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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

In Focus: January/February 2010





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HARD SHELL
As the weather gets colder, zip up the Arc’teryx Visio Comp jacket to stay warm. Lightweight and trim fitting, this protective athletic hard shell features stretch side panels that efficiently manage heat buildup and provide unrestricted mobility. Made with a lightweight Windstopper fabric, the quick-drying jacket provides highly breathable, windproof protection with advanced moisture-wicking performance. Estimated Street Price: $275. Contact: Arc’teryx, (866) 458-2473, www.arcteryx.com.

A CLOSER VIEW
Keep better track of birds and other wildlife on your next outdoor adventure using the Minox Comfort Bridge binoculars. They come in 8x44 and 10x44 models, weigh 1.6 pounds and are waterproof down to nearly 17 feet. To capture moving objects faster and more reliably, the field of view has been increased to 410 feet at 1,000 yards for the 8x44 model, and 341 feet for the 10x44, an increase of 16 percent. Estimated Street Price: $559 (8x44); $599 (10x44). Contact: MINOX, (866) 469-3080, www.minox.com.
DAY PACK
Stay comfortable all day long when carrying Mountain Hardwear’s Groundhog backpack. Mesh shoulder straps and back-panel pads add ventilation and comfort. A suspended, padded multi-use pocket stores a laptop, hydration sleeve or notebooks. The stretchy front pocket holds wet clothes, a helmet or shoes. In the main compartment, there’s a fleece-lined sunglass pouch, a large organizer pocket and a sleeve for holding various documents. Estimated Street Price: $89. Contact: Mountain Hardwear, (800) 953-8375, www.mountainhardwear.com.
SHINE ON
The sleek, long-lasting Rogue LED flashlights from ICON are durable, easy to hold and come with two lumens settings that allow you to control the brightness of the beam. The body is made out of aluminum so it can be dropped, thrown around or rattled without any damage. The Rogue 1 is 4.5 inches long and requires one AA battery. The Rogue 2 is 6.5 inches long and takes two AA batteries. Both come in silver, green and black. Estimated Street Price: $39 (Rogue 1); $49 (Rogue 2). Contact: ICON, www.myiconlight.com.

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