Excellence, innovation, craftsmanship, and an unwavering desire to challenge expectations.

Trending is our new religion. Not that anyone should act surprised. The desire for understanding amidst an unprecedented explosion of new information is natural. It’s what separates us from everything else with a metabolism. For a species supposedly #doomed to forget the lessons of history, there’s also a comfort in systematically mining the past and present for a hazy peek at the future. It’s proof to ourselves that we’re finally paying attention.

Some of it has tangible value for sure, but just how much of our faith should we place in the hands of the hive mind? It’s a question we circled often while honing the second annual edition of the GPI00 — our own salute to products that embody “excellence, innovation, craftsmanship, and an unwavering desire to challenge expectations.”

Reinforcing the “smart” and “crowd-funded” narratives saturating the headlines today would have been easy. If you browse through this year’s winners, though, we hope you’ll walk away with a different point of view on the world of gear in 2014. Some of our picks stubbornly eschew progress out of homage for the past. Others brashly dismiss what’s established or venerated in pursuit of something bigger. What unites them both is an understanding that all great ideas deserve to be pursued to their full potential, regardless of whether they align with the whims of the many. It’s the difference between creating movements and following them.

Scroll down to view this year’s inductees.

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Vitsoe 621 Side Table
Artifox Desk 01
August Smart Lock
Haiku with SenseME Technology
Bosch Power Ready Wireless Charging System
Casper Smart Mattress
The Fahmida Chair
Mod Cloud Sync Notebooks
Ratio Eight Coffee Maker
Samsung Chef Collection Range
Steven Alan for West Elm Collection
Toro Recycler SmartStow Mower
Vipukirves Leveraxe 2
Worx Aerocart

Watches

New in the Store: Own a Piece of British Timekeeping History
A. Lange & Söhne Terraluna
Bremont Boeing Model 247
IWC Aquatimer Deep Three
Montblanc Meisterstück
Motorola 360
NOMOS Metro Datum Gangreserve
OMEGA Seamaster 300 Master
Patek Philippe Nautilus Travel Time
Rolex GMT-Master II
Tudor Heritage Ranger

Tech

A $14,000 Smartphone That’s (Almost) Completely Hacker-Proof
Amazon Kindle Voyage
Apple 27-inch iMac 5K Retina
Arcam miniBlink Bluetooth Receiver
Asus AC2400 RT-AC87U Router
Bose QuietComfort 25
Bowers & Wilkins CM6 S2
Canon PowerShot G7X
DJI Inspire 1
Fujifilm X-T1
GoPro HERO4
goTenna
Logitech Harmony Ultimate Home
Microsoft Surface Pro 3
Naim Mu-So
Oppo PM-2
Pioneer Elite Atmos Speakers
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
The Best Smartphones of 2014
Sony Walkman NWZ-A17
Sony PlayStation TV
Vizio P Series 4k TV
Zeiss VR One

Motoring

BMW i8
BMW M4
Cadillac CTS Vsport
Chevrolet Colorado & GMC Canyon
Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat
Hyundai Genesis
Jaguar Lightweight E-Type
Jeep Renegade
Kawasaki KLR650 New Edition
KTM 1290 Super Duke R
MasterCraft X23
Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG Coupe

Outdoors

Sierra Designs Mobile Mummy 800 Sleeping Bag
Alapacka Raft Alpackalypse
AvaTech SP1
Biolite BaseCamp
Black Diamond Halo 28 Jetforce Pack
Columbia Diamond 890 TurboDown Jacket
Eddie Bauer Sorcerer Pack
Gerber 39 Series Knife
Kelty TN2
Outdoor Research Lucent Heated Gloves
Vulture Equipment Cholera Fixed Blade
YETI Hopper 30 Softside Cooler

Sports

Athos Apparel
Best Running Shoes of 2014
Bushnell Trail Camera
Callaway Alpha 815 Driver
Copenhagen Wheel
Nike Vapor 360 Baseball Glove
Redington SonicDry Fly Waders
Salomon Premiere Split Board
Salsa Bucksaw Fatbike
Scarpa F1 Evo Ski Boot
Shimano XTR Di2 System
Smith Optics The Overtake Helmet

Style

adidas ZX Flux
Aether Motorcycle Jacket
Astronauts & Indians Classic Button-Down
Bevel Shaving System
Billy Reid MSL Denim Collection
DSPTCH Dopp Kit
Filson X Magnum Camera Bags
Jack Spade Benton Suit
Kiehl's Oil Eliminator
Mahabis Slippers
Myles Everyday Short
Quixotic Pocket Squares

Spirits

Aaron Burr 2013 Mamakating Hollow Homestead Cider
Bacardí Facundo Exquisito Rum
Maine Beer Co. Dinner Double IPA
Parker's Heritage Collection Original Batch Wheat Whiskey
Roca Patron Añejo Tequila
Willett Estate 2 Year Rye Small Batch