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How many Toolmongers own a folding saw? I haven’t seen them very often, but the Sven 15″ from REI is one I’m thinking of putting in the toolkit in our truck. With an aluminum frame, it weighs only 15 oz. and reviewers say it’s so effective and easy to use (one said “like a deli slicer on a salami”), you have to take special care to keep your fingers out of the way. Fortunately the blade folds into the handle for storage.

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While poking around recently in REI’s camping gear, I saw something that at first made me scoff: a $55 “stormproof” camping lighter, right next to the five-buck “stormproof” matches. But then I checked out the specs: the Windmill Delta Stormproof Lighter uses a catalyzer coil that will hold a flame even in 70 – 80 mph winds.

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You’re hundreds of feet above the ground or miles deep into a cave and you need to drill a hole in solid rock for an anchor — what are you going to use?  Petzl made the RocPec SDS drill holder for just these situations.

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When the temperature drops, blood vessels in our extremities constrict to redirect blood flow to vital organs like the brain and heart — that leaves hands and feet vulnerable to heat loss.  Working out in the cold becomes uncomfortable, difficult, and less productive — that is, unless you slide heating pads into your gloves.  Heat Treat Hand Warmers keep a temperature of 135-156 degrees F for up to seven hours. (You can wrap ’em in cloth if they feel too warm, so you don’t end up like the villain in the opening scenes of Raiders of the Lost Ark.)

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