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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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