By Nick Caruso
on 12.2.13
Freitag-Roy-Bag-Gear-Patrol Freitag Roy Shoulder Bag
A lot of bags purport to be sturdy and tough, but how many can say they are made of some of the sturdiest and toughest materials around? Freitag’s bag is constructed of recycled truck tarps and car seat belts — fabrics that save lives at best and tether some serious cargo at least. Of course there’s more to the bags than simple, killer-color sewn fabric; inside are the ubiquitous padded laptop compartment and zippered pockets all around, while adjustable straps keep things comfy. $310
Field-Grooming-Kit Imperial Barber Products Field Shave Kit
When most everything a clean shaven man needs is in one place, his smooth smile is guaranteed to be wide and proud. The included carrying bag contains all the necessary wet shave tools, just add a razor: pre-shave oil, bergamot aftershave, glycerin shave soap, a boar hair brush — even a small Field Notes notebook for tracking your stubble fighting. $60
UNIS-Ford-Chino-Gear-Patrol Unis Ford Chinos
Unis makes some fly apparel, and there’s something in their oeuvre for every guy. The new Ford chino is their most relaxed fit, with a higher waist, tapered leg and button fly. Made from cotton twill, it comes in three colors: olive, black and a vintage khaki, all appropriate for a classic pant. $198
White-LImited-Edition-Ouya-Gaming-Console-Gear-Patrol Ouya Gaming Console
The Ouya microconsole gaming system designed by Yves Behar runs an Android operating system, proving a truly unique gaming experience for controller jockeys lucky enough to pick up one of the wireless (via Bluetooth) devices. Born of a Kickstarter campaign this past spring, the console runs only games limited to the OS (which sounds fun), and the internals are impressive: a quad-core Nvidia CPU, 1 gig of memory, 16GB of internal storage, multiple USB ports, wi-fi connectivity and HDMI hook ups. $129
warby-parker-beck-gear-patrol Warby Parker x Beck Carmichael Glasses
Beck’s last album, Song Reader, was released not as a collection of audible songs but as a book of 20 pieces of sheet music. To commemorate his innovative musicianship and cool personal style, Warby Parker teamed up with the songster to produce a limited-edition run of frames called the Carmichael: eyeglasses and sunglasses available online and in stores in a Root Beer tortoise shell pattern and a clear, colorless plastic called Crystal. $95+
Typography-Calendar-Gear-Patrol 365 Typography Calendar
Design nerds won’t find a better way to count down the days next year. Each month of this calendar features a different typeface and a brief biography of the font designer behind it; holidays and the designers’ birthdays are noted throughout. The paper stock is made using renewable processes. Wall and desktop versions are available. $29+