Outside 'Gear of the Year' 2012

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.

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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

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Eddie Bauer pack, REI sleeping bag, OR jacket — all winners

TRAIL-RUNNING SHOES: Montrail Rogue Fly

CAMERA: Canon PowerShot G1X

LUGGAGE: Tumi Ducati Due Porte

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Specialized Stumpjumper

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.

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