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You’re Invited: An Exclusive Night with Gear Patrol at FILA’s New NYC Pop-Up

Join Gear Patrol for In The Field: FILA Explore Edition at the brand’s new pop-up shop in Manhattan on the night of August 7th. We’ll be there celebrating FILA’s new limited-edition Explore collection, which draws from the brand’s legacy of ski, hiking, alpine- and trek-wear with heritage-inspired footwear and threads. Space is tight, but those who make it will have a chance to score a limited edition, 20mm Gear Patrol x FILA NATO watch strap, so be sure to bring your favorite timepiece along — we’ll even help you switch in the new strap, on the spot. Plus, we will have some light bites and a drink or two for a full evening. Space is limited, so be sure to get your name on the list below for a chance to attend.

What: An evening with Gear Patrol editors at FILA, complete with a limited number of free watch straps, photo booth, drinks, light bites and more.
When: Wednesday evening, August 7 (time revealed with confirmed RSVP)
Where: FILA’s NYC pop-up at 428 Broadway, New York, NY 10013

Fill Out the Form for Your Chance to Join Us

Photographer Michael Muller Shoots Sharks and People in the Same Light

Based in Los Angeles, Michael Muller is one of Hollywood’s most dominant photographers. His images regularly grace the cover of Entertainment Weekly, big-budget movies posters (think Iron Man, Aquaman and Captain Marvel) and album covers (see Rihanna’s Unapologetic). Juxtaposing this studio work, Muller spends as much time as possible in the outdoors, most recently through documenting ocean life, specifically, sharks in open water. Though these subjects could not be more different, Muller’s approach is constant. In all forms, through his vision and execution, he favors a vivid, unmistakably charged style that’s solely his own.




Today, Muller is most often found with a Leica in-hand (his preferred choice for the superior glass). But, before he had shelves stocked with his favorite German products, Muller got his first waterproof camera at 10 during his childhood in Saudi Arabia. “I remember taking a photograph of a photo in the National Geographic of a shark, then showed all my young friends,” he says. He eventually copped to the lie that it was his own image. “But I did see the power of photography just with that. I remember it really had an impact on me,” he says.

From his early days, Muller was hustling. When he relocated to Northern California as a pre-teen, he started documenting snowboarding and sneaking into rock concerts to shoot musicians. “I was in seventh grade and it was sort of the birth of snowboarding,” he says. “I started photographing friends snowboarding, which quickly led to shooting professionals and getting published.”

At 18, Muller moved to Los Angeles to kick-start his career as it’s known today. He began by shooting test shots for models. “They needed pictures, so I just shot people, sometimes four, five, six a day,” he recalls. “And I didn’t throw them up against a wall, bam, bam, in and out. I treated each one like it was the cover of Vogue.”

Though not linear, Muller’s success was no accident. From a ten-year-old snorkeling with a film camera to shooting pro-snowboarders and musicians, then actors, movie posters, album covers — and now great white sharks: it was gumption more than anything that got him here. “When I was making my book with Taschen, my editor turned to me and said, ‘Do you know what I notice about all of the photographers that we do books with? All of you, you’re all hustlers.’” Muller’s response: “You have to be.” That maverick style is infused in each of his photos.

Over the last decade or so, Muller’s personal attention has moved to focus more on the oceans. His work with sharks has culminated in his much-lauded simply-titled book, Sharks, released in 2018 as well as a years-in-the-making VR project. His mediums seemingly could not be more different — two contrasting species, in two opposite environments — but Muller has taken his rather electric style and applied it across the board. “I’m constantly searching to do something that I’ve never seen before,” he says. “I thought, ‘I want to shoot a shark like I shoot Iron Man.’ And so how do you do that? I can’t bring a shark in [a studio]. It’ll be dead. So I have to bring this to the shark.” That’s involved creating an entire studio underwater, strobe lights and all.

“I think all of my work sort of infuses on one another.” Being bold in life and art has been his throughline. “A really good, striking image, you can feel something when you look at it, whether it’s a shark or a person.” And it’s been his ability to breakdown his own fears and overcome the noise of his surrounding to create work that’s transcended norms.



Today in Gear: Snap Up These Better Fitting Dress Shirts, Gorgeous New Motorcycle Helmets & More

Today in Gear is our daily roundup of all the latest product announcements, drops and deals. Comments or concerns? We’d love to hear from you at tig@gearpatrol.com.


Enro has been making top of the line dress shirts for 100 years. But, you’d be forgiven if you hadn’t run across the shirts yourself, because until recently you could only find these gems in men’s specialty stores. Now, Enro’s perfectly fitted shirts are available online through its own website. With serious quality construction, forever flat seams that will never pucker and high fiber count fabrics, Enro ensures a made-to-measure fit without the measuring. The new Dynamic Fit uses 14 points of measurement reference — for comparison, the industry standard is eight points of measurement — which means it is shaped better and as close to custom as you can get off the rack. You also don’t have to worry about heating up the iron, as all Enro shirts are made with its second-generation non-iron technology that will keep your shirt crisp right out of the washing machine. With plenty of patterns and fabrics to choose from, you will be sure to find a shirt or two that fits your style. Right now you can snap up two Enro shirts for 25 percent off, three for 30 percent and four for 35 percent — so why not fill the closet.

New & Noteworthy Releases

What’s It Like to Ride in Porsche’s All-Electric Tesla Fighter on a Race Track?

What’s It Like to Ride in Porsche’s All-Electric Tesla Fighter on a Race Track?

Even from the passenger’s seat, being tossed around a racetrack in Porche’s all-electric Taycan prototype reveals plenty about the highly-anticipated sedan.

Grand Seiko’s New Limited-Edition GMT Watch Is Icy Cool

Grand Seiko’s New Limited-Edition GMT Watch Is Icy Cool

The new Spring Drive SBGE249 watch from Grand Seiko expands on the cult popularity of the “Snowflake” with the addition of a GMT function.

The Surprising Secret Ingredient in the 2020 Olympic Medals

The Surprising Secret Ingredient in the 2020 Olympic Medals

The games will give new life to old tech.

This Is the Best Multi-Tool You Can Buy Right Now

This Is the Best Multi-Tool You Can Buy Right Now

Our Editor’s Pick for the best multi-tool you can buy right now is the Leatherman Free P2.

Drooling Over This Gorgeous New Motorcycle Helmet? Thank BMW

Drooling Over This Gorgeous New Motorcycle Helmet? Thank BMW

London-based Hedon is teaming up with BMW Motorrad for a line of new lids inspired by the classic colors of Beemers past and present.

The Perfect MacBook Pro Accessory for the On-the-Road Photographer

The Perfect MacBook Pro Accessory for the On-the-Road Photographer

The portable USB-C hub is designed to work with the latest MacBook Pros.


Fresh Deals

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Seiko Prospex PADI Diver
Save $185: Powered by the cal. V157 quartz movement, the PADI special edition features a 47mm case, Hardlex mineral crystal, date display, Lumibright-coated hands and markers, and a unidirectional rotating dive bezel. It’s water-resistant to 200m and features a screw-down crown and case back. Once fully charged, the power reserve on the V157 movement lasts roughly 10 months. If mechanical watches aren’t your thing, then this PADI special edition could be your water watch this summer. — Oren Hartov grey_placeholder

Persol Sunglasses
Save up to 71%: If you’ve been waiting to invest in an iconic pair of Persol sunglasses, Nordstrom Rack has a deal for you. Right now, you can save 71 percent on three different Italian-made Persols: the Aviator, the Round and the Sartoria models. Normally $350, these shades are now just $100 while supplies last. — John Zientek grey_placeholder

Marathon General Purpose Quartz
Save 20%: Right now, you can take 20% off the quartz-powered date version of the General Purpose field watch on Huckberry, which has been discounted from $400 down to $320. The General Purpose field watch features tritium tube illumination on the hands and a 34mm case. While this may sound small by modern standards, the watch wears extremely well and its 12mm depth offsets somewhat the smaller width. — Oren Hartov grey_placeholder

Naglev Unico Hiking Shoe
Save $57: A pair of handmade hiking boots can cost as much as $750, but right now there’s a pair made by a small Italian brand called Naglev available for $173, which is 25 percent off its regular price of $230. Before you discount that as small change, know that the shoe, called the Unico Hiker, is unlike any other hiking shoe available (it’s also on our list of the best hiking boots available).

Naglev is based in the Alps, where outdoor footwear was invented, and it created the Unico to function as a middle ground between a hiking boot and a trail running sneaker. It calls to mind approach shoes (sturdy, low-cut hiking shoes typically used by rock climbers who face long treks through technical terrain on the way to a climb), but it’s built much differently. The upper is made of one single piece of Kevlar fabric — yes, the same stuff used to make body armor — and its inside is lined with a sock-like wool liner. This construction creates a remarkably durable shoe that’s unexpectedly comfortable, and entirely unique. — Tanner Bowden



Adirondack Chairs
Save 54%: On July 18, 1905, summer porch-sitting royalty was born. Officially invented by one Harry Bunnell, the Adirondack chair was described at the time as “a new and useful Improvement in Chairs” in its patent. The improvement was Bunnell’s want to be relaxed as hell.

The chair was designed to require the sitter to lean back, kick their feet up and made it intentionally challenging to remove themselves from the seat. More than 100 years later, Bunnell’s chair still kicks ass. Today on Sierra Trading Post, get Aspen Brand’s collapsible take on it for 54 percent off the sticker price. — Will Price

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Orient Ray II Dive Watch
Save 60%: Legible, water-resistant to 200m, topped with a mineral crystal, and packing an automatic movement with 40 hours of power reserve, the Orient Ray II is a handsome and highly wearable diver with a 41.5mm case. Its retail price of $335 is a pretty good value to begin with. But right now, you can get it on a bracelet with choices of dial colors for just $129. There are also options on a rubber strap for $5 less and a very cool all-black version for just $35 more. — Oren Hartov

Bell Race Star Helmets
Save Up to 50%: Bell’s Race Star helmet is a dynamite motorcycle lid for anyone who plans on hitting the track or back roads with verve. (Or at least wants other riders to think they’re hitting the pavement with verve.) Made with a carbon fiber 3K Carbon Shell to minimize weight, the Race Star doesn’t sacrifice offers protection at the altar of lightness; it meets or goes beyond Snell M2015 and DOT certifications, and packs a three-layer Flex Impact Liner to deal with crashes at any speeds. It’s been tested in wind tunnels to make sure the air flows over it with minimal fuss, while the Panovision viewport offers better visibility in all directions compared with Bell helmets past. And, of course, it just looks sweet.

Right now, thanks to a closeout deal over at Revzilla, you can pick up several variants of the Bell Race Star for massive savings — as much as 50 percent off on certain models. But there is, however, a catch: These sales are only available on small and extra-small helmets. If you need a bigger lid, you’ll probably want to look elsewhere; but if you’re cursed/blessed with a tiny head, well, today’s your lucky day. — Will Sabel Courtney

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Outerknown Clothing and Accessories
Save up to 60%: California-based clothing brand Outerknown makes some of our favorite wardrobe staples. Its laid back threads are easy to integrate into your daily wardrobe and will quickly become the first things you reach for in the morning. Now during the brand’s Summer Sale, you can save up to 60 percent on a huge selection of clothing. Pick from shirts, pants, shorts and more — deals start at just $9. — John Zientek

Lululemon Sale
Save 20%: Lululemon made too many shorts, tees, tanks and a plethora of other gym-approved apparel, so that means it’s time for a sale. All of the best gym and running shorts of 2019 are up to 20 percent off. T.H.E. Short is our favorite for training and CrossFit, while shorter lengths (think 5- or 7-inch) are ideal for summer runs. And if you’re more of a gym workout guy, specifically Barry’s Bootcamp, be sure to check out the special collection the team launched this week sold at Barry’s. You can stock up on tanks and shorts that are perfect for running and lifting weights. Shop the sale and the new gear today. — Meg Lappe

Bestech BG06 Kendo G-10 Series Knife Sale
Save 40%: Right now, you can grab this Japanese-inspired knife for just $39. The Bestech BG06 Kendo G-10 series is down $26 from its original $65. With a D2 tool steel blade and a tanto blade style, it’s like having a small Japanese sword in your pocket. A ball bearing system makes for a satisfying opening when you press on the flipper. The smooth non-slip handle comes in three colors: black, green or beige. You can shop the knife at Drop.com today and make this mini-sword your EDC— Meg Lappe


Today on Gear Patrol

You’re Smoking Meat All Wrong (Yes, You)

You’re Smoking Meat All Wrong (Yes, You)

Contrary to what your dad told you, more smoke does not mean better barbeque.

These 5 Tour de France Lessons Can Help You Ride Faster Today

These 5 Tour de France Lessons Can Help You Ride Faster Today

Even if you aren’t a super fan, there’s a lot we can all learn from the gear and nutrition pro riders use.

This Navy SEAL-Inspired Home Gym Delivers Huge Gains in a Small Package

This Navy SEAL-Inspired Home Gym Delivers Huge Gains in a Small Package

But does it work in an NYC apartment?

Aether Apparel Divide Motorcycle Touring Gear Review: Style for the Long Haul

Aether Apparel Divide Motorcycle Touring Gear Review: Style for the Long Haul

Aether’s new jacket and pants bring undertstated style to the motorcycle touring world.

The $200 Headphones That Punch Way Above Their Weight

The $200 Headphones That Punch Way Above Their Weight

If you want audiophile-grade headphones that work well with your smartphone and don’t need a separate headphone amplifier — get these.

Note: Purchasing products through our links may earn us a portion of the sale, which supports our editorial team’s mission. Learn more here.

The Beach Ready Sneaker You Need on Your Feet

OluKai is known for its impressively rugged sandals perfect for taking from surf to land. The island-born brand understands the need for versatile footwear better than most, combining aquatic durability, ocean lifestyle, comfort and craftsmanship, for rugged and laid back footwear. OluKai makes some of the best island ready adventure shoes you can get your hands on, and not just sandals.

The Huakai Li (hoo-ah-kah-ee lee) which roughly translates to “journey, lace” in Hawaiin, is OluKai’s handsome sneaker that can go anywhere without an issue. Looking to the raw natural beauty of the Waimoku Falls on Maui’s east side for design inspiration, the Huakai Li is crafted from waxed nubuck leather and is the perfect sneaker for the casual adventures.

The leather uppers will get better with age — like a well-loved baseball glove — breaking in and becoming even more supple to fit your feet just right. The leather extends into the interior of the shoe as well, lined with pebbled full-grain leather so you can throw them on with or without socks. Also in that department, the Huakai Li is equipped with a drop-in heel for easy on-off wear for those Hawaiian homes where you slip off your shoes before going in the house.

The footbed and outsole round out the comfort and versatility. Lightweight and super supportive, the footbed is anatomical for comfort and is covered in that soft full-grain leather for the smoothest of rides. The sneaker styling stands out on the white EVA midsole, but the addition of the stacked leather vernier heel give the Huakai Li a bit of elevation.

The Huakai Li is ready is more than capable of any place or any casual jaunt beachside to the home. Whether enjoying Hawai‘i’s raw natural beauty or just slipping them on to run errands on the weekend, the Huakai Li can do it all and then some.

Giro’s New Cycling Shoe Lets Serious Cyclists Lighten Up

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The Best Products from HP’s Blowout 4th Of July Sale

If you head over to HP’s site, they are having a massive site-wide sale for 4th of July. But it’s the 4th of July, you don’t want to be holed up with your computer looking at your screen for amazing deals, you want to be outside enjoying the summer for yourself. That’s why we combed through this one to find the best bits of tech from beach-ready speakers to a laptop that can travel light all summer long. With up to 62% off and available free shipping, it was hard to find products we didn’t want to include, but here are our summer must-haves from HP’s Fourth of July sale that you’ll use all summer long and then some.

HP Tango X



Let’s be real, printers can be an eyesore — but not this one. That’s part of the reason why the furniture-grade design of the wireless-focused Tango X caught our eye. It isn’t a slouch under the hood either with plenty of technical capabilities from printing to scanning and copying and even voice-activated controls.

HP Spectre Folio Laptop 13t



The Spectre Folio is made with a magnesium frame that’s completely covered in a leather outer shell — save for the keyboard and screen — making it look like no other laptop. This stylish computer has a hybrid hinge allowing the touchscreen to fold making a versatile tool you can easily pack away for a weekend trip (or use all week long).

HP Bluetooth Mini Speaker 300



This little speaker is perfect for you to use all summer long, from the beach, to the pool, to your camping trip. With a built-in carabiner hook, it can go anywhere with you, while the dust tight design and water resistance means you won’t have to worry about taking everywhere this summer.

HP Sprocket 2-in-1 Camera Printer



We were a bit conflicted about putting another printer on the list, but this one is too neat to pass up. With a built in instant camera that fits in your palm, wireless and Bluetooth connected, the Sprocket 2-in-1 Camera Printer can print 2” x 3” photographs wherever you are from your smartphone or direct from the camera, making it perfect for summer grill outs or road trips.

This Hybrid Pack Is The Best Travel Companion You Can Ask For

Sure, a lot of bags are marketed as being able to “do it all” but rarely are they truly up to scratch. But the Hybrid 50L Trolley is one of those exceptions — though it is hardly exceptional that Kathmandu is behind this wonder. Hailing from the rugged terrain and made for the always adventure ready people of New Zealand, Kathmandu has been making some of the most practical and ingenuity designed pieces of outdoor kit for thirty years. These folks certainly know their way around designing a bag for any adventure.

Key Specs

Dimensions: 70cm x 30cm x 37cm
Capacity: 50L
Weight: 6.9lb

The Hybrid 50L Trolley is game for any far-flung journey regardless of what you need from it. Incredibly lightweight, outfitted with rugged wheels and collapsible handle, it is always ready to roll. But, when the going gets tough, you can throw this easily organized 50L on your back, quickly converting into a ruck. Kathmandu has been perfecting the design of the Hybrid Trolley for 15 years and this newest iteration is the best it has ever been.

Improved Fold-out Harness

The Hybrid 50L Trolley has a newly improved harness system, that allows it to go from wheely to back-born seamlessly. The harness is zipped into a forward-facing compartment so it doesn’t get in the way or become an eye-sore when you are rolling along. When you do deploy those stellar straps, it reveals comfortable breathable mesh back panel and cushioned hip belt that will help you schlep with ease. But when you are back on somewhat even ground, the wheels can.

Durable Wheels

The most important part of any bag with wheels is, well, the wheels. Naturally, if the wheels on a wheel-based bag give out, that’s it, regardless of how many other ways it can be carried. That is why Kathmandu gave the Hybrid 50L Trolley durable wheels that can take you anywhere you need to go — no matter the terrain. These two wheels that can take you most places are also discreet. Tucked out of the way, you can hardly notice the two wheels that give this pack so many miles. The extendable handle means that trundling along will be a breeze on your back.

Internal Organization

With the exterior of the back locked down, you need to make sure you can lock down your effects on the inside. All too often with backpacks, your contents just get lost and shift around and every time, the one thing you need is at the very bottom. To counteract the gravity of the situation, Kathmandu has put a few smart bits in place. First thing first, you have an added external pocket along with an internal pocket and a mesh compartment to help you keep things straight. Now to keep things place in the spacious main compartment, you have some nifty compression straps then let you cinch your load down to the smallest size and keep it all locked in place.

Attachment Points

If the Hybrid 50L Trolley is still not enough room for your adventure, there is a handy added feature. Because Kathmandu knows that sometimes one bag just isn’t enough, the Hybrid 50L comes equipped with attachment points for Kathmandu’s Gluon Daypack. That way you can use your Hybrid 50L to pack for the trip and use the daypack for your smaller jaunts — all while being seamlessly integrated for easier travel.

Everything You Need to Know for a Remote Trip to the Channel Islands

Editor’s Note: In this series, Off the Beaten Path, we’re telling the stories of outdoor guides and how they spend their time off, individually experiencing the very places they uncover for people every day. In this edition, we’re giving all the insights on how to get to California’s Channel Islands yourself and what to bring along for the trip.

What are the Channel Islands?
An archipelago of eight islands just off the coast of California constitute the Channel Islands. Only the five northernmost islands — Anacapa, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa and San Miguel — are part of Channel Islands National Park, established in 1980. (The other three, more southern, are San Clemente, San Nicolas and Santa Catalina.) The islands are close to the shoreline — you can see them from LA on a clear day — but you can only them by boat or, in some cases, a plane.

The islands are rugged, rimmed by steep sea cliffs and filled with grassy hillsides and rocky mountains. There are occasional stands of pine and oaks, but largely, the landscape is covered by grasses and wildflowers. Over 140 species are endemic to the islands. Onshore, the only mammal species are (very pesky) island foxes, skunks and deer mice; birds, reptiles and insects thrive. The sea also teems with life: many species of whales, dolphins, bountiful fish populations, plus sea lions, seals and dolphins.

The islands are almost entirely unpeopled and extremely undeveloped. This, combined with the difficulty of getting to them from the mainland, make them one of the least visited national parks. But visiting them can be done — and the rewards for a journey can be spectacular. It’s a prime — and recommended — place to reconnect. Here’s what you need to know.


How to Get There
Island Packers operates ferries to each of the islands; Channel Islands Aviation operates planes to Santa Rosa and San Miguel year-round, on demand. Boats run year-round to Anacapa and Santa Cruz islands (1-hour trip), April through November for Santa Rosa and San Miguel (3- and 4-hour trips, respectively), and spring through fall to Santa Barbara Island (4-hour trip).

What to Do
Anacapa Island, the nearest to shore, is beautiful but has no fresh water; primitive campsites, short hiking trails and minimal access to the ocean due to cliffs makes it a great spot for a day trip or short overnight stay. Similarly, there is no water, goods, or services on the more distant, relatively small islands of San Miguel, Santa Barbara, or Santa Rosa, making them best for a short visit. (Each does offer brilliant wildlife viewing, hiking, and ocean life.)


This makes Santa Cruz Island the most viable option for a prolonged stay. It is the largest island by far, at 60,000 acres, or roughly the size of Staten Island, with some 70 miles of coastline. More than half of its acreage is private land owned by the Nature Conservancy, but that still leaves plenty of area to explore on the eastern, National Park, side. Island Packers ferries operate 5-7 days of the week for drop-off and pickup. Scorpion Ranch campground, on its easternmost end, is the only place on any of the islands with drinking water and pit toilets; not to mention, the campground sits in a beautiful valley shaded by Eucalyptus trees. Nearby, Santa Barbara Adventure Company operates out of Scorpion Harbor, providing guides, gear, and tours for sea kayaking and snorkeling.

Both the Smugglers Cove trail (7.5 miles, out and back) and the Potato Harbor Trail (4.9 mile loop) begin and end near Scorpion Ranch campground, and lead through the interior and cliffs of the island for great views and wildlife viewing. Potato Harbor, on the northern side of the island, offers incredible sunset views; Smuggler’s Cove, on the southern side, is a great spot to explore.


Bring your own kayak and snorkel gear to explore the various kelp beds and over 250 sea caves along the island’s coast. Or, rent a guide and gear through Santa Barbara Adventure Company. The marine life off the coast is some of the most vibrant in the world—you’ll likely see fish of all kinds, sea lions, and maybe even dolphins and whales.

Rather than staying on the island, you can also outfit through SBAC to take a boat to the west side of the island and explore Painted Cave, the longest in North America, a cavernous delight on a kayak. Or, backcountry camp at Del Norte Campground, in the middle of the island, then hike back to Scorpion Ranch for more populated fun. (Just make sure you bring water—Del Norte doesn’t have any.)


What Gear to Bring
Because most of the Channel Islands are entirely undeveloped, you’ll need first to bring your own water and food (Can we recommend some Pad Thai?). It’s prettty essential, also, to note that Scorpion Ranch campground on Santa Cruz is the only place with potable water on the islands. For a day hike, be sure to dress in layers — temperatures swing wildly between chilly, windswept nights to blazing, cloudless days—and consider bringing along a down jacket, hat and gloves in the cooler months. Sturdy hiking boots and water shoes are a must. If you’re going in the water, don’t forget to bring or rent a wetsuit, since water temperatures are frigid three months out of the year. If you’re camping, don’t forget a lightweight stove — there are no open fires allowed on the island, so this won’t be an open-fire-grilling trip.

The Watch for the Journey

Montblanc’s 1858 collection was inspired by the adventures watches made by Minerva in the 1920s and ‘30s and the Automatic 40mm pays homage to the classic stylings of that brand — cathedral-shaped hands, railway minutes track — and capped with a khaki-green nubuck calf leather strap, it’s tough and ready for the wild.
Buy Now: $2,410

The Gear that Helps Cody Townsend Shred His Best

Cody Townsend wakes up early most days — around 2 AM. Cody is one of the world’s most recognizable pro big mountain skiers in the world always pushing the limits of his snowy pursuits. His skiing has taken him from the Arctic to Tibet, completing some truly white-knuckled lines. But, when he wakes up, he just needs a cup of coffee. He’ll then throw on his 30-pound ruck and climb for the summit. “Hours of sweating, struggling and suffering later, I arrive at the summit, tired but energized by the view and the vertical finish line.” Then all there is to do is “click into my skis, put the goggles on and gingerly step back out to the steeps.” For a pro like Cody — or for anyone looking to tackle any challenge — the gear you step off with can make all the difference. “My gear is essential because in the backcountry it truly can be the difference between success or failure,” which on some lines Cody takes on, can mean life or death. Read on for Cody’s insights on the pieces of kit that he relies on every day to tackle the next ski line where the gear can’t fail. What’s more: “It’s kind of weird how much happiness a good piece of equipment can give me.”

Salomon QST 106 Skis

The most do-it-all ski I’ve ever skied on. From the summit of Denali to the groomers of Squaw, it is light enough to walk with to the highest point in North America, yet powerful enough to carve like Mikaela Shiffrin on-piste. It also does pretty damn well in powder, too, being 106mm-wide underfoot.

YETI Rambler 20oz Tumbler

A day wouldn’t start for me without coffee, and that coffee always goes in a Rambler. It keeps my coffee hot for hours, allowing for sipping leisurely through a computer morning, or if I need to drink it quickly before a pre-dawn start. Its wide-mouth with a removed lid allows my hot “joe” to cool quickly to a perfect fast drinking temperature.

Le Bent LeSend Socks

Blisters can be a painful way to end any long day hiking in the backcountry and this first-ever ski touring ski sock is the absolute antidote to blisters. It has a specific fiber blend and composition that helps prevent cold and wet feet.

Gaia App

The app is the lifeblood of serious backcountry skiers seeking new zones and exploratory skiing. From discovery to research, tracking your moves, or guiding you through a whiteout, Gaia is probably the most essential software on a skier’s phone.

Ford Ranger Lariat FX4

I drive about 12-15k miles per winter. From highway miles to rugged back roads, my truck is the lifeblood fueling The FIFTY (2019 film project). Reliability, versatility and something that can go anywhere and do anything is a must. So far my new Ranger is checking off all those boxes.

YETI GoBox

When you live out of the back of your truck, organization is key. From camera equipment to my backcountry kitchen, I’ve started using multiple GoBox’s to make sure my gear is organized, protected and easily accessible when living on the road.

Arcade Adventure Belt

If your pants don’t stay up, well that’s a day ender right there. Stretchy and comfortable to not be restrictive when climbing or skiing, weatherproof to not get bogged down like leather belts do in snow and rain and micro-adjustable to the perfect fit. The best belt ever created for doing stuff outside.

Voile Straps

The most useful item ever. From packaging your skis together to fixing a broken ski boot, medical emergencies to organizing your gear, I always have 4-6 of these on me in the backcountry. They’re as versatile for a skier as duct tape is for a handyman.

Mammut Barryvox S Avalanche Beacon

You trust your life to your beacon. Might as well get the one the best mountain guides in the world use. Reliable, simple and fast are the signatures of the Barryvox S all in a compact, high tech package.

Giti Tire Attacks the Nürburgring With a Pair of Audi R8s & a Pair of VW Golfs

Third Year’s the Charm

The 24 Hours of Nürburgring is one of the most challenging motorsports races in the entire world. The track itself is a fabled place for motorsports fans and the proving ground for manufacturers of sports cars and race cars alike. The 24-hour race that is held every year is the ultimate test of engineering, teamwork, and racing skill.

Automakers aren’t the only manufacturers who use the Nürburgring as a proving ground. Tire companies also do. One company that will take their product to the extreme at the upcoming race is Giti Tire. This will be the third year that the company has competed in the race, and it hopes this to be the most exciting year yet. 

The Cars Racing

The company has four cars set to compete in the race. The first is an Audi R8 LMS Ultra that comes with a 5.2-liter V10 engine that makes 570 hp. The car will be driven by Henzel Bernhard, P. Lefterov, and F. Schickler. The second is another Audi R8, this one a GT4 car, that has a 5.2-liter V10 engine tuned to 495 hp. It will be driven by Rainey He, Sunny Wong, Andy Yan, and Li Fei. 

In the past, the company has used the Lamborghini Huracán for the 24 Hours of Nürburgring. This time around, the company thought it would be better to utilize the Audi R8 instead. “The Audi R8 offers a great combination of power, reliability, and technology that goes together very well with how Giti positions its tires,” said a representative of Giti Tire. These are the two cars that many racing fans, spectators, and others in the industry will be focused on. 

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The VW Golfs will also run the race. One of the golfs will be an all-female team, including the drivers and crew. According to Giti Tire, this is the first time in the race’s history that this has happened. 

“The 24 Hours Nürburgring race is a great natural choice for [us],” said a Giti Tire representative. “From one vehicle in 2017 to two in 2018 and four this year, Giti is truly committed to making an impact on the race and further utilizing the results and lessons to continue making both our racing and everyday driving tires the best they can be.”

The Tires to be Used

Speaking of the tires used, the company plans to use its GitiCompete GTR1 tires for the race. Those tires are a track-only variant that have proved to be very popular among a wide variety of racers. The GitiCompete GTR1 tires have been used at a wide variety of well-known motorsports events and races, including the 24 Hours Nürburgring race, as well as Formula 3 Asian series, and Pikes Peak Hill Climb among others. 

The latest iteration of the GTR1 tires come after years of research and development. The top grade compound has been designed for racetracks. It should help the Audi R8s compete well in the 24 Hours of Nürburgring race this year. While race is an important test for Giti Tire, the company isn’t just concerned with racing. The lessons it learns on the track will trickle down to road-legal variations of its tires, ensuring the best performance for all kinds of vehicles. 

It will be exciting to see how the Audi R8s and the VW Golfs put out on the racetrack by Giti Tire perform at the race. The race will occur this weekend in Germany. 

Read more @ GitiUSA.com

How to Reconnect Off-the-Grid, According to a California Park Guide

Editor’s Note: In this series, Off the Beaten Path, we’re telling the stories of outdoor guides and how they spend their time off, individually experiencing the very places they uncover for people every day. We’ll take you on their personal journeys — unearthing natural wonders and calling out the gear they use along the way.

“What do I do on my days off? Some days, I Gorilla Glue the holes in my surfboard,” says Jerry Phillips. Sure enough, his board sports three freshly patched holes, punched last night when Phillips and another guide went surfing after work. “I fell on the first wave, and was floating right in the boneyard when the rest of the set came through,” he says.

Phillips is a guide for Santa Barbara Adventure Company in Channel Islands National Park, a series of five rugged islands rising just off the coast of California. Though the islands can be seen from LA on clear days, their relative isolation from the mainland has allowed them to remain undeveloped and makes them collectively one of the least visited National Parks.

Phillips is just twenty years old. But he’s an assistant manager and respected guide out here. His path to Santa Cruz, the largest of the Channel Islands, has been dense with wild experiences. “As a kid, I didn’t like the outdoors that much. But I liked trout fishing, and that got me outside. Then I liked climbing, and that got me outside even more,” he says. In the middle of a ranger-guided tour in Denali, a match struck in his head: “I looked at the guide and realized I could make a career doing that.”

He was studying psychology at UC Santa Barbara and planned to go to Yale for grad school. “I went surfing for the first time less than a week in. And I remember saying to myself, ‘I’m probably not going to go to Yale.’” He became an active member in UCSB’s Adventure Program, leading backpacking, kayaking and climbing trips, and spent a summer volunteering as a junior interpretive ranger in the Yosemite.

After he graduated, he got a job guiding kayak tours on the island. “My first day out here, I was guiding,” he says. “It’s all common sense. You figure it out.” Now he works on the island five to seven days a week.

He’s taken to the Channel Islands quickly. “Yosemite has a lot of shock and awe. In some ways, the Channel Islands is a quaint national park. You have 200 to 300 people on these islands at a time, max. Yosemite gets six million visitors a year. This is small, sure — but then you get into the ocean and it opens up into grandiose adventure.”

On tap for an off-duty afternoon: a big bite of that grandiose adventure. Phillips suits up in his Xcel Drylock wetsuit, NRS Ion personal flotation device, and Adidas Terrex Voyagers and is pushing his kayak off into Scorpion Bay ten minutes later. As he paddles past the breakers and through the canopy of a massive kelp forest, perched in one of SBAC’s Ocean Kayaks, he points out the gnarliest of the island’s 250 sea caves. “When I’m guiding clients, I spend all my time making sure everything goes smoothly,” he says. “When I’m out here on my own, the fun is getting yourself into the bad spots, and then getting yourself out.”

Getting into a bad spot inside one of these booming caves is a scary prospect, but Phillips seems unconcerned. The solution, again, is common sense. “I just remind myself to stay calm,” he says. “Yes, there’s a chance there’s a rock that will hurt you. But ninety-nine percent of the time, it’s just a lot of water moving around.”

His first so-called bad spot worth visiting is the aptly named Boat Wreck cave. The tide is high, and the swell rolls through the yawning entrance, bellowing and belching spray. Here’s the plan: once inside, he’ll hang a sharp right and wait for a small hole in the back of the cave to funnel a swell into a concentrated wave that he’ll surf through the cave and out its side entrance. “But there’s a big space against the wall to the left — I avoid that because there’s not enough room for both a kayak and a person,” he says. “If you have to bail out, you bail to the right. Oh, and sometimes there’s another wave coming in while you’re going out, so you might get whomped from both sides.”

He paddles in, waits for the swell, catches it, and rockets through the cave, then gets whomped from both sides and eats it. He keeps his cool and lets the massive churning gyre of water pull him right out the cave mouth, then climbs back aboard.

Back at the cave entrance, he chuckles. “Yeah, that got pretty hairy. Don’t think I’ll do that again.” He takes a long look at the swell breaking through the cave. “Well… maybe just once more.”

Later, Phillips ditches the kayak gear, grabs a Nalgene and a book — The Geology and Landscape of Santa Barbara County and Its Offshore Islands — from the guide shack, and hikes up to Delphine’s Grove, a stand of Cyprus trees overlooking nearby Anacapa Island. He sits down in a shady spot and munches on a cookie. “I always have lots of stuff in my head, from working all the time, and when I’m not working, from finding exciting shenanigans to do,” he says. “When I’m by myself, it’s nice to just quiet my mind. That takes more energy than one might think.”

The Watch for the Journey

Montblanc’s 1858 collection was inspired by the adventures watches made by Minerva in the 1920s and ‘30s. The Automatic Limited Edition homages the classic stylings of that brand — cathedral-shaped hands, railway minute track — on a bronze-and-green canvas that’s right at home in the wild. Its green NATO strap is the perfect finishing touch for a watch that an adventure guide would love. Buy Now: $3050

The Filson Essentials That Will Carry Your Summer, From the Alaska Range to the Adirondacks

You can’t get much more Americana than Filson. The Seattle based outdoor wear company is over 120 years old and still producing classics. Known for rugged tin cloth, Filson has been outfitting generations of American outdoor enthusiasts, and no summer weekend getaway or bold new adventure would be complete without a bit of Filson kit in the mix. Before heading outdoors this summer take a look at this full rigout of our favorite Filson essentials from the top of your head to the tips of your toes. And we didn’t even stop there for the lineup, we also included the bag to haul it all with. No matter the variety — canvas tote or four-wheeled carry-on — The bag you escape to your summer get-away says it all, the symbol of the whole adventure. Luckily, we have the perfect bag for this summer’s latest exploration, whether you’re in the Pacific Northwest, far-flung in Alaska or in the mountains of New York state.

Tin Cloth Duffle Pack



Made from the same iconic cloth that’s made Filson the legendary company it is today, this duffle is ready for anything you throw at it. Cut from 15 oz tin cloth and nylon webbing, you can haul it in any weather imaginable. You can easily switch up carrying the bag like a duffle or break out the stowable backpack straps for those longer treks. Inside, you’ll find a nylon coated accordion pocket to stow your wet and muddy kit and a padded laptop pocket. This duffle will quickly become your go-to when heading out fishing, hunting, or just taking a quick weekend out of town.

Feather Cloth Shirt



The lightest shirt you can get from Filson this 3 oz cotton shirt is light as a feather and easily packable — perfect if you’re planning a summer getaway that involves some long hikes and posting-up at the local tavern afterwards. The pre-washed fabric is as soft as can be and won’t shrink up on you, while the double needle construction makes sure you can depend on it.

Chronograph Watch



A new timepiece from Filson, the chronograph is as rough and tumble as you would expect — and still accurate. The quartz movement is no fuss and stainless steel case and rubber strap can take a beating. This is the kind of timepiece that can take whatever you can dish out.

Danner Crater Rim Boot



Made by another North-West icon Danner, but available through Filson, the Crater Rim Boots are made in Portland and offer unparalleled comfort with a breathable Gore-Tex lining. These rugged but comfortable boots are perfect for stomping around any terrain a hike could take you on, or back in the city for everdaywear.

Logger Mesh Cap



No summer getaway is complete without a good cap to shade you. This made-in-the-USA trucker is perfect for the laid back summer fishing trip with plenty of retro vibes to go around. Bend it, sweat in it, laugh in it, make it your own.

These Watches for Dad Are Good Enough for the Italian Navy

Panerai is known for its no-nonsense watches ready for a maritime adventure — which make them ideal as a good Father’s Day gift. With a rich history reaching back to 1860 and all about oceangoing adventures, what is not to love? On the technical side, Panerai watches are known for their extreme reliability, luminous markers and that signature patented crown-protection- ready for any adventure on land or at sea. Panerai’s new additions to the Submersible clock in at 42mm (with one exception) — a little more subtle than its well-known 47mm — and have all the classic Panerai aesthetics you love, would be a worthy choice to celebrate dad. Perfect for the courageous dad who is into extremes or racing vintage wooden yachts — at least in his daydreams.

Submersible Marina Militare Carbotech™



This timepiece isn’t messing about. Fittingly dubbed a Survival Instrument, at its beating heart is a robust three-day power reserve that is safely protected in a 47mm case of solid Carbotech™ a high-performance material both lighter than titanium and stronger than stainless steel. In this limited series, a special engraving on its case back is a fitting reminder for all that Dad does. The Submersible Marina Militare Carbotech™ was designed in tribute to Panerai’s historic partnership with the Italian Navy. You too can grab one. But you’ll have to be quick, only 150 are available. Your other option is to join the Italian Navy.

Submersible – 42mm Blue Bezel



Made to the same exacting standards as the larger classic 47mm Submersibles, this new 42mm dial offering is just a more compact version of the original. The blue rubber strap and unidirectional rotating ceramic bezel, all come together nicely with the textured Shark Grey dial.

Submersible – 42mm Black Bezel



Just like the Blue Bezel, the Black Bezel is as rugged as it is stylish. Rated for 300 meters depth and Super-LumiNova coated markers for low light conditions, you can take this piece anywhere and be confident it will come out the other side in one piece. The rubber strap will also ensure it won’t be going anywhere without you.

This Is How One Guide Spends His Time in the Channel Islands

Editor’s Note: In this series, Off the Beaten Path, we’re telling the stories of outdoor guides and how they spend their time off, individually experiencing the very places they uncover for people every day. We’ll take you on their personal journeys — unearthing natural wonders and calling out the gear they use along the way.

The Channel Islands are not just where Pablo Chalott works as a guide three to five days a week. They’re his muse. So, on his days off from leading kayak tours through the island’s sea caves, he heads out, trusty Canon EOS A2 film camera in hand, and gets to work on a personal project: a photographic portfolio of the roughly 140 unique flora and fauna on the island.

Step one: rolling off his cozy REI self-inflating camp bed at the guide campsite, brewing a cup of coffee, lacing on his trusty Timberlands, and taking a hike through the Scorpion Valley of Santa Cruz Island, where he spends most of this time.

Chalott has worked as a guide with Santa Barbara Adventure Company for two years, but he’s been coming to the Channel Islands for much longer than that. He grew up in Oxnard, a town that sits just north of LA, opposite the park’s five rugged Pacific islands. In grade school, he came to the islands for class trips; eventually, he went to Cal State University Channel Islands to get his degree in art. He works in mixed media—watercolor, photography, polaroids bleeding ink, but his go-to is black-and-white film.

A series of his Channel Island landscape shots hang in the ranger station on nearby Anacapa Island, remnants of a science-and-art workshop he took part in, joining biologists at a research station for a five-week stint. The combination of the natural and artistic worlds stuck. Guiding out here was the natural next step after working as a surf instructor and portraitist in Oxnard.

Chalott walks quietly along a dry creek bed rimmed with morning glories, through a green meadow, up hillsides of dry grass. Overhead, Devil’s Peak, the Channel Islands’ highest mountain, wears Pacific Ocean mist like a crown. He stops to photograph what looks like a massive dandelion, white with seeds ready to be blown away. “I love to shoot plants,” he says. “You capture a moment. They bloom and then they die. It’s never here more than once.”

Today, Chalott wants to photograph a Channel Island scrub-jay, which is a much larger bird than its coastal cousin. “They’re always around in the campground, but I can never catch them out here in the wild,” he says.

He stops to listen for the jay’s call. “I don’t think the island has changed my artistic eye. But I do think it has changed my artistic ear,” he says. “All the sounds are inspiring. When I wake up, the birdsong is all around me immediately and it makes me feel safe.”

The jay is nowhere to be found so Chalott decides to look elsewhere for inspiration: the sea. He fell in love with snorkeling several years ago during a surf trip to Indonesia. The Channel Islands have some of the most vibrant diving in all of the US. Now, in May, the water has just edged to a chilly 59 degrees, so he squeezes into his 4.3mm Xcell Drylock wetsuit, then climbs into the water with one of the richest kelp forests on the island, as the seaweed dances with the swell below. Dark kelp bass, brilliant blue opaleye and bright-orange garibaldi—the state fish of California—dart among the kelp, a massive, flowing forest canopy viewed from above.

As opposed to surfing, snorkeling in the ebb and flow near the rocky shoreline makes him feel fluid, he says, “like I can flow with the sea.” Inspiration comes differently underwater. “When I’m out here, I really appreciate color. The water is this clear blue, and the kelp forest becomes a sea of yellows and greens,” he says.

In the evening, Chalott hikes along the sea cliffs on the island’s northernmost side. He snaps a photo of a succulent, his camera equipped with a 50mm lens. “I see some abstraction there,” he says, pointing to one pinkish branch. “But sometimes I also like to just shoot a plant as a plant.” He takes a seat on a bench of rock and dirt that seems nearly custom-made to watch the sun drop over the horizon. “Last photo of the day,” he says. The shutter snaps and he sets the camera to his side.

“I love that it’s almost uninhabited out here and that it has such massive biodiversity, especially marine life,” Chalott says. “The Chumash people who first lived here believed this island was the source of all life. Their creation story said that they walked across a rainbow bridge to get here. Those who looked down were turned into dolphins.” As if on cue, the setting sun lays a beam of pink light across the ocean, straight to him.

If he could, would he want to live here permanently — the 141st unique species on the island? “Of course,” he says.

The Watch for the Journey

The 1858 Geosphere Limited Edition honors the Seven Summit mountaineering challenge, completed by climbing the highest summits on each of the world’s continents. Its bronze case and green dial look at home even during a sea level hike in the Scorpion Valley. No matter where you’re at, you can tell the time at Denali or Kilimanjaro (or Mont Blanc, perhaps) thanks to its world timer, which displays the time around the entire world via a beautiful dual-Lambert projection. Buy Now: $6,300

The Kiwi Brand Making The Stowable Gear you Need

Kathmandu has been cooking up some of the most innovative outdoor kit for more than 30 years. The New Zealand based outdoor retailer has brought their Kiwi grit and continuously design and adapt gear that can stand the tests of its rugged homeland and modern needs — be it making easily stowable garments or a multi-use jacket. No matter the weather or if, let’s say, you’re out for a day hike, packing smart for a holiday or out for a long trek, you can always count of Kathmandu to be at your side. Here are three of our favorite bits from Kathmandu that you will be able to take from street to the trail and back again.

Flinders High Loft Jacket



This lightweight insulating midlayer wicks moisture away from your body to keep you as dry as possible while you’re working up a sweat, while the Polartec Thermal Pro down insulation keeps you warm and allows for breathability. As a plus, the stitch-free woven construction means you can expect minimal down leakage while keeping the jacket lean and light.

Litehaul 38L Carry-On Pack



This bag is not messing about. The Litehaul is for the traveler striving for that holy grail of plane travel: carry-on-only. With this, you will always be ready to get up and go — no waiting for anything. The Litehaul can go from backpack to brief to shoulder bag with ease and has a plethora of compartments that will make any gear-head happy.

Benmore 5-in-1 Travel Rain Jacket



Sometimes you need a jacket that has to do more. Good luck finding a jacket able to handle more weather than the Benmore 5-in-1. This jacket promises to be the only one you will need to pack. A jacket you can wear five different ways, the outer shell is a rain shell while the interior down bomber can be turned into a vest. This way you can work the zippers to create the layer you need.

These Sunglasses Will Never Quit on You

Tough Shade From STNGR

These Sunglasses Will Never Quit on You

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STNGR is all-in on making the shades and lenses you need for your outdoor pursuits. STNGR’s Alpine sunglasses are tough as nails and uncompromising in their quality. Made for outdoorsmen looking to push the limit, these ultra-durable sunglasses are built for anything and designed to be the last sunglasses you’ll ever need to buy. The folks over at STNGR believes people with purpose change the world and they need the right gear to do it. The impressively-flexible 110-degree hinge system means you will have to try your absolute darnedest to crush or break ’em. It’s not all in the frames, either — these RAZR polarized lenses are shatterproof and scratch resistant. And even if you do manage to destroy the Alpines — a tumble on the slopes, a carelessly-tossed duffel — you can rely on the STNGR lifetime warranty to get you back out there in no time.

The Essentials from Huckberry That Will Make Your Summer

As a reader of Gear Patrol, you already know that Huckberry consistently offers some of the best gear you can get your hands on. If the crew over at Huckberry has learned one thing from traveling to far-flung locales for their catalogs — case in point, this summer’s edition all shot in Puerto Rico — it’s that having the right kit can make or break any trip. Whether it’s the perfect shades or the shoes that will stop your dogs from barking, below are the nine things that the Huckberry crew don’t leave home without — plus a bag that can carry them all in comfort.

Mystery Ranch Mission Rover 43L



This Huckberry exclusive from Mystery Ranch is smartly organized with lots of space. Ready for one-bag travel, it offers two separate compartments for shoes and dirty laundry — so you can keep the dirt and funk at bay — plus zippered compartments and dividers to help you stay organized.

Free Fly Bamboo-Lined Hybrid Shorts



You probably don’t think of bamboo as being suited for a good pair of shorts, but these are perfect. They are ideal for summer days on the trail, naturally breathable, odor resistant and moisture wicking. Altogether, these are much more than just a pair of shorts.

Wellen Hemp Zip Hoodie



This lightweight terry zip-up hoodie is much more than comfy — though it certainly is. The blend of organic cotton and hemp make it ready for years of snuggling up to its soft fibers, while the sustainable materials should make you feel pretty good inside too.

Flint and Tinder Breaker Trunks



These lightweight and breathable American-made trunks are perfect for cold pond dips on hot summer days. Additional spandex keeps them working for you and velcro pockets ensure you’ll keep a handle on all your essentials.

California Cowboy The High Water



There is no better way to get that dose of good vibes than with this updated Aloha shirt that comes equipped with a dry pocket to keep your tech from being splashed, a built-in bottle opener (no, really) and a reinforced bottle pocket to keep that beer on ya.

Proof 72 Hour Merino Tee



We love this tee already, you know that. It is the best performance merino tee money can buy. It also happens to be the softest — a lucky coincidence. The merino helps to naturally regulate your temperature while the nylon reinforcing makes it easy to care for.

Mohinders City’s Slipper Woven



Meticulously hand-made in India, these woven slippers are kitted out with soft and durable crepe soles making them ideal for outdoor jaunts. The slip-on’s leather is all locally sourced and naturally tanned buffalo leather that will mold to your feet for that perfect fit.

Sunski Topekas – Huckberry Exclusive



Polorized shades are a must for any getaway. This pair is made for adventures with superlight frames — that are 100% recycled — scratchproof lenses and traction pads on the bridge and temples for a locked in fit. They also boast 100% full-spectrum UV protection.

Nomadix Chris Burkard Adventure Towel



Never go anywhere without a towel. This towel, designed for the most outdoorsy pursuits is highly absorbent and made with anti-slip technology taking you from camping to a long tan on the beach. It is also printed with one of Chris Burkhard’s iconic photos.

Pantropic Panama Player Hat



The Panama straw has been a sign of summer and relaxation for decades. This hand-woven Tuscan hat is made from durable Panama straw that will keep your dome shaded without any extra weight — the straw is mighty light and airy.

The GMWB5000D Is a Bluetooth®-Connected Watch for Lovers of Classic G-SHOCK Vibes

Classic vibes and today’s technology come together in the all-metal Casio GMWB5000D-1, an evolution of the original G-SHOCK that set the standard for the digital adventure watch back in 1983. It was tough as nails during the Cold War era, and today’s GMWB5000D-1 takes on the Digital Age with smartphone integration via Bluetooth, automatic time zone and Atomic Clock alignment and a solar charged battery. The handsome brushed and polished stainless steel case will resist water up to 200 meters and, of course, is totally shock resistant, making it a thoroughly rugged companion for the most rugged of globetrotters.

In a world increasingly full of less-than-stylish tech-focused watches, the GMWB5000D-1 will never let on that you’re wearing a high-tech, modern device. Instead, this watch is a wrist-worn conversation starter, a good-looking curiosity and a subtle style statement. The case is a big part of this story, with its brushed and polished stainless steel surfaces gleaming, and the bracelet — which is also a tribute to that on the original G-SHOCK — elegantly hugging your wrist with its meticulously finished links.

Though it hides its technology well, the GMWB5000D-1 is a true wolf in sheep’s clothing. The LCD display is a super-twisted nematic unit, or STN, which require less power than standard LCDs. Lighting for the LCD is provided via a rear-mounted Super-Luminator, which is bright and, like the screen itself, highly efficient. These features make the solar charged battery strong enough to offer over a month of power when fully charged, giving the watch virtually limitless power in the dark and freeing you from the hassles of a dead battery. Not changing the battery also means the case seals will never go through unnecessary stresses that can cause leakage of the 200-meter rated case. Those seals are held in place by a black DLC coated solid caseback with enough specifications listed to make the rear view surprisingly compelling.

As a Bluetooth® Connected watch, you can adjust the watch features on your phone via the G-SHOCK Connected app. You’ll also get the most accurate timekeeping known to humankind. The GMWB5000D-1 calibrates itself to the world’s six main Atomic Clock broadcasting points (when available, based on your location), and the number of cities and time zones and daylight-savings regimens available is exhaustive; but you don’t have to think about any of that, as the watch sets it all automatically, automatically approximately 4 times a day via Bluetooth by connecting to the G-SHOCK Connected app. Your calendar will stay on target until the year 2099, accounting for leap-years with no user input.

The five onboard alarms (including one snooze alarm) will be a great friend when you’re looking to stash your phone away at night, and the stopwatch, which will split your timings down to 1/100th of a second (provided you stay under one hour of timing), will provide an entertaining blur of digital numbers. Stopwatch functions include elapsed time, split-time (good for laps and intervals), 1st-2nd place times (dual-split), and a countdown timer with a maximum length of 24 hours.

All of that may sound complicated, but the GMWB5000D-1 is a cinch to operate from its four side-mounted buttons, all of which are labeled clearly on the watch face itself. If you remember the 1980s and owned a Casio then, you’ll recall how intuitive these buttons are, but G-SHOCK has gone further by providing a quick tone-on/off toggle, which makes shutting off an embarrassing alarm super easy (during wedding vows, anyone?).

When connected to your smartphone, the Casio G-SHOCK Connected app will provide all the mod-cons, but if you can’t be bothered with that, or see the GMWB5000D-1 as a panacea to the constant contact of your smartphone, it’ll operate just like a vintage digital G-SHOCK… only better.

Here Are 8 Beautiful Things for the Perfect Dresser Top

Your dresser top serves more than just utility. It’s not a dumping ground. It says something about you and you should put some thought into it. It’s a space for a few beautiful objects and it should be kept pretty clean and minimal. Whatever you choose to put there, remember that it’s visible to whomever you might let into your bedroom. So, it should not simply deliver purpose, but look very, very nice while doing it. To that end, we’ve chosen a handful of items that we think will look damn good. They’ll bring you a bit of joy, serve you well and tell anyone who steps in your bedroom that you have good taste.

Your Signature Scent

Some choices are obvious: a timeless, well-designed lamp, a fragrant candle or three, a chic pen, superior coasters and a beautiful catch-all tray. While you might be inclined to hide your fragrance in the bathroom cabinet, we recommend choosing a bottle that’s attractive enough to leave out on display. It’s not just about easy access. Montblanc’s Explorer is our pick, ticking the box not just for looks but truly for the scent. It’s bright at the top but married with leather and wood undertones. This is thanks to its three prime ingredients Italian bergamot, Haitian vetiver and Indonesian patchouli making Explorer perfect for everyday use. Leave it on your dresser top, and you’ll have it for easy access so you’ll never forget a spritz.

The Essentials

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Montblanc: M Ballpoint Pen $430
Montblanc: Meisterstück 1 Pen Sleeve $105
Montblanc: Sartorial Key Fob Pivot System $170
Design Within Reach: Focal LED Lamp with USB Port $195
Craighill: Nocturn Catch $88
Yield: Coquina 6oz Candle $38
Yield: Avilés 6oz Candle $38
Yield: Castillo 6oz Candle $38
MoMA Design Store: Concrete Coasters $35

The Perfect Office Distraction Is a Pallet of Mini Cinder Blocks

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This Mini Materials Pallet of Mini Cinder Blocks and Mini Pallet Jack Combo is the perfect office distraction. In case you aren’t clued in, Mini Materials makes the most realistic miniature building supplies — you can quite literally build a house with them. All Mini Materials building products are made using the same materials as their 1:1 counterparts are — and all here in the USA. That means this pallet of miniature cinder blocks, pallet and pallet jack are made from cement, American pin, and diecast metal. With this set, you can haul cinder blocks across your desk, or anywhere you like. This Mini Materials set is also a perfect “little” gift for the fellow you can never seem to find a good gift for. You can grab up these supplies at 15% off with the code GP15 — you could even get few sets to start building that addition you always talk about.