The Triumph TR6 is the affordable substitute for more rarified fare like the Austin Healey MkIII or the Jaguar XKE, and it’s no paltry replacement, with sophistication and masculine bravado to spare. Plus, its lighter price tag means you’ll have plenty of dough left over for a full kit of driving gear. Here’s what we recommend for comfort, style, and a touch of brashness — you’ve got to keep up with the pace the Triumph’s setting, after all.
Fitness to Go
Whatever your style, these are the best bags for being shoved into a locker while you and fitness meet up for a hot, sweaty tryst.
Soma For Charity Limited Edition Filter Now that you and yours have emptied every last jug of wine and case of beer within three counties of your house (how else could you enjoy the Thanksgiving Day game and tolerate Aunt Tabitha?), it’s time to shift focus to hydration and giving; after all, ’tis the season….
A look beyond the usual suspects
Once you’ve got your bike, which you should by now, the next step is to pick up the appropriate accessories. For commuters, second only to a helmet is a suitable bag that holds the necessities and, beyond that, meets specific, personal work- or looks-related criteria. The next thing to consider is the style of bag — backpack, messenger or something else entirely? We’ve got all of the above, with a preference toward backpacks.
Mr. Gaffney's Gear
In the latest edition of Staff Favorites, we turn to one of Gear Patrol’s longest standing contributors, Mr. Jon Gaffney. The New England native was always a shoe in for the team thanks to his eye for craftsmanship, an obsession for photography and a hunger for physical challenge that at times made us question his sanity (in a loving, concerned way, of course). Luckily, he still knows how to properly relax, typically on a dock somewhere in Maine between waterskiing runs, which also happens to be his default answer to “where he’d rather be”. But you didn’t really need to read this to know any of these things. His favorites tell the story far more eloquently than we ever will.
Cool Hunting + Budnitz Scorcher Bike The Scorcher is a Cool Hunting-kissed version of Budnitz’s original hand-built, single-speed city bike with a Gates belt drive, aggressive riding stance, killer tires and more. The steel frame features signature CH green Chris King hardware and a trendy matte finish. Oh, and they’re giving it away. Sign up…
Classified Moto Honda CB “SuperStrada” This custom job by Classified Moto involved a donor 1980 Honda CB750F Super Sport, a front end from a Yamaha YZF-R6 sportbike, some nice Ducati bits and more than two years of work. The result? A jaw-dropping dream on two wheels. classifiedmoto.com (★) Hamilton Short Sleeve Sport Shirts Hamilton’s summer-spec…
Call it the “Goldilocks of Bags” if you like, though sometimes it seems like more of a “Unicorn of Bags”: the perfectly sized and properly priced duffel can be elusive (hell, brands can’t even decide one way to spell it). When the occasion calls for light packing in something that’ll easily fit in the back seat or sling comfortably over your shoulder there are myriad options, but how many of them can be considered worth a buy? What follows are 30 of the best duffel bags to fit every budget. These represent a vast array of materials, styles, colors and purposes, but suffice it to say each of these duffels is just right.
Gear for a 3-week Caribbean journey
Packing for three weeks of travel could easily balloon into roller bags, laptop cases and fanny packs. If you’re staying in luxury hotels and somebody else is handling your gear, fine. Bring the sheepskin robe. But if you may have to spend full days carrying your luggage on your back, then you’re limited to the essentials. Here’s what I stuffed into my GORUCK GR2 for three weeks in Cuba.
Getting attached to GORUCK's Weekend Bag
On my first night with the GORUCK GR2 ($395) we slept together in a bus station — and we’ve been going steady since. Specifically, after a flight from Cancun to Havana and midnight bus from Havana to Santa Clara, in the geographical center of Cuba, I looped a carabiner through the side webbing of the GR2, clipped it to my jacket’s pit vents, rested my head gently against her rugged 1000D cordura, and knocked off for six hours in a metal row chair.
12 gifts for the adventure seeker
He shows up at Christmas dinner with new scars and less digits from his latest cage dives and winter Alpine ascents. His tales, most of them true, scare Aunt Betty to tears and enchant the kids. And while the adventurer’s gifts for you usually amount to a carved tribal trinket or a rock from a…
A silk tie this is not
From the men that brought you the hardcore rucksack comes the first, yup, military-grade tie. Shrugging off the worst any properly bedecked man is likely to encounter, The Man Tie ($65) is made from the same 1000d Cordura material as their rucks — and built with durability in its details. Two variants (narrow or classic)…
Military grade, civilian smart
We’ve taken a GORUCK GR1 through a a year-long gauntlet and considering its shining results, we’ve had not choice but to assume their newest product, the GORUCK Kit Bag, will be similarly excellent. Inspired by the military-issued bags that accompany all paratroopers on airborne operations, the Kit Bag comes in two sizes, both of which…
We’ve already waxed eloquently about our love of Goruck’s bags — but the company’s newly released Multicam’ color option for their entire line makes us wonder if we bought in too early. Hop over to their site and soak in the (re)militarized goodness for yourself. The chocolate lab isn’t included. Buy Now: $225+
Year of the Ruck
We’ve written about GORUCK and their tactically inspired gear a number of times. Made in the USA, bomb proof, with a life time guarantee, they’re the kind of company we love to support. Enough said. But one of the best things about a GORUCK product is how they’re set up for you to make your…
Here’s a quick mental exercise for you. Imagine you were faced with a fight, in which you knew your opponent was bigger, stronger, more experienced, and had access to the best facilities, trainers, and coaches money could buy. Would you step into the ring? It’s a terrible analogy, but those kind of Rocky odds are…
After a long wait and numerous teaser posts, GORUCK Field Pockets ($85-$110) are finally up for grabs. While there are plenty of excellent MOLLE pouch options out there, we’ve been holding out for GR’s option, and it’s been worth the wait. In the lineup are three pockets of varying sizes from 1.6L to 4.2L, each…
We’re long overdue for a breakdown so what better candidate for a part-by-part analysis than the GR TAC ($35) — the new tactical hat from the deft hands of GORUCK. It’s quite possibly the last hat you’ll ever need or want. Hit the jump for our breakdown.
Lessons from Green Berets in the Colorado Rockies
“Open Road” is an ongoing series of dispatches written and photographed by guest correspondent, Foster Huntington, during his epic cross-country adventure for his upcoming book by Harper Collins. Foster is the creator of Arestlesstransplant and The Burning House. Check out previous parts of the series here. My alarm went off at 2:15am on Thursday, the…
Pack It In
Gear Patrol favorite Goruck has launched their first accessory offering in the form of the Brick Bag. In spite of its misnomer of a name (re: it’s not actually intended for bricks), the Brick Bag is an excellent addition to the Goruck line. Built from the same 1000D Cordura, ballistic nylon, mil-spec webbing and hardware…
Bog Deep and 12 Miles to Go
For the uninitiated, or those of you who haven’t heard, Tough Mudder is one of the forerunners of the now fully entrenched obstacle course challenges and race phenomenon. The brain child of former British Army Officer Will Dean, Tough Mudder combines military style obstacle course components with an 8-12 mile trail run. In the last…
When the going gets tough, the tough get equipped
We were about two 12 packs deep into our weekly man meeting (a time when my friends and I are granted a hall pass from our ladies). It started as a simple discussion of “what if the zombies came”, and quickly evolved to earthquakes (and other natural disasters), riots, terrorist attacks or various other situations…
Whether it’s for your next deployment or your 9-5 cubicle infiltration, GORUCK will have your 6. GORUCK rucksacks are designed by a Special Forces Operator and made in the USA from 100% military grade materials. Those stats are good enough to pique our interest, but the GORUCK lineup features much more: