Ed­i­tors’ Choice?

You can see the win­ning prod­ucts on page 43. Here are the win­ning (and los­ing?) mo­ments.

Backpacker - - Test Dummies -

When we headed into Idaho’s Pi­o­neer Moun­tains for five days of gear test­ing, some things went right, some things went wrong, and some things went a lit­tle side­ways. In the end, we were re­minded of this time­less truth: At­ti­tude can be more im­por­tant than gear.

1. A wood-fired sauna is now re­quired on all fu­ture back­coun­try ski trips. 2. To find the un­ex­pected, we use prod­ucts in ways the de­sign­ers prob­a­bly didn’t in­tend. Case in point: em­ploy­ing the Therm-a-Rest Po­lar Ranger’s arm holes for a sled­ding ses­sion (“Works great!” said our ed­i­tor-in-chief). 3. It would be mis­lead­ing to say we like blis­ters, but let’s just say we don’t mind see­ing our rookie testers earn their stripes. 4. More un­in­tended gear test­ing? We had to im­pro­vise a res­cue sled af­ter one of the crew tore her ACL in a mid-couloir fall. 5. We hauled lots of ex­tra test gear into base­camp, which meant stupid-heavy packs on the first day. For­tu­nately, we had those rook­ies to load up.

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