Here’s a short list of some of those gorgeous, vibrant natural forces that could easily provide you with a premature arrival at the end of the trail -- and that make it so exciting to get way off the grid for awhile.
We introduced this accolade over the winter and again, the key here is authenticity. This gear got used. Battered in fact. The philosophy behind how we chose the winners was simple: We asked our top contributors—who, we are proud to admit, spend far more time hiking, backpacking, biking, climbing, paddling, etc. than they do “working”—What gear can’t you live without?