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In Focus: April 2009


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GPS WATCH
Navigate safely with the improved GPS system and longer-lasting battery power offered in the Suunto X10. With a stronger signal, the GPS gets reception in the most difficult locations and is faster than the previous X9i. The watch monitors altitude and barometric pressure, plus recording speed, distance and any memory points you define along the way. Once at your destination, set it on Track Back mode to go back the way you came. Estimated Street Price: $549. Contact: Suunto, (800) 543-9124, www.suunto.com.
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ALL-SEASONS TENT
Take shelter in GoLite’s Utopia 2+, a freestanding and ultralight tent that’s sturdy enough to be used for four-season backpacking. The lightweight aluminum poles are strong, and the two-pole design offers an easy setup. Made from SilLite silicone-impregnated ripstop nylon, the tent is durable and waterproof. Internal rip-and-stick tabs hold the poles in place. The tent features a tall zippered door and three full-length side vents for excellent airflow. List Price: $275. Contact: GoLite, (888) 5-GOLITE, www.golite.com.
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CAMP COOKER
The MSR Reactor is a fast-boiling, fuel-efficient stove designed to work in the most challenging outdoor environments. The Reactor’s radiant burner is enclosed by a heat exchanger, which helps it to perform in windy conditions, while an advanced pressure regulator provides optimal heat output over the life of each fuel canister. One liter of water boils in just three minutes. A collapsible handle locks the unique see-thru lid in place for safe and easy transport. List Price: $139. Contact: MSR, (800) 531-9531, www.msrgear.com.
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SIT DOWN
Take a comfortable seat while you’re out camping using the HexaLite PowerLounger from Crazy Creek. This is the latest addition to Crazy Creek’s Adventurer series, which is its lightest line of multiuse chairs. The 1.5-pound chair serves as a sleeping pad and a lounge chair, in addition to an upright seat. The chair’s adaptability comes from an additional bottom flap, which can be folded in for extra-padded seat comfort or extended for lounging or sleeping. List Price: $56. Contact: Crazy Creek, (800) 331-0304, www.crazycreek.com.
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