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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…

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A bag well traveled

Will Leather Goods Hemingway Duffle

Whether it was his ability to translate experience into Nobel Prize winning prose or the way he went about his exploits in our world, few names stir the spirit of adventure like Hemingway. While labeling luggage after the intrepid traveller may sound good in Monday morning marketing circles, the bag better be able to survive…

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Count sheep, not bugs

Cocoon CoolMax Travel Sheet

Sleeping under the stars on a summer camping trip sounds like a good idea until the sun goes down and the mosquito dinner bell rings. You can flee for the stuffy tent, slather yourself with chemicals or slip into a Cocoon CoolMax Travel Sheet. These thin sleep sacks, available in silk, cotton or microfiber CoolMax…

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Dry bag for a wet world

Dakine Cyclone

Whether you’re bike commuting in Seattle, doing a surf photo shoot in Maui or boarding a dive boat in Fiji, you’re going to need to keep your gear dry. The trick is to find a waterproof bag that holds all your stuff but doesn’t feel like a potato sack on your back. The Dakine Cyclone…

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Rolling up, rolling out

eBags Exo Hardside Spinner Carry-on

While we love a good weekender or duffle, there are times where several days worth of gear necessitate a hard side carryon with wheels. The thing is, a great hard side case (like those from Tumi or Rimowa) don’t come cheap. Enter a surprisingly achievable solution. The in-house line of Exo Hardside Spinner Carry-on from…

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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…

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Bon Voyage

Travelteq Voyager Bag

The best way we can sum up the Travelteq Voyager ($770) is to label it FTBT (for travelers by travelers). Yes, we just made that up, but that’s exactly what this bag is all about. Combining the attention to details commonly found in tier one bags with the no-nonsense functionality of a duffel bag, the…

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Style Pick: Cuisse de Grenouille “Laine Tressée” Belt

Cuisse de Grenouille, which stands for frog leg in French, is a new Parisian fashion company that loves fiddling with details. To celebrate the coming of summer, no facet was ignored in the making of their “Laine Tressée” Belt ($96) collection. These bold “ceintures” brilliantly borrow from the expertise of three countries and combine Italian…

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Choose your own stripes

Zebra Sharbo X LT3 Pen

Not long ago, we highlighted a very rare and extinct pen called the Rotring 600 Trio. Combining two pens and a pencil, the Rotring Trio became a personal favorite. Discontinued a number of years ago, the pen still commands a staggering price on eBay. Both times we’ve featured the pen, we’ve received a number of…

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Time to orbit

Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute

With the recent success of Space X Dragon, the first private spacecraft to launch and connect with the international space station, there’s been a renewed attention to aeronautics and space travel. 50 years ago and for only the second time in history, astronaut Scott Carpenter strapped on a Breitling Navitimer chronograph and orbited the earth…

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Your SLR Sherpa

ONA Camps Bay Camera and Laptop Backpack

Finding interesting ways to carry around our camera gear never gets old. ONA’s useful camera bag inserts are a great item for casual photographers looking for the best way to stash a camera in their luggage. The brand’s new Camps Bay ($430) backpack, however, is a full-service camera and laptop carrier geared toward the pros….

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Style Pick: Onia x Ritz-Carlton Beach Towel

World-renowned Ritz-Carlton has teamed up with beachwear shop Onia to create a killer summer accessory for those with a penchant for luxury. The Onia-Ritz-Carlton Beach Towel ($75) is hand-made with Spanish cotton on one side, and fast-drying, soft, and highly absorbent terry cloth on the other. So even if you can’t return from the beach…

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Year of the Ruck

Kit: One Year with the GORUCK GR1

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…

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Style Pick: Izola Handkerchief Sets

Scoff all you want at the dandy-esque ways of the handkerchief carrier — that is, until the fair lady between the two of you at the bar accidentally spills her drink and all you’ve got is a paper napkin. Make no mistake; the charms of a freshly laundered pocket square aren’t lost on a damsel…