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In Focus: March 2011

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Stay warm while camping in the Hi-Tec Mystic Mountain Shell. The fully seam-sealed construction uses Dri-Tec waterproof and breathable technology to lock out moisture. Underarm zippers enable additional ventilation to keep you comfortable, and the hood detaches so the shell can be worn on days when wet weather isn’t expected. Other features include two front zipper pockets that seal nicely and store items quickly needed, side pockets and an internal pocket. List Price: $158. Contact: Hi-Tec, (800) 521-1698, www.hi-tec.com.

Hobie has two new tandem kayaks, the Mirage Oasis and the Odyssey. The Mirage Oasis features Hobie’s MirageDrive pedal system, which consists of two self-centering padded pedals that are connected to underwater flippers and are locked or unlocked from the kayak with the Click and Go system. You can propel yourself faster using the pedals rather than a traditional paddle. The Odyssey is a traditional paddleboat that’s designed to accommodate two, but is easily adaptable for one using the molded-in center-seat position. Estimated Street Price: $2,699 (Mirage Oasis); $1,199 (Odyssey-Deluxe Package). Contact: Hobie, (888) Hobie21, www.hobie.com.

Fight the cold with the Zippo® Hand Warmer. It has a platinum-catalyzed, glass-fiber burner that lights quickly and produces heat without a flame so it’s safe, pollution-free and odorless. The rugged metal warmer has a high-polish finish with a sleek, thin design for fitting easily into jacket or pants pockets. Plus, it’s reusable with Zippo® lighter fluid and includes a convenient filler cup and warming bag. The hand warmer stays warm for up to 12 hours. List Price: $19. Contact: Zippo, (814) 368-2700, www.zippo.com.
Get a good night’s sleep under the stars in the High Peak Mt. Rainier sleeping bag. It’s waterproof with taped seams, and it’s breathable, allowing your body moisture to exit the sleeping bag. The shell is made with ripstop nylon taffeta to keep you warm and comfortable. The bag is insulated with Thermolite Quallo for maximum warmth. Two Mt. Rainier bags can be zipped together to accommodate two. Estimated Street Price: $117 (Mt. Rainier 20°); $125 (Mt. Rainier 0°); $145 (Mt. Rainier -20°). Contact: High Peak, www.highpeakusa.org.


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