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Backpacker Magazine – Fall/Winter Gear Guide 2011

Editors' Picks with Map Editor Andrew Matranga

Gadgets and gear from our resident map editor.

Mammut Neon Light 12L (Courtesy Photo)
Mammut Neon Light 12L (Courtesy Photo)
GTU 10 (Courtesy Photo)
GTU 10 (Courtesy Photo)
OtterBox Defender for DroidX/MilestoneX (Courtesy Photo)
OtterBox Defender for DroidX/MilestoneX (Courtesy Photo)

[daypack]
Mammut Neon Light 12L
Stuff a short dayhike’s worth of gear in this streamlined featherweight, slip in a bladder for elbows-clear ski tours, or slide in a 15-inch laptop for bike commuting. Four pockets stash small stuff, daisy chains accept climbing gear, and a 16-inch bungee cord inside the front pocket keeps keys and droppables secure. The contoured shoulder straps, removable hipbelt, and tapered, semi-stiff backpanel keeps loads (up to 15 pounds) well balanced and comfortable. $60; 13 oz.; mammut.ch

[tracker]
GTU 10
My family likes to track my progress when I’m hiking, so with this GPS-enabled personal locator I draw a “geofence” around the places on my itinerary, and the device emails or texts my contact list when I enter or leave those locations. Cool: Download the free app (Garmin Tracker) to view the unit’s position on your iPhone or Android and navigate to it with turn-by-turn directions. $200 (includes one year of standard tracking); 1.7 oz.; garmin.com

[bargain smartphone case]
OtterBox Defender for DroidX/MilestoneX
When you drop half a paycheck on a smartphone, adding 50 bucks for the ultimate armor is a good investment. I didn’t flinch when I butterfingered my DroidX from 30 feet on Chimney Tops in Great Smoky Mountains National Park—that’s how bomber this case is. Cool: The swiveling belt clip means easy, on-trail access for mapping and apping. $50; 1.8 oz.; otterbox.com



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