Top 10 Gear of the Year from The Gear Junkie

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Everyone’s favorite gear pundit, The Gear Junkie, has gotten in on the end of the year list making action that has been so popular over the past few weeks. This time he’s offering up his Top 10 Gear of the Year Awards for 2007. As you would expect, the list has some unique and interesting items on it.

For example, the Gear Junkie is high on the S-Lab XA Pro 3 running shoes from Salomon. They make the list at number 10 and are lauded for their light weight, comfortable style that allows the wear to keep their feet dry, thanks and clean, thanks to an integrated gaiter. The Big Agness Dream Island sleeping bag comes in at number 8 thanks to it’s comfort, ability to be paired easily with an air mattress, and the fact that it comes in a model for two! Other items include snow shoes from Kahtoola, a kick-ass, but affordable road bike from Kona, and a great backpack for adventure racers from Inov-8.

If you’re a regular reader of the gear junkies column, the number one gear item on the list will be of no surprise to you. Claiming that spot this year is the Newton Gravity Running Shoes, which Stephen has been high on since he first tried them out. He uses them in his daily runs and for marathons, and loves the stability and traction they provide in all conditions thanks to the “actuators” that are integrated into the soles.

Great stuff. And more gear to lust over in our post-holiday haze. Good thing I got some gift cards for REI from Santa! 🙂

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