The twice-annual “Gear of the Year” awards were announced by Outside magazine this week. Unveiled in the publication’s Spring/Summer 2012 Buyer’s Guide, the best-of-the-best list is culled from “several months of torture-testing the latest crop of rugged cameras, tents, shells, boats, packs, and just about every other piece of gear you need to play outdoors this summer.” Here is the full list, the 2012 “Gear of the Year” award-winning products.
TENT: Easton Kilo 3
SHELL: Outdoor Research Axiom
SLEEPING BAG: REI Igneo
BACKPACK: Eddie Bauer First Ascent Alchemist 40L
TRAIL SHOES: Danner Crater Rim
ROAD–RUNNING SHOES: New Balance Minimus Zero Road
TRAIL–RUNNING SHOES: Montrail Rogue Fly
CAMERA: Canon PowerShot G1X
LUGGAGE: Tumi Ducati Due Porte
SUNGLASSES: Oakley Radarlock
MOUNTAIN BIKE: Specialized Stumpjumper Expert FSR Carbon 29er
ROAD BIKE: Blue AC1
BOAT: Sterling Reflection
STAND-UP PADDLEBOARD: Pau Hana Crossfit
—The Spring/Summer 2012 Outside Buyer’s Guide goes on sale May 1.