T E C H : L i am M c C ab e i n v e s t igat e s w h e r e lo - f i m e e t s h i - f i Traditional adventure gear doesn’t need to be old fashioned. These high-tech treatments of tried-and-true tools offer the best of both worlds—a nostalgic reminder of travel’s intrepid past, rounded out with modern refinements and convenience. BY LIAM MCCABE
The Gear: Swarovski EL 8x32 Binoculars ($2,199)
Use It For:
Birding in Madagascar
W h y:
Serious birders agree, Swarovski glass is as good as it gets. With precision-ground elements and advanced lens coatings, these binoculars provide a near-flawless edge-to-edge view. The elegant, lightweight and fully waterproof body is perfect for long days in the field and the focusing action is a marvel.
The Gear: Suunto MC-2 Global Compass ($84)
U se I t F o r :
Hiking in Argentina
W h y:
Even among a category that was mastered decades, if not centuries ago, the MC-2 is a feat of engineering. This global compass can find true north from any point on the planet—the curve of the earth won’t interfere with the needle, and unlike a GPS navigation system, it’ll never run out of batteries.
Published on Jul 25, 2014
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