What makes a jacket great? A pair of trekking poles? A set of dishes? How do you define greatness in such a varied range of products used by the modern man? This was a question we circled often while honing the third annual edition of the GP100, presented by Eddie Bauer — our own salute to products that embody excellence, innovation, craftsmanship and an unwavering desire to challenge expectations.

It would have been easy to pick bombastic gear, the stuff that gets a million shares on social media. But if you take a deeper look, you’ll find outlandish usually doesn’t equate to great. Ours is a different study in the world of gear in 2015 — one that values subtlety and awesomeness equally. What unites our selections is an understanding that great ideas deserve to be pursued to their full potential, regardless of whether they align with the whims of the many or just get it right for themselves. That, in the end, defined our picks for the best products of the year, from watches to fly rods to gaming controllers to crossover station wagons. Greatness, in all forms — and plenty of gear that should make its mark on you.


Eddie Bauer Custom Microtherm Stormdown Jacket
Abominable Labs Abom Goggles
Big Agnes mtnGLO Tents
Yes Snowboards 20/20
The North Face Modulator ABS
Sea to Summit X-Pot
Leatherman Signal Multi-Tool
Berghaus Baffin Island Jacket
Patagonia Merino Air
Adidas Terrex Ultimate Boost CH
Osprey Atmos AG
Nemo Sonic Down Sleeping Bag
Fischer Profoil
Metolius Ultralight Master Cam
Sage Bolt Fly Rod
Biolite Nanogrid
Komperdell Stiletto Tour Trekking Poles


Leica Q
Xbox Elite Wireless Controller
Apple Watch
Sony a7R II
Vizio Reference Series Class Ultra HD Full-Array LED TV
Microsoft Surface Book
Google OnHub Routers
Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000
AIAIAI TMA-2 Modular Headphone
LG 65EF9500 4K OLED Smart TV
Motorola Droid Turbo 2
DJI Phantom 3 Quadcopter Professional
Devialet Silver Phantom
Tivo Bolt
Bang & Olufsen Beolab 90 Speakers
Relish Jane Guitar
Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless
TomTom Bandit Action Cam


NOMOS Minimatik
Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic True Second
Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot Travel Time
Tudor North Flag
Zodiac Super Sea Wolf 53
Eone Bradley
Omega Globemaster
IWC Portugieser Annual Calendar
Oris Divers Sixty-Five
Seiko Marinemaster Automatic Hi-Beat Professional


Malin + Goetz Clarifying Clay Mask
New Balance 574 Fresh Foam
ZerøGrand Outerwear
Reigning Champ Sea to Sky Activewear Series
Montblanc M Pen by Marc Newson
Oakley Latch Sunglasses
Public School X Tumi Luggage
Levi’s 501 CT
Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II
Zegna 10-Pocket Jacket


Aerelight A1
August Doorbell Cam
Campaign Living
Jacob May Nomad Table
The Connected Cree LED Bulb
Ven Collection by Design Within Reach
OXO On Barista Brain 12-Cup Brewer
Piper NV Home Security System
Aquor House Hydrant
SafetyiQ Saver Emergency Breath System
Stihl BGA 100 Cordless Blower
West Elm Workspace
Savant Remote + Host


Boylan Heritage Cocktail Mixers
Lost Spirits Technology’s Thea One Reactor
Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique Single Malt Whisky
Jack Daniel’s Single-Barrel Barrel-Proof Whiskey
Threes Brewing Superf*ckingyawn
Oppidan American Botanical Gin


David Millar Chpt. III Cycling Clothing
On Cloudcruiser
Bushnell Tour X Rangefinder
Garmin Edge 520
Trek Madone 9.9
Wakejet Cruise
Specialized Stumpjumper S-Works FSR 650b
Nike Free Trainer 1.0
Stromer ST2
Open Cycle U.P.
Roka Spctrm
Speedplay Syzr


Volvo XC90
Cadillac ATS-V
Mazda MX-5
2015 Ford Mustang
Porsche Cayman GT4
Mercedes AMG GT S
Land Rover Discovery Sport
McLaren 570S
Yamaha YXZ1000R
Triumph Tiger 800 XCx
Ducati Scrambler
Ferrari 488 GTB
Kawasaki Ninja H2