Outdoor Gear in Pop Sci ‘Best of What’s New’ Awards

For the fourth year in a row, GearJunkie has collaborated with the editors of Popular Science magazine in a quest to find the “Best of What’s New” from a universe of inventions.

That’s the name of the annual article and awards, now in its 25th year, which looks at a year’s worth of inventions and adorns 100 of them with the “BOWN” crown.

GearJunkie consulted with the magazine to pick the best products for the Recreation category. Here’s the full list.

Popular Science’s ‘Best of What’s New’ 2012
1. Power Stove: BioLite CampStove

2. Gear Protector: HeadsUp Systems Wireless Gear Alert System

3. Virtual Coach: Pear Square One

Petzl headlamp: Turns down (or up) the brightness automatically

4. Auto-Adjust Headlamp: Petzl NAO

5. Neo Bird Feeder: Wingscapes AutoFeeder

6. Better Club: TaylorMade RBZ Fairway Woods

Cast a 300-foot scanning circle to track fish

7. Fish Imaging: Humminbird 360 Imaging

8. New-School Goose Down: Sierra Designs DriDown

—Popular Science’s full “Best of What’s New” issue is online here and in print on newsstands now.

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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.