Black is back

Wildcase by Neil Russell

The definition of a wildcase is a crime too savage and inexplicable to be easily categorized by the FBI. And in the case of Neil Russell’s Wildcase, a small town retired cop and his wife have been brutally murdered. The deceased happen to be friends of Rail Black, and if we learned anything from Neil...

Built from the inside out

Nike 20XI Golf Ball

In an industry mired in technical jargon and seemingly endless “advancements” it’s easy to dismiss promises of revolutionary breakthroughs. Last Fall, Nike made just such a claim, when they showed off their 20XI golf ball and while I was intrigued by their new thinking, the proof would be settled on the course. Continues after the...

Iron clad performance

Mizuno JPX-800 Irons (Win This!)

When it comes to the best irons in golf, there are few quite like a set of Mizunos. As their newest, most aggressive move into the highly sought-after game improvement category (think: what most all of us need/use), the Mizuno JPX-800 Irons ($699-$899) might just well be their best yet. Long known as the “better...

Make any club a training aid.

TaylorMade TR3 Speed Sleeve

Vince Lombardi once said, “Only perfect practice makes perfect.” True for football, also true for golf. Weighted golf clubs have been a hot training aid for years, but who wants to practice with a club they aren’t actually going to play with? Taylormade’s TR3 Speed Sleeve ($30) does just that, transforming any club in your...

Set Sail With a New Rum

Brinley Gold Shipwreck Spiced Rum

Dedicated to an actual British troop ship that sank off the coast of St. Kitts in 1782 Shipwreck Rum ($16) combines a premium 4 year old molasses based, oak barrel aged rum with infusions of natural orange, vanilla, nutmeg, clove and exotic island spices. While Shipwreck Rum has the complexity to stand alone with a...

You can't fake heritage

Bambu T-shirts

Drawing on 246 years of history, designer Sarah Saiger has created a line of t-shirts portraying iconic imagery from Bambu. Bambu produces some of the world’s finest rolling papers and having a couple centuries’ worth of marketing and advertising designs lends itself well to shirt print ideas. You don’t even have to be a tobacco...

White is the new black

Taylormade R11 Driver (In-Depth)

Let’s just get it out of the way. The Taylormade R11 is white. It’s designed to cut down on sun glare and reflections on the crown that can be distracting. Is it unique? Yes, for now. Does it warrant buying a new driver? Not really. I can’t remember ever being distracted by my driver. Don’t...

Why Choose?

Bushnell Hybrid Laser GPS

It’s a debate that may never have a winner: range-finder or GPS? We’ve even weighed in with our own thoughts. Now, Bushnell is eliminating the burden of deciding, by merging both technologies with their new Hybrid Laser GPS ($500).

4 out of 5 dentists recommend

Nike VR Pro Cavity Irons

There is a moment during club testing when you know: love ‘em, hate ‘em, or total indifference. One shot sways your opinion. For this author, it came on my first swing with the 4-iron. I knew as I watched the buttery smooth baby fade that I was happy, very happy. Why exactly? I never felt...

What if there was no future?

Ghost Country by Patrick Lee

Following up his head spinning, stomach churning debut novel, The Breach, author Patrick Lee has once again turned our world on its ear. The clandestine group known only as Tangent has a device of ah, “unknown origin” that opens a portal to the future. Problem is, all of humanity has been wiped out. Now it’s...

New year, new shoes

Puma Cell Sorai Running Shoe

The new year always inspires a renewed determination to be healthier, fitter, and lead a more active lifestyle. The nine pounds of beef you had during the holidays certainly did not help. Perhaps a new pair of kicks is just what you need to help jump-start your motivation. The idea of clandestine ops goes out...

Lightweight for your dogs and birdies

Nike Lunar Control Golf Shoes

Mark Twain said it best, “Golf is a good walk spoiled.” Part of that is the inherently fickle game of golf, the other is from bad footwear. It seems golfers will shell out boat loads for an “anti-slice” driver but will skimp on shoes they’re going to walk hundreds of miles in. There’s no shortage...

If Butterbean was a golf pro

4HeadWear BaldGuy Hat

Turns out that standard golf hats can be uncomfortable for our bald brethren. Between the rough stitching and the metal button on top, it’s a recipe for skin irritation. Another issue that plagues those without hair is that on hot days perspiration soaks straight into the hat, making it wet and soggy. Now with the...

Multimedia "Support"

Trtl Bot Stand 4

The iPhone 4’s staggering media power is its greatest asset. Problem is, no one wants to endure arm cramps while catching up on episodes of Mad Men. Trtl Bot’s Trtl Stand 4 ($35) makes iPhone 4 viewing a pain-free experience. It also offer options to support FaceTime and for utilizing your camera’s timer function. The...

Second Burning

TaylorMade Burner 2.0 Irons

Buying a new set of irons can be daunting. It’s a big investment and you have to find a set that works for so many different shot needs. Some sets may have great scoring irons but you can’t elevate the long irons to maximize distance. Conversely, some have explosive distance but the look and feel...

It's a Concrete Jungle Out There

Native Eyewear

Residing in a concrete jungle doesn’t preclude one from being an outdoor enthusiast. In fact, miles of asphalt and cold steel can be a veritable playground for the right activities. Forget social climbing and the rat race. Go native. If, on the other hand, you prefer to spend your time in the great outdoors, well,...

More than Meets the Eye

Loki Mountain Hoodie

Over the summer we introduced you to Loki and their Midi Micro Fleece. Now with the weather turning wetter and colder Loki has submitted their Mountain Hoodie for Gear Patrol to put through the proverbial paces.

Rain Rain Go Away, Come Again Another Day

Nike Storm-FIT N-Destrukt Jacket & Pants

Golf has for better or worse has been labeled a “fair weather” sport. Many golfers hightail it for the 19th hole at the first hint of precipitation. That’s too bad. With the proper armaments, facing down a rain shower can be easy, dare I say, routine. If you can stay dry your golf game should...

Fit For All

Sunice Olie Power Stretch Pullover

There’s something very special about fall golf. Perhaps it’s witnessing nature’s annual change and getting out of the summer heat. Maybe it’s because we know our time on the course is limited. Either way, being prepared to play in cooler conditions is a key to shooting good scores. That being said, the right layering is...

I Ain't Afraid of No Ghost

TaylorMade Rossa Ghost Putter

If you haven’t seen the new TaylorMade Rossa Ghost Putter ($160) all over the PGA Tour this summer it’s not surprising. It’s designed, after all, not to draw your attention. Justin Rose has already won twice with it (and nearly a third time), and I easily counted a dozen pros at St. Andrews sporting some...

Morning Rise

Axe Phoenix Shower Gel

A morning shower can resurrect your soul, even after the longest of nights. So it’s fitting that Axe would name a body wash Phoenix. With an earthy bouquet of wood and fruit, Axe Phoenix Body Wash ($6)) is a scent for the everyman. The scent doesn’t overplay its hand but gives passer-byes something to remember...

He was TW before there was a TW

Tom Watson | Lessons of a Lifetime

After eight Major Championships and nearly a ninth last year, Tom Watson’s credentials as one of the all time great golfers are without question. So it should come as little surprise that when he offers to share a career full of insights with the rest of us, it garners attention. So, we sat down and...

A Revisit

ShirtsMyWay 2.0

When we were first introduced to ShirtsMyWay more than a year ago, we walked away happy with our shirts, but some of our readers emailed with complaints about the first run of product. Nearly a year and a half later, we’ve revisited ShirtsMyWay and are pleased to report that the kinks have been worked out....

Warmth Secrets Abound

Loki Midi Micro Fleece

Anyone who spends a lot of time outside inevitably runs into a situation where there simply isn’t enough clothing to stay warm. Perhaps, the weather warrants a little more coverage during the first few hours of a morning hike, when a storm gales while sailing, or simply after the sun sets at a football game....

We Take on a Pete Dye Course

Pound Ridge Golf Club

Every golfer has their wish list of destination courses. Pebble Beach and Pinehurst No. 2 sit atop mine. I have a new addition, Pound Ridge. The course has been receiving a lot of fanfare as one of the best courses you can play and best new courses period, so we decided to take the short...

Ball Point Eye Gel

Nivea For Men Q10 Revitalizing Eye Roller

Looking good in your forties and fifties takes preparation in your twenties and thirties. If you want great skin in your prime, or thereafter, starting early is key. Fortunately, there are some innovative, low-cost option for men’s mugs. Nivea For Men Q10 Revitalizing Eye Roller ($9), is one of them. A unique, cooling roller ball...

Give a Second Thought to Your First Layer

Tommy John Second Skin Collection

The Second Skin Collection ($36) from Tommy John represents a step forward in the underlying thought of the undershirt market. How often have you had your undershirt come untucked beneath your shirt? Not only is it uncomfortable, but it causes ballooning. If you’re taking the trouble and expense of assembling a great wardrobe, then skimping...

Bringing Cross Training to Your Elliptical

Octane Fitness Q47 Elliptical

As fitness routines have evolved, gym equipment have adapted. Octane Fitness has taken the great workout from an elliptical trainer and blended in the added benefits of cross training. The Q47 Elliptical ($4,095) features Octane’s signature Workout Boosters and the ingenious CROSS CiRCUIT+ strength-training program. To do this, Octane Fitness utilizes Powerbands and stationary side...

Authentic Tastes, Homemade Touch

Sodastream Sodamix Flavors

After reviewing the Sodstream Genesis, we got a lot of reader feedback wanting to know more about flavor options. So we hit up Sodastream,and discovered there are quite a few that range from the expected: cola, cherry cola, ginger ale and root-beer, to the not so anticipated: cream soda, orange mango and peach tea. There’s...

Striped Style

Number:Lab Striped Ringer Polo

Blending the fit of athletic-wares and current modern styling ought to be a simple process. Yet, men don’t really have a wide variety of options that fit the athletic man, are fashion forward, and of course feel good. So, in our searchings, we tried out Number:Lab’s Striped Ringer Polo ($101) and am starting to believe...

Reusable Warmth

Wonder Warmers

While an additional heat source may not be on your mind as we approach the first official day of summer, it’s never too soon to start planning for outdoor fall and winter activities. Wonder Warmers are a solid solution for instant, portable, and reusable warmers. We tried them out and found them to be perfect...

Antioxidants Does A Face Good

Kiehl’s Acai Damage-Protecting Toning Mist

With the summer sun beating down upon us, men need a little more help protecting their skin. No, this isn’t a plea for sunscreen because you already know the benefits of SPF but taking sun protection one step further, naturally. Grooming house Kiehl’s has enlisted the help of Açaí berries to create an antioxidant-rich facial...

Clamp Down on Wallet Bulk

Money Clamp Milan

It’s a polarizing topic. Wallet or money clip? I count myself as part of the former, but as a group, the Gear Patrol Crew is fairly divided. So when Money Clamp came knocking at our door we were excited to renew the age-old debate. Weapon of choice: the Milan ($80).

Don't be Fooled by Fruity Ingredients or Names. It's Dude Worthy

Sharps Barber & Shop | Happy Me All Over Soap

We here at Gear Patrol like soap as much as the next guy. That doesn’t mean we’ll simply put any soap product lying around our bathroom all over us though. This is our skin we’re talking about here, and knowing what you’re exposing it to is critical. Sadly we know many men just settle on...

You Won't Find This City on Any Map

City of War by Neil Russell

Ask yourself; what would you do if you saw a naked women running for her life down a gridlocked LA freeway? Seriously. If you’re anything like Rail Black, then you’d rush to the rescue. What our protagonist didn’t realize though is has initiated a globe spanning, murder-mystery adventure. The problem is, Black doesn’t have a...

It's No Oasis, Plaid is In

Proper Cloth Desert Island Plaid Dress Shirt

A while back we introduced you to Proper Cloth. Now they are rolling up their sleeves to bring us something new; the Desert Island Dress Shirt ($239). Constructed of Portuguese batiste fabric (read: super lightweight and airy) this tan, green plaid shirt has a slightly different pattern on either side, which makes for a cool...

Rethinking Instability Dumbbells

SandBell

Instability is the new “black” in the fitness world. We’ve seen it permeate every type of workout equipment, and now we’re adding dumbbells to the list. Why? Because we’ve had a chance to use SandBells. The SandBell ($8-$85) is a cross between a sandbag, a dumbbell, a barbell, a grip bag, a medicine ball, a...

Tee Off, Jules Vern Style

Adidas Golf | Wear In The World Adventure

Love golf? Love adventure? Hate your job? Well, listen up because this isn’t about Adidas golf gear, it’s about a chance to become Adidas/TaylorMade Golf’s new Social Media Catalyst. But be warned, this won’t come easy. The Adidas Golf Wear in the World Adventure, will put its two finalists through the longest and most rigorous...

iSun Power

Novothink Surge iPhone Solar Charger

We can’t live without our mobile devices. Texting, surfing the web, tweeting, and occasionally even having the audacity to talk on it. Problem is, we rarely have the time to recharge. Then again, there’s always the sun… The Novothink Surge ($70-$80), solar charged battery adapter for the iPhone and iPod Touch is a durable housing...

Heritage English Style, Handmade American Craftsmanship

Lotuff & Clegg English Brief

Fine leather products carry with them a dose of nostalgia and owning one is truly a visceral experience. There’s just something about the supple feel and intoxicating smell of expertly worked leather. More often than not though, we harbor a prejudice that these products can only be crafted by those who have been working with...

Meet the Rogue and the Modus

ICON Flashlights

There’s just something about the security of creating light that fascinates us. Either way, we get a chance to review a lot of flashlights here at Gear Patrol. ICON, a company that aims to be as well known for their design schema as their functionality, sent us a couple of their to check out and...

Healthy Eating Means Your Dog Too

Proportions Custom Canine Nutrition

Eating healthier is no fad. Whether you’re cutting down on processed foods or looking for more whole or organic ingredients, better nutrition is more important than ever. The problem is, we’ve forgotten about man’s best friend. Your pooch isn’t just a dog, it’s a part of the family and if you want them to be...

Time to Tighten Up Your Golf Swing

Opedix PS Posture Shirt

They’re call “fundamentals” because they’re important. The complexity of the golf swing can baffle even the sharpest minds and often as we strive to improve we forget about the very building blocks a great swing is built upon. Grip, stance and alignment are critical otherwise the rest is just wasted motion. The Opedix PS Posture...

Lime and Sandalwood, Now That's a Twist

Axe Twist

Now that spring has sprung, it’s time to think about incorporating lighter scents into your routine, and not just with your cologne. For men who can’t bring themselves to taking out a loan for body washes, Axe’s lates iteration of bodywash sees a citrus infusion that settles in with earthy notes of cedar and sandalwood....