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    L.L. Bean Classic Dash sled

    Some things benefit from technological advances. Others, like the Dash sled, are best left undisturbed. With maple slats, stainless-steel runners, and a pivot steering system, the Dash ($140) rides pretty much like the first sleds L.L.Bean sold back in the 1940s. In other words, perfectly well.

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    Bush Smarts Game Kit

    Every well-equipped frequent flier, backpacker, or parent needs a few tricks up their sleeve for rainy days or long layovers. Bush Smart's credit-card-size Game Kit ($35) comes with miniature cards, dice, and a scorepad.

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    Poler x Stumptown Coffee Kit

    Good coffee is clutch cargo on just about every outing, which is why Poler x Stumptown's Camp Coffee Kit ($125) is one of our favorite collaborations of the season. It comes with everything you need to get your fix: grinder, press, enamel mugs, filters, funnel, stirrer, instructions, and a handy bag to keep it all in.

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    Yeti Tundra 45 cooler

    The Tundra 45 ($330) is the Cadillac of coolers. Made from roto-molded polyethelyne, it's practically indestructible, with tie-down slots and marine-grade rope handles. Most important, extra-thick walls keep food and drink cold until the end of time (or very nearly, anyway). It's heavy, expensive, and awesome, all of which makes the Tundra a great gift for the guy that is serious about keeping it cool.

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    Crescent Moon Longboard

    From the makers of award-winning snowshoes comes a series of maple longboards pretty enough for hanging. But Crescent Moon's ($330) handcrafted boards are too much fun for that. They're springy underfoot and handle deep turns with control and balance, making them perfect for cruising the boardwalk or around town.

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    Slopeside Maple Syrup

    Handcrafted in Northern Vermont by four cousins, this is some of the best syrup ($20 for one quart) we've ever drunk, er, put on our pancakes. Maybe it's because the sap comes from sugar maple trees from Cochran's Ski Area, a tiny resort the family started over 50 years ago and is still going strong.