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In Focus: January/February 2012

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Camp out in the roomy four-person PahaQue Green Mountain Tent. It comes in its own oversized nylon carrying bag with an adjustable shoulder strap that provides easy storage after use. The tent weighs less than 22 pounds, and setup is quick with shock-corded poles. Its bathtub floor design is constructed with 6.5-ounce, oxford-coated fabric, and all seams are tape-sealed for 100% waterproof protection. Floor size is 96x96 inches, and maximum height is 72 inches. Estimated Street Price: $249. Contact: PahaQue, (858) 748-3762, www.pahaque.com.

Transport your heavy gear in an Eckla Beach Rolly gear cart. The frame is made of heavy-duty, rustproof aluminum, and the seat and payload areas are covered with double-walled nylon for strength. Wide pneumatic tires provide cushioning. Strong and lightweight, the cart can carry up to 176 pounds and seats up to 264 pounds, yet weighs only 10 pounds. The cart folds flat for easy storage. Estimated Street Price: $199. Contact: Eckla, (855) 323-2552, www.eckla.us.

The Adventure 10 series from Fenix Lighting consists of eight flashlights and two headlamps. The flashlights range in size from miniature to a deep-reaching 820-lumen option, and they have multiple brightness levels and operating modes. Of the two headlamp models, the HP11 delivers 277 lumens of brightness and reaches up to 500 feet. The HL21 headlamp is very compact for easily fitting into your backpack. Estimated Street Price: Varies by model. Contact: Fenix Lighting, (888) 775-9996, www.fenixlighting.com.

The High Peak Arête 0°F is a lightweight, but roomy 650 goose-down-filled sleeping bag. It packs into a small 15.4x7-inch compression sack for easy carry in any backpack. The shell is made from water-repellent and windproof Cire nylon. In addition to the drawstring closure on the hood, a chest tube with pull cord seals out the cold. The bag is warm enough for use during all four seasons, plus it can vent from the foot or head, allowing plenty of tweaking to regulate temperatures. Inside the bag, centered on the top, is a small zippered pocket to be used as a stash spot. Estimated Street Price: $299. Contact: High Peak, (425) 251-5106, www.highpeakusa.com.


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