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. Although our content has grown far beyond product news and reviews, these remain at the core of our mission. 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, from blue chip automakers to boutique American ski designers. 


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.



Any innovation should be welcomed with open arms, but advances that solve the problems in our daily lives often have the most impact. Braun has continually evolved the way men shave and their latest creation, known simply as CoolTec, is arguably the company's greatest achievement yet. The key to CoolTec lies in an integrated electro ceramic cooling element in the head of the razor that automatically cools the skin during shaving with the touch of button. The result is a smoother electric shave with reduced irritation and redness. In short, it's all of the efficiency you love about an electric razor, without the sacrifices in comfort or closeness. Sound cool?

John Updike once said that "most of American life consists of driving somewhere and then returning home, wondering why the hell you went." Clearly, the special bond that takes place between man and select machines was lost on him. The same can't be said for us. Each of the vehicles on this list encapsulate a passion for movement and the thrill of challenging Mother Nature's most fundamental laws through precise engineering. They're also united by a spirit shared by anyone whose pulse quickens with the rumble of an engine; that whether you're destined for the grocery store, the finish line, or the ridge in the distance -- we all need to move forward. So why not make the most of it?

Meet the vehicles that make us move.
Our approach to Timekeeping has always centered around leaving the bias of brand names and price behind, in favor of presenting a range of timepieces embodying on the spirit of utility, beauty, tradition and innovation that made us fall in love watches in the first place. Our approach to choosing the best watches of 2013 was no different. From young American upstarts like Shinola to iconic brands like Omega that refuse to simply coast on the laurels of the past, this year's watch selections for the GP100 all stand as ideal ambassadors for the vast world of watchmaking at its absolute best. 

Meet the watches that do more than just tell time.
The foundations of personal style boils down to essentials. These entries rise above their peers by grafting time-honored lessons onto the best of what's new, insuring their relevance in your wardrobe for years, if not decades to come. Some of the brands you'll recognize, others you won't. But all of them will help you look your best. Clothes don't make the man, but they do make an impression. 

Meet this year's essentials.
Few fields hold more potential for solving the world's greatest problems than technology. What's meant by "solving" and "problems" of course is all relative. After all, the same tools helping you brag about your lobster roll lunch can also alert your loved ones that you survived a storm. Making a judgement on the value of either action is a waste of time. Celebrating the underlying ideas that makes it all possible is what really counts. This collection of the best consumer tech items across a variety of popular fields like audio, video, photography and computing are all designed to help us make the most of our brief time on this planet in one way or another. At least until something better comes along. 

Here's what counts.
The sporting world is a panoply of rituals and motivations. Finding the common ground between Wingsuiting, Pole Dancing and Football defines creative thinking for some. The same thing goes for their "players". Strip away the rules, scores and venues, however, and you'll find a core filled with coach-speak. It's about competition and challenges. It's about breaking records by breaking a sweat. It's about finding fun in reaching your Limits, and even greater joy in passing them by. Think of this list as a cheat sheet to a faster pace, a higher place, or a better performance. Picking the right test is entirely up to you. 

Here's the rundown.
Our understanding of the natural world is limited only by our time immersed in it. From the highest peaks, to the deepest oceans, here you'll find the ideal tools required for exploring and surviving this exceptional planet, one adventure at a time. Nature is the best teacher. Go find your classroom.

Here are the tools for tomorrow's journey.
Millennia have passed since our cave dwelling days, and yet many still believe a man's input in the home belongs in a cave. Outfitting your place of rest with a few of our selections will go a long way to rewriting the script and make your life easier along the way. Each of them offer undeniable proof that style need never come at the expense of substance -- and that you have impeccable tastes. 

Here's your to-get list.
Ignorance is bliss, especially when it comes to great spirits. A sip of any one of these these excellent newcomers is bound to test your current drinking loyalties -- if not turn you into an outright defector on your next booze run. Cheers!

Here's what to partake.

STATEMENT


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.



METHODOLOGY


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.



THE CATEGORIES


Motoring   Watches   Style   Technology   Sports   Outdoors   Home   Spirits

WRITERS


Jeremy Berger

Ben Bowers
Alex Bracetti
Mike Hensen
Peter Saltsman

CREDITS

Produced by Ben Bowers, Chris Wright, Eric Yang Designed by Eric Yang
Edited by Chris Wright    Assisted by K.B. Gould
Photography by Henry Phillips, Eric Yang, Gishani
Special Thanks to Braun, Scroll Kit and Say Media

RESOURCES

Media Queries, Corrections  support@gearpatrol.com
2014 Submissions  100@gearpatrol.com
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