Editors' Choice 2012

From a smart-and-light pack to a groundbreaking backcountry communicator, here are the 12 products that passed the ultimate gear challenge.
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MSR WhisperLite Universal

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Sawyer Squeeze Water Filter

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Salomon Synapse Mid

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Snow Peak SnowMiner

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Feathered Friends Spoonbill

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inReach by DeLorme

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L.L. Bean Microlight FS 2

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Hungry Hikers Murray's Hurried Curry

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Kühl Liberator

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Boreas Buttermilks 55 & Lost Coast 60

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Gold Awards: Kahtoola MICROspikes

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Gold Awards: Lodge Cast Iron Camp Dutch Ovens

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2011 Editors' Choice Winners


  • TrekSta Evolution Mid GTX Hiking Boot

  • Rab Boreas/Aurora Pull-On Softshell Jacket

  • SteriPEN Adventurer Opti

  • Nemo Astro Insulated Sleeping Pad and Pillowtop

  • Marmot Plasma 15 and 30 Sleeping Bags

  • Kelty Salida 2 Tent

  • Salewa Alp Trainer Mid

  • Granite Gear Blaze AC 60

  • MontBell Alpine Light Down Parka

  • DeLorme Earthmate PN-60w with SPOT Satellite Communicator

  • Big Agnes Copper Spur UL4 Tent

  • Black Diamond Ultra Distance Z-Poles

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  • The North Face Venture Jacket

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  • Icebreaker Hopper T

  • Almost Editors' Choice

2010 Editors' Choice Winners

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2009 Editors' Choice Winners

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