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Boreal21 Folding Bow Saw by Agawa Canyon

Why didn’t someone build this sooner? That was our first thought when we spotted upstart saw-maker Agawa Canyon on Kickstarter. With the company now in full production and a goldfinch yellow Boreal21 Folding Bow Saw in our hands, our enthusiasm was renewed. This 21-inch saw does exactly what every camp saw should (but many fail to): sets up quickly and intuitively, stores compactly and rips through deadfall. With an aluminum frame, nylon handle and your choice of four blades, it’s ruggedly built from quality materials.But what I really love is the design. There are no tools, widgets or loose parts—just unfold, snap the handle tight and dig into logs up to six inches in diameter.
$64.95 | agawacanyoninc.com 

Eon PFD by Extrasport

Crusing across placid waters beneath a scorching sun, we loved the airy feel of the Extrasport Eon PFD’s AirComfort System. Combining a soft mesh lining over top lightweight mini-bump foam—and featuring an all-mesh center back and lumbar area—the Eon is a winner on summer days. The women’s specific fit eliminates bulk at the bust line for improved comfort, but our testers noted the thicker foam at the waist makes engaging the Eon’s center zip challenging. Two cargo pockets and two hidden zippered pockets offer a luxurious amount of storage, while fleece-lined hand warmers kept our fingers toasty after a chilling rain.
$129.95 | extrasport.com

Freelite 2 by MSR

When trees are scarce and soil is non-existent, a freestanding tent is key. Available for one, two or three campers, the new FreeLite series is the lightest freestanding offering from MSR. With a minimalist three-legged design, the FreeLite 2 weighs in at two pounds, 12 ounces and set-up is a breeze thanks to MSR’s unified hub-and-pole system. Two roomy vestibules and micromesh doors and ceiling canopy ensure this double-wall tent is well ventilated, even in damp conditions. The asymmetrical canopy offers more breathing room at one end—don’t try to sleep...

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