L.L. Bean Paclite Wading Jacket
Good-bye, Quasimodo; hello, Cary Grant. This superlight Gore-Tex laminate folds extremely flat and small, avoiding the dreaded and uncomfortable hunchback effect common among anglers who have to carry a rain jacket in the rear pocket of a fishing vest. Two big front pockets will accommodate large fly or lure boxes, and a well-designed zipper system keeps rainwater from seeping against your soft, white underbelly. Available in men’s sizes small through 2XL; $199. L.L. Bean, 800-347-4552; www.llbean.com.
Ford Explorer Sport Trac
Hybrid vigor, in the parlance of a fish biologist, means that crossbred species are generally tougher, more adaptable, and more aggressive than either parent. What’s true for fish is also true for trucks-in this case, the 2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac. Here’s a unique vehicle, built on the popular Explorer platform, which combines the best attributes of pickups and sport utilities. Need seating for four (and four doors)? Done. Need an open bed for muddy gear and deer? Done. All this and four-wheel-drive (MSRP: $25,180) as well. For information, see your Ford dealer, or go to www.ford.com.
— Slaton L. White
Remington Model 710 Bolt-Action Rifle
It’s the first new Remington bolt action in many years, and it’s truly different. Remington wanted to produce a genuinely affordable big-game rifle, and to do so, they discarded all the traditional shortcuts and designed a new receiver-to-barrel lockup system and an ingenious receiver that utilizes replaceable plastic inserts instead of expensive machining. The result? A .270 or .30/06 that comes with a mounted Bushnell 3XÂ¿Â¿Â¿9X scope for only $425. The trigger is lamentable, but it’s a sound, well-made rifle at a price that’s amazingly low. Call 800-243-9700; www.remington.com.
— David E. Petzal