Harry Wilson started the Scott Fly Rod Company in his basement in San Francisco in 1973. Several moves later, after becoming known for its fiberglass and then graphite rods as well as the five-piece pack rod, Scott settled in Montrose, Colorado, an appropriate fishing haven, where they still reside today, creating top-of-the-line rods prized for their impeccable design and excellent feel.
The Scott Radian is the rod for the fly fisher in pursuit of two seemingly averse characteristics: power and finesse. It sees Scott's classic "fast-meets-feel" philosophy come to full fruition. This is definitely a gun, firing out 50 feet of line and more on demand; there's plenty of power to cut through wind and shoot line. But the Radian also has the delicacy required to make short casts of 15 to 25 feet and not spook fish. The Radian's unique ability to allow a light touch with so much power comes from Scott's ReAct Technology, which pulls together Advanced Reinforced Carbon with FiberFuse, an enhanced resin; combined with advanced taper design, Scott produced a multi-modulus rod that damps out excess vibrations and improves both accuracy and feel. On the water, the result of all this high-brow build quality is throwing a fly with pinpoint accuracy at distances many only dream about.
We first cast the 7-weight version of the Radian while floating the Roaring Fork and Colorado rivers, where the rod slung weighted three-fly rigs with accuracy and touch. Later the 5-weight version worked beautifully on wily late-season Wisconsin trout, delicately dropping small size-18 dry flies over spooky fish in flat water. In both instances, we reached -- and caught -- fish we couldn't have with other rods. Both sizes of the rod roll-cast with authority and responded to double-hauling like a dream, firing out extra line to quickly reach fish up-river where conventional false casting wasn't a real option due to brush at our back. Finesse with power sounds great on paper, but there, on the river and catching fish that otherwise would have evaded us, we decided that the Radian was easily one of the best rods of the year.
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.
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Jeremy BergerBen Bowers