2004 Best of the Best Awards

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

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
Remington Model 504 .22
Mossberg 935

Fly Reel
Martin Mountain Brook Large-Arbor Fly Reels

Leica Ultravid

Fishing Jacket
SIMMS G3 Guide Jacket

Reel & Line
Shimano Calcutta TE DC Baitcasting Reels
Berkley Vanish Transition

Danner Pronghorns

Compound Bow

Remington Managed Recoil And Federal Power-Shok Low Recoil
Ruger/Hornady .204

Folding Knife
Lone Wolf Knives Harsey Tactical Ranger Folder

Outboard Engine
Mercury Verado


Rifle & Gun Rest
Charles Daly Field Grade Mauser
Caldwell Lead Sled

All-Terrain Vehicle
Polaris 800 Twin EFI Sportsman