'Tis the Season...

Four Fruit-Flavored Beers That Won’t Cost You Your Man-Card

Fruit-flavored beers have been much maligned by men the world over for being, well, of questionable masculinity. But these weeks between the brutal summer and much-awaited fall are the perfect time to try beers that are as flavorful as they are refreshing. Below are four carefully researched fruit beers that have real body, color, and...

Draught Beer Made Easy

EdgeStar Mini Kegerator

Draught beer is the ultimate party beverage. But let’s face it, unless you’ve got fraternity pledges to do the heavy lifting, kegs are an enormous pain. Mini kegs are the tiny answer to this problem, but dispensing these bad boys properly can seem as troublesome as dealing with a whole keg. That’s where EdgeStar ($160)...

Add a Little Chrome to Your Wheels

Chrome Midway

Move over Chuck Taylor. Meet the Batman of urban lifestyle footwear, the Chrome Midway ($90). Chrome, a San Francisco based company, has prided itself for 14 years on providing durable messenger bags to survive the wear and tear of the city streets and now, with an alternative, all – purpose cycling shoe that looks just...

End Kayak Clutter

Malibu Kayaks X-Wing Sliding Console

To deal with the age-old problem of cluttered gear in confined spaces (in this case Kayaks), Malibu Kayaks has created the X-Wing Sliding Console ($130). Designed to confine all your fishing equipment into one compact, convenient location on your kayak, the console provides mounting positions for rods, GPS units, fish finders, compasses, a dry box...

Better Than Anything You Could Write In

Direct Designs Notebook Grill

When the calendar turns to August, the sports world looks pretty bleak. Yes baseball is in full swing, and NFL training camps are underway, but there isn’t much else to occupy our interests. Fortunately, it does bring us one step closer to September, and with September comes football and tailgating (a.k.a. pure joy). In preparation...

A Lamp For Your Office or Garage

Marina Task Clamp Lamp

Whether a man’s workspace is a desk with a computer, or a tool bench, it needs to contribute to his productivity. Thus light, and subsequently the light source, are critical component of the workspace equation. While we’ve covered plenty of acceptable lamps here on GP, the Marina Task Lamp ($129) is particularly versatile thanks to...

It's Biblical

Ministry of Top Gear Presents: The Alternative Highway Code

The absurdist humor of the Brits is the stuff of Pythonic legend, and it lives on in the pages of this brilliant piece of literature: Britain’s traditional traffic handbook as reinvented by the boys of Top Gear. Filled with unbridled sarcasm, general silliness, and automotive expertise, you need only peruse the index to find page...

Still Too Cool for Redman

Big League Chew | 30th Anniversary

Without the fanfare that we would expect, this summer marks the 30th Anniversary of a childhood favorite – Big League Chew. While there are (unfortunately) no special commemorative packs or fanfare, such an iconic product deserves celebration. For many, Big League Chew was almost as integral to Little League Baseball (or Softball) as cleats, baseball...

Suit Yourself

BeSpeak iPhone App

Men’s fashion expert Alan Flusser, author of Style and the Man aims to help men make the most of their wardrobe. The BeSpeak (Free, iTunes), takes things digital. It works by first creating a personal profile based on information you submit about your skin tone, hair, eye color, body size and shape, face shape, and...

Namesake Aside...

Pointer Footwear Benson Boots

Despite what your closet might be screaming, a man really cannot have too many boots and the Pointer Collection ‘Benson’ Boot ($200) is good enough reason to fit one more pair. The entire collection delivers a little extra flair, ratcheting up the footwear style-dial just a notch. Available in 4 colorways for the season, this...

Pocket Handyman

Leatherman Blast

There are times you just need one tool for the job. There are times you need sixteen. Either way, the Leatherman Blast ($37) gets the job done without asking why you need that superfluous small bit driver to simply open a bottle of your favorite brew (… you never know). There will, however, be a...

Class: Bargain Denim 501

Levi’s 501 Original Shrink-to-Fit Jeans

When it comes to denim, raw is where it’s at. Those pre-faded, pre-whiskered, even pre-ripped jeans found in suburban malls should be left in the clearance bin. Premium raw denim has been discussed before (here and here), but not all men can shell out for three figure price tags. Levi’s to the rescue with a...

Yes, You Can Pull Them Off

Ray-Ban Clubmaster

Almost everyone has owned a pair of aviators (thank you 2001), and when they realized they were unoriginal, they then bought Ray-Ban Wayfarers (circa 2006). Now you can’t turn around without seeing some variation on the theme – colored rims, lenses, brands, etc. This summer we’ve found a remedy: the Ray-Ban Clubmaster ($145). The iconic...

Free from "Freebird"

New Normal Music

Don’t get us wrong, we love classic rock as much as the next guy, but hearing “Welcome to the Jungle” for the tenth time in a day can make anyone go ape. Enter New Normal Music. This site has been streaming music since July 2nd and boasts a non-stop 50,000 song playlist. It might not...

Being Fat Never Looked So Good

2010 Harley Davidson Fat Boy Lo

If you are in the market for a new bike or undaunted at getting yourself onto a Harley, then the Harley Davidson Fat Boy Lo is an outstanding choice. This comes from personal experience. There are few words that sum up every aspect of this bike, but dark and massive are a good place to...

Cornerstone of the Home Theater

Pioneer Elite VSX-21TXH

Pioneer Elite has a long standing relationship with the audio/video world. Most notably, they have produced some highly recognized standouts in their plasma monitors and televisions. However, their line of receivers is definitely not to be overlooked. While searching for a replacement to a trusty (but tired) receiver which had manned the controls of my...

Don't Just Hold Your Pants Up

Patagonia Friction Belt

By Gear Patrol Reader Brett Prior The Patagonia Friction Belt breaks away from the dreary leather belt that often straps in our whimsical being. After looking for the perfect belt for well over a year, I finally realized that I was looking in all the wrong places. I realized that I do not need my...

Don't Leave For A Shoot Without Them

10 Essential DSLR Camera Accessories

Photography accessories – the options are endless: cases, lenses, filters, diffusers, etc., etc. Of the multitude of accessories out there, we find that some are necessary – and others are simply taking up room in the camera bag. The Gear Patrol crew gets a lot of experience behind the lens, and we have sifted through...

Toe Socks are All Grown Up (And Masculine This Time)

Vibram FiveFingers KSO

I have a friend who spends so much time outdoors that the existence of his house is debatable. Obviously, whenever there is a “revolutionary” product for use outdoors, he’s the first person to have his hands on it. In this case, though, it was his feet. About two years ago, when the solesmiths at Vibram...

Packing to the Max (Legal Carry-On That Is)

Patagonia MLC

By Guest Writer Taylor Gould Everyone needs a good weekend bag and, as a college student, the backpack is generally the preferred choice. However, a recent gift has changed my opinion: the Patagonia MLC ($160), or Maximum Legal Carry-On. This bag is a godsend. It holds a ton! Patagonia says it can hold between 3-5...

Hydration for Those on the Go

Camelbak Octane 8+ Hydration Pack

By Guest Writer and Outdoor Enthusiast Michael O’Brien When it comes to stubborn New Englanders, hiking up in New Hampshire’s White Mountains is ideal. We’re all seeking the majestic, clear views these 4,000 footers have to offer but we often underestimate the preparation needed to tackle them.  A key to these hikes often overlooked by...

BDG Cotton Crewneck Tees

I’m the type of person that enjoys a comfortable undershirt, especially one that can stand on its own merits. I also am the type of person who loves the clothing company Urban Outfitters. One of the more popular brands UO offers is BDG, and they carry countless varieties of their shirts and hoodies. While I...

Touching the Void (or at least taking the first step)

Asolo Titan GV Mountaineering Boots

By Guest Writer and outdoor enthusiast Sandy Bandhu In today’s economy, you may be hesitant to jump into new sports or less willing to take that adventure you’ve had in the back of your head and understandably so. That’s why it’s all the more important to find versatile gear that can be used for multitude...

The Essence of All-Mountain Style and Versatility

Dynastar Big Trouble Skis

By Guest Writer and Outdoor Enthusiast Michael O’Brien The Dynastar Big Trouble ($454) is the perfect solution for the advanced level skier looking for planks that can do it all.  The skis’ versatility is their number one strength, in addition to the twin-tipped design, larger than average widths and contours (124-92-114) allowing you to float...

Get The Cure For Your Ailing Auto

CarMD

It is never a good thing when the “Check Engine” light is glowing at you from the dashboard – is it going to be a $50 fix, or a $500 setback? And is the repair shop really being honest about the problem and the price? If you’ve ever had these thoughts, you’ll be glad to...

Much More Than a Man Purse

Timbuk2 Classic Messenger 2010

When the term messenger bag comes up, it’s sometimes associated with the particularly nasty term man purse. While series like 24 and movies like the Indiana Jones trilogy (because we don’t count the last one) have caused the term to be used less, there is still the association. Timbuk2, through outstanding design and over-engineered construction,...

Keep Heat In and the Elements Out

Patagonia Das Parka

By Guest Writer and Outdoor Enthusiast Sandy Bandu Patagonia is certainly renowned for their bombproof, outdoor performance gear, but their DAS Parka is nothing short of well-rounded perfection. If you are in the market for a lightweight, synthetic coat (truly a superior material to down, in most situations), this coat provides all the comforts that...

The Everyman Dive Watch

Citizen Promaster Aqualand

By Guest Writer and Outdoor Enthusiast Roger Dawkins The Citizen Promaster Aqualand is the everyman dive watch. It’s cool to lust after a Breitling Superocean, a Blancpain 500 Fathoms, or even an Oris TT1 Carlos Costa LE, but it’s way cool to get a watch like this and keep it real, too.

A Vacation Destination That's Closer Than You Think

The Hammock Source | Hatteras Duracord

In honor of it being that time of year when many of us are returning from a holiday and a sandy beach to the doldrums of our busy lives, we bring to you The HammockSource. Whether you are lying in a hammock feeling the ocean breeze and drinking a Corona or just in your backyard...

Green Is The Color Of Grilling Cred

The Big Green Egg

By Gear Patrol Reader Jack Woods: It’s late afternoon. You’re strolling around whatever town you calling home these days, looking great in your J. Crew denim shirt, Henschel Hat, Thorogood Moc Toe Boots, wielding the Swiss+ Tech Utili-key XT 8-in-1 in your pocket, when that familiar cattle prod jolt to your hunger sensors has your...

(Make Sure) You Have Chosen Wisely

The Definitive Guide to Choosing an Office Chair

By Gear Patrol Reader Patrick Jobin If the average business person or desk bound fellow were to determine how much time they spend in their office chair, they would be surprised. At 40 hours per week, they’d rack up approximately 1900 hours over the course of a year. Multiply that by the average number of...

Be a Better Man in 30 Days | Day 25: Upgrade Your Furniture

Many of you Gear Patrol readers may own antique furniture that has been passed down through generations of your family. Think of the quality that must be engineered into furnishings such as these, in order that they survive decades (or even centuries) of use. I grew up around the furniture business (my father was a...

Put's the "Must" in "Must-See"

The Hurt Locker

By Gear Patrol Reader Philippe Iujvidin: The Hurt Locker is the latest in a batch of Iraq War films; Jarhead, The Kingdom, Rendition, and Stop-Loss are others that come to mind. The Hurt Locker can be only loosely tied to these other films, as the only thing they really share in common is the setting....

Touch Activation Just Got A Whole Lot Cooler

Jaeger-LeCoultre Amvox 2 Racing Chronograph

By Gear Patrol Reader Jason Pitsch: A limited series of AMVOX2 Racing Chronographs was recently unveiled by Jaeger-LeCoultre. Two versions will be available, a black PVD titanium model with a black dial, as well as a titanium model with a white dial (pictured above). A unique perforated waterproof leather strap will outfit these exclusive sports...

Gear Patrol Teams up with MyGolfSpy for a Behind the Scenes Look

SeeMore Putters

From Gear Patrol readers MyGolfSpy: Gear Patrol has enlisted the help of friend and fellow golf nut MyGolfSpy to bring you more in-depth golf coverage. Short Intro To The SeeMore Putting Company The SeeMore Putter Company has had an interesting ride in the putter industry since its inception back in 1997. After Payne Stewart won...

Shake It Like A Vintage Polaroid Picture

Vintage Instant Polaroid 230 Pack Film Land Camera

By Gear Patrol Reader Michael Grady If you’re a gearhead like me, then you’re always about the next best thing, but sometimes it’s important to take in the goodness of vintage. And this doesn’t just apply to style and decor, but to electronics too. This weekend, or next, skip the digital camera (gasp), spend a...

New Movement, New Status

Breitling Chronomat B01

By Gear Patrol Reader Jason Pitsch: Breitling recently launched their new Chronomat B01. Announced prior to Baselworld, this chronograph features Breitling’s first 100% in-house movement; Not only is the watch an outstanding timepiece, but the integration of Breitling’s new movement is a huge accomplishment, vaulting the company into the elite ranks of true manufacturers.

Trent Pitts | New Gear Patrol Contributor

From Brian Huang: It’s my pleasure to introduce Trent Pitts. One of our newest Gear Patrol Contributors, he hails from a state with great outdoor activities and fantastic BBQ (although my TN roots might dispute that one). Gadget geek, family man, traveler, and an active lifestyle make Trent a welcome addition to our crew.

*Besides The Blockbusters

15 Movies* You Should Watch In 2009

For some, film is religion, and no temple is more sacred than the art house cinema around the corner. Serving as a calm voice of reason in a sea of neon megaplexes, the art house is the perfect refuge for discovering that gem of a specialty film. However, in a world this connected – via...

Watches Under The Radar... But Not For Long

5 Watch Brands You Should Know

By Benjamin Clymer | Hodinkee A lot of what we do at Hodinkee is identifying brands that deserve some attention from watch fans around the world. In this article, we are going to be talking about five brands that fly under the radar at the moment, but that probably won’t be for very long. These...

Here's a Table You Might 'Fall' For

SIDD Domino Table

By Gear Patrol Reader Demitri Rusel: Designer Chris Pritchard of SIDD Fine Woodworking has created an instantly iconic piece in his Domino coffee table. The inspiration is as obvious as the name, but the treatment is both intelligent and elegant. Each of these intriguing tables is hand built by a single craftsman over a period...

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