Melinda Mahaffey

Leupold Golden Ring - Binoculars: Reviews

If you care about visual perfection (price be damned!), move up to this deluxe unit. The Golden Ring offers superior crispness, images brighter than those in other models, and a smart focus lock that...

Carson NoShock - Binoculars: Reviews

These bargain binos are priced to move but still tough enough for hard use. They're protected against falls and klutzy friends and come with a lifetime prism-alignment guarantee. 10x25; www.carson-...

Clif Nectar - Energy Bars: Reviews

Clif's first 100 percent organic bar contains two servings of fruit—and no more than five ingredients total. Our fave: Dark Chocolate & Walnut. www.clifbar.com

Hooah! Apple Cinnamon Bar - Energy Bars: Reviews

The Hooah!'s claim to fame? It was developed by the U.S. military, which found that it improved stamina. The Chocolate Crisp is like eating a flavored Rice Krispie treat. www.hooahbar.com

Honey Stinger Protein Bar - Energy Bars: Reviews

Sports nutritionists recommend a bar like this—with 20 grams of protein—before resistance training. Caution: The honey-based Peanut Butta Pro is a bit sweet for a mid-hike snack. www....

Balance 100 Calorie Bar - Energy Bars: Reviews

Looking for sweeter fare? The caramel flavors taste like candy but still have 23 vitamins and minerals and five grams of fiber and protein. This bar has only 100 calories and 3.5 grams of fat. www....

Brunton Echo - Binoculars: Reviews

Want no-compromise magnification without a weight penalty? At 19 ounces, the Echo is the lightest full-size model we tested. 10x32; www.brunton.com

Vortex Stokes Talon - Binoculars: Reviews

The Talon delivers images as sharp as binoculars twice the price, plus it's easy to use, 100 percent waterproof, and backed by a lifetime warranty. 8x42; www.vortexoptics.com

The Goods: Scuba Diving

Head to 20,000 leagues—or at least a hundred feet—with the finest subaquatic gear

Fish Eye

Olympus PT-030 Underwater Housing

Triple Threat

After a breakout year, this native Colorado triathlete is ready for the world stage

River Missionary

World-class kayaker Dunbar Hardy brings expedition paddling to the masses

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