Outside 'Gear of the Year' Winter 2013

And the winners are. . . Outside magazine has announced its winter 2013 “Gear of the Year” awards, a primo kit of cold-weather equipment recommendations featured in the magazine’s Winter Buyer’s Guide issue, online and on newsstands this month.

Outside recruits dozens of testers and gear writers to cull the list, which includes eight categories of equipment, from jackets and packs to snowboards. The best product from each category wins a “Gear of the Year” nod for its innovation and design.


This year, GearJunkie was contracted to head up one section of Outside’s guide, “Multi-Use Jackets,” for which the La Sportiva Storm Fighter GTX won Gear of the Year. (The full article is here: “The 7 Best Multi-Use Jackets of 2013.”)

Congrats to all the GOY-winning brands. Here’s the full list of this winter’s “Gear of the Year” awardees:

> Alpine Ski: Dynastar Cham 97

> Resort Jacket: Arc’Teryx Modon

> Snowboard: Never Summer Proto CT/CTX

> Backcountry Ski: K2 Backdrop

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Page from the magazine: Salomon Snowcross grabs some brass

> Snowshoe: Atlas Race

> Winter Running Shoe: Salomon Snowcross CS

> Multi-Use Jacket: La Sportiva Storm Fighter GTX

> Backpack: Arc’Teryx Quintic 38

—The full rundown on the award winners — as well as reviews of hundreds more pieces of gear from the Outside Winter Buyer’s Guide — is online at OutsideMag.com this month.

Posted by Uncle Tom - 11/13/2012 06:40 PM

Arc’teryx gear is very nicely presented, but one of your past award winners, the Altra 65 backpack had waist belt issues, and premature wear that was replaced under warranty. I had to wait 5 months for a replacement, and they now talk about a possible Customs’ fee for returns coming from the US ( They are Vancouver, CA). Just sayin’.

Posted by Maria Davis - 11/16/2012 08:51 AM

And I can’t stop singing “All I want for Christmas is you” because I will get one of these gear a leak or by any means for my husband Christmas gift. Why on the world he put this on his Christmas list?! Oh well…

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