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In Focus: May 2009

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Keep better track of birds and other wildlife on your next trip outside using the latest Coleman binoculars, which now use Olympus’ high-quality optics. The 10x50 standard model features high magnification with an expansive field of view. The 8x21 compact binoculars offer 8x magnification and are so small they easily fit in a jacket pocket, making it easy to roam around. The 8x25 binoculars are waterproof, dirt-proof and fog-proof. List Price: $69 (10x50); $39 (8x21); $129 (8x25). Contact: Coleman, (800) 835-3278, www.coleman.com.


Hike comfortably in Hi-Tec’s V-Lite Hornet HPi. Weighing just 16.4 ounces, the shoes are built on Hi-Tec’s signature V-Lite platform, a design concept that focuses on lightweight comfort and performance. This system combined with the exclusive Vibram trail-running outsole gives you the grip and traction needed for any adventure. With toe and heel abrasion for added protection, your feet will stay comfortable all day. Estimated Street Price: $115. Contact: Hi-Tec, (800) 521-1698, www.hi-tecstore.com
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Marmot’s Mica Jacket is 100 percent seam taped, waterproof and highly breathable. With Marmot’s proprietary 2.5 layer MemBrain Strata fabric technology, the jacket is designed using micro nonorganic particles on the inside of the lamination to increase durability and breathability. Additional features include an attached adjustable hood and a water-resistant front zipper, and it packs neatly into its own pocket. List Price: $130. Contact: Marmot, (888) 357-3262, marmot.com.
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Go camping this summer with the ultralight MSR Skinny Too Tent. The roomy two-person tent has a simple, single-wall design for quick setup and stays ventilated thanks to overhead mesh vents and a foot-level mesh window. With a 25-square-foot floor area, there’s ample room inside plus a large vestibule for storing gear. Also available is a one-person version that’s ideal for extended solo trips. List Price: $199 to $249. Contact: MSR, (800) 531-9531, www.msrgear.com.
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