Greatest Gear for 2014: ‘Best in Show’ Award Winners

Fastest Blade on Market — The switchblade-like action of the Flashback knife from SOG “opens faster than any other assisted knife available,” states a company rep. We put it to the test with three other assist-opening blades in the office and could see the subtle difference in speed.

With the initiation of a thumb flick, the Flashback’s blade rockets out from its handle and locks in place. Its glass-reinforced nylon handle has a stainless steel wrap to add rigidity when the blade is in the hand. $100.

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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.