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FOLDING BLADE
Take Buck Knives ErgoHunter knife on your next camping trip. The three-inch blade features ergonomic contouring for maximum comfort and reduced hand fatigue. There are three models, and all offer ambidextrous one-hand opening and have extra-thick locking liners made of 410 HC stainless steel. Heavy-duty construction ensures reliable performance. The blades are smaller than the fixed-blade model for easier carrying and weigh just 4.5 ounces. When open, they measure 71⁄8 inches long. Estimated Street Price: $73 to $170. Contact: Buck Knives, (800) 326-2825, www.buckknives.com.

DURABLE SHELL
Zip up Marmot’s Exum, a roomy, comfortable and lightweight jacket featuring Gore-Tex®, waterproof zippers and a well-fitting adjustable hood. The Gore-Tex® Pro Shell three-layer fabric is tough, breathable and waterproof. Reduced seam quantity and thickness saves weight while making it more resistant to abrasions and snagging. Angel-Wing Movement technology allows for full range of motion in the arms so the jacket doesn’t ride up. Estimated Street Price: $400. Contact: Marmot, (888) 357-3262, www.marmot.com.
KEEP WATCH
Navigate the wildest of places using the TECH4O TraiLeader Jet. Doing way more than telling time, the watch has an altimeter and digital compass to help you find the right direction, while the barometer and thermometer monitor weather. An onboard accelerometer measures speed and distance. Its stylish design includes a reverse LED display and scratch-resistant, nonreflective mineral glass face ideal for the trail. Estimated Street Price: $159. Contact: TECH4O, (800) 572-8822, www.tech4o.com.
CLASSIC TREKKERS
Hike into the backcountry wearing Lowa’s Banff Pro boots. The interior is lined entirely in supple glove leather, holding your feet securely and comfortably. The insole has a breathable top layer that transports moisture away from the foot, eliminates pressure points and minimizes friction between foot and insole to reduce fatigue. Lowa’s proprietary Vibram Masai sole supports longer-distance backpacking and off-trail use with a heavy pack. Estimated Street Price: $280. Contact: Lowa, (888) 335-LOWA, www.lowaboots.com.

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