‘Best In Show’ Gear Awards (part I) From Outdoor Retailer Trade Show

Crazy Light Dynafit Boot — The Dynafit RC1 weighs an insane 500 grams per boot. For perspective, that’s not much more than some running shoes.

At more than $2,000, this super-specialized boot is only for elite ski-mountaineering racers. But it is the tip of the technological spear — the carbon-fiber boot is handmade and designed for use with an equally specialized and expensive binding. $2,150, available in specialty retailers fall 2014

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.