Today in Gear: February 3, 2014

February 3, 2014 Briefings : Today in Gear By
Mission-Belt-Co-Gear-Patrol Mission Belt Co.
People with pants: your world is going to change. Instead of holes in the leather that dictate exact sizing and eventually stretch or wear out, the buckles on these guys rachet to a desired fit and stay put. That means a unique buckle look, and, because the Mission Belt folks have your best sartorial interests in mind, there are colorways like you wouldn’t believe (we’re keen on “Ferrari” and “Money”). But nothing beats the dollar from each sale that’s donated directly to people in over 70 countries who need microloans, which means fighting poverty and hunger.
One-More-Thing-Gear-Patrol One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories
Actor, TV writer, producer, director and…novelist…? B.J. Novak, making us at once envious and completely ashamed of our own accomplishments, has written a novel that’s “high-concept, hilarious, and disarmingly commiserative” — which means it’s probably perfect. $16
Hudson-Sutler-Chappaqua-Commuter-Duffel-Gear-Patrol Hudson Sutler Chappaqua Commuter Duffel
Anyone around here like duffels? Everyone? Okay, good. Then you’ll be pleased by this collaboration with WM Lamb and Sons, with its proud blue canvas shell and duck camo lining. $105
Little-Bits-Kits-Gear-Patrol Little Bits Kits
If the next generation doesn’t build artificially intelligent machines that overthrow and enslave humans, who will? These kits — magnetic modules that snap together to make open-source-ready electronics — are DIY circuit boards ready for prototyping duty. Kids (really, anyone) now have no excuse to flex their creativity and learn how to speed along that good ol’ singularity.
Tanner-Goods-Folio-Series-Gear-Patrol Tanner Goods Folio Series
Keep it simple, fellas. Chromexcel leather is expertly folded into different folio sizes — from notebook to true portfolio — each with brass stud closures. Let your work speak for itself, after your kickass folio wows the crowd. $150
Barocook-System-Gear-Patrol Barocook System
So, you’re hiking or backpacking or whatever else and you can’t start a fire and you need to cook. What better way than this new Koren method, which uses packets of minerals to boil water via chemical reaction and cook nesting containers of food. You’ll be able to cook up little packets of pasta or rice on the go (this stuff is even airplane-travel safe) using nothing more than science. ()