After thousands of hours of testing in remote regions spanning the Colorado Rockies to the Spanish Pyrenees, a handful products earn coveted Backpacker gear tester recognition.

GoLite ReGreen Windshell, recently recognized with an Outdoor Industry Innovation Award for sustainability, was honored further with a coveted Backpacker Editors’ Choice Green Award.

For a quarter century, Backpacker editors and contributors have taken the most promising products hiking and camping around the world in search of the cream of the crop. Backpacker teams log thousands of hours of testing through extreme conditions in remote corners of the globe to uncover the few pieces of gear that outshine the rest to earn an Editors’ Choice Award.

“Backpacker gives out Editors’ Choice awards every year, but there are no set categories,” explains Eli Bernstein, Associate Gear Editor. “This means that we don’t have to give an award to a sleeping bag, or a tent, or a wind shell every year; a product truly has to earn our admiration for us to honor it. Green awards are how we designate products that are especially environmentally friendly, which the GoLite ReGreen most certainly is.”

The GoLite ReGreen Windshell was developed in collaboration with the Da.Ai Taiwan’s first non-profit company dedicated to producing eco-friendly products and one of the world’s first non-profit companies which donates 100% of their net proceeds to charity. GoLite’s ReGreen Windshell leverages 100% recycled polyester made from Da.Ai certified green bottles to create GoLite’s signature ReGreen fabric. Using the green bottles eliminates the need for dying, further reducing the ecological footprint. Additionally, colored plastic bottles are less desirable and often go unrecycled into landfills. By making the fabric from recycled bottles GoLite saves over 50% of the energy normally required to make the fabric. By not dying the fabric, they further reduce water consumption by up to 80%. GoLite’s ReGreen will be available as of March 2019 via specialty outdoor retailers and online at golite.com

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GoLite’s earth-friendly apparel designs merge outdoor performance with athletic functionality for active exploration. Foundational brand pillars include the GoAid humanitarian and GoResponsibly environmental initiatives to do good, while minimizing environmental impact. GoLite GoAid collaborations with leading relief organizations consist of uniform and micro-enterprise programs that empower and protect local communities across the globe. Carefully chosen factory and mill partnerships ensure that products are manufactured in fair, safe, and non-discriminatory facilities. More than 80% of the introductory GoLite product line is developed from environmentally preferred, recycled and low energy production materials and processes. Company resources are dedicated to improving these percentages each season, while working to uncover newer, better solutions. GoLite – active outdoor gear that’s light on the path and the planet. Launching spring 2019 with corporate headquarters in Seattle, WA. www.golite.com

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