Throughout the year, our team filters through thousands of catalogs and press releases; we go to trade shows across the country, host hundred of desk sides at our New York City headquarters; you’ll also find in the field, hunting for new and notable gear to throw through the ringer. The culmination of all this work is the coverage you see on the site and in our print magazine, now in its eight edition.

Naturally, a handful of products rise to the top, and it's because of ingenuity, risk and dedication among brands to make products that brings true value to their respective category — whether that be style, fitness, motoring, etc. Here are 10 examples, chosen by our editors.

Apple Watch Series 4

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Chase Pellerin

For years, the Apple Watch has been the best smartwatch on the market. But only the Series 4 could be described as "lifesaving." It features all the best qualities of the Series 3 — built-in GPS, LTE, a heart-rate sensor — and adds some serious wellness features, such as fall detection and an FDA-cleared EKG monitor, to the mix. The Series 4 is also the first Apple Watch to feature a real hardware redesign: it's significantly thinner than previous generations, with an edge-to-edge display that's 30 percent larger than what you'll find on the Series 3.

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Sony WH-1000XM3

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Chase Pellerin

If you think noise cancellation and sound quality are the two most important things when it comes to headphones, then the Sony 1000X-M3s are the best ones you can buy. It's that simple. Throw in a companion app that lets you completely customize the sound signature and the ability to charge them with the same USB-C cable that you use with your MacBook Pro, and you've got a pair of wireless noise-canceling headphones that handle as well as they sound.

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Oakley Prizm React

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Chase Pellerin

Skiers and snowboarders have long dreamed of a single goggle lens that could perform in all light conditions, and this year, Oakley delivered with the Prizm React. It's not often that a new performance technology comes to market so elegantly, but the goggles are sleek and intuitive to use.

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Giro Aether MIPS

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Chase Pellerin

The Aether MIPS constitutes a comprehensive reimagining of how MIPS (the world's leading slip-plane technology) is integrated into a helmet design. Giro combined both safety and sleek aesthetics in a way that doesn't feel forced or awkward, and it made upgrading to a safer helmet that much easier.

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Herman Miller Cosm

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Chase Pellerin

There has never been a chair quite like the Herman Miller Cosm, which shuns hyperbole as the most ergonomically advanced office chair ever built. That is to say it requires almost no manual input from the user. Cosm is the first passive ergonomic office chair that doesn't lift the user's legs when they lean back — a subtle feature, but it's one that took the team at Herman Miller nearly a decade to figure out. And the result is stunning.

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Empirical Spirits

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Chandler Bondurant

Distillation, the process that makes liquor, dates back more than 3,000 years, and it's produced some of the most delicious stuff known to humans. Why ruin a good thing, right? Well, the masterminds behind Empirical Spirits, a Danish outfit with ties to the world-renown restaurant Noma, think differently. And their genre-bending spirits, made with a proprietary technique that preserves the flavor of ingredients, just landed in the U.S. They're like nothing you've ever tasted.

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Outerknown S.E.A. Jeans

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Chase Pellerin

Denim is a dirty business. But Outerknown's excellent S.E.A. Jeans are overwhelmingly clean. They're made from organic materials in factories that use less water and generate less waste than traditional manufacturers. What's more, when your jeans wear out, Outerknown will repair them at no cost to you. And even if they can't, they'll replace them and recycle the old ones into new products.

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Aesop In Two Minds

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Chandler Bondurant

Aesop's line for people with combination skin, In Two Minds, does everything you could ask for: it takes an effective, science-based approach to a common problem, smells good and looks pretty on the bathroom sink. And because using it every day feels more like a luxury than a chore, users are more likely to stick with the program — and see actual results.

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Tudor Black Bay 58

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Henry Phillips

Designing a watch that pleases enthusiasts and seasoned collectors alike is a tough proposition, and more often than not, it's one that requires compromise. Not so for Tudor, which apparently felt up to the task when it made the Black Bay 58, a dive watch that marries modern technology with a vintage sensibility. Spend any time around it and you'll likely agree: it's anything but a concession.

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Lincoln Navigator

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Chase Pellerin

Despite our ever-growing need for a more responsible approach to emissions, the American lust for larger-than-life SUVs has soldiered on strong as ever. But if there is a way forward for titanic, leatherbound SUVs, Lincoln assuredly nailed it with the all-new Navigator, which emerged in 2018 as the marque's first total redesign in its 20-year history. It's a massively luxurious, 6,000-pound tech and comfort powerhouse, and as such, exemplifies strong progress in the space. Where the company has struck gold is in the philosophy behind the new Navigator. There is nothing in this SUV that indicates the brand is being precious or careful; instead, the Navigator is the manifestation of progress inside and out.

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Presented by Johnston & Murphy

Johnston & Murphy Cormac Chukka

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Johnston & Murphy

Chukkas are one of the most versatile boots you can add to your wardrobe, and the Cormac Chukka from Johnston & Murphy brings an elevated sense of style to this classic silhouette. Handcrafted in Italy, the chukka is made with vegetable-tanned calfskin leather. Though every Cormac Chukka features calfskin lining and a leather-rubber sole, the hand-staining and burnishing create a depth of color unique to the individual pair. It comes in a myriad of colors, but purists will want to turn their attention to the handsome mahogany, a timeless option that will upgrade any look.

  • Color: Mahogany
  • Leather: Italian calfskin
  • Sole: Leather and rubber

    Buy Now: $299