Meet the four lucky readers -- two guys and two gals -- who will scouring the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market for the greatest (and weirdest) new gear!
Backpacker Editor Dennis Lewon prefers solid design over shaving weight.
Elisabeth has been testing gear since she was a BACKPACKER intern.
As excited as she gets about new gear, Climbing's Gear Editor knows that the best gear is the items that she comes back to again and again.
BACKPACKER's former Editor-in-Chief says that his best tester quality is his clumsiness.
When it comes to gear, Jackie believes in comfort.
Bob has been testing gear for 50 years.
Nancy believes you get what you pay for.
When it comes to gear, tester Allison believes in open-mindedness and innovation - just don't forget about designing gear for the ladies.
William feels an obligation to share the outdoors with others, and good gear is how you get them there.
Tanner likes to think of himself as a tester and guinea pig for real-world accidents.
If you're looking for experience in the outdoors, Steve Howe is your man.
When it comes to gear, Shelby believes in weight, comfort, and function.
Molly believes in ditching the frills, shaving weight, and giving gear a real beating.
Tester Merrill believes in quality, well-built gear that won't fail on you when it counts.
Tester Kelly has tough standards, and it takes a lot to convince her that something new can replace what she already has.
President of Dartmouth's Outing Club, Gerben considers the practicality of gear and has a soft spot for the tall folks.
A long-time tester, Dan is tough as nails and scrupulous with gear.
Tester Cameron is as meticulous as they come.
Becca is president of the Hiking Club at the University of Colorado - Boulder.
Southwest Editor Annette has been testing gear since 1990. She is on the trail every day.
BACKPACKER's fearless gear editor since 1994, few (if any) know outdoor gear like Kristin Hostetter.