New & noteworthy for summer 2018
The latest in multi-tools, rechargeable flashlights, insect control and hearing protection
Made for protecting the hearing of avid gunners, the XCEL (US$99) features four listening modes, an auto shut-off and wind noise reduction. The controls are on the headband, freeing up room in the ear cups for improved protection. There’s also Bluetooth for streaming audio and taking phone calls from your mobile device.
Learn more: Walker’s, 1-877-269-8490; www.gsmoutdoors.com
It may weigh just 4.2 ounces, but SOG’s compact Power Pint multi-tool (US$54) sports 18 different tools, including straight-edged and serrated blades, scissors, line and wire cutters and a magnetic hex bit driver. There’s even a jewellery driver for maintaining eyeglasses and electronics.
Learn more: SOG, (425) 771-6230; www.sogknives.com
Non-lead split-shot weights aren't a new concept, but Loon Outdoors’ new line of eco-friendly TinWeights are non-toxic, easy to use, and textured to prevent slipping, double cut to re-use and adjust easily. They’re in matte black or camo colours, and nine sizes from 0.1 grams to 1.6 grams, and numerous container options.
Learn more: Loon Outdoors, www.loonoutdoors.com
The 1,000-lumen MT10 rechargeable compact flashlight ($108) features three brightness-level settings to ensure the right beam for the task at hand. Depending on the setting, the battery can last up to 144 hours and the beam can punch out to 180 metres. There are also energy-saving and strobe modes, as well as a battery-strength indicator.
Learn more: Ledlenser, 1-800-650-1245; www.ledlenser.ca
Say goodbye to harmful pesticides this bug-biting season with the Insect Trap (US$209), which uses UV light to lure the likes of mosquitoes, blackflies, wasps and biting flies to their demise. Once the insects get close, a powerful, silent fan sucks them into the inescapable retaining cage, where they dehydrate and die.
Learn more: DynaTrap, 1-877-403-8727; www.dynatrap.ca