By Nick Caruso
on 10.31.13
Chrome-BLKCHRM-Bags-Gear-Patrol Chrome BLKCHRM Premium Bag Line
This year, ditch the orange pumpkin bucket and go upscale, candy carrying-wise. These monochrome black bags are a perfect complement to All Hallows Eve. Hypalon — the same material used in U.S. Coast Guard rafts — makes up the outside of these three packs, each ready to do serious hauling duty in any kind of weather and environment. Inside is tough nylon with rugged black nubuck trim; all the hardware is coated in black rubber. Sotnik is a roll-top duffel made to be carried by hand, over the shoulder or as a backpack; Bravo is a roll-top over-the-shoulder bag; Citizen is the BLKCHRM edition of Chrome’s classic messenger. $200+
Raen-RX-Eyeglasses-Gear-Patrol Raen Optics Eyeglass Frames
Face it: your annual Clark Kent costume is a cop out. This year, at least go as a stylish incognito superhero and upgrade your eyewear. All handmade acetate all the time, Raen’s sunglasses always impress. Though we won’t guarantee X-Ray vision, their new RX line features four styles that will at least make you look Supergood. $117+
Suitsak-Gear-Patrol SuitSak Backpack Garment Bag
It’s important to squeeze in these last few bike rides before winter weather makes it damn near impossible. The SuitSak is a backpack garment bag aimed squarely at the bicyclist market, but it’ll please the Eco audience, too. With multiple compartments in one small package, you can haul all your day’s gear — and a change of clothes — to work without the need for a car. Now if only we could find an empty phone booth… $99
Cuppow-BNTO-Canning-Jar-Adapter-Gear-Patrol BNTO Canning Jar Adapter
Hey, nice beer gut costume! What? Oh…not a costume. Maybe you’d better forego the “treat” part of your kid’s neighborhood excursion this year and instead use this trick BNTO gadget while escorting Junior. (It doubles as a “Hipster” costume, ya know.) This cup adapter slips into a canning jar between the body and the lid to hold six ounces of dip, dressing and more so you can keep your veggies goo free until you’re ready to munch. $8
Scrubba-Wash-Bag-Gear-Patrol Scrubba Travel Wash Bag
You’re on the road during Halloween again this year? Bummer. No need to bypass all the fun, though — head over to the nearest thrift store, grab a costume and get ready to knock on some hotel room doors. (And you thought only your old neighbor handed out bibles every October.) Afterwards your sweaty costume can be funk free within minutes thanks to the Scrubba, a new carry-on sized laundromat. Essentially a waterproof bag with built in washboard, the Scrubba will get garments squeaky clean with just a little elbow grease. Also good for camping and time traveling to the early 20th century. $65
Owen-and-Fred-Bag-Launch-Gear-Patrol Owen & Fred Bags
Investing doesn’t have to be scary — Kickstarter makes funding smart ideas as easy as giving [fully wrapped] candy to [some teenager dressed as] a baby. Owen & Fred are known for their lighthearted goods, and now they’re introducing some affordable bags via an online campaign. Check out the “Hey Handsome” toiletry bag, the “Brooklyn Commuter” messenger or the “Work Hard, Play Hard” duffel, all fashioned from colorful duck canvas that’s sure to last many full moons, all made in the USA, and all for under a Benjamin. $45+