The Great Outdoors Gear of the Year Awards

Our judging panel, which includes the UK’s most experienced gear testers, have been assessing the best new clothing and equipment launched this year, looking for the most innovative products.

The shortlists have been published below and winners will be announced in a subsequent issue of The Great Outdoors, alongside the winners of the Reader Awards.

For information about previous winners, click here.

The Great Outdoors Gear of the Year Awards: the complete shortlists


Boots, trail shoes, approach shoes, sandals.


From waterproof and windproof jackets to socks – and everything in between.


Rucksacks, walking poles, winter hardware, accessories, and more.


Tents, sleeping bags, sleeping mats.


GPS devices, smartphones, outdoor watches, and other weird-and-wonderful gadgets.

  • Kelty Cache Boxes: Safety boxes for keeping your valuables secure in the great outdoors
  • Petzl IKO Core: An innovative headtorch with a headband like nothing you’ve seen before
  • Vango Radiate DLX Chair: A camping chair with integrated graphene heating element, like your car’s heated seat
  • BioLite HeadLamp 750: An ultralight, sleek headtorch with an impressive 750 lumens
  • Suunto 7: A premium, sporty smartwatch with Wear OS by Google integration
  • Coros Apex Pro: An excellent multi-sports smartwatch with all the features you need


New breakthroughs in outdoor gear that make a real difference.


Many brands are becoming more sustainable. This category includes both products and brand initiatives.

Best brand: sustainability

Awarded to gear brands which which have demonstrated an impressive overall commitment to sustainability, environmental protection or conservation.

Best brand: innovation

Awarded to gear brands which which have been innovative in the way they operate, and have helped to push industry practice forward.