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Winners of Gearzy Awards Announced

Submitted by bturner on 2009-02-01

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by boo turner

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The people have spoken and elected their favorite outdoor gear brands in the Gearzy Awards on—the first social networking website for outdoor enthusiasts. After thousands of votes, the winners are:

  • Gear Maker of the Year – Patagonia
  • Backpacks - High Sierra
  • Tents - Sierra Designs
  • Sleeping Bags - The North Face
  • Lights - Energizer
  • Mountain Bikes - Trek
  • Climbing Gear - Black Diamond
  • Clothing - Patagonia
  • Shoes - Merrell
  • Socks - Smartwool
  • Watches - Suunto

Gear Maker of the Year Patagonia won over REI, Merrell and Smartwool for bragging rights and a month of free advertising on

Voting for the Gearzy Awards started in November, and was open to anyone. Every voter who cast a ballot had a chance to win prizes from Merrell, Coghlan’s, Bridgedale, Oboz Footwear, Timex and more.’s panel of gear testing bloggers chose the slate of nominees—four in each category.

“Our first-ever Gearzy Awards was a great success,” said Jason Heflin of “Thanks to all the nominees who make such fine gear and to everyone who took a moment to cast a vote for companies they believed are the best.”

About was launched in January 2007, and is the first online community where outdoor enthusiasts of the world can share their common passions and pool information on their adventures, trip reports, photographs, gear lists and more. The brainchild of three ‘outdoorsy’ friends, combined the founders’ love for an active, outside lifestyle with the free and powerful exchange of information that the web offers everyone.

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