The Great Outdoors Gear of the Year Awards


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

The shortlists have now been announced and winners will be announced in a subsequent issue of The Great Outdoors. 

For information about previous winners, click here.

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


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.


New breakthroughs in outdoor gear that make a real difference.


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

  • adidas TERREX MYSHELTER collection – a collection of eco-friendly products featuring recycled materials and insulation made from plastic harvested from oceans
  • Nikwax – the waterproofing brand best-known for its washing and re-proofing products
  • Montane Pac Plus XT Jacket – a waterproof jacket made from 100% recycled Gore-Tex Paclite Plus technology
  • Rab Arc Eco Jacket – Rab’s first jacket utilising 3-layer Pertex Shield Revolve, which is made from 100% post-consumer recycled polyester
  • BAM 73 Zero Denim – activewear jeans made from sustainable bamboo

Best brand: innovation

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

Best brand: sustainability

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


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