 25 with Birdseye Select

The Garmin eTrex Touch 25 takes the ever popular Etrex range to new levels with touch screen navigation making this an accessible gadget for family adventures. Whether you’re walking, cycling or geocaching the activity profiles will match to your needs. This Birdseye select bundle allows you to choose up to 3000sq km of UK map coverage to download to your device to a scale of 1:25,000 so you can plan your routes and follow waypoints with confidence.

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Expertly picked by

Dave Housley, Equipment Buyer

Our Equipment Buyer, Dave Housley, has worked for Cotswold Outdoor for over 25 years and has amassed a wealth of knowledge about outdoor kit. His favourite outdoor pursuit is currently mountain biking but he has also climbed and travelled in the Alps, the USA and Nepal and more recently visited a number of active volcanos just for fun.