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In Focus: August 2010

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The Mountain Hardwear Raven 2 two-person backpacking tent is quick and easy to pitch. The vertical sidewalls allow for more interior room and it has a fully taped fly, taped perimeter seam, corners and welded guy-clip anchors. The tent is rain-tested to withstand 1,200 inches of rain in 24 hours. Two side doors for easy access and two dry entry vestibules keep the rain out and stow gear. Made of highly durable material, the tent provides nearly year-round warmth and protection. Estimated Street Price: $250. Contact: Mountain Hardwear, (800) 953-8375, www.mountainhardwear.com.

Get a better look at birds and other wildlife using MINOX BV II binoculars. The four new, updated models combine a sleek ergonomic design with high-performance features. Multicoated lens elements minimize reflection while providing high light transmission and neutral color rendition. Roof prisms with phase-corrected coating deliver images with sharp detail and high contrast, even in low-light conditions. The sturdy aluminum bodies, which come in compact or full-sized versions, are coated with a new black rubber material for a comfortable, sure grip. They’re also waterproof down to about 10 feet. Estimated Street Price: $149 to $299. Contact: MINOX, (866) 469-3080, www.minox.com.
The rugged Pelican 9410 LED Lantern features three illumination modes (high, low and flashing) with a water-resistant electronic switch that toggles between modes at the push of a button. The switch also features an integrated battery level indicator that illuminates when the lantern is on. Engineered with four next-generation LEDs, the 9410 shines 710 lumens at peak beam intensity. Tough polymer construction ensures that it can withstand harsh outdoor environments. Powered by Nickel Metal Hydride rechargeable battery technology, it boasts nearly two hours of run time (nearly five hours in low mode). Estimated Street Price: $399. Contact: Pelican, (800) 473-5422, www.pelican.com.
Hike comfortably wearing the Hi-Tec V-Lite Diablo sandals. The upper is made of stretchy neoprene to keep you dry, while stretch cord lacing features a locking toggle for a secure fit. The heel strap is conveniently removable, while the toe features molded rubber for extra protection. Crafted using a soft combination of synthetic and neoprene, the sandals ensure a lightweight, breathable fit. The comfort lining offers plush cushioning, while a compression-molded EVA midsole eases shock on impact. Estimated Street Price: $75. Contact: Hi-Tec, (209) 545-1111, www.hi-tec.com.

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