Gear Reviews: All-American Reels, Xtratuf Neoprene Boots
Abel's commemorative fly reels are sure to catch your eye.
Abel’s commemorative fly reels are sure to catch your eye. Not only do the red-white-and-blue artistic anodized reels come in two patriotic designs, but 10 percent of the proceeds benefit New York City and Washington, D.C., disaster relief efforts. This limited collector’s edition offers two distinct styles: Old Glory, and Stars and Stripes-realistic and abstract representations of the American flag. The custom designs can be applied to any of Abel’s reels. Prices start around $550. 800-848-7335; www.abelreels.com.
- Daria Gionta
**Trek With Ease **
The new Xtratuf neoprene boot is oneof the most comfortable rubber boots we’ve tested. Double dipped in liquid neoprene, the 16-inch insulated boot stays supple in the coldest temperatures. The aggressive outsole is great for walking on uneven ground, and the cork insole makes trekking much less fatiguing. Handmade in Rock Island, Illinois. About $92, from Norcross Safety Products. 800-777-9021; www.servusproducts.com.
- Peter B. Mathiesen