For the last three years, Petersen’s Hunting has awarded manufacturers with the Editor’s Choice Award for best-in-class products. This award is given to products that embody the ideal combination of quality, craftsmanship, ingenuity and value. Hundreds of products are thoroughly tested by staff writers and editors in real-world conditions. Where scientific measures can be used for quantifiable results, they are. Where they can’t, years of hunting experience and practical field knowledge become the yardstick.
The Annual Gear Issue lists the best of the best products for over 20 categories spanning from centerfire rifles to treestands to sleeping bags. To make the cut for inclusion is a testament to a product’s quality, but there can only be one Editor’s Choice winner per category, so let the games begin.
Check out the winners here, and be sure to buy the Annual Gear Issue, featuring all the products tested here. –PH Editor Mike Schoby
- The Merkel RX Helix combines Old World beauty with a new straight-pull bolt-action design that is, perhaps, one of the only truly innovative rifle designs to be unveiled this year. The Helix employs a rotating bolt head with six locking lugs. Moving the bolt handle transmits motion to the bolt head at a ratio of two-to-one thanks to a revolutionary transmission gearing system. It cycles silky-smooth and lightning fast. Oh, it’s also a takedown. It is available in three action lengths and 12 calibers, from .222 to 9.3x62.