Outside Journal – Best Gear of Fall/Winter ’22 – Yakima EXO OpenRange Deluxe

From Outside By Justin and Patrice La Vigne

Combing through 243 submissions for the coolest gear of Fall/Winter ’22 is not unlike postholing through unconsolidated snow: We spent weeks slogging through specs, photos, videos, and emails with PR reps.

Here’s what we noticed: Gear just keeps getting more innovative—and, often, more expensive. Inflation is rising at its fastest pace in a generation, after all. Prices ranged from $2.99 for a hydration mix to $14,500 for a bike. Some categories had a plethora of submissions (we’re looking at you, shoes and apparel), while others had a dearth (where’s the ski and snowboard equipment this year?).

With submissions up this year, we needed help making final decisions. We combed through mountains of entries, winnowed the list to 64, and then tapped the opinions of internal editorial staff, a panel of trusted gear testers, and consumers drawn from the pool of Outside+ members. Each voter ranked the products on a scale from 1 (zero interest) to 10 (high stoke), and then we tallied the totals to come up with the top 50 picks. To provide some transparency, we’ve indicated the top three picks (according to average scores) among each voting group.

Bottom line: There’s a ton of exciting new stuff launching this season. For the full list of the 50 most coveted products, ranked CLICK HERE.

#14 On the list – Yakima EXO OpenRange Deluxe

Yakima EXO OpenRange Deluxe

MSRP: $1,199

The promise: This roadworthy storage box unfolds into a camp kitchen.

The deets: Made of impact-resistant plastic, the box can live inside a vehicle or attach to your trailer hitch via Yakima’s EXO connector system. The all-in-one design will fit your whole cooking kit, and deploys into a fully functional kitchen with tables, a cutting board, a collapsible water station, and lantern hooks.

Stay tuned for more on the EXO OpenRange coming soon!

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