Toys of Summer

Why we love gadgets: a crushproof camera, a portable weather station, and more

    Photo: photo by Adam Levey

(1) Princeton Tec's three-watt LED Switchback 1 bike light burns for six hours at medium power before needing a recharge. $199; princetontec.com.

(2) Garmin's Edge 305 handlebar-mounted navigation system gets reception even on forested singletrack and records speed, distance, cadence, heart rate, calories burned, and more. $350; garmin.com.

(3) Stop wasting time watching the Weather Channel. Taylor's Wireless Weather Station displays barometric pressure, NOAA forecasts, lunar cycle, and more. $100; taylorusa.com.

(4) Apply slight pressure and spring technology opens the stainless-steel blade on Buck's Catapult knife and locks it in place. $50; buckknives.com.

(5) Olympus's 7.1-megapixel Stylus 770 SW can withstand 220 pounds of pressure without being damaged. It can also be dropped, frozen, or dunked. $380; olympusamerica.com.

(6) For just $7 a month, Trimble's Geocache Navigator brings treasure hunting (OK, trinket hunting) to your Motorola Razr or other compatible Sprint or Nextel phone. geocachenavigator.com.

(7) Take the show on the road with the gorgeous four-inch LCD screen on Epson's P-5000 Multimedia Storage Viewer, which holds up to 80 gigabytes of photos, video, and music. $700; epson.com.

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