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First Look: More BACKPACKER’s Editors’ Choice Awards


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For the first time ever, BACKPACKER has let the cat out of the bag, announcing its prestigious award winners a few days early to give buyers a heads-up on what to order at #orshow. You’ll get the scoop in only one place: SNEWSnet.com.

Four winners were announced on Jan. 4. Check back on Jan. 6 as we unveil three more. See you at the show!

Mystery Ranch Sphinx & Mystic

If you’ve got monster loads to haul and no time for the pain, this 65-liter workhorse is the pack for you. $299; 5 lbs. 4 oz.; mysteryranch.com

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Stanley Adventure SS Shot Glass Set

No more passing the germy flask around the campfire like a bunch of bums. Sip in style (and make sure everyone gets their fair share) with this simple, elegant 4-pack of snifters. $20; 8.8 oz.; stanley-pmi.com

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Vasque Skywalk GTX

After a 16 year haitus, this legendary, ultrarugged backpacking boot is back, and better than ever. $199; 3 lbs. 5 oz. (m’s 9); vasque.com

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Mountain Hardwear AP Pant

After countless miles and a blur of nights at the pub, we’ve found the best trail-to-town pants money can buy. $90; 7.2 oz. (m’s M); mountainhardwear.com

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Photo credit: Andrew Bydlon