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Gear Find your way, recharge your batteries and still catch your favorite show

Sept. 10, 2001
Sept. 10, 2001

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Sept. 10, 2001

Gear Find your way, recharge your batteries and still catch your favorite show

Swiss Time and More

This is an article from the Sept. 10, 2001 issue Original Layout

The StarTech 3000 ($275), from Swiss Army, may be the ultimate
alpine adviser--in addition to telling time, it measures
altitude, barometric pressure and temperature. If it would carry
your stash of Baby Ruths, you wouldn't need a Sherpa for your
next assault on Everest. Swiss Army Brands, 800-243-4045;
www.swissarmy.com.

Battery Packing

"No charge" is a good thing to hear when you're getting refills
at the bar but a very bad thing to see when you're two miles from
nowhere and need to use your cell phone to call a park ranger for
directions. This 21-ounce Brunton Solar Pak ($40) converts solar
energy into electricity and can recharge most battery-operated
units, including cell phones and laptop computers. Brunton
Company, 800-443-4871; www.brunton.com.

Palm Readings

The Magellan Meridian GPS ($240) can pinpoint your location to
within three meters and help direct you toward nearby airports,
cities, highways, parks and waterways. You can also track your
progress--or lack thereof--on a map that moves as you do. Magellan
Products, Thales Navigation, 909-394-5000; www.magellangps.com.

Camping Companion

The Jeep TV Lantern ($100) has a five-inch black-and-white TV, an
AM/FM weatherband radio, a fluorescent lantern and flashlight, a
compass, a thermometer, a sonic mosquito repellent (fortunately,
it's barely audible to the human ear), an emergency flasher and a
clock, so you'll know when Survivor comes on. You can plug the
unit into your car's cigarette lighter or run it on eight D
batteries. Power Brands, LLC, 800-354-8785.

COLOR PHOTO: SWISS ARMYCOLOR PHOTO: BRUNTONCOLOR PHOTOMONTAGE: JEEP CONSUMER PRODUCTS; TOM DIPACE (BASEBALL PHOTO)COLOR PHOTO: THALES NAVIGATION