TRACKS TREK’R 3
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Top 5 Hits in 2004

TRACKS TREK’R 3
TRACKS TREK’R 3
Trekking poles are great hiker’s aids, and none perform better than these. Niceties include: locking buttons, pleasing rubber grips and no-fuss straps. Plus, they pack down to 25 inches in length. $100. (800) 531-9531, trackspoles.com ()
EMERGENCY STROBE
EMERGENCY STROBE
Hikers sometimes get lost in wilderness areas and die before rescue teams can track them down. This 300,000-candle-power strobe, no bigger than a salt shaker, could greatly increase their odds of survival. The light is visible for up to three miles. Priced at only $19, there is simply no excuse for not carrying one. (800) 343-5827, www.mpioutdoors.com ()
SOG TRIDENT TF-3
SOG TRIDENT TF-3
SOG’s Flash 2 had no rival in the ultrapopular assisted-opening category until the arrival last month of the TF-3, a 3 3/4-inch AUS8 stainless-steel blade with a titanium-nitride coating and a “Groove” handle to cut paracord, fishing line, etc., without opening the knife. 4 1/2 ounces. $95. (888) 764-2378, www.sogknives.com ()
ADVENTURE HAT
ADVENTURE HAT
A good sun hat is worth its weight in Berkshire Hathaway stock. So what’s this lid go for? $37. Strengths include outstanding shape retention and ventilation, no-glare underbill, 4-inch brim and a huge cape. Fifteen colors from which to choose. Three sizes. (888) 874-2642, www.sundayafternoons.com ()
PLATYPUS BOTTLES
PLATYPUS BOTTLES
These flexible nylon bottles with food-grade polyethylene liners take up only a tad more space than their contents. No bulky empties. And they are extremely lightweight and well priced, with 0.5-, 1-, 2.4-liter bottles selling for $4.50, $5, $7. (800) 531-9531, www.platypushydration.com ()
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