Outside ‘Gear of Year’

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And the winners are. . . Outside magazine this week announced its twice annual “Gear of the Year” award recipients. The latest edition of the magazine, the Outside Spring/Summer Buyer’s Guide, includes 14 top picks in categories ranging from mountain biking to backpacking. Says a press release on the magazine’s testing process: “All told, our testers and editors spent several months in the field testing this year’s top sleeping bags, tents, shells, trail shoes, and packs in more than a dozen states.”

Winners: TNF Single Track, Black Diamond Infinity, Santa Cruz Blur LT Carbon SPX

Summer 2010 “Gear of the Year” Awards

  • Road Bike: Gary Fisher Cronus
  • Mountain Bike: Santa Cruz Blur LT Carbon SPX
  • Camera: Pentax W90
  • Sunglasses: Costa del Mar Fisch
  • Luggage: Osprey Sojourn 25”/60 L
  • Adventure Tech: HTC Nexus One phone
  • Road Running shoe: Scott Makani II
  • Trail Running shoe: The North Face Single Track
  • Sleeping Bags: Montbell Ultralight Super Stretch Spiral Down Hugger #1
  • Shells: Marmot Super Mica
  • Hiking shoes: Patagonia Drifter
  • Tents: REI Half Dome 2
  • Packs: Black Diamond Infinity 50
  • Boats: Emotion Comet

Congrats to all the winners! The full rundown on the award winners — as well as reviews of hundreds more pieces of gear from the Outside Spring/Summer Buyer’s Guide — will be online at Outsidemag.com on June 1rst.

—Stephen Regenold

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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.
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