According to the Center for Disease Control, approximately one in every twelve Americans has asthma. Throw airborne allergies into the mix and we’re talking about 20% of the populace suffering from a breathing condition. Though most people turn to aerosols and sprays in an effort to “clean” the air at home, those products only mask the problem, and in some cases, make it worse. Screaming aside, apparently people can hear you sneeze in space, so, lucky for us, NASA went to work. The Airocide Air Purifier is the beautiful end result of a dozen years of "up there" field testing, and it's now available for purchase by us mere mortals.
The Airocide uses high-intensity light focused on a tightly packed matrix of titanium-dioxide-coated glass rings to emit hydroxyls, an atomic substructure of water. Those hydroxyls create an instant atomic bond to any airborne "volatile organic compounds", rendering them completely inert. In non-NASA speak, stink goes in and clean comes out... to the tune of 100% effectiveness. The Airocide also eliminates any fungi, mold, pollen, dust mites, bacteria and viruses that pass through it -- a feature that earned it instant favor in surgical settings. Its modern decor aesthetics also mean that there's no need to hide it in a corner of shame. At just under $800, the Airocide isn’t exactly inexpensive; however, if you consider that medical expenses related to an asthma attack can cost up to $3,500, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that this is one attractive purchase.
Excellence, innovation, craftsmanship, and an unwavering desire to challenge expectations -- these are the constants that have captivated our attention since Gear Patrol's inception in 2007. This year we're proud to announce the next step in our role as a champion of quality in product design and execution: welcome to the GP100. Our inaugural product awards are dedicated to honoring the 100 best consumer products released during the calendar year by companies of all sizes and scope.
The GP100 is not a ranking or a contest. These selections represent the collective expertise of our entire editorial staff, who have scoured every corner of the vast product universe -- from automotive and electronics, to men's style essentials, home goods, spirits and outdoors -- to find the inspiring and the practical, the ground-breaking and the traditional, the priceless and the accessible. In short: products that define or defy their respective categories to better the life of the modern man.
The GP100 is not a contest influenced by marketers or brands, nor is it a ranking by specifications as determined by uniform tests. Instead, it starts with a comprehensive list of nominees released in the calendar year, researched and compiled by our editorial team of obsessed experts across all of Gear Patrol's major areas of interest including Motoring, Technology, Style, Home, Spirits, Outdoor and Watches. Brands are not part of the selection process. Nominees are then debated in context of the past, present and future of their respective fields. Which selections stand as significant innovations, category busters or faithful monuments to the icons of history? Do they adhere to Gear Patrol's core tenets of excellence, design, utility and the spirit of adventure? Distilled to the following 100 items, the GP100 represents the best products on earth released in 2013 -- easily inspiring consumers and creators alike during their search for guideposts of excellence in a vast world of products.
Motoring Watches Style Technology Sports Outdoors Home Spirits
Jeremy BergerBen Bowers