ON THE SPOT
The MINOX MD 88 W APO is a compact spotting scope with an angled eyepiece that delivers magnification of 20x to 60x. The optical system features apochromatically corrected glass and multicoated lens surfaces for delivering top-notch images that are rich in contrast and natural color rendition. APO technology produces color-fringe-free images with a resolution that brings out the smallest detail, even in twilight. The dual-focus system consists of a gross focus adjustment ring for focusing quickly on the object in view and a fine focus ring for making more precise adjustments. List Price: $1,599. Contact: MINOX, (866) 469-3080, www.minox.com.
Camp out in one of the new Eureka! Apex dome tents. The freestanding tents are constructed with 8.5mm shock-corded fiberglass poles and feature no-see-um mesh for maximum ventilation. The Apex 2 measures 7'6" x 4'11", weighs just less than 6 pounds, sleeps two people, and has two doors and two vestibules. The Apex 2XD measures 7'4" x 4'11", weighs 51⁄2 pounds, sleeps two people, and has two doors and two vestibules, each measuring 13 square feet. The Apex 3XD measures 7'6" x 6'6", weighs just over 8 pounds, sleeps three people, and has two doors and two vestibules, each measuring 14 square feet. Estimated Street Price: $109 to $179. Contact: Eureka!, (800) 572-8822, www.eurekatent.com.
With an altimeter, a barometer, a compass, a storm alarm and sunrise/sunset times, the Suunto Core is truly an explorer's watch. Accurate to 29,500 feet, the altimeter displays current elevation as well as elevation gained and lost, and records data for later analysis. An auto mode switches between the altimeter and barometer, depending on the activity, and shows the most relevant information, depending on the situation. The Core is now available in more colors, including Glacier Gray, Lava Red and Sahara Yellow. Estimated Street Price: $299. Contact: Suunto, (800) 543-9124, www.suunto.com.
Rated to 15° F and weighing less than two pounds, the Marmot Plasma 15 contains high-quality 900+ Fill Power goose down, which provides excellent insulation and uses less ounces. The fabric used to make the bag is lightweight, water-repellent and breathable, yet dense enough to resist rips and punctures. Marmot's Flow Gate Construction allows body heat to flow evenly while keeping the down in position around your body. Estimated Street Price: $469. Contact: Marmot, (888) 357-3262, www.marmot.com.
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