New Year Giveaway! Welcome 2013 with outdoor gear

Update 01/04/13: Thanks to all who participated in our “New Year Giveaway” contest. The winner, James Demetriou, gets our chosen “Top Gear of 2012” product, the electricity-producing PowerPot camp pot. Said Demetriou in his post:

“As a professional river guide, I look for new gear to make my customers’ experience just that much better. Anything to boost moral on a dreary night during a two-week float trip is great. As a guide, it is my responsibility to cook and provide sustenance to my customers and make them feel as comfortable as possible. The last few nights of a two-week trip can be rough. I would have to say the PowerPot cook pot would get my vote for the best gear on this list and what I want most for my clients on the river.”

Congrats to James, and thanks to all who entered!


In celebration of a new year we’re giving away one of our “Top Gear of 2012” products. To enter: Click to the article here, and in the comments area tell us which piece of gear from the list you like the most, and why. It’s that easy.

We will give away one of these items above (it’s a surprise!) later this week for the best, most honest, and most creative answer.

Click here to add your comment. Go!

Posted by Joseph Dunleavy - 12/31/2012 02:27 PM

New Year Giveaway! Welcome 2013 with outdoor gear

Posted by Carol Lawman - 12/31/2012 02:33 PM

Winter Bike boots…With warm feet you can go anywhere, do anything!!

Posted by rebecca - 12/31/2012 02:36 PM

I need not want the phone cause I have a $19.99 Tracphone and my daughter wont stop clowning me.

Posted by Mike Dorio - 12/31/2012 02:47 PM

The powerpot because of the redundancy. You can cook with it, and also use it as a source of electricity.

Posted by john Crull - 12/31/2012 02:48 PM

I like the Biolyte

Posted by Andrew Thompson - 12/31/2012 02:51 PM

All of it! I can use all of it!

Posted by Hyo - 12/31/2012 03:02 PM

The über cool salomons makes sense when I’m going to run the über cool mt. Everest marathon on 29.05.2013

Posted by Jeff - 12/31/2012 03:06 PM

I NEED the PETZL NOA headlamp. I use and, (ahem) hoard headlamps and flashlights like they are going out of style. This one is so awesome, that it is on my needs list!

Posted by Nicholas Serre - 12/31/2012 03:13 PM

Ever since the Salomon S-Lab Sense trail shoes were released I have been salivating over the possibility of getting a pair. Too bad, I am too frugal (i.e. cheap) to buy a pair. But then again, spoiling my 2 year old daughter is more worth it. Maybe I could get the hook up.

Posted by Anthony Geo - 12/31/2012 03:32 PM

I would love the biolite camp stove for the simple fact I like to camp and blog from my campsite. This would be a perfect addition to my camping gear especially when I use up my iPhone battery tracking my hiking and taking photos for my blog.

Posted by Terri McMillan - 12/31/2012 03:44 PM

The Neo Headlight to see my way to a Happy New Year!

Posted by Michael Boehnlein - 12/31/2012 03:56 PM

Revolutionary Bike Lights so I can safely ride at night here in suburbia. Have you ridden in Apple Valley? It’s a Starbucks soccer Mom SUV driving nightmare.

Posted by Woodcocks - 12/31/2012 04:30 PM

We’ll take anything we can get because we have been adventure racing on a budget for years. We could even use some extra duct tape if you have any laying around.

Posted by Skip Riley - 12/31/2012 04:44 PM

The winter Bike Boots are very needed.. Back in 97 our area flooded and as a firefighter I was called in to rescue people from their homes.I was in water for 45 minutes with short boots. My feet frooze to the point I had to be rushed to the ER for treatment. I have had issues with them ever since when it gets cold out. I could really use these boots!!

Posted by Jay W. - 12/31/2012 06:06 PM

I’d most like the Salomons as i messed up my feet recently, had to ditch all of my tech shoes, and have no where near replaced them all.

But i vote for four Skip, because i think he deserves them more.

Happy new year!

Posted by Dustin Smith - 12/31/2012 06:51 PM

I’d love the Petzl Nao headlamp. It would be a great asset for my Rainier climb later this year and would be just as useful on the AT here in Maryland. Great piece of gear.

Posted by Daryl - 12/31/2012 07:41 PM

I would lovee the Mountain Hardwear Quasar. Living in the mountains, I run in the rain, sleet, and snow frequently, and I’m tired of watching the sweat puddles drain out of the sleeves of my non-breathable, basic rain jacket!

Posted by Ben - 12/31/2012 08:57 PM

The power producing cook units. Very innovative item that solves a major problem for many different demographics.

Posted by Dave Mitchell - 01/01/2013 08:57 AM

If I had to pick I’d say the bike boots. When I was younger I’d bike all winter but now I’m a bit of a pussy. I’m also a bit of a cheapskate (would rather spend money on destinations) so I would never see myself spending $325 for a pair

Posted by Paul Dlug - 01/01/2013 09:20 AM

Salomon Sense so I can run free like Killian.

Posted by Bon - 01/01/2013 10:45 AM

I would love the Wolvehammers. After surviving one of the most rare diseases- Lemierre’s Syndrome, I have been celebrating life by biking, encouraging others and loving my family even deeper. Every ride I take is more precious to me than ever before. I would like to keep biking through the winter but am having a hard time keeping my hands and feet warm, as the disease destroyed much of my body and it’s tough to keep extremities cozy warm. These would help a lot.

Posted by Sherri Pettit - 01/01/2013 10:52 AM

I really like the Boots & Radio. Traveling, Hunting, Hiking, Fishing, we spend lots of time outdoors and could really use either item. Thank you!

Posted by Scott - 01/01/2013 10:53 AM

Agree, Skip needs the boots… Put me in line for the BioLite…

Posted by Robert - 01/01/2013 11:01 AM

I like the petzl headlamp quite a bit.

Posted by Davin Jaggard - 01/01/2013 11:35 AM

I am really rough on my gear. The phone case might help me. I have yet to find one that actually helps protect a phone. Maybe your case is all cover and no protect?

Posted by Gonzalo - 01/01/2013 11:56 AM

I´d take the Salomon Sense trail shoes ! I´m training to run Transalpine Run 2014 and those are by far the best shoes on the market !

Posted by John - 01/01/2013 12:40 PM

The platypus. Because I’m sick of pumping for water.

Posted by Darcy Stanyer - 01/01/2013 01:11 PM

On a solo mtn trip last summer I found out how important water is in a dry summer. Hiking in a range in northern B. C. That is hardly visited by humans and few running creeks . I had to drink out of 2 tannin filled ,black water swamps that were surrounded by grizzly and moose tracks. I was so thankful that I had brought my platypus filter system.
One of these spots had no place decent enough to camp so I utilized the full capacity of these filters and packed this water another half mile to a spot I could bivy for the night. This area was so dry I could not light a fire because of the fire risk, so I pulled out my next best tool ! That right ; the biolite wood stove which allowed me to have a hot meal followed by some great tasting Chai Tea. Clean water is just so important to a successful hiking trip , try surviving without it !

Posted by Jack - 01/01/2013 01:55 PM

I bought a Lifeproof case at the beginning of the year and it has done an amazing job of protecting my phone through winter camping, white water paddling, backpacking, and a lot of traveling. It was a fantastic investment, good customer service, and just looks awesome.

Posted by Paul - 01/01/2013 04:59 PM

I would have to go with the Revolights. As a medical resident, I work long hours and come home at odd hours. Living in a large city that is not the most bike-friendly, these lights would be a God-send in terms of increasing the amount of visibility for myself at the wee hours. As a biker, you can only do so much in terms of safety, with the rest relying on whoever is driving towards you. Increasing the amount of visibility is so key to avoid a trip to the ER. I’ve seen too many people, both young and old, who have been victims of bicycle accidents and I can only hope that I won’t be one of those statistics. So safe biking everyone and always be sure to wear a helmet and be as visible as you can!

Posted by Darren - 01/01/2013 07:05 PM

I have had my eye on the Platypus filtration system for use as a group water source. Would love to grab one.

Posted by Stephanie o - 01/01/2013 10:12 PM

I really like the Bio-Lite stove and crock.

Posted by Robinson Neidhardt - 01/02/2013 07:23 AM

I would love the trail running shoes – after finding out that minimalist shoes & Sharp Rock = No Running.. I’d rather not repeat the lesson!

Posted by Bob C - 01/02/2013 09:32 AM

The winter boots would be great. I’d love to have something like that.

Posted by maureen - 01/02/2013 09:55 AM

The shell jacket.
It is light and I would be able to take off easy when hot.

Posted by Jason Goray - 01/02/2013 10:47 AM

Its a really tough choice. The LifeProof cases seem great for my lifestyle except they don’t make one for a Samsung S3. As a year round Minnesota cyclist, the 45NRTH boots are beautifully tempting as are the Revolights (I saw a set on the U of M campus a couple weeks ago and they are very noticeable)

However, given my conflicting loves of technology and getting into the woods as well as having caught the “be prepared for the zombie apocolypse” bug, I’d have to say the BioLight stove is one of the more compelling products I’ve seen in a long, long time.

Posted by Nabhan - 01/02/2013 11:34 AM

Petzl NAO. Because ever since watching ‘The Grey’, I’ve been terrified of being overrun in the dark by a pack of voracious, man-eating wolves.

Posted by Noel - 01/02/2013 02:38 PM

I think the Revolutionary Bike Lights is the most innovative gear that’s on the list. I believe it adds safety and it’s minimalist as it is part of the bike.

Posted by Bob - 01/02/2013 04:44 PM

I would have to say the Revolights are tops. They have a cool spacey look to them but are also extremely practical. There are tons of cycling lights on the market and some are great but do not offer what Revolights can. People can see you and want to see you with these lights and that is the point. You are much safer if people actually are staring at you rather than ignoring you but typically safety hasn’t been this cool as well. Seeing how they did on Kickstarter a while back was amazing and they deserve to be over funded because they brought something cool and new to the market. Plus even hipsters can be safe now ; )

Posted by Tim - 01/02/2013 05:19 PM

The NAO Headlamp for my adventure racing endeavors so I can take on the likes of Team Gear Junkie. Watch out or Lights out!

Posted by Nick - 01/03/2013 06:47 AM

I like the BioLite and this is why:
all you have to do is fill it with wood that’s dry.

Posted by - 01/03/2013 08:02 AM

The BioLite. We have come a long way from rubbing two sticks together for warmth…

Posted by John Hazlett - 01/03/2013 12:22 PM

Keen edged and helpful / Gerber Venture in my hand / Tonight we have squirrel

Posted by Rob B - 01/04/2013 08:38 AM

I want to get my hands on that MH shell……that looks sweet!!!!

Posted by Sue Luck - 01/04/2013 12:10 PM

I would love the Salomon Sense trail running shoes! It would be a perfect fit to train in and run all of the Spartan Races this year!

Posted by Steve T - 01/08/2013 04:57 PM

Bombproof iphone case. My iphones always take a beating when outdoors/climbing! Underwater photos/filming too!

Posted by Kim T - 01/10/2013 06:30 PM

The Platypus Gravity works filter!
Because Water is always number one on my Hiking list.

Posted by Bon - 01/12/2013 09:40 AM

Who won?

Posted by Editor - 01/13/2013 07:01 PM

Winner announced at top of this post under “update.”

Posted by Rick Nutt Jr. - 01/14/2013 09:18 PM

My wife and I spend a lot of time camping throughout the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Often times, our proximity to Lake Superior makes for rapid weather changes and cold North wind, even in Summer. The best product on the list for us is the Quasar shell-jacket. Anything that keeps my wife comfortable and keeps us out longer gets my vote. Rick Nutt Jr.

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