| Outside magazine, December 1995|
By Amy Goldwasser and Andrew Tilin
Finally, a crampon that won't complicate your climb. The Grivel G10 is as friendly to gloved fingers as they get. Fully adjustable without tools, the ten-point G10 attaches with stretchy straps, so there aren't any buckles to fumble with in the cold. At only 25 ounces per pair, there's no reason not to take them winter trekking. $92. From Climb High, 802-985-5056.
Traveling Light's Platypus collapsible water bottle leaves the rigid cistern behind in its cage. Marrying the best features of a water bottle (it stands upright and has a push-pull cap) with the best of a bladder (it can be fitted with a drinking tube and can be rolled up when empty), the one-liter Plattie is an ingenious water-carrying beast. Freeze it, boil it, even sleep on it. $4. From Traveling Light, 800-299-0378.
Ansel Adams Screensaver
Forget you ever fancied those flying toasters. From Half Dome to the Snake River, the Ansel Adams Screensaver brings a virtual gallery to your desktop, featuring more than 30 of the photographer's legendary black-and-white landscapes and quotations from his less legendary writings. $30. From Time Warner Electronic Publishing, 800-759-0190.
Wraparound sunglasses for someone who's counting the nanoseconds. As the press release touts, three-time Italian Olympic gold medal skier Alberto Tomba "attributes his winning edge to Briko's superior optical technology." Tomba the Bomba's knowledge of optics aside, these are fine specs. The flexible plastic frames are enriched with a strength-boosting injection of titanium powder and, complete with eye-surrounding protective lenses, weigh a scant two-thirds of an ounce. $119-$149. From Briko, 800-462-7456.
Certainly not the tastiest product to come from the Bay Area in a Chinese takeout container--but by far the most practical for midride temperature drops--are Swobo's washable, 100 percent merino wool arm and leg warmers. The grippy, highly breathable sweaters for your limbs are available in five unisex sizes. $27. From Swobo, 800-796-2648.
Rock Climbing CD ROM
The sporty, adventurous protagonist of Media Mosaic's Mountain Biking, last year's outdoorsy CD-ROM, trades bike for biners in Rock Climbing. Animated tutorials are based on the seminal climbing and mountaineering text Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills. Brush up on screen before you go on belay. $50. From Media Mosaic, 800-972-3766.