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Gear Gift Ideas: Skullcandy MP3 Player Watch
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Skullcandy MP3 Player Watch

Illustration: Best Gear SealAn MP3 watch? Please. At first it sounds schlocky, but Skullcandy's MacGyver MP3 Watch ($170; pretty quickly becomes indispensable: backcountry tunes for fastpackers! It stores 256MB, 512MB, or 1GB of tunes or data, all transferred via a slick USB cord that tucks into the strap, and it has a five-setting equalizer and a voice recorder. One tip: When running, secure the headphones wire with an armband or risk serious entanglement.

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