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Military grade, civilian smart

GoRuck Kit Bag

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…

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Time to change your look

JackThreads Goodale Collection Fall 2012

GEAR PATROL SPONSORED POST After a successful start as a trusted curator of other brands, JackThreads ventured into the design business with their own private label, dubbed the goodale collection, and hasn’t looked back. Now in its third line, the Fall 2012 collection is built around staples from previous seasons that customer’s loved, encapsulating a…

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Gentle-manly

Spyderco Air by Gayle Bradley

While some of us like to keep a folding knife with us in our EDC, a clip sticking out of the pocket to be seen and/or damage a really nice pair of trousers isn’t always apropos. And sometimes, you don’t just want to carry any old folder — you care about high style. The Spyderco…

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Style Pick: Feit Handmade Vegetable Leather Belt

Boutique custom shoemaker Feit is expanding their small leather goods line with a new handmade vegetable leather belt. Each belt is made in Lucca, Italy, from a single piece of leather and features only four stitches, each applied by hand. Only 80 will be made, so strike now if you’re waistline needs a makeover. $130…

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High Roller

Smythson Watch Roll

We love our timepieces, but traveling with all our favorites tends to be a problem. Ziploc bags won’t cut it, nor will an empty cigar box — but the Smythson Watch Roll ($465) transports wrist candy safely and in high style. Finished in black full-grain leather and lined with suede, the watch roll’s soft cylindrical…

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Rip Van Wrinkle

Moore & Giles Sullivan Shirt Pack

We assume you know how to properly iron a dress shirt — we don’t assume you enjoy doing it. Maker of fine bags Moore & Giles knows that even proper folding is easily thwarted in a stuffed bag. Their Sullivan Shirt Pack ($155) avoids this wrinkly dilemma entirely by keeping up to five shirts crisply…

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Style Pick: Ghurka for Park & Bond

Old meets new with the newly announced Ghurka for Park & Bond collection. The esteemed bag maker has teamed with the online menswear retailer to create exclusive editions of their Cavalier II Weekender and Dopp Kit in rugged twill canvas with supple leather trim. Surprisingly, the use of monochromatic navy is a first for Ghurka’s…

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Good Things

Vinted Goods

Starting a line of quality goods is no small feat. The design, the materials, the manufacturing — not to mention the seemingly prohibitive costs. It can get overwhelming in a hurry. Thanks to Kickstarter though, not only are we seeing an influx of products (hits and the occasional masses) with zealous founders behind them, but…

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Style Pick: Barbour + Jack Spade

Two prominent names in mens style come together to bring you a line of smart-looking waxed cotton bags and coats. Barbour, the British company that forged a tradition over almost 120 years, joins with Jack Spade, the Manhattan upstart 100 years junior. The younger clothier has been making inroads with the British Empire — a…

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Style Pick: Basil Racuk Soft Brief

Basil Racuk been quietly producing a line of impeccable hand-made to order leather goods out of his Emeryville, CA studio. Something we covered previously. His newest collection is no exception, free of distractions and full of quality. Our favorite: the Soft Brief — in oil tanned, waxed cow or buffalo — which features a 2-way…

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School bag, adult look

Everlane Backpack

Remember your first day of school? Wet-your-pants excitement in elementary, doldrums in middle and utter jadedness in high school — but always accompanied by that trustworthy backpack. Those tattered Eastpaks and monogrammed LL Beans may not have exactly exuded street style, but there’s still time to make up for it with Everlane’s latest consideration, an…

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Style Pick: Anderson Woven Suede Belts

Italian-brand Anderson has been crafting quality leather goods and accessories since 1966. Their classic woven belts are made from premium suede and are versatile enough to complete all manner of well-considered looks. Brown is naturally a solid conservative choice, but there’s also Navy and Grey options if you’re one to take the road less traveled….

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Style Pick: Odin x Target

New York menswear brand and retailer Odin has joined forces with Target — don’t let us catch you saying Tarjay — on an upcoming fall collection that will be sold at Target stores nationwide, Odin’s three stores in NYC, and online. The nearly 20 piece set features plenty of stylish but understated cool weather staples…

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“Everything in Africa bites, but the safari bug is worst of all.”

Cool Hunting x Tumi Safari Duffel

Our friends at Cool Hunting recently returned from an eight day safari in the South Luangwa National Park and designed a special edition of Tumi’s medium Alpha duffle specifically for the trip. Besides striking the ideal balance between size and weight, (which is often strictly monitored on Safaris) the Cool Hunting x Tumi Safari Duffel…

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Not your grandpa's bandana

Outlier Digital Linen Bandana

It’s hard not to deny Outlier’s aim to build the future of clothing with products like the fashionably pragmatic Digital Linen Bandana ($47). The hundred percent linen 23″ x 23″ square pays homage to handkerchiefs of yore with a new twist: digitally printed patterns featuring exclusive work by artist Dan Funderburgh. The kerchiefs’ tasteful looks…

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Sharpest tool (bag) in the shed

Best Made Co. Gear Bag

Yes, it looks great and yes it will hold an axe, but at the heart of the Best Made Co. Gear Bag is sturdy three-layer construction. Comprised of a heavy navy waxed canvas exterior with an impermeable core lined in gray canvas, the Gear Bag may cuts a silhouetted like your new favorite weekender, but…

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More Military

GoRuck Multicam

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+

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Pack Seat Driver

Hammarhead Industries Day Pack

Motorcycle enthusiasts are well aware of the drawbacks of a poorly executed backpack. Shoddy hardware, questionable weatherproofing and styling that usually screams “look at me” for all the wrong reasons are just some of the pack-ability pitfalls we face. Enter Hammarhead Industries to offer a viable and attractive solution. The HHI Day Pack ($290) combines…

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Style Pick: MS&Co. Silk Knit Pocket Squares

You’ve managed to get a silk knit tie into your wardrobe, but how about that pocket square? If you’re still relying on razor-edged whites, and just can’t muster up the courage for paisley, consider MS&Co’s dashing new silk knit pocket square. Measuring 6.5″ by 6.5,” these squares add a pop of texture and work stuffed,…

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Be a wearer of many hats

Talk Shop: New Era

Baseball is remarkable and unlike any other sport in the world. It’s our nation’s past-time for Pete’s (Rose’s) sake, and what’s more, it’s provided one of the most prolific male head wear items ever. As summer goes into full-swing and we dust off the old sweaty ball cap from past years, maybe it’s time to…

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Style Pick: Stalward Ltd. Summer 2012 Neckties

You’ll see them, you’ll want them, but you better hurry up and grab’em because these gorgeous Stalward Ltd. Neckties ($64) won’t be around much longer. The New York based company is serious about adding a touch of fun to modern aesthetics and their summer 2012 collection is carefully handmade by a family-owned factory in Chicago…

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Brewtal

DQM Chinook Cooler Bag

We can’t count the number of times we’ve lugged brew or beef to a party and couldn’t find a practical and stylish way to bring over the goods. Somehow a heavy hard-sided cooler or the all-embarrassing plastic grocery bag just don’t cut the mustard. The DQM Chinook Cooler Bag holds a six twelve-pack of suds…

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Travel tamer

Unit Portables Unit 05-08 Overnight Kit

The chaos of flying hither and yon on short trips for business or pleasure can add stress to an otherwise bucolic lifestyle. With the Unit Portables Unit 05-08 kit, you get an entire travel system to bring order to your universe. This overnight bag and accompanying pouch system is the product of a team of…

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A worthy instrument

Montblanc Starwalker Red Gold-Plated Fountain Pen

Who writes anymore? Well, if you’re still a believer in the hand-written thank you note or letter, you’re in our camp. Nothing says class like a well-written (and legible) note to say you’re not just going to send an email that takes 30 seconds to type. And what more motivation do you need than to…

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No compromises

Dakine Sequence

Packing camera gear for travel usually requires making compromises. Including that extra zoom lens means something gets left behind, whether it’s an extra pair of socks or a guidebook. Take two bags and you run afoul of stingy airline carry-on requirements. So a good camera bag is worth its weight in gold. While there are…

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Easy on the eyes

Smith Optics Vapor 2

We already know retro glasses are in. But thick frames don’t work for everyone, especially if you’re a one-frame kind of guy and are even remotely active. Anyone who’s interested in a minimalist frame that stands up to active use should give the Smith Optics Vapor 2 ($179) (which we recently put to the test)…

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Style Pick: Makr Leather Glasses Case

Given the amount of time and money you spent painstakingly selecting the perfect pair of frames — protecting (and not losing) your favorite summer accessory should be a top priority. The fine leather craftsmen (some say magicians) at Makr obsess over every detail when it comes to the creation of their leather goods, and their…

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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…

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Convertible Carry-All

Tumi Alpha Bravo Travis Backpack

Tumi breaks the mold of sleek modern bags with its new and unconventional iteration of the rugged rucksack. The Travis Backpack ($395) combines the versatility of their normal bags and luggage with the rough hewn look of a military pack. It also houses enough stowage options for even the most demanding pack animals: external zip…

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The Dark Knife Rises

Spyderco Assist Black Blade

You don’t have to have a job in emergency services to appreciate a good rescue knife. The blunt-tip style makes the rescue knife an excellent tool when looking for versatility and safety in a pinch. The Spyderco Assist Black Blade certainly looks pretty intimidating for a non-combat knife. In fact, the anti-reflective black carbon nitride…