This was fun/interesting last year, so let's do it again. Top three or so gear/whatever you got/enjoyed in the past year.
For me, it wasn't all backpacking gear:
In no particular order:
1. My custom RBH queen size VBL blanket. This thing is truly awesome. I keep my house pretty chilly, and used to sleep with flannel sheets, a couple of blankets, a thick quilt, and a bed cover to stay warm. Now it's just the sheets, the RBH blanket, another thin blanket, and a bed cover (more for the pup and her shedding hair than for warmth). And I'm toastier than I was with the previous setup. A winner that will be with me for the rest of my sleeping life!
2. Cuben Lightheart Solo shelter. I ended up with this unexpectedly, but have loved it ever since I first set it up in the backyard. Easy to pitch, plenty of room, light enough for me. I don't look at shelters any more, I've finally found my 90 percent solution.
3. GGG. In early 2011, on a whim, I joined the gathering at Henry Coe. Made some delightful new friends and had a great time. I went back to the gathering later in the year, and am planning on attending the winter gathering again in February. If my personality doesn't get me banned, I'll be backpacking with this great group of folks for years to come. Also planning on a Sierra trip with a couple of other BPL 'friends' in the fall. By far this is the biggest benefit of BPL for me - the people I've come to know.
4. I also like the Rab MeCo base layers. Wonderful stuff - I use 'em for cold weather cycling as well. I've become a big fan of Rab gear over the past two years.
So what are your picks?