The People's Vote Starts November 24th!

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Gearzy Awards on will elect best outdoor gear brandsNew feature on social networking site lets outdoor enthusiasts hail their favorite gear manufacturers and win prizes (November 21, Bowling Green, KY) – Who makes the best tent, sleeping bags or apparel? Cast your vote in the Gearzy Awards on—the first social networking website for outdoor enthusiasts. Starting November 24th, wants you to have a say by simply choosing from the slate of four nominees in eleven categories at Every voter who casts a ballot will have a chance to win prizes from Wenger, Merrell, Coghlan’s, Bridgedale, Oboz Footwear, Timex and more. The winning brands from the first-ever Gearzy Awards will be announced in January 2009. Anyone can vote in the Gearzy Awards, which will be held annually. Four nominees in each category were chosen by’s panel of gear testing bloggers, and include a wide range of companies who manufacture backpacks, tents, sleeping bags, lights, mountain bikes, climbing gear, clothing, shoes, socks, and watches. Finally, a Gear Maker of the Year will be chosen. Real-time polling will show which brands are leading throughout the Gearzy Awards. “The Gearzy Awards lets any hiker, camper, climber, or mountain biker easily shout out and express their loyalty to their top brands,” said Jason Heflin of About was launched in January 2007, and is the first online community where outdoor enthusiasts of the world can share their common passions and pool information on their adventures, trip reports, photographs, gear lists and more. The brainchild of three ‘outdoorsy’ friends, combined the founders’ love for an active, outside lifestyle with the free and powerful exchange of information that the web offers everyone.

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