STEEL BLADES Buck Knives PakLite Hunting Knives are sturdy, lightweight and affordable. Two models are available, the 140 Skinner and the 135 Caper. Both are made of 420HC stainless steel, ensuring durability and corrosion-resistance, and they come in a heavy-duty nylon sheath. The Skinner has a 2 7/8;-inch skinning blade that’s 0.15 inches thick. Overall, it measures 6 5/8; inches and weighs 2.5 ounces. The Caper has a 2½-inch blade, is 0.1 inches thick, measures 6¾ inches long and weighs 1.1 ounces. Estimated Street Price: $25 (each). Contact: Buck Knives, (800) 326-2825, www.buckknives.com.
Get a good night’s sleep when you’re out camping using the Brooks-Range Backcountry Sleeping Pad. The torso-shaped pad weighs less than two pounds thanks to an increase of air space in the structural foam used to manufacture it. Bottom grips and a textured top surface hold the mattress in place while you sleep. It measures 69x20x1 inches and rolls up into a very compact unit. Estimated Street Price: $79. Contact: Brooks-Range, (510) 797-7980, www.brooks-range.com.
Turn on the MINOX CFL 1 Compact Flashlight when the sun goes down. The light is bright, outputting 80 lumens on a single 1.5v AA battery. When you don’t need full power, push the switch at the end of the handle and you still have 18 lumens of illumination for six hours. The aluminum body is sealed and waterproof with a checkered surface for a secure grip. It measures 37/8 inches long and weighs 2.6 ounces. Estimated Street Price: $89. Contact: MINOX, (866) 469-3080, www.minox.com.
The Marmot Paceline Jacket combines the waterproof, breathable qualities of a shell with the stretch and range of motion of a base layer. The garment is made from lightweight nylon material with two-way stretch. Angel Wing Movement gives full range of motion in the arms, so it doesn’t ride up when you’re hiking or climbing. If you’re getting too hot, vents with concealed zippers can be unzipped to help you cool down. Estimated Street Price: $150. Contact: Marmot, (888) 357-3262, www.marmot.com.
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