Outerwear

Shawl That

Paul Smith Shawl Collar Waffle Cardigan

Shawl collar sweaters have been roaring back into men’s fashion the last several years, and while plenty of brands are providing their own take on the comfy neck, this Paul Smith Shawl Collar Waffle Cardigan ($240) outshines the rest. Made from soft waffle knitted lambswool with a toggle fastener for really bundling up, it’s a...

Get the Trend Minus the Spend

Old Navy Men’s Hooded Twill Jackets

Old Navy isn’t a brand we frequently promote — since based on our experience, you often get what you pay for. In some cases though, the brand’s ridiculously low prices are just too good to pass up. Case in point, this men’s hooded twill jacket ($40) is an easy way to capitalize on the military...

InVESTment

Bleu de Paname x Pyrenex Down Vest

Bleu de Paname is a well-respected french company known for their experience with denim. Pyrenex is higher-end french outer wear company with a reputation for producing fashion-forward down winter gear. Their forces and inspiration have clearly combined evenly to produce the amazing vest above. Cut from cotton canvas with a wool outer shell and denim...

How Swede It Is

Fjällräven Greenland Jacket

The iconic jacket of outdoor Swedish outfitter Fjällräven, the Greenland Jacket ($350) is as versatile as it is enduring. G-1000, the primary material used on the Greenland Jacket is the product of re-engineered fabric originally designed for use on backpacks and tents combined with paraffin and beeswax. As it becomes increasingly damp, G-1000 swells to...

Hiking? Doubt it. Style? Absolutely

Gant Rugger Hiker Jacket

Good jackets are generally one of two breeds: down-filled marshmallow parkas or lightweight cover-ups for a beach barbecue. Rarely does a man cross paths with a perfect autumn jacket that strikes a balance between the two. The Hiker Jacket from Gant Rugger ($285) is quite possibly the best such garment we have ever seen. Not...

Lightning by Way of Monsoon

Patagonia Outerwear For Apolis Uniform

Infusing urban wear fit without adjusting the outdoor gear technicals the Patagonia for Apolis Activism ($148) jacket marks another successful Apolis collaboration. Its inspiration: to find the perfect outerwear to stand up to the monsoon weather during their Vietnam expedition. The jacket features a h2no waterproof shell, adjustable hood, microfleece neck and chin, water resistant...

A Worthy Fall Mainstay

Life After Denim Military Blazer

Urban Daddy brand manager and Kempt writer Randy Goldberg alerted us to this great looking fall basic. Available in heathered brown and black colorways, the Life After Denim’s Military Blazer ($138) is surprisingly affordable given its distinct styling. The additional buttons also make it slightly more capable of keeping you warm as the season progresses...

50 Going on 5

Rocky Mountain Featherbed Gore-Tex Mountain Parka

Back in the 1960’s a brand out of Jackson, Wyoming was born. Rocky Mountain Featherbed Company. Its signature piece, a beige cold weather vest with leather yoke. After its cold-weather outfitting heyday, the brand went largely unnoticed the 80’s when it was procured by a Japanese vintage collector. Fast forward to 2005 with a brand...

A New Spin on Military Surplus

Denham LONGSHORE D.G.L Jacket

In the realm of jacket brands vying for your dollars, of which there are plenty, few have such depth of heritage and origin as the Denham LONGSHORE D.G.L Jacket ($780). What makes it utterly unique is that the entire jacket is re-cut from Dutch army blankets and ponchos. The ponchos obviously provide the jacket with...

The Cat's Meow

J.Crew Belstaff Panther Jacket

Riding on the open road with a half-ton piece of metal between your legs demands the proper attire. Problem is, it’s hard to look sharp stepping off a bike and into the bar wearing a ballooning protection jacket. Take a cue from the style icons of yesteryear and lay your eyes on the Belstaff Panther...

Sure to Impress the Girls in Home Room

GAP Varsity Shawl Collar Cardigan

High school may not be a time all of us wish to relive. Unless you never left your home town though, there’s no reason everyone has to know you were Jeff Spicoli, when you can dress the part of Charles Jefferson. Ok so maybe simply wearing this varsity shawl collar cardigan ($70) won’t be enough...

Look Good, Stay Dry(er)

Jack Spade Neptune Trench

GORE-TEX and its analogous water-proof brand-specific variants can be a life saver for camping or just getting to work in a down pour. The downside is that most jackets made using this material look better suited for Everest than the office. Trench coats have been a staple of men’s fashion for decades because they provide...

Wool Underwear? No Joke.

Icebreaker Superfine Wool

A wool T-shirt? Wool underwear? Before you think Gear Patrol reviewers are a bunch of masochistic wackos (only some of us are), consider Icebreaker Superfine wool clothing. Icebreaker is a New Zealand clothing company that is trying to convince the world that wool can be cool and comfortable, one pair of briefs at a time....

English Heritage Gets the Japanese Treatment

Barbour Tokihito Jackets

We realize it’s hard to think about jackets right now, but in the spirit of keeping you prepped for Fall 2010, we had to share these Barbour Tokihito Yoshida Jackets brought to our attention by the fashion focused minds at Swipelife. Representing the second collaboration between the English outerwear legend and the esteemed Japanese designer,...

Calling An Audible on Hoodies

Rusty Wired Jacket

Upon joining Gear Patrol, I was given the writer mandate: Go forth and find unique and amazing gear. Now, it will vary by writer and reader taste, but a recent find that’s worth your attention is the Rusty’s Wired Series Jacket ($50). This all in one jacket with built-in headphones is worth some attention.

Listen Up Guys: Alley Collection is a New Brand to Watch

Alley Collection James Jacket

To better balance the slew of clothing options we’ve featured lately that are tailored to slimmer guys, we’ve recently been on the hunt for good looking attire made with more athletic men in mind. Alley Collection fits that bill perfectly. Created by John Robblee, who is a former Bay Area Firefighter, and his partner Laura...

Get Drenched in Style

Supreme Outdoor Parka

Non New Yorkers may not be familiar with the Supreme brand, but thanks to e-commerce, that doesn’t mean you can’t integrate their clothes to your wardrobe from afar. The Outdoor Parka is a choice piece from their current offerings, and works well as a light weight, stylish shell for weathering summer showers. Made from water-resistant...

Your Brooks Brothers Doesn't Do This

Rapha Tailored Cycling Jacket

British bespoke suit jacket tailoring and biking outerwear. Doesn’t sound like your everyday convergence yet completely intriguing, right? Well, Italian cycling outfitter Rapha has done just that. Commissioning London tailor Timothy Everest, the Rapha Tailored Cycling Jacket ($550, avail May) is constructed of a unique nanotechnology based 100% wool fabric that’s both water/stain resistant and...

Don't Let Moisture Slow You Down

66° North Glymur Men’s Jacket

Pretty much any dude who has spent even one night outdoors knows of brands like North Face and Patagonia. They have a reputation for making high quality gear that many outdoor enthusiasts swear by (including several of Gear Patrol’s editors). Being the type of men who are always curious to discover new brands though, we...

Haute Hoodie? Nah, It's Just Right

Bumpy Pitch Hoodie

A few of the major wardrobe staples every man requires: suit, wingtips, crisp white shirt, street shoes, denim, and a hoodie. Problem is most hoodies are too baggy and slouchy to wear anywhere other than the competitive floors or your local club basketball league.

Get Waterproof

Canada Goose Storm Chaser & Lodge Down Jacket

If you hadn’t heard, New England was under water last weekend. We saw torrential rain for over three days, which was awful for people’s finished basements and commuting but it was the perfect proving ground for the Canada Goose Storm Chaser jacket we’d gotten to demo.

Perfect for Your Transition to Heat

Polo Ralph Lauren Bedoine Quilted Jacket

After dealing with a heavy winters and snowocalypses, the concept of a spring jacket may cause many of you to scratch your heads in confusion. Not quite warm enough to really withstand any kind of put-hair-on-your-chest weather, but less constricting then that suffocating hand quilted puce “sweater” from your granny, they admittedly fill a small...

Say No To The Poncho (Look)

G-Star Raw Decoy Garber Trench

Featuring a front button closure with a belted stand collar and side flap pockets, G-Star Raw’s Decoy Garber Trench will keep you protected from the elements in fine European fashion. The G-Star Raw Decoy Garber Trench is form fitting with the button tabs in the back so you won’t look like you’re wearing a poncho...

Stow It, Pack It, Technologic

Nike Pinnacle Collection M-65 Packable Jacket

The Nike Pinnacle Packable M-65 Jacket is the first piece from the 2010 NWP collection that’s available in three colors: light grey, black, and light brown. The slimmer cut Spring jacket is constructed of Nike’s Storm-FIT all-weather material (100% nylon) and features four exterior pockets with internal cord-management for your media player, interior left pocket,...

Hardly Inert

Outdoor Research Helium Jacket

The best rain jacket is one that you don’t know you’re carrying in your pack and when you’re wearing it, you can’t tell it’s on. The Outdoor Research Helium is one of these jackets, achieving that holy trinity of outdoor gear design – light, minimal and functional.

Look Good, Stay Dry

OBEY Storm Front Jacket

Don’t let bad weather dampen your look. Made from 100% cotton, OBEY’s unique treatment makes this jacket highly water-resistant while still keeping costs down, which is good news in these tough times. Differentiated by a bold, structured collar, detachable hood, and less technical but more versatile 5 button enclosure, it’s a great jacket for urban...

Yes, A Jean Jacket that We Endorse

ELC Cody Denim Jacket

Made from North Carolina 13 oz raw denim and lined with Portuguese flannel, and sporting a slim motorcycle-inspired cut, the ELC Cody Denim Jacket is a jean jacket that we can get behind. Unlike some of the atrocities you probably wore in elementary school, the Cody is a jacket that will get better as time...

Nothing But 100% Silk Wool Touches This Body

Ramblers Way Wool

By Guest Writer and Outdoor Enthusiast Sandy Bandu Yes, it’s true – and once you try it you will likely never go back. Forget cotton, forget polyester; lightweight, merino wool is all you need. This writer will go so far as to admit that he has had a hard time peeling this new “second”-Cross Neck...

Keep Heat In and the Elements Out

Patagonia Das Parka

By Guest Writer and Outdoor Enthusiast Sandy Bandu Patagonia is certainly renowned for their bombproof, outdoor performance gear, but their DAS Parka is nothing short of well-rounded perfection. If you are in the market for a lightweight, synthetic coat (truly a superior material to down, in most situations), this coat provides all the comforts that...

Imitation is the Highest Form of Flattery

Patagonia Men’s Slingshot Down Vest

Clearly taking some design cues from the likes of Pennfield’s Rockwool Vest, Patagonia’s Slingshot down vest mixes its tried and true technical appeal with a few key touches of fashion-focused flair. Insulated with 600-fill goose down, like all vests, it’s great for keeping your core toasty while retaining flexibility and movement in your arms. It...

Before Gore-Tex, There Was (and is) Waxed Cotton

Barbour Beaufort Jacket

As our man Jon Gaffney explained in his previous coverage of Barbour, this well known English brand has been making the ultimate waterproof outwear since time immemorial. Well, almost. Made from Barbour’s legendary waterproof, wax-treated cotton (100%), the Beaufort epitomizes what Barbour has become famous for and serves as the perfect mid-weight jacket for your...

Nordic. Style.

Fjallraven Rivoli Sweater

Building up a solid repertoire of sweaters to replace your trusted collegiate hoodie collection (at least for M-F) is a goal that all guys should aspire to. Some of us are farther along than others on this sartorial quest, but if you’re like us and still looking, we’ve got a recommendation for you: Fjallraven’s Rivoli...

Get the Look Without the Hurt on Your Wallet

French Connection Military Melton Coat

Since not everyone can afford outer wear made by the likes of legendary jacket manufacturers such as Barbour and Burberry, we’ve fingered the French Connection Military Melton coat as a reasonably-priced, stylish alternative. Made from 100% Wool, this black overcoat is great for those looking to stay warm while maintaining a personal sense of style....

Bad Guy In A Nice Sweater

Cordarounds Black Sheep Sweater

Are you the the black sheep of your bunch? Well, then Cordarounds has a sweater for you. Essentially, it’s a sweater comprised of 100% black sheep’s wool sourced from an Irish mill that separates out black wool, specifically for Corarounds use. Cordarounds signature red fabric touches are present on this sweater, to set things off....

Not Your Grandma's Shawl

3Sixteen Shawl Collar Sweater

Owning a couple of quality sweaters is a must to round out your winter wardrobe. If you’re looking for a new addition to the rotation we’d direct your attention to 3Sixteen‘s new Shawl Collar. Traditionally styled for the outdoorsman or fisherman looking to keep their neck warm, the shawl collar has moved into the mainstream...

Are You Down?

Obermeyer KFO Down Insulator

Pop quiz, gear head: Do you know what down is? Did you guess feathers? Wrong. Down is simply the layer of fluff that resides just below a waterfowl’s plumage. Because it’s fluffy, it keeps you warm by trapping heat within clusters of air, which as you (should) know is one of the best insulators. As...

Little Bit O'Thunder... Little Bit O'Down

The North Face Thunder Jacket

Beat the winter chills with some down. The North Face Thunder Jacket is new for the 2009 Fall/Winter season. Designed for freezing conditions, the Thunder Jacket is an ultra-lightweight 800 fill goose down jacket intended for athletes and backpackers. The compact fit and dimensions make it easy to pack (and wear) and even stuffs into...

Style Or Functionality? Both.

Nau Modus Trench

It’s no secret that we at Gear Patrol have a fondness for Nau gear. Several of our crewmen have purchased their garments in the past, and it’s about time we share with you one of our favored go-tos, the Nau Modus Trench. The Modus Trench is a three-layer, waterproof, windproof jacket that has two feet...

Classic American Style That Never Gets Old

Schott NYC Classic Racer Motorcycle Jacket

Here at Gear Patrol, we love the latest and greatest tech. We’re easily wowed by newfangled gizmos with innovative functions and aesthetics. However, we hold in the highest esteem brands and products that have stood the test of time. Such items have endeared themselves to individuals and to popular culture alike; the classic American motorcycle...

It Was A Dark and Stormy Jacket...

Aether Stormy Jacket

Layering is one of the single greatest fashion opportunities found in the cooler seasons, and a great shell should fit as well over a single oxford as it should a sweater, serving its function as protection from the elements. Last year, we first learned of the Aether brand and checked out the Aether Summit Jacket...

Taking Warmth and Comfort to a Higher Plane

Outdoor Research Transcendent Sweater

For those of you living on the half of our planet situated above the equator, fall is here; about this there can be no doubt. Some of us revel in the cool, damp mornings and crisp evenings that autumn brings. Whether or not you love the weather that comes with this season, you can’t deny...

Know This Brand: Orage

Orage Lawson Fleece

Winter approaches. GP’s product research adapts. In continued efforts to highlight brands you may not know of, but should, we give you Orage. Hailing from Montreal, Québec, Orage is an all-season mountain/snow sport outfitter that gravitates towards the snowboarding lifestyle. The distinctively modern/urban design carries through most of their lineup is snowboarder approved and this...

From the Starboard Side to the Upper East Side

Paul & Shark Watershed Cardigan

Paul & Shark is a company with which I have a great wealth of personal experience; I’ve sold their sportswear in the past and I absolutely love it. I’m excited that I have the opportunity to introduce Paul & Shark and its amazing products to you, our Gear Patrol readers. Paul & Shark has a...

Technologically Advanced, Sophisticated Design, Rugged Purpose

Aether: Summit Jacket and Space Hoodie

Here’s a question for you: what would happen if Tim Gunn and Bear Grylls sat down at a sewing machine? Before your mind explodes with the absolute non-possibility of such a thing, allow me to interject. What you would have would be a great looking, highly functional, properly fitted piece of outerwear for hiking, climbing,...