Testers took hundreds of products from the peaks of the Tetons and the Alps to the deserts of Utah and Jordan, and found that after almost a year of testing, this gear was worthy of the prestigious Editors' Choice Award.
The Send Shoe
Review: La Sportiva Skwama
“These shoes are sort of the paradox of the high-end shoe world: elite performance but comfortable to wear; easy to get on in a slipper design, stiff for toeing-in but soft and sensitive for smearing.” Read the full review.
Best for Belay Safety
Review: Wild Country Revo
“This became my go-to belay device the very first time I used it,” said one tester. “After several months with it, I can’t imagine going back to the complicated techniques required by the devices I’d been using before.” Read the full review.
The Complete Package
Review: Patagonia High Alpine Kit
“I did more alpine climbing in a month of wearing these than in the last year,” one tester said after trying them out in the French Alps, Tetons, and Colorado Rockies. “That’s because I could go out in any conditions, from subzero and snowing to sunny and 40°F, and feel completely comfortable.” Read the full review.
The Super-Tech Summit Pack
The Best Instant Coffee Ever
Review: Alpine Start Coffee
“I like my fancy coffee drinks, so I mix it with milk and a dash of agave, shake it up, and boom—an iced latte that only cost me a dollar, took 60 seconds to make, and tastes better than the coffee shop down the street.” Read the full review.
The Best All-Around Baselayer
Review: Metolius Belay Slave Glove
“My hands-down favorite belay gloves that I give two thumbs-up. They’re durable, ergonomic, comfortable, breathable, and all I had to do was make coffee at home for a week to afford them.” Read the full review.
A More-Perfect Hauler
Review: The North Face Cinder 40
“I thought I had the perfect pack with the original Cinder, then designers went and made it even better thanks to a new fabric with more water resistance, a tapered shape that’s easier to carry, and a better top-loading design.” Read the full review.