Concepts

Stay tight, stay cool

110% Play Harder Transformer Shorts

It’s common knowledge among athletes that muscle compression is good during hard efforts. It’s also well known that icing muscles immediately after a workout makes for faster recovery. The two concepts have always been mutually exclusive though. Compression wear is all the rage, those snug tops and tights favored by pro football players and, regrettably,...

Excellent Excess

Bugatti 16C Galibier

The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 and Veyron Super Sport have shared the supercar limelight for some time now. Well, Bugatti is staging an upset within in its own automotive ranks by releasing production news of the supremely opulent Bugatti 16C Galibier. A 1000 horsepower W16 (yes, mating V8s) and enough torque to move it to 60...

The Holy Grail of Sports Sedans

2012 BMW M5 Concept

The BMW M5 has stood as the definitive sports sedan for two decades. Others have tried and though some have duplicated its power, no one has been able to harness the commensurate handling dynamics in this category. Now, BMW has pulled back the curtains on its 2012 BMW M5 Concept, and the results are nothing...

A man is what he carries

The Loadout: My Perfect Everyday Carry

Editor’s Note: We’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about our EDC (everyday carry for the uninitiated); in large part because of one of our favorite Tumblers, EDC. If you’ve never been, head there if you want to kill an hour or two. While we already have our daily rigs sorted out reasonably well...

1990 Meets 2011

iFusion iPhone Docking Station

The idea of making a wireless phone wired is admittedly strange, but nostalgia for the familiar often drives people to do crazy things. The iFusion ($150) is essentially a Bluetooth speaker dock in traditional telephone clothing. Thanks to A2DP Bluetooth streaming, the iFusion can playback both call audio or music over its internal speakerphone. The...

Bad name, really good concept

Vizualtech Growler E Concept

The Jaguar E-Type is perhaps one of the most significant vehicles ever made. It will never look outdated and it stands as a nearly flawless design 50 years later. The folks at Vizualtech have rendered a concept called the Growler E to honor the E-Type on its half century anniversary. No, you don’t fill up...

Neat Seat

Chool by Slam

If Slam gets their way, “Chool” will one day enter our vocabulary next to the terms, bench, seat and stool. Essentially their concept centers on a stool-like base that can be transformed into a chair by pulling up a nifty slidable backrest. Realizing that there were plenty of ways to iterate on this form, the...

Two Wheels Good

Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Pikes Peak Special Edition

The iPad 2 release from the minds at Apple may put you to sleep when you see what else has been unveiled in Cupertino, CA. The Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Pikes Peak Special Edition is easily more fun than a flock of angry birds (app or real). Created to celebrate motorcyclist Greg Tracy’s victorious class...

First class ease

Adidas SLVR S-M-L Concept Shoes

We may not be able to do much about the invasive body searches, but air-travel doesn’t have to be a miserable experience in every aspect. A critical piece of gear you shouldn’t overlook are the shoes — specifically: weight, style and ease. The Adidas SLVR S-M-L Concept Shoes ($140) are designed with all three in...

No, it's not Elton John's ride

Mini Rocketman Concept

Mini is clearly not running out ideas. Case in point, the newly introduced Mini Rocketman Concept is a fairly radical design, even for Mini. Its exterior dimensions are closer to the original at only 11 feet long, and makes use of a carbon-fiber spaceframe that keeps weight down while giving the car a stunning proposed...

Romeo. Ohh, Romeo.

Alfa Romeo 4C Concept

Following in the footsteps of its positively stunning predecessor, the Alfa Romeo 4C Concept is both lighter and smaller in dimensions than the 8C Competizione. The 4C Concept is built from carbon fiber and aluminum and manages to keep an ultralight weight of 1,873 lbs. Not nearly as powerful as its bigger brother’s V8, the...

Hippie Heaven

Volkswagen Bulli Concept

Many of us lamented the VW Microbus that never came to fruition several years ago (probably tragically killed off by some bean counter). A decade later, and an even tastier version has emerged, hopefully with a real chance of making into showrooms this time around. Introducing the Volkswagen Bulli Concept, named after the German nickname...

A Classic Board Game Gets a Designer's Touch

A-1 Scrabble Designer Edition by Andrew Capener

The A-1 Scrabble Designer Edition brings a modern, penthouse-approved look to a game that has entertained word nerds since the 1950s. Before you geek out entirely, though, you should note this version is just a concept. The board and interior box you see above was constructed from solid walnut, while the exterior box is made...

Dieselicious

Kickboxer Diesel Concept

Turbo. All-wheel drive. Diesel. Motorcycle. Virtually all of these words get our attention all by themselves. Combine them in the form of the chiseled two-wheeler above, and you have the (conceptual) Kickboxer Diesel, designed by Ian McElroy. Powered by a compact, fuel-efficient Japanese diesel engine, the Kickboxer capitalized on McElroy’s previous Subaru WRX gas-powered engine...

Low slung bull

Lamborghini PML-F Formula 1 Concept

Unlike the Prancing Horse, Lambo lacks any serious racing pedigree. The newly designed Lamborghini PML-F Formula 1 Concept, however, could change that. Part F1 racer, part Dark Knight transport, this demonic creation from Sabino Leerentveld is intended to be propelled by a 3.0L 1200 hp V12. If it ever gets built, pairing that engine with...

Flame Off

Amatoya ATV

In purely concept form right now, the Amatova ATV, from designer Liam Ferguson, gives us a vision into what first-line fire-fighting could look like in the near future. More like something out of the ‘Terminator’ series than out of your local firehouse, the Amatova houses 2 passengers in a high-visibility cockpit and can liquid Howitzer...

Gets you where Quattro won't

Audi Carbon Ski Concept

In case Hublot’s sledge doesn’t strike your winter sport fancy, consider Audi’s Carbon Ski Concept a potential alternative. Created in collaboration with Head, Audi’s Munich based concept design team has developed a pair of skis built around a wood core sandwiched between aluminum and titanium and coated in carbon fiber. The result is a more...

Not for Marshmallows

Hyper-Caffeinated Coffee-Flavored Marshmallows

The concept of Hyper-Caffeinated Coffee-Flavored Marshmallows ($6) is just plain dangerous. Why deal with guzzling over 16 oz of piping hot coffee, or down one of the billion or so energy drinks brands out there if you could get the same effects from popping a cloud of sugary goodness? Yes, these will power-destroyers are packed...

Lux Luger

Hublot Sledge

Usually, when materials like carbon fiber, steel, ash wood and hand-sewn leather come together you expect to hear them with the likes of Bentley or Rolls Royce. But in this case, they form the components of Hublot’s luxury luge. Only ten of these sledges have been made, built in collaboration between Hublot and Lausanne University...

Pantastic

Handle Me Cookware

We try to avoid talking about conceptual products on GP mainly because teasing cool things that might not be commercially developed can be frustrating to the gear obsessed – aka us. This Handle Me Cookware series was just so damn good looking though we had to make an exception. It’s the brain child of the...

Ties, films and a pop-up

30 Minutes With: Alexander Olch

The modern world is one where generalists thrive – renaissance men who have a broad education, who are involved in dynamic careers throughout their lives, and who have myriad passions ranging from flyfishing to webdesign (read: you, the readers). Rarely do such paragons enter in the world of menswear, especially designing traditional accessories like ties,...

Good Design Unleashed

Kosoku Dog Leash

It’s amazing how much we take the basic designs of products for granted. Case in point, after seeing the Quirky-developed Kosoku, we’re now questioning why dog leashes have taken this long to evolve. The Kosoku Dog Leash ($40) features a fully retractable 6-foot leash, reflective tape for extra visibility at night, an ergonomic handle for...

Take bedding (too?) seriously

Sheex Performance Sheets

Updated: Consider this. You spend a third of your life sleeping and how you spend that time has a real impact on your health, your mood, your work and your performance (both in bed and out). You may think the firmness of your mattress and the right pillows make all the difference. But what about...

What is this, Mitosis?

2013 Mini Paceman

The resurgent Mini has found great success in the States, there is no question. The real question is, “How many permutations can Mini come up with? Answer: with the introduction of the 2013 Mini Paceman concept, an elongated cross-over coupe, the number climbs to 7. Stats on the Paceman are an available all-wheel-drive system and...

One burly general, in theory

2011 GMC Sierra All Terrain HD Concept

Camp Chevy has sorely lacked a response to Ford’s F-150 SVT Raptor but evidently someone, at least in the concept department, has been listening. Based off the four-door 2011 Sierra HD, the 2011 All Terrain concept is powered by Chevy’s potent 6.6 liter Duramax V8 diesel engine, which is good for 397 horsepower and 765...

Get rally for it

Lancia Stratos GT2 Concept

Here’s a little history. During the 1970’s and 80’s the Lancia Stratos planted a firm stake in rally racing with its ground-up design which was solely intended for the grueling competition. The Stratos’ unique short and wide design, perfect for rallying, was further etched into history by unique bodywork designed by Bertone’s head designer. Over...

For men who know no stillness

Gift Guide 2010: The Adventure Maven

Do you or someone you know have a bug for adventure? Is scaling a north face this year’s oeuvre? Then consider part one of this year’s gift guide your cheat sheet to success when opening time comes around. That’s because we’ve patiently culled through our favorite outdoor gear this year to compile a handy list...

Not your parents' Lexus.

Quick Spin: 2011 Lexus CT 200h

Earlier this week, Lexus invited Gear Patrol to get behind the wheel of the new 2011 Lexus CT 200h a few months ahead of its North American release this March. The punishing streets of New York aren’t what we’d call a typical test track, but the CT 200h is not your typical car, let alone...

Tony Hawk Meets Tank

2011 MXB Shocker Motocross Board

The 2011 MXB Shocker Motocross Board ($2,999) is designed to be a different kind of fun on wheels from the usual small-motored toys guys often buy. Weighing 74lbs and featuring a 48-volt brush-less motor capable of producing nearly 5 lb/ft of torque and reaching a top speed of 35 mph (with tweaking), think of it...

All American Style

30 Minutes With: Michael Maher of Taylor Stitch

Taylor Stitch, the All-American shirt company based in San Francisco, has never been about New York Fashion Week “seasons” and trends, (and we agree. Real men’s clothing shouldn’t be caught up in the latest Spring/Summer runway presentation). Instead, Michael Maher and his three collaborators who founded Taylor Stitch, pursue genuine quality. “Well-made” is the catchphrase,...

Meet the Bass Pro Shop On Wheels

Toyota Tundra Sportsman

Toyota has been pulling out all the stops for SEMA 2010 and there are plenty of amazing concepts worth browsing. The Toyota Tundra Sportsman though is hands down one of the most awe-inspiring pick-ups we’ve come across. Described by the automaker as a “command center for extended hunting trips” and “the ultimate sportsman fantasy transport...

Get the Most from Your Favorite Shiny Sidekick

Kickstarter: Glif iPhone 4 Tripod Mount & Stand

The Glif iPhone 4 tripod mount and stand ($20) is both simple and useful. Normally we try to steer clear of products that are still in the conceptual stage, but judging by the funds the idea has already raised on Kickstarter, it appears this product will soon be a reality. Created to maximize the potential...

Out of the Box Drinking

Black Box Wines

When it comes to boxed wine, there’s been a few changes in the industry. No longer are boxed wines relegated to stolen sips from mom’s box of Franzia in the fridge. Once a sure sign of swag, boxed wine is now on the rise and signs point to a permanent place amongst the bottled masses....

2010 Paris Motor Show | 20 Cars that Matter

The 2010 Paris Motor Show had landed and it wouldn’t be unreasonable to for a man to assume an amplitude of impossibly sexy cars, leggy models, and enough bespoke suits to make the men of Positano blush. Well, if this year’s display of supercar prowess is anything more than a declaration that the recession is...

6? Nah, More Like a 10

BMW 6 Series Concept

We’ve never considered the previous generation BMW 6 Series much of a looker, a victim of the incoherent design that’s plagued BMW’s from the past decade. The new BMW 6 Series Concept — if you can call it a concept, as this pretty close to what will hit our shores in mid 2011 — is...

Tony Hawk Meets Martha Stewart

Street Furniture

Attitude, irreverence and pushing the boundaries are almost synonymous with skate culture. So doesn’t creating furniture whose express purpose is to be skated on seem a bit like playing Pin the Tail on the Donkey sans blindfold? Created by Jurjen Semeijn for Dutch Design week, the Street Furniture exhibit was first showcased at Area Fifty...

Don't Leave Your Eco-Conscience Hanging

ReThink Hanger

You won’t catch us driving solar powered scooters or living cut off from the energy grid, but we at Gear Patrol do appreciate an occasional nod to the environment. Especially when it’s a brilliant, simple idea and only costs $7.99 The Rethink Hanger by Chinese designer Xuan Yu is essentially a hook that old plastic...

Das Ist Blitzkrieg

Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon LAPV 6.X

We’ll wait a moment while you gaze at the Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon LAPV 6.X… Now, wipe the drool and hit the jump to read on and see our full gallery.

More Than Meets the Bike

Zigo Leader X2 Carrier Bicycle

Thanks to advances in technology, mutually excluding an active lifestyle and having children are a thing of the past. Case in point, the Zigo Leader X2 Carrier Bicycle ($1,399), a hybrid carrier bike system and child carrier that converts to a traditional (yet cool looking) stroller, baby jogger, rear trailer, or urban bicycle in less...

Rethinking Traditional Design for the Better

Outlier Pivot Sleeve Shirt

Outlier boldly states on their site that the Pivot Sleeve Shirt ($144) is “quite simply a better men’s dress shirt”, and based on their design we definitely think they’re on to something. Known for making attractive but functional clothing for today’s bike commuting professional, this project stemmed from the desire to create a shirt that...

Things Can be Built Like They Used To Be

Philips Robust Kitchen Appliance Collection

The phrase “made to last” is not the first concept to spring to mind in a word association with kitchen counter appliances. After some serious design work and innovative thinking, Philips’ hopes that’s exactly the connection consumers will make though while coming across the company’s new Robust line of appliances. Distinguished by a nice mix...

Making Lugging Gear Look Good

Ralph Lauren Large Varsity Duffle

Ralph Lauren may be a world-famous clothing brand, but its real secret to success lies in promoting a lifestyle. To make the point, this large varsity duffle landed on our radar mostly because we wish we were invited to the kinds of swanky events where slinging this bag around our shoulder would clearly separate us...

A History of the Timeline

Cartographies of Time

Great works of non-fiction often stand out because they make detailed examinations of even the most obscure topics fascinating. Cartographies of Time: A History of the Timeline ($32) certainly follows this pattern and will appeal to anyone with a love of history or design. Lavishly illustrated and packed with historical documentation, this book examines the...

Laser-Focused on Honoring our Soldiers

Bushnell Tour V2 Laser Rangefinder Patriot Pack

We’ve touted the benefits of golf rangefinders in the past (Bushnell’s included) and we’re not planning to change our tune at this juncture. Quite the opposite, actually, as Bushnell is upping the ante by offering their award-winning Tour V2 Rangefinder in a special edition package supporting the families of fallen and wounded soldiers through the...