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Today in Gear: March 5, 2014

Today in Gear we check out 12 Years A Slave, Lance Armstrong’s deception, a speaker that listens to you, Lexus’s newest sports car and more.

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A Jacket of All Trades

Tested: Aether Alto Jacket

When we stopped by the Aether office and showroom to take a look at the second version of the Alto ($395) jacket, their crew handed us a sample and sent us on to their on-site testing facility — an industrial walk-in freezer — where we got a preview of how it would perform in the wild. Our adventures with the Alto would take us from chilly nights in Los Angeles to face-mashing wind in Detroit to a short stint inside New York’s polar vortex. And Vegas. That set of varying destinations is where the Alto, a true multipurpose jacket, is meant to shine.

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See You in LA

You’re Invited: Join Gear Patrol + Aether for Drinks, Gear and Conversation

Live in the LA area? Free next Wednesday, October 30? Come join Gear Patrol and Aether for a casual evening of drinks, gear, conversation and even a few giveaways. Our own Ben Bowers and Bradley Hasemeyer will be at Shelter Half marketplace to showcase a few select items from the GP100 as well as an immaculately restored 4×4 beauty from West Coast Defender, which guests can explore during the event.

The founders of Aether and West Coast Defender will also be joining Ben and Bradley for a Q&A on how their passions evolved into the companies they are today. Check out the details below.

We’ll see you there.

Details

When: Wednesday, October 30
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Where: Shelter Half, 161 S. La Brea Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90036 (map)

Space is limited, so please RSVP here if you can attend.

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That wetsuit ain't for show

Setting Sail: A Journey to the Channel Islands

When I first received the invite for a Wilderness Collective trip I had many reactions, which were, in no particular order: “I haven’t camped since I was six” and “I hope the people don’t suck” and “it’ll be nice to go on a pleasant, Instagram-worthy tour off the coast aboard a yacht in order to roast marshmallows on an island”. Our destination would be the Channel Islands archipelago, eight land masses situated over 30 miles seaward from the shores of California’s coast. The multi-faceted trip would not, in fact, be about yachts and butler service. I didn’t know that yet.

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Today in Gear: March 27, 2013

Bioshock Infinite If being scared shitless by splicers wasn’t enough from you, Bioshock’s third installment should do the trick. Shifting from the bottom of the ocean to a floating city in the sky where a perverse American dream has overflowed its bounds, the setting and plotline of Bioshock Infinite might be drastically different than its…

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Today in Gear: March 11, 2013

Adidas Crazyquick Feedback loops come full circle as adidas introduces Crazyquick. Designed using athlete input, Crazyquick includes specific lines for basketball, football, running and training. The goal? Greater flexibility, traction and foot lock-down. $100 94Fifty A basketball with motion sensor has finally arrived (hello, future) on Kickstarter. Who needs that sweaty, angry, middle-aged coach, anyway?…

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Who needs a bike to look cool?

Aether Skyline Motorcycle Jacket

Aether shook up the outerwear market by blending the technical chops of today’s most advanced outerwear with the clean lines and styles of the city. The newly revealed Aether Skyline Motorcycle Jacket ($650) looks poised to do the same thing for a niche most fashion brands ignore.

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Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

Aether Altitude Jacket

Doing battle with black diamonds this winter means swapping your corporate suit for some waterproof armor. The Aether Altitude ($675) has the technical features to protect you from the slings and arrows of an outrageous fall line, September through May. The jacket’s three-layer Schoeller C_change fabric dynamically adjusts water vapor permeability as the temperature changes,…

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Father’s Day Gift Guide ’12

We don’t have to preach about how important fathers are, but we will anyway. This is the man who made you who you are, whether you like it or not — and since you’re reading this post now it looks like he’s done something right (at least we hope). With Father’s Day just around the…

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Silver (and black) Bullet

On Location: Aetherstream

What do you get when you cross a great brand, an Airstream and a trunk show? You get the AETHERstream: a mobile shop chock full of goods like well-cut jackets and sweaters, to other appointments including wireless internet, dinner table, bed and even a suspended fire pit. Conceived by Thierry Gaugain, a former Philipe Starck…

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Dispatches and gear reviews from Hawaii's oldest island

Kauai Four-0: 4 Days in Kauai, 4 Gear Essentials

Hawaii has always been one of those places that seems totally wild and far off. Yet, like Lada Gaga, it’s American. So when I was tasked by my better half with finding a summer adventure that didn’t require a subscription to Rosetta Stone and also had a beach, it became abundantly clear that Hawaii was…

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Take a Break from Khakis

Aether Caribou Pin Stripe Short

Aether has built a name largely on the shoulders of their high-end outerwear, which unlike many other brands in the space, blends urban approved style with rugged outdoor durability. Recently the company has expanded their line to include more everyday items that still feature the brand’s trademark clean looks and cuts. Unfortunately these more casual…

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It Was A Dark and Stormy Jacket...

Aether Stormy Jacket

Layering is one of the single greatest fashion opportunities found in the cooler seasons, and a great shell should fit as well over a single oxford as it should a sweater, serving its function as protection from the elements. Last year, we first learned of the Aether brand and checked out the Aether Summit Jacket…

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Technologically Advanced, Sophisticated Design, Rugged Purpose

Aether: Summit Jacket and Space Hoodie

Here’s a question for you: what would happen if Tim Gunn and Bear Grylls sat down at a sewing machine? Before your mind explodes with the absolute non-possibility of such a thing, allow me to interject. What you would have would be a great looking, highly functional, properly fitted piece of outerwear for hiking, climbing,…