Grooming

It's Like Some Kind of Shaving Cream Time Machine...

Portland General Store Tobacco Wet Shave Jelly

By Gear Patrol Reader Amos Kwon Tired of confusing your shaving cream for a can of Reddi-Whip? Annoyed with the green, gelatinous crust that grows overnight on the lip of said can? Then it’s time to engage the flux capacitor and visit the 1920s with Portland General Store’s Tobacco Wet Shave Jelly ($12). Not the...

Grooming Fodder For L.A.'s Renaissance

Baxter Finley Barber & Shop

Men’s grooming brand, Baxter of California, has made thigns personal: they’re taking products beyond the shelves and into barbers at the newly opened Baxter Finley, Barber & Shop. Located in Log Angeles’ West Hollywood and helmed by Jason Simao (lead barber and manger), the menu at Baxter Finley will be simple: basic cuts and shaves,...

Look Your Best on the Big Day

Anthony Logistics Here Comes the Groomed Kit

It’s wedding season guys, which means one of two things for you. Either, you’re the one settling down or know someone who is. Regardless of what bucket you fall into though your sight’s should be set on looking your best, which unless your name is Keith Richards, also involves being impeccably groomed. Instead of adding...

Lime and Sandalwood, Now That's a Twist

Axe Twist

Now that spring has sprung, it’s time to think about incorporating lighter scents into your routine, and not just with your cologne. For men who can’t bring themselves to taking out a loan for body washes, Axe’s lates iteration of bodywash sees a citrus infusion that settles in with earthy notes of cedar and sandalwood....

A Shampoo Just for Us

Head & Shoulders Hair Endurance for Men

While Head & Shoulders has been in the shampoo business for as long as we can remember, we tackled their first “for men” line, Hair Endurance for Men. After all, news like that certainly peaks our interest. Utilizing a zinc pyrithione formula, Hair Endurance for Men aims to give a man fuller, thicker looking hair...

Sci-Fi Space Face Cream

Lab Series MAX LS Age-Less Face Cream

Lab Series, one of our favorite men’s grooming brands, has recently engineered a new product, Max LS Age-Less Face Cream ($65). It comes at a price, but really is there a price when it comes to your face? After all, your face is the one part of you that everyone sees (fortunately and unfortunately), so...

Nasal Weed Wacker

Groom Mate Platinum XL Nose Hair Trimmer

By Gear Patrol Reader Zach Zornischenko It is an embarrassing subject, but let’s face it, sooner or later your body is going to change, and those hairs that used to be neatly tucked inside your nose will start to spill out. Needless to say, that’s not what you want. If you’ve already developed an unsightly...

Women Know Men's Skin Too

Elizabeth Grant Skin Care for Men

Lately, this guy’s face has been a mess. Maybe it’s stress, or the wildly fluctuating winter temps, but, either way, my face has paid the price. It’s dry, tight, and irritated. Throw in my shaving requirements, and my face feels as if it was hit by a belt sander. Ugh. But I can report that...

As Good As Their Plasmas

Panasonic ES-LA63 Electric Shaver

We’re willing to bet that for most of you, you’re electric shaver is either a Gillette, Norelco, or Braun. But we both know you love options, otherwise you wouldn’t be reading Gear Patrol, and we’ve got a higher end option for you, the Panasonic ES-LA63 Electric Shaver. This rechargeable shaver is designed specifically for wet/dry...

Just Because It's Unseen Doesn't Mean It's Unimportant

Ribbed-Tee

If you are a man who cares even a little about the shirts you’re wearing on a daily basis, you’re probably already wearing an undershirt. If you’re not, you should be. In wearing a cotton undershirt, you’re not only protecting your expensive dress shirts by keeping your body oils from getting into the cotton, but...

Fight Dryness With Industrial Power

Jack Black Industrial Strength Hand Healer

December brings with it a hint of the colder weather to come.  Consequently, it’s a time for your hands to feel dry, raw, and damaged as your skin transitions to the lower humidity conditions that come with the winter weather.  Factor in an active lifestyle (you are a Gear Patrol reader after all) and it’s...

Taking the Hassle Out of Face Care, One Kit at A Time

Bread & Butter Skin Care

Created around the notion that keeping your face in mint condition should be a hassle free affair, Bread & Butter’s Skin Care kit appears to be the ideal solution for guys who already have enough to keep track of in their busy lives. One purchase from the company gets you enough face care supplies to...

Spot On. On Sale.

Gilt Man | Free Invites For Gear Patrol Readers

Fashion conscious, deal seeking, gear hounds. Not often a winning combination for your wallet. The people responsible for the insanely popular Gilt.com (circa 2007), have heard your plea and finally launched a site that rounds up all the on-sale goodness for men. Aptly, it’s called Gilt Man.

Just as Versatile as Its Multi-Bladed Brother

Victorinox Swiss Unlimited Cologne

In celebration of Swiss Army’s 125th anniversary, Victorinox has released Swiss Unlimited, a men’s fragrance that’s less campfire and trails, more masculine and modern. The fresh woody bottom notes of the fragrance will carry through the day, while the Genepi liquor, Absinth, provides a citrus chord. Guys looking for a subtle, day-long fragrance will definitely...

Beneficial, Not Artificial

Pangea Organics Egyptian Calendula and Blood Orange Facial Cleanser

No matter how well you rock that cardigan, people are still going to look at your face. Finding the right product to maintain good man-hygiene can be a daunting task. There’s no telling what’s those fancy-ass bottles, and choosing the wrong one can irritate your skin. Pangea Organics sent Gear Patrol their Egyptian Calendula and...

Smooth Skin from Bump Patrol

Shaving With Bump Patrol

Shaving is an art; it’s a male ritual to be appreciated, never rushed. We here at Gear Patrol take great pleasure in shaving, and, when the opportunity came to test a new shaving product, we jumped at the opportunity. Bump Patrol (no relation to Gear Patrol, but rather, confirms that patrols of all sorts are...

Long on Name, Big on Protection

Jack Black Double-Duty Face Moisturizer (SPF 20)

Fall is officially here and now isn’t the time to start skimping on sun protection. Whether you’re walking down the block or sitting in the stands, you’re still exposing yourself to damaging UVA and UVB radiation. UVB are the rays that cause sunburn while UVA is the one that penetrates deep into the base layer...

Taking the Strain Out of Straining

OXO Good Grips Silicone Cooking Colander

Transferring massive pots of boiling water and their cooked contents from stove to sink is one maneuver most cooks never look forward to. It’s dangerous, heavy, and an overall pain in the ass. For those with access to full-sized kitchens and a dual-sink setup, using integrated pot strainers is one way to avoid the situation...

Embrace Your Softer Side

AXE Sensitive Shower Gel

After a hard day of felling trees or tackling a home improvement project, I like to unwind with a shower. Where is it stated that men have to cleanse with sandpaper and tar? Now, I’m not condoning white wine, Kenny G, and a bubble bath, but a man’s skin takes a lot of abuse during...

Because Your Boys Deserve The Best

Icebreaker Bodyfit Boxer

Merino wool’s benefits are no secret at this point: sustainable, wicking to keep you warm or cool, not itchy, and it doesn’t stink. If you’re not a fanboy yet, you should be. Shirts, sweaters, and long underwears have been capitalizing on Merino for a while. With Icebreakers Boxers you can now lend all those benefits...

A Detergent For Your Gear

WIN Green Sport Detergent

By Gear Patrol reader Jason Friedman WIN Green Sport Detergent is the best way to green your workout and preserve the life of your sweat-wicking athletic gear, all while being environmentally responsible. WIN Green is a new eco-friendly sport detergent that is completely biodegradable, in that all of the ingredients used are sourced from natural,...

Like Regular Water, Only More ActiVe

actiVwater

In case you haven’t noticed, enhanced water beverages are all the rage these days, as evidenced by their swollen selection in your corner market’s cool case. These hydration options offer a wide variety of beneficial supplements, but some come with unacceptable caloric or carb-loaded trade-offs. From that standpoint, I was glad to try out the...

Style And A Haircut, Two Bits

Bradley Gets A Haircut | Salon Cristophe Beverly Hills

During my formative years, getting a haircut was an annoyance and was treated as such. It was just something that had to happen every month or so, thus my early “styles” were typically limited to one of two choices: short and shorter. In college, when decisions were made between getting a nice haircut and buying...

A Shave Fit for a King You

King of Shaves Alpha Shave Gel

By Gear Patrol Reader Rory C. Lately, I have been in search of the ultimate shave gel for my daily morning routine. Now finally, after much trying (and face-scraping in the process), I landed on this beauty of a product, King of Shaves Alpha Shave Gel. One of its best features is that it goes...

Jack Black + Clinical Strength = One Happy 30 Year Old

Jack Black Rx Series Skin Serum and Eye Rescue

We at Gear Patrol love Jack Black products. In fact, I believe everyone on the Gear Patrol crew uses one or more of the company’s products on a regular basis. Why do we like the products so much? Is it the Marketing? Is it the packaging? No sir. I think I speak for my compadres when I...

Skip The Ties & Cufflinks, Get Him Gear Patrol-Approved Gear

Father’s Day Gift Guide

When it comes to men, there’s few people that have influenced our lives as men more than good ol’ dad. He’s to thanks (sometimes, blame) for a lot of the traits that;s made you the man you are today. This year, Gear Patrol has put together a gift guide that forgoes the ties, cufflinks, and...

Athletic Body Care

To the athletic man amongst us: we know that you demand a lot from your body. It’s high time you took care of it with products that perform at an equally high level, created by men who also know what it’s like to take a beating and then come back for more. In this story,...

All-Natural Solution to Oxybenzone Sunscreens. Also, An Answer To Your Question,

Soleo Organics Sunscreen

Summer is almost upon us and, if you’re anything like the men of the GP Crew, you’re gearing up for the beach, lake, golf, tennis, run, bike, swim… you get the picture. What do all these activities have in common? Sun exposure. Ever since our youth and (and even more so recently), we’ve been taught...

Summer Picks From An Up and Coming Brand

Number:Lab 2-Layer Jersey Polo

Summer’s here, and you’re in need of a wardrobe upgrade. Toss the tattered college tee and go with a modern crew neck t-shirt or polo. Whether you layer them on for a cool night or wear one alone in the doldrums of summer, you’ll look sharp with a well-fitted (not tight) shirt. Here are a...

Quite Possibly, The Best Grooming Experience You'll Ever Have

John Allan’s Full Service Experience

A scalp massaging shampoo, conditioning treatment, hot facial towel, professional haircut, manicure, shoe shine, beverage of choice, and a straight-razor shave. All done while coddled by full service attendants (who just so happen to be beautiful women) that fully understand the time honored tradition of a man’s grooming regimen. Sounds too good to be true,...

On-The-Go Disposable Toothbrush

Colgate Wisp

There are times in every man’s life when he needs the feeling of a freshly brushed mouth but finds himself without the aid of a toothbrush, toothpaste, or water. In the past, he might have tried to get by with mints or gum, but we all know how ineffective those alternatives are after slamming down...

A Better Shave For About $3 Bucks

Edge Infused Shaving Gel

I hate to shave. I’ve tried every cream, gel, lotion, and aftershave imaginable. I’ve tried every conceivable manual razor and I’ve even overpaid for an electric. For me, the torture of shaving doesn’t stem from the amount of time it takes in the morning or the feeling like it’s a hassle. It’s just that every...

Please Shave Responsibly

John Allan’s Slickwater Pre-Shave Solution

Something magical happened to me this morning. My face actually felt fantastic. It seemed to me the texture of a baby’s arse… nary a single trace of irritation. After 10 years of battling a tough beard, razor burn, nicks, and in-grown hairs,John Allan’s Slickwater has accomplished something that few other solutions (I’ve tried my fair...

Lab Series For Men Hand Cream

Winter is hell on your hands. Washing them only exacerbates the problem. Lab Series For Men’s new intensely hydrating hand treatment avoids the typical greasiness found in Lubriderm or Vaseline lotions. It also adds a touch of aloe to condition your rough hands as well as electrolytes to revitalize your skin’s appearance. Editor’s Tip: To...

Razor Bump & Acne Treatment

Jack Black 3-in-1 Clear Complexion Solution

Men residing in Southern California are lucky bastards. Why? Because you men don’t deal with seasons. And though I wouldn’t give up Fall or Early Winter for all the 74° afternoons in the world, it would be a failure on my part if I didn’t admit that the assault of dry heated air, cold gusts...

How About Happier Endings?

Truefitt & Hill Barbershop

Admit it. As men getting what we bleed for every NFL Sunday for this past year, we have mastered the art of doing absolutely nothing to perfection. But rather than talk about how you should worship 1080p resolution while devouring honey-glazed duck wings topped with charred jalapenos, I want to share with you something even...

Neocutis Bio-Restorative Skin Cream

Post-holiday stress and the piss-poor economy wreaking havoc on your skin? Look to Neocutis and look no further. I’ve been using their bio-restorative skin cream with PSP for almost two months now, and the results are dramatic, to say the least. Exclusive to Neocutis, PSPs, or Processed Skin Proteins (not from Sony), are derived from...

Every Man Jack Beginner’s Luck Kit

Fresh. Clean. Simple. By Guest Writer and Gear Enthusiast Edward Cheng There are plenty of products that I want to evolve and grow in complexity. Cars and electronics are definitely on the top of my list. I demand that those items provide me plenty of facets to tinker with. However, with today’s trends, everything seems...

AXE Hair

Forget Your Game Face, Get Your Game Hair On It was just a matter of time. Axe, already a leader in the body fragrance and wash categories, has made their way up to the head. Starting in December, Axe Hair offers a full line of shampoos, conditioners, and styling products. Take note; you won’t find...

Biotherm Anti-Rides Line Peel

Live Outside the Lines By Guest Writer and Gear Enthusiast Edward Cheng Skin is the body’s biggest organ (though some men may beg to differ) and yet most guys completely neglect it. With the winter months upon us, limiting outdoor activities, now’s the perfect opportunity to rehab the skin on your face. Biotherm Anti-Rides Line...

Aveda Men Pure-formance Grooming Clay

Clay Conquers My Cowlick My hair is as unruly and difficult to manage as a pubescent teenager. I’ve tried it all. From waxes to gels to pomades, my hair just does as it damn well pleases. My only option? Overload it with product, creating a sticky, gooey mess. Women won’t run their hands through your...

Men-Ü Ultra Concentrate Shave Creme & Facial Moisturizer Lift

Trim The Cost of Shaving Normally Brian would be the one reviewing grooming products. However, he shaved last week and isn’t due for another this quarter. So I was more than happy to add Men-Ü’s Ultra Concentrate Shave Creme and Facial Moisturizer Lift to my daily regimen. In each small travel-sized bottle you’ll be equipped...

Jack Black Body Rehab Scrub & Muscle Soak

Icy-Hot For The Well-Upgraded Man Post-gym regimen. You workout hard. Problem is, your body doesn’t respond or heal like it did in high school or college. You can’t pound on your muscles like you did during two-a-days and limping around at this age rarely comes with a funny story involving 2×4’s and Miller High Life....