The last thing you need on a winter trail run or cross-country ski race is to completely sweat through your gear. It's one thing to be cold, and an entirely different thing to be both cold and wet. Ever read To Build a Fire?
A winter-weight softshell hybrid, the Marmot Prodigy Jacket is the year's best solution for staying warm and dry regardless of the conditions (or your own exertions) during any wintry activity. Its Gore Windstopper fabric is resistant enough to keep the worst gale force winds out, yet it still breathes like a much lighter fabric; venting side panels provide options for customizable climate control. The result is the best body heat venting and control we've encountered in a winter jacket.
Marmot's new Angel-Wing Movement keeps the jacket from riding up when making big reaches with ice tools on your next alpine climb, and zippered hand, chest and media pockets keep your essentials organized while you're on the trail. The coat is finished with Marmot's M2 softshell durable water repellent outer, which isn't the bomb shelter of a full Gore-Tex Pro Shell -- but that's not the Prodigy's job. Whether you're on a quick trail ascent with technical climbs or just a zip around Central Park on a frigid winter afternoon, the Prodigy ensures a warm, sweat-free trip.
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