Editors' Choice Awards 2019: The Best Gear of the Year
For five months, we crisscrossed continents, climates, and comfort zones to put the newest outdoor products to the ultimate hiker’s test. A final, weeklong gauntlet in the Pyrenees Mountains, in Spain’s Catalonia region, was the finishing touch: By its end, we had elected these 12 winners of this year’s Editors’ Choice Awards.
Editors' Choice Awards
These eight new products represent the best, most innovative backpacking gear on the market right now. From a multitool fork to an affordable ultralight tent, this is the best equipment we used all year.
Boutique ultralight usually costs a mint—and for good reason. Shaving ounces gets harder and harder the lighter you go. So it’s with great pleasure that we discovered the Lunar Solo, which uses workaday materials and a clever-but-not-too-clever pitch with a trekking pole—and still has more floor space than pretty much all other tents in its class. Read the Full Review / Buy Six Moon Designs Lunar Solo Now
Whatever gets food from bowl to mouth will do, right? Not so fast. The 7.6-inch-long, aluminum Devour changed our minds for two reasons: 1) It gets the utensil out of the dirt when you lay it down, and 2) it has multitool features for virtually no extra weight or bulk. Read the Full Review / Buy Gerber Devour Multi-Fork Now
If you’re ruthless about cutting weight, you’ll like the Hyperion. It’s one of the lightest models in this temp category, thanks to a narrow, heat-saving shape (shoulder circumference is 57 inches), a half-length zipper, and 900-fill goose down. It packs down to the size of a honeydew and kept us warm on an 18°F night in the Pyrenees. Read the Full Review / Buy Therm-a-Rest Hyperion 20°F Now
OK, let’s get one thing out of the way: These shades look funky. We don’t deny it. But get past the fact that they lack temples and you just might realize you prefer them that way. Ombraz eliminates sidearms, attaching the frame directly to a woven-polyester cord that you cinch around your head. Read the Full Review / Buy Ombraz Sunglasses
Editors' Choice Green Awards
These two products are pushing the limits of sustainability.
Editors' Choice Gold Awards
Newer isn't always better: This classic gear still holds up.
For simple, small-group meals, the Reactor is the best stove on the market, period, and has been since it debuted in 2007. That’s because it’s faster than the competition—it boils 1 liter of water in 2.5 minutes—and fuel-efficient enough to put those almost-empty canisters back in play. Read the Full Review / Buy MSR Reactor Stove System Now