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Two for one: Julbo’sExplorer sunglassesare full-featured for mountaineering but suitable for a day hike. Moldable temples provide a secure, comfortable fit, and removable side shields protect against wind and glare. The polarized and photochromic Chameleon lenses come with an antifog coating. $170; julbousa.com
The whole world just got brighter. Black Diamond’s Icon headlamp, with a three-watt LED, works with BD’s NRG Battery System (sold separately, $30), a rechargeable battery and universal adapter kit. $60; blackdiamondequipment.com
Casio’s solar-powered Pathfinder uses the same atomic time-keeping technology as NASA and the U.S. military and has a built-in antenna that enables the watch to adjust to different time zones on the fly. Bonus: It also comes with a digital compass, altimeter, thermometer, and titanium band. PAW 1200 T-7V, $350; casio.com
Apple’s superslimsecond-generation Nanoat a whopping eight gigsis the obvious choice for go-anywhere digital audio, thanks to its altitude-proof flash drive and tough new aluminum bod. Bonus: Pair it with the Nike + iPod Sport Kit ($29; nikeplus.com, outsideonline.com/nikeipod) and you’ve got a killer training tool, too. $249; apple.com
Mountaineer Peter Whittaker helpeddesign the one-handed Buck Whittaker X-Tract so he wouldn’t have to let go of the rope to use his knifeor pliers, wire cutters, and screwdrivers. (The bottle opener, we imagine, is best used with two hands free.) You won’t find a plastic toothpick here, just an ergonomic multitool with a carbon-steel blade. $50; buckknives.com
HP’s iPAQ 5900 Travel Companion is a sleek do-it-all gadget made fordigital road-trippin’. The Windows Mobile 5.0 handheld has voice-guided GPS navigation (U.S. and Canadian maps preinstalled), wireless e-mail, and 64MB of memory for storing music files and photos. The pocket-friendly unit weighs just six ounces. $599; hp.com