Nominees for Sportfack’s Gear of the Year Awards in 2008 are listed below; winners will be announced on Jan. 10, 2009. This year’s newcomer: Full Tilt, Springyard and Teko. This year’s Swedish brand: 8848, Didriksons and Houdini. This year’s footwear: Adidas Adipure, MBT Sport and Heelys Five-O. This year’s hardware: Skeppshult V, Silva EX3Plus and Burton Chopper/Chicklet. This year’s apparel item: DidriksonsAmanda, Patagonia’s Down Sweater and Peak Performance’s Montreal. This year’s innovation footwear: Reebok Smoothfit, Puma Swing GTX and Viking Rattler. This year’s innovation hardware: Salomon’s Custom Shell, Reelight and Light My Fire SpiceBox. This year’s innovation apparel item: Speedo’s LZR Racer, Loki’s Ring Jacket and X-SocksSki Metal. This year’s best footwear brand: Viking, Nike and Ecco. This year’s best hardware brand: K2, Callaway and Skeppsult. This year’s best apparel brand: Bonfire, Didrikssons and Icebreaker.