When Red Wing announced earlier this year that they were updating their classic no. 875 boot, we nearly blew a gasket. Violating such a classic was heresy of the highest degree. But once we stopped grumbling and actually saw what the "updates" were, we shook off our misplaced fears. Turns out that Red Wing's Heritage department retooled the Oro Legacy 875 by bringing it back to its roots. Sneaky, Red Wing. Very sneaky indeed.
When you think boots, chances are you picture the 875 (the 6-inch version of the taller 877). Moc stitched toe, Goodyear welt, and that chunky white crepe wedge sole make for quintessential work wear. Your grandfather probably did his yard work in a pair, and very possibly bought your dad his first pair. To bring the Heritage 875 to life, Red Wing's tanneries successfully matched the rich oily feel and russet coloring (purported to look like the coat of an Irish Setter) of the original. The hardware is original too, looking more nickel and shiny than the modern version, now called the 10875. All of this makes an already familiar boot new again.
They're still made right in Minnesota, and whether you're wearing them with jeans in the city, doing some demo on your new digs or crunching across frosty leaves on a cool fall weekend, they're ready to tackle what your day holds. Cared for properly, the Oro Legacy 875 will last you until the next time Red Wing decides to bring out another Heritage version. That could be a while.
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.
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Jeremy BergerBen Bowers