By Nick Caruso
on 7.3.13
Nike-Zoom-Vapor-9-Tour-GRS-Tennis-Shoe-Gear-Patrol Nike Zoom Vapor 9 Tour GRS
Zoom zoom zoom. Nike’s Zoom cushioning, with air pockets and fancy textiles, relieves some of the stress put on your feet by that brutal serve-and-volley game. The uppers wrap feet snugly but allow for the kinds of generous movement needed when walloping tennis balls all over the court; rubber and sole shanks provide premium stability. Federer forewent wearing these kicks at Wimbledon this year — don’t make the same mistake (or you won’t win Wimbledon, either). $140
Oakley-Tour-de-France-Collection-Eyewear-Gear-Patrol Oakley Tour de France Collection
We don’t have the balls to make any Lance Armstrong jokes, but it seems appropriate to mention that his Oakley sponsorship is kinda up for grabs as of late. Check out this line of Tour de France-dedicated shades that feature frames with interchangeable lenses, TdF artwork, homages to the French flag and the Tour emblem laser etched into the glass — there’s even special artwork on their microfiber carrying bags. $140+
Buddha-Balm-Lip-Balm-Gear-Patrol Buddha Balm
You probably never considered putting Sea Buckthorn Oil or Meadowfoam Seed oil on your lips, did you? But you’ve also never hesitated when slathering on parabens and chemicals. That’s why you haven’t reached lip health enlightenment. Buddha Balm, available in multiple flavors, leaves out harmful ingredients in favor of a 100% natural approach — zinc oxide to fight UV rays and a shea butter blend to keep things soft and smooth. $13
Denizen-Secretary-Desk-Gear-Patrol YLiving Denizen Secretary Desk
This sophisticated and modest secretary desk is minimalist in design, but there’s a great deal going on all the same. Wood grain is on display here, as are unobtrusive nickel legs; the cork backsplash is both functional and captivating, while clever cord and file storage solutions keep things neat and tidy. Forget the corner office — we’d rather sit at this just outside the door. $4,299
The-Beach-Boys-Made-in-California-Gear-Patrol The Beach Boys “Made in California” Box Set
Do you wanna dance? Wouldn’t it be nice to have fun, fun, fun in your room all summer long? Well, you can hear music — to the tune of 60 previously unreleased original songs, demos, live recordings and more. God only knows you get around, but be true to your school — the one that taught you to love California girls and little Deuce Coupes — and to the good vibrations of this yearbook-themed Beach Boys box set. thebeachboys.com ()
Globe-Trotter-Propellor-Collection-Gear-Patrol Globe-Trotter Propellor Collection
The entirety of the new Globe-Trotter Propellor line is handmade in England and big on fine details. Water-repellent canvas and waterproof herringbone lining make for a sturdy bag when paired with strong bridle leather, and the two colorways — off-white with brown leather and a navy/navy combo — are both terrific to behold. Multiple options, from wash bags to overnighters (with duffels and more on the way at the end summer) are ready to be snagged up, and each pays special homage to the golden age of travel and exploration. globetrotter1897.com