Check out the innovative outdoor kit and boundary-pushing brands that made The Great Outdoors Gear of the Year Awards shortlists for 2020.
Celebrating the latest and greatest developments in the world of outdoor gear, The Great Outdoors Gear of the Year Awards recognises the best products and brands across nine categories. This year we’ve added two additional awards – ‘best brand: sustainability’ and ‘best brand: innovation’ to showcase brands doing exemplary work in these important areas.
The awards are judged by a panel of gear experts, who have picked out their favourite tech, footwear, clothing, camping products and outdoor equipment of 2020, and rewarded the kit and brands that pushed the envelope in terms of innovation or sustainability. The shortlists have now been selected and the results will be announced in November 2020.
Congratulations to all the brands and products who made the shortlists.
There are two parts to The Great Outdoors Awards. This article announces the shortlists for the Gear of the Year Awards, which reward the best and most innovative items of outdoor gear released that year in seven categories and are selected by expert judges.
The corresponding part, the Reader Awards, are nominated and voted by our readers and the outdoor public at large across 13 categories. Voting has now closed; the winners will be announced soon.
The Great Outdoors Gear of the Year Awards: the complete shortlists
Boots, trail shoes, approach shoes, sandals.
- Inov-8 RoclitePro G 400: A lightweight mountain boot with a rugged, grippy outsole made of graphene
- Brooks Cantamount Trail Shoe: A trail running shoe with responsive cushioning for fast and light adventures
- Scarpa Ribelle Tech 2.0: A winter-ready, warm mountaineering boot with an eye-catching sock-like upper
- Hoka One One TenNine Hike GTX: A striking-looking hiking boot with an innovative extended heel
- adidas TERREX Free Hiker Cold.RDY: A modern, stylish high-ankled hiking boot with Adidas’ COLD.RDY technology
- Columbia Sportswear – Facet Collection: Running-inspired, sneaker-like shoes with interesting angular styling
- Merrell MQM Flex 2.0 GTX: The second incarnation of Merrell’s popular all-round walking shoe
From waterproof and windproof jackets to socks – and everything in between.
- Klättermusen Vale: A mid-layer technical shell jacket made from 100% recycled polyamide
- Black Diamond Highline shell with Empel GTT DWR: A breathable and waterproof shell for alpine expeditions
- Rab Microlight Alpine Jacket: A 2020 update of Rab’s iconic insulated jacket with improved eco credentials
- Fjӓllrӓven Kaipak Trousers Curved W: Hardwearing, versatile trekking trousers designed specifically for women
- Salewa Catinaccio Tirolwool Responsive Jacket: A warm jacket with an innovative mix of wool and synthetic insulation
- Berghaus Hyper 140 jacket: A featherlight rain jacket with premium waterproofing and breathability stats
- Patagonia Nano Puff: An eco-friendly, 100% recycled insulated jacket using Primaloft’s PURE insulation
Rucksacks, walking poles, winter hardware, accessories, and more.
- LEKI Micro RCM Superlight poles: Superlight, folding hiking poles made from carbon
- Klättermusen Honer backpack: A backpack with green credentials, made from recycled nylon
- Primus Firestick: A cleverly-designed canister-top stove with pan supports that double as a windscreen
- Gregory Alpinisto LT 38: A minimalist backpack (28 or 38L) with excellent features
- Sierra Designs Flex Capacitor 40L – 60L: A lightweight, well-featured backpack with an ingenious expandable volume
- Osprey’s Archeon 45L: A retro-looking but technical backpack made from recycled materials
Tents, sleeping bags, sleeping mats.
- ROBENS SERAC 900 SLEEPING BAG: A mummy-style sleeping bag with an excellent warmth to weight ratio
- Black Diamond Spot Headlamp: A simple, superbly-priced headtorch that does all the basics perfectly
- Alpkit Roundhouse: A two-person organic cotton bell tent with a 3m diameter
- Hilleberg Anaris: A lightweight, airy, two-person backpacking tent that integrates hiking poles
- Kelty Tru.Comfort Single Sleeping Bag: A versatile sleeping bag with temperature control for variable conditions.
- Terra Nova Laser Compact All Season 2: A two-person, ultralight tent that’s bombproof enough for all-year use
- Sierra Designs Cloud 800 Sleeping Bag: A zipper-less sleeping bag with top-notch technical performance
GPS devices, smartphones, outdoor watches, and other weird-and-wonderful gadgets.
- Kelty Cache Boxes: Safety boxes for keeping your valuables secure in the great outdoors
- Petzl IKO Core: An innovative headtorch with a headband like nothing you’ve seen before
- Vango Radiate DLX Chair: A camping chair with integrated graphene heating element, like your car’s heated seat
- BioLite HeadLamp 750: An ultralight, sleek headtorch with an impressive 750 lumens
- Suunto 7: A premium, sporty smartwatch with Wear OS by Google integration
- Coros Apex Pro: An excellent multi-sports smartwatch with all the features you need
New breakthroughs in outdoor gear that make a real difference.
- Therm-a-Rest Topo Luxe mattress: A thick, rectangular sleeping pad that’s ultra-comfy
- Nikwax: NHD developments: A PFC-free, water resistant down fill for outdoor clothing and gear
- The RuckRaft by Above Below: A kit that transforms any rucksack into a raft to tow across water
- Haglofs V-Series Mimic Hood: A synthetic jacket with graphene that reflects and retains your body heat
- Reima Kids’ down jacket Beringer: A warm children’s jacket made from ground coffee beans (yes, really)
- PrimaLoft P.U.R.E.: Primaloft’s new eco manufacturing process that drastically reduces carbon emissions
- Columbia Omni-Heat Black Dot Technology: Thermal-reflective technology that retains body heat without sacrificing breathability
- Sierra Designs Meteor 3000: A three-season, two-person tent with steep walls that create a roomy interior.
Many brands are becoming more sustainable. This category includes both products and brand initiatives.
- Jack Wolfskin Ecoloader 24 Pack (Unisex): A 24L daypack made from 100% sustainable and recycled materials
- adidas TERREX TWO Ultra Parley: A stylish trail running shoe made from up-cycled plastic waste collected from beaches
- PrimaLoft Bio: The first-ever biodegradable, 100% recycled synthetic insulation and fabric
- Klättermusen Farbaute: The first completely organically insulated outdoor jacket
- Polartec Power Air Lightweight fabric: A way of integrating pockets of air into fabrics for improved insulation
- Patagonia R1 Air: A technical, breathable fleece made from 100% recycled polyester
- Fjӓllrӓven Expedition Pack Down Hoodie: A hooded down jacket with good green credentials
- Montane x BMC Collection – a collection of lifestyle clothing raising money for the BMC’s conservation work
Best brand: sustainability
Awarded to gear brands which which have demonstrated an impressive overall commitment to sustainability, environmental protection or conservation.
Best brand: innovation
Awarded to gear brands which which have been innovative in the way they operate, and have helped to push industry practice forward.
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