2004 Best of the Best Awards

When it comes to gear, these 18 products are the best.

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Field & Stream Online Editors

If you believed every catalog and advertisement, you’d think that all hunting and fishing equipment made today was “revolutionary” or a “great value.” It isn’t. There are a lot of products out there that are good but oh so ordinary. Picking through this mountain of gear to find the best stuff was hard, but that’s where our seven-man panel of expert sportsmen and gear fanatics came in. Over the past year, they tested hundreds of new outdoor products, using them to fish, hunt, and camp from the southern swamps to the Rocky Mountain wilderness. The following winners of our 7th annual Best of the Best Awards proved themselves better than everything else we tested. Their designs are smart. Their prices are fair. Their performance in the field was outstanding. When it comes to gear, these 18 products are the best of the best.

Rimfire & Shotgun
2004 Best of the Best AwardsRemington Model 504 .22
2004 Best of the Best AwardsMossberg 935

Fly Reel
2004 Best of the Best AwardsMartin Mountain Brook Large-Arbor Fly Reels

Binocular
2004 Best of the Best AwardsLeica Ultravid

Fishing Jacket
2004 Best of the Best AwardsSIMMS G3 Guide Jacket

Reel & Line
2004 Best of the Best AwardsShimano Calcutta TE DC Baitcasting Reels
2004 Best of the Best AwardsBerkley Vanish Transition

Boots
2004 Best of the Best AwardsDanner Pronghorns

Compound Bow
2004 Best of the Best AwardsHoyt XTEC

Ammunition
2004 Best of the Best AwardsRemington Managed Recoil And Federal Power-Shok Low Recoil
2004 Best of the Best AwardsRuger/Hornady .204

Folding Knife
2004 Best of the Best AwardsLone Wolf Knives Harsey Tactical Ranger Folder

Outboard Engine
2004 Best of the Best AwardsMercury Verado

Tent
2004 Best of the Best AwardsEUREKA! Zeus 4EXO

Rifle & Gun Rest
2004 Best of the Best AwardsCharles Daly Field Grade Mauser
2004 Best of the Best AwardsCaldwell Lead Sled

All-Terrain Vehicle
2004 Best of the Best AwardsPolaris 800 Twin EFI Sportsman