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Six Essentials for a Better Fall Hike

Summer is over, and while the beach chairs might be packed away until next year, the changing of the seasons means new ways to escape to the outdoors. One of our favorite ways to recharge as the leaves begin to turn is a weekend hike. But just like lounging on your favorite stretch of sand, a fall hike can be made much better with a few simple additions. Whether you’re taking on a challenging summit or simply stretching your legs, here are six essentials that will make your fall hike a little more enjoyable.

Mystery Ranch Scree 32

Mystery Ranch is built on a heritage of function, comfort, quality, and durability. Since 2000, Mystery Ranch has been manufacturing packs and load carriage systems for military, hunting, wildland fire, and mountaineering customers, with a focus on use-specific designs and hand-built quality.
This mid-size, technical daypack offers ready access to your hiking kit via Mystery Ranch’s signature, 3-zip design. The Scree 32 is a versatile 32-liter pack with an ideal capacity for most of your outdoor adventures. Longer hikes require ample hydration, so the Scree 32 is both hydration compatible as well as offering easy-to-reach water bottle pockets. For smaller essentials you want to keep organized, there’s a spacious zippered pocket the waist belt that’s well suited for your phone, chapstick and other small essentials

The James Brand Ellis

The Ellis is The James Brand’s competitor to the traditional Swiss Army Knife but with the added bonus of a lock-back feature which secures the blade and bottle opener/screwdriver while in use. The partially-serrated drop point blade is perfect for everything from prepping snacks or cutting cordage, and a machines bail loop adds a lash point for attaching to your keys, a carabiner or backpack.

The blade is fashioned of Sandvik steel and pivots on sturdy phosphor bronze washers ensuring easy, reliable use for years to come.

Matador Pocket Blanket

Matador Pocket Blanket

The Matador Pocket Blanket is a dry, clean place to sit – anywhere, anytime. It weighs in at only 3.8 ounces, making it ideal for hiking. It’s also water repellent and puncture resistant. It folds up in seconds with the Easy-Pack Pattern.

The pocket blanket is 63 x 44 inches, offering ample sitting room for up to four adults and comes with integrated corner stakes and weighted corners with sand pockets to help anchor it on windy days.

Miir Vacuum Insulated Bottle

Miir Vacuum Sealed Bottle

The Mirr Vacuum Insulated bottle is a must for any outdoor adventure. Its slender design helps make it slip into any pack pocket and the spacious loop top is ideal for securing with a carabiner or piece of cordage.

The vacuum-sealed, double-wall design keeps liquids cold or hot for hours, and the 23-ounce capacity is ample for hydration on short hikes. It’s also constructed from stainless steel, making it robust enough for heavy-duty use.

Sunski Treeline Sunglasses

Sunski Treeline

Part of Sunski’s premier Sidekick Collection, the Treeline is a modern take on mountain sunglasses. The Treeline is a lightweight companion for your outdoor adventures featuring removable plastic perforated side shades, giving you 360-degree sun protection when you need it most.

The Treeline’s frames are made from 100% recycled Superlite polycarbonate resin and the ocean/grey polarized lenses block 100% of UVA/UVB/UV400 rays. Each Treeline comes with a hard-sided carrying case and Sunski’s Forever warranty.

Wildsam Field Guides

Wildsam Field Guides

Founded in 2012, Wildsam’s aim is to point travelers towards unforgettable experiences. They shed light on the lesser known, the complex, the real things, through their series of American field guides. Through the guides, Wildsam documents a place through its stories. Both the city series and road trip series explore via prose and personalities, mixing together historical anecdotes, local interviews, literary memoir and hand-drawn maps, all in service of a deep understanding of place. The guides also offer a highly curated list of recommendations, the kind of smart list a close friend might offer.

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Conquer Your Next Adventure with These Thoughtfully Designed Packs

When it comes to buying a technical backpack, it’s easy to get lost. There are packs for just about every sport, climate and season. But at the heart of making a good bag (read: a bag that performs unequivocally in its intended use case) is knowing how people intend to use it. It sounds too simple, but it’s a notion that a lot of bag manufacturers miss; how will this bag be used?

Human-Centered Design

Mystery Ranch knows this question well. Over the nearly twenty years since it was founded, Mystery Ranch has worked to solve the problems of real-life use through smart design, superlative materials and hawkish attention to detail. And for good reason. Since its inception, Mystery Ranch has produced bags for the military and fire and rescue services alongside the consumer-grade bags for hiking, hunting and casual outdoor use. By gathering feedback from the front lines, Mystery Ranch founders Dana Gleason and Renee Sippel-Baker were able to inject their designs with practical features that reflect what users actually need when the chips are down.

By incorporating user feedback and shifting the focus of the business to direct-to-consumer products, Gleason and Sippel-Baker have been able to produce packs that are finely tuned to the needs of the end user, resulting in a collection of robust, innovative bags fit for any pursuit.

Why Mystery Ranch

Most of us aren’t spending our days scaling mountains or fighting wildfires. But that’s what we love about Mystery Ranch. Rather than overbuild its entire line into a one-size-fits-all collection, Mystery Ranch has developed a wide array of bags, designed to match specific use cases.

Mystery Ranch 3ZIP Design

The 3-ZIP design, a bold three-way zipper that enables the top and sides of the pack to open and unfold, permeates Mystery Ranch’s line. This wide aperture makes packing and organizing your gear much easier, and helps limit the frustrating up-to-your-armpit blind search for a piece of kit that’s been buried out of reach.

Our Favorites

Though Mystery Ranch’s lineup is expansive, we’ve selected three of our favorite models, offering the right balance of utility, space and price.
The Coulee 25

Coulee 25

The taut design of the Coulee 25 makes it an ideal choice for fast and light outings. The Coulee 25’s twenty-five-liter capacity, dual front, exterior stretch-woven stow pockets and two side stretch-woven water bottles pockets offer utility for a wide range of applications and make it well-suited for wandering around a new city or a day hike on your favorite mountain escape.

The Scree 32

Scree 32

The Scree 32 offers the versatility of the smaller Coulee 25 but brings more loadout options and space. Mystery Ranch’s adjustable yoke system enables you to dial in your perfect fit. The Scree 32 is hydration bladder compatible and sports auxiliary side water bottle pockets, making it well-suited for longer trips. A spacious brain compartment and handy waist belt pocket help organize smaller pieces of kit.

The Coulee 40

Coulee 40_Mystery Ranch

For big day hikes in the hills or feathery overnight blitzes, reach for the Coulee 40. Featuring dual composite frame stays for stability and a fully adjustable yoke the Coulee 40 offers a sturdy, customized fit. The padded waist belt cants and conforms over the hips to effectively transfer and distribute the weight and eliminate slippage down over the hips. Tool carry loops, compression straps and side stretch pockets make the Coulee 40 a fully-equipped technical pack.

This post is presented by the Gear Patrol Store. Purchasing products from our store supports our editorial efforts.

These Origami-Inspired Kayaks Are Adventure in a Box

The best products are the ones that solve a problem. When it comes to owning a kayak, one of the biggest problems is where to store it when it’s not in use. For some, it’s as easy as standing it up in a spare corner of the garage. But for many enthusiasts, space is tight and storing a large boat is a pain. What’s more, unless you have an SUV or truck with the appropriate hardware, getting your boat to the water’s edge can be just as irksome. That’s where Oru comes in.

Oru kayaks are inspired by the traditional art of Origami, folding up when not in use into a footprint no bigger than a standard suitcase. This miraculous transformation makes even Oru’s larger profile boats easy to store in a closet, behind a couch or under a bed. When you’re ready to paddle, a packed Oru rides easily to the water’s edge in a trunk or back seat. Oru kayaks are so portable when packed you could even take them on the New York City subway or on your favorite airline.

The best part is that all this space-saving savvy doesn’t compromise functionality. Oru’s kayaks are stable and sturdy, constructed from a custom polypropylene that is rated to 20,000 fold cycles and sports a UV treatment that will last for ten years. What’s more, they’re light. Even the Bay ST, a larger kayak designed for longer waterborne adventures weighs 28 pounds, far less than a typical solid hull kayak. And while these unique boats require a little assembly, going from totally packed to water-ready should take no more than 10 minutes for an average user.

With a weight capacity of up to 300 pounds and space for paddlers up to 6’6″, Oru kayaks are designed for everyone. Adjustable foot and backrests give the boats customizable comfort while still affording plenty of space to stow some gear.

We’ve encountered a lot of great products in our day, but few rank as highly as the boats from Oru Kayak. But don’t take our word for it. For a limited time, save 15% on all Oru products and get free shipping on all orders.

The Boats

The Beach LT

Oru Kayak Beach-LT

The Beach LT kayak uses origami to unfold from a compact box, into a high-performance kayak. Unfolding only takes a few minutes — no pumps, tools or roof racks required. In the water, it’s sturdy, durable, agile and fast — it paddles like a molded hardshell kayak, minus half the weight.

With a large cockpit and stable 28” beam, it’s perfect for day trips, picnics, fishing, and casual fun with friends and family (or even dogs!) While it may be Oru’s friendliest boat, it’s still built to the company’s high standards of strength and durability, rated to 20,000 folds. And it’s as easy on the eyes as it is on the water.

The Bay ST

The Bay ST is the original Oru Kayak, launched on Kickstarter in 2012; it’s even in the permanent collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Over the years, Oru has thoroughly updated the design to enhance performance, making it easier to assemble and more comfortable to use than its predecessors.

It’s stable enough for beginners, while the length and contouring make it fast and sporty for experts. There’s plenty of room to stash gear for day trips and short camping excursions. Best of all, transforming it from box to boat takes just a few minutes.

The Accessories

Kayak Pack

Bring the Oru Kayak anywhere! Hike into remote waters, or check it on a plane to foreign lands. The Oru Pack is made of rugged heavy-duty nylon, with a super-comfortable shoulder and hip strap system. It’s loaded with smart features to make your Oru Kayak journeys easy and convenient. Padded shoulder straps add comfort and external mesh pockets stow paddles and other gear with ease.

Paddles

The Oru Paddle—in bright white to match the kayak—breaks down into four pieces, so it stows easily inside the Oru Kayak in box form. It features a lightweight fiberglass shaft and super-tough ABS plastic blades. The paddle is truly customizable: a quick-clamp connector allows you to adjust both the length (220-230cm) of the paddle and the feather angles of the blades.

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Lifetime Leather

Lotuff Leather has been turning heads since their push to independence in 2012. Though once part of the leatherworking powerhouse Lotuff Clegg, Lotuff Leather has continued to evolve as a premium bag maker and leatherworker, designing and manufacturing some of the world’s most eyecatching products. Beyond the dogged use of American leathers and commitment to U.S.-based manufacturing is Lotuff Leather’s deep reverence for the handcraft of leatherworking. In fact, it is this persistent search for exquisite handiwork that underpins Lotuff’s collection today.

From the ever-popular No. 12 Weekender, which is one of Lotuff’s more popular silhouettes, to the ultra-refined Triumph Briefcase, Lotuff’s collection is rife with leather goods built to last a lifetime. That’s why we’re so excited to welcome Lotuff Leather into the Gear Patrol Store. And to celebrate their addition, we’ve worked with the Lotuff team to offer free monogramming on all Lotuff products purchased through the Gear Patrol Store. What’s more, we’re offering a $100 Gear Patrol gift card for every bag purchased.

Featured Models

The No. 12 Weekender

Lotuff-No12-Weekender

Proportional, sleek, and remarkably light, the No. 12 Weekender Bag is a compact piece that’ll get you through the weekend, no matter your destination or mode of transportation. Sized to fit perfectly on top of a roller suitcase, the Weekender can act as your carry-on piece or your sole travel bag. An exterior extended wrap-around zipper on both sides gives the bag a handsome symmetry while also allowing for easy interior access. And the comfortable nesting handles are both riveted and stitched onto the bag to promise durability and integrity.

A lock-and-key closure promises that only you or your trusted companions can get inside. And an interior drop pocket is just large enough to fit your travel tickets, keys, and phone.

The Triumph Briefcase

Lotuff-Triumph-Briefcase

Sleek, modern, and instinctively functional, the Triumph is a fully leather-lined, triple-gusset briefcase. This triple-gusset design creates a unique accordion construction, allowing the bag to expand and contract between 2 inches and 8 inches. This rare expandability provides unparalleled functionality, making the bag perfect whether you’re a traveling minimalist or a heavy packer. With an extended zipper, access to the interior is wide and easy.

On the inside, you’ll find three separate full-length compartments. The center compartment has two full-length zipper pockets for a laptop, tablet, or periodical and smaller pockets for a mobile, keys, or travel miscellany. A cross-body strap attaches and detaches to each side of the bag.
Because the bag is fully leather lined, it stands up independently whether completely empty or teeming with your possessions.

The Zip-Top Briefcase

Lotuff-Ziptop-Briefcase

An understated, handsome piece with full leather construction and an extended zipper for easy interior access, the Zip-Top Briefcase meets at the intersection of functionality and beauty. It’s wonderful for business professionals who have a lot to carry and want to do it in style, with two full-length exterior pockets and an interior that contains even more space for all you need. Pens, cards, and your phone all have their own designated compartments, and your 15” laptop will fit snugly in its own as well. There’s room left over for notebooks, a newspaper, and more, too: whatever the meeting or trip requires, this briefcase can handle it.

A 5″ handle and a removable, adjustable shoulder strap allow this briefcase to be carried both in-hand or over the shoulder depending on preference. The Zip-Top’s single-gusset design, double-stitched nesting handles, and other minimal-yet-stately accents give it a classic look, and thanks to our lifetime guarantee it’s one that will last for years no matter what.

The Zipper Backpack

Lotuff-Zip-Backpack

Thoughtful details of practicality complement an elemental, classic design on our Leather Zipper Backpack. A transcendent piece, the Zipper Backpack is just as appropriate with a suit as it is with a sweater, jeans, and sneakers.

A wrap-around zipper gives access to the main compartment, but the secret weapon is the back zipper pocket. This pocket sits snugly against your back, allowing you to safely carry your most precious cargo, from your laptop to your keys to your manuscript of the next great American novel. A zipper interior pocket gives alternative access to this back pocket, and a front zipper pouch is perfect for carrying sunglasses and other miscellany. Adjustable back straps with a loop ensure a comfortable carry no matter your height.

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Save On Audioengine’s Most Popular Wireless Speakers

Audioengine’s line up of impressively-designed speakers and accessories brings high fidelity sound into your home or office space while offering wireless connectivity and analog compatibility. For a limited time, save on Audioengine’s favorite models.

A2+ Wireless Speaker System

The A2+ Desktop Speakers are constructed with custom Audioengine components: aramid fiber woofers, silk tweeters, premium Bluetooth aptX, and built-in power amps wrapped in precision-tuned, hand-crafted cabinets. The bass was teased from the A2+ with some clever acoustic and electrical design without using any digital signal processing or fake bass boost circuits. This results in surprisingly substantial bass from speakers of this size and clear, full and powerful audio that fills almost any room.

HD3 Wireless Speaker System

The HD3s are Audioengine’s most-versatile wireless Bluetooth speakers. These wireless speakers work with all your apps, music, and devices so no matter how you listen, HD3 has you covered. A built-in analog power amplifier provides high-end sound. Don’t let their size fool; these small speakers are packed with much more sound than you would expect. The HD3 Wireless Speakers are constructed with custom Audioengine components such as aramid fiber woofers, silk tweeters, Premium Bluetooth aptX-HD, and built-in power amps wrapped in precision-tuned, hand-crafted cabinets. A front panel volume knob and headphone jack make the HD3 a versatile listening option for any space.

512 Portable Speaker

Bring pure, clear sound to your home, workspace or the outdoors with an impressive 100 feet Bluetooth range to keep all your tunes going strong. The 512 Portable Bluetooth Speaker gives you Audioengine’s trademark sound with an impressive battery life — up to 12 hours – using a built-in, fast-charging lithium-ion battery.
The 512 has a warm and inspiring voice, surprising imaging and a very large soundstage. It may sound strange to write about things like soundstage and imaging in a little mouse speaker, but Audioengine wanted to bring something special to the portable speaker market. Tight, firm bass, solid midrange, and clean, singing highs are what they aimed for, delivering more than just the typical battery-powered Bluetooth speaker.

Five Ways To Freshen Your Look For $100 or Less

It happens to everyone. The wardrobe gets stale. You hate all your shirts and even your go-to repertoires feel strained. Accessorizing can be a fun and less costly alternative to heaving hamperfuls of threads for the sake of a fresh feel. We’ve gone through our favorite accessories and found five great ways to re-make your look for a $100 or less. Shop all five options at the Gear Patrol Store and enjoy free shipping on all orders inside the United States.

American Bench Craft Wrap

With a subtle, maritime theme that pays homage to American Bench Craft’s coastal New England roots, this leather cord wrap bracelet has a unique, striking appearance. It is made from premium, round leather cord that has been precision cut from the center of the hide for utmost durability. The rugged, solid brass hook clasp of this leather cord bracelet has a secure fit and makes the bracelet easy to take on and off. The bracelet is tied with a triple barrel slip knot that allows for adjustable sizing.

Ezra Arthur Belt

Strong and durable, this handsome belt will be with you for years to come. The No. 1 belt is made with an English bridle leather tanned by Hermann Oak of St. Louis, Missouri. The buckle and belt loop is fastened to the belt with solid brass machined rivets.

Kynsho Summerweight Cowl

Operating under the principle that thoughtful options always win out over a multitude of choices, Kynsho designs practical accessories with smart details and enduring style. Partnering with local manufacturers and vendors, Brooklyn-based Kynsho made its name with an ingenious wool cowl that provides protection from the elements like no traditional scarf can. For warm weather, they bring us the summer cowl, perfect for breezy summer nights, air-conditioned offices, or protection from the sun.

Orox Leather Cardholder

Everyone’s going minimalist these days. Gone are the times of fat wallets with every membership and business card you could dream of. Pare down to the essentials, and this is just the wallet to do that with. Three separate compartments to keep organized, an angled corner for easy access to cards, and that’s it. A smart and thoughtful design, for folks who know that simple, well-made goods are the way to go.

Sunski Moraga Sunglasses

With frames made of recycled plastic, and multi-layered lenses, Sunski is a strong performer in the sunglasses game with stylish, lightweight frames and polarized lenses at great prices. The Moraga features a glossy gradient tortoise frame to lend a sophisticated look, and includes a microfiber cleaning pouch and Sunski’s forever warranty.

Five Bags That Will Improve Your Next Trip

Whether you’re globetrotting or just planning a weekend getaway, the right bag can make all the difference. And while there are a lot of bags that claim to do it all, sometimes you want a bag that’s been deeply designed for a specific use case. That’s why we’ve combed through our favorite bag makers and selected five models that are ready for purpose-built service, regardless of where you’re headed.

Airport Terminal

Aer Travel Pack 2

The Travel Pack 2 is a versatile carry-on backpack designed for traveling smart. Breeze through security checkpoints, skip the baggage carousel and quickly access your travel essentials on the go. A spacious lay-flat main compartment makes packing simple and easy while an additional compartment accessed via the bottom of the pack keeps stowed shoes separately. Multiple handles and a pass through for a luggage handle make the Travel Pack 2 a savvy travel partner.

Weekend Getaway

Billykirk No. 479 Carryall

The Carryall line features a wire-framed zipper construction, making this iconic style light and functional. The No. 479 Carryall is the perfect size for a weekend away. One exterior and two interior slip pockets keep small goods like phones and wallets organized, while the internal snap-clip makes for a quick and easy way to store keys. Made with high quality 20 oz. waxed canvas and full-grain vegetable tanned leather, every Carryall is designed to age with grace.

Mountain Adventure

Matador Beast 28

The Beast28 Packable Technical Backpack is a game changer. With a rugged and technical build and an ultralight design which packs down into its own compression sack measuring just 7” x 4.5”, the Beast28 is 28-liter pack that’s well-suited for travel yet ready for adventure. And, built to accommodate a hydration bladder, the Beast 28 is well-suited for even the most intense adventure.

Business Meeting

Orox Nuntius X

Well-made and thoughtfully designed, this briefcase is the last one you’ll ever buy. It’s hand-crafted using high quality, full grain leather. For the dedicated professional, this bag makes a serious statement about a commitment to quality and longevity. Holds a 17” laptop, several pockets to keep organized, and has multiple strap and handle options for ease of carrying. Use the shoulder strap as a messenger bag, as well as the cross-chest stabilizing strap for use while bicycling.

Overland Expedition

Velomacchi Speedway 50L Duffel

The 50L Speedway Duffel Backpack is the ultimate watertight adventure bag built for both exploring the back roads and traveling the world. It can be carried as a duffle, a backpack, or a shoulder bag and can be securely strapped down to a motorcycle or roof rack. The Speedway Duffe is constructed from 1000D abrasion resistant nylon fabric and features a water-tight main compartment with high quality YKK zippers and a special stretch panel construction that protects the zipper from blow out. The shoulder harness straps neatly tuck behind the padded back panel for transitioning from backpack to duffle bag.

Conquer Your Next Adventure with These American-Made Packs

When it comes to buying a technical backpack, it’s easy to get lost. There are packs for just about every sport, climate and season. But at the heart of making a good bag (read: a bag that performs unequivocally in its intended use case) is knowing how people intend to use it. It sounds too simple, but it’s a notion that a lot of bag manufacturers miss; how will this bag be used?

Human-Centered Design

Mystery Ranch knows this question well. Over the nearly twenty years since it was founded, Mystery Ranch has worked to solve the problems of real-life use through smart design, superlative materials and hawkish attention to detail. And for good reason. Since its inception, Mystery Ranch has produced bags for the military and fire and rescue services alongside the consumer-grade bags for hiking, hunting and casual outdoor use. By gathering feedback from the front lines, Mystery Ranch founders Dana Gleason and Renee Sippel-Baker were able to inject their designs with practical features that reflect what users actually need when the chips are down.

By incorporating user feedback and shifting the focus of the business to direct-to-consumer products, Gleason and Sippel-Baker have been able to produce packs that are finely tuned to the needs of the end user, resulting in a collection of robust, innovative bags fit for any pursuit.

Why Mystery Ranch

Most of us aren’t spending our days scaling mountains or fighting wildfires. But that’s what we love about Mystery Ranch. Rather than overbuild its entire line into a one-size-fits-all collection, Mystery Ranch has developed a wide array of bags, designed to match specific use cases.

Mystery Ranch 3ZIP Design

The 3-ZIP design, a bold three-way zipper that enables the top and sides of the pack to open and unfold, permeates Mystery Ranch’s line. This wide aperture makes packing and organizing your gear much easier, and helps limit the frustrating up-to-your-armpit blind search for a piece of kit that’s been buried out of reach.

Our Favorites

Though Mystery Ranch’s lineup is expansive, we’ve selected three of our favorite models, offering the right balance of utility, space and price.
The Coulee 25

Coulee 25

The taut design of the Coulee 25 makes it an ideal choice for fast and light outings. The Coulee 25’s twenty-five-liter capacity, dual front, exterior stretch-woven stow pockets and two side stretch-woven water bottles pockets offer utility for a wide range of applications and make it well-suited for wandering around a new city or a day hike on your favorite mountain escape.

The Scree 32

Scree 32

The Scree 32 offers the versatility of the smaller Coulee 25 but brings more loadout options and space. Mystery Ranch’s adjustable yoke system enables you to dial in your perfect fit. The Scree 32 is hydration bladder compatible and sports auxiliary side water bottle pockets, making it well-suited for longer trips. A spacious brain compartment and handy waist belt pocket help organize smaller pieces of kit.

The Coulee 40

Coulee 40_Mystery Ranch

For big day hikes in the hills or feathery overnight blitzes, reach for the Coulee 40. Featuring dual composite frame stays for stability and a fully adjustable yoke the Coulee 40 offers a sturdy, customized fit. The padded waist belt cants and conforms over the hips to effectively transfer and distribute the weight and eliminate slippage down over the hips. Tool carry loops, compression straps and side stretch pockets make the Coulee 40 a fully-equipped technical pack.

This post is presented by the Gear Patrol Store. Purchasing products from our store supports our editorial efforts.

For This Brand, Leather Is a Family Matter

In the bustle of Portland’s Chinatown, Martin Martinez places the finishing touches on a rich leather shoulder bag. Beneath its refined, polished appearance lies a story that spans oceans, continents and four generations. It is the story of a family bound by a single craft; the story of Orox Leather.

We’re excited to bring Orox to the Gear Patrol Store and are offering a special launch promotion; for a limited time, get 20% off all Orox Leather Co. goods when you shop at the Gear Patrol Store.

The History

The tale begins in Oaxaca, Mexico with Don Felipe Martinez Audelo who was, among other things, a ballplayer. To keep his team equipped, Don Felipe developed custom-made baseball gloves and belts for his baseball team, Los Audelos. Over time, his sons grew up alongside Don Felipe, playing baseball and learning the craft of traditional leatherworking.

Don Felipe’s middle son, Pepe, grew the craft into a family business with the help of his brothers, and in so doing ingrained a love of leatherworking in his son José. By early adulthood, José’s prowess as a maker earned him an invitation to teach traditional Mexican leather crafting in Japan. José ended up spending six years in Japan, teaching his trade and learn traditional Japanese techniques. When José returned to Oaxaca, still fascinated with Japanese culture and its craft, he found his son Martin’s interest in craftsmanship was burgeoning.

Orox founder, creative leader, and master leather maker José Martinez

A New Generation

Having grown up surrounded by his family’s history of craftsmanship, Martin’s interest lay in entrepreneurship and he soon moved to the United States to study business at Portland State University. There, he decided to re-ignite the family trade, and over the course of a decade, he gathered his family together in Portland. There, Orox Leather was born. Combining Oregon (Or) with Oaxaca (ox), the Martinez family business was fully realized in America when they opened shop in Portland in 2012.

Orox Leather Company

Martin Martinez, left, with his father and Orox founder José Martinez at their Portland store

Today, Orox Leather’s blend of heritage and craftsmanship produces a unique blend of techniques that feels at once classic, worldly and wholly new. Underpinned by tradition and a deep love for craftsmanship, Orox Leather is a promising fresh face in the world of American leather goods. We sat down with Martin Martinez to get his take on craftsmanship, leatherworking and to learn more about the brand.

Q: It seems now that those who love leather goods have more options than ever. How do you differentiate your products from similar brands?
A:We share the same core value — Made in America —with a focus on craftsmanship and durability. What we try to do is connect at a deeper level because each piece is unique and there’s a story behind it, a depth that comes with a multi-generational family business. My father would stop people wearing his sandals and bags and adjust them, tweak them to be more comfortable or look better. That’s how he operated: he still had a connection to that piece or pair of sandals and he was committed to ensuring the customer was getting the most out of it, no matter how long ago it was purchased from him. This attitude rolls down to all our employees and is the soul of our business.

Orox Leather Company

The Ryoko Duffel, inspired by Japanese aesthetics

Q: Where do you draw inspiration for your products?
A:It starts with my father and grandfather. They were able to conceptualize patterns and silhouettes in their minds. He’s very much a trailblazer, my father. He’ll often meet with a client to get a rough idea and some details of what they’re looking for, and then he sketches it out in his mind. After a few iterations, he’ll have created a finished product. We also draw inspiration from Japanese, European and American brands. Onitsuka Tiger, Hardgraft and Filson come to mind, and being in Oregon, we’ve always been inspired by Nike in terms of the drive to innovate and focus on aesthetics. We’re also surrounded by a lot of shoe enthusiasts in Portland’s Chinatown. It’s a neighborhood that’s attracted a lot of makers and crafters because of cheaper rents, and really fostered a lot of creativity and created a sense of community.

Q: What makes a good bag?
A:Leather needs to age gracefully, transform over time and become unique to you. I like to experiment with different leathers; for example, testing hides with different levels of waxes and oils that act as natural protection. In a bag, space and functionality are key. For example, the Viator Tote is great for travel — I put my camera in there and it has a strap to serves both as a home for our logo and also to seamlessly attach to my suitcase- those are the kind of features that make me love using it. I also want a bag to be as light as a leather bag can be, and spacious.

Orox Leather Company

The Viator Tote

Q: What is often overlooked by manufacturers?
A:Sometimes there are too many materials without stories, with not a lot of thought about how is it going to age, but rather how it looks on the shelf. There isn’t enough thought put to timelessness.

Q: What do you say to people who say your bags are too expensive?
A:I first speak to the materials — we source only the highest quality hardware and hides because that quality is passed on to the end user. I also emphasize the people behind the products. We pay fair wages and take care of our team. That cost of doing business well translates to higher price tags, but we know that it’s worth it. As a self-funded company, we appreciate each and every customer because, through their purchases, they are caring for and supporting our family and community. Maybe our goods are an expensive luxury, but then again, we see that patrons come away with so much more than just a bag.

Q: What are your favorite pieces?
A:The Nuntius X briefcase is one. When I first started building the business, I wanted something that looked professional to bring to meetings, but that would hold up to daily bike rides- my primary mode of transportation. It’s a product that has undergone countless design modifications and updates to evolve it into a perfect briefcase. I still use it today, along with the Viator Tote.

Orox Leather Company

The Nantius X Messenger Bag

Q: What does the future hold for you?
A:We have big aspirations to become a leader in the leather accessories market by creating durable products that are timeless, iconic, and functional. We want to become a more socially responsible company by creating job opportunities in places and demographics in need like the ones in Oaxaca, Mexico. Our home town is full of talented individuals without opportunities to succeed. By creating jobs in those areas it prevents migration into the USA and the loss of culture. Preserving those trades at a good living wage is very important to us. Sourcing the best leathers is another ambition of ours. We want to be using the latest and most innovative leathers in the world, on the cutting edge of the material as it develops. We want to work hard on being at the vanguard of style and sustainability in our sourcing. Model companies like Patagonia are very influential in the direction we want to take with our small family business and we are excited to make it a reality.

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For This Fresh Leatherworker, Fusion is the Family Business

In the bustle of Portland’s Chinatown, Martin Martinez places the finishing touches on a rich leather shoulder bag. Beneath its refined, polished appearance lies a story that spans oceans, continents and four generations. It is the story of a family bound by a single craft; the story of Orox Leather.

The History

The tale begins in Oaxaca, Mexico with Don Felipe Martinez Audelo who was, among other things, a ballplayer. To keep his team equipped, Don Felipe developed custom-made baseball gloves and belts for his baseball team, Los Audelos. Over time, his sons grew up alongside Don Felipe, playing baseball and learning the craft of traditional leatherworking.

Don Felipe’s middle son, Pepe, grew the craft into a family business with the help of his brothers, and in so doing ingrained a love of leatherworking in his son José. By early adulthood, José’s prowess as a maker earned him an invitation to teach traditional Mexican leather crafting in Japan. José ended up spending six years in Japan, teaching his trade and learn traditional Japanese techniques. When José returned to Oaxaca, still fascinated with Japanese culture and its craft, he found his son Martin’s interest in craftsmanship was burgeoning.

Orox founder, creative leader, and master leather maker José Martinez

A New Generation

Having grown up surrounded by his family’s history of craftsmanship, Martin’s interest lay in entrepreneurship and he soon moved to the United States to study business at Portland State University. There, he decided to re-ignite the family trade, and over the course of a decade, he gathered his family together in Portland. There, Orox Leather was born. Combining Oregon (Or) with Oaxaca (ox), the Martinez family business was fully realized in America when they opened shop in Portland in 2012.

Orox Leather Company

Martin Martinez, left, with his father and Orox founder José Martinez at their Portland store

Today, Orox Leather’s blend of heritage and craftsmanship produces a unique blend of techniques that feels at once classic, worldly and wholly new. Underpinned by tradition and a deep love for craftsmanship, Orox Leather is a promising fresh face in the world of American leather goods. We sat down with Martin Martinez to get his take on craftsmanship, leatherworking and to learn more about the brand.

Q: It seems now that those who love leather goods have more options than ever. How do you differentiate your products from similar brands?
A:We share the same core value — Made in America —with a focus on craftsmanship and durability. What we try to do is connect at a deeper level because each piece is unique and there’s a story behind it, a depth that comes with a multi-generational family business. My father would stop people wearing his sandals and bags and adjust them, tweak them to be more comfortable or look better. That’s how he operated: he still had a connection to that piece or pair of sandals and he was committed to ensuring the customer was getting the most out of it, no matter how long ago it was purchased from him. This attitude rolls down to all our employees and is the soul of our business.

Orox Leather Company

The Ryoko Duffel, inspired by Japanese aesthetics

Q: Where do you draw inspiration for your products?
A:It starts with my father and grandfather. They were able to conceptualize patterns and silhouettes in their minds. He’s very much a trailblazer, my father. He’ll often meet with a client to get a rough idea and some details of what they’re looking for, and then he sketches it out in his mind. After a few iterations, he’ll have created a finished product. We also draw inspiration from Japanese, European and American brands. Onitsuka Tiger, Hardgraft and Filson come to mind, and being in Oregon, we’ve always been inspired by Nike in terms of the drive to innovate and focus on aesthetics. We’re also surrounded by a lot of shoe enthusiasts in Portland’s Chinatown. It’s a neighborhood that’s attracted a lot of makers and crafters because of cheaper rents, and really fostered a lot of creativity and created a sense of community.

Q: What makes a good bag?
A:Leather needs to age gracefully, transform over time and become unique to you. I like to experiment with different leathers; for example, testing hides with different levels of waxes and oils that act as natural protection. In a bag, space and functionality are key. For example, the Viator Tote is great for travel — I put my camera in there and it has a strap to serves both as a home for our logo and also to seamlessly attach to my suitcase- those are the kind of features that make me love using it. I also want a bag to be as light as a leather bag can be, and spacious.

Orox Leather Company

The Viator Tote

Q: What is often overlooked by manufacturers?
A:Sometimes there are too many materials without stories, with not a lot of thought about how is it going to age, but rather how it looks on the shelf. There isn’t enough thought put to timelessness.

Q: What do you say to people who say your bags are too expensive?
A:I first speak to the materials — we source only the highest quality hardware and hides because that quality is passed on to the end user. I also emphasize the people behind the products. We pay fair wages and take care of our team. That cost of doing business well translates to higher price tags, but we know that it’s worth it. As a self-funded company, we appreciate each and every customer because, through their purchases, they are caring for and supporting our family and community. Maybe our goods are an expensive luxury, but then again, we see that patrons come away with so much more than just a bag.

Q: What are your favorite pieces?
A:The Nuntius X briefcase is one. When I first started building the business, I wanted something that looked professional to bring to meetings, but that would hold up to daily bike rides- my primary mode of transportation. It’s a product that has undergone countless design modifications and updates to evolve it into a perfect briefcase. I still use it today, along with the Viator Tote.

Orox Leather Company

The Nantius X Messenger Bag

Q: What does the future hold for you?
A:We have big aspirations to become a leader in the leather accessories market by creating durable products that are timeless, iconic, and functional. We want to become a more socially responsible company by creating job opportunities in places and demographics in need like the ones in Oaxaca, Mexico. Our home town is full of talented individuals without opportunities to succeed. By creating jobs in those areas it prevents migration into the USA and the loss of culture. Preserving those trades at a good living wage is very important to us. Sourcing the best leathers is another ambition of ours. We want to be using the latest and most innovative leathers in the world, on the cutting edge of the material as it develops. We want to work hard on being at the vanguard of style and sustainability in our sourcing. Model companies like Patagonia are very influential in the direction we want to take with our small family business and we are excited to make it a reality.

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Once Lost to Time, TROPIC Resurfaces and It’s Better Than Ever

It’s been emulated, riffed on and even outrightly copied, but there has only ever been one TROPIC dive strap. Originally produced in the 1960s, TROPIC straps were the go-to for divers, explorers, and outdoorsmen who wanted an alternative to traditional steel bracelets and leather straps. Though distinct in style and revered for their utility, TROPIC gradually fell out of production. Once production ceases, deadstock and vintage TROPIC straps were cherished, traded among watch cognoscenti and collectors with as much zeal as their horological counterparts. TROPIC straps became so valued that several strap makers made their own versions of the strap, turning TROPIC from a brand name to a kind of style suggestive of that style of rubber dive strap, much like Band-Aid to adhesive bandages or Xerox to photocopy.

That is, until today.

The One and Only TROPIC

The original TROPIC is back and it’s aiming to recapture its rightful place atop the dive strap heap. The re-vitalized TROPIC — produced under trademark by the Synchron Watch group — uses a new and proprietary vulcanized rubber formula that is optimized to deliver unmatched wearer comfort and quality. Like the original, the new Genuine TROPIC strap shares the same design elements, adhering to the textured ‘tapestry’ surface that made the original a beloved, multi-generational icon.

TROPIC’s deeply embossed back is designed to increase wearer comfort, with subtle perforations for quick drying. The strap’s ends are uniquely shaped to create a seamless transition between a watch case, lugs and the strap. The proprietary vulcanized rubber used to produce each TROPIC rubber dive strap is hypoallergenic and optimized for tensile strength. It also sports new UV resistance and is largely immune to adverse effects from extreme heat or cold. And since this rubber contains no silicone, it does not attract dust or fade from prolonged exposure to sunlight. In short, the new TROPIC is an incredibly solid, thoughtful retooling of the iconic original.

Watch Guy Approved

As watch guys, we’ve often wondered what became of the storied brand and fantasized about its eventual return. That’s why we’re extremely proud to have been selected as an exclusive launch partner for TROPIC. Its distinct retro look is an unparalleled match for any vintage diver, and with three all-new colors — TROPIC will now come in brown, navy and olive, alongside the original black — it’s not hard to find the perfect dive strap for a modern watch. And though it’s only available in 20mm, we’re pretty sure more sizes will be coming down the pike.

In honor of TROPIC’s return to watchdom, we’ve introduced it to the Gear Patrol audience at a special launch price and will be offering free shipping on all domestic orders.

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This Hamilton Watch Is the First of Its Kind

Just about every watch guy has, at one time or another, wanted to design his own watch. We’re no different. So when Hamilton approached us about doing a collaboration watch, our collective watch geek genes lit up like horological Christmas trees. We knew that we wanted something robust; capable of riding shotgun on some serious adventures. We also wanted to build something sleek, with a subtle overall look that would be at home in an array of environments. But we also wanted to make a special and distinct watch that felt like Gear Patrol.

Fortunately for us, Hamilton’s lineup of watches is diverse and we were able to find the perfect base model on which to riff. The Khaki Navy Scuba Auto was an easy choice. The sturdy 40mm steel case, screw-down crown, quickset date and uni-directional ratcheting bezel make the Khaki Navy Scuba Auto rugged and utilitarian. With 100m depth rating, it’s got everything you need for plunge beneath the waves yet isn’t a technical diver. And ringing in well under $1000, it’s the kind of watch you can wear hard and not worry about.

A Unique Design

Gear Patrol has always had a foot in the outdoors. Since our early days, we’ve nodded to our wilder side with a touch of blaze orange. To some, the blaze is a marker, a guide, a signal. The orange sweep hand on this watch is at once an homage to our origins and a message to the wearer: find your path, pursue your passion. Against the spartan black dial and bezel, it’s a playful splash of color that turns a standard diver into a unique timepiece.

First of Its Kind

During the process, we learned that Hamilton had never before modified one of its existing models. But rather than shy away, Hamilton championed our design and made brand history; the Khaki Navy Scuba Auto Gear Patrol Edition is the first customized in-line watch produced by the brand. It’s even got a unique model number. We ensured the watch’s versatility by offering it with both a stainless steel bracelet and nylon NATO-style strap.

Everyday Wearer

The watch world is filled to the lugs with limited editions. To fight the hype machine, we decided that we would produce the Gear Patrol watch in rolling batches based on demand. In this way, the Gear Patrol Special Edition is made to be worn, not coveted or cached in a safe somewhere. It’s an everyday wear watch for everyone who wants one. The first batch of pieces launched in November of 2018 and sold out in just a few days. We’re proudly offering the second batch now, exclusively in the Gear Patrol Store.

If you’re just getting into watches and looking for your first mechanical tool watch, or if you’re a hardened watch guy looking for a great everyday wearer, look no further. The Gear Patrol Special Edition is the go-anywhere, do-anything watch you’ll want on your wrist.

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The One Wallet You Should Carry Just Got Better

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We’ve been talking about Pioneer Carry wallets since they stormed onto the scene in 2016. We knew the unique formula of simple, modern design and real-life practicality was rare in the EDC space. By developing a hearty ripstop nylon material specifically for wallets, Pioneer Carry set itself apart. It didn’t hurt that they were stronger by weight than steel and water-resistant. And in three democratic colors — blue, black and onyx — they had instant appeal.

But just when we thought we had them figured out, the magicians over at Pioneer Carry launched a brand new design and two fresh colorways, slate and evergreen. They also unveiled a new material — 3PN — a proprietary 3-ply ripstop material that dirt and water repellent. The result is a wallet that is flexible, maintenance-free and designed to be sleeker than leather while retaining a luxurious and modern feel.

Blacker than Black


Pioneer Carry’s original offering was restricted to powder blue and black nylon with white cross stitching. While fetching in it’s own way, there was an obvious opportunity to go a bit stealthier. Then they launched onyx, a matte black nylon with subdied black stitching. We were in love. Now every one of Pioneer Carry’s silhouettes can be had in the stealthy colorway, including the newest model, the Division Billfold.

More closely resembling a traditional bi-fold, the Division Billfold is the largest model in the lineup. But in the revolutionary 10XD material, it’s lighter and slimmer than the comparable leather bifold. Featuring six card slots, two internal slots for business cards and space for bills, it’s the most durable full-sized wallet on the market.

Less Is More


Introducing new models or colors can be divisive, especially in supercharged enthusiast communities. But even quick glance at Pioneer Carry’s new color, slate, confirms we already knew. They nailed it. Subtle and restrained, the new hue feels instantly classic. And with a touch of blue, it’s able to pair well with all your accessories and your favorite pair of jeans.

Shop the entire Pioneer Carry collection at the Gear Patrol Store and enjoy free shipping on all domestic orders.

Make Time for Adventures with This Special Edition Watch

Just about every watch guy has, at one time or another, wanted to design his own watch. We’re no different. So when Hamilton approached us about doing a collaboration watch, our collective watch geek genes lit up like horological Christmas trees. We knew that we wanted something robust; capable of riding shotgun on some serious adventures. We also wanted to build something sleek, with a subtle overall look that would be at home in an array of environments. But we also wanted to make a special and distinct watch that felt like Gear Patrol.

Fortunately for us, Hamilton’s lineup of watches is diverse and we were able to find the perfect base model on which to riff. The Khaki Navy Scuba Auto was an easy choice. The sturdy 40mm steel case, screw-down crown, quickset date and uni-directional ratcheting bezel make the Khaki Navy Scuba Auto rugged and utilitarian. With 100m depth rating, it’s got everything you need for plunge beneath the waves yet isn’t a technical diver. And ringing in well under $1000, it’s the kind of watch you can wear hard not worry about.

A Unique Design


Gear Patrol has always had a foot in the outdoors. Since our early days, we’ve nodded to our wilder side with a touch of blaze orange. To some, the blaze is a marker, a guide, a signal. The orange sweep hand on this watch is at once an homage to our origins and a message to the wearer: find your path, pursue your passion. Against the spartan black dial and bezel, it’s a playful splash of color that turns a standard diver into a unique timepiece.

First of Its Kind


During the process, we learned that Hamilton had never before modified one of its existing models. But rather than shy away, Hamilton championed our design and made brand history; the Khaki Navy Scuba Auto Gear Patrol Edition is the first customized in-line watch produced by the brand. Its even got a unique model number. We ensured the watch’s versatility by offering it with both a stainless steel bracelet and nylon NATO-style strap.

Everyday Wearer


The watch world is filled to the lugs with limited editions. To fight the hype machine, we decided that we would produce the Gear Patrol watch in rolling batches based on demand. In this way, the Gear Patrol Special Edition is made to be worn, not coveted or cached in a safe somewhere. It’s an everyday wear watch for everyone who wants one. The first batch of pieces launched in November of 2018 and sold out in just a few days. We’re proudly offering the second batch now, exclusively in the Gear Patrol Store.

If you’re just getting into watches and looking for your first mechanical tool watch, or if you’re a hardened watch guy looking for a great everyday wearer, look no further. The Gear Patrol Special Edition is the go-anywhere, do-anything watch you’ll want on your wrist.

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These Sunglasses Have a Secret Hidden in Plain Sight

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Sunski sunglasses are lightweight, stylish and polarized, ready or the beach, mountains, and everywhere the sun’s out. To ensure an ecologically friendly footprint, Sunski sunglasses are made from a unique recycled resin material that uses scrap plastic to create frames that are also lighter and more durable than others. Glasses ship without plastic bags or tags, making Sunski one of the few brands to remove plastic from their packaging. But Sunski has gone a step further; as a member of 1% For the Planet, Sunski has joined a growing band of conservation-minded companies, with over $150,000 of its sales to environmental non-profit companies. Sunski also backs their frames with a lifetime warranty.

Sunski sunglasses are built to perform and designed in California for a distinct look and feel. From great everywhere shades to more technical frames, Sunski is changing the sunglass game for the better. The best part? They start at only $58.

Featured Frames

The Dipsea
Sunski Dipsea
The Sunski Dipsea is a great choice for good-looking yet functional eye protection for your outdoor life. The Dipsea features rounded tortoise-shell frame with a classic keyhole bridge and aqua mirror lenses with a grey tint that are perfect for the high light conditions found on the beach.

The Avila
SunSki Avila
The black plastic frames and matte-gold finish metal accents of the Avila conjure a classic, cool look that feels altogether timeless. The keyhole bridge and slate lenses make the Avila a great choice for everyday wear and looking good on the open road.

The Volante
Sunski Volante
A classic 1940s-inspired frame shape in tortoise means these shades can go from the mountain to the cafe with ease. The Volante’s removable vented side shades provide extra eye protection when making that final summit on the sunniest days.

The Moraga
Sunski Moraga
The glossy gradient stripe and classic bridge lend a modern sophisticated look to these lightweight frames. The subdued green-tint square lenses offer great coverage while retaining a fresh feel.

This is the Strap Your Dive Watch is Missing

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The ISOfrane strap is one of the world’s premier diving bands, with a timeless, functional design that dates back to the 1960s. With its unique look and unparalleled quality, it has set itself apart from the morass of cheap copies as the true king of SCUBA.

Before ISOfrane, dive straps were usually made from rubber. Lacking breathability, they would often blister and crack in extreme conditions. The original ISOfrane straps were manufactured using a compound called isoprene. Isoprene is a colorless, liquid hydrocarbon that is obtained in the processing of petroleum and/or coal tar and is used as a raw, chemical material. Isoprene was far more durable and maintained its looks.

ISOfrane Dive Straps

The original isoprene rubber formula that gave it its soft, strong and waterproof characteristics is intact, but has been updated for the 21st century with hypoallergenic, non-toxic modifications that make it exceedingly kind to the user’s skin – all without using silicone, for maximal dust-resistance which helps the strap to retain its factory-fresh luster for far longer than competing straps. Coming in seven colors, three widths — 20mm, 22mm and 24mm — and with the option of three distinct buckle options, it’s easy to find the ISOfrane that’s perfect for your watch. And whether it’s a weekend warrior or a hardcore tool watch, you won’t want to take it off once you’ve got it strapped to an ISOfrane.

Save $80 On These Iconic Design Watches

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You don’t have to be a watch aficionado to know the Braun AW 10 is all about design. Originally released in 1989, the AW 10 speaks to a spartan Bauhaus aesthetic that, at the time, was bold in its simplicity. The design of the original AW 10 — which was a product of the pioneering duo Dietrich Lubs and Dieter Rams — sought to display the time in the most practical and legible way possible. The AW 10 EVO, released last year, is touted as a re-tooling of the original design by Lubs himself. But to stop there is to do the AW 10 and the EVO a serious disservice.

Time vs. Tool

Most watches are concerned with a specific use; dive watches are engineered to withstand the crushing pressure of deep water, chronographs, to capture exact readings of elapsed time on the race track or while navigating in a plane.

But the original AW 10 is about an experience. A flat mineral crystal yields to a simple matte dial with distinct painted hour markers and two simple white baton hands for hours and minutes. Atop sits a custard yellow second hand which happily ticks its way about the contrasting steel and black barrel case. The crown is small and recessed, entirely hidden when worn. Square, straight lugs jut from the top and bottom of the case, almost irreverently, abutting squarely with a slightly tapered black leather strap. All of this gels in a punctuated and straightforward statement: the time is now.

Braun AW 10 EVO and EVO B

The AW 10 EVO and EVO B

The AW 10 EVO

Walk into any boutique on Madison Avenue and chances are you’d find a reimagined version of some vintage design. A quick glance at the EVO could have you thinking that it too is part of the trend, but in reality, it’s in conversation with the original design, not simply restating it.

The EVO is bigger — 39mm vs. the original 33mm — yet retains it’s pleasingly ascetic styling. The lugs still jut unapologetically from the barrel case but take a 45-degree dive wristward at their terminus as if acknowledging their important role in wearability. Their crown peeks out from beneath the bezel too, and while it disrupts the symmetry of the case, it reminds the onlooker that it too has a function: setting the date.

Braun AW 10 EVO

The AW 10 EVO’s 39mm case feels at home on the modern wrist

The biggest disruption in the original design is the date aperture at the three-o’clock position. Though simple in its own right, it’s adorned with a bright red caret, a not-so-subtle acknowledgment from Lubs that in today’s fast-paced life, knowing the date is in fact important.

The Takeaway

Purists will always turn their noses up at re-imagined icons, but if we’ve learned anything from bourbon and Herman Miller, rethinking what makes a product great often leads to new insights about why we love them in the first place, and, every once in a while, gives rise to a fresh enthusiasm. That conversation between epochs of design is bracing. In this case, the AW 10 EVO has our collective eyebrows raised with a renewed appreciation for this simple, beautiful quartz watch.

A Small Batch Bicycle Inspired by Small Batch Bourbon

Introducing the Priority Bicycles’ limited edition bicycle, the Proof, hand-crafted in Montgomery, Pennsylvania. Taking its design inspiration from the new honey-oak colored, translucent Gates Carbon Belt Drive, made in the heart of Kentucky’s Bourbon Country, the Proof is a labor of love that is more than two years in the making. In keeping with its small-batch roots, only 100 Proof bicycles will be produced in this one-of-a-kind production.

Built to Order

Priority Bicycles Proof being painted
Each Proof bicycle is hand painted and assembled by a Priority Bicycles team member in their new custom paint and assembly facility in Montgomery, PA. Each builder hand-signs The Proof during assembly before packaging the bicycle for shipping. The Proof’s design is an ode to the spirit of American craftsmanship. Taking cues from the design of bourbon labels, distillery supplies and hand finishes, The Proof is painted in a rich custom burgundy color with gold decals designed by We Are Royale in Los Angeles.

How it Works:

A Proof getting signed after QC
To ensure that we don’t oversell the limited edition Proof, we’ve worked with Priority Bicycles to build a sign up list. Operating on a first come, first served basis, custom purchase links to the Proof will be sent out to those on the list beginning at 10:00 AM EDT on June 18th. These links will only be active for 24 hours.

Gear Patrol Readers enjoy a special launch pricing of $799 (Retail is $999). Shipping is free on all orders in the continental United States. Entering your email/information does not guarantee access to purchase, but it does reserve your place in the queue. Orders will begin shipping the week of July 22nd.

The bicycle carries a full warranty, listed here, and due to the custom nature, is a final sale product. Returns and exchanges are not accepted for The Proof. Limit one bicycle per customer.

The Details

The Proof Bicycle fully assembled
In addition to the custom Gates Carbon Drive CDX Honey-Oak Belt the Proof sports a Gates S150 Crankset and CDN Sprockets. The lightweight 6061 aluminum frame with steel fork make the Proof light while the high-polish aluminum rims, stainless steel spokes, hammered aluminum full-coverage fenders and polished rear rack offer a classic-looking counterpoint to the burgundy frame and gold decals. The front hub comes fitted with a quick release while the Shimano 3-speed Nexus rear hub makes light of simple commuting and weekend tooling. Finished with the vegan leather saddle and saddlebag, alloy pedals and chrome toe-clips, kickstand and water bottle cage, the Proof adds a touch of practicality to its dashing good looks. The Proof is available in one size, fitting riders with an inseam of 29.5” – 33”.

Now’s the Time to Get That Billykirk Bag You’ve Been Eyeing

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Billykirk is the brainchild of two brothers who dared to do more than shake their fists at fast fashion and inferior quality. Since its launch in 1999, the brand has grown, its offering expanded. But the core ethos has survived; make a quality product that will survive years of use and get better looking over time. Each product sports obsessive attention to detail with thoughtful designs that are meant to cater to how you live, work and travel. We’re proud to partner with Billykirk to bring you a promotion on their most classic designs for a limited time. If you’re looking to refresh your carry or have been lusting after one of these bags, now’s the time to pick one up. Purchase it in the Gear Patrol Store and get free shipping on all domestic orders.

The No. 237 Padded Briefcase

Billykirk Briefcase
The No. 237 Briefcase is designed with heavy use in mind. It is constructed with extremely durable waxed cotton canvas and latigo leather. The finished product is one that will patina beautifully with time and use. The padded laptop pocket accommodates laptops up to 15″ and smaller interior pockets help manage everyday carry items and accessories. The No. 237 Briefcase is offered in three sharp colorways made entirely in the United States. From the office to the airport, the No. 237 is a classy, comfortable case for the modern guy.

Billykirk Carryall
The No. 479 Medium Carryall is the perfect size for a weekend away. The vegetable tanned bridle leather and nickle-plated brass hardware are robust and built to withstand heavy use. The 20″x11″ silhouette is carry-on approved, with one exterior and two interior slip pockets to keep phones and passports organized. The ample handle drop and adjustable shoulder strap round out this sturdy bag, making it the perfect companion for any kind of trip.