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National Geographic ‘Gear of the Year’

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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.

> 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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