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In Focus: May 2011

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Built with an innovative and lightweight design, the Wolverine Compass hiking boots keep your feet warm, snug and dry. The boots feature waterproof nubuck leather and a mesh upper with a waterproof, breathable Gore-Tex® membrane that provides protection from the elements, letting moisture out but not in. The shoes incorporate Wolverine’s new Individual Comfort System (ICS), which allows you to personalize your own comfort by adjusting the gel disc in the boot’s heel. Estimated Street Price: $155. Contact: Wolverine, (866) 699-7369, www.wolverine.com.
The Buck Knives PakLite Field Master kit consists of three knives, but weighs more like one. A 3½-inch skinning blade, 2½-inch modified caping blade and 4-inch independent guthook make up the kit, which weighs in at just 12 ounces. All of the knives are made of 420HC stainless steel and fit in a heavy-duty nylon sheath with a retention strap holding them in place. There’s an adjustable belt strap on the back and two handy zippered storage pockets. The sheath is kept firmly locked with a quick-release buckle. Estimated Street Price: $85. Contact: Buck Knives, (800) 326-2825, www.buckknives.com.
Make sure you have enough light when you’re out hiking by using the Fenix HL20 mini-headlamp. With three levels of brightness and one flashing mode, you can customize how much light is needed. Maximum output is 105 lumens for 1.8 hours and maximum beam length is about 230 feet. The light has a life span of 50,000 hours and weighs just 1.7 ounces, and the head is made of aircraft-grade aluminum. An included diffuser lens softens the light for short distances. Estimated Street Price: $40. Contact: Fenix, www.fenixlight.com.
The High Peak Alpinismo backpacks are built around a unique EZ Hook adjustable harness system that allows you to customize the fit. Simply disconnect the hook and release the harness adjustment panel, then slide the panel to the right position for your torso height. The contoured design of the harness system also hugs and conforms to your body for balanced load-carrying and comfort on or off the trail. Three sizes are available and all weigh less than four pounds. Estimated Street Price: $120 to $140. Contact: High Peak, (425) 251-5106, www.highpeakusa.com.


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