Killspencer Hardshell Briefcase
Protect Ya Tech
by NICK CARUSO

It seems part of the human condition that the current generation always has the slight (or perhaps severe) inkling that their forbearers seemed to really have their shit together. As a people we are always looking backward for answers -- partially because we need a frame of reference by which to measure our achievements, but also because we are keenly aware of the things from previous times that simply worked. The things that worked well are what endure: the house made of brick protected the piggies and informed their progeny. Yes, we keep what works, and we innovate the rest -- wheels now have tires, shoes now have laces and hard shell briefcases now have camouflage trim and zipper closures. 




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Sure, Killspencer has done away with the visible armor-like exterior and the dramatic spring-loaded button clasps of the traditional hardshell briefcase, but the secure and protective cocoon is still very much alive in their updated version. They've taken what worked and innovated it, evolved everything but the best part. 


What worked is the hardshell case, the classy guardian of documents from days of yore, in times when iPads were but a gleam in Asimov's eye. What's innovative is their black pebbled leather case, lined in a muted camouflage Jacquard and designed to carry the essentials of today: a 15-inch laptop, a small binder, a tablet, a passport. The Riri zipper, leather details and removable shoulder strap are also each a nice little bonus, courtesy of a modernized design. What Killspencer has gleaned from the lessons time teaches is that quality can't ever be beat: like all their products, this briefcase is made to order by hand right here in America. Time marches on, but men have always and will always (brain implanted computers and holograms notwithstanding) have to carry things. Killspencer simply allows us to bring some of yesteryear along with the innovations of today.

 

$750, killspencer.com




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STATEMENT

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.



METHODOLOGY


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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Motoring   Watches   Style   Technology   Sports   Outdoors   Home   Spirits

WRITERS


Jeremy Berger

Ben Bowers
Alex Bracetti
Nick Caruso
Ed Estlow
Jon Gaffney
Jonathan Gallegos
K.B. Gould
Bradley Hasemeyer
Jason Heaton
Mike Henson
Amos Kwon
Matt Neundorf
Scott Packard
Austin Parker
Henry Phillips
Peter Saltsman
Chris Wright
Eric Yang


CREDITS

Produced by Ben Bowers, Chris Wright, Eric Yang
Designed by Eric Yang
Edited by Chris Wright
Photography by Henry Phillips, Eric Yang
Special Thanks to Braun, Scroll Kit and Say Media

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