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Backpacker Editors’ Choice 2008

The year's best packs, boots, tents, jackets, and sleeping bags. Period. Plus, a never-die headlamp, a life-saving beacon, a back-saving ultralight chair, and more innovative, trail-tested gear.
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If you see it here, it has passed a grueling test. All year long, we’ve been testing gear on trips from the canyons of Capitol Reef to the heights of the Himalayas. After narrowing the field to 25 potential winners, nine editors descended on Colorado’s Great Sand Dunes National Park and Sangre de Cristo Range in November. Frigid temperatures, long miles, and tent-crushing winds narrowed the field even further, and a week later we emerged with a consensus: 14 Editors’ Choice winners, plus one Gold Award for a timeless performer and two Green Awards for products on the leading edge of sustainability. And the winners are…

EDITORS’ CHOICE AWARD WINNERS
REI Quarter Dome T3 Tent
Big Agnes Copper Spur UL3
GoLite Adrenaline Bags
Spot Satellite Messenger
Gregory Baltoro Backpack
Everlite EL-8 Solar Headlamp
GSI Outdoors Dualist
Rab Latok Alpine Jacket
Westcomb Specter LT Hoody
Scarpa Kailash GTX Boot
Mammut Lucido TX1
Big Agnes Cyclone SL Chair Kit
MSR HyperFlow Water Purifier
Nite Ize S-Biner

EDITORS CHOICE GREEN AWARDS
Marmot DriClime Catalyst Jacket
Mountainsmith Phoenix

EDITORS CHOICE GOLD AWARD
Marmot Ultralight Down Bags

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