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

Compartmentalized Camping Gear — Everything has its place in the Kelty PK 50 backpack, made for backpacking beginners looking for direction on how to stow gear in a pack (as well as experts obsessed with organization). The pack has no zippers — instead, a roll-top body and fold-out panels offer all the storage space.

It can carry 50 liters’ worth of gear. Clothing has its own compartment. So does your tent and sleeping bag. (You can put your sleeping bag in the compartment with or without a stuff sack.) There’s a rain cover, stretch exterior pockets, compression straps, and other goodies.

It sounds busy. But we thought the design was smart, especially for anyone looking to get more organized on the trail. Weight is 3lbs, 1oz. when empty. $199.95.

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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.