Gear of the Year

Apr 15, 2003
Outside Magazine

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 is to inhale and say, "Whoa." Take the 16 products honored here and on the pages that follow. Their seamless merger 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 Gear of the Year Award. Please join us in bowing before the altar of fine craftsmanship.

-The Editors

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