RUGGEDLY HAND­SOME

Popular Science - - GOODS - By Mal­lory Johns / pho­to­graph by Sam Ka­plan

EVEN CUSHY CU­BI­CLE LIFE can be too rig­or­ous for some gad­gets. (We’re look­ing at you, pile of dead hard drives.) So we as­sem­bled a bri­gade of cav­a­lier de­vices ready to en­dure the rig­ors of the great out­doors. They can sur­vive rain, wind, dust, freez­ing tem­per­a­tures, and even the oc­ca­sional en­counter with an es­pe­cially pointy rock. Don’t be afraid to toss them in your pack and head out into the wild.

1/ Land-scrape Pho­tog­ra­pher

Ansel Adams lugged a huge film cam­era to pho­to­graph our na­tional parks. The Pen­tax KP DSLR (with weather-re­sis­tant zoom lens) would have been a lot more con­ve­nient. Rub­ber gas­kets seal the mag­ne­sium-al­loy body at 67 crit­i­cal points, keep­ing out mois­ture, dust, and sand—all of which could dam­age the 24-megapixel im­age sen­sor inside. $1,600 (in­cludes lens)

2/ Hikey Talkies

Many of the best ad­ven­ture spots lack cell­phone ser­vice. The Mo­torola T600 H2O Two-Way Ra­dios won’t send Snaps, but they can keep you in con­tact within 35 miles and pick up emer­gen­cy­weather sta­tions.

The wa­ter­proof walkies have gas­kets at ev­ery po­ten­tial leak point and a built-in flash­light for nav­i­gat­ing trails — or mak­ing scary faces around the camp­fire. $99 (pair)

3/ Drop It Like It’s HDD

The typ­i­cal hard drive is about as durable as a Fabergé egg, but the G-Tech­nol­ogy 1 TB G-Drive ev ATC can pro­tect pre­cious data from a 6.6-foot drop. The dou­ble-walled case has in­te­rior strips of foam to pro­tect against im­pacts and pres­sure. Plus, the 13-ounce drive floats for up to 30 sec­onds, so you have a chance to save it in the wild (or if you drop it in your soup at lunch). $179

4/ Sub(mersible) Woofer

You might not know it from the fab­ric ex­te­rior of the Ul­ti­mate Ears Won­der­boom, but a wa­ter­tight cham­ber un­der­neath this Blue­tooth speaker’s skin lets it sur­vive un­der 3.3 feet of wa­ter for up to 30 min­utes. Inside, a pair of 40-mil­lime­ter drivers sends crisp, bassy sound to ev­ery corner of the pool party. Its on­board bat­tery has enough juice for up to 10 hours of sin­ga­longs. $99

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