15 gifts for the gear junkie
Good job, you made a wish list! Now throw it out and replace it with everything you see below. Your Christmas just went from zero to awesome.
Smith Optics Lowdown - $209
Wayfarer-esque in their look, the Lowdowns are one step ahead, equipped with a polarization-on-steroids ChromaPop technology that decreases color "confusion": the lenses filter light at two specific points, making for greater definition and more vivid color. In addition there's a nifty bridge and temple stay to make sure sweat, rain, or snow, these are keeping put. [More Holiday Travel... ]
Boreas Bootlegger - $199.99
This system is packing a "Super-Tramp" design that allows these modular packs to break down or build up as needed, responding to conditions outside and what you're putting inside — basically the traveler's perfect luggage. [More Holiday Travel... ]
Chrome Sotnik - $220
The cheaper alternative to its similarly-named BLCKCHRM version, this is the ultimate duffle, made with their 100% welded-waterproof technology and strapped with a huge opening/cargo, and can be carried by hand or worn as a pack. Part of their WWII-inspired Militia line, they were originally intended to haul wetsuits and beer, so we're sure whoever is receiving this will find plenty of use for it.
Arbor League - $75
We're talking about a water-resistant fleece with thumb holes, the kind of comfy that makes waking up a little more like staying in bed. Perfect for those temperamental season-specific days when shit's storming outside, or for those non-season-specific days when you simply want to kick back and lounge around. [More Slope Style... ]
Iron and Resin Rambler Jacket - $240
The weight of a good coat becomes as familiar as what mom's cooking smells like or when your girlfriend's happy with you — it's a reassuring notion that just feels right. This 10.10-ounce Martexin waxed-canvas jacket not only has that weight, but it's built like a truck and will be keeping the wearer protected for a long time. And the the corduroy collar and interior cuffs keep you snug the same.
Timberland x Woolrich Abington Boot - $255
The historic purveyors of all-American outdoor wear partnered up for an homage to old blue-collar granite towns. This particular boot in the collection would've probably been more appropriate for the quarry owner with the Vibram outsole making for great traction and Woolrich fabric keeping your toes warm, all worked into a slightly dressed-up style that wouldn't look out of place at the office. [More... ]
Leather Works Minnesota Classic Belt - $60
Available in Black, Chocolate Brown, London Tan, Natural, and Black Cherry and then cut to fit from a single piece of leather, this simple, durable belt is everything you need it to be.
Pendleton Motor Robe with Leather Carrier - $98
Sure, it's a blanket. But it's a blanket that was once called a steamer rug and served as a companion to those traveling by horse, train or boat. These throwbacks are of the finest 100% pure virgin wool. Each Motor Robe also comes with a convenient leather carrier with handle and shoulder strap, so you're never without that oh-so-warm.
NRS Tyrant 4 - $995
The inflatable stand-up paddle (SUP) board is ideal for the outdoorsman regardless of if they surf or not. And it doesn't even matter if they're oceanside. SUP is rapidly growing given its adaptability to the ocean, the lake, or even the river. These boards are for island-bound shaka-throwers and landlocked Midwesterners alike. The nine-foot inflatable Tyrant 4 deflates down into a backpack for easy transport and its wide, grippy deck surface, stomp pad, and interchangeable fins make it for all sorts of skill levels.
Brompton Fold - ~$1200-1600 (Available through dealers.)
The best foldable bikes out there right now, these have a range that make them great for all different types of riders, with the higher-geared ones able to climb and descend steep hills during the commute, certain style bars for front-carrier bags, and its collapsible frame for easy and quick storage.
Commoner & Co. No. 101 Wedge Wallet - $75
The Brooklyn-based collective came on strong with their collection, and the wallet might be the best part. Its minimalistic profile avoids the unsightly and oft-uncomfortable back seat bulge. Whatever stack you're sitting on, the wallet's going to keep its shape.[More... ]
hard graft Leather iPad Case & Stand - $185
Not only a pretty face, this slip adds true functionality to a simple and gorgeous design. From makers hard graft, it keeps your iDevice all snuggly and safe with a marl grey rope closure that is tightened and fixed with a secure metal stopper that transforms from closure into a solid, upstanding dock.
Quik Pod DSLR/POV - $69.95
For your selfie needs, this thingamabob makes for the perfect capture of adventurous outings where you might not have umpteen other tourists weaving around ready to be asked for a couple's shot. And it's got the longest pole of its kind, so don't worry about fitting your entire group in the shot, or being cropped out yourself — unless your that guy.
TRX HOME Suspension Trainer - $199.95
You're basically building out an addition to your apartment. This system comes with everything one needs — Suspension Trainer and anchor, workout guide with six bonus workouts (in 15- and 30-minute sessions) — to get an efficient, full-body workout that will actually be useful and not just for show. Imagine the alternative of hauling in a bunch of professional-grade machines, then envision this neatly boxed under the tree. You're also saving countless dollars on that gym membership with the included lotion overhead.
OnePiece Onesies - $89-449
From cotton to fleece, holiday to patriotic, there' a Onesie for every dude on your list. It's a Onesie? Who doesn't like taking care of business in a form-fitted blanket all day...?