A CLOSER VIEW
Keep a better eye on the birds and other wildlife with the Pro-Optic 8x42 ED waterproof binoculars. They’re manufactured with ED glass, which makes them durable enough for outdoor use and helps eliminate chromatic aberration. Other top features include a sturdy magnesium body, a BAK-4 prism structure that produces clearer images and an ergonomically shaped open-hinge roof system for maximizing comfort, plus center focus is smooth and easy to adjust. They’re also available in 10x42. Estimated Street Price: $200. Contact: Adorama, (800) 223-2500, www.adorama.com.
Measuring slightly more than four inches long and weighing just 6.3 ounces, the Minox NV mini II helps you see in the dark. The night-vision device features 2x magnification and can amplify residual light, such as stars or horizon radiation not perceived by the human eye. The multicoated lens system provides brilliant, clear images. If the available light isn’t sufficient to provide a visible image, even when amplified, it has a connectible infrared illuminator. Estimated Street Price: $649. Contact: MINOX, (866) 469-3080, www.minox.com.
Get a good night’s sleep even when the temperature takes a dip in the Eureka Kaycee 0°F. The lightweight, cold-weather performance sleeping bag has a tough 210T polyester diamond ripstop shell and two-way zippers that feature self-repairing coils. Double-layer, offset quilt construction combines with Rteq premium insulation to ensure warmth when temps fall to around 0° F. The sleeping bag is light, highly compressible and ready to take anywhere. A compression stuff sack for storing and protecting the bag is included. Estimated Street Price: $144. Contact: Eureka, (800) 572-8822, www.eurekatent.com.
A good knife is definitely a camping necessity. Buck Knives now offers some of its most popular models in a value pack to save you money. The Silver Creek Fillet Knife has a 6 3⁄8-inch blade and comes with a Parallex lock-blade knife and a versatile Fishing Clipper, which has a sharpening file that folds out. The Omni Hunter 12 PT, which has a four-inch fixed blade, can be combined with the PakLite Caper. And the 390 Omni Hunter, with a 3¼-inch fixed blade, is offered with the PakLite Guthook. Estimated Street Price: $40 (Silver Creek); $71 (Omni Hunter 12 PT); $57 (390 Omni Hunter). Contact: Buck Knives, (800) 326-2825, www.buckknives.com.