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Big Agnes mtnglo Gilpin Falls Resist all you want, but electronics are rapidly merging with outdoor gear. While some of the applications might be silly, some of them are delightfully useful—as in the Big Agnes mtnglo Gilpin Falls car camping/family shelter, which incorporates LEDs along some of its seams. If you're picturing a tangle of string lights, stop. The bulbs are so perfectly integrated that you won't know they're there until you pop three AAAs into their case and push the button. That's when a soft, romantic glow effuses the vertical sidewalls and capacious interior and Barry White music starts playing in the background. Oh wait, this is a family tent—no mood music, just a warm illumination by which you can play Go Fish. Get It: $600; bigagnes.com
Photograph courtesy Big Agnes

Gear of the Year 2014

Top Gear Innovations for Fall and Winter The brisk days of fall and cold nights of winter bring out the best in gear design and technology. When the mercury goes south with the birds, there’s little leeway for lapses in function and lots of room for flexing new ideas. Sometimes this means embracing the rare (eiderdown!), the clever (Gore-Tex under the foot!), and the revolutionary (a probe that divines avalanches!), while other times it just means leveraging existing ideas in new ways to make adventure safer, more comfortable, and more fun.

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