First Look: More BACKPACKER’s Editors’ Choice Awards


For the first time ever, BACKPACKER has let the cat out of the bag, announcing its prestigious award winners a few days early to give buyers a heads-up on what to order at #orshow. You’ll get the scoop in only one place:

Four winners were announced on Jan. 4. Check back on Jan. 6 as we unveil three more. See you at the show!

Mystery Ranch Sphinx & Mystic

If you’ve got monster loads to haul and no time for the pain, this 65-liter workhorse is the pack for you. $299; 5 lbs. 4 oz.;

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Photo credit: Andrew Bydlon

Stanley Adventure SS Shot Glass Set

No more passing the germy flask around the campfire like a bunch of bums. Sip in style (and make sure everyone gets their fair share) with this simple, elegant 4-pack of snifters. $20; 8.8 oz.;

 Photo credit: Will Rochfort

Photo credit: Will Rochfort

Vasque Skywalk GTX

After a 16 year haitus, this legendary, ultrarugged backpacking boot is back, and better than ever. $199; 3 lbs. 5 oz. (m’s 9);

 Photo credit: Jon Mancuso

Photo credit: Jon Mancuso

Mountain Hardwear AP Pant

After countless miles and a blur of nights at the pub, we’ve found the best trail-to-town pants money can buy. $90; 7.2 oz. (m’s M);

 Photo credit: Andrew Bydlon

Photo credit: Andrew Bydlon


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First Look: The new S'17 CamelBak line

In anticipation of the fast-approaching Summer Outdoor Retailer show, SNEWS got a sneak peek behind the curtains at CamelBak headquarters in Petaluma, Calif., which houses the innovation lab behind the brand’s Got Your Bak guarantee. CamelBak began down in Texas, in 1989. As more


Introducing BACKPACKER's new gear editor

With Kristin Hostetter taking over responsibility for SNEWS and Outdoor Retailer Daily, many people have been asking the obvious question: Who is the next gear editor of BACKPACKER? Scott Yorko is taking the reins from Hostetter starting Jan. 4, just in time for OR. Some of you more