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With bike and kayak manufacturers now routinely crafting their wares out of carbon fiber, it was only a matter of time before surfers caught the composite wave. Behold the first carbon-fiber surfboard: POPE BISECT's HOLLOW CARBON STEALTH—a nine-foot-six-inch gun that the company says is ten times stronger and 15 percent lighter than a conventional foam-and-fiberglass longboard. And like Pope Bisect's other models, the Stealth separates into two pieces, making overseas safaris less of an air-cargo ordeal. Expensive? Quite. But consider that this 16-pound black beauty will likely still be performing long after conventional sticks have been dinged, cracked, snapped, and dumped. ($1,795; 760-268-1066, —Mark Anders

There's a good reason rock climbers whisper the name "Stealth rubber" with reverence: The gonzo-adhesive outsole material, patented by shoemaker FiveTen, sticks to stone like nothing else. Given this rap, it was only a matter of time before Stealth surfaced elsewhere, and VASQUE's new SUPER ALPINISTA alpine and ice-climbing boot is a terrific debut. Neither leather nor plastic, the Alpinista is instead built around a techno cocktail of Kevlar, Mylar, carbon fiber, and other advanced materials. The boot boasts a full sole and rand of Stealth rubber and offers just a touch of rocker—a nice quality for approaches. And it's incredibly light—just under five pounds—yet still stiff and warm. ($395; 800-224-4453, —Sam Moulton

GARMIN's latest wilderness navigation gadget is built around a genuinely original idea. With the press of a button, the RINO 120 transmits your exact latitude and longitude to a similarly equipped friend up to two miles away. Her unit then displays step-by-step directions—via an on-screen topo map—leading straight to you. In rolling the most useful navigation and communications functions together in one device for the first time, the Rino will inevitably mean more fun in the wilds and less squawk-box chatter ("I'm over here! Can you see me?"). That sounds good to us. ($250; 800-800-1020, —James Glave

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