For the first time ever, BACKPACKER lets the cat out of the bag and announces its prestigious award winners a few days early, giving buyers a heads-up on what to order at #orshow. You’ll get the scoop in only one place: SNEWSnet.com. Four winners were announced Jan. 4 and four more were announced Jan. 5. Here are the final three. See you at the show!
f-stop Tilopa and Sukha Backpacking photographers have long grappled with how to schlep both their camera and hiking gear. Those days are over thanks to these well-organized, no-compromise packs. $259/$299; 4 lbs. 2 oz./ 4 lbs. 10 oz.; fstopgear.com
Columbia Featherweight Hike Long Sleeve Shirt Ounce-counter alert: This is the lightest weight, full-coverage hiking shirt to ever hit the trail. $100; 3.4 oz. (M); columbia.com
Backpacker’s Pantry Chana Masala This Indian-inspired chick pea and rice dish has the perfect amount of kick and a rich, complex bouquet of exotic spices. It's a stick-to-your-ribs meal for two that tastes like it could have come from a fancy Indian restaurant. $7.50; 8.8 oz.; backpackerspantry.com