Powermonkey Explorer Solar Charger

Price: $99.95 Phone: 877.886.2646 Website: stuffjunction.com

The Powermonkey eXplorer is a compact solar-powered electronic-gadget charger that the maker says can give 96 hours of standby on mobiles, 40 hours on iPods, 48 hours on PDAs, and 6 hours on MP3/MP4 players. It's water-resistant and made from rubberized casing that comes in blue, gray, pink or yellow. There's an LCD screen that displays battery capacity and the level of charge; the Powermonkey eXplorer also has short-circuit protection, overcharging protection and anti-discharging protection. It can also be used with an included universal charger or a USB.

ALPINESTARS' DURBAN GORE-TEX GEAR

Price: $699.95 (Jacket); $499.95 (Pants) Phone: 310.891.0222 Website: alpinestars.com

Alpinestars' new Durban Gore-Tex jacket and pants have removable Paclite Gore-Tex membranes to keep warmth in and weather out. CE-certified armor is placed in the elbows, shoulders and knees, and the pants have leather panels for abrasion resistance. The seams are reinforced with welded, ceramic-coated Superfabric that enhances the tear- and abrasionresistance qualities of the jacket. The jacket comes with chest-and back-pad compartments with PE-protective padding, and it accepts the Bionic Neck Support (BNS) system. Air intakes at the pants' knees and zippered air intakes and exhausts on the jacket are strategically placed for ventilation. The jacket has detachable sleeves so it can be worn as a vest, and it has a built-in two-liter bladder storage pocket. Both jacket and pants have waist zippers to connect them together; sizes run from 48 to 60 EUR.

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