New and noteworthy gear for spring 2017

Check out this responsible raingear, pro connection, foot patrol and outdoor prose

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OUTDOOR PROSE

In One Last Cast: Reflections of an Outdoor Life ($20), award-winning Alberta writer Bruce Masterman shares an evocative round-up of stories—some never before published—“with a focus on wild things and wild places and how we interact with them.” A veteran Outdoor Canada contributor, Masterman draws on more than 50 years of exploring the natural world.

Learn more: Rocky Mountain Books, 1-800-665-3302; www.rmbooks.com

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RESPONSIBLE RAINGEAR

Free of harmful PFCs, the OutDry Extreme ECO Jacket ($279.99) is Columbia’s first high-performance, environmentally friendly jacket. Waterproof and breathable, the jacket’s dye-free fabric is made from recycled plastic bottles—meaning you can stay dry and be green at the same time on your next soggy outdoor adventure.

Learn more: Columbia Sportswear, 1-800-622-6953; www.columbiasportswear.ca

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PRO CONNECTIONS

With the new National Pro Staff app, available for free for iOS and Android devices, you can create your own profile and follow other anglers to discover new fishing destinations, gear and tactics. Featuring more than 600,000 fishing products, the app links users to fishing brands and pro anglers, while providing opportunities for sponsorships.

Learn more: National Pro Staff, www.nationalprostaff.com

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FOOT PATROL

Featuring durable Helcor leather for reliable performance in a variety of outdoor conditions, Eddie Bauer’s Field Ops boots (US$200) also sport a waterproof, breathable membrane and moisture-wicking lining to keep feet dry. And with Vibram soles providing great traction, these lightweight and comfortable boots were made for all-day sojourns afield.

Learn more: Eddie Bauer, 1-800-426-8020; www.eddiebauer.com