You’ve set aside a full day to improve your track driving skills, so don’t show up wearing a motorcycle half-helmet, a pair of jean shorts and thick-soled running shoes. Track driving is a sport of extreme focus, extreme speeds and extreme temperatures — and you’ve got to be fully prepped. Leave anything out and your concentration and skills development will suffer. We put together a track kit that will give you the confidence to nail the apexes like Senna.
Today in Gear, we find handcrafted bracelets, “vintage” sunglass frames, affordable skin care and much more.
These should come in handy
These, the five best winter gloves, will give you free range of motion, excellent grip and reasons to start conversations — all while maintaining a high standard of comfort. So whether you’re into something sporty, stylish, svelte or something else, we’ve found the right fit for you.
Heads-Up on the Hill
In 2012, Oakley partnered with Recon Instruments, maker of groundbreaking Heads-up Display (HUD) technology, to create the Airwave goggle and bring data and entertainment right into the wearer’s field of view, a la Minority Report. The second generation Oakley Airwave 1.5 ($649) launched at the end of 2013 with improvements across the board. We got our hands on a pair to test while shredding pow in Revelstoke, BC.
Racing Prodigy, Porsche test driver
Most sixteen-year-olds spend their time learning how to parallel park and struggling with acne. Just after his sweet sixteen, Patrick Long moved to Europe to work on racing strategy and focus on becoming one of America’s best drivers. It worked. He’s since become the youngest American to take class victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, 24 Hours of Daytona, 12 Hours of Sebring and Petit Le Mans — all while performing as Porsche’s go-to driver for testing new cars. We grabbed a few minutes with the Southern Californian — now 32 years old — between his surf sessions and race day.
Gifts for the resident jock
Part of you doesn’t want to buy The Athlete any gift at all. He roughhouses at the Thanksgiving football game; he runs negative splits at the charity 5K; he seems to be toweling off every time your girlfriend is around. While we’re all worse for wear, he’s aging like a Rodin. But ultimately, he’s a good guy who just really likes to get the blood flowing. He whipped you into shape for Tough Mudder, remember? And who came along for a second opinion when you bought the used Cervelo? Who’s consistently willing to do an aerial chest bump? Yeah, that’s him. Go ahead, get him a little something nice for the holidays this year. We’ve got all the ideas you need.
Remodelista: A Manual For The Considered Home Remodelista’s book examines the aesthetics of 12 thoroughly designed homes to teach readers how to “edit” their own abode. The brand’s philosophy argues that classic design outdoes trendy at every turn, and to that end the book enlightens readers and aspiring beautiful home owners with simple and effective…
Advancing the Science of Surf
You’d be forgiven for letting your mind wander to barely functional woody wagons and an everyone-wins community when pro surfing comes up in conversation, but you’d be mistaken. Like any other sport, pinnacles of technology are used and abused to eke out any minuscule advantage. Oakley’s recently released Blade 4 Board shorts and top claim to be “simply the best board short on the planet”. We break down the textile wonders above.
A Gear Patrol Film
When we catch a glimpse of the surfing community, we always slap our heads collectively and wonder why we didn’t pursue a life of beaches, sun, and drinks with little umbrellas. We had one such moment this summer. Fortunately, there was plenty of time to reflect on our life decisions while enjoying the beaches, sun and drinks with little umbrellas in Bali, Indonesia, where we covered the Oakley Pro Bali, the fifth stop of the year on the pro surfing tour.
Shades built for speed
Sunglasses are sunglasses, right? If you’re serious about safe driving, the answer is a resounding no. You can’t just slap on a pair of clearance carousel drugstore shades and expect a great behind-the-wheel experience; nor does spending $300 on top-of-the-line sunglasses necessarily get you the best sunglasses for the road. You’ll want to spend less time looking in the rearview mirror to see if they match your hair and more time concentrating on negotiating that hairpin turn like you were related to Fangio. We offer up some of the best in our roundup.
Made in the Shades
With the latest heatwave glaring down on us, it’s important to remember the basics. No, we’re not talking about getting in a few bottles of water a day — though that is essential. We mean the perfect pair of sunglasses, that underrated adventurer’s friend. Whether you’ll be spending your summer hitting the roads on two wheels, kicking back and enjoying the beach life, or hiking into your favorite backcountry hideaway, we’ve got the best sunglasses (along with similar, more affordable options) for your summer adventures.
Nike Zoom Vapor 9 Tour GRS Zoom zoom zoom. Nike’s Zoom cushioning, with air pockets and fancy textiles, relieves some of the stress put on your feet by that brutal serve-and-volley game. The uppers wrap feet snugly but allow for the kinds of generous movement needed when walloping tennis balls all over the court; rubber…
It all starts here
So you watched A River Runs Through It on cable the other night and, your brother’s gambling issues aside, you’ve decided to try fly fishing. What do you need? Well, you could start with just a hardware store rod, reel & line, a few flies in a plastic box, and some clothes you don’t mind trashing. But you’ll enjoy yourself a lot more if you have some decent gear in hand. Lucky you — we’ve got everything you need right here.
Go forth and perform
Warm weather: we can’t say enough good things about it. There’s something noble about putting on cold weather gear and sticking it out all winter, but running in the summer, sweat pouring off your brow, hat and clothing looking like the Bonneville salt flats, the first sip of Heed after a 20 miles in the scorching heat, runner babes in short shorts — this is pure, unadulterated sport pleasure. Here’s the gear we’re wearing. If you’re prepping for a race or just like to hit the pavement for an hour after work, this stuff has performance written all over it.
Gear for a 3-week Caribbean journey
Packing for three weeks of travel could easily balloon into roller bags, laptop cases and fanny packs. If you’re staying in luxury hotels and somebody else is handling your gear, fine. Bring the sheepskin robe. But if you may have to spend full days carrying your luggage on your back, then you’re limited to the essentials. Here’s what I stuffed into my GORUCK GR2 for three weeks in Cuba.
The good kind of shady
Finally the brightness of summer is on its way. Now, for the harsh reality: you’ve had plenty of time during the last five months of gray to forget where you left your last set of sunglasses. If you’re in need of a new pair, the beloved aviator never goes out of style, pairs well with everything from a suit to board shorts, and just looks damn good. Read on for the five best aviators for summer 2013.
Ensuring your scotch survives, even if you don't
The fine single malt makers at The Macallan have teamed up with Oakley to create a limited edition box set and spirits container packed with enough raw masculinity to rob the entire Expendables cast of decades of sequel paychecks. While the traditional groomsmen pleaser is designed to serve as a portable and discrete vessel for drinking on the go, The Flask is a boldly designed, laser welded masterpiece whose material spec sheet reads like the space shuttle’s.
12 gift ideas for the active adventurer
The outdoorsman on your list is easily identifiable: he’s rarely home and smells faintly of man sweat and wood smoke when you do catch him between excursions. His particular passion falls within an extensive of range possible pursuits (noodling for catfish, anyone?), but one thing is for certain — he does them outside. His look…
It's not Jarvis...yet
Oakley’s Airwave goggles are a new breed of advanced snow sport eyewear equipped with a heads up display that simulates viewing a 14-inch screen from five feet away when a user looks in the lower right corner of their peripheral vision. That description sounds confusing, but the important thing to remember is that the technology…
Better than a necktie, a misshapen fruitcake and a smothering of grandma’s kisses all at once is a gift for our inner gearhead. From bike to motorcycle to car gifts, the editors at Gear Patrol have whittled down our monumental list of coveted wheel-related items for your giving and/or receiving pleasure. And regardless of what’s…
Snow goggles are snow goggles, right? Well, if you don’t care much about ‘em, then yes. But if poor fit and feel, changing weather and slope conditions get you down on your way down, then pay a visit to the Oakey Airbrake, rife with the kind of technology that will make your time on the…
If you live an active lifestyle (note: intently watching the Ironman Triathlon while downing a bucket of chicken doesn’t count), you know how important optics are. Poor vision can be the difference between finishing in one piece or ending up on a gurney. Case in point, the Oakley Fast Jacket ($220), which is designed by…
Even if you can’t ride a board to save your life, thanks to Oakley, you can still channel the look of Hawaiian surfing icon Bruce Irons with the Oakley Bruce Irons Signature Series Dispatch sunglasses ($230). Personally designed by Bruce to reflect his life, these beefy custom Dispatch glasses feature punk inspired red and black…
Despite the Name, It's Not for Wesley Snipes
One way to measure the success of a movie is if any of its themes, characters, or terms, continue to be referenced by society long after the film’s promotion engine slows to a stand still (Think: “The Dude Abides”). Avatar’s hype machine clearly isn’t done in the wake of Blu-ray and DVD sales, but the…
Show your MLB team fanaticism with a pair of Oakley’s all-new MLB Flak Jacket XLJ Sunglasses. The special editions Flak Jackets use Oakley’s Black Iridium interchangeable lens with high definition optics, 100% UV filter, XYZ optics to maximize peripheral vision and a hydrophobic lens (smudge-resistant) coating that repels sweat, skin oils and dust. The MLB…
[click on image to enlarge] The Oakley A Frame is a lens designed to keep you moving on the slopes whether you ski or snowboard. It has a three-tiered defense approach with surge ports to control airflow, F-3 Series anti-fog treatment, and dual lens design to reduce fog with a thermal barrier of trapped air….
The Radar Pitch Polarized sunglasses are designed with the uncompromising demands of professional athletes in mind. The Pitch shades are equipped with medium size lens that offer you comfort and visual clarity no matter what the sport.. The Radar Pitch Sunglasses offer a permanent hydrophobic lens coating that repels water, dust, and smudges when your…