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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 …
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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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. It slices through rope or nylon webbing with ease and is …
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Jetboil’s new Sol Ti model (titanium cooking cup); 11.9 ounces; $149.95

Jetboil Sol Ti

By Jeff Strout on Oct. 28, 2011, at 5:45 p.m.
Price: $149.95 Weight: 11.9 ounces Jetboil’s new Sol Ti model (titanium cooking cup) is designed for the gear wonk in all of us — it’s compact, lightweight, has fast boil times and is pleasing to the eye. Jetboil’s PCS, personal cooking system, model made its debut in 2004, and the …
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Emergency radio will keep the lines of communication open in a pinch

By Shelby Sheehan-Bernard, McClatchy-Tribune on Oct. 28, 2011, at 3:54 p.m.
Whether you’re camping with friends or in a full-out emergency, you’ll feel more prepared with Eton’s American Red Cross MicroLink FR160 radio. This tiny device has everything you need to stay in the know. In addition to receiving FM, AM and seven National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association weatherband radio channels …
Black Diamond Icon headlamp ($64.95, 100 lumens) has a less-bright setting that uses less battery power.

Runners discuss their favorite headlamps for fall and winter outings

By Sam McManis, McClatchy-Tribune Newspapers on Oct. 26, 2011, at 4:52 p.m.
Now that it’s fall, with daylight waning, a runner’s thoughts turn to … headlamps, what else? Outdoors stores are flooded with headlamp options, and we’ve asked some of Sacramento, Calif.’s best ultrarunners to illuminate us. You may not run all night on rocky, root-strewn trails, as they do, but they …
The Clif Mojo bars are more like candy than energy bars.

Take a bite out of these delicious Clif bar options

By Merrie Leininger, McClatchy-Tribune on Oct. 26, 2011, at 4:42 p.m.
Maybe you tried some Clif bars a couple of years ago and dismissed them as a food product, but it’s time to give Clif a try again. The company has a handful of new options out that are yummy, filling and easily transportable for trips into the woods, or just …
Coleman's Instant Tent can be assembled in 60 seconds.

Coleman Instant Tent is up in 60 seconds

By Shelby Sheehan-Bernard, McClatchy-Tribune on Oct. 26, 2011, at 4:40 p.m.
How long does it take to set up a campsite? If you’ve packed Coleman’s Instant Tent, you could do it in fewer than 60 seconds. That’s one minute from packed to fully assembled, meaning less time for prep and more time for the fun stuff like toasting marshmallows and hiking …
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 SOG’s Contractor FF-01 2x4

Portable toolbox from SOG

By Jeff Strout on Oct. 12, 2011, at 2 p.m.
Awhile back we looked at the SOG S67 Power Assist EOD multitool with the compound leverage, gear-driven pliers, a serrated and straight blade, cutters, crimpers, flat-blade screwdriver, file and C-4 punch/glass breaker. This wonderful tool has been a constant sidekick and traveler with me for months. I can’t begin to …
 
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