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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.

QUEST Magazine Issue 3  

Explore France, Italy, China, Maldives and some of the best places to travel this summer in Ker & Downey's Summer issue of QUEST magazine.