Arc'Teryx (Arc-Tare-Icks) is a brand that brings to mind moving fast and light in the mountains. They have a legendary reputation among alpine climbers and backcountry skiers for building lightweight, functional gear that withstands even the harshest of expedition environments. Their latest pack, the Altra 65, pairs ease of use with the brand's beloved features to truly innovate a standard piece of outdoor gear.
Many designers work from the shoulders down when building a pack, but oftentimes this leads to hip belts that are non-functioning, uncomfortable, or both. The suspension system of the Altra 65, however, is built from the bottom up. A solidly padded belt is attached to the pack with a central locking pivot mechanism, allowing you to shift weight from your shoulders and chest to your hips to save precious energy. Shoulder strap width and height can be adjusted on the fly using the pack's Gridlock suspension system, so you can dial in comfort and load distribution even when you're scrambling through boulder fields at 11,000 feet. A pear shape keeps gear closer to your center of gravity than other packs. The Altra also eschews typical pack fabrics, opting for a combination of lightweight 210-D ripstop augmented with 500-D nylon that has been treated with a PU waterproof coating in high-wear areas.
What does this mean for you? Easy adjustments give you all the excuses in the world to hike comfortably, ensuring your back and shoulders won't be wiped out after a couple days on the trail. Maybe even more importantly, you'll have the endurance to hump more essential gear and trail comforts, so you can go ahead and pack that celebratory flask of Glenfiddich for summit day.
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