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In Focus: June 2011

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Don’t let a little spring rain get in your way. Zip up the lightweight Marmot Storm Shield rain jacket, which features waterproof, breathable PreCip fabric that blocks out water while allowing evaporating sweat to pass through. Fully taped seams prevent rain from dripping down the fabric and through the joints. Mesh lining separates the shell fabric from your body to improve air circulation and breathability. A storm flap features a hook-and-loop closure system to keep rain from coming in through the main zipper. Estimated Street Price: $125. Contact: Marmot, (707) 544-4590, www.marmot.com.
With built-in GPS navigation, the Tech4O Discover watch will keep you from getting lost on your next hike. Robust signal strength allows the watch to track and display the distance covered and your average speed, as well as providing a smart lap function to auto-map a route. Altitude and other data are collected and can be viewed on the watch’s customizable LED display. The data is also recorded to an internal databank for tracking statistics over time. When you get home, use the included PC-compatible software that works with Google Earth to upload your route and get more information. Estimated Street Price: $199. Contact: Tech4O, (800) 572-8822, www.tech4o.com.
Pitch the Mountain Hardwear Lightpath 2 tent on your next camping trip. Tight construction with waterproof polyurethane coatings and seam welding will help keep you dry if it starts raining. Seal out the weather after you come through the dry entry vestibule by zipping up the dual slider doors. The sturdy, lightweight aluminum pole system won’t weigh your bag down. The two-person, three-season tent weighs just less than four pounds and has a floor area of 30 square feet. Estimated Street Price: $175. Contact: Mountain Hardwear, (877) 927-5649, www.mountainhardwear.com.
Hit the trailhead wearing the Columbia Firelane Mid Omni-Tech hiking shoes. Thanks to a mid-cut and Omni Tech waterproof breathable protection, the comfy hikers are ideal for day hikes and light multiday trips. The dual-density Contour Comfort footbed and molded EVA midsole cushion your foot, while an internal shank provides torsional support when you’re trekking across rough terrain. The OmniGrip rubber outsole provides solid traction in any weather. Estimated Street Price: $95. Contact: Columbia, (800) 622-6953, www.columbia.com.


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