Outdoor Gear, Gadgets and Gizmos
When considering the purchase of new gear for yourself or as a gift, keep this in mind: It costs more to replace lower-grade items repeatedly than to buy products that represent the pinnacle of design, materials and durable construction. The best of these items can be passed on to family and friends as personal treasures and, with proper care, perform perfectly for many decades.
The Montague Paratrooper Bike was designed so that U.S. Special Forces dropping silently from the sky could travel with stealth in enemy territory. This 24-speed mountain bike folds into a 3-by-3-by-1-foot square that weighs only 29 pounds for easy portability, storage and deployment. It is available in exactly the same configuration to civilians as a rugged recreational bicycle that can be quickly assembled or disassembled without tools using a quick-release latch system. It eliminates the need for bike racks by fitting inside most vehicles. ($725, Paratrooper Bike, Montague Corp., 800-736-5348, www.montaguebikes.com)