Just booked the wildlife trip of a lifetime? Get gear to match.

May 16, 2007
Outside Magazine
safari gear

1. Scotte 237D // Ernest Hemingway meets Bill Gates. With 33 pockets, this weather-shedding convertible jacket/vest stows binos, camera, field guides, iPod, GPS, multitool . . . you get the picture. $160;

2. Royal Robbins Extreme Expedition Long-Sleeve Shirt // With its ventilated back and 40+ UPF sun protection, this ripstop nylon shirt is perfect for Africa's intense heat. $60;

3. Brunton Eterna High Power Binoculars // Because these 15x51-power glasses have lightweight alloy frames, you get lion-size magnification in a two-pound package. $599;

4. Red Oxx Safari Beanos Bag PR5.5 // This duffel's 2,400-cubic-inch size is compact enough to pass the strict restrictions of small bush planes, and the overbuilt bag won't crumple when it gets kicked around camp. $185;

5. Marmot PreCip Safari Hat // A wide brim protects from the sun, while waterproof-breathable PreCip fabric means you don't need to pull a hood on—and obstruct your view—in the rain. $38;

6. UK 4AA eLED Zoom // A protective rubber sheath makes this high-intensity (and focusable) LED nearly indestructible in a fall. A mounting clip gives it hands-free utility. $59;

7. Trek-Tech TrekPod // Thanks to a magnetic quick-release mounting system, this adjustable aluminum walking staff converts in seconds to a monopod or tripod for cameras and binoculars. $140;

8. Gramicci Venture Q.D. Kick It Zip-Off Pant // Lots of pants are made with quick-dry nylon. These convertibles pass muster because they work well as shorts or pants, and the cuffs can also be rolled up and snapped at the knees. $70;

9. Samsung Pro815 // Take more dramatic (read: close-up) wildlife pics with the Pro815. Its 15x lens—equivalent to a 28–420mm telephoto lens—is one of the world's longest built-in optical zooms. $650;

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