National Geographic 'Gear of the Year'

It’s “Gear of the Year” time in the glossy outdoor magazine world, with Outside releasing its top picks earlier this week and today National Geographic Adventure (which is no longer a print publication, only a website) offering 27 fall/winter gear picks in a story written by Steve Casimiro, a longtime editor with the publication. Touted as “the very best in outdoor gear, apparel, and technology,” NG Adventure’s gear preferences skew ultra-light, classy, and battery-enabled (about one-third are electronics). Congrats to the winners. Here’s the full spread.

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> Sunglasses: Oakley Fast Jacket

> Jacket: North Face Jammu

> Lightweight Shell: Mammut Felsturm Jacket

> Insulated Jacket: Eddie Bauer Emperor

> Retro-Style Camera: Fujifilm X100

> Rugged Point-and-Shoot: Nikon Coolpix AW100

> High-End Point-and-Shoot: Olympus E-P3

> Sleeping Bag: Sierra Designs Pyro 15

> GPS Watch: Timex Global Trainer

> Classic Watch: Victorinox Swiss Army Original Timepiece

> GPS Device: DeLorme InReach

> Phone: Casio Commander

> Boots: Danner Mountain Light

> Heated Handwear: Columbia Bugaglove Glove

> Snowboard: Arbor Element RX

> Ski: Salomon Rocker2

> Ski Boot: Scarpa Alien 1.0

> Bindings: Dynafit TLT Radical FT

> Headlamp: Light & Motion Solite 150

> Avalanche Backpack: Mammut Ride Airbag

> Bivy Sack: Adventure Medical Kits Escape Bivvy

> Mountain Bike: Santa Cruz Tallboy

> Pants: Levi’s Commuter Series Jeans

> Bike Shoes: DZR District Sneaker

> Bike Lock: Hiplok Bicycle Lock

> Roof Racks: Thule AeroBlade and Yakima Whispbar

> Wetsuit: Billabong V1

—See National Geographic Adventures’ full “Gear of the Year” article for fall/winter 2011 online here.

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