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GREAT GEAR by s tephen regenold Give and Receive


Treat your favorite Scout or Scouter with an outdoorsy holiday surprise.


STEPHEN REGENOLD is the founder of GearJunkie.com.


GU ENERGY GEL,


SALTED CARAMEL $1.30 each, guenergy.com A perfect pick-me-up for long-distance hikes, GU Energy Gel made its latest flavor for discerning sweet-tooths in need of a sodium boost. The salty- sweet taste mimics a homemade candy flavor. But the requisite carbohydrates, electrolytes and calories are still present to keep a hiker energized on the trail.


CAMELBAK FORGE MUG $29 (12 oz.), $30 (16 oz.), camelbak.com This ultimate outdoor mug keeps drinks hot for hours. A leak-proof lid withstands drops onto hard ground. (I tested it; not a drip escaped when it tumbled.) The body is a rugged stainless steel. To drink, press a button on the lid and hot coffee or cocoa flows to heat the body on a cold winter day.


GARMIN FENIX WATCH $400, garmin.com The Fenix is the ultimate reward for the Scouter who finds himself checking (and double-checking) the route ahead. The watch syncs to GPS satellites in seconds at a trailhead, allowing you to track a route or head to waypoints to keep on course in the wilds. The Fenix also comes with standard altimeter, barometer and compass functions. Or use the watch in geocaching mode on a less-demanding day hike.


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