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Wireless weather station

The Vantage Pro2 weather station features a 1,000-foot range and combines a rain collector, temperature and humidity sensors, and an anemometer.

Icons on the station provide forecasts of sunny, partly sunny, cloudy, rain or snow, while a ticker-tape display offers additional details.

To ensure accuracy, temperature and humidity sensors are housed in a radiation shield. The station also can be purchased with a fan-aspirated radiation shield or as a non-wireless, cable version.

The Vantage Pro2 weather station costs $595. For more information, visit

Steiner binoculars

Designed for wildlife observation, Steiner’s Peregrine binoculars provide power and brightness and weigh 30 ounces.

The waterproof binoculars can be worn on a neck strap or stored in a backpack. An internal dry nitrogen purging and pressurization system prevents fogging. Binoculars cost $999.

The North Face gloves

Denali Gloves by The North Face are made from soft, durable 300-weight fleece and feature Nylon Taslan over the knuckles and fingers, as well as elastic wrists and attached pairing clips.

Men’s gloves are available in black, red, gray, taupe and two blue hues, while women’s gloves are available in ivory, black, pink, red, blue, gray and lavender. Both versions cost $25.

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Nalgene On-the-Go Water Bottle

The On-the-Go water bottle by Nalgene is designed for walkers and joggers.

An easy-open lid can be lifted with one hand and prevents splashes, even while moving. The sleek bottle, which weighs 3.3 ounces and can hold 24 ounces of water, is made from durable polycarbonate that does not absorb tastes and odors and is dishwasher-safe. The bottle is available in sage green and slate blue, and costs $8.95.

For more information or to locate a store, visit REI at


Anglers should exercise great care to remain safe while ice fishing. Take the following precautions to ensure safety:

* Never go out on the ice alone.

* Before heading out, tell someone your itinerary.

* Consult ice and weather reports and check with bait and fishing-shop employees regarding ice conditions.

* Wear a personal flotation device.

* Use an ice tool to test areas. Be suspicious of gray, dark or porous spots; they might be soft. Ice generally is the strongest where it is blue.

* Be careful around ice with heavy snow cover because the ice is difficult to see and might be insulated by snow.

* Carry large nails and nylon rope in case someone falls through the ice.

Take the following steps if you or someone else falls through the ice:

* Do not panic.

* Turn toward parts of the ice that already have supported you.

* Use nails to grip the ice, kick your feet and attempt to pull yourself out.

* Once out of the water, lie on the ice and roll toward solid ice.

* If you see someone else fall through ice, carefully extend a rope or pole to the victim; do not run toward him. Call 911 if the situation warrants additional help.

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