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Patchwork Season: Stylish Quilted Vests to Layer (or Not)

It seems some folks jump straight from shirtsleeves to parkas when the autumn leaves begin to fall. No, vests are for those in-between days, the time when one extra layer over a thick sweater, a mug of hot cider and the company of a loved one is all we need to keep warm during a stroll through the park. But even when the atmosphere turns up the a/c, a vest beneath your overcoat does wonders; after all, 'tis the season to layer and layer some more. We've rounded up the best quilted vests -- each fashionable and cozy in its own right.


Today in Gear: December 3, 2013

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Stop whining. We don't care that you're just emerging from your post-turkey bloat and tryptophan fog. Fact is, there's never a bad time for bacon -- especially if it's the best bacon the globe has

Mother Goose

Patagonia Encapsil Down Belay

If there's one constant in almost all mountain activities, it's that sooner or later you're going to come across nasty weather. It doesn't matter if you're chasing big walls in Yosemite, powder lines in Courcheval or summit days in the Canadian Rockies -- staying warm is the difference between owning a harrowing expedition and bailing back to civilization with your tail between your legs. Patagonia's Special Edition Encapsil Down Belay Parka ($699), a perfect fusion of purpose-driven engineering and uncommon design, is the most formidable backcountry armor on the market.

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A Dozen Gifts for the Mountain Man

12 Guys of Christmas: The Outdoorsman

We've all got a guy in our lives who's more at home chopping a cord of wood or filleting his latest fly fishing catch than spending the day lazing in front of the TV or playing Halo with the bros. He'd wear flannel and hiking boots to board meetings if he could. For that ultimate outdoorsman on your gift list this year, forego the REI gift card and DVD set of Duck Dynasty. Whether he spends his time hunting big game, scouring the river for the best brook trout lies, or just enjoys living in front of a campfire instead of a laptop, we've got the best gifts for the modern day backwoodsman.


Today in Gear: July 16, 2013

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Ever get passed by an eighteen wheeler while driving a Mini? That's what it'll be like comparing the pictures your current phone takes with the 41MP beasts the new 1020 cranks out. Thanks to a ball-bearing-stabilized


Patagonia Encapsil Down Belay Parka

When an outdoor titan like Patagonia states they've invented the highest-performing down technology available anywhere and stuffed it into "the finest down parka ever made" -- you should pay attention.

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12 gift ideas for the active adventurer

12 Guys of Christmas: The Outdoorsman

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

Don't swim with the fishes

Patgonia River Crampons

Taking a swim sounds nice this summer, but only if you're a safe and willing participant. Patagonia River Crampons ($200) are the latest invention in "don't tumble into fast-moving water" technology, and if you're a serious fisherman they're a worthy

Caught by hand, saved by mouth

Patagonia Provisions Salmon Jerky

In 1996, founder of Patagonia, Yvon Chouinard, changed the clothing industry with the move to organic cotton. The big dogs, such as Wal-Mart, are finally following suit. Now, 16 years later, Chouinard plans on once again changing an industry –-

Rain or shine, you'll be fine

Patagonia Stormfront Pack

The Stormfront Pack ($279) is any simple outdoor adventurer’s dream. Its beefed-up backpack form is made of 840-denier double polyurethane-coated nylon fabric (that’s science-speak for “super waterproof stuff”) and features a waterproof zipper system, an internal custom-fit padded gear case

A Story for Tomorrow

If you believe the commercials, buying candy, cards, jewlery and flowers on February 14th is the ideal way to commemorate love. We happen to think Dan Riordan at Gnarly Bay Productions has a better approach. A Story for Tomorrow was filmed over five weeks by Dan while traveling through


Patagonia Ultralight Down Jacket

Light is good. Light, warm and water-repellent are just that much better, especially when it comes to outerwear. No doubt this fall will bring the kind of weather where you want to be prepared yet mobile and versatile. The new
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Patagonia Rio Gallegos Waders

The modern fly fishing wader has only seen a moderate degree of innovation since the introduction of breathable construction materials. With breathability came increased comfort and performance compared to heavy and hot neoprene or plastic materials, but designers have essentially been

Surviving a Cold Romance

Essential Gear: Winter Emergency Survival

Should you ever be in the unfortunate situation of being stranded in the winter, most survivalists advise that you stay in your vehicle and wait for help. This, of course, is the wisest course of action. Should you find it absolutely

Don't Just Hold Your Pants Up

Patagonia Friction Belt


By Gear Patrol Reader Brett Prior The Patagonia Friction Belt breaks away from the dreary leather belt that often straps in our whimsical being. After looking for the perfect belt for well over a year, I finally realized that I was looking

Packing to the Max (Legal Carry-On That Is)

Patagonia MLC


By Guest Writer Taylor Gould Everyone needs a good weekend bag and, as a college student, the backpack is generally the preferred choice. However, a recent gift has changed my opinion: the Patagonia MLC ($160)
Keep Heat In and the Elements Out

Patagonia Das Parka


By Guest Writer and Outdoor Enthusiast Sandy Bandu Patagonia is certainly renowned for their bombproof, outdoor performance gear, but their DAS Parka is nothing short of well-rounded perfection. If you are in the market for a lightweight, synthetic coat (truly a superior

Imitation is the Highest Form of Flattery

Patagonia Men’s Slingshot Down Vest


Clearly taking some design cues from the likes of Pennfield's Rockwool Vest, Patagonia's Slingshot down vest mixes its tried and true technical appeal with a few key touches of fashion-focused flair. Insulated with 600-fill goose down, like all vests, it's

You Can Thank Us for the Grunt Work Later

Style Roundup: Men’s Sweater Top Picks

gear-patrol-sweater-top-picksBased on all the fall wardrobe question's we've been receiving from you lately, we came to the conclusion a fall roundup was in order. Done and done. In this Gear Patrol Roundup, we've taken the time to scour some of our

Patagonia Men’s Runshade Top

Patagonia-Men's-Runshade-Top.jpgIt’s a cool 60 degrees out with bright blue skies and a gentle breeze at your back. Perfect running weather... that is, 3 months ago. With 90+ degree temps, soaking wet humidity and the blaring sun, you're probably dreading those morning runs. While

Explora Patagonia Hotel Salto Chico

Explora-Patagonia-travel-program-hotel-salto-chico.jpgLook around you. Where are you sitting? Are you behind a desk? Are the half toned walls of your office your scenery? The whirr of your computer and clacking of keys the soundtrack to your Friday afternoon? That. Is. Miserable. You're looking at the Hotel

Patagonia M’s Wavefarer II Board Shorts

patagonia.wayfarer.board.shorts.jpgPatagonia M's Wavefarer Board shorts have been around for a while. The Wavefarer II is made of a durable water repellant treated nylon that wears light and dries fast. Furthermore the material is actually recyclable through the Common Threads Recycling Program. The board shorts