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Backpacker Magazine – Online Exclusive
This year's Editors' Choice testing trip took place in Utah's Capitol Reef National Park -- a perfect testing ground for our favorite gear of the year.
Editors' Choice 2011: Marmot Plasma 15 Sleeping Bag
Maximum warmth, minimum weight
Editors' Choice 2011: SteriPEN Adventurer Opti
An ultralight water purifier that eliminates all microorganisms, leaves no aftertaste, and works fast.
Editors' Choice 2011: Kelty Salida 2 Tent
An ultralight shelter that's affordable.
Editors' Choice 2011: MontBell Alpine Light Down Parka
An 800-fill-down puffy that packs small and is under $200.
Editors' Choice 2011: Salewa Alp Trainer Mid GTX
Midweight hikers that can scramble and haul 45-pound loads.
Editors' Choice 2011: Nemo Astro Insulated Sleeping Pad
A 2.5-inch, full-length mattress that's insulated with open-cell foam.
Editors' Choice 2011: Granite Gear Blaze AC 60
A lightweight pack with best-in-class suspension for heavy loads.
Editors' Choice 2011: Rab Aurora/Boreas Pull-On Softshell Jacket
A softshell made for backpackers.