We thought the simplest way to do a best of gear review was to ask each member of our staff what gear they appreciated the most over the past year. So here it is, nothing to please advertisers or make curmudgeons wince, just the best stuff we beat up out there.
Osprey Daylite Pack
For day trips of any sort—peak bagging, cycling, touring, whatever—this pack fits me perfectly. It sits high enough to stay clear of my camera belt and easily carries water, a rain jacket, a warm layer, lunch and the other electronics and gizmos I need and use.