Gear of the Year

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Apr 26, 2004
Outside Magazine
gear of the years awards

   Photo: Nigel Cox, Brooks Freehill Kayak, Kim Kurian Rack

EQUIPMENT FANATICS CAN TALK SPECS FOR HOURS: How big is the vestibule? What’s the fill power? But the truth is, you can’t measure greatness. The proper response, when you see it, is to inhale and say, "Whoa." Take the 15 products honored in this edition of the Outside Buyer’s Guide. Their seamless merging of design, functionality, and performance makes us swoon. To hikers, cyclists, paddlers, and other athletes, these products represent quantum leaps—that’s why we’re bestowing each with a 2004 Gear of the Year award. Please join us in bowing before the altar of fine craftsmanship.

—The Editors

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