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In Focus: November 2009

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The Therm-a-Rest ProLite Plus is a lightweight mattress that will help you stay warm as the weather turns cooler. Unique, diagonal-cut foam makes the mattress 20% warmer than previous ProLite 4 mattresses, but it’s just as light. A tapered design eliminates excess weight, allowing it to roll up small and fit comfortably in your pack. Bottom grips and a textured top surface keep the mattress in place when in use, letting you rest more comfortably. Estimated Street Price: $79 to $119. Contact: Therm-a-Rest, (800) 531-9531, www.thermarest.com.

Ready for quick use whenever needed, the QuickFire blade from Buck Knives is its latest assisted-opening knife. Its high-tech design gives the durable thermoplastic handle a distinctive look and also a solid grip when in use. With ASAP Technology, the 23⁄4-inch drop-point blade has dual springs for easy, safe release. It allows convenient one-handed, ambidextrous deployment, and the mid-lock system provides durable locking strength, open or closed. Estimated Street Price: $50. Contact: Buck Knives, (800) 326-2825, www.buckknives.com.
Slip on the Aquapac Wet & Dry backpack, which has a full-sized waterproof internal pocket that allows you to separate wet and dry things (or dirty and clean things), and keep them stowed safely in the same bag. Other features include external mesh pockets, TPU-coated fabrics with taped seams for keeping water out, a reinforced back-support system and breathable mesh shoulder straps, as well as sternum and waist straps for holding the pack securely in place when you’re on the trail. Estimated Street Price: $85. Contact: Aquapac, (866) 929-0639, www.aquapac.net.
The Eureka! Tundraline tent is easy to set up and features double-wall construction that keeps warmth in or disperses heat out, depending on the conditions. Two pre-bent A-frame pole structures are held in place in external pole sleeves, providing top-notch strength and stability. Large, single-point vestibules offer protected entry for the tent’s two doors and allow room for storing extra gear. Vents in each vestibule help to maximize airflow. It measures 6.5x8x4.3 feet high and weighs 12 pounds. Estimated Street Price: $299. Contact: Eureka!, (800) 572-8822, www.eurekatent.com.


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