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Get On Board with OluKai’s New Boat Shoes

The boat shoe has been something of a summer classic ever since Paul Sperry put the final stitches in his prototype pair back in 1935. As the story goes, he was so impressed by his dog’s ability to run across a frozen lake without slipping that he attempted to recreate the texture of his companion’s paws by cutting narrow slits or “siping” into the soles of his shoes. Of course, his design didn’t gain much traction on the ice, so to speak, but it did prove reliable on the smooth, wet surface of a boat deck.

Fast forward nearly one-hundred years and the boat shoe looks almost exactly the same. That is, until now. OluKai — the Hawaii-inspired brand making handsome, functional footwear for all manner of amphibious activities — has redesigned the boat shoe from the ground up. We got our hands (and feet) on a pair of its new Nohea Moku style for a closer look — here are a few of the details that stand out.

1. All-weather; no worries: The Nohea Moku’s all-weather, non-marking rubber cupsoles feature custom razor siping for traction on wet surfaces. Textured pads under each sole make for a tangible improvement over traditional boat shoe outsoles and make this shoe a perfect fit for onboard wear.

2. Non-slip’n slides: OluKai’s patented Drop-In Heel® collapses neatly down into the footbed for easy, slip-on wear. But the Nohea Moku holds up in the chop, too — just flip the heel back up and let those elastic, no-tie bungie laces lock your foot firmly in place while you ride the wave to calmer waters.

3. Keep your cool: The Nohea Moku’s lightweight, breathable mesh upper and air mesh tongue and gusset use stretch bootie construction to ensure comfortable barefoot wear while keeping your feet cool and dry.

These Rugged Headphones Just Dropped In a Special Colorway

You already know that Jaybird makes some of the most athletically adept tech products out there. Its Bluetooth headphones can stand up to anything you may encounter at the gym, on long cross country runs, or even in the backcountry on the skintrack. Jaybird’s Vista true wireless headphones were our pick for one of the best fitness products of 2019, and now they’re out in a whole new colorway. These adventure-ready headphones are built to exacting standards and still deliver quality audio for your workouts and explorations. We took a look under the hood of the Vista to get a rundown on how they do what they do — and of course that new colorway.

1. A Special-Edition Colorway: While Jaybird offers a handful of attractive colorways in the Vistas, we’re partial to the new special-edition. The Planetary Green pattern is inspired by our planet and all the places you can explore with the Vistas pumping into your ears.

2. Military-Grade Ruggedness: The Vistas are one of the only totally wireless headphones that meet the U.S. Military MIL-STD 810G rugged compliant standards. To meet those standards, the Vistas had to sustain repeated shock, vibration, drop and crush tests, and withstand extended exposure to different weather conditions. All of this to make the most rugged headphones you can find.

3. Designed for Anyone: These headphones are designed for the athletes and adventurers in any of us, but they work for everyone else, too. They’re lightweight and compact with great battery life, and come built with customizable sound settings via the Jaybird app. Like all of Jaybird’s other headphones, they also offer a secure fit for your ears and superb sound quality.

These Are All the Things You Should Buy From Backcountry’s Semi Annual Sale

Backcountry’s Semi-Annual Sale is the stuff of legends. The much-anticipated sale has finally hit and well, what can we say — the line up is just as impressive as always. Top brands like Patagonia, The North Face, Arc’teryx and Black Diamond are all included. We put together a quick list of some of the toasty garments and gear you can grab from Backcountry while the sale is running strong.

Patagonia Retro Pile Pullover Jacket

With high-pile shearling fleece, this may be the comfiest item in the lineup. Soft and fuzzy, it’s a classic Patagonia joint and is ideal for times when you wanna get warm and stay warm. It’s also outfitted with a deep chest zipper to help you cool down if you need to.

Patagonia Primo Puff Jacket

The stretchy Gore-Tex shell of the Primo puff is both ruggedly waterproof and comfortably breathable. The Plumafill insulation adds to the heat and will keep you warm even if you happen to get wet — unlike traditional down fill. An easily removable powder skirt helps transition from ski resort to ski town quickly.

Arc’teryx Camosun Parka

The Arc’teryx Men’s Camosun Parka is a sleek piece of urban outerwear with the kind of winter protection and details you would expect from the brand. High-loft European goose down gives you supreme warmth you can’t ignore.

Marmot Force 3P Tent

It isn’t just outdoor-ready clothes that are on sale at Backcountry. This three-person tent will shave substantial weight off your back while still giving you plenty of room for your toes and keeping you protected with a PU-coated rain fly and tent floor. This tent will certainly be worth its weight in gold on a cold rainy camp night.

Black Diamond Fineline Stretch Rain Shell

This jacket, made from four-way stretch face fabric, enables a full range of motion for levels of comfort not usually found in rain shells. The adjustable, climbing helmet-compatible hood means your safety isn’t compromised and you know it’s built to be tough.

Black Diamond Helio 105 Ski

Now the piece of kit you need to help put all these soft goods to the test. These ultra-light skis will make for easy lugging and dreamy descents with a balsa flax wood core and improved carbon fiber layup that helps dampness for a smooth feel on any run.

Enter the Gear Patrol x Chris Burkard Winter Giveaway

Chris Burkard’s stunning new book At Glacier’s End explores Iceland’s glacial rivers and its history of environmental conservation. We teamed up with Chris to give away five copies of this hardcover book full of original photography, discussion, and personal anecdotes from Chris, plus some stylish gear from Chris and the Gear Patrol Store. Enter below for your chance to win.

First Prize (One Winner)
– Signed Copy of At Glacier’s End ($55 Value)
Northern Lights Optic + Chris Burkard Sunglasses ($165 Value)
Patrol Crewneck Sweatshirt ($59 Value)

Second Prize (Four Winners)
– Copy of At Glacier’s End ($50 Value)
Gear Patrol Tote ($55 Value)

 

Terms: Terms: No purchase necessary. Enter from 02/04/2020-02/24/2020 for your chance to win. Sweepstakes is open to residents of the United States and the District of Columbia who are lawful U.S. residents, and are 18 years of age or older, as of the start date of the sweepstakes. Void where prohibited by law. Sponsor: Gear Patrol. See official rules for details and Sponsor’s privacy policy.

Heading Outdoors? The Yamaha Adventure Pro Is the Only Guide You Need

It’s a tricky thing, consulting a map while roaring through the backcountry on an ATV or side-by-side. Somewhere between dropping the thing 500 yards ago and squinting at the tiny print to see if you’re anywhere near the trail home, you might find yourself thinking: don’t we have technology for this?

Thanks to Yamaha, you do. Its Adventure Pro powered by Magellan is the ultimate all-terrain GPS. Who wouldn’t want a 7-inch tablet with color LCD display that syncs with Yamaha side-by-sides and ATVs? And it’s not just GPS navigation — it’s got real-time diagnostics and doubles as a camera for humble-bragging your exploits at the end of a long weekend of riding. That’s just the beginning. The Adventure Pro is truly built for adventure, and it’s got more features than you can count. All of which will help you explore further with more capability and confidence than ever before. Portable, versatile, fun — you and your riding buddies will never leave home again without it.

1. Rugged assistant: The Yamaha Adventure Pro powered by Magellan runs its 7-inch color LCD display using Android OS. If you’re a rider, you know this is not enough information. You’ll want to know: how does it stand up against a beating on the trail? Thanks to a ruggedized exterior that’s water and dustproof, just as well as you do.

2. Share your riding exploits: If an ATV roars through the forest and nobody is around to appreciate it, did it even make a sound? With the Adventure Pro’s Twitter and Facebook integration, plus a front and back camera, you can keep all your jealous friends and family up to date on your latest weekend adventures. Its timing mode is Yamaha-exclusive. And because it shares your tracks and courses with other Adventure Pro users, you can turn a humble brag into next weekend’s adventure with friends.

3. Endless features: It’s Bluetooth and wi-fi enabled, to start. Beyond GPS mapping and navigation — it doesn’t need a connection for turn-by-turn navigation, by the way — it has features for online adventure planning, with more than 115,000 pre-loaded trails and waypoints, plus real-time diagnostics readouts including speed. With the one-touch backtrack feature, it’ll even get you home in time for dinner.

The HomeHawk May Be the Easiest Home Security You Can Use

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These New Goggles from Oakley Will Change the Way You See the Slopes

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An Adventure to New York’s Hidden Fishing Village

The words explore and adventure often call to mind mountaineers scaling ridgelines in the Himalayas or wetsuit-clad surfers chasing some far-off wave. But they don’t have to. In fact, sometimes the adventures most worth taking, and the areas most worth exploring, are close to home. Such is the case with City Island — a New England-style fishing hamlet nestled on a 1.5-mile-long stretch of land in the Long Island Sound in New York City.

Likewise, when many think of Danner’s iconic leather boots, they may picture a bearded hiker stepping off the Appalachian Trail after a seven-month thru-hike, or a professional photographer traversing a rocky coastline to get the perfect shot. And while Danner’s high-quality leather boots can certainly take on the most rugged of excursions, they’re equally well-suited to taking on your next micro-adventure.

Danner’s historic headquarters of Portland, Oregon, home to the brand since the 1930s, is not dissimilar to City Island — both places were built on the backs of heavy industry.

While Charles Danner first made his boots to serve Oregon’s booming logging trade, we can’t help but imagine that his early boots would have found a home in the shipbuilding industry on City Island as well. Today, the shipbuilding industry has all but abandoned City Island, but its influence is still vibrantly apparent. Art installations of ships built there can be seen in storefronts and on the sidewalks throughout. And, sailmakers still craft and repair sails in the island’s historic buildings — trading canvas for advanced sailcloth materials infused with carbon fiber stringers.

These sails carry some parallels to Danner’s boots: They’re made with the same passion and craftsmanship today that they were in the 1930s — with updated materials to improve performance. The boots feel at home here, on the weathered floors and sleepy streets — a stark contrast to the hubbub and monolithic steel of Manhattan. Few would say this is a part of New York City if they were dropped here blindfolded — and that’s what makes it worth exploring.

Danner Vertigo 917

The Vertigo 917 is tailor-made for urban exploration. The boot, which comes in both men’s and women’s versions, has a sleek and streamlined silhouette that is perfect for pairing with just about any outfit. The Vertigo also features a waterproof Gore-Tex liner alongside the Danner-exclusive Vibram 917 outsole with XS Trek rubber, providing copious amounts of traction on a variety of surfaces. The contrasting red laces are there for a pop of color while the Ortholite footbed and nylon shank offer endless comfort. This boot will fit in anywhere.

Danner Mountain Pass

The Mountain Pass, available in both men’s and women’s models, is similar in appearance to Danner’s Mountain Light, yet comes 25 percent lighter and with unmatched comfort right out of the box. But don’t let its featherweight stature fool you, the Mountain Pass is still brawny and durable. In fact, before selecting a full-grain leather upper for the boot, Danner puts it through six different tests to ensure its quality. Add in a Vibram sole, fiberglass shank and Gore-Tex liner and the Mountain Pass is a surefire recipe for good vibes all day.

Danner Feather Light Revival

The Feather Light Revival is Danner’s latest addition to the Portland Select collection. The boot is still made by hand, the same way it was when it was first released in the 1980s. It’s similar to the Light Revival, and features the same Gore-Tex liner, but has a five-inch height instead of six. The boot features a stitchdown construction, so you can have it resoled if you ever manage to wear through the Vibram Kletterlift outsole. The aesthetic is timeless and classic, and is just as at home on a jagged mountain trail as it is paired with a cuffed pair of high-quality jeans.

These Futuristic Swedish Gloves are Rooted in Heritage

Hestra has been focused on the singular pursuit of making the world’s finest gloves since 1936. Still located in the eponymous southern Swedish town, Hestra has been family-owned and run for four generations by the Magnusson family. With the harsh Scandinavian winters and a deep cultural love for winter sports, it is no wonder that Hestra’s gloves are tried and true, ready to take on the elements be it on the slopes or out hiking.

Hestra doesn’t make gloves like any other brand. The brand manufactures its gloves in its own factories, personally sourcing all the leather, fabric, wool and other materials. This ensures control over the production chain and with it, high levels of quality. Several of Hestra’s styles are handmade by some of the most experienced glove cutters in Europe. These expert glove cutters include members of the Magnusson family. Anton and Niklas Magnusson are part of the fourth generation and are master certified glove cutters in the French classical tradition — the only two in Scandinavia. Anton recently took the reigns as the Managing Director of Hestra, cutting a path for a new generation of leadership. While it does have a long lineage of producing high-quality gloves in time-honored methods, Hestra continues to grow and improve, embracing the future.

This year, Hestra is introducing its first-ever snowboard-centric glove. The Freeride CZone is going to be exclusively available in the USA later this winter. For the design and development of the glove, Hestra got together with Chris Rogers of Vail Ski and Ride School. Working with Rogers, Hestra was able to create a glove that does everything a snowboarder needs. The Freeride CZone incorporates Hestra’s iconic Fall Line design into a snowboard-specific combination of a CZone waterproof breathable membrane, smartwatch-compatible cuff, wear-resistant internal seams and snowboard-friendly flex zones. The lengthy feature list culminates in both a mitten and three-finger model.

With all the updates, Hestra still knows how to make a classic glove with all the details that have led to the brand’s success. Case in point, the Wakayama Glove. Since its launch, it has quickly become a Hestra staple. The retro-inspired glove is a true crossover that can fit on your hand from the slopes to the lodge to the city. It’s named after Hestra’s long-time Japanese distributor and is perfectly simple. The Wakayama is made from cowhide with wool terry lining and features a simple paracord wrist adjustment. This year, Hestra has made the Wakayama and a few other key styles available in chrome-free, dye-free Ecocuir leather, so the gloves can keep you warm and help out the planet a bit too. With a firm foot in the rich heritage of the brand and an eye for innovation, Hestra will be helping us ward off the cold and enjoy snowy weather for generations to come.

For a Fine Custom Rolex, Look No Further than Artisans De Genève

Artisans de Genève is anything but your everyday watch company. This Geneva-based watchmaking workshop offers an exclusive service of watch modification for private customers and on-demand only. Its modifications are made exclusively upon request in its workshops by independent and highly skilled craftsmen. The company specializes in fulfilling its client’s needs: in six to eight weeks, modifications are made with each part carefully planned, modified and reassembled following a very specific and complex technical sheet. Each of its interventions is made with the utmost respect for the timepiece, as well as with the DNA of the watchmaking house it comes from. We took a look at one of Artisans de Genève’s recent works for acclaimed footballer Andrea Pirlo. These are three of the key modifications made to Andrea Pirlo’s Rolex Submariner 114060.


1. Movement Revealed: To skeletonize Andrea Pirlo’sSubmariner, Artisans de Genève embarked on two years of research and development, and 37 of the most passionate craftsmen. Eventually, each component was entirely dismounted, cut and beveled by hand. The result offers a complete new insight of the mythic 3130 caliber.

2. Dial and Bezel Upgrade: Andrea Pirlo chose a forged carbon bezel, a lightweight and wear-resistant material that gives his timepiece a modern allure. It also features an openwork dial with pure lines that reveal each detail of the skeleton movement.

3. One of a Kind Case: The case features an exclusive combination of know-how with polished chamfers, satin-brushed strip and sandblasted lugs. All this gives it a delicate and distinctive contrast and shine to the timepiece.

Staff Picks: Our Editors’ 10 Favorite Products of the Year

This story is part of the GP100, our annual roundup of the best products of the year. To see the full list of winners, grab the latest issue of Gear Patrol Magazine.

We tested thousands of products in 2019, determined to find out which products are worth your time and your money. Our list of editor’s picks represents the gear we recommend the most. Feel like we missed something or disagree with one of the picks? Let us know at hello@gearpatrol.com.

Products are listed alphabetically.

Blancpain Air Command

Modeled on a vintage pilot’s watch from the 1950s that was never serially produced, the Blancpain Air Command is a masterpiece of midcentury watch design — or rather, the modern interpretation thereof. Featuring a flyback chronograph movement, rotating countdown bezel and a tachymeter scale used to compute speed and distance, the Air Command is a classic pilot’s watch. But it’s the use of modern materials, such as Super-LumiNova and sapphire crystals, that bring it firmly into the 21st century.

Case Diameter: 42.5mm
Winding: Automatic
Power Reserve: 50 hours
Price: ~$19,003

Further Reading
This Reissue of an Obscure Military Chronograph Watch Is Absurdly Beautiful

Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700

With its all-new system of eight noise-detecting microphones, the new Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 aren’t just the best ANC headphones out there and heir the throne of the legendary QuietComfort line. Their ability to isolate your voice and mute ambient noise can give you an almost magical ability to speak softly and achieve a sense of privacy while on the phone in a public place. It’s a truly innovative feature that fundamentally changes the way we use our tech.

Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0
Charging Port: USB-C
Battery Life: Up to 20 hours
Price: $399

Further Reading
An Engineer Explains the Magic of Bose’s New Headphones
The Best Noise-Canceling Headphones of 2019

Google Pixel 3a

In a field of increasingly four-figure phones, Google’s Pixel 3a is notable not just for its screamingly modest $400 price tag. This comfortably competent, pleasantly plastic midrange phone also includes a stunning, flagship worthy camera that punches way above its weight. The result? A phone that’s not only a terrific value, but that challenges the very notion that a top-notch camera is a premium feature, and argues that it is instead an absolute necessity.

Display: 5.6-inch, OLED, 1080 x 2220 pixels
Body: Plastic
Headphone Jack: Yessir
Price: $400

Further Reading
What’s the Catch With Google’s Wildly Cheap New Phone?

Four Roses Small Batch Select

The new Four Roses Small Batch Select is a blend of six recipes (different combinations of mashbills and yeast strains), each aged for at least six years, including the four recipes that showed up in Master Distiller Brent Elliot’s one-off, the 130th Anniversary Small Batch, which took home the title of “World’s Best Bourbon” in the 2019 World Whiskies Awards.

Small Batch Select is Elliot through and through; since taking up his role, he’s been releasing blends with some of the lesser-known recipes, like those made with their more herbal yeast. Also of note: Small Batch Select is the most premium Four Roses to ever see wide release. It’s the highest-priced booze of the permanent collection and, in a nod to current trends, it weighs in at the highest proof. And the company elected to skip the chill-filtration process, giving the whiskey a thicker, more oily mouthfeel. Previously, you could only find non-chill-filtered Four Roses at this proof if you were able to get your hands on the annually released Four Roses Limited Editions.

All Natural: Non-chill-filtered
Proof: 104
Serve: Neat, with a few drops of water
Price: $55

Further Reading
Four Roses’s New Whiskey Brings a Legendary Bourbon Recipe to the Masses
Johnston & Murphy XC4® Elkins Wingtip

With smart styling and XC4® waterproof DNA, the Elkins Wingtip can take on anything. Soft, breathable sheepskin mesh lining makes you feel like you’re walking on clouds, while still completely waterproof and tested with over 15,000 flexes. These are the perfect wingtips to get you through your commute and sail right through the day. Buy Now: $169

Fujifilm X-T30

The idea of a “travel camera” is a confusing one in 2019. Just about everyone who’s traveling already has one on their phone, and odds are, it’s pretty good. So what makes a good travel camera, and why is this one so well-suited for the task? Outrageously high image quality is a must (gotta justify using it over your phone, after all) and the X-T30 has that in spades. That’s in part thanks to the excellent sensor, but it’s Fujifilm’s suite of lenses — especially its fast and compact prime lenses — that make the biggest difference. No portrait mode in the world can get close to the pure optical perfection of Fuji’s 35mm f/1.4.

Sensor Size: 26.1 megapixels
ISO Range: 160 – 12,800
Max Continuous Shooting: 8 frames per second
Price: $899 (body)

Further Reading
Review: This Is the Perfect Travel Camera for Most People
The 3 Best Cameras to Buy Under $1,000

Hoka One One Carbon X

Studies show lighter shoes can mean faster times, and at under nine ounces, the Carbon X is considerably lighter than your normal everyday training shoe, while still delivering that all-important stable ride. And the beauty of the Carbon X is that it isn’t designed for elites on race day; it’s an all-inclusive, everyday shoe that’s bouncy and fun and probably the brand’s best iteration of rocker tech yet. It just might be the most democratic high-performance running shoe ever made.
Heel-Toe Drop: 5mm
Weight: 8.7 ounces
Use Case: Road running and racing
Price: $180

Further Reading
Hoka One One Launches What Could Be Its Fastest Running Shoe Yet
The Hoka One One Carbon X: A Race Day Shoe for the Everyman

Jeep Gladiator

Americans love pickup trucks, and Americans love Jeep Wranglers. So rather than attempt to build a new truck from the ground up, Jeep’s product planners and engineers chose to keep it simple, taking the four-door Wrangler — specifically, the all-new, more-refined JL generation — stretching out the wheelbase and affixing a metal box to the end of it. You can snag a well-equipped one for around $45,000; considering you’re scoring an off-roader, a five-seat family car, a convertible and a pickup truck in one for that price, it’s hard to see that as anything but the deal of the year.

Powertrain: 3.6-liter V6 or 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6; six-speed manual transmission; four-wheel-drive
Horsepower: 285 (gasoline); 260 (diesel
Torque: 260 (gasoline), 440 (diesel)
Price: $33,545+

Further Reading
2020 Jeep Gladiator Review: A Truck for the People
We Go Off-Roading in the All-New Jeep Gladiator Overland Pickup

Levi’s Wellthread x Outerknown Western Shirt

Since 2017, Wellthread’s discoveries have been featured in cobranded collections with California wardrobe essentials brand Outerknown. And the most recent season, released for fall, included an unprecedented version of the classic Levi’s Barstow Western shirt. Available in olive moleskin and indigo ikat, the shirts are made entirely of cotton — that includes the fabric, thread, label and even the buttons. This means they have the greatest potential to be recycled in the future.

Material: 100% cotton
Fabrics: Olive moleskin and indigo ikat
Sizes: S-XXL
Price: $128

Further Reading
These New Levi’s Shirts Are Game Changing
Can Better Denim Change the World? Levi’s Is Betting on It

Specialized Turbo Kenevo Expert

A few years ago, early electric mountain bikes promised to revolutionize the sport. But that promise was overblown, because …well, they sucked. Specialized’s new Turbo Kenevo Expert leads the charge of the third generation of E-MTBs — the first ones that don’t. It’s designed to rip down hills and climb up them again with equal aplomb. Like a Leatherman, it can do things you probably never will, but it’s cool to think you might.
Frame: M5 premium aluminum
Battery: 700 watt-hours
Travel: 180mm (7.1 inches)
Price: $8,225

Further Reading
Are Electric Mountain Bikes Ruining Trail Systems?
I Thought I Knew How to Mountain Bike — Then I Went To Mountain Bike Camp

Sunday

It can be tempting to write Sunday off as an organic lawn-care subscription box, but the company’s considered, data-driven take on lawn care presents a genuinely new way to care for a backyard. When a customer signs up for Sunday, they receive a kit to take a soil sample. From there, Sunday tests the contents of the soil to determine what vital nutrients might be missing and needed to better promote the health of the grass. Customers then receive products — which are comprised of materials like organic food waste from grocery stores and seaweed — that are meant to fill in the gaps. For $150 a year, the startup sends customers regular intervals of completely bespoke natural lawn-care products via mail.

Consistent: Three shipments a year
Location sensitive: Uses GPS data to assess sunlight deficiencies
Clean: No glyphosate used in any product
Price: $129+

Further Reading
Want a Plush Green Lawn Without the Cancer? Buy This
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The Perfect Selection of Montblanc Fragrances for the Holidays

Gifting a scent can be tricky, so this holiday season Montblanc is trying to make it a bit easier on you. Purveyors of some of the finest colognes you can spray, Montblanc captures masculine ideals and helps add a layer of deep texture and intrigue to your daily routine. We rounded up the storied Montblanc brand’s best colognes for any kind of guy — from the sophisticated to the adventurous. Here is what defines these colognes, and who they are best suited for on your holiday gift list.

Montblanc Explorer

To create the distinct, woody aroma of the Explorer, Montblanc used only premium elements. Italian bergamot offers the energetic and uplifting side, Haitian vetiver presents smoky hues and the body of the scent is buoyed by Patchouli. Explorer is a scent that can make every day an adventure.

Montblanc Legend

Legend simultaneously expresses strength and softness through its complex makeup. The first notes are lightly aromatic, with lavender, bergamot and pineapple leaves. The middle oakmoss-like notes give the Legend a warm depth. If you are looking for a gift for that enigmatic charmer in your life, Legend will soon be his go-to.

Montblanc Gift Set

The Montblanc Gift Set features an array of the Explorer scent’s other offerings — from a 3.3 oz bottle of the cologne to an aftershave balm and a smaller travel spray. Each feature Montblanc’s Explorer scent, perfect for adventurers. With the Gift Set, you can give even more of the Explorer’s aromatic leather scents this holiday season.

What To Do About Your Holiday Jet Lag

If you’re someone who flies constantly, you already know that clocking miles in the sky can wreak havoc on your body and your mind. From drying out your skin to losing a day at your destination to jet lag, plane travel can do a number on you. Add in the low humidity — the air in a plane cabin is three times drier than that of the Sahara desert — and the intense pressure of the altitude, and it’s a one-two punch for dehydration, which affects your cognitive functions, emotional stability and productivity. And that is besides intensifying the usual side effects of jet lag.

To counteract all this, the scientists at ERW have developed a physiologically-tailored solution to keep you hydrated and energized through a long flight: My Flight Pack. Developed with top-riders in the Tour de France, this three-step powdered hydration solution will change the way you fly. My Flight Pack is already a hit with teams from the NBA, NFL, NHL, and MLB who have been testing it out on players who often have to fly thousands of miles between games

And from now until December 24, you can take 20% off your order with the code gearpatrol2020 to help with your holiday travels.

We took a closer look at the three-step program to show you how it all comes together to keep you energized and ready to take on anything when you land.

1. The Pre-Flight Hydration Formula: The PREP mix is there to prepare you for the high and dry cabin. Essentially a hyper-hydrator to be taken before takeoff to get your body prepared for the coming flight.

2. The Hydrating and Calming Formula: Once you are airborne, it’s time for the second stage. With Rhodiola to lower your stress hormones and tart cherry containing natural melatonin to promote sleep, the Calming Formula makes sure your flight is smooth.

3. The Kick-Starting Wake-Up Protein Drink: Once you’ve hit the ground and need to get on with your business, the Wake-Up formula will kick you into high gear with 21g of protein, rehydrating and aiding in your recovery from the stress of traveling.

How One Photographer Finds Her Light from New Mexico to Mount Everest

Cira Crowell ended up with her first Leica — and her first camera — completely by chance. It was her late grandfather’s Leicaflex SL2. “I just randomly happened to be given the old camera off the shelf,” explains Crowell at her home outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico. “That was my very first camera, and it was one of my best teachers.” That was some 25 years ago, and she hasn’t put down the Leica since, traveling the world over from Nepal and Bhutan, to Germany and Iceland, capturing images of life at the extremes.

“I decided to become a photographer because it is a way of seeing the world moment by moment,” says Crowell. That’s what she has done with her work that spans photography, new media drawings and projected animations. “For me, photography is a way of life. It’s a way of thinking. It’s a deep philosophy as well as a creative form.”

Her latest ongoing project takes her far away from New Mexico to Nepal. The project is called Envisioning Everest, and Crowell stays and trains in the New Mexico mountains to help her stay prepared for the thin air at the high altitudes of Nepal. Her photos aim to show Everest as more than just the westernized “Death Mountain” (as she calls it), but a complex place that looks different from every angle. “In its homeland,” Crowell explains, “Everest is called Chomolungma, which means Mother Goddess. It is a kind of Mother Earth — life-giving, water-giving source.”

Crowell is not new to Everest. She has trekked over 800 miles in the Himalayas from 8,000 to 18,000 feet. When we caught up with her and her dogs in New Mexico, she was preparing for another exhibition to the mountain for her project. To get ready, Crowell does interval trail running, at 8,000 feet above sea level, strapped down with her fully loaded ruck every day. Besides that, she will also hike up to 12,000 feet in elevation once a week. “I’m really acclimatized by living at this elevation, and that’s an important part of the training,” she says.

As much as an expedition to a mountain like Everest is about training, it’s also about the things you carry. Having the right gear is a crucial part of any extreme expedition. “The right gear can make a difference between being able to stay out another hour and catching the beautiful light,” says Crowell. She still uses a Leica from the SL line, albeit a modern digital one. The digital Leica SL was a dream come true for her. “I was able to use the old lenses that I loved so much,” she says about the original Leica lenses she had to shelve before the SL. “They went from being paperweights to being my favorite tools.”





When shooting, Crowell prefers black and white, capturing as she says, “the quintessential Leica look.” It’s the depth and creamy light that newcomers swoon over and professionals know as a hallmark of the best German glass out there. The Leica SL is also built to last and rugged enough to withstand the harsh conditions of the Himalayan mountains along with the vintage lenses. There is also a timeless quality to shooting in black in white that lends itself to the larger project that Crowell is working on. “By choosing black and white, I can unite the stories whether the images were taken ten years apart or with different cameras. I can unite everything for a deeper story which is about life and light. That’s what my work is about, the inner connection of light and life.”

Under the Canopy Is Making Bedding You Can Feel Good About

It’s hard to know what is best for you, especially when it comes to bedding. It’s easy to get lost amongst the Egyptian Cotton, Washed Cotton and varying thread counts. Under The Canopy is making it a bit easier to find the perfect bedding amongst the linen closet full of options.

The whimsically named Under the Canopy has its roots in sustainability. Its new line of exclusive bedding for Bed Bath and Beyond is made from organic cotton with no harmful chemicals or dyes. From the Hotel Border Duvet Set to the Hotel Border Pillow Case Set, each is made sustainably in solar-powered factories using sparing amounts of water. Under the Canopy only uses factories that are in line with its mission to create a better world by helping the local communities by providing education and healthcare.

The full set of Hotel Border bedding is worth diving deep on. The collection is comprised of a Sheet Set, Duvet Set and European Sham Set, each made from 300 Thread Count OEKO-TEX certified — meaning its free of harmful chemicals — organic cotton adorned with an elegant border that will upgrade any bedroom.

It’s not just the linens that are sustainable either. Beyond sheets, Under the Canopy has everything you need to build a better bedroom as well — including the 11-inch Hybrid Organic Latex Mattress (made with recycled materials in the US) and the Down Alternative Comforter which combines earth-friendly materials with unparalleled comfort (it’s crafted from breathable organic cotton and GRS-certified recycled down alternative polyfill). It’s a lightweight, temperature-insulated comforter that is perfect year-round. The Hybrid Organic Latex Mattress is manufactured with individually encased recycled steel coils with an organic latex layer and an incredibly soft pad made from organic cotton and Joma wool. This all adds up to supremely comfortable bedding that you can feel good about cuddling up to at night — and you can sleep well knowing that all Under the Canopy products are made for a better planet, too.

Let Yamaha’s Adventure Pro Guide Your Adventures

It’s a tricky thing, consulting a map while roaring through the backcountry on an ATV or side-by-side. Somewhere between dropping the thing 500 yards ago and squinting at the tiny print to see if you’re anywhere near the trail home, you might find yourself thinking: don’t we have technology for this?

Thanks to Yamaha, you do. Its Adventure Pro powered by Magellan is the ultimate all-terrain GPS. Who wouldn’t want a 7-inch tablet with color LCD display that syncs with Yamaha side-by-sides and ATVs? And it’s not just GPS navigation — it’s got real-time diagnostics and doubles as a camera for humble-bragging your exploits at the end of a long weekend of riding. That’s just the beginning. The Adventure Pro is truly built for adventure, and it’s got more features than you can count. All of which will help you explore further with more capability and confidence than ever before. Portable, versatile, fun — you and your riding buddies will never leave home again without it.

1. Rugged assistant: The Yamaha Adventure Pro powered by Magellan runs its 7-inch color LCD display using Android OS. If you’re a rider, you know this is not enough information. You’ll want to know: how does it stand up against a beating on the trail? Thanks to a ruggedized exterior that’s water and dustproof, just as well as you do.

2. Share your riding exploits: If an ATV roars through the forest and nobody is around to appreciate it, did it even make a sound? With the Adventure Pro’s Twitter and Facebook integration, plus a front and back camera, you can keep all your jealous friends and family up to date on your latest weekend adventures. Its timing mode is Yamaha-exclusive. And because it shares your tracks and courses with other Adventure Pro users, you can turn a humble brag into next weekend’s adventure with friends.

3. Endless features: It’s Bluetooth and wi-fi enabled, to start. Beyond GPS mapping and navigation — it doesn’t need a connection for turn-by-turn navigation, by the way — it has features for online adventure planning, with more than 115,000 pre-loaded trails and waypoints, plus real-time diagnostics readouts including speed. With the one-touch backtrack feature, it’ll even get you home in time for dinner.

9 Style Essentials We Love from Nordstrom Rack

One of the few things better than finding a great product that you know will enrich your life is finding that same product for a good deal. Nordstrom Rack is a great place for finding both; the retailer specializes in finding high-quality brand names and products, and offering them to consumers at a lower price. The website offers hefty discounts on just about everything you can think of, from clothes and footwear to accessories like luggage and grooming products. The following is a list of some of our favorite products that can be found on sale right now at Nordstrom Rack.

Sorel Chelseas

When you take full-grain leather and pair it with a rugged rubber sole, you get a chelsea boot that is not only waterproof, but quite handsome as well. With plenty of tread on the bottom, this is a great choice for particularly rainy or snowy days.

Allsaints Chinos

This chino pant from Allsaints offers a casual loose fit, and the cropped cut is great for showing off your boots of choice. Made with 100 percent soft cotton, the pants feature a zip fly, front slant and back welt pockets —and come in a choice of black or khaki green.

Scotch & Soda Turtleneck

The turtleneck is an excellent piece for layering , and this one from Scotch & Soda is a great addition to any wardrobe. Made from a blend of wool and cashmere, the neck is a bit looser and shorter than many other turtlenecks, giving it a more casual feel than its more constrictive counterparts.

Helly Hansen Bomber

When staying warm is an absolute necessity, you’re going to want a jacket that’s well-insulated. This bomber from Helly Hansen is up to the job as it comes insulated as well as lined, and the hood features a faux fur trim that you can remove if it’s not your style.

Pendleton Utility Jacket

This canvas zip utility jacket from Pendleton lives up to its name with its plentiful pockets, snap button closures and solid canvas construction. It has a water-repellent finish and a plaid wool blend lining on the inside so that you can stay warm and dry.

Filson Satchel

Not quite a duffel bag and not quite a briefcase, the satchel is an underappreciated and underutilized bag that has many uses. This one from Filson is made from treated veg leather, and is water-resistant so you can tote it around no matter the weather.

Stewart of Scotland Merino Scarf

If you have never experienced the softness of a scarf made from merino wool, you owe it to yourself to get one. This one from Stewart of Scotland is a great choice; just make sure that when you need to wash it, you take it to the dry-cleaner.

Cole Haan Leather Gloves

If you live in a colder climate, it’s worth investing in a solid pair of gloves that will last a long time. The toughness of the leather on the exterior combined with the comfortable softness of the wool and cashmere lining on the inside makes for a killer combination.

Kiehl’s Facial Moisturizer

Don’t be fooled by the travel size bottle; a little goes a long way, and will keep you moisturized whether you’re at home or on the road. Years down the road you’ll thank yourself for taking g good care of your skin, and this SPF moisturizer is a great place to start.

This Is the Multi-Use Luggage Your Winter Kit Is Missing

Boot bags are not known for their style. Notoriously unattractive and unnecessarily bulky, they’re hard to stuff into overhead bins and look ridiculous stashed under your office desk. Most are decidedly less hitting-the-slopes-later, more hockey-practice-after-school.

James Poss, founder of Switch Designs, believes the boot bag can be better — transformed, even. Poss combined his passion for design and skiing in Switch, which aims to bring style and innovation to the ski luggage arena. Its premiere release is a boot bag unlike any other: Its patented design instantly converts from backpack to super-slim tote, making it easy to pack in the car, the overhead, or anywhere else you might need to stow it. Its durable 500D USA Nylon Cordura hits the sweet spot between rugged and polished.

1. Patented transformational design: With the click of one reversible buckle, the Switch boot bag transforms from backpack to tote. The tote configuration is slim and fits easily into narrow spots — a tight closet, an overpacked car, or a flight home for the holidays. The bag’s central section boasts two interior mesh pockets big enough for a 13-inch laptop or tablet, a hook for your keys and a pocket for your valuables. Once you’re all packed up, you can stuff your outer shell into the bungee straps and throw your water bottle onto one of the D-hooks. All set.

2. High-end durability: This is the kind of bag that can take being crammed into tight spaces. Its 500D USA Nylon Cordura exterior is a favorite of the military for its rugged durability and resistance to tearing. Trust us — you’ll use it for many winters. Switch also boasts a lifetime warranty so you can be sure it will never quit.

3. Rugged yet polished style: The bag is equally at home in a backcountry yurt or a private jet headed for the French Alps. Its two color options, Black and Coyote, are both classic neutrals that will pair well with any luggage you already own. Taped zippers, hardware by Fidlock and Trimmers Japan, and bark-tanned Wyoming elk leather trim round out the look.

A Look at the Dixon Nordic Tech Bomber at Verishop

Have you been shellacked by sleet, rain and snow yet this year? It’s not fun — especially when you’re caught unprepared. Verishop, a premium lifestyle destination for hand-picked everyday luxury brands, has you covered on that account: they carry a wide range of top brands picked by fashion experts, including the Dixon Nordic Tech Bomber Jacket. It’s made by Mackage, a Montreal-based brand founded by designer Eran Elfassy in 1999. This is the do-it-all winter jacket. (Elfassy and his partner, Elisa Dahan, are based in The Great White North, remember.) Here are a few of the features that make it the perfect winter bomber jacket.

1. Winter-Proof Features: You need heavy-duty outerwear to keep you warm in the depths of winter. The Dixon Nordic Tech Bomber Jacket’s got that in spades: its polyester and nylon shell, combined with 800+ fill duck down, keeps winter out while letting your body breathe; its removable hooded bib has a storm visor; and its double-entry pockets are easy to access while you’re wearing gloves. In short, you’ll never be caught out in the cold.

2. Down with Ethics: The down that keeps you toasty doesn’t need to make you feel bad. The Dixon’s quality 800+ fill duck down keeps you warm with less weight and fewer feathers — and it’s certified responsible.

3. Technical style: Let’s be honest — a bomber jacket is always going to be infinitely cooler than a parka. Don’t take that for granted this winter. And don’t miss out on a Napoleon pocket with leather welt and zipper, either. People notice such things, even when they’re freezing their butts off.

Its polyester and nylon shell sheds whatever precipitation winter throws at you, but still breathes; its duck-fill down keeps you toasty warm. Of course, no one wants to be entombed inside a stiff, oversized parka, even in the worst conditions, and the Dixon Bomber Jacket is far from it:

How One Designer Changed an Outdoorsman’s Life

Inspired by the near gravity-defying balance of mountain goats, Kai Lin set out to help people — and change the life of one adaptive rock climber. His goal: design the perfect prosthetic foot for mountain climbing, one that would let amputees reach new heights on the wall.

Lin grew up in the industrial city of Fuzhou, China, drawing his days away in his bedroom, sketching pictures into the wee hours of the night. But eventually, at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, Lin shifted from illustration to industrial design. “I wanted to move beyond drawing for self-expression,” Lin says. “I wanted to work on projects that solve a very specific real-world problem, to help people.”

In his third year of studies, Lin stumbled across a video of mountain goats climbing a seemingly vertical rock face. Fascinated by how the goats’ hooves kept them balanced, Lin started designing a mountain-goat-inspired prosthetic foot, called Klippa, the Swedish word for a cliff.

In 2014, Lin’s Klippa was a finalist for the James Dyson Award. In a round of media appearances, he was introduced to Craig DeMartino who had lost his leg in a climbing accident. He was the person Klippa was designed for.

But, Lin needed more funds to build a working prototype and after graduation, was caught up in the throes of a busy day job. That’s when Arc’teryx stepped in to help, offering Lin the use of a 3D printer.

With that, Lin took to the design table, perfecting his prototype Klippa and DeMartino prepared to test it at Indian Creek, Utah. This was Lin’s favorite part of the process, it was the moment of truth when all of his work would meet the reality of the rocks. Lin told Demartino, “There might be a chance when you try out my design that it could fall off, or break.”

Right before the test climb with the Klippa, DeMartino tested another prosthetic in Mexico. “It completely blew apart. It was totally shredded. It broke in so many ways I just never saw coming. It made me realize: I don’t know that much about design,” said DeMartino. Then, just a few weeks later, he met Lin at Indian Creek to see if the Klippa would meet the same fate, or if his dream of climbing a fine finger crack again would come true. You can read the whole story and more about Arc’teryx Problem Solvers below.