Our second edition of letters to the editor proves several things. 1. You guys are incredibly knowledgable on some pretty niche topics and we’re pretty damn jealous impressed. 2. If there is something you don’t know about and your pride is at stake, chances are our team can help equip you with answers (on the DL of course). And 3, you’re still not afraid to remind us that we’re definitely not perfect — even if our display cases of participation trophies say otherwise.

Got a burning question, a great idea, serious concerns or just feel like reaching out? Please send your emails to sayhello [at] gearpatrol.com and help us keep the conversation going.

Your Letters

Running-From-Responsibility-Gear-Patrol-Lead-Final GP running article
Re: Running From Responsibility

I just wanted to take a moment to tell you that I truly enjoyed your “Running from Responsibility” article. I work with runners every day and am always amazed by their opinions based on these manufacturers. I plan to print copies out for my patients and can’t wait to see some of upcoming stories in this series.


Dr. Jay Ryan
Associate, American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons; Attending Surgeon, Inova Fairfax Hospital, Faculty The Podiatry Institute, Medical StafF The Marine Corp Marathon, Associate Virginia Foot and Ankle Center

Best-Cold-Brew-Coffee-Makers-Gear-Patrol-Lead Centrifugal Force Method
Re: Top 5 Iced Coffee Brewers

You omitted the Centrifugal Force Method, possibly because it should be left to those manliest of men/women.

A deviation of Cowboy Coffee.

Take one pot of water, with handle. Apply coffee grounds to surface of just boiled water. Let stand until grounds on surface are saturated. Pick up pot with both hands, and spin, for best results overhead. Proceed to spin wildly, in all directions, until the centrifugal force has pulled the grounds to the bottom of the pot.

Best leave this in the hands of professional outdoors-men/women.

Best Regards,


patina-rolex-5512-submariner-gear-patrol Patina Rolex Article
Re: Patina: 1966 Rolex Submariner (ref. 5513)

Gear Patrol,

Long time viewer and first time emailer…

I just wanted to let you guys know that the watch outlined in the article Patina: 1966 Rolex Submariner (ref. 5513) also has very rich military history.

The Rolex 5513 from ’66 to ’70 was issued to Navy Underwater Demolition Teams (UDT’S — Now called SEALs). The watch was eventually phased out when digital came about (G-shock), but Rolex’s submersion ability, ruggedness, and tudor sweeping second hand kept the teams fashionable for sub-surface warfare and allowed them to have a life-saving bartering tool for the Jungles of Vietnam.

Keep up the great work!

B Po

Kit-Charcoal-Grilling-Gear-Patrol-Lead KOKO Charcoal Review
Re: Charcoal Grilling Essentials

Hey guys!

I am a long time reader of your site and respect a lot of the products you post as well as your many great features. I just wanted to throw a heads up about the KOKO charcoal. I’m not sure if you guys tried it out or not but man, I found that that stuff sucks. Here is my review of it:

I usually use Kingsford competition and no-name lump. I would really like to have a cleaner charcoal so I gave this a shot. Its claims include “burns, longer, hotter, cleaner”. I used the recommended 22 coals for 4-6 people. It took three times to light using paper and vegetable oil, my normal way to start a grill. I even put some in the middle of the coals as recommended. I’ve never had this much trouble.

I let it heat up (30 minutes) and started some mushrooms and onions on skewers before I got to the meat. I must have left those veggies on there for at least 20 minutes and they never seared and just barely got cooked enough to eat. I did not spread out the coals but had them on one side to condense the heat. I never got to the meat because there was just never enough heat to cook, let alone sear.

Buyer beware. I will not buy again.


best-duffels-gear-patrol-lead A Duffel Question
Re: 30 Best Duffel Bags

I was surprised not to see any bags by Red Oxx on your list. I’ve had a Red Oxx duffel for years and it has been the best, most efficient carry-on duffel bag I’ve ever seen.

Just an idea.

Thank you,


dispatches-from-cuba-gear-patrol-lead Just Wanted to Share Some Love
Re: Dispatches From Cuba and A Horological Visit to Lancaster, PA

After reading your recent article “Letters to GP”, I felt compelled to write you all and just say how much I enjoy Gear Patrol. My friends have always enjoyed poking fun at me when I get excited about things they deem as insignificant (like the way a watch works or constantly reading about how things are made, etc.)

So you can imagine the excitement I felt when I began reading the articles on Gear Patrol for the first time. It was akin to the feeling Ralphie from The Christmas Story felt upon receiving his Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle.

Your articles combine beautiful photographs with witty and intelligent writing and I can proudly say I visit Gear Patrol daily.

While I always enjoy your articles I particularly enjoyed “Dispatches From Cuba: Photos and Stories From a 20-Day Journey” and “Stepping Back in Time: An Horological Visit to Lancaster, PA” because both articles were very personal and exemplified why I love traveling off the beaten path. Some of my most fond memories have come from hopping on my motorcycle and traveling somewhere new on back roads and meeting new people.

It is obvious from your new “Staff Favorites” articles that Gear Patrol has an awesome staff who are all very passionate about what they do and it definitely comes out in each article.

Keep up the good work guys!



studebaker What Car is This?

I have been visiting gear patrol for a long while now. I have been given this picture by my wife who has tried to stump me… and she has.

I believe this was a car call the “Ashanti”, but I can’t find out anything.

Please help… what is the name of the car, the year of manufacture and the manufacturer?

Please hurry…. my man card depends on it.


Loma Linda, CA

GP’s response: Octane editor Amos Kwon and contributor Nick Caruso tag-teamed the question to confirm that it was, in fact, an Avanti, made by the Avanti Motor Company in the 1960s. In fact, said Mr. Caruso, “Just now saw the picture. My uncle had one and told me cops used to pull him over to ask what it was.”

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