Garmin Vector
Powerful Pedals
by SCOTT PACKARD




Power corrupts, and training with the Garmin Vector, you’ll become a tyrant on the bike. Power meters married to heart rate monitoring provide the purest performance feedback and the surest means for refining a training program. The arrival of Garmin’s much-heralded version was long in coming -- a tease of over a year -- but the pedal system is worth the wait. 




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Sure, Look’s Keo Power Pedal system preceded it, but the Vector is a significant improvement on the concept and less expensive (though still not cheap at $1,700). While limited to the same Keo cleat system, the Garmin system uses ANT+ rather than the proprietary Polar head unit, which means the Vector is not only compatible with Garmin’s outstanding Edge cycling computers but any head unit that uses ANT+. That versatility is particularly appealing when matched with ease of installation. Setup doesn’t require a shop wrench (mechanic) or tech support; with a few tools and attention to a key details like washer placement, crank length, and pedal attachment with the proper torque, you’ll be cranking out watts in no time.


Certainly there have been complaints that the Vector system is finicky and prone to power issues, problems Garmin has wrestled previously, and the current form factor's exposed battery and antenna pods make it impractical for the bump and grind of mountain biking. Yet there is little doubt the company will improve on the concept across the range of cycling pursuits -- and that’s what truly makes the Vector a GP 100 pick. The potential for the power meter as interchangeable accessory across every cycling platform (road, tri, mountain, cyclocross), when paired with pricing and ease of installation, makes the Vector entirely accessible to the amateur athlete. Garmin has opened the door to absolute power. You're gonna be a terror.


$1700, buy.garmin.com




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THE GP100 SPORTS INDUCTEES

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

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