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Gear and gad­gets for outs­doorsy types

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1. GREEN THUMB LEE VAL­LEY

Mas­ter gar­den­ers agree that Felco makes fine, easy-tomain­tain hand pruners. The Swiss tool­maker de­signs all its pruners to be er­gonomic but the right-handed #7 and left-handed #10 mod­els have ro­tat­ing han­dles to mimic hand move­ment and make ev­ery cut ef­fort­less. $96. 900 Mor­ri­son Dr., lee­val­ley.com

2. WA­TER ON THE GO TRAIL­HEAD PAD­DLE SHACK

The com­pact TrailShot wa­ter fil­ter al­lows hik­ers and pad­dlers to drink straight from any stream or body of wa­ter, with the op­tion to fill bot­tles with a bulb pump. It has a con­ve­niently long hose and is easy to carry and clean for the ad­ven­turer on the go. $65. 2148 Car­ling Ave., trail­head­pad­dle­shack.ca

3. OUT­DOOR SKILLS KENT OF IN­GLE­WOOD

At this old-fash­ioned gen­tle­man’s shop that spe­cial­izes in shav­ing and beard prod­ucts, Nor­we­gian

Wood, a Nordic guide to chop­ping and stack­ing fire­wood, is said to be re­quired read­ing for staff. $29.95. 800 Bank St., kentof­in­gle­wood.com

4. LIGHT­WEIGHT PACK MOUN­TAIN EQUIP­MENT CO-OP

MEC has al­ways made tough stuff and the new Travel Light Carry On back­pack is no ex­cep­tion. This bag weighs just over 1 lb and it un­folds like a clam. Pack­ing strate­gi­cally is easy and, for or­ga­ni­za­tion nerds, su­per fun. $59. 366 Rich­mond Rd., mec.ca

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