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Adventure : Jul 2012

Inflatable Snowshoe

No more hefting bulky snowshoes into the backcountry just in case. When stored, Airlite’s inflatable snowshoes are each about the size of a Nalgene bottle and together weigh just 2.5 pounds. Should you need them (snow-mobile breaks down, lost in the woods), they inflate in seconds with a CO2 cartridge, yielding sturdy 36-inch-long shoes.

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Heatstick

What if you didn’t have to stop and bust out your stove to boil water? That’s the idea behind Heatgear’s Heatstick. Simply activate the ignitor, screw the pressurized butane-and-propane-filled fuel rod into the 32-ounce thermal bottle, and in less than 15 minutes you’ve got a hot drink or dinner. The only catch? The Heatstick was developed for NATO and has yet to obtain U.S. safety certification.

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Metro Pack

At just 5.8 ounces, Hyperlite Mountain Gear’s Metro pack weighs only a bit more than a heavy-duty garbage bag, and it’s so small you can slip it into your back pocket. Most impressive: it’s cut from the same material used in sails and blimps, so it’s waterproof, and it’s 10 times stronger than steel.

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RC 5000

How minimalist can a running shoe get? New Balance ditched the entire outsole on the 3.2-ounce RC 5000: where you typically have a slab of rubber, there are only rows of rubberized dots and spikes. The result is one of the lightest running shoes you’ll find. The shoemaker says it’s perfect for 10Ks, though its estimated lifespan is just 124 miles.

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Liberated

Leave it to a group of active hipsters in Brooklyn to reinvent the classic officer’s coat. Their company is Outlier, and their Liberated wool peacoat is as technical as it is dapper. Cut from a water-resistant wool-fleece combo, it’s stretchy and specifically tailored to provide full range of motion whether you’re stretched out on your bike or walking city streets.

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