Fly-fishing might seem like a relatively risk-free activity, but drownings do occur. Most anglers disdain bulky life jackets, even though a slip in deep water can quickly fill hip waders and make keeping one's head above water difficult for even the strongest swimmers. As a solution the British outdoor clothing company Englands (www.englandsl.com) offers the Doctor's Jacket, a fully decked-out fishing vest that automatically inflates within five seconds if immersed in water. When enough pressure is exerted on the vest, a high-pressure spring punctures a carbon dioxide canister that fills bladders inside the lightweight polyester-cotton shell. The Doctor's Jacket retails for about $220. For cold-weather fishermen, Englands also makes a self-inflating fleece-lined jacket that sells for about $300.
It Also Tells Time
The Game Time Schedule Watch is for couch potatoes who can't bear to miss one pitch of one game. The watch can display a major league team's full schedule and plays Take Me Out to the Ball Game when it's time for the first pitch of a game. Available for the team of your choice, it costs $49.95. There are also NASCAR and NFL models. Modules programmed with future schedules can be purchased for $14.95. Check it all out at www.schedulewatch.com or call 888-249-9627.
Wondering what becomes of those Dr Pepper bottles you've been recycling? Check out the Olympic marathon in Sydney, where some runners may be sporting Nike's Stand-Off Distance Singlet, made of a blend of new polyester and a polyester fiber made from recycled plastic. According to Nike, 1� two-liter bottles provide enough material for one shirt. The Stand-Off comes only in sunlight-reflecting white and is wash-and-wearable. It's currently available on a limited basis, but will be in stores next spring for less than $30. To find out more go to www.nikebiz.com.