Shoot with a pair of newly designed high-end, wide-angle Nikon zooms built for digital photography. The AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm ƒ/2.8G ED lens lets you go for that ultrawide landscape shot, while the AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm ƒ/2.8G ED lens can be used for capturing various types of photographs. Both feature Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor, which delivers fast autofocusing without much noise. Extra-low-dispersion glass elements prevent chromatic aberrations, so you capture sharp, clear images with great contrast. Estimated Street Price: $1,799 (14-24mm); $1,699 (24-70mm). Contact: Nikon, (800) NIKON-UX, www.nikonusa.com.
Make big, full-bleed color prints of your landscape and wildlife photography with the Canon imagePROGRAF iPF8100, a 44-inch large-format printer. Using the new 12-color Lucia pigment ink system, issues with graininess and bronzing are minimized because of how the inks are formulated. The iPF8100 is equipped with a built-in calibration system optimizing output consistently across all media types. The L-COA processor helps produce high-quality images at fast speeds. Other advanced features include automatic clogged-nozzle detection, an 80 GB hard drive and a large backlit LCD panel. Media width can be eight to 44 inches for cut sheet and rolls, or 10- to 44-inch rolls. List Price: $5,995. Contact: Canon USA, (800) OK-CANON, www.usa.canon.com.
Carry your gear around safely and comfortably in the Tamrac Aero 80 Photo/Laptop Backpack. The main compartment is foam padded to protect a D-SLR with an attached grip and lens, and also fits two to three additional lenses and accessories. Add to that a separate foam-padded rear compartment for a 17-inch laptop, large top compartment for personal items and adjustable dividers. A padded backpack harness provides extra comfort. Estimated Street Price: $89. Contact: Tamrac, (800) 662-0717, www.tamrac.com.
Stay warm, dry and comfortable in the Marmot Corbet’s Jacket. Layers of light MarmaLoft synthetic insulation lie beneath the guaranteed waterproof protection of Gore-Tex®. Full seam-taped construction seals out the smallest droplets of moisture and Pitzips exhaust heat when hiking around has gotten you all sweaty. Comfort-mapped fabrics add to the jacket’s breathability. Estimated Street Price: $350. Contact: Marmot, (888) 357-3262, www.marmot.com.
The Eterna High Power 15x51 Binoculars from Brunton are lightweight and produce sharp images using BaK-4 prism glass with high-quality phase coating. The binoculars are fog- and waterproof with a 200-foot field of view at 1,000 yards. They’re 6.7x5.2x2.3 inches and weigh just two pounds. You can also use them with a monopod or tripod. Estimated Street Price: $589. Contact: Brunton,
(800) 443-4871, www.brunton.com.
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The Crazy Creek HexaLite Original and LongBack chairs are ideal for camping trips because they’re lightweight and offer sturdy support. Made from hexagonal cored foam and featuring a polyester-mesh seating surface, the material lets you get comfortable in a range of different sitting positions. The chairs roll up compactly and can be toted around anywhere with a convenient carrying handle. Estimated Street Price: $33 (Original); $44 (LongBack). Contact: Crazy Creek, (800) 331-0304, www.crazycreek.com.
Take to the trail with the Kelty Radii 27 on your back. Designed to fit like a glove, the backpack is hydration compatible with a reservoir sleeve and mesh water-bottle pockets. The ventilated suspension system features a breathable waist belt, back panel and shoulder straps, along with zippered waist-belt pockets. Estimated Street Price: $120. Contact: Kelty, (800) 423-2320, www.kelty.com.
Hike with ease in the Columbia Ocanto Peak Omni-Tech hiking boots. The Contour Comfort 2D dual-density foot bed is a sock liner that interacts with the natural contours of the foot for added support and comfort. The suede and mesh boots also feature Omni-Grip technology, which uses a sticky rubber compound to provide top-notch traction on various surfaces. Estimated Street Price: $110. Contact: Columbia Sportswear, (800) 547-8066, www.columbia.com.
Keep yourself hydrated while exploring the outdoors by outfitting your backpack with a clean and easy-to-use hydration system. The Reversible Reservoir II from Hydrapak comes in 50-, 70- and 100-ounce sizes. A wide mouth roll top closure makes it easy to add ice cubes and sports mixes. When it’s time to fill up or clean the pack, you simply push a button and remove the drink tube from the reservoir. Estimated Street Price: $25 to $30. Contact: Hydrapak, (510) 595-8318, www.hydrapak.com.