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Gear testing

Meet the 2013 BACKPACKER Reader Reporter Team

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!

Meet the Gear Testers: Dennis Lewon

Backpacker Editor Dennis Lewon prefers solid design over shaving weight.

Meet the Gear Testers: Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan

Elisabeth has been testing gear since she was a BACKPACKER intern.

Meet the Gear Testers: Julie Ellison

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.

Meet the Gear Testers: Jon Dorn

BACKPACKER's former Editor-in-Chief says that his best tester quality is his clumsiness.

Meet the Gear Testers: Jackie McCaffrey

When it comes to gear, Jackie believes in comfort.

Meet the Gear Testers

Meet the Gear Testers: Bob Woodward

Bob has been testing gear for 50 years.

Meet the Gear Testers: Nancy Prichard Bouchard

Nancy believes you get what you pay for.

Meet the Gear Testers: Allison Woods

When it comes to gear, tester Allison believes in open-mindedness and innovation - just don't forget about designing gear for the ladies.

Meet the Gear Testers: William Rochfort

William feels an obligation to share the outdoors with others, and good gear is how you get them there.

Meet the Gear Testers: Tanner Jackson

Tanner likes to think of himself as a tester and guinea pig for real-world accidents.

Meet the Gear Testers: Steve Howe

If you're looking for experience in the outdoors, Steve Howe is your man.

Meet the Gear Testers: Shelby Carpenter

When it comes to gear, Shelby believes in weight, comfort, and function.

Meet the Gear Testers: Molly Loomis

Molly believes in ditching the frills, shaving weight, and giving gear a real beating.

Meet the Gear Testers: Merrill McCauley

Tester Merrill believes in quality, well-built gear that won't fail on you when it counts.

Meet the Gear Testers: Kelly Bastone

Tester Kelly has tough standards, and it takes a lot to convince her that something new can replace what she already has.

Meet the Gear Testers: Gerben Sherpbier

President of Dartmouth's Outing Club, Gerben considers the practicality of gear and has a soft spot for the tall folks.

Meet the Gear Testers: Dan Nelson

A long-time tester, Dan is tough as nails and scrupulous with gear.

Meet the Gear Testers: Cameron Martindell

Tester Cameron is as meticulous as they come.

Meet the Gear Testers: Becca Stubbs

Becca is president of the Hiking Club at the University of Colorado - Boulder.

Meet the Gear Testers: Annette McGivney

Southwest Editor Annette has been testing gear since 1990. She is on the trail every day.

Meet the Gear Testers: Kristin Hostetter

BACKPACKER's fearless gear editor since 1994, few (if any) know outdoor gear like Kristin Hostetter.

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