Saturday, September 1, 2007
In Focus: September 2007
Go for a range of shots on your next outdoor photo adventure using the compact Canon PowerShot S5 IS, which features a powerful 36-432mm (35mm equivalent) 12x optical zoom lens. Loaded with advanced features, the 8-megapixel camera delivers clear images full of finely tuned detail and vibrant color, thanks to the DIGIC III image processor. A 2.5-inch vari-angle LCD, Optical Image Stabilizer technology and four movie modes are included in the 4.6x3.2x3-inch camera, which weighs less than 16 ounces. Estimated Street Price: $499. Contact: Canon, (800) OK-CANON, www.usa.canon.com.
Give new life to those landscape photos shot on film using the Microtek ArtixScan M1, a flatbed film scanner designed for 35mm, 6cm and 4x5-inch film formats. The ArtixScan M1 also scans reflective art or prints as large as 8.5x14 inches. With 4800 dpi optical resolution, the scanner produces image files from 35mm scans that allow prints of up to 15x22 inches with 300 dpi resolution. Other features include 16-bit digital output and autofocus. List Price: $699. Contact: Microtek, (310) 687-5940, www.microtekusa.com.
Keep your photo gear protected in the Hardigg Storm Case iM2875. The watertight case is 22.5x21.1x11.5 inches and made from ultra-rugged HPX resin material. Inside, multi-layered cubed foam holds your equipment in place and can be adjusted to fit your specific needs. Padded dividers and custom-cut foam are available. For extra security, the case has six unbreakable latches and two molded-in lock hasps. Other features include automatic air pressure adjustment, durable wheels and soft-grip handles. List Price: TBD. Contact: Hardigg Cases, (800) 542-7344, www.hardigg.com or www.stormcase.com.
Share, stream and store your files using the LaCie Ethernet Big Disk, which packs 2 TB of capacity into a 2x7x11-inch frame. You can share files between Windows- and Mac-based computers using the device as a central storage space or as a personal hard drive, off-network, via USB. A second USB port lets you connect an additional hard drive for more capacity, and you can stream photos, video or music to various media devices. List Price: $1,099. Contact: LaCie, (503) 844-4500, www.lacie.com.
Don't run out of pockets to put stuff in wearing the Woolrich Men's Guide Vest. The 100-percent cotton Island cloth vest has a total of 18 pockets, including five front bellows pockets with hook-and-loop closures and lots of room, three zippered pockets to keep your items secure and a large back bellows pocket for a hat, lunch, rain gear or more. The vest is enzyme-washed for a broken-in feel and the mesh liner keeps away moisture. List Price: $89. Contact: Woolrich, (800) 966-5372, www.woolrich.com.
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Sleep comfortably when you're outdoors in the Marmot Sawtooth 15 Degree Down sleeping bag. You'll stay warm, too, due to the 600-fill down the bag is stuffed with and the X-static draft tube to block cold air. The highly compactable bag features a locking two-way zipper so you won't accidentally unzip it if you start tossing and turning. List Price: $199. Contact: Marmot, (888) 357-3262, www.marmot.com.
For easy camp cooking, check out the Coleman Fyrestorm SS Stove. The one-burner backpacking stove has a tripod-like design, providing a wide, stable cooking surface and allowing the fuel source to be placed away from the burner. The compact cooker weighs just 13 ounces and is 3.25x6.75x6.25 inches. Using Reflex technology, the stove requires no priming or preheating, and the overall time from start-up to full ignition has been reduced. List Price: $149. Contact: Coleman, (800) 835-3278, www.coleman.com.
Keep your hands free of germs using Atwater Carey's hand sanitizing spray. Designed for outdoor adventurers, the spray kills nearly all germs on contact and comes in a compact PocketPak spray measuring about the size of a pen. The sanitizer also features SmartScent technology, which works to break down and eliminate odor. Estimated Street Price: $2. Contact: Wisconsin Pharmacal Company, (800) 558-6614, www.atwater-carey.com.
Be prepared for unexpected turns in the weather taking along the Titanium Wildcard Softshell jacket from Columbia.The waterproof and windproof jacket features active four-way stretch for total freedom of movement, a three-way adjustable and detachable hood with visor, internal powder cuff, bungee drawcord hem and underarm venting. Multiple pockets, including a zippered security pocket and multifunction audio pocket, offer storage for all of your gear. Estimated Street Price: $100. Contact: Columbia, (800) 547-8066, www.columbia.com.
Give your feet some support by lacing up the Tibet GTX backpacking boots from Lowa. Ideal for long-haul trips off-trail, the boots have a tall ankle shaft for extra knee and back support when carrying heavy packs. The Gore-Tex®-lined boots are waterproof and breathable with a climate control system that manages moisture, keeping your feet dry and protected from blisters. Estimated Street Price: $275. Contact: Lowa, (888) 335-LOWA, www.lowaboots.com.
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