Brooklyn performance-wear brand Outlier has continually shattered myths about the tenuous relationship between fashion and function. Their nonwoven Dyneema backpack turns an otherwise ugly yet scrappy material into a rugged style item; their doubleweave canvas Slim Dungarees integrate Cordura-grade nylon for toughness and look sharper than any pair of jeans. The company's latest innovation is the Merino/Co Pivot shirt, created to survive and even thrive during one of clothing's most grueling real-world tests -- travel.
These days, merino wool's remarkable properties aren't exactly a secret. Look at the baselayers put out by most major outdoor brands and you'll likely find the material on the tag. That's because the list of Merino's talents is longer than Dillinger's rap sheet. It's softer than traditional wool and far more comfortable next to the skin. It retains heat when you need it and breathes when you don't. It wicks moisture away from the skin like a sponge, absorbing up to a third of its own weight without feeling damp. It's highly pliable and provides stretch without losing shape, making it admirably resistant to creasing and wrinkles. It's even naturally antimicrobial, deterring the bacteria responsible for odors.
Outlier had previously leveraged these properties in t-shirts and henleys, but coaxing the ultra-fine material into the crisp structure of a button-up shirt was another story altogether. Such a fabric as was necessary simply didn't exist. Eventually the company convinced their friend Jose Fernandez to found Global Merino to create an ultra-fine merino organic cotton blend. Combining the cutting-edge material with Outlier's patent-pending Pivot Sleeve design was the next logical step.
The resulting Merino/Co Pivot shirt is the ideal uniform for anyone faced with an endless travel itinerary. A discreet storm welt pocket and hidden button-down collar create a versatile, streamlined look that's equally suited for fun and formality. Thanks to the merino, it'll also emerge from atrocious pack jobs or marathon wears looking and smelling good. You should be the one recounting the excitement and tribulations of your latest adventure -- not your shirt.
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.
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