Outside's 2013 Gear of the Year

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...
(Inga Hendrickson)

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

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

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(Inga Hendrickson)


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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gregory border 35 luggage bag camping
(Inga Hendrickson)


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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(Inga Hendrickson)


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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rab maverick hard shell jackets
(Inga Hendrickson)


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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(Inga Hendrickson)


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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(Inga Hendrickson)


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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(Inga Hendrickson)


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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(Inga Hendrickson)


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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(Inga Hendrickson)


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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(Inga Hendrickson)


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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(Inga Hendrickson)


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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niner rip9 rdo mountain bike
(Inga Hendrickson)


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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(Inga Hendrickson)


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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trek domain 6.2 mountain bike
(Inga Hendrickson)

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