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2011 Outdoor Retailer Summer Market: 'Gear That Doesn't Suck' Awards - Part 1 - Page 2
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Certified Badass Award

Sport this and a drooping posture will immediately straighten and you'll trek the trails with overblown confidence.

Gargoyles Novus

In 1984, "The Terminator" introduced Arnold Schwarzenegger to pop culture. And the Gargoyles sunglasses he wore for the role became a best seller.

Renew your badass license with the redesigned iconic sunglass style - Novus. The wrapped frame provides 210 degrees of sight extension. The polycarbonate lenses surpass the ANSI Z87.1 high-impact specifications. Un-nerdifying that, it means the Novus lenses can resist the impact of a small steel ball traveling at 45.7 feet per second.

The Novus lenses are scratch resistant and include UVA, UVB and UVC protection. (MSRP $95)


Supreme Simplicity Award

Boasting a design that makes your outdoor pursuits easier, so you can up the difficulty level of your adventures.

MSR SureLock TR3

The MSR SureLock TR-3's simplicity makes backcountry pole adjustments effortless. Collapsing or adjusting the pole can all be done with a hand. The two-finger pull at the base handles the adjustments.

Avoid uncomfortable and awkward crouching by using the grip handles to lift MSR Telestrator snowshoe heel lifts and most telemark and alpine touring bindings. And when you get to your basecamp location use the MSR SureLock TR-3 to pitch your tent. Look for it in retailers in January 2012 in two sizes (MSRP $149.95)

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Jason Elliot

JElliotJason Elliot is the Editor and Publisher of Elliot has established a respected following with the top industry professionals and gearheads for his nonbiased reviews of outdoor gear and apparel. Elliot is a regular contributor to, and other publications on top of his editorial and writing role with

Elliot left a successful fifteen-plus year management career that he worked at Fortune 500 and S&P 500 companies to pursue his passion for writing about the outdoors. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from La Roche College.

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