Fresh Loot

May 1, 2004
Outside
Outside Magazine
travel gear

travel gear

travel gear

Take the compact OLYMPUS STYLUS 410 DIGITAL camera on your next surfing trip and stuff your friends' inboxes with four-megapixel photos or 20-second movies—with sound—of that barrel off Baja. At six and a half ounces, the all-weather, splash- and dirt-resistant camera has little heft but lots of cachet. Special light settings make beach (and snow) shots come through just right. ($399; 800-622-6372, www.olympusamerica.com)
Thought it was impossible to build a better water bottle? Grab NALGENE's svelte new 24-ounce N-GEN. Made of the very same odor-free, ding-resistant polycarbonate used in Nalgene's traditional wide-mouth, this downsized model is more ergonomic and stows more easily, plus the cap's integrated loop won't wear out on you. The new rig comes in lots of colors, too. ($9; 800-625-4327, www.nalgene-outdoor.com)

The stars of MERRELL's stylish new TRANSIT series—the SPRINT 1940 ($145), the laptop-friendly PRIMO backpack ($145), and the 2,112-cubic-inch SPRINT WHEELIE suitcase ($160)—are built for biz travelers who like to shed their suits Superman style and fly off to the nearest exotic destination. Plastic-reinforced nylon exoskeletons lend durability and clean lines, and smart details abound: water-resistant zips, garb compartments, file slots, passport cozies, and cell-phone holsters. There's even a spot to stash your iPod. (800-789-8586, www.merrell.com)

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