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In Focus: April 2011





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STAY WARM
Wrap up in the BTU ECO jacket from Sierra Designs. The waterproof shell is made from 100% recycled fabric and insulated with 800-fill goose down. Fully taped, PVC-free seams and water-resistant zips prevent water and melting snow from rolling down the fabric and sneaking in through the joints. With DWR coating, water beads up on the outer fabric’s surface and adds an additional layer of weather protection. Estimated Street Price: $299. Contact: Sierra Designs, (800) 736-8592, www.sierradesigns.com.

COMFY PACK
The High Peak Adrenaline 70+10 backpack features a harness system that can be adjusted easily while you’re out on the trail. A button on the back of the pack unlocks the harness, allowing you to shorten or lengthen it to whatever position provides the most comfort. The harness length varies by 10 inches, with each centimeter marked along the central support rod. Once the length is set, simply push the button back to the locked position. The pack includes a rain cover, front-panel gear access, a detachable hip belt and an expandable top lid that also can be used as a fanny pack. Estimated Street Price: $150. Contact: High Peak, (425) 251-5106, www.highpeakusa.com.
HYBRID HIKER
Part running shoe and part light hiker best describes the Columbia Master of Faster Low Omni-Tech shoes. The mesh upper features waterproof-breathable technology for protection against the elements, welded seams for minimal yet strong support, and a Techlite collar and tongue for a comfortable fit. A three-part Techlite midsole with multiple density settings provides cushioning and support where you need it most, and a high-traction outsole has a built-in independent suspension system for a solid grip. Estimated Street Price: $130. Contact: Columbia, (800) 622-6953, www.columbia.com.
IN THE BAG
For cold-weather campers, The North Face Tundra sleeping bag is built to keep you warm in subzero temperatures. A firestorm cross-dyed shell repels rain and snow. When wet, the PrimaLoft Infinity insulation resists clumping to provide even warmth. Additional features include glow-in-the-dark zipper pulls, a welded shoulder-level zip pocket and a vaulted toe box that allows your feet to flex and move naturally. Estimated Street Price: $249 (regular); $259 (long). Contact: The North Face, (888) TNF-1968, www.thenorthface.com.

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