Best of 2017: Top polls

Check out 2017's five most popular polls—and their sometimes surprising results.
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The polls are still open! We love seeing and learning from the results of our weekly poll questions. As soon as you vote, the results are magically revealed, so you know whether you’re in the minority or the majority.

These are the topics that got the most people talking this year. Cast your vote now and get the answers to all your burning questions.

Who makes the best sleeping bags?

Patagonia 850 Down Sleeping Bag

Photo: Jeff Johnson/Patagonia

Fess up: Do you use Amazon?

Outdoor Retailer Playbook curation

What waterproof/breathable technology is best?

A black Gore-Tex shell is shown with beaded water on the surface.

What outdoor brands are the best retail partners?

Outdoor Research Alpine

Who makes the best socks?

Farm to Feet wool socks

What polls do you want to see for 2018? Tweet us or send us a message on Facebook to let us know!


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Best of 2017: #CoolShop

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Poll | Who makes the best outdoor growler?

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Best of 2017: Top political stories

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Best of 2017: Most shared on Facebook

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Poll | Do you feel women and men are treated equally in the outdoor industry?

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Best of 2017: New outdoor shops

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Who makes the best baselayers?

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Poll | Who makes the best sunglasses?

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