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Feets like a glove

Merrell Barefoot Trail Glove

It's no secret we love our Vibram Five Fingers. But despite how their revolutionary take on footwear, there are still some downsides. Occasions that require “regular shoes” still exist, but lack the au natural feeling a pair of Five Fingers

When the going gets tough, the tough get equipped

Ultimate Survival Kit Part II: Urban Warrior

We were about two 12 packs deep into our weekly man meeting (a time when my friends and I are granted a hall pass from our ladies). It started as a simple discussion of “what if the zombies came”, and

Death to Protein Powder Globs

Blender Bottle

Situation: It's been a hard workout. Your body is craving protein. To satiate, you make a protein shake, but globs of chocolate protein powder hover around the surface of the glass. You shake, stir, curse, but no amount of force will break

Calling An Audible on Hoodies

Rusty Wired Jacket

Upon joining Gear Patrol, I was given the writer mandate: Go forth and find unique and amazing gear. Now, it will vary by writer and reader taste, but a recent find that's worth your attention is the Rusty’s Wired Series

Carbonation Goodness At The Push Of A Button

Sodastream Genesis


It's simple really: bubbles, water and sweetener. Why can't soda (aka "pop") be created at home? Well, the days of solely purchasing your favorite carbonated beverages at the local store are over. Soda can literally be created, cheaply, at the push

This FPS Has Plenty of "OMG, WTF!" Moments

Battlefield: Bad Company 2

battlefield11 The men of Gear Patrol are connoisseurs of the finest things, and video games are not exception. That's why, when Battlefield: Bad Company 2 was released, we felt it imperative to thoroughly test the newest big FPS (first person shooter)




Soft drinks have become too complicated. Consider, a myriad of ingredients that are not easily pronounced by the common man, an over abundance of sugars and dyes, and a massive amount of carbohydrates. In our (ongoing) search for a simplistic, healthy,

The Perfect Pack For The Trail

Mountainsmith Lumbar Day Pack


As gear testers, we are always on the lookout for the best gear for every aspect of our lives. A long hunt for the perfect bag suitable for the trail has finally been achieved (at least in this author's opinion). Despite a

A Watched Pot Does Boil

Jetboil Flash | Win This!


At Gear Patrol, we look for excuses to be outdoors. Any weekend we can steal away from the comforts of home are welcomed and testing gear is always a bonus. On our weekend adventures, hot water is an absolute

Smooth Skin from Bump Patrol

Shaving With Bump Patrol


Shaving is an art; it's a male ritual to be appreciated, never rushed. We here at Gear Patrol take great pleasure in shaving, and, when the opportunity came to test a new shaving product, we jumped at the opportunity. Bump Patrol

Not Your Father's Walking Stick

Black Diamond Trail Ergo Cork Poles


People have been using trekking poles on the trails for years. If you've ever seen someone wielding them, you might have thought they looked a little goofy and were unnecessary. After recently attending a workshop on hiking the John Muir

Campfire Cooking Shouldn't Be Back-Breaking

GSI Hard Anodized Dutch Oven


When it comes to food preparation, cast iron skillets do wonders, but after spending my fair share of time with a cast iron skillet I've come to realize two probelms: one, they weigh a metric ton and require a measured degree

Literally Saving My Ass

Probiotics | Acidophilus Pearls

probiotic I was recently crewing an independent short film and, by day five of 14+ hour work days with greasy fast food, my stomach and digestive system staged a painful revolt (commencing at 3am, no less). I searched high and low for

The Evolution of Espresso



Like most of the writers here at Gear Patrol, I've developed an addiction and a fine appreciation for caffeine. A straight cup of black coffee is my standard, but I like to up the ante with an occasional shot of espresso.

Be Prepared. For Anything.

Bug Out Bag (aka: Ultimate Survival Kit)


Recently, when the sky turned black in the middle of the afternoon over my Orange County home, I started thinking about survival. The fires were burning in several directions within five or six miles, and I knew there might be a chance

A Gripping, First-Hand Account from a WWI Soldier

Storm of Steel

storm_of_steel As men, rightly or wrongly, we are judged by our bookshelves. Our reading choices speak to who we are intellectually, as well as what kind of men we are. Every man’s bookshelf should contain a book about war, and

The Notebooks of Legend

Moleskine Notebooks


A few years back, I read an article that talked about how writing by hand stimulates pressure points that inspire creativity. I was searching for the perfect journal in which to  inscribe my thoughts and dreams, and I heard of

Lomography: LC-A

lomography-lca-dan-finkelstein-1 I have invested several thousand dollars into my digital photography habit, but, oddly enough, I find far more enjoyment in playing with a Russian-built film camera. The Lomographic Society International (LSI) has started a grassroots-style movement that encourages people to return to

Canon 5D Mark II

It Might Just Change The Way You Shoot Photographs - For Good.

canon-5d-mkII-review-images.jpg There is something magical that happens when you pick up the new Canon 5D Mark II. Everything from eyeing the full-frame shot, to hitting the 3.9fps shutter, to finally seeing the image in

Dan Finkelstein | New Gear Patrol Contributor

From Patrick Tuttle: As you can see from his photo, Dan Finkelstein needs no credit from me to be considered man enough for Gear Patrol. Dan contributes for GP out of Long Beach, CA and, as you will soon read below, has a taste for many of life's more

Kuru Halcyon

Performance Outdoor Footwear


When it comes to shoes, I'm a minimalist. Trail runners, dress shoes, and sneakers - what more does a guy need? Well, often there comes a need for a shoe that maintains the style and class of a dress shoe, yet

Crime by Alix Lambert

Extraordinary Interviews Exposing the World of Crime – Real and Imagined

Crime-by-Alix-Lambert.jpg Admit it… you’ve thought about it: the allure and grandeur of a criminal lifestyle. It’s perfectly natural. Crime goes the extra mile picking the brains of bank robbers and killers,