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Outdoors-gear developers push their gray matter to extremes to keep an edge in an industry where survival demands innovation. Here’s a peek at what shoppers can expect to see, although prices may vary, in stores in the months ahead.

PHENOMENON EL
Parka takes a brilliant turn with five well-placed lights — No. 5’s centered at back of hood — powered by four AA batteries. Set to on, off or intermittent. $750. (707) 544-4590, www.marmot.com()
U22 NEOS
Neos is Greek for “new,” and that sums up Beretta’s .22-caliber pistol-carbine. The interchangeable barrels (one for pistol, one for rifle) make this plinker a true original. $279 pistol, $282 carbine kit. (800) 545-9563, www.berettausa.com()
INCHWORM CRAWLER
Designed for kids, these casual shoes promise cocoonish comfort while expanding a full size in half-size increments. $40. (866) 989-0300, www.inchwormshoe.com(Eric Boyd / LAT)
MISSING LINK TENT
MSR pioneers the single-wall, two-person tent with all the benefits of a big tent. And the weight, the weight! A mere three pounds. (Trekking poles for vertical support not included.) $230. (800) 531-9531, www.msrgear.com()
INFERNO FLEXI-LIGHT
The knife maker Gerber Legendary Blades introduces four funky camp lights, including this squid-like Inferno entry that’s sure to woo many twisted souls. $52. (800) 950-6161, www.gerberblades.com(Eric Boyd / LAT)
NOLS BEAR FENCE
Totally portable (the fence, not the bear), this electric barrier promises just enough jolt to keep a big grizzly out of the peanut butter. $300. (800) 710-6657, www.nols.edu/research()
JETBOIL
Integrating burner and cookware, this design relies on a proprietary heat-transfer system that claims to bring two cups of water to a boil in 90 seconds. $80. (603) 863-7700, www.jetboil.com(Eric Boyd / LAT)
NAUTILUS AUTO-FLASHLIGHT
Graceful multitool, with dual, four-mode LED lights, tools that lock in place and Softgrip inserts. $60. (800) 950-6161, www.gerberblades.com(Eric Boyd / LAT)
LOWA BIOMEX VERTEX
Two Swiss doctors with lots of experience treating broken ankles invented a hinged ankle support for hiking boots. $225. (888) 335-5692, www.lowaboots.com(Eric Boyd / LAT)
ZERO-G
Schoeller Dynamic stretch-woven outer shell, nylon taffeta lining and Primaloft One high-loft insulation. This original configuration results in a light yet toasty jacket. $285. (877) 255-8345, www.cloudveil.com(Eric Boyd / LAT)
CO2 PADDLE FLOATS
Roll out of your kayak and can’t get back in? Slide this SealLine float onto your paddle, yank to release gas and — pssst! — you’ve got support. $70. (800) 531-9531, www.cascadedesigns.com(Eric Boyd / LAT)
SWITCH 55+5
This pack’s novelty is tucked into its underbelly: With a Velcro-separating tug, the harness becomes a stand-alone hydration system. $239. (970) 564-5900, www.ospreypacks.com(Eric Boyd / LAT)
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