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What’s all the racket?

JANSPORT AIR CISCO
Nature’s subtle soundtrack still rocks, but man-made music can travel everywhere these days. In an overview of new gear, Scott Doggett reports on backpacks, jackets, helmets and even eyewear that can carry a tune.

JANSPORT AIR CISCO
Messenger-style shoulder bag contains a rounded, easy-access compartment designed for CD player use while on the go. Headphone wires snake through a nickel-size flap at the top of the pack. Two sizes, five color combinations. $50. (800) 426-9227, www.jansport.com

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TRAVELER GUITAR ESCAPE
TRAVELER GUITAR ESCAPE
At just 29 inches and 3 3/4 pounds, the best travel-size guitar around packs an on-board headphone amp/pre-amp (headphones included), a quarter-inch amp jack and more. Incredibly rich sound, powered by a 9-volt battery. In steel-string and classical nylon-string versions. $500. (800) 476-1591, www.travelerguitar.com ()
H2OAUDIO SV Ii700
H2OAUDIO SV Ii700
The long-awaited waterproof housing and speaker headset for the iRiver America iFP-700 series MP3 players began shipping Monday. Surfers, rafters, kayakers and other get-wet enthusiasts can load Andy Williams or Black Sabbath files into an MP3 player and mellow out or head bang without fear of burnout. Submersible to 10 feet. $100. (858) 623-0339, www.h2oaudio.com ()
BURTON SHIELD iPOD JACKET
BURTON SHIELD iPOD JACKET
Snowboarders drool over terrain parks and the Apple iPod (not included) that stashes in the shock-resistant interior chest pocket of this jacket and operates via a control pad embedded on the left sleeve. Useful and innovative, the waterproof ballistic-nylon fabric even tolerates the spin cycle of a Maytag. $380. (800) 881-3138, www.burton.com ()
HIGHGEAR TRAILAUDIO 512 MB
HIGHGEAR TRAILAUDIO 512 MB
Few digital players attach as nimbly to a backpack or hydration pack as this unit; carabiner clip and Sharpie-marker size keep it close — yet out of the way. Supports MP3, WMA and ADPCM formats, taps FM programming and delivers 12 hours of skip-free play on a AAA battery. $225. (888) 295-4949, www.highgear.com ()
NIKE ACG 3L COMMJACKET
NIKE ACG 3L COMMJACKET
This jacket’s internal wiring lets cold-weather trekkers, snowboarders and the like chatter away with their speed-dial buddies on a compatible cell phone or a Motorola two-way radio. A trio of embedded features — press-to-talk button on a zipper flap, a speaker on the collar and a chin-level waterproof microphone — team up for easy communication. Machine washable. $500. (800) 369-3949, www.nike.com/acg/ ()
GIRO AUDIO SERIES FUSE
GIRO AUDIO SERIES FUSE
Once considered dweebish, winter head protection is getting hip: Comfy ear pads fitted with speakers and wired to a remote control can connect — simultaneously — to a music player and a compatible cell phone. Now you can catch a call on the ski lift while cranking out enough bass vibes to trigger an avalanche or dampen the drone of snowmobiles. $180. (800) 456-2355, www.giro.com ()
NIKE MP3 RUN
NIKE MP3 RUN
This 256mb player combines with a wireless sensor that attaches to a shoe. So you’re jogging and rocking when a female voice coos: “Time, 22 minutes; pace, 6 minutes and 34 seconds; distance, 2.9 miles.” Supports MP3 and WMA formats, plays up to six hours between charges. File managing software, headphones and armband included. $300. (800) 595-6453, www.nikerunning.com ()
OAKLEY THUMP
OAKLEY THUMP
Mac- and PC-friendly digital player and speakers sit near the ears. Supports MP3, WAV, WMA, and WMA with DRM formats, plays up to 120 songs for four to six hours between (unreplaceable) battery charges. Note: Thump doesn’t support songs purchased at Apple’s iTunes store. $395 to $495. (800) 969-2895, www.oakley.com ()
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