Zooming in from the cheap seats to see the action on the field, or enjoying nature on a macro scale — the Leica Monovid Monocular ($500) can help with either. Sporting a water- and fog-proof nitrogen purged aluminum housing that's only four inches long, the Leica Monovid offers 8x magnification at distances as close as 9.8 inches, making it great for both long- and short-range gawking, and with legendary Leica optics, you'll see whatever you're looking at with the utmost clarity.
Ever been marooned somewhere away from civilization and really needed to start a fire? Yeah, neither have we — but it’s nice to know that if that did happen, our Swedish FireSteel ($15) would be ready. Used by several militaries the world over, this little metal set creates a nearly 3000ºC spark that is sure to start fires even in the worst of conditions.