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Schrade | Navitool

The humble compass has come a long way from its days as a mere navigational device. Case in point: Schrade's Navitool. At heart, it's a luminous, liquid-filled compass. But that instrument is encased in a sturdy multitool loaded with survival necessities: flathead and Phillips screwdrivers, knife blade, scissors, saw, bottle and can openers, lighter compartment, signal mirror, whistle, and LED flashlight. At 8 ounces, it's a bit heavy, but that heft is a bearable side effect of the Navitool's industrial-grade design. Bonus feature: All the tools lock securely in place. $90; 800-272-4723; www.schradeknives.com

**Why it wins: **All-in-one survival package that fits in the palm of your hand

Garmin | Rino 120 Two-Way Radio/GPS

Marrying the technology of a two-way radio with GPS positioning is a major step forward in navigation and wilderness communication. But what really elevates the Garmin Rino 120 is the inspired addition of "location reporting" functions that allow a user to transmit his own position, pinpoint the location of another user on a pre-downloaded map, and use those coordinates to find him. As long as the units are within a 2-mile range, backcountry companions can keep track of each other, even if one is incapacitated. That capability will probably save lives, including those of hunters who wander off-trail and get lost. In addition to all the standard two-way radio and GPS features, the Rino 120 is waterproof and comes loaded with baseline maps of North and South America that feature prominent landmarks such as roads, streams, and lakes. $268; 913-397-8200; www.garmin.com

Why it wins: Combines two-way communication with close-range locating ability