A tent can be your portable backcountry palace or can just as easily feel like a nylon coffin with a view. Unless you're looking to shell out a few thousand dollars to set up a basecamp in the Himalayas, the Mountain Hardwear Skyledge 3 is your best bet for logging serious miles and catching serious Zs during your down time.
Mountain Hardwear's innovative DryPitch system allows you to build a quick shelter using just the fly, poles, and footprint, which is especially convenient for keeping your tent and gear dry if you have to make camp in a sudden thunderstorm. Plus, 36 square feet of livable space means you can share your views of the Cascades or Sawtooths with your two closest friends (or dogs). Full mesh construction on the main body will keep you nicely ventilated, vital after a few days on the trail when you and your friends start to smell a little ripe. All the seams are welded and taped, cutting down on materials and weight, but, more importantly, ensuring all water stays out even during the worst tempests. The silicon-impregnated (Sil-Nylon) fly and footprint round out its bombproof construction. Our favorite specification? At just under four and half pounds minimum weight, the Skyledge is one of the lightest three-person tents ever built. Go ahead and schedule that extra night in the Tetons -- you've earned 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