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In Focus: October 2011


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OPTICS PLUS
The MINOX BN 7x50 DC Nautic binoculars feature a fully integrated digital compass, an altimeter, a thermometer, and a clock and stopwatch. In addition to those extras, the binoculars use a multicoated lens system with 7-power magnification and a 50mm objective lens. A high twilight factor of 19 delivers sharp image visibility, even in dim light conditions. Twist-up eyecups, individual eyepiece adjustment, a robust rubber armored housing and nitrogen filling round out the top features. The binoculars are waterproof to 16 feet. Estimated Street Price: $699. Contact: MINOX, (866) 469-3080, www.minox.com/usa.

REVEL BLADE
A button lock on the Buck Knives Revel blade makes it easy to open with just one hand. The knife locks open solidly for safe use and locks closed for safe carry. It weighs just 2.4 ounces with a 2 1⁄2-inch drop-point blade made of stainless steel for corrosion resistance. When closed, the knife measures 3 3⁄4 inches long and has a removable and reversible deep pocket clip for easy carry. The handle is made of textured glass-reinforced nylon with rubber for a sure grip. Estimated Street Price: $30. Contact: Buck Knives, (800) 326-2825, www.buckknives.com.

ACTION-PACKED
For longer adventures, load up the High Peak Trango 65 backpack. Features include adjustable torso length, a divider between the main and sleeping bag compartments, a hydration sleeve and water bottle holsters. The pack is made of durable 420D Mini Rip Stop PU and 330D Double Rip Stop PU. It includes front-panel gear access, two side straps for maximum load compression, a rain cover and detachable hip belt. The bottom compartment also features an inner zippered pocket for additional storage. Estimated Street Price: $140. Contact: High Peak, (425) 251-5106, www.highpeakusa.com.

FALL SLEEPER
With an innovative design, the Brooks-Range Alpini 15° sleeping bag keeps you comfortable and warm, while weighing just 23 ounces. Offset baffles provide maximum insulation with 850-fill goose down sandwiched between lightweight Pertex Quantum fabric. The Alpini 15° features a new “halo” draft tube and neck collar for additional warmth in colder temperatures, as well as a full-length side zipper that lets you easily get in and out. Estimated Street Price: $369. Contact: Brooks-Range, (510) 797-7980, www.brooks-range.com.


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