We’re proud to announce the winners of our 2015 Gear Awards. These are tested by outdoors enthusiasts who you’ve never heard of, and winners reflect the gear that we love; the stuff that made our lives a little bit better, or made us sit up and take notice last year.
- Richard – A professional outdoor photographer with Mountain Leader training
- Joe – An engineer with a love of trad climbing, hiking and camping
- Muz – Co-founder of GearWeAre, camping lover and motorbike tourer
- Andy – The other co-founder of GearWeAre, outdoor gear freak and Lowland Rescue Team Leader
- Rhiannon – Mountain biker and hiker, raised on a farm and outdoorsy as they come
- Vicky – Runner, dancer, wordsmith and fitter than the rest of us put together
- Jodie – All-weather dog-walker, camping stalwart and fashion consultant
- Dawn – Raised on a diet of the outdoors and never happier than when laying on a deflating airbed.
How we judged
We tried to ensure that at least one judge had been able to long-term test all of the gear considered. Their reviews had to have resulted in a ‘Recommended’ badge for the product, and then it had to have kept going strongly all year. At the end of the year, we gathered up all our favourite gear from the year.
Winners of the prestigious GearWeAre awards get to wear a smug grin, tell their friends, and pop this sexy little logo on their marketing.
|Mammut – Misaun Women’s Jacket – £300
A waterproof, insulated long-cut jacket which has proven to be an absolute winner for colder days, whether it be for activity or standing around.
|Superfeet – Green Insoles – £100
It goes against everything you expect from an insole, but the firm support offered by Superfeet’s outdoor model can give real benefits in long-term comfort and stability for your feet.
|Fjallraven – Ovik Trousers – £90
The roughest, toughest outdoors trousers we’ve tested that don’t look like they should perform as well as they do. Once you go Scandy, you’ll never go back
|Icebreaker – Oasis Short Sleeve – £55
If you haven’t experienced the benefits of Merino yet, this is the perfect all-round base-layer to break your wooly duck with. Wicking, stink-free and comfortable all-day long during activities.
|DD Hammocks – Frontline – £49
Where there are trees, there’s a chance for comfort in a bug-free and surprisingly inviting and adaptable cocoon of your own. If you’ve not given a proper hammock a go, this could be the start of your conversion away from tents.
|Smartwool – PhD Sports Bra – £49.95
Sweaty, sticky bosoms are an unnecessary by product of getting active outdoors, so this supportive sports bra which maximises wicking and drying potential is big on the comfort scale.
|LittleLife – Daypack – £18-25
If you haven’t seen one of these out and about, you must be living in a box. 1 in 7 kids has one, and there’s a good reason… they’re great.
|Outwell – Cimelia Mattress – £100
We have enough mattresses to start a bunkhouse at GWA HQ, but this is the one we turn too if we want the most comfortable night’s sleep.
|Keen – Uneek Sandals – £45
OK, so they have looks that only a mother could love, but they’re the summer footwear choice that we kept coming back to this year – cool, comfy and with a little more protection than a flip-flop.
|Didriksons – Ida Parka – £150
Waterproof, tough-wearing and great looking. This is a jacket which you could go to the pub in, even if the pub was the other side of a major adventure. A great all-rounder from Scandinavia.
|Brunton – ReVolt 9000 – £80
A tough useful battery pack which has survived the rigours of almost daily use for a year of travelling and house-renovations, and kept an iPhone charged regardless of what was thrown at it.
|Sprayway – Zeus Hardshell Jacket – £250
An award-winning waterproof mountain jacket which is as good – if not better – than some of the higher-priced alternatives from more hard-core brands.
|Zamberlan – Vioz 996 Walking Boots – £185
Out-of-the-box-comfy B1 Walking Boots which have proven themselves more than capable of fending off a year’s worth of work and remained waterproof, comfy and supportive.
|Jottnar – Alfar Mid Layer – £180
A super-flexible, warm and comfortable mid-layer which insulates your core whilst allowing a full range of movement for your arms. In particular the hood is excellent when the weather turns and you need to batten down the hatches.
|Hoka One One – Tor Walking Boots – £160
Totally bonkers to look at, and whilst they don’t offer enough support or cushioning for rough mountain work, they are our boot of choice for pretty much everything else. Waterproof, super-comfy and very, very stable.
|Osprey – Aura AD65 Backpack – £180
A women’s backpack which went around the world without a hitch, and was comfy from the get-go, even when fully loaded.