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L.L. Bean limited-edition 100th anniversary outdoor gear

by Alicia MacLeay
August 5, 2011

For its 100th anniversary in 2012, iconic outdoor brand L.L. Bean will release commemorative versions of some classic Maine gear.

Ten, individually-numbered, Anniversary Canoes will be made by Old Town, a longtime partner of L.L. Bean. The Model A canoes have traditional canvas over cedar strip construction and will cost $7,500.

You can pair that canoe with two Beavertail Canoe Paddles, made from decades old spruce logs from Maine's historic river drives, reclaimed from the Penobscot River ($169).

There's also an ash-frame Maine Snowshoe with cowhide decking and leather H Binding ($329), Classic Trout Knife ($49), handcrafted bamboo fly rod ($3,495), and Pack Basket, based on the original Osgood Adirondack Pack Basket, now handcrafted in Saranac Lake, N.Y. ($395). 

And, of course, there's the classic Maine Hunting Shoe, at an authentic and original 12-inch height. That boot, along with his customer satisfaction guarantee, launched L.L. Bean's career and an outdoor brand, back in 1912.