When the temperatures drop from their sweaty heights and the warm hues of fall foliage emerge, the driving experience changes — it’s time for windows-down scenic cruising. Bring along the appropriate warm garb (plus a few other essentials) and you’ll have mastered the fall drive.
Car With Attitude, Gear to Match
Any serious car collector will have home-grown American steel in his garage, and the 1972 Chevelle would be an excellent place to start. But don’t you dare take it for a drive without going whole hog — your gear needs to complement the Chevelle’s bad self without sacrificing a strong sense of red, white and blue style.
Gifts for the Rubber Burner
Drivers can be a picky bunch. It’s likely that fuzzy dice and sheepskin seat covers won’t cut it this (or any) year, so take some direction from us this holiday season. Car or motorcycle guys tend to appreciate things that enhance the experience or provide a bit of insight into the hobby/obsession. And you have no excuse to be stingy. He’s given you rides in his vintage roadster, and he even bought you some driving gloves for your Camry SE in hopes of steering you toward a more legitimate ride someday. It’s time you ponied up for something he’ll appreciate. Of course, you can still stuff his stocking with a box of synthetic 5W30.
The Road is Life
With age comes the ability to do a long highway cruise better than we ever could as a youngster. Summer’s right around the corner, so we’ve compiled above all the gear you’ll need to make new memories on the road. Get what you need and hit the road, Jack. Grab the wheel and point it west, take a buddy and leave the rest.
Named for the year Eddie Bauer first opened his store, this work shirt is made entirely from 100% Oregon-made Pendleton wool in archival patterns. Details include horn buttons. $130 | eddiebauer.com
The Dude Approved
Interested in going through life drinking coffee around the house a la Quentin Tarantino in Pulp Fiction? Or just in need of some comfortable lounge wear? Well these Pendleton Lounge Robes ($198) are step above their let it all hang out competition. Made from 100% virgin wool, each version features classic bath-robe details like a…
Go Lighter For Less
You’re probably thinking, Pendleton – camping blanket, or maybe even bag, but not Madras, right? Well, Pendleton is more than a one-trick pony. Using authentic loom-woven madras from India, the Pendleton Oceanside Madras Shirt ($48) is certainly one of our unexpected procurements. The pigment died madras lives up to its heritage: soft and light, it’s…
Some Bad (In A Good Way) Plaid
This unique collaboration between two Oregon-based companies has produced some interesting bag options that are quite in line with the valiant rebirth of plaid as the new trend to follow in the world of men’s fashion. For those of you unfamiliar with either brand, Pendelton is a classic American company that has been around for…
Kiss Pink Satin Throws Good Bye
Here at Gear Patrol, we’re obviously proponents of the “Man Chair.” A few month’s back though, I discovered a glaring weakness with my “Man Chair”… the lack of a respectable blanket. This point hammered home when I looked down one evening and realized I was under a pink, red, and white flowered “throw” that beyond…