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Mark Beech
February 18, 2002
Check out these cool items to help you see and be seen in the great outdoors
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February 18, 2002


Check out these cool items to help you see and be seen in the great outdoors

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Glow, Baby, Glow!
This running jacket from illumiNITE adds a reflective twist to running or cycling apparel. The fabric, which is embedded with microscopic metalized glass beads, appears normal in daylight but brightly reflects light in the dark, making your entire silhouette visible, rather than just an armband or vest. Other apparel available from illumiNITE includes pants, hats, headbands and gloves. illumiNITE, 508-231-0748;

High Beams
Need a bright light to search for your car keys on the trail? What about a dim beam that keeps your hands free while you study your map for the nearest outpost of civilization? Black Diamond's Gemini Headlamp ($38.50) combines LED and halogen illumination in one unit. Operating on three AA batteries, the Gemini's LED lamp can burn for 1,000 hours, while the halogen beam lasts for up to 10 hours. Black Diamond, 801-278-5533;

Roll Your Eyes
With SportEYZ (about $10) you never have to worry about broken sunglasses. Made of a flexible polycarbonate material, SportEYZ—available with gray and yellow lenses—can be rolled up to fit into a container about the size of a 35-millimeter film canister. Best of all, they provide 100% UV protection. Just don't try to load them in your camera. SportEYZ, 916-736-9167;