In 2014, the outdoors most notably got a little more voyeuristic, thanks to drones and the now-ubiquitous GoPro that followed us on our adventures. But it was also a year that revealed new innovations, from lightweight clothing materials that were more breathable, to tech that helped us stay connected and equipment that kept us safe no matter where we went. These are the products that broke the mold in 2014, raising the bar for outdoor gear.
VSN Mobil V360
The first full-circle video camera that doesn't stitch or distort images, this 16-megapixel recorder captures 360 degrees of action in 1080p by shooting forwards and backwards simultaneously. The result is similar to three 1080p images laid side to side. View your footage as you shoot it through VSN's companion app. It lets you scroll through every angle, or create a flat, panoramic view. With lighting for and aft so video quality is consistent through the range. [$400; vsnmobil.com]