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The 9 Series Snowshoe Kit by Atlas includes two 9 Series Snowshoes, two poles and a zippered carrying case, for $199.95 at www.atlassnowshoe.com.

Atlas 9 Series snowshoes

By Shelby Sheehan-Bernard, McClatchy-Tribune on Jan. 27, 2012, at 8:38 p.m.
Looking for a way to revive your tired exercise routine? Go old school with snowshoeing, a vintage sport that’s easy to learn and different from the standard winter fare. Whether you’re just starting or are a veteran, the 9 Series Snowshoe Kit by Atlas has everything you’ll need (minus the …
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Tender Corp.’s QuikClot Home hemostatic bandage uses beads of the mineral zeolite to absorb water from the blood, which encourages blood clotting and reduces blood loss. Price is $9.99 for one QuikClot Home bandage. Available exclusively through Walmart (in stores only).

QuikClot Home bandage

By Shelby Sheehan-Bernard, McClatchy-Tribune on Jan. 20, 2012, at 2:59 p.m.
Marketed as the “ultimate bandage for worst-case scenarios,” Tender Corp.’s QuikClot Home hemostatic bandage is a must-have for any outdoor adventure. Literally a life saver, it can stop venous and arterial bleeding in under five minutes, according to the manufacturer. It’s a good solution when you don’t have immediate access …
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QuikClot, developed by the military, is great for injuries in the outdoors

By Shelby Sheehan-Bernard, McClatchy-Tribune on Jan. 18, 2012, at 6:40 p.m.
Marketed as the “ultimate bandage for worst-case scenarios,” Tender Corp.’s QuikClot Home hemostatic bandage is a must-have for any outdoor adventure. Literally a life saver, it can stop venous and arterial bleeding in under five minutes, according to the manufacturer. It’s a good solution when you don’t have immediate access …
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Zipfy’s Classic Mini Luge has a handle to make steering easier and a design that has rails on the sled’s underside to support easy maneuvering and body-weight stabilization. It’s made from high-density polyethylene with a UV stabilizer and weighs only 3.5 pounds, making it easy to carry back up hills. It is $39.99 at www.zipfy.com.

Zipfy Classic Mini Luge

By Shelby Sheehand-Bernard, McClatchy-Tribune on Jan. 18, 2012, at 12:05 p.m.
Sledding is fun whether you’re on a plastic saucer, wood sled or even cardboard box. But if you’re looking to pump up the excitement, Zipfy’s Classic Mini Luge is the way to go. Made for kids and adults alike (manufacturer states the age range as 6 to 106), this slick-looking …
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The GSI Kitchen 23 has every utensil for camping and they all come in a handy case. Cost: $39.97 at www.gsioutdoors.com.

GSI Kitchen 23

By Pete Zimowsky, McClatchy Newspapers on Jan. 11, 2012, at 1:36 p.m.
Most of us collect various kitchen stuff for camping from second-hand stores or castaways from our home kitchen. It can be a hodge-podge of gear that can be hard to handle and store and fairly heavy. Here’s a great idea for camp-cooking utensils. The GSI Kitchen 23 has every utensil …
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The Jade Cove High Boot is made from waterproof leather and has an attractive waterproof suede collar. Because it’s from Teva, it also has a sturdy rubber sole, which means you can wear these boots on the street or in the woods. Price is $170 at www.teva.com.

Outdoors gear: Teva’s high boot the perfect marriage of form and function

By Shelby Sheehan-Bernard, McClatchy-Tribune on Dec. 30, 2011, at 4:36 p.m.
Women’s boots generally fall into two distinct categories: fashion or comfort. Teva’s Jade Cove High Boot might be one of the few exceptions. It’s stylish enough for most occasions but still offers the protection of made-for-the-outdoors footwear. The Jade Cove High Boot is made from waterproof leather and has an …
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Gear box: Little Hotties’ Toe Warmers

By Shelby Sheehan-Bernard, McClatchy-Tribune on Dec. 23, 2011, at 12:50 p.m.
  Sledding, snow angels, skiing. Winter can be a great time for outdoor fun. But with it comes below-freezing temperatures that can cause a range of health problems such as frostbite. Feet and toes are particularly vulnerable, according to the National Institutes of Health, so it’s important to keep them …
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Contour’s Contour+ HD video camera is made from water-resistant aluminum. Optional waterproof case allows underwater filming up to 3.8 miles deep. Contour+ includes rechargeable battery, multiple mounting options and USB/HDMI/mic cables. Memory capacity up to 32GB. Available at www.contour.com, and www.bestbuy.com, www.amazon.com and www.rei.com. Price is $499.99.

Gearbox: Contour+ HD video camera

By Shelby Sheehan-Bernard, McClatchy-Tribune on Dec. 21, 2011, at 3:59 p.m.
For the adventurer who has every gear item imaginable, you have to ask: Do you have video of your greatest sporting feats? Contour’s Contour+ HD video camera can give the adrenaline junkies in your life just that — allowing them to relive their glory moments anytime and have the footage …
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The CGear Sand-Free Rug, which was developed by the military, minimizes sand and dirt coming into your tent or camper. Mats range in size and price with a 5-foot by 6.5-foot one going for $53.99; seen at Cascade Outfitters.

CGear Sand-Free Rug

By Pete Zimowsky, McClatchy Newspapers on Dec. 16, 2011, at 2:04 p.m.
Battling sand and grit when camping is never ending. The CGear Sand-Free Rug developed by the military minimizes sand and dirt coming into your tent or camper. Sand and dirt fall through the mat and don’t come back up. Mats range in size and price with a 5-by-6-and-a-half-foot one going …
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Looftlighter, about $70. Available at www.looftlighter.com.

Get your grill glowing fast with Looftlighter

By Jeff Strout on Dec. 07, 2011, at 3:54 p.m.
Let’s face it. Grilling food over a bed of coals is about the most basic and satisfying cooking method, right? But getting that bed of coals going in a timely manner is probably the biggest impediment to satisfying that primal urge to play with fire. Sure, there are lighter fluids …
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Portable weather station

By Pete Zimowsky, McClatchy Newspapers on Nov. 23, 2011, at 1:05 p.m.
I’ve got a multifunction watch with a barometer, altimeter and thermometer on it that provides a lot of techie info while hiking or camping. But it can be inconvenient on your wrist under your jacket and that also gives you a wrong reading on the outside temperature because the watch …
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Isis for Women PDQ Hoodie ($115) has an inner surface composed of velour-fleeced macrofiber, which is soft, warm and wicks away body moisture. See them at www.isisforwomen.com

Great-looking gear inspires winter exercise

By Trae Bodge,  RetailMeNot.com on Nov. 23, 2011, at 4:54 a.m.
You don’t get to go into hibernation just because it’s cold outside. Obviously, rain or snow is a good excuse to hide inside, but thanks to the great gear available nowadays, there are comfortable and stylish options for winter workout wear. Here are my head-to-toe recommendations: Hat Because warmth escapes …
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Drink ‘n’ Plate

By Jeff Strout on Nov. 18, 2011, at 11:56 a.m.
You’re at a tailgate party, a barbecue or just having a cookout and enjoying the last warm days of fall. There’s a cup of chili, some veggies, dip and perhaps crackers on your plate in one hand, your other hand free to assist in the eating or drinking part but …
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Winter workout gear: Get head-to-toe warmth without sacrificing style

By Trae Bodge, RetailMeNot.com on Nov. 18, 2011, at 11:31 a.m.
OK, ladies. You don’t get to go into hibernation just because it’s cold outside. Obviously, rain or snow is a good excuse to hide inside, but thanks to the great gear available nowadays, there are comfortable and stylish options for winter workout wear. Here are my head-to-toe recommendations. Hat Because …
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Mountain Hardwear’s UltraLamina 15 sleeping bag can keep you protected in temperatures down to 19 degrees Fahrenheit, with a footbox to allow your feet to rest naturally.

Sleeping bag protects you even when it’s below freezing

By Shelby Sheehan-Bernard, McClatchy-Tribune on Nov. 16, 2011, at 5:33 p.m.
A mummy wrap might not produce thoughts of warmth and comfort, but Mountain Hardwear’s UltraLamina 15 sleeping bag does just that. And once you’re in, you may not want to get out. The design can keep you protected in temperatures down to 19 degrees Fahrenheit, with a snug fit for …
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GorillaTorch’s new tripod converts to a headlamp

By Shelby Sheehan-Bernard, on Nov. 11, 2011, at 9 p.m.
Let there be light: Outdoors enthusiasts can rejoice in the genius of Joby’s GorillaTorch Switchback. From the same company that brought us the original GorillaTorch, the Switchback is designed as a two-in-one that eliminates the need for separate lights at the campsite. It’s a lantern with hands-free tripod that converts …
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The Perfect Bungee, pictured here with a roll of duct tape, comes in a variety of vibrant colors and different fastening ends such as the typical hook, a snap ring and a fixed loop. The polyurethane material is designed to not crack, break, split, become brittle or scuff, and can withstand exposure to salt water, oil, ozone and even comes with a lifetime guarantee.

The Perfect Bungee

By Jeff Strout on Nov. 09, 2011, at 3:53 p.m.
Who couldn’t use a good bungee cord? A better question might be: “Is there a bungee cord around that I could rely on season after season, no matter where I need to use it?” The trouble with most bungees is their longevity and strength. Who hasn’t seen one on the …
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Waterfproof first-aid kit covers all the bases

By Shelby Sheehan-Bernard, McClatchy-Tribune on Nov. 04, 2011, at 9:09 p.m.
Adventure tip No.1: Never leave home without a first aid kit. Tip No. 2: Make sure the kit is waterproof. Adventure Medical Kits’ Ultralight/Watertight .9 covers all the bases, understanding that there’s little worse than trying to make wet bandages stick in a bind. It’s been tested and approved by …
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Compressible pillow means you can get a good night’s sleep in your tent

By Shelby Sheehan-Bernard, McClatchy-Tribune on Nov. 04, 2011, at 6:31 p.m.
Just because you’re roughing it in the wilderness doesn’t mean you have to wake up with a stiff neck. Sure, you could drag a standard feather pillow along, but storage would be an issue. Or you could pack a mini inflatable pillow, but it might only accommodate half of your …
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SOG Flash Rescue, FSA-6

By Jeff Strout, Special to the BDN on Nov. 02, 2011, at 2:22 p.m.
Weight: 3 ounces Length: 4½ inches folded Price: $87 The folks at SOG Specialty Knives have produced another keeper in the Flash Rescue folding knife with its highly visible bright orange glass reinforced handle and frighteningly sharp, half-serrated blade.Story continues below advertisement. It slices through rope or nylon webbing with …