Each of the categories has some interesting choices, with most of them focusing on outdoor equipment, although the “Connect” category is more about tech toys, like the Sony Bravia KLV-40ZX1M, a $4000 flat panel OLED television set that is just .38 inches thick.
Most everything else is a bit more affordable, and certainly more useful in our active outdoor endeavors. REI‘s eVent line of jackets makes this list, as it has others, and Inov-8‘s x-talon 212 trail running shoes are both top picks in the “Wear” category. The Jetboil Helio’s 2 cooking system appears, along with the Garmin Oregon 400T under the “Explore” heading, along with a number of other cool items.
It interesting to see some of these picks show up on multiple lists, from the hardcore outdoor sites to the more mainstream media. That’s usually a sign of a great product, when it not only appears on multiple “Best of” lists, but also across a wide variety of websites, magazines, and other media outlets. I think it’s pretty safe to say that REI and Helios have winners on their hands with their respective products.
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