New & noteworthy for fall 2015

Tough conditions require tough equipment to get you home safe


Sharp choice


With a titanium-coated, stainless steel blade, Remington’s new R1Ti aluminum folder (US$37.49) makes for an ideal compact field-dressing knife. The thumb studs allow for a quick, spring-assisted opening, while the 3 5/16-inch drop-point blade is less prone to perforating vitals when dressing game.

Remington, 1-800-844-3034;

Dog tracker


Keep an electronic eye on your pooch with the Sportdog Brand’s TEK 2.0 tracking and training collar system ($1,099). Compatible with Canadian regulations, the GPS+GLONASS-enabled system uses HopTek Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum technology to eliminate interference problems. Additionally, the TEK 2.0 provides real-time, hands-free voice updates on your dog’s location.

Sportdog Brand, 1-800-732-0144;

Water treater


A high-volume, gravity-powered water purifier that removes viruses in addition to bacteria and protozoa, the Lifestraw Mission (US$119.95 to 129.95) makes backcountry water safe to drink. Compact, lightweight and easy to use, it comes in two sizes—five or 12-litres—and requires no chemicals, batteries or moving parts. Simply fill up the bag with any available water, hang it and wait for the water to pass through the filter.

Vestergaard, (908) 528-3826;

Complete outfit


Waterproof, breathable and windproof, Realtree’s Xtra 4 in 1 System Parka ($99.96) promises an “all-in-one clothing system for any hunting adventure in any weather.” The outer jacket features an adjustable, insulated, removable hood and a reversible, insulated inner jacket. And the matching pants ($76.96) sport knee-length leg zippers, making them easy to pull over hunting boots. Both are available exclusively at Walmart.

Wal-mart, 1-800-328-0402;