Best Gear In 2014… Outdoor Retailer ‘Best In Show’ Awards (part II)

‘Performance Dress’ — Our reporter Chelsey Magness loved this multifunctional, genre-bending piece of outerwear. “It is a fashionable, cute, sophisticated, and outdoorsy piece all in one,” she said.

Nau makes the Tech-Nique Dress out of a softshell fabric most often found on jackets. It is designed for hiking, biking, and light outdoor activities.

The company uses a DWR-coated recycled polyester for weather protection. The dress has a sleek, modern look like most all Nau products with its “tech” features hidden in a design that can pass inspection at work, school, or any semiformal gathering. $200; available in August

—Editors and reporters Stephen Regenold, Sean McCoy, Jason Magness, Chelsey Magness, Sam Salwei, Yoon Kim, Patrick Murphy, and Amy Oberbroeckling contributed to this report. See part I of our “Best In Show” awards here.

Stephen Regenold

Stephen Regenold is Founder of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of five, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.