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Experts Say This Is the Most Innovative Outdoor Gear of the Year

A panel of outdoor industry vets just honored these 16 awesome, clever and inclusive new items.

Every January, hundreds of brands gather to showcase all the new outdoor gear and apparel they've been working on at Outdoor Retailer, the largest outdoor trade show in North America. Not this year, though. As #pandemiclife continues, the winter 2021 edition went online.

Nevertheless, the show's organizers assembled a panel of judges to determine the most innovative products among the thousands on display. Thirty-four finalists made the cut, but only 16 took home a win, including one that earned the designation as Product of the Year.

We are excited to be featured as one of the most innovative gear items this year with our New Sawyer Tap Filtration System.

"Sawyer brings its wilderness-tested filtration to the tap in a compact cylinder that removes nasty things like bacteria, protozoa, cysts and microplastics from water. It'll be perfect for overseas travel, once we're all doing that again."

Here's the scoop on the entire list of winners.


December 3, 2023

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