A Drum, a Tribe, and Reliable Footwear

Staff Favorites: Hayden Coplen, Contributing Writer

Editor’s Note: It’s pretty clear that we’re passionate about gear. And with this series, we want to share with you our own personal favorite pieces. Over the next few months, we’ll bring you our staff’s 10 personal favorites — goods we personally own and use. The selection will run the gamut, from heirloom pieces to practical gear that can be easily procured. Last but not least, each will share one “holy grail” item that still remains the stuff of dreams, out of reach, but hopefully only temporarily so.

I believe in purchasing well, not often. Everything on my list is road-tested and frequent-flying. Each item has been scuffed, rattled, dropped, or accidentally bathed in various liquids and then lived to work another day.

Noble Audio Kaiser 10U Headphones

I’ve extolled on the virtue of these headphones before, and my mind hasn’t changed. Small enough to stash in my pocket for a plane ride, but capable of delivering studio-quality sound.

Nike Roshe One

The most versatile travel shoe I’ve found. Acceptable to wear with jeans, just athletic enough to suffice for a city run.

J Brand Selvedge Denim Jeans

I’ve worn these regularly for the past five years, and they’ve since developed a patina of dirt, spilled coffee, and probably some spaghetti sauce — all of which has them looking better than day one.

’70s-Era Ludwig Supraphonic Snare Drum

This drum is the sweet, fat backbeat of Motown. It sounds best with a tired, pockmarked head and a little gaff tape (or just muted by the weight of an adequately filled leather wallet placed in the upper half)

Hydroflask (32 Ounce)

Twice I’ve left this on the roof of my car as I drove away. Once it fell hundreds of feet down a rocky hillside in Central Oregon. It still keeps my water very cold for a very long time, and for that I am thankful.

Dr. Martens Tobias Boots

These boots eschew the traditional chunky Docs silhouette, but retain the quality sole and craftsmanship. They work equally well on a snowy sidewalk or a booze-soaked dance floor.

Rainbow Double Layer Hemp Sandals

These Southern California classics are stylistically questionable, but with quality beyond reproach. In the past 10 years of my life, I’ve owned three of this exact model back-to-back-to-back.

“Low End Theory” by A Tribe Called Quest

I like my gear durable and my music timeless. When Phife Dawg shouts “Yo, microphone check one, two, what is this?” it still gets me.

Sonos Play 5

Use your phone to beam any song from any platform to any room inside (or outside) of your abode. Sometimes technology really is perfect.

The Grail

Porsche 356 Cabriolet

Photo by Bold Ride
My current retirement plan consists of playing golf and driving a 356 (preferably one that’s a bit rusted out, like @hummul’s) as many miles as it will take me.