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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…

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Pick Pocket

Arizona Arena Bifold Picker’s Wallet

Keep all your plastic together with the Arizona Arena Bifold Picker’s Wallet ($36). The 100% full-grain leather wallet is lined in pigskin for durability and contains a cash compartment, 4 slots for cards and a plectrum pouch for your picker du jour. Perfect if you consider yourself a serious guitar player — or just happen…

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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…

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Changes Come Easy

Timekeeping: How to Change a Watch Strap

Let’s face it, times are tough and it’s not just European governments that are implementing austerity measures. A lot of guys can’t squeeze a new watch into their 2012 budgets. But don’t despair, there’s an affordable way to get a fresh look for your existing watch – change the strap. You might be surprised at…

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Style Pick: Apolis Organic Hand Dyed Linen Tie

Spring time always holds a particular soft spot for fashionistas. After long months spent covering up in warm attire, the change in season is duly celebrated with a liberating explosion of style. Not to be outdone, social fashion enterprise Apolis presents its line of naturally produced and locally crafted organic hand dyed linen ties. Each…

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Style Pick: Feit Handmade Vertical Wallet

Some call it a science, some call it an art. Regardless of how you choose to define it, in the process of wallet making, two elements are absolutely essential — functionality and form. The folks at Feit have brought these two universal principles face to face in the 2012 Spring Hand Sewn Collection. Their Handmade…

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A match made for messengers

Incase Range Collection

Incase continues their love affair with cyclists with the release of their new collection, Range. Created with two-wheeled travelers in mind, the Range series figures that if it can stand up to the beating of a bike messenger whipping through New York’s Lower East Side, it can probably do just fine lugging your books or…

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Let it Rainier

Bollé Rainier

Ugh. Another pair of sunglasses. Really? Well, until you actually try on the Bolle Rainier, like we did, you wouldn’t know that they are supremely comfortable and have what Bolle calls Thermogrip technology to keep the specs on your face. Consider them like tropical frog fingers for your face, providing a great fit and allowing…

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Style Pick: Acne Everest Shoulder Bag

There are times when your casual gym duffel bag just won’t do. Weekend getaways and overnight soirees come to mind. Enter the Acne Everest, a stylish and functional shoulder bag that’s part of Acne’s Spring/Summer 2012 collection. The canvas bag is fitted with sturdy leather straps to ensure a solid handle on your belongings, and…

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Travelocity

Osprey Meridian 22

Do any amount of traveling and see the poor luggage choices people make. Too big, too small, nondescript, completely impractical… they run the gamut. Preferring our travel light and agile, but prepared, this traveler prefers a bag provides key travel functions, flexibility and bombproof construction.We recently went in-depth with the excellent Osprey Meridian 22 ($300)…

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The Secret Garden... of delights

Wentworth Pewter Flask

A gentleman will go portable with his drink via flask, not beer hat. And his drink of choice will probably fall into the category of whiskey or whisky. Cheap, logo’d flasks are a dime a dozen and will class you up about as much as eating your porterhouse with a spork. Turn to the Wentworth…

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All of your cards, all in one wallet

Holdfast Indispensable Photographer’s Wallet

One of our favorite camera accessory companies Holdfast, started by professional photographer and GP reader Matthew Swaggert, has just released the perfect piece of gear for managing your memory cards and money. The 4.35″ Indispensable Photographer’s Wallet ($45+) features a foldable design with three pockets. The exterior slide pocket holds IDs and the various other…

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Style Pick: Alexander Olch Spring/Summer 2012 Scarf Collection

Menswear accessory designer Alexander Olch has released a new line of spring scarves for the first time. Like popular ties and pocket squares, all of the scarves are designed in handmade in NYC. Pair one with a blazer in a couple of weeks to differentiate your look, and perhaps the added insulation will let you…

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Da best kind of luggage

Dakine Wheeled Duffle

The best luggage is that which you don’t notice. You know those bags where the wheels stop spinning, the handle gets loose and the zippers break at the worst possible time? Well this wheeled duffle from Dakine isn’t one of those bags. This is a bag you can stuff full of gear, drag across inhospitable…

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When these fibers combine...

Dahlgren Socks

While we prefer the warmer, sockless months, the colder ones are just a fact of life. And as such, the right socks are critical. You want to look good, maybe show some ankle flair, and most importantly keep your feet dry. Wicking moisture away from your feet actually keeps them warm in the winter, or…

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Smooth and Ready

Tumi Tegra-Lite

Travel enough and you come to appreciate the advantages of hard-shell luggage. Their no-nonsense design, impact-resistance and durability go hand-in-hand with the frequent traveler routine. The problem is, hard-shell cases often weigh more than their soft-shelled counterparts. Tumi aims to change all that with their new line of Tegra-Lite ($595-$795) luggage. Made from an armor-like…

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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…