WATERPROOF SHELL Mountain Hardwear’s Optimo Jacket is its lightest-weight Gore-Tex® Pro Shell jacket. With a full-featured, trim alpine fit, the jacket is designed and constructed to maximize breathability. Welded watertight pockets and zips seal out moisture, while 8mm microtaped seams reduce overall weight. The helmet-compatible hood keeps your head protected with a single-pull adjustment system and an extra-thick brim. Chest-high pockets won’t get in the way of a harness or pack. Estimated Street Price: $425. Contact: Mountain Hardwear, (800) 330-6800, www.mountainhardwear.com.
Versatile and multifunctional, the Eureka Magic 185 is a bright flashlight and lantern in one. It converts from one to the other with a turn of the top-mounted LED housing. The light features three settings—high, low and strobe. It’s built with a durable plastic case, puts out 185 lumens and runs on four AA batteries for up to 50 hours. Estimated Street Price: $49. Contact: Eureka!, (800) 572-8822, www.eurekatent.com.
The glass used in Vanguard’s Endeavor ED binoculars reduces color dispersion while enhancing color resolution and contrast for optimal clarity. Other features include an ergonomic, open-bridge design for comfortable use, a wide view angle, BaK4 roof prisms, antireflection coating, a large focus-adjustment wheel and long eye relief. Plus, they’re waterproof, fogproof and ready for outdoor use. Estimated Street Price: $299. Contact: Vanguard, (800) 875-3322, www.vanguardworld.com.
LIGHTWEIGHT SHOES GoLite Rock Lite shoes feature an aggressive “Paw Pad” sole for sure-footedness on the trail and a lightweight upper that gives you support without a lot of weight. GoLite’s Soft Against the Ground technology is designed to absorb the bumps and rocks of the trail so you feel less fatigued during a day of spring hiking. Their PreciseFit System consists of a customizable insole system of footbed inserts in various thicknesses. Estimated Street Price: $110. Contact: GoLite, www.golite-footwear.com.
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