Good morning and happy Monday. Did you catch Drake Saturday Night Live over the weekend? People are raving — or… hotline-blinging? Is that still a thing? — about his comedy chops. Regardless of whether or not you know and/or care about turtlenecked singers dancing to strange music like they’re having the most awkward acid trip in history, here’s what’s good in gear: a bridle-leather briefcase that’ll change your whole work look, a speaker series that’ll change the way you listen to music, an electric big rig that aims to change the world and much more.
Here are some fresh stories to start the day.
Bridle Lock Briefcase by Lotuff
You say you don’t have a reason to carry a briefcase now that everything’s digital? Well here’s one made of fully struck-through, vegetable-tanned bridle leather that’ll patina over time, with a solid brass Italian lock. The single-gusset case is sturdy and has pockets galore. Ditch the backpack (or relegate it to the weekends).
BP9000 Speaker Series by Definitive Technology
Finally updated after six years, the BP (bipolar) series is a group of floor-standing speakers that’s as sonorous as it is elegant. The series cleverly and cohesively integrates Dolby Atmos tech, powered subwoofers and the DTS:X A90 module for surround-sound quality like no other. For the discerning audiophile.
One Hybrid Big Rig by Nikola Motor Company
While autonomous technology has been tested on trucking fleets elsewhere in the world, we in the States are likely sticking with human-driven semis for quite a while. Nikola (a forename plucked from a certain Mr. Tesla’s birth certificate) aims to revolutionize truck shipping with all-electric fleets. The stats are long (and there’s even a calculator on the site to help determine how much money Nikola trucks will save you), but suffice it to say these trucks utilize batteries similar to civilian cars and are four times as powerful, twice as fast, will travel nearly twice as far as traditional rigs, making them up to four times as economical. Pretty shocking.
Sitrana Leather Goods
Sitrana makes leather goods like you won’t find in a big box store. They were funded in Santiago, Chile by a man who was fed up with footwear options elsewhere and saw a talented, precious industry becoming vanquished by corporations around the world. We’re particularly fond of the Lacho shoe, with its rich cowhide leather and red laces. If you’re a New Yorker, check out the brand’s new store in Williamsburg.
Twist 60 by Lensbaby
Recommended for full-frame cameras, this lens fits right on to your rig’s body. The clever little guy separates subjects from their backgrounds for a unique, near-vintage look.
Gear Patrol Magazine
Not only is print not dead, it’s thriving. Maybe monthly mags are printed on thinner paper these days, and perhaps they’re comprised of fewer pages, but it’s the less frequent and more curated publications that are coming out on top. We publish GP Magazine twice annually, with rich, original stories and photography cover to cover (almost 300 pages). We hope you find that each issue is one you’ll want to keep and dedicated a shelf to.
Fresh Stories to Start Your Day
Pornburger Is Every Meat Lover’s Wet Dream
Burgers, for the “shamelessly health-unconscious.”
Your Next Purchase: A Better Key Chain
The crossroads of functional and stylish.
The Best Tents for Summer 2016
From car camping to ultralight backpacking, these are the best of the best.
Riding Across Chile on a Leaky BMW R1200
Exploring one of the most staggering landscapes in the world on two wheels.
A Visual Survey of First-Class Cabins
Champagne, caviar, private chefs and limo services are just a few of the amenities offered by the best first-class airlines in the world.
Everything You Need for a Summer Music Festival (Except the Drugs)
The music fest is an unbelievable experience. To the unprepared, however, it can be unbelievably trying.
12 Best Summer Music Festivals of 2016
Camp, jam and take in the musical goodness at these 12 festivals.