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Outside ‘Gear of the Year’ Winter 2013

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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

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.

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