Great Gear: 50 Under $100

We use it, we abuse it, and we can't live without it.

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1 L.L. Bean Boots: The pac boot that started it all. Still the one against which all others are measured. Light, dry, and with two pairs of socks, truly comfortable. Various heights and widths, starting at $75. 800-441-5713; www.llbean.com

2 Coleman Steel Cooler: For 40 years this cooler ruled, but in 1994 it dropped out of Coleman's line. Now it's back with the retro look, a stainless-steel exterior, heavy latches, and enough insulation to hold ice for three days in 100-degree heat. About $100 from sporting-goods dealers and discount chains. www.coleman.com

3 Marble's Hunting Knife: From its stacked leather-washer handle to its fixed 33/4-inch drop-point blade, this classic hunting knife has the look, feel, and quality of custom cutlery. From Marble's Outdoors, $91 with leather sheath. 906-428-3710; www.marblearms.com

4 Arctic Creel: The Arctic Creel's vinyl lining and Scotch flax canvas cover keep fish clean and cool, and there's a big pocket for tackle and other people's streamside trash. From $40. 607-756-2851; www.cortlandline.com

5 Crock Stick Knife Sharpener: The simplest and best way to put a really keen edge on a knife. Virtually idiotproof. Several models available, including folding field sharpener perfect for touch-ups. At $29.95 and up from A.G. Russell. 800-255-9034; www.agrussell.com

6 Trius Trap: The Model 92S has been around since the mid-1950s. Easy to cock and easy to use, it will make you a better wingshot. Throws high angles and doubles and can mount to a tire for stability. Under $80. 860-632-2020; www.lymanproducts.com

7 Arrow Art Arrows: Well known to traditional archers for their spectacularly finished arrows (dipped, crested, and spiffed up with a spliced cock feather), Arrow Art now plies their trade on graphite shafts for compound shooters. The prettiest arrows you'll ever see, for about $100 per dozen. 517-546-0087; www.asus.net/~kcwill/arrowart

8 24-ounce Enamelware Mug: Eat out of it, drink out of it, and relieve yourself into it at night; just don't forget to wash it in the morning. With a few dents and dings it looks like it fell off the page of a Jack London novel. Available in red, blue, and green speckled enamel for under $5 from Lehman's Hardware. 877-438-5346; www.lehmans.com

9 Sandvik Folding Saw: This flyweight folding saw cuts through bone or the base of your Christmas tree. Replacement blades are available. From the Powder Horn, $18.95. 406-587-7373

10 Judo Points: Practice makes perfect, and with a couple of Judo Points in your quiver, you can practice anywhere, anytime. Hard to lose, harder to break, they come in various weights for screw-in or tapered shafts. Probably the best and cheapest investment you can make to improve your shooting. About $3 each from archery tackle dealers everywhere.

11 LaCrosse Ankle-Fit Hip Boots: Also known as "Alaskan tennis shoes," these rugged hippers fit snugly around the ankle so they won't pull off when you chase moose through swamps. From $50. 800-323-2668; www.lacrosse-outdoors.com

12 Weaver Scope Mounts: Known to discerning shooters as Old Ugly, these homely but highly functional mounts are lightweight, rugged, and detachable-and they replace as precisely as mounts costing several times as much. About $25. 912-227-9053; www.weaveroptics.com

13 Hand Muff: Forget deep pockets or mitts. Wear a pair of light gloves, slip chemical hand warmers into a muff, and your digits will function better than your brain. About $20 from Whitewater Outdoors. 920-564-2674; www.whitewateroutdoors.com

**14 Swiss Army Knife: **Comes in all sizes and models, with dozens of optional tools, including an altimeter. The Camping model is equally helpful when gutting deer, sawing branches, or uncorkg a bottle of Merlot. From $20. www.victorinox.ch

**15 Uncle Mike's Mountain Sling: **Unlike the "cobra" slings so popular these days, this light synthetic strap won't make you miss as it swings beneath your rifle. It won't slip off your shoulder, either, because one side's as sticky as friction tape. About $15. 503-655-7964; www.uncle-mikes.com

16 Marble's Folding Rear Rifle Sight: This classic rear sight folds out of the way, demurely, until you fall down a mountain and smash your $500 riflescope. Be sure to buy the windage-adjustable model. About $18. 906-428-3710; www.marblearms.com

17 Coleman Dual-Fuel Two-Burner Stove: The more expensive, wider model with more spacing between the burners is great, but this is still the standard. Wings deflect wind. Excellent for car camping. From $40 to $75 at sporting-goods stores and discount stores. www.coleman.com

18 Timex Watch: It's indestructible, accurate¿¿¿and cheap. It's the perfect watch for the outdoors, because if you lose it or wreck it, no sweat. Just buy another. Prices start at $15, and you can buy them almost everywhere. www.timex.com

19 Therm-a-Rest Mattress: Who says you can't put a price on a good night's sleep? The three-quarter-length models are touted for backpacking, but older bones will appreciate the full-size version, $65. 800-551-9531; www.thermarest.com

20 Coyote Leather Duck-Call Lanyard: This gorgeous lanyard keeps your calls separated, untangled, and easy to reach. And each is decorated with metalwork by artist Sid Bell. With two pewter and one silver accent, $75; three silver accents, $98. 972-262-2050; www.coyotecoleather.com

21 Wool Watch Cap: There's nothing warmer you can stick on your head. Around $15 from Cabela's. 800-237-4444; www.cabelas.com

22 Wool Lumberjack Shirt: When you're packing for any expedition where staying warm when wet might be a necessity, the classic wool jack shirt is the first item you should throw in your duffel. It'll last for years, too. About $70 from Woolrich. 800-966-5372; www.woolrich.com

23 McKenzie Targets: Pick a spot is a valid mantra among bowhunters. The only way to turn the chant into reality is to practice on something that resembles the game animals you're hunting. Delta Targets, about $70 from Cabela's.

24 SureFire Flashlights: Veritable light sabers, these tactical cop lights run off 3-volt lithium batteries. They have a relatively short burn time but are so bright, you'll find what you need fast. Available in a variety of sizes and materials, all beautifully made, starting at $50. 800-828-8809; www.surefire.com

25 Folding Camp Chair: The hot seller last summer at chain stores, they're available in various configurations, from rockers to duo-chairs to recliners. Dirt cheap yet comfy enough for napping. $10 and up at all the chains.

** 26 Silva Compass:** Sleek and easy to read, these little Swedish beauties will get you there and home, provided you can walk in a straight line. Starting around $10 from most outdoor retailers. www.silva.se

27 Iverson Duck Call: Made of hard, lustrous cocobolo, this gorgeous call looks as good as it sounds. The traditional wooden barrels produce a rich, full-bodied sound that fools even late-season mallards. From Iverson Game Bird Calls, $95.50. 415-897-9179

28 Ragg Wool Gloves: Not the least bit fancy, just warm. Around $20 from Cabela's.

**29 Schmidt Collapsible Wood Saw: **Most collapsible saws are for wimps. This one is for Paul Bunyans. With a red-oak frame and a Swedish steel blade, it folds down into a slim 24-inch-long package. Will slice through a 12-inch log. About $30 from Piragis Northwoods. 800-223-6565; www.piragis.com

30 Cabela's Stowaway Fly Rod: The 81/2-foot, 5-weight model is a pack rod that breaks into five pieces. In an evaluation of 70 pack rods, this one placed in the top five-and way under the price of the other finishers, which averaged over $500. A fantastic buy and a versatile fly rod. About $80 from Cabela's.

**31 Cortland Fairplay Combo Fly Rod and Reel: **If you can find the rod alone, get that (about $50). Otherwise, get the combo and buy a better reel-it's still a steal. Available at Wal-Mart for about $75 or from Cortland. 607-756-2851; www.cortlandline.com

32 Arborwear Pants and Shirt: Designed for tree trimmers, these clothes are full cut, rugged as a shagbark hickory, and made for abuse. Perfect for fishing, camping, and upland bird hunting. About $50 for the pants, $43 for the shirt. 888-578-8733; www.arborwear.com

33 Coleman Lanterns: Many anglers filleted their first bluegill beneath a Coleman lantern, and in the years since they've relied on the lanterns' warm glow for heat and light. In addition, there's nothing better for illuminating a blood trail. Available for various types of fuels. About $64 from retailers everywhere. www.coleman.com

34 Leatherman multitool: Compact design, superb machining, and a lifetime guarantee make the original multitool the benchmark of the genre. Specialty models are available for everyone from the oenophile to the demolitions expert, starting at around $20. 800-847-8665; www.leatherman.com

35 Spec 1 Turkey Call: This is the Stradivarius of turkey calls. Each Cody Spec 1 is crafted of laminated black walnut and requires 20 steps and two months to produce. Maker Bill Zearing personally matches a heavy hickory striker to each call. Available in slate or glass for $75. 717-362-8413; www.codyturkeycalls.com

36 Czech Army Binoculars: Lightweight, optically brilliant, and with convenient, individually focused lenses that eliminate constant fiddling with a dial, they are perfect for timber elk hunting or spotting whitetails in the thick stuff. This 6x30 porro-prism is $79. From Deutsche Optik. 800-225-9407; www.deutscheoptik.com

37 Zebco 33 Spincast Reel: An American angling icon remains true to its 50-year-old roots. This reel is easy to use out of the box. About $18 at your local chain-discount store. 800-588-9030; www.zebco.com

38 Ken Schultz's Fishing Encyclopedia: At under $6.50 a pound (the book weighs 91/4 pounds), this may be the angling bargain of the last two centuries. If it relates to fish or fishing, it's in here. Trust us on this one. About $60 from booksellers or $75 for an autographed copy from Ken. www.kenschultz.com

39 550 Cord: If it's good enough to suspend a paratrooper from his canopy, it's good enough for any other tying chore-550 refers to the breaking strength.d:** The 81/2-foot, 5-weight model is a pack rod that breaks into five pieces. In an evaluation of 70 pack rods, this one placed in the top five-and way under the price of the other finishers, which averaged over $500. A fantastic buy and a versatile fly rod. About $80 from Cabela's.

**31 Cortland Fairplay Combo Fly Rod and Reel: **If you can find the rod alone, get that (about $50). Otherwise, get the combo and buy a better reel-it's still a steal. Available at Wal-Mart for about $75 or from Cortland. 607-756-2851; www.cortlandline.com

32 Arborwear Pants and Shirt: Designed for tree trimmers, these clothes are full cut, rugged as a shagbark hickory, and made for abuse. Perfect for fishing, camping, and upland bird hunting. About $50 for the pants, $43 for the shirt. 888-578-8733; www.arborwear.com

33 Coleman Lanterns: Many anglers filleted their first bluegill beneath a Coleman lantern, and in the years since they've relied on the lanterns' warm glow for heat and light. In addition, there's nothing better for illuminating a blood trail. Available for various types of fuels. About $64 from retailers everywhere. www.coleman.com

34 Leatherman multitool: Compact design, superb machining, and a lifetime guarantee make the original multitool the benchmark of the genre. Specialty models are available for everyone from the oenophile to the demolitions expert, starting at around $20. 800-847-8665; www.leatherman.com

35 Spec 1 Turkey Call: This is the Stradivarius of turkey calls. Each Cody Spec 1 is crafted of laminated black walnut and requires 20 steps and two months to produce. Maker Bill Zearing personally matches a heavy hickory striker to each call. Available in slate or glass for $75. 717-362-8413; www.codyturkeycalls.com

36 Czech Army Binoculars: Lightweight, optically brilliant, and with convenient, individually focused lenses that eliminate constant fiddling with a dial, they are perfect for timber elk hunting or spotting whitetails in the thick stuff. This 6x30 porro-prism is $79. From Deutsche Optik. 800-225-9407; www.deutscheoptik.com

37 Zebco 33 Spincast Reel: An American angling icon remains true to its 50-year-old roots. This reel is easy to use out of the box. About $18 at your local chain-discount store. 800-588-9030; www.zebco.com

38 Ken Schultz's Fishing Encyclopedia: At under $6.50 a pound (the book weighs 91/4 pounds), this may be the angling bargain of the last two centuries. If it relates to fish or fishing, it's in here. Trust us on this one. About $60 from booksellers or $75 for an autographed copy from Ken. www.kenschultz.com

39 550 Cord: If it's good enough to suspend a paratrooper from his canopy, it's good enough for any other tying chore-550 refers to the breaking strength.