It's not terribly surprising when a design firm that has worked for the likes of Apple, Adobe and Nike decides to create an in-house product and it comes out rather nice. What is surprising, however, is what the San Francisco-based design mavens Ammunition decided to make. In their attempt to merge classic, detail-oriented craftsmanship with the modern, connected world, Ammunition imagined a small collection of leather goods. The resulting three cases for Apple devices and two wallets -- available in four different Italian leathers -- are incredibly patterned, beautifully executed pieces that easily slide into pockets and the GP100.
With their offerings, which they branded Octovo, Ammunition sought to provide "satisfying, lasting and beautiful tools for connected travelers". They succeeded on all fronts. Take, for instance, their Layover iPad sleeve. Below its simple, folded-over leather exterior are magnets that automatically wake the device and put it to sleep (something rarely found in sleeves) and a Nubuck lining to ensure that your grubby fingerprints don't interfere with Apple's design efforts. Then there's the travel wallet, which takes a handful (a pocketful, really) of oddly shaped yet vital objects and consolidates them into one sleek package; passport, cards, multiple sizes of currency and boarding passes all fit into the wallet and your back pocket. It's a brilliant piece of design, even if it does put all your eggs in one exquisitely crafted basket.
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