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Don't get caught short on a camping trip – for batteries that is. The Sony ICF-B200 AM/FM radio has a built-in power generator – turning the handle for one minute gives 30 minutes of play time. Designed for outdoor use, it's lightweight and water-resistant. And it takes AA batteries if your biceps aren't up to the job. There's also an emergency guide light and "audio beacon" to help you get down the mountain. For stockists: www.sony.co.uk.

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You don't need to wait to enjoy the action of the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City. Eidos are launching the official video game this month on PlayStation 2 and PC formats (it's as close as most of us will get to the real thing). Represent one of 16 countries in Men's Downhill, Women's Slalom, Two-man Bobsleigh, Freestyle Aerials, Ski Jumping or Snowboard Parallel Giant Slalom and experience, "the adrenalin of high speed extreme sports." Visit www.eidos.com.

Try this
The days of chewed polystyrene floats are over. Speedo's Elite Pull Buoy is built for comfort and stability. The hollow buoy resembles a bright blue pair of chlorine resistant space-age binoculars. The buoys are held between the legs, allowing swimmers to concentrate on their stroke techniques. The Elite Pull Buoy sells for £11.99. For stockists, call Allsports on 0161 4304330.

Brave this
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's David Aikenhead and his human catapult. The organiser of the Dangerous Sports Club of Great Britain is looking for guinea pigs to try the latest in extreme pastimes. David has entirely rebuilt his prototype at a cost of £25,000. Reassuringly, the landing is now softer and larger – an early volunteer suffered a fractured pelvis when she rebounded out of the net. Contact David on 01278 434 144.

Wear this
If you think your image needs updating, check out the Revival jewellery range. Apparently the latest in snowboarder chic, stepping onto the piste without one of the beaded necklaces or silver bracelets could be a major fashion faux pas this winter. There are over 200 lines, priced from £2 to £8. From Topman, 01277 844 144, www.freedomjewellery.com.

Surf this
Improve your sports knowledge and your social life with chillisauce.co.uk. The website has sports news, knows where you can buy anything from a golf club to a pellet machine-gun and can even help you plan your stag do. And don't miss the Bizarre and Interesting Events Calendar – how else will you know when the Wife Carrying World Championships are being held? www.chillisauce.co.uk.

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