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Vintage Gear That's Tough and Reliable

Even if you dad chucked his old wafflestompers and canvas backpack before you were born, you can still have legit heritage gear that's as functional as it is cool looking. Here are four of our favorite old-is-new pieces:
LL Bean Maine Snowshoe: To celebrate its 100th birthday, LL Bean is bringing back key pieces on which its name and reputation were built. Top of the list: a classic Maine-style snowshoe. Made from steam-bent ash and a traditional leather H binding, this snowshoe is an exact replica of the one your grandfather wore, if he happened to be a trapper or one of Thoreau's pals. There are no fancy underfoot claws on these high float raquettes—just cowhide strapping to bite into the snowy ground. Available February 2012, $329,
Kelty 60th Anniversary WingKelty 60th Anniversary Wing Pack: Built with rugged Cordura, exposed zippers and Kelty's original logo, Kelty's Anniversary pack is authentic on the outside, updated on the inside, with a computer sleeve and cell phone pocket that makes it useful for commuting or daypacking. Available March 2012, $135,

Classic Vacuum Bottle 1.1qt Hammertone

Stanley Classic Vacuum Bottle: The all-steel Stanley vacuum bottle was created by William Stanley Jr. in 1913. The iconic hammertone green was an upgrade, introduced in 1953. Since then, this insulated thermos hasn't changed. It still keeps your hot drinks steaming, even in mid winter, and if you drop it, it won't break. Available now, $30,

Danner Mountain Light: These resolable, USA-made leather boots were first released by Danner in 1979. The new version has an updated Gore-Tex liner, and its lighter than your dad's kicks, with Vibram Kletterlift soles that will give you traction at the annual Explorer's Club dinner, or on Mount Washingion. And, they're still hand crafted. Available now, $330,

-Berne Broudy

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