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In Focus: March 2012


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WARM SHELL
Stay warm when exploring the frosty landscape by zipping up the Marmot Zion Jacket. The water- and wind-resistant Polartec Neo Shell fabric delivers the protection of a hard shell with the breathable and mobile qualities of a soft shell. Fully taped seams help protect you from uncertain weather, and the highly breathable fabric keeps you from overheating. A storm hood with laminated brim protects your face and eyes during a sudden storm. Multiple pockets with water-resistant zippers keep your extras safe and dry. Estimated Street Price: $375. Contact: Marmot, (888) 357-3262, www.marmot.com.

BRIGHT BEAMS
When the sun goes down, light up with the compact aluminum Pelican 1910 and 1920 LED flashlights. Powered by a single AAA battery, the 1910 weighs just 1.4 ounces and emits a 39-lumen beam, with a battery runtime of an hour. Weighing in at 2.2 ounces, the 1920 uses two AAA batteries and emits a 67-lumen beam for nearly three hours. Both lights feature a removable metal clip, and they're weather-resistant. List Price: $32 (1910); $35 (1920). Contact: Pelican, (800) 473-5422, www.pelican.com.


TRAIL GADGET
With a camera mount and legs, the Gerber Steady multi-tool can become a mini-tripod for mounting compact cameras or smartphone cameras. Add to that a fine-edge blade, serrated blade, three screwdrivers (Micro Flat, Square Cross and Medium Flat), a bottle opener, needle-nose pliers and wire cutters. The unit is six inches long when opened, four inches long when closed, and weighs 5.8 ounces. List Price: $64. Contact: Gerber, (800) 950-6161, www.gerbergear.com.

NIGHT VISION
See in the dark with the MINOX NV 351 Night Vision Device. Thanks to advanced illuminator technology, it delivers sharp images from twilight into the nighttime with 2.5x magnification. The light-amplifying illuminator gives you a clear image, and with a range of 230 feet, the device allows you to see far-off objects in total darkness. It weighs 12 ounces, plus features a weatherproof design and a tripod socket for extended viewing. Estimated Street Price: $399. Contact: MINOX USA, (866) 469-3080, www.minox.com.


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