Ed­i­tors’ Choice Awards

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If test gear could talk, we’d hear a lot of moan­ing and groan­ing. After months of abuse, the stuff that’s still per­form­ing earns its way into one last wilder­ness romp—this year in Colorado’s San Juan Moun­tains—and more tor­ture test­ing. Good thing gear can’t talk. Here are the 11 sur­vivors.

Testers head up Colorado’s 14,058-foot Sun­light Peak.

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