What's New, What's Hot: Jan. 9, 2006

1. RaceQuiet noise-reducing headphones.Outside the Box had auto racing fans in mind when the company came up with stereo ear pods that offer 42 decibels of noise reduction across the entire sound spectrum. But the acoustics should work wonders during a noisy flight, as well. At 1.5 ounces and tidy enough to fit in a carrying tin you can put in your pocket, the earphones, which come with replaceable foam ear-canal tips to ensure a snug fit, are compatible with iPods and other audio devices for high-quality sound reproduction. $39.95; www.protravelgear.com.

2. Royal JS55 Paper Shredder. Want to keep your secret documents from prying eyes while on the road? Want to make confetti for the home team's Super Bowl parade? Want to turn your company's stationery into kitty litter? Well, the Royal JS55 is just the thing. Portable at a 3.5-pounds and adjustable to fit any wastepaper basket, this shredder will make a ribbon salad of standard-width paper, cutting it into quarter-inch strips, five sheets at a time. Has auto stop, start and reverse. $14.99; www.royal.com.

3. Radio-Controlled Alarm Clock.You might not know what time it is, but this clock will ... no matter how far you roam. An internal antenna tunes this traveler's friend to the World Time Clock in Fort Collins, Colo., which means it automatically adjusts to whatever time zone you are in. Dual time features let you check the hour at home so you don't call in the middle of the night. Snooze alarm is standard. Said to be accurate up to one second per million years, but we'll see. $49; www.travelsmith.com.

 

4. Tarmac 25-inch Switchback Max ES rolling backpack.What makes this bag unique is a full-size backpack that doubles as a daypack when it is zipped off the wheeled host carrier. The satellite has its own organizational pockets, while the unit as a whole features a front-panel loading system and a padded hip belt that tucks away when you are on an urban roll as opposed to backpacking your way through uncharted lands. The main bag measures 25-by-15-by-10 inches; the detachable daypack is 20-by-12-by-8 inches. $324; www.magellans.com.

5. Wander Wear. These colorful and hard-to-miss ID tags can provide peace of mind to parents with kids in tow. Designed to be clipped on or tucked inside a child's clothing, Wander Wear tags are two-and-a-half inches in diameter and have room on the back where parents can write contact info, including cell phone numbers. $3.99; www.wander-wear.com.

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