Outside Announces 2007 “Gear of the Year” Award Winner

408 Gear-Tested Products Including Second Annual Women’s Section
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Outside's Buyer's Guide Announces
2007 “Gear of the Year” Award Winners

408 Gear-Tested Products Including Second Annual Women's Section

Santa Fe, NM, April 24, 2007—After months of rigorous testing, Outside's Buyer's Guide announced today the 2007 winners of the magazine's coveted Gear of the Year awards. The 15 winning products—from backpacks to kayaks to digital cameras and GPS units—represent the very best adventure gear available today. The Buyer's Guide is available on newsstands April 24th.

“There's a difference between great gear and perfect gear–with that difference in mind, we sent dozens of testers and hundreds of products into the field last fall,” said Outside senior editor Dennis Lewon. “On treks, ski tours, hikes, and paddling trips across the country and to the far corners of the globe, our small army of testers had one clear mandate: to bring back the world's best gear.”

With comprehensive reviews of more than 400 proven products, the 2007 Outside's Buyer's Guide is the authoritative handbook for the latest active-lifestyle gear and apparel. Organized according to sport or activity, the Buyer's Guide makes it easy to find the reviews, technology news, and buying tips. This October, Outside will also publish, for the first time ever, a Winter Buyer's Guide.

This is the second year Outside's Buyer's Guide has devoted at least 25 pages to gear designed and tested specifically for women. Outside is the first national magazine to give such significant space and resources to a women's guide of this type

2007 GEAR OF THE YEAR WINNERS

• ROAD RUNNER: New Balance 902
• TRAIL RUNNER: Adidas J S3
• ROAD BIKE: Kestrel RT700
• MOUNTAIN BIKE: Felt Virtue Two
• SHELL: The North Face Cipher Windstopper
• LIGHT HIKER: La Sportiva Sandstone GTX-XCR
• BACKPACK: Granite Gear Nimbus Meridian
• TENT: Big Agnes Emerald Mountain SL 2
• SLEEPING BAG: Mountain Hardwear UltraLamina 32
• SURFBOARD: MR 1979 Retro Single-Fin
• KAYAK: Jackson Kayak Fun
• SUNGLASSES: Oakley Radar
• DIGITAL CAMERA: Panasonic DMC-LX2
• LUGGAGE: REI Stratocruiser 25
• GPS: Magellan CrossoverGPS

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