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1. Brunton ADC SUMMIT
To gauge the weather, do you lick a finger and hold it up to the air? If so, here’s a better idea. This cellphone-size unit displays current conditions-barometric pressure, temperature, windchill, and a 12-hour forecast. $160; 307-856-6559;

2. Suunto X9 GPS Watch
The space-time continuum gets real with a wristwatch that tracks position, speed, and distance. Fire up the compass or record a route, saving the coordinates of anything interesting, and this watch will get you there and back. $700; 800-891-8490;

**3. Aqua-Vu Spool SC-100 **
Gone are the days of wrapping 100 feet of underwater camera cable around a chock. You can now roll the wire inside a self-contained base for easy storage. Plus, a revamped LCD display (color or black-and-white) is now easy to see in full daylight. $600; 218-825-0733;

**4. MotorGuide PTSv **
Bow-mount trolling motors of 24 and 36 volts with both huge thrust and built-in brains are the next generation of high performers. MotorGuide’s can be set on “bottom track” to keep a boat on a contour at a specific depth. $1,590¿¿¿$1,900; 920-929-5040;

[NEXT “Click Here for more Hi-Tech Gear”] 5. Navionics Hot Maps Premium
Multimedia cards containing copious hydrographic maps are winning favor (and gaining compatibility) with Lowrance, Humminbird, Raymarine, and additional fishfinders with GPS capabilities to provide on-screen contour maps of hundreds of lakes per state. $200; 800-848-5896;

6. Lowrance iFinder Hunt
Designed and streamlined with hunters in mind, this GPS has undergone a series of software updates. The result: hunting-specific symbols and applications, and a newfound ease of use. Icons are easy to get to with the press of a single button, and the characters at your disposal denote bedding areas, rubs, scrapes, and blood drops. For help tracking a deer, the Hunt’s grid search can project possible travel routes of a downed deer based on three or more blood spots. $310; 800-324-1356;

7. TerraFix 406 GPS Personal Locator Beacon
A Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) will guide rescuers to your location in the event of an emergency in the wilderness. Register it with NOAA online ( to aid the search party. $750; 954-981-3333;

8. Stealth Cam DIGRC-X Digital Motion Detector Scouting Camera
This camera can shoot one to three still pictures a pop (with or without flash) or, with a 256MB multimedia card, up to 320 daytime low-resolution 10-second video clips. $370; 888-304-6125;

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