Final yr at SELF we revealed our inaugural Outside Awards with the aim of encouraging everybody to get somewhat extra outdoors, somewhat extra typically. Whether or not meaning committing to a weekly stroll across the block or a three-day car-camping journey, spending time outdoor is sweet for you, as SELF beforehand reported, and maybe even extra importantly, it may well encourage nice quantities of pleasure and awe.
Our Outside Awards are again for a second yr, and we’re excited to current you with all the very best gear for staying snug and secure in nature. However this time round, we had some assist from our buddies: a brand new panel of judges, all of whom you’ll meet beneath.
After we got down to create the 2023 SELF Outside Awards judging group, we needed to seek out people who find themselves skilled, educated, and curious. We sought out people who embody SELF’s core values: inclusivity, accuracy, autonomy, and empathy, all of that are of the utmost significance within the nice outdoor too. We expect these leaders do precisely that.
The 2023 SELF Outside Awards judges come from a wide range of backgrounds with a variety of pursuits; some grew up spending a number of time outdoor, whereas others have paved their very own approach there regardless of systemic boundaries to entry. They dwell in all corners of the nation, from Alabama to Utah to New Hampshire, and do every little thing from river rafting to mountain mountain climbing. Mainly, this superior group runs the gamut. However what all of them have in frequent is a real love for nature—and the merchandise that make it extra hospitable to us all.
Throughout our product testing and evaluation course of, the panel weighed in on gadgets and types they love and depend on with a watch towards issues which are beginner-friendly, versatile, moderately priced, and sensible. They shared when and the way they use their gear, notable options that make a given piece stand out from the gang, and even downsides anybody purchasing would possibly need to know.
We’re excited to introduce you to all of our 2023 Outside Awards judges beneath. And don’t neglect to take a look at our record of 54 winners right here!