BACKPACKER Magazine Names The 2019 Editors’ Choice Snow Award Winners

The industry’s most coveted award honors the best new gear and essentials for outdoor enthusiasts
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Boulder, Colorado, October 10, 2019 – Ten manufacturers are honored as recipients of the 2019 BACKPACKER Editors’ Choice Snow Awards, the most prestigious award in the outdoor industry, given annually to products in recognition of their outstanding innovation in design, materials, and performance in cold conditions.

The annual Editors’ Choice Snow Awards honors the products that BACKPACKER editors have chosen as the best of the year for the Fall/Winter season. With no set categories for the awards and no set number of recipients, the products and the testing process drive the award categories.

BACKPACKER Editor-In-Chief Dennis Lewon and Gear Editor Eli Bernstein formally presented the awards during the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market in Denver. This year’s winners include: the Montbell Ignis Down Jacket, Smith 4D MAG, Sweet Protection Ascender MIPS, Flylow Siren Bib, MSR Lightning Ascent, and Appalachian Gear Company All-Paca Fleece Hoodie.

The Editors’ Choice Gold Award—bestowed on products that have sustained years of best-in-class performance—goes to the Osprey Kamber 42 / Kresta 40, Exped DownMat, DPS Alchemist Wailer 100 RP / Alchemist Yvette 100 RP, and Mountain Hardwear Trango 2.

BACKPACKER gear reviews set the benchmark by which all others are measured,” Lewon says. “That’s because no other magazine or website conducts field testing as rigorously or impartially as the crew led by our Gear Editor, Eli Bernstein. Our core testers each have years of backcountry experience and expertise. Our transparent process has earned an unrivaled level of trust from readers, retailers, and manufacturers. The result? Best-in-class reviews that lead consumers to best-in-class gear.”

The BACKPACKER Editors’ Choice Awards are a seal of approval that can help put an outdoor company or product on the proverbial map. Each year at the Outdoor Retailer show, retail buyers use the awards announcements as a must-buy shopping list, knowing that their customers will be asking for these products.

The complete list of BACKPACKER’s 2019 Editors’ Choice Snow Award winners will be officially announced to the general public in the magazine’s November/December 2019 Issue, on newsstands October 15, 2019.

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