We've scoured the floor of Summer OR 2014 in search of the coolest gear for our coveted Gear of the Show awards. And these five products—from a glow-in-the-dark tent to a revolutionary backcountry safety tool—are our top picks.
Big Agnes mtnGLO Tents
From lanterns to headlamps, there are a lot of ways to light a campsite. And Big Agnes just thought of another one.
This new two-ounce gadget offers an innovative approach to off-the-grid communication and safety. Paired with your smartphone via Bluetooth, the wiener-sized goTenna allows you to send text messages and share your location to others in your party in places where there’s no cell or WiFi service.
Speedo Nemesis Fins
In a corner of the gear world that doesn’t see much innovation, Speedo’s Nemesis Fins are an exception.
Salewa Speed Ascent
The Salewa Speed Ascents aren't the first rockered athletic shoes we've seen. Hokas and Pearl Izumi's EM series already proved the shape makes sense for running. But the Speed Ascents offer the most extreme rocker to date combined with slew of smart performance details, including a double-row lacing system that has an insane 28 loops to lock in your fit for downhilling.
Timex One GPS+
We looked at a quite a few new smart watches here at the show, but Timex’s One GPS+ is by far the most impressive.