GET CLOSE Zero in on birds and other wildlife using the MINOX HG 8x56 BR binoculars, which use optical glass from Schott, the high-end specialty glassmaker. Especially well suited for low-light situations, like at dawn or dusk, the binoculars use a newly developed optical system that provides high brightness and contrast, no matter what kind of light you’re under. The Quick-Close-Focus system lets you focus from close-up to infinity with just one turn of the focus wheel and instantly take exact distance readings from a scale on the wheel. List Price: $1,299. Contact: MINOX, (866) 469-3080, www.minox.com.
RUGGED BLADE The Bravo Rescue is the latest tactical knife to come from Buck Knives. Tough and reliable, the knife features a 3½-inch blade with enhanced tip strength, so it holds up in the most challenging circumstances. The blade is glass bead-blasted for corrosion resistance and has a thumb stud for easy opening. When open, the folding knife measures 8¾ inches; it weighs 7 ounces. List Price: $100. Contact: Buck Knives, (800) 326-2825, www.buckknives.com.
LIGHTEN UP When you’re out hiking trails or camping in the dark, take along the Pelican 2365 LED Flex-Neck flashlight. The 2365 features a 15-inch flexible cable neck that can be bent to shine the light anywhere that’s needed. Powered by two AA batteries, the flashlight’s next-generation LED provides clean, brilliant light for nearly 15 hours with a peak output of 45 lumens. It weighs 9.3 ounces. List Price: $49. Contact: Pelican Products, www.pelican.com.
CAMP CHAIR Take a seat in the Therm-a-Rest Compack Chair. At just 6 ounces, the chair sleeve transforms any regular-size Therm-a-Rest mattress into a camp chair. Constructed with ultralight silnylon and aluminum poles, it packs incredibly small so it won’t weigh you down. List Price: $39. Contact: Therm-a-Rest, (800) 531-9531, www.thermarest.com.