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.
Six Moon Designs Lunar Solo
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
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.
MSR Reactor Stove System
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