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In Focus: August 2011

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Take a closer look at far-off wildlife using the MINOX BD 7x28 IF pocket binoculars. With a stylish open-bridge design, the unit is easy to carry and use. Features include fully coated lenses for delivering high-contrast, pin-sharp definition from edge to edge, individual eyepiece adjustment and a 14.0 twilight factor that produces detail even in dim light. With 7x magnification, the focus range goes from 22 yards to infinity. The field of view is 380 feet at 1,000 yards. The binoculars weigh just 12 ounces. Estimated Street Price: $349. Contact: MINOX, (866) 469-3080, www.minox.com/usa.

Hike all day in the comfortable Columbia Gorge Mid Omni-Tech hiking boots. With Omni-Tech waterproof-breathable technology, mud, snow and water are blocked from entering the shoes, but sweat from your feet can still escape. Built to withstand harsh terrain and heavy loads, Contour Comfort 3D footbeds pad your feet from protruding rocks, while PU midsoles and metal shanks add stability. The all-terrain Vibram trek outsoles can grip snow, ice and mud. Estimated Street Price: $130. Contact: Columbia, (800) 622-6953, www.columbia.com.

Designed for spending long summer days in the backcountry, the Mountain Hardwear Fluid 26 offers plenty of volume and has an On-The-Fly Compression system for adjusting your load while wearing the pack. A breathable spacer mesh back panel with air channels for cooling ventilation, soft-edge shoulder straps with ventilated foam and a front panel organizer pocket with an internal zip pocket round out the top features. Zippered mesh pockets on padded, ventilated hip wings keep other essentials handy. Estimated Street Price: $100. Contact: Mountain Hardwear, (877) 927-5649, www.mountainhardwear.com.
On cool, windy nights, zip up the warm Post Canyon Soft Shell jacket from GoLite. Crafted from a blend of recycled polyester and spandex, the thick fabric protects you from wind and sheds light moisture with a durable water-repellant finish. Other features include secure hand and internal pockets, elastic cuffs and reflective logos that make you more visible when it gets dark. Estimated Street Price: $100. Contact: GoLite, (888) 546-5483, www.golite.com.


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