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  • Photos by Aubree Reichel | The Journal Gazette Pedal-assist bikes at Summit City Bicycles and Fitness might be a little bit higher than a typical stocking-stuffer gift but are gaining popularity.

  • Three Rivers Running Company has base layers, cold-weather gear and other items perfect for the upcoming winter months. 

  • Striker Ice Boots and socks at Pro Tackle Outfitters are warmth-rated to minus-40 degrees for those chilly days fishing in the river.

Sunday, December 03, 2017 1:00 am

Buy gifts from socks to sports

Local stores have options for indoor, outdoor

AUBREE REICHEL | The Journal Gazette

Cyclists can never have too many bikes, runners can never have too many shoes and anglers never too many rods or reels. But something these all have in common is that there's never enough time to spend outdoors.

Winter isn't always the best time to think about getting gifts for enjoying the outdoors, but there are plenty of options for the outdoor- and sports-loving types in your life.

Baseball

Tickets for next season's opening day for the TinCaps are on sale through Dec. 31. Tickets for the 6:05 p.m. first pitch April 7 against Lake County are available at the Orchard Team Store at Parkview Field, the team store in Glenbrook Square mall or at www.tincapstickets.com. Ticket prices start at $5.

Basketball

IPFW is offering a Mastodons basketball four-pack of tickets, which include lower-level seats to your choice of four home games, for $40. Buy packs before Dec. 25 and receive a ticket for an additional home game for free. Contact Nate Felver at 260-481-6372 or at nate.felver@ipfw.edu for more information.

Cycling

Summit City Bicycles and Fitness has Wahoo Kickr and Kickr Snap indoor trainers that are perfect for winter. The trainers, from $600 to $1,200, are interactive and can control resistance to imitate changes in terrain or drafting.

Pedal-assist bikes are gaining popularity in Europe. There are three or four levels, and riders can get up to 20 to 28 mph easily. The bike will go faster, but it's all on the rider. Bikes start at $2,300.

Bontrager lights are a good safety feature. The Ion 800 R headlight is $100, and the Flare tail light is $60. Both lights are USB rechargeable with battery life up to 20 hours, depending on the intensity of the light.

No cyclist can have too many pairs of shorts. Ranging from $50 to $180, even the most simple shorts can make a huge difference in the comfort of a ride.

Fishing

New at Pro Tackle Outfitters are the Lews Crush Combo pole, which is a bait-cast combo for bass fishing for $199, and Striker Ice boots and socks. The boots have a rubber sole, neoprene upper and a minus-40 degree warmth rating for $130.

Froggtoggs Toadz rainsuit jacket and pants combo ($130) is waterproof and lightly insulated, perfect for the spring and summer.

Revros 2000H spinning reel ($49.95) with open-face spinning good for blue gill to bass.

Griffin Pedestal vise holds ($64.95) hooks to tie flies. Hooks will not slip in the jaws and flies can be tied anywhere with the pedestal.

Ragwool gloves with fingers, fingerless or fingerless-mitten combination ($9.95-$16.95)have a material that makes it so the gloves retain warmth even when wet.

Golf

Local Golf Passport includes 23 rounds with greens fees paid on 20 courses and free admission to the Northern Indiana Golf Show on Feb. 10-11 at Memorial Coliseum. Bobick's Bonus includes 10 medium buckets of range balls. Go to FortWayne.LocalGolfPassport.com for more information.

Running

Goodr Sunglasses are no-slip, polarized and come in a variety of colors for frames and lenses. Get them for $25 at Three Rivers Running Company.

Cold-weather gear at 3RRC includes, but is certainly not limited to, Brooks mittens ($40), Asics base layer ($38), New Balance pullovers ($70) and beanies ($28).

Garmin and other GPS watches make good gadgety gifts for runners starting at $139.99.

Plus, runners can never have enough pairs of their favorite shoes or socks. Indecisive? Gift cards are also a good option.

Miscellaneous

Fort Wayne Outfitters has Patagonia trucker hats ($29), beanies ($39) and base layers of varying thickness ($39-$69) and Eagles Nest hammocks that fold into their own pouch for easy carry and storage. Single ($60) and double ($70) sizes available.

For campers and night explorers, Luci Lights are inflatable solar-powered lights that can provide a nice glow to an otherwise dark tent for $20-$25.

Kavu bags of koozie size, sling bags and cooler bags with different patterns and designs cost $10-$70.

Local products at Fort Wayne Outfitters include organic oils and lotions from Ambre Blends, an Indianapolis company. A sample starts at $12. Also at FWO, Hurshtown Honey jars are $12 and can be used as on-the-go nutrition and fuel for all your outdoor adventures.

Farm to Feet Socks ($22.50) are wool blends with the full tracking of source materials at the farms to the manufacturing plant. The socks are all made and sourced in the U.S.

For those with kids who want to track data on their bikes, FWO has simple bike computers to track speed and distance for $40.

Kleen Kanteen coffee mugs, water bottles and growlers ($25-$55) are insulated and keep warm stuff warm for 14 hours and cold stuff cold for 48 hours. The company has reusable cups with the Fort Wayne Outfitters logo for $12 and can offer a $1-per-drink discount at FWO events.

Kayak paddles can be upgraded to include lighter-weight materials and carbon fiber, similar to the makings of a bike. The paddles range from $80 to $350. Along those lines, waterproof phone cases are $25.

The Indiana DNR offers gift certificates for hunting, trapping and fishing licenses at www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/7466.htm.

Other DNR gift ideas include the state park gift packs, which, for $99, include an annual pass, a one-year subscription to Outdoor Indiana magazine and a $65 gift card to camps or inns.

areichel@jg.net