EPIC Bar
The Bar, Raised
by JON GAFFNEY




An active life is a fulfilling life, and part of maintaining an active lifestyle is eating healthy. In an ironic twist, one of the most challenging times to eat well is when you're out exploring. Energy bars do their job, but usually with lots of sugar, saturated fat and other ingredients you can't pronounce. Fractionated palm kernel oil while overlooking the North Kaibab Trail of The Canyon? Pass.



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Meat-based EPIC Bars emerged from the least likely of places: two vegetarians. After going off meat when they witnessed an industrial cattle feedlot, the founders continued their extremely active lifestyles, running in marathons, Ironman triathlons and generally taking advantage of the great outdoors. Eventually, they noticed that their bodies weren't recovering properly on a vegetarian diet and that they needed more to fuel their active lives. They began eating organic, humanely-treated meats from farmers' markets and noticed instant improvements. That was fine and good at home, but eating humane meat while hiking wasn't nearly as feasible. Thus, EPIC Bars were born. 


Made from organic, humanely-treated beef, bison and turkey (both beef and bison are grass-fed), EPIC bars are also gluten-free, so those who've gone paleo can enjoy them without Grog turning over in his grave. Additionally, depending on which bar you choose, EPIC bars are great sources of B12, potassium, omega-3, iron, and antioxidants -- pretty much everything you want to be pumping into your body, with less of the bad stuff like sugar or saturated fat. As you'd expect, ingredients like nuts and fruits alongside high-grade meats result in savory flavors and a convincing constistency that mock other bars' unnatural qualities. They're also affordable at only $3 per bar. How much do you spend on that coffee again? 


$34, epicbar.com




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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
Nick Caruso
Ed Estlow
Jon Gaffney
Jonathan Gallegos
K.B. Gould
Bradley Hasemeyer
Jason Heaton
Mike Henson
Amos Kwon
Matt Neundorf
Scott Packard
Austin Parker
Henry Phillips
Peter Saltsman
Chris Wright
Eric Yang


CREDITS

Produced by Ben Bowers, Chris Wright, Eric Yang
Designed by Eric Yang
Edited by Chris Wright
Photography by Henry Phillips, Eric Yang
Special Thanks to Braun, Scroll Kit and Say Media

RESOURCES

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