From Patrick Tuttle: Any man that goes from writing about racing bikes, to shoe racks that blur the line of form vs. function, to a shout-enducing pie company is A-OK in my book. Hardly a day goes by that I don’t get an email from Ed with an idea for a Gear Patrol article. To say he’s excited to be part of the crew would be an injustice. Truth be told, we’re just as elated to have him. Besides, we need a little laid back West Coast attitude to offset our New York tendencies.

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Writing a self-bio was as effortless as creating your own tombstone epitaph. Needless to say, this was not the easiest post; however, I feel it’s very important that the Gear Patrol community recognize that the gear reviewed on this site is thoroughly selected and approved by real people. I’m proof of that.

Born and raised in Southern California, I’ve been chasing the next adventure since an early age. Most stereotypes have a modicum of truth, but the one about Orange County folks is spot on. Most of us are fanatics for anything outdoors. You can always find me breaking a sweat cycling (probably chasing down someone with a better bike), hiking, camping, or boarding. Providing the opportunity to engage in a wide range of activities, California is a prime place to field test the gear that I’ll bring to the table.

I see Gear Patrol as an authentic site where men can be updated daily on the greatest items from around the globe. That said, you can trust me to deliver only the gear worthy of your hard-earned dollar.