Meet the gear that makes us completely satisfied.
Twice annually we hand out these coveted Peak Gear Awards to the easiest gear we put to the check in the subject. How can we determine the winners? Simple. We ask our prime contributors—who, we’re proud to admit, spend much more time tenting, mountaineering, backpacking, biking, climbing and paddling than they do “working”—to call one of the best gear they used over the previous yr. What gear can’t you reside without? Which gear changed your life? What merchandise made your adventures better?
CONTRIBUTORS: Joshua Berman, Aaron Bible, Jason Blevins, Berne Broudy, Rob Coppolillo, Adam Chase, Ben Dawson, Roxanne Harbitter, Chris Kassar, Lily Krass, Radha Marcum, Cameron Martindell, Sasha McGhee, Tracy Ross, Ryan Scavo, Doug Schnitzspahn, Morgan Tilton, Chris Van Leuven, Zach White
HOKA ONE ONE
Why It Gained: We’ve by no means worn a more secure climbing shoe. It’s form-fitting, mild, and excels in combined trail circumstances, because of straps that regulate across the ankle. No rubbing. No clunkiness. No questioning if it’s going to be OK on moist granite. Snug and useful, they’re the posh car of footwear.
Where We Took It: Boulder Open Area and Mountain Parks trails and scrambling off-trail
Gravity Motion SL
Why It Gained: Meet our favorite crag companion. We love that this pack opens lengthwise, so we will use it as a rope bag (and in addition for journey). It has plenty of places to clip quickdraws and trad gear on the surface, but streamlined enough that we’ve never caught it on anything. Plus it comes in both a normal and ladies’s match.
Where We Took It: Multiple trips climbing, and easily traveling throughout Colorado, California and the Southwest
Trance 29 2
Why It Gained: The newest era Trance delivers the right stability of weight, pedal effectivity, and trail-smoothing capability. The do-it-all weapon is the right path bike for all but the gnarliest of Colorado’s singletrack and hearth roads.
Where We Took It: A dream record of Colorado singletrack, and a few days in Moab, too.
Why It Gained: This operating brief provides the right combination of soft-yet-abrasion-proof material in a modern minimize, with a useful draw twine on the surface, and quite a few well-thought-out pockets. Plus, we feel good supporting a B Corp like Patagonia with a mission to prioritize environmental and social causes in addition to income.
The place We Took It: Boulder’s Mesa Trail and the first day of the Transalpine Run, a 44-kilometer race from Germany to Austria.
Intrigue ADV zero
Why It Gained: This beast of a motorcycle is secure and reliable, particularly in high-speed flow-trail turns. Nevertheless it additionally thrives within the tight timber and technical trails outdoors of Nederland. It’s an in a position climber, but the downhill is where it actually excels. Whereas we crept away from our companions on the uphill, we really dusted them on muddy, rock-lined singletrack.
Where We Took It: Mid Magnolia and West Magnolia in Boulder County outdoors of Nederland; Heil Ranch, Colorado; Carbondale, Colorado
Topwater PDL Angler
Why It Gained: We have been a bit apprehensive about kayaking in a paddle boat, however the PDL system permits for correct navigation and energy on demand—and, as marketed, it left both arms free to cope with our fly line and touchdown massive fish, which might be an adventure in a kayak. Add in a lot of gull area for storage and that is our new flat water favorite, even once we aren’t casting.
The place We Took It: Boulder Reservoir and Gross Reservoir, Colorado
Why It Gained: The Wildfire Edge blends hiker and climbing shoe better than any strategy shoe we have now ever tested. That’s due partially to the progressive lacing system that ratchets down within the toe for the scary stuff and loosens up if you end up rambling down the path. Plus, it smears with confidence and edges with the power of a technical shoe.
The place We Took It: Boulder Open Area and Mountain Parks trails and canyoneering on Utah sandstone
Why It Gained: This lesser recognized brand deserves every runner’s consideration for its progressive designs and performance types. Along with the Chiller Operating Shorts, the Runpaca Tee (out there briefly and long sleeve) is the top of consolation and thermoregulation in an all-purpose tee for travel and operating. It’s made in Peru from a mix of sentimental pima cotton and sustainably sourced alpaca fleece. The colours and designs of every Janji piece are inspired by the international communities the place the model provides back with clear water packages.
The place We Took It: Aspen Backcountry Marathon, Steamboat Stinger Half Marathon, Portugal, Patagonia
Canary Pro Dry 8.6mm
Why It Gained: An 8.6mm triple-rated rope (single, half and twin) is exceptional sufficient, but in contrast to any of the competition, the Edelrid Canary boasts a 47 % sheath proportion. Meaning the Canary has approximately 10 % more sheath than other cords, making it harder than any rope in its class.
Where We Took It: In all places from 15-pitch routes in Purple Rocks to short-roping in Eldo to ice climbs in Vail
Cairn XL Lantern
Why It Gained: This highly effective lantern fills a tent (or a lodge room) up superbly with multiple mushy, coloured mild options. The charging bank lasts for days and you may control all of it from your smartphone.
The place We Took It: Campsites and lodge rooms throughout Colorado and Wyoming
Why It Gained: This is the greatest toy ever made. Our exuberant tester says: “I have pretty much stopped walking anywhere. This is as close to Aladdin’s flying carpet I’ve ever found.”
The place We Took It: Our tester logged more than 1,250 miles over the past yr, half of these on dust roads, and trails.
Why It Gained: This adaptable sleeping bag gained us over with its impressive weight-to-warmth ratio. Best of all, you possibly can unzip it to make it a down quilt—preferrred for sharing, snuggling or dumping heat easily when tenting solo. Plus, the small Colorado business engages in accountable sourcing and uses traceable down.
The place We Took It: Hut trips, tree line camping, and automotive tenting round Colorado
Why It Gained: The durable, rolling cooler impressed us year-round with burly wheels that permit for straightforward transport (even by means of snow). The dividers inside help manage food, so you’ll be able to access the whole lot efficiently while tenting and prevents the meals from getting smushed. Our tester wrote paragraphs about her love for the Rover 60. To sum up: “This cooler is a life-changer.”
Where We Took It: A number of street trips from December to April and on supply runs from Crested Butte to Colorado Springs and Denver
Plasma S GTX
Why It Gained: The first mountaineering shoe that thermomolds to your foot was a godsend to our contributors with hard-to-fit ft. The consensus was that the customizable low hiker with a Gore-Tex membrane is outstandingly snug, with a sole sticky sufficient to scramble and a burly TPU shank that offered plenty of safety once we tested it on tough terrain.
Where We Took It: Throughout Colorado, backpacking in Vermont, trekking in Portugal
Why It Gained: Glossy, durable, snug and grippy, these bike footwear proved good for driving a wide swath of trails and terrain. The sturdy synthetic upper breathed like a champ and the Stealth rubber stored our ft locked on flat pedals. It even felt proper on long cross-country rides where we in any other case would have used our clipless pedals.
Where We Took It: Desert driving in Fruita and Moab, singletrack round Jackson, downhill trails on Teton Move
Why It Gained: This shoe is the bomb in terms of critical gravel driving, and can also be very best for Cyclocross and competitive XC driving as nicely. It options an ultra-light, ultra-stiff carbon development using a proprietary “X-Frame” with double velocity dials for a precise match with out strain points. It’s additionally extraordinarily abrasion resistant all the best way right down to the grippy Michelin rubber sole.
The place We Took It: Every forest service street we might discover between Estes Park and Central Metropolis; up and down Magnolia Street; dust tracks throughout Boulder County.
Backstage Swing Away Platform Hitch Rack
Why It Gained: This sensible hitch-mounted, swing-away bike rack allows us to access the back doors of our van with the bikes still hooked up to the rack. That’s kind of obligatory for the sanity of our van-life contributors.
The place We Took It: Everywhere in the U.S. It’s hooked up to the Stay Outdoors and Play van.
Freescape Camp Kitchen
Why It Gained: This clever, compactible package—a chopping board that stores a kitchen knife and paring knife—is protected round youngsters, straightforward to carry and even features a built-in knife sharpener. We hold it in our car at all times for camping trips, pot lucks and impromptu picnics.
The place We Took It: Street journeys, automotive tenting and picnics
Bravo II Wiregate Quickdraw
$15 each, $70 5 pack; metoliusclimbing.com
Why It Gained: These mild (79g) attracts rack neatly in your harness gear loops because of their 12mm slings and small wire-gate carabiners. The flared-nose profile on the carabiners reduces the danger of by accident opening during falls and an inner band on the clipping-end of the sling keeps carabiners from cross loading. We’re prepared to take multiple whippers on them.
Where We Took It: The Chapel Wall in Yosemite, a stout crag with cracks from 5.10 to five.13, and plenty of sport routes rated 5.12
H5 Infinium Pants
Why It Gained: Positive, these ladies’s pants present wind protection and hold out precipitation whereas remaining incredibly breathable. But the design truly takes ladies’s needs into consideration with loads of pockets, snug waistbands, a spot in your telephone, a minimize that’s flattering but not restrictive and strengthened knee material for scrambling. Says our tester, “I’ve been wearing them for three days straight.”
Where We Took It: Via a number of spring shower hikes on the East Coast and in Colorado
Boomer Dog Bowl
Why It Gained: This dog bowl is so nice we might eat our own breakfast out of it. No vanlife photoshoot is full without certainly one of these dangerous boys. Featuring double-wall chrome steel development with a powder coated finish, it’s extraordinarily sturdy and straightforward to wash.
The place We Took It: The place didn’t we take it? From Wilmington Seashore, North Carolina, to Joshua Tree Nationwide Park, California…it goes the place we go.