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    It's that time of year again. Our 2013 Summer's Buyer's Guide, which highlights the best hiking, biking, running, adventure travel, water-sports, and women's gear, is about to hit newsstands (official date is April 30). The iPad edition—with digital extras that allow you to zoom in on products, tap to purchase, and share pages—will be available on our Outside+ Magazine App, available in the Apple App Store starting May 9th.

    In the meantime, here's a sneak peek at the top 14 products that won one of our coveted Gear of Year awards...

  • Julbo Wave Sunglasses

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    Julbo Wave Sunglasses

    Julbo Waves are rapture for river runners, stand-up paddlers, and the rest of the watersports set.

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  • Gregory Border 35 Backpack

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    Gregory Border 35 Backpack

    With padded slots for laptops and tablets alike, the Gregory Gregory Border 35 is the ultimate backpack for the intrepid gear head.

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  • Kelty Ignite DriDown Sleeping Bag

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    Kelty Ignite DriDown Sleeping Bag

    Two hundred bucks for a water-resistant down sleeping bag that weighs less than three pounds and stuffs down to the size of a football? Yes, please.

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  • Rab Maverick Jacket

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    Rab Maverick Jacket

    One jacket to rule them all? Not quite, but the Maverick came the closest. The Rab’s new 2.5-layer eVent fabric kept our testers comfortable in a 60-degree downpour and mountain biking with temps hovering around freezing.

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  • Adidas Outdoor Terrex Fast GTX Shoe

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    Adidas Outdoor Terrex Fast GTX Shoe

    An all-star in every application, we put the waterproof-breathable Adidas’s Terrex Fast GTX through its paces on everything from rainy multi-day excursions to sunny day hikes in the Sierras.

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  • The North Face Mica FL 2 Tent

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    The North Face Mica FL 2 Tent

    Livable, freestanding three-season tents don’t get much lighter than this. The Mica FL 2 has terrific ventilation, and setup is a snap, thanks to the hubbed pole design.

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  • Osprey Xenith 88 Pack

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    Osprey Xenith 88 Pack

    With bigger packs, suspension and fit are everything, and our testers raved about how easy it was to tailor the Xenith to their bodies.

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  • Seaward Kayak Halo SR 130

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    Seaward Kayak Halo SR 130

    The Halo SR 130 is stable and easy to get in and out of, but it’s also the fastest, lightest, and most maneuverable day tripper we’ve ever tested.

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  • Bic Wing Ace-Tec SUP

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    Bic Wing Ace-Tec SUP

    That’s right, a killer flatwater SUP made by the company that produces ballpoint pens and disposable razors. At 30 inches wide and over six inches thick, the Wing Ace-Tec is a practical, durable, affordable, fun-to-paddle SUP.

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  • Saucony Virrata Road Shoe

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    Saucony Virrata Road Shoe

    The Virrata is effortlessly smooth, light, and supremely comfortable. At a mere 6.5 ounces, it’s he first shoe we’ve seen that makes zero-drop running seem almost easy.

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  • Salomon S-Lab Sense Ultra Trail Shoe

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    Salomon S-Lab Sense Ultra Trail Shoe

    For the second season in a row, the company’s bright red trail shoes have blown away the competition. The Sense Ultra is everything a front-of-the-pack trail shoe should be—extremely fast, secure, nimble, and stable in the rough.

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  • Niner Rip9 RDO Mountain Bike

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    Niner Rip9 RDO Mountain Bike

    The Rip 9 RDO is extremely well balanced and stable but also nimble and quick. With sculpted carbon tubing, a color-matched fork, and blinged-out red hardware accents—every detail on this 5.1-inch trail bike screams quality. “Plush. Sweet. Awesome. Beauty. Ultimate heaven,” one tester gushed. And he wasn’t exaggerating.

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  • GoPro Hero3 Black Edition Camera

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    GoPro Hero3 Black Edition Camera

    Despite a lot of newcomers in the field, GoPro is still the leader in adventure cameras. The new Hero3 Black manages to pack an f/2.8 wide-angle lens, a 12-megapixel sensor, and the power to shoot 30 still frames per second into a camera body that’s smaller than a bar of soap.

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  • Trek Domane 6.9 Road Bike

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    Trek Domane 6.9 Road Bike

    With an innovative carbon frame design, closed-cell foam pads, and cushy 25-millimeter tires, the Domane is the fastest and smoothest comfort bike we’ve ever swung a leg over. “It smooths out big hits almost like a softtail mountain bike,” one tester remarked.

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