2003 Best of the Best Awards

We choose the year's 20 top products for the sixth annual awards.

Field & Stream Online Editors

Choosing the right gear is never easy-in fact, it's getting harder. That's why we developed Field & Stream's Best of the Best Awards: to help you cut through the hype and find stuff that actually works. The winners of our sixth annual contest were selected by a team of 11 experts, who spent months performing extensive hands-on evaluations of design, durability, performance, value, and innovation on over 200 hunting and fishing products. Ultimately they had to choose one perfect item in each of the 20 categories-a piece of gear that gives you an unprecedented edge, something that can truly make you a more successful sportsman. These are the products that we call the Best of the Best.

Binoculars
Swarovski | EL 32

Knives
Gerber | Freeman Fixed Hunter

Shotguns | Rifles
Caesar Guerini | Tempio Over/Under
Tikka | T3 Lite Stainless

Fishing Tackle
Orvis | Vortex Anti-Reverse Fly Reel
Shimano | Calcutta TE Baitcasting Reels

Riflescopes | Spotting Scopes
Schmidt & Bender | Zenith 3-12x50
Zeiss | Diascope 85 T* FL

Hunting Boots
Irish Setter | Elk Trackers

Survival | Technology
Schrade | Navitool
Garmin | Rino 120 Two-Way Radio/GPS

Handguns
Smith & Wesson | Model 500

Ammunition
Black Hills | Gold Cartridges

Hunting Gear
Hunter Safety System | Vest

Fishing Lures & Accessories
Rapala | ProGuide Lock 'n Weigh
Worden's | DC-16 Timber Tiger

Outboards
Briggs & Stratton | Camouflage Edition Outboard

Boats
Triton | X Series Bass Boats

Camping
Mountain Safety Research | Ventana

Bowhunting
Mathews | LX