Editors' Choice: The Best Gear of the Past 25 Years
What is the BACKPACKER Editors' Choice Awards? It's the best gear in the world, full stop. For a quarter century, our editors and contributors have taken the most promising products hiking and camping around the world in search of the cream of the crop. On the awards' 25th anniversary, we collect their favorites.
To earn one of our annual awards, new and supposedly "best of the best" gear has to run a gauntlet unmatched in the outdoor world. No green pastures here, no warm-and-fuzzy backyard testing; we're talking about hundreds of days and nights on mountains, in the desert, and along rainforest trails.