You're hanging out on a hot summer day when a passerby bumps into you. A little jostled, but otherwise fine, you look down and see a black scuff across your brand new pristine white Air Jordans ($108 with tax). Normally, this would send you running down the block looking for a fight (after being egged on by a lispy Martin Lawrence) but today is different. Today you have Jason Markk Clean wipes.
Designed with the sneakerhead in mind, Markk wipes are an ingenious double-sided fix soaked in a signature cleaning solution for fending off scuffs, dirt, grime and all the other enemies of fresh kicks. One side is covered in small blue dots for enough abrasiveness to rid tougher stains. The other is a soft, smooth cleaning surface for rubbing away surface gunk (unfortunately, the wipes don't work on suede and nubuck).
So stop asking incredulously how sneaker-cleaning towlettes ended up on a list of the year's best products. It's simple: they work. Where before sneaker cleaning was a mildly traumatic 20 minutes of scrubbing and praying, after which your Supreme Dunks still ended up looking like a Jackson Pollock, Markk wipes provide a simple solution. You deserve that, and -- as a legitimate fashion item -- so do your sneakers.
Excellence, innovation, craftsmanship, and an unwavering desire to challenge expectations -- these are the constants that have captivated our attention since Gear Patrol's inception in 2007. This year we're proud to announce the next step in our role as a champion of quality in product design and execution: welcome to the GP100. Our inaugural product awards are dedicated to honoring the 100 best consumer products released during the calendar year by companies of all sizes and scope.
The GP100 is not a ranking or a contest. These selections represent the collective expertise of our entire editorial staff, who have scoured every corner of the vast product universe -- from automotive and electronics, to men's style essentials, home goods, spirits and outdoors -- to find the inspiring and the practical, the ground-breaking and the traditional, the priceless and the accessible. In short: products that define or defy their respective categories to better the life of the modern man.
The GP100 is not a contest influenced by marketers or brands, nor is it a ranking by specifications as determined by uniform tests. Instead, it starts with a comprehensive list of nominees released in the calendar year, researched and compiled by our editorial team of obsessed experts across all of Gear Patrol's major areas of interest including Motoring, Technology, Style, Home, Spirits, Outdoor and Watches. Brands are not part of the selection process. Nominees are then debated in context of the past, present and future of their respective fields. Which selections stand as significant innovations, category busters or faithful monuments to the icons of history? Do they adhere to Gear Patrol's core tenets of excellence, design, utility and the spirit of adventure? Distilled to the following 100 items, the GP100 represents the best products on earth released in 2013 -- easily inspiring consumers and creators alike during their search for guideposts of excellence in a vast world of products.
Motoring Watches Style Technology Sports Outdoors Home Spirits
Jeremy BergerBen Bowers