** Stepping Out**
After hiking the rim of the Grand Canyon for hours, the Bite Trail Sandals quickly earned my respect. These well-cushioned sandals hold your feet firmly in place and support them with a wide-grip shanked sole. Multidirectional gripping claws and rubber traction pads provide strong surface contact on all types of terrain. Best of all, they feature a toe guard to mercifully protect the front of your foot. Price: $79.99. From Bite Footwear. 800-248-3465; www.biteshoes.com.
-Peter B. Mathiesen Scope It Out
Any hunter just starting out should check out Leupold's VX-1 line of scopes. The three utilitarian models house all the standard features you need to see distant game-and they won't leave you broke. The line includes a 2X¿¿¿7X ($185), a 3X¿¿¿9X ($199), and a 4X¿¿¿12X ($239). Each fully water- and fogproof model offers excellent light transmission, sharp detailing, and continuous adjustment settings. Made in the United States with a lifetime guarantee. % 503-646-9171; www.leupold.com.