How do you separate good gear from great gear? Six months of backpacking around the globe will do it. Our testers hiked, camped, climbed, and paddled in heat, cold, rain, snow, and wind to winnow hundreds of promising products down to a few dozen finalists. Then we took those candidates on a final shakedown on the Lycian Way in Turkey, where we spent a week backpacking along the coast and in the mountains. We hiked all day and debated all evening, culling the list even further. What's left? Eleven of the year's most innovative products.