Gear of the Year: Products you were most stoked on in 2017

2017 was an exciting year for gear among heritage brands and newbies alike.

Gear nerds rejoice: We’ve gathered all of the coolest items that came out this year in one place.

Here's a chance to reflect on all of the innovations, updates and some of the sweetest gear that came from 2017.

Patagonia Personal Surf Inflation Vest

Ready, set, INFLATE. Photo: Patagonia

Patagonia’s big-wave inflation vest was only sold to certain consumers -- those that could prove they could withstand the rigors that big-wave surfing places upon the body. Although distribution was limited, the vest captured the collective imagination of the surf and outdoor communities alike.

Otterbox Venture 45 Cooler

Otterbox’s Venture cooler took camping to a whole new level this year. Photo: Otterbox

One of the most trusted names in device protection, Otterbox was already known for their tough and hardy aesthetic when they decided to launch coolers, providing some real competition to other tough-as-nails coolers on the market. We tested one and fell in love -¬†and haven’t looked back yet.

The James Brand Elko Knife

Up your keychain game with the Elko. Photo: The James Brand

Small enough for everyday carry, and stylish enough that you won’t want to put it down. The Elko came out later in the year, but it really packed a punch. It’s the perfect addition to any stocking (except maybe the kids’) and is sleek enough that you’ll want it on your keys everywhere you go. Just remember to pack it away before a flight (you don’t want TSA taking this knife away).

Primus Tupike Stove

We came, we cooked, and thanks to the Primus Tupike, we feasted. Photo: Katie Rodriguez

If 2017 had you looking for ways to become camp-chef extraordinaire, you were in luck: Primus debuted their Tupike Stove, which made camp cooking so easy, our culinary-challenged editor made a smoked salmon that knocked the team’s socks off.

Patagonia Micro Puff Hoody

Light as a feather. Photo: Patagonia

Hyper-light, with all the insulation you crave. That’s what Patagonia delivered in their newest, lightest insulating jacket to-date, the Micro Puff Hoody. Literally light as a feather, the Micro Puff provided all the necessary warmth and more that Patagonia fans have come to expect from the brand’s latest releases.

Mission Workshop Rambler Pack

The Rambler keeps all your gear snug and secure, even when commuting on a bike. Photo: Mission Workshop

Waterproof, high-quality materials make the Rambler an everyday-carry bag you won’t want to put down. This is a pack that has carried us through fall and winter 2017, and shows no signs of being left in the closet in 2018.

Smith Lowdown Focus

The Smith Lowdown Focus helps hone in concentration and mental clarity through reading brain activity and providing exercises for the wearer. Photo: Smith

Meditation was on the collective conscious this year, and with all the turmoil in the world, we don’t blame you for wanting a little mental clarity. Eyewear brand Smith brought their own take to the brain-training game with their brainwave sensing sunglasses, designed to help identify when your mind starts to wander, and to give the wearer tips and tools to increase concentration and mental clarity.

HUF Dylan Driver Shoe Reissue

HUF’s Dylan Driver Shoe was reissued this year. Photo: HUF

After his passing, Dylan Rieder remains one of the most influential skaters in the sport. His unique sense of style, along with his skating, helped cement Rieder as a cultural icon, and this year, HUF reissued his classic shoe, the Dylan Driver.

The reissue was a limited-run, with only 150 pairs made, and were handmade in the US. A portion of proceeds went to the Rieder family.

3 of the best men’s shoes for all-weather conditions

Forsake knows winter takes a special sort of shoe. Photo: Forsake

It’s cold outside, and you need shoes that are going to keep your feet warm and dry. That’s why we took it upon ourselves to test and rank three of the best all-weather shoes out there: DC, Vans and Forsake.

Each has a distinct style, meaning there’s a shoe for everyone here.

Strider 14X

Strider has taken things up a notch with their new pedal conversion kit. Photo: Courtesy of Strider

Learning to ride a bike is a hallmark in every kid, and their parents’, lives. Strider, the balance bike brand for little ones, has eased that learning process for years. This year, the brand took development a step further with their 14X model: The new bike comes with a pedal conversion kit, so your kids can take their bike riding skills to the next level, seamlessly.

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