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Lighten up

Wild Turkey Rye 81 Proof

For many of us, 101 proof alcohols conjure up fuzzy memories of enflamed shot glasses and, well, not much else. For the now more responsible — and presumably with better taste — the Lawrenceburg, Kentucky distillery famed for its high-proof whiskeys, has released Wild Turkey Rye 81 Proof. Aged for 4–5 years in “alligator” char...

The real right stuff

American Optical Original Pilot for Duluth Trading Company

Whether credit goes to Don Draper or not, there’s no denying the current popularity of aviator sunglasses. And while there is no shortage of brands to choose from, if you want the original, there’s only one choice: American Optical. The US military started issuing AO Aviator sunglasses to its pilots, sailors and soldiers way back...

Leave it to Cleaver

Woodman’s Pal Military Premium 284

If you’re itching to reenact an episode of Lost, husk coconuts, or just clear brush, the Woodman’s Pal Military Premium 284 machete should come in handy. The made in the USA concave axe blade, forged in high carbon steel (hardened to Rockwell C47+2 for you knife aficionados), “catches” branches and vines, reducing the glancing blows...

Light the Way

Kickstarter: Bosavi Headlamp

Sound principles don’t always create success, but they certainly don’t hurt. The Bosavi Headlamp ($80) is a multi-purpose light backed by the fundamental axiom of usefulness, something too often taken for granted. While flexible-use lights abound, the Bosavi provides a quality of design and ingenuity that sets it apart. Environmental friendliness and quality hands-on manufacturing...

Pigs too can fly

Flying Pig Fly Rods

When Larry Damore isn’t rocking audiences behind the mic touring with punk band Pegboy, you can usually find him somewhere upstream, in a calm and quiet section of the Mississippi. The Chicago based lead also happens to be an avid fly fisher and craftsman to boot. Flying Pig Performance Fly Rods are the result of...

Penterest

Noodler’s Inks

Calligraphy is big business. It’s also manly. Has it been hijacked by the fairer sex? For the time being, perhaps, but that doesn’t mean ol’ John Hancock wasn’t afraid to whip out his quill and nib/feed combination when the right cellulose paper called for it. Are you better than John Hancock? We didn’t think so,...

Get Into a Pickle

Gordy’s Pickle Jar

Pickles polarize. You’re on one side of the fermented fence or the other. We consider the salty, crispy cukes “the white man’s kimchi”, frankly. Gordy’s Pickle Jar just so happens to take their delicatessen delicacies seriously enough for fanatics like us. With four diverse gourmet pickle-based products — Sweet Chips, Hot Chili Spears, Sweet Pepper...

Form-ulated Function

Ignoble Lorna Case Backpack

In the ongoing struggle to carry gear without looking like an overstuffed Sherpa, all-around black-bag purveyor Ignoble has tossed in a solution in the form of the Ignoble Lorna Case Backpack ($300). At 25 liters, made from black ballistic nylon, and sporting padded shoulder straps, obligatory sternum strap, and airmesh back, the Lorna functions as...

Ditch the Motor and Spare Tire

Dragonfly Stand Up Paddleboard

Stand up paddle boarding or (SUP) is taking the aquatic sports world by storm and was even named one of the five hottest outdoor sports by the Outdoor Recreation Topline Report. Coincidentally, the same study found fishing to be the most popular outdoor activity for adults. Combining these two awesome and extremely popular pastimes was inevitable,...

Style Pick: Allen Edmonds Special Edition Kasmuk Wingtips

Wingtips have always been on the casual side of the dress shoe spectrum, but footwear legend Allen Edmonds has nudged the style into more aggressive territory with their Special Edition Kasmuk ($300). The striking blue denim uppers are definitely a step outside of the company’s typical brogue comfort zone. Their risk, however, is your fashionable...

The Spirit of '95

Jim Beam 1795

Fresh on the heels of your last thought about a reason to imbibe comes

Riding in style

Search and State All Road Apparel

Sure, you could argue the obnoxious styles of most biking apparel lines makes you more noticeable to vehicles on the road, but who cares about safety if you’re riding in clothes you wouldn’t be caught dead in? A new brand Search and State is challenging the notion of what cycling gear should look like with...

Get strapped

DSPTCH Camera Sling Strap

Dial down the touristy vibe on your next photo hunt, home or abroad, with a DSPTCH Camera Sling Strap ($48). Designed and made in San Francisco by a photographer — a man quite deft with the lens himself — is made using mil-spec commercial grade nylon webbing and outfitted with a uni-loop connector to ensure...

The boots that started it all

L.L. Bean 100th Anniversary Maine Hunting Shoe

To celebrate the centennial anniversary of their iconic boot line, L.L. Bean recently introduced the Men’s 100th Anniversary Main Hunting Shoe ($140), a special 12-inch edition of the sturdy footwear that first made them famous. Available only in limited quantities, the boot is an almost exact replica of the ones invented and worn by the...

Style Pick: Allen Edmonds Fastball Boat Shoe

Men’s fashion authority Allen Edmonds knows a moneyball when it sees one. The Fastball Boat Shoe ($115) adroitly struts the tightrope between gimmicks and licensed apparel to create a unique set of boaters for fans of America’s favorite pastime. Each pair is made from a white unlined distressed leather upper with red baseball stitchings on...

Because dad tells the best stories

Read n’ Rock Rocker

Thanks to a practically impenetrable, yet ultra-soft fabric layer called Crypton Super Fabric (seriously, that’s the name), the Read n’ Rock Rocker ($849) will hold up against even the worst chunky eruptions or sippy-cup snafus. Sized for 1.25 people and available in five colors (we like sandstone), the chair should serve nicely both as a...

Brooklyn Born

Tasting Notes: Greenhook Ginsmiths American Dry Gin

We’re suckers for good gin, so when one pops up in our backyard, we uncap some vermouth and chill our martini glasses. Greenhook Ginsmiths American Dry Gin ($30) is a new product from the Greenhook Ginsmiths Distillery in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Led by ginsmith Steven DeAngelo, the distillery utilizes a vacuum method that lowers the atmospheric...

Never on the rocks, impeccably neat

Whiskeyjack Paddles

Originally intended as commemorative gifts for family and friends, Danny Brown’s handmade masterpieces were just too beautiful not to be shared. A little word of mouth, and some busy weekends later and Whiskeyjack Paddles came to be. Based out of the Rocky Mountains in Whitefish, Montana, Whiskeyjack creates individually crafted, hand made functional art in...

Reach your full potential

Blank Slate Climbing Training Board

We know you’re busy, hey we are too. Making it to the gym isn’t always an option, and unless you’ve got a couple hundred square feet to spare, home workouts can get tired fast. Take boredom out of the equation and keep your muscles guessing with the Blank Slate Training Board ($129). Just like that...

Good Jeans

3×1 Bespoke Denim

It’s only fitting that the founder of Paper Denim & Cloth, Scott Morrison, is the mind behind 3×1. The jeans demigod created the SoHo-based store/workshop/gallery as a shrine to all things denim that includes over 130 bolts of selvage to choose from, and a glass-enclosed “atelier” where each hand-stitched individually numbered pair is made for...

Style Pick: Billykirk Hand-Stitched Leather Laptop Sleeves

Over the years, we’ve raved about Billykirk’s products and founders, and their latest laptop sleeves ($219+) reaffirms our love. It’s a classic Billykirk piece – blending chic with toughness, and elegance with durability. Featuring hand-stitched Horween leather, a Chicago asset since 1905, this sleeve exudes rugged class. In any boardroom or meeting it sends a...

Luxury basics for under $100

Everlane

A new fashion startup Everlane is on a mission to let you know that you’ve been paying way too much for your basic fashion staples (here’s looking at you Banana Republic). The online-only retailer offers luxurious basics for under $100; a feat made possible through tight control of its manufacturing, removing middlemen and bypassing the...

Style Pick: Taylor Stitch S/S Milton Madras shirts

With spring upon us, it’s time to dust off madras shirts. If you’re looking to upgrade your current collection or even taking the plunge into the famous cloth born from the city of Chennai, India for the first time, make sure to check out the Milton from Taylor Stitch. The SF-based brand pride themselves on...

Limber timber'er

Sven-Saw Folding Saw

The Sven Folding Saw eliminates the cumbersome builds of traditional cutters, while still retaining the strength to conquer any task. Both 15” and 21” models are available, featuring a USA made frame and a serrated blade formed in Denmark from Swedish steel. Its unique folding design protects the blade when not in use, and collapses...

Stuck-in-time materials, timeless design

Petrified Design Furniture

Petrified Design revives reclaimed materials to create timeless new furniture that’s not only functional, but also artfully crafted. The Austin-based furniture maker gets its inspiration and materials from old ceiling slates, pieces of old gooseneck trailers and wine barrels — and combines them with industrial steel. Their resulting creations range from chairs and stools to...

Style Pick: American Giant Sweatshirt

Quality and fit: that sums up American Giant, a small company from San Francisco. As of now, the brand only sells a variety of affordable, long-lasting basic sweatshirt styles, all handmade in America. Unlike other brands who skimp on labor costs to keep prices low, American Giant doesn’t operate stores and spends absolutely nothing on...

Red Wing Handsewn Collection

Red Wing is a classic American brand, and we’ve always been fans of their footwear. Today, the company has launched a new collection, hand sewn in Lewiston, Maine. Other fans of the brand are bound to enjoy the video above released to explain the collection, but even if fashion isn’t your thing, it’s still interesting...

Highest Common Denominator

Behind the Wheel | 2012 Volkswagen Passat SEL

Taking a step back — a good one — VW returns to its roots of making stellar vehicles at earthly prices, and the result is the 2012 Volkswagen Passat, now made right here in America. Remarkably better than its predecessor yet refreshingly light on the wallet (prices start under $20 grand) the 2012 Passat is...

Silicon Valley Sport Utility

Tesla Model X

A 7-passenger, all-wheel drive electric crossover with gull-wing doors that hits 60 mph in 4.4 seconds? Sounds like stuff of the future. Not for Elon Musk. The storied CEO of Tesla motors, who unveiled the Model X ($50,000+) this morning announced that the third Tesla model will be available in early 2014 and manufactured alongside...

Bring the barbershop home

Imperial Barber Products

Imperial Barber Products is a new grooming brand, inspired by the founding team’s collective 26 years of experience in the LA and NYC barbershop scene. The made in the U.S.A. line started off with the classic pomade, which the brand boasts is the strongest water-based pomade in the country, and should be good for those...

Style Pick: Put This On Gentlemen’s Association

The fine gents at Put This On have put together what may be the coolest style subscription yet. It’s called The Gentlemen’s Association. The goal: dress you like a proper man, one square at a time. Traveling the world, editor Jesse Thorn hand picks fabrics — some vintage, some rare, all unique — which are...

Style Pick: Eastland Made in Maine Millinocket Moccasin Boots

Like their namesake city, Millinocket — population 5,200 — these moccasin boots expand on Eastland’s growing Made in Maine series. Horween leather handsewn by Maine shoemakers feature a hand-rubbed finish and a contrasting crepe-colored wedge. $365 | | barneys.com

Always Analog

Pelle Leather Journal

The Pelle Leather Journal ($30) is another worthy addition to your analog record keeping repertoire. Inspired by the hard to find and broadly loved Midori Traveler’s Notebook, it features a sturdy leather cover with elastic retainer band and the ability to hold up to three different notebooks in one cover. The covers are made in the...

Her Majesty’s woolen

Rickshaw Bagworks Performance Tweed Laptop Sleeve

Now that the holidays are long over and Apple products are filling pockets and bags by the tree-full, it’s time to worry about protecting them. We particularly like the Rickshaw Bagworks Performance Tweed laptop sleeve ($50). As always, Rickshaw manufactures to-order and their products are customizable, but we are sold on the classic Performance Tweed....

Lite a fire

SlatGrill

For grilling in the great outdoors, lightweight construction and portability are a must, but without durability and a flexibility, there’s really not much point (or culinary joy) in lugging one around. Oddly, there aren’t that many great options out there. Newcomer SlatGrill ($110), designed by Chris Weyandt of St. Paul Minnesota, offers up a solution...

Get Plowed

Innovation Factory Snowmover 2.0

Your standard $3 snowbrush can’t seem to bear much load, making it tough to clean off your car without snapping it into plasticky bits. So when time (and avoidance of “snow elbow”) are of the essence, you just might want to give the Innovation Factory Snowmover 2.0 ($24) a go at the white stuff. Made...

Brightening homes, one lamp at a time

Shopped: 5 Picks from Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co.

Crafting, scouring and sourcing the best in Americana decor and appointments, Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co. will have you rethinking every room in your home. With roots fimly planted in sublime lighting, Schoolhouse has recently expanded its inventory and footprint with a new factory in Portland — a perfect time to roundup five products we’re...

Mountain bound, urban adept

Topo Designs Sling Bag

We see just about every size and shape of bag — no complaints here — but we’ve grown fond of the proficient carries from Topo Designs. Blame it on a blend of proficient design and great prices. And of course, the fact that each bag is made in the Colorado Rockies. As a follow-up to...

The Sound of Sight

Our latest viewfinder comes courtesy of the esteemed sunglass makers at Randolph Engineering. After touring their factory last year, we were certainly impressed with the hard work and craftsmanship that went into every pair of glasses Randolph makes. The Sound of Sight is essentially an artful highlight reel of this process.

Experience that shows

HoldFast Photography Equipment

HoldFast is a new brand born from the passion of professional photographer and long time Gear Patrol reader Matthew Swaggert. After years of being frustrated with the overly complex, uncomfortable, and militia-styled gear that flooded the photography market, he decided to channel his experience and love of American heritage to create something better. The HoldFast...

This Schitt is for real

Schitt Headphone Amps

Knowing that nearly all of us are guilty of what co-founders Jason Stoddard and Mike Moffat would consider an abomination is an interesting notion. The crime? Listening to the music coming through today’s primary audio consumption tool. Headphones. Luckily, the duo also have a hefty, if not vigorous, solution: Schitt Headphone Amps ($250+). Obvious moniker...

Style Pick: Imogene + Willie Earl Bright Check Shirt

This 2-ply, loose-weave Japanese cotton shirt from Nashville, TN brand Imogene + Willie features a bright check pattern out on the outside, with a solid light blue interior. It’s also built to last, with triple needle construction, in homage to co-founder Matt’s great uncle who worked as a bulldozer operator by day and a hobbyist...

Pyre Strikes Back

Magnesium Fire Starter

Starting fires with a lighter is quick and easy, but there’s still magic in the old school. Flint aside, a magnesium striker can make kick-starting a fire a simple affair. The fact that magnesium ignites regardless of damp conditions, is lightweight, and also remains stable when packed make it a camping staple. This magnesium starter...