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Apr 12

Get outside with rugged electronics

Logan Pass, Glacier National Park. (Image from Creative Commons, amanderson2)

When the warm weather first hits in Western Montana, we all get a little giddy. It might only be 60 degrees but if the sun is out, the shorts are coming on, and we’re going for a hike. Suddenly everyone’s seasonal blues lift, and we’re smiling and talking about how nice the weather is, how we can’t wait for summer.

So what am I looking forward to? Camping trips, floating the river, riding my bike more, and longer daylight hours. Plus, I’m also running a marathon. I try to get outside whenever possible, especially in the warmer weather. And even though I’m kind of a minimalist when it comes to gear — as in, you don’t really need much tech to have a good time — there are a few gadgets that can really enhance your experience. And guess what? Vann’s sister site,, has all the outdoor gear and apparel you need, No matter how you plan to get out this summer — whether camping, swimming, running, or just going to a baseball game — make sure you’ve got the goods that are rugged enough to play hard.

Smile — you’re outside!

If you like to take photos of your adventures, a bombproof camera can give you peace of mind. Because you never know when or where you’ll come across that epic shot; you might be under water, on the North Pole, or in the desert. Well, the Sony Cybershot DSC-TX10 has you covered then, with its waterproof, shockproof, freeze-proof, dust-proof design. It takes awesome 16.2-megapixel photos too.

Cyber-shot DSC-TX10


Scuba diving? Mermaid trolling? Get Full HD 1080p video footage underwater with the Sony Bloggie Sport camcorder, fully operable in H20 down to 16 feet.

Sony Bloggie Sport


If you’re capturing even more extreme video footage, check out’s line of GoPro camera products. These camcorders attach to your helmet, harness, or handlebars so you can truly capture the experience from your perspective while surfing, biking, skiing, and more.

It’s TIME to track your fitness.

Get a watch that can keep up with you, as well as monitor your heart rate and count the calories your burn on your workout. The Suunto M2 watch does all that, plus it’s waterproof and operable in extreme temperatures.

Suunto M2


Feeling a little lost? You won’t any longer with the Garmin Forerunner 410 watch with built-in GPS. It also records your pace, time, distance, heart rate, elevation and more.

And for the love of your electronics, get a dry case.

Great for boating, backpacking, and traveling, the SealLine E-Case keeps your phone, iPod, and other devices dry no matter how wet it gets. Seriously, you can submerge this case in water and your gadgets will still be completely protected.

SealLine E-case


What summer adventures do you have planned? Leave a comment and make us jealous.

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