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In Focus: September 2011

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See in the dark with the MINOX NVD mini night vision device. It's 51⁄2 inches long and weighs just 7.8 ounces, yet it provides sharp-looking images with 2x magnification. With 16 infrared LEDs, the light works in complete darkness at a range of nearly 200 feet. With an infrared-sensitive CMOS sensor, the device picks up infrared radiation and reproduces the image on the monitor in the viewfinder. Since it's not sensitive to bright light sources, it can be used in daylight as well. Estimated Street Price: $299. Contact: MINOX, (866) 469-3080, www.minox.com/usa.

A water- and wind-resistant pullover offers just the kind of protection needed on a tough hike. The Marmot Vapor Trail features M2 Softshell fabric that resists wind and light drizzle, and stretches and breathes when you hit your stride. Breathable side and back panels let your body breathe on the trail. A zippered sleeve pocket features an iPod-friendly headphone port. Estimated Street Price: $90. Contact: Marmot, (707) 544-4590, www.marmot.com.
Sleep under the stars in one of the new PahaQue Bear Creek backpacking tents. The lightweight one- and two-person tents are easy to set up, have a full mesh body and include a rainfly vestibule with 6.5 square feet of additional protected space for gear and other stuff. The roomy two-person Bear Creek 200 has nearly 36 square feet of usable interior space and a trail weight of just 3.1 pounds. The one-person Bear Creek Solo has an 86x32-inch floor and weighs 2 pounds. Estimated Street Price: $299 (200); $225 (Solo). Contact: PahaQue, (858) 748-3762, www.pahaque.com.

If you're looking for a synthetic-filled bag that weighs less than 3 pounds, check out the High Peak Cirque 20° Sleeping Bag. The bag uses Invista Thermolite Extreme insulation, making it ideal for spring and fall camping. The shell is made of mini-ripstop Cire nylon that's water-repellent and windproof. Dimensions are 32.5x80x20.5 inches. Estimated Street Price: $199. Contact: High Peak, (425) 251-5106, www.highpeakusa.com.


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