We won’t all climb Everest. In fact, most of us won’t. That’s not to say that we don’t enjoy a good weekend under the stars -- we certainly do. But, while there are sleeping bags made for extreme conditions (and even ones that hang from trees or that you can wear), you're probably after something more straightforward. You want something that’s built well, that’ll keep you warm on a cool night and that you can take anywhere: Kelty Ignite DriDown. Hands down, the Ignite DriDown is the best of the best, a versatile, quality, bang-for-your-buck sleeping bag.
Kelty's mummy-style bag is light, warm, and, above all, dry in the presence of nasty precipitation or humidity. Thanks to the bag's 600-fill Power DriDown, it outperforms standard down bags in any climate; the men's bag is rated down to 16 degrees Fahrenheit. In case you're not up on your goose feather lingo, DriDown is a natural down insulation treated with a molecular-level polymer that creates a hydrophobic finish on the individual plumes; as a result, the treated down has increased moisture repellence, loft retention and drying abilities. In fact, paired with the 30D nylon ripstop outer and 50D polyester micro pongee inner, it dries 33% faster than the competition. The standard features are all there too, like a form-fitting hood, sleeping pad security loops and anti-snag zippers, but we can't get away from staying warm and dry. Kelty hasn't either. If you don’t believe us, sleep on it.
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.
Motoring Watches Style Technology Sports Outdoors Home Spirits
Jeremy BergerBen Bowers