Gearing Up: Little Things That Matter

Accessories that pay heed to the details.

Field & Stream Online Editors

[BRACKET "1"] Orvis Tailwaters XT Waders
With the integral, lace-up wading boot of Orvis' new Tailwater XT wader you get the comfort and feel of a stocking-foot with the convenience of a boot-foot. Made of new, tougher breathable fabrics, the XT also offers easy waist- to chest-high conversion, a cool innovation. $380; 800-333-1550; www.orvis.com

**[BRACKET "2"] Loon Outdoors Flak Jacket **
You take a fly box out of your vest pocket, start to fumble it like a first-year running back, and surrender it to swift current. That won't happen with the new Flak Jacket, which has two 3x6-inch fly boxes that rotate down from the vest front to form working platforms. There are plenty of standard pockets, and a hydration system. The liner is a venting mesh-foam fabric, with Cordura nylon on the outside. $90; 800-580-3811; www.loonoutdoors.com

[BRACKET "3"] Action Optics Fishbone
Catching the flash of a feeding fish out of the corner of your eye is crucial. But the curved edges of most wrap-around sunglasses distort your peripheral vision. Action Optics' new Fishbone solves that problem with precisely tapered, polarized lenses that offer clear vision to the sides as well as straight ahead. Nonprescription only_. $135¿¿¿$160 (glass lenses) and $70 (polycarbonate lenses); 800-654-6428; www.actionoptics.com_

[BRACKET "4"] Thule Castaway Rod Holder
Using an aerodynamic, modular design and high-strength fiberglass, the new Castaway rod carrier holds up to four fly (or other) rods, with the grip portions and attached reels in a closed, lockable case for protection against both theft and road grime. The system works with many factory and aftermarket roof racks, including those made by Yakima._ $140; 800-238-2388; www.thule.com_