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Stagg Jr. Bourbon: Where to Buy It, What It Is and Why It’s So Popular

Everything you need to know about the most popular bourbon whiskey on shelves today. This time: Stagg Jr., the younger sibling of one of the most iconic whiskeys in the world.

What is Stagg Jr.?

Stagg Jr. is a Buffalo Trace Distillery-made, barrel-proof bourbon whiskey. It’s one of two bourbons (the other belongs to the Antique Collection) the distillery makes that is named after 19th century bourbon businessman George T. Stagg, who built the distillery that would eventually be renamed Buffalo Trace. Batches have released twice a year, usually with one season in between batches, since the bottle was first released in the fall of 2013. The whiskey is made with Buffalo Trace’s Mashbill #1 — the same mash used to make Eagle Rare, mainline E.H. Taylor Jr. bourbon, the brand’s eponymous Buffalo Trace bourbon and more.

Why is Stagg Jr. so popular?

Three key factors make Stagg Jr. as popular as it is. First, it’s made by Buffalo Trace Distillery, a distillery known for quality to the point that most of its premium products are popular to the point of shelf extinction. Second, it’s barrel-proof bourbon, which is exceedingly popular with bourbon enthusiasts for its powerful flavor profile. Third, it’s released in batches just twice a year, making it somewhat rare by default. Together, you have rare, barrel-proof Buffalo Trace bourbon, and that’s before mentioning how it tastes. Stagg Jr. sells itself.

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George T. Stagg went from whiskey salesman in St. Louis to bourbon baron and one of the most important names in American whiskey history. Before being renamed in 1999, Buffalo Trace Distillery was known as the George T. Stagg Distillery.

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Where to buy Stagg Jr.?

As with all Buffalo Trace Distillery-produced hooch, Stagg Jr. is on allocation, meaning bottles are not regularly shipped to liquor stores. This, compounded with the fact that Stagg Jr. releases in batches twice a year, means it will not be available year-round for most bourbon drinkers. The best way to find a bottle before a new batch sells out is knowing when your liquor store will be getting bottles. For that, you’ll have to establish a relationship with your local store through consistently shopping there and talking to staff. That, and follow batch releases, which Buffalo Trace Distillery posts on its website.

How much is a bottle of Stagg Jr.?

Stagg Jr. is close to $90 to $100 for a bottle these days. Because the product is highly allocated and released in batches a couple times a year, bottle value ebbs with availability in your area (which is not something you can know without scoping out a few stores), but most stores will mark it up because that’s how much drinkers are willing to spend on high-proof, mature Buffalo Trace bourbon. Crowdsourced spirits pricing network BoozApp reports that $105 is a fair price.

How old is Stagg Jr.?

The only publicly known difference between Stagg Jr. and its big brother, George T. Stagg, is time spent in barrels. Stagg Jr. is always older than 8 years old, but rarely reaches the double-digit maturation rage. George T. Stagg is typically 15 to 19 years old.

Stagg Jr. batch info

Stagg Jr. releases twice a year and, because it’s typically aged for 8 to 9 years and bottled at barrel-proof, maintains a somewhat consistent proof point of around 130. It’s also unfiltered, meaning it does not undergo chill filtration, which is a process that removes congeners and “flock” that become cloudy when the whiskey reaches cooler temperatures. Together, this makes for an extremely powerful flavor profile that many would do well to try first with a few drops of water or ice. Expect heat and a savory backbone with a little brown sugar sweetness once you’ve fought through the first few sips.

  • Batch 16: Summer, 2021 – 130.9 proof
  • Batch 15: Winter, 2020 – 131.1 proof
  • Batch 14: Spring, 2020 – 130.2 proof
  • Batch 13: Fall, 2019 – 128.4 proof
  • Batch 12: Summer, 2019 – 132.3 proof
  • Batch 11: Winter, 2018 – 127.9 Proof
  • Batch 10: Spring, 2018 – 126.4 Proof
  • Batch 9: Fall, 2017 – 131.9 Proof
  • Batch 8: Spring, 2017 – 129.5 Proof
  • Batch 7: Fall, 2016 – 130.0 Proof
  • Batch 6: Spring, 2016 – 132.5 Proof
  • Batch 5: Fall, 2015 – 129.7 Proof
  • Batch 4: Spring, 2015 – 132.2 Proof
  • Batch 3: Fall, 2014 – 132.1 Proof
  • Batch 2: Spring, 2014 – 128.7 Proof
  • Batch 1: Fall, 2013 – 134.4 Proof

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Today’s Best Deals: Up to 40% off at Backcountry, $30 off a James Brand Knife & More

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These CBD Gumdrops Taste like Summer

There is no better way to relax from a hot summer day than fresh watermelon, and now you can take your relaxation to the next level with Lord Jones Watermelon Hemp-Derived CBD Gumdrops. Crafted to promote a calm sense of well-being*, these gumdrops contain 20 mg of broad-spectrum hemp-derived CBD. The watermelon gumdrops are made by hand in small batches and capture the essence of vine-ripened watermelons: sweet, juicy and refreshing. Whether you’re spending your summer in the office or exploring the outdoors, sometimes you need something to take the edge off at night. These gumdrops have you covered.

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The LyteHorse is an all-electric stand-up ATV that can tow up to 2,500 lbs of cargo

It might be time for you to consider another form of personal transport. We know that there are a bunch of options available right now in the market, which is a good thing. Still, the LyteHorse might be one of the most unique mobility solutions in 2021 just yet. Now what makes it so interesting is how the machine introduces versatility.

It looks like a hardcore cross between a stand-up scooter and an ATV. It also presents a convenient solution for folks who want to take their ride everywhere. Before we dive into the cools details about the LyteHorse, our eco-conscious friends will be happy to know that it’s all-electric.

Electrification is a trend that we want to see more of and the Canadian “electric performance vehicle company” appears to be all-in with the initiative as well. What LyteHorse Labs hopes to cater to are various sectors that would benefit from a powerful and adaptable platform.

There are two trims to choose from: Little Joe and Scout. The former is geared toward the casual user, while the latter is equipped to tackle more demanding applications. The LyteHorse tips the scales at 600 lbs but goes up with each optional add on.

The all-electric powertrain supports 2WD and 4WD driving modes and maxes out at 40 mph. It measures 6-foot long and about 45 inches wide with a low center of gravity for stability. The LyteHorse can ford through water up to 2-feet deep.

The electric motor is virtually silent, while a full battery can last up to 80-miles. Just like an average ATV it can tow cargo up to 2,500 lbs. The LyteHorse is currently open for reservations, so go ahead and customize yours now.

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This Jeep Grand Wagoneer Is the Craziest Vintage Off-Roader We’ve Seen

Jeeps have a formidable off-roading heritage, but they tend not to get the same six-figure, super-outlandish resto-mod treatment as other vintage off-roaders like the Land Rover Defender. Texas-based company Vigilante wants to change that — with the most luxed-out, uber-powerful vintage Grand Wagoneer builds you could imagine.

Vigilante maintains the beloved classic appearance of the Grand Wagoneer (or full-size Cherokee/J Truck, if you’re so inclined). The SUVs receive a comprehensive frame-off restoration with every part either new old stock, manufactured from scratch or completely restored. From there, though…things get crazy with their Stage 3 builds.

Vigilante opts for modern performance with new Hemi V8 engines. The lowest output is the 485-horsepower SRT-8 plant used in the Wrangler 392. The mid-range engine is the freaking 707-horsepower Hellcat V8 from the Ram 1500 TRX. And, of course, you can level up to the 1,000 horsepower Hellephant. For perspective, the original 5.9-liter V8 in the Grand Wagoneer offered 144 horsepower.

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Power is routed through either a six-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission, with an Advanced Adapters Atlas II reinforced transfer case for four-wheel drive. Vigilante upgrades the suspension, replacing the old Grand Wagoneer leaf springs with Eibach coils and Fox Racing 2.0 shock absorbers. They also give the Grand Wagoneer a custom chassis made from thicker steel and more stopping power with Baer six-piston calipers.

In short, Vigilante’s Grand Wagoneer will be more capable than any you’ve seen. It will also cost significantly more; even a bonkers Grand Wagoneer auction will only push the truck into the $60-$80,000 range. The two Grand Wagoneers Vigilante has ready for commissioning start at $295,000. Of course, the visceral thrill from terrifying every unsuspecting patron at a swanky Long Island yacht club when you squeal out with a Hellephant would no doubt be worth the price.

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Mirror Is Offering $400 off for the Rest of July

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While some people may have taken advantage of the pandemic to get in shape and set new goals, many of us have used the absence of gyms and workout studios as an opportunity to do, well, nothing. As time has gone on, you may have found yourself looking in the mirror thinking about how it might be time to get your body back in shape. Luckily, there is a solution, which also happens to be a mirror. For getting back into a fitness routine without having to go to the gym still, you can buy Mirror, a smart home workout system boasting innovative tech in a clever package, for $150 off plus free delivery and installation ($400 total savings) for the remainder of July with code JULY400.

When you’re not using it, it functions just like any other mirror in your house. When you turn it on, Mirror reveals an LCD panel with stereo speakers and access to hundreds of workout classes (both live classes and pre-recorded). Ranging from yoga and stretching to boxing and cardio, Mirror has a class for any person and any skill level. In addition to the information you see on the screen, a clever mobile app allows you to track your progress post-workout, utilizing heart rate data and your feedback to improve recommendations and help set goals optimized for you.

The savings breakdown to $150 off the list price, going for $1,345 instead of $1,495. You’ll also save an additional $250 on delivery and installation for a total of $400. (Keep in mind though that this doesn’t factor in the $39/month subscription for unlimited Mirror classes) If you’ve been looking to get off the sofa and back into shape for 2021 without having to go back to a gym, now is the time to act.

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This 4×4 Camper Van Can Be Your Off-Road Sanctuary

The worst of the COVID-19 pandemic may be past, but camper van popularity shows no signs of slowing. To that end, it’s little surprise to see that American company Thor Motor Coach — a sibling brand of Airstream — has just launched a new van called the Sanctuary, a 4×4 camper van based on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. It’s a super-comfortable-looking camper, one that looks supremely capable of leaving the pavement (and the stresses of modern life) behind.

The base van for the Sanctuary is a 4×4 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van with a 144-inch wheelbase. It boasts the larger Mercedes engine option, a turbodiesel 3.0-liter V6, which puts out 188 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque, which should be enough oomph for off-roading. The Sanctuary also has a 3,500-pound towing capacity.

Thor Motor Coach offers two floor plans for the Sanctuary. The 19P has a fold-out sleeping area larger than a king-size bed, seating capacity for five and a storage compartment. The 19L has a smaller fixed bed in the rear, seats four with two jump seats on the side and doesn’t have a storage compartment. Both plans provide a wet bath and shower and a kitchenette with a dual-burner gas stove and a fridge/microwave.

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The Sanctuary exterior comes standard with some cool add-ons from Thule, including a power awning with integrated LED lighting, a ladder and roof rack system and a rear door-mounted bike rack. It also has a sewer hose, if you want to go full Cousin Eddie. The Sanctuary can even serve as your mobile office — if you don’t want to leave the grid — with built-in WiFi and a digital TV antenna.

As you would expect with a great camper van, the Thor Motor Coach Sanctuary doesn’t come cheap. Pricing starts at $148,680 for the 19P floorplan and $151,060 for the 19L floorplan. The sweet-looking off-road tires, alas, do not come standard; they’re a $1,744 option.

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Can’t Afford a Blancpain Fifty Fathoms? Buy This Military Dive Watch Instead

Though many horological enthusiasts may not know the historic name Tornek-Rayville, the look of the brand’s first watch in decades will be familiar. In the 1960s, Blancpain’s now-famous Fifty Fathoms was tweaked and rebranded with the name of its US distributor for issue to American special operations forces as the Tornek-Rayville TR-900. Now, the Tornek-Rayville name is being resurrected, along with a recreation of that watch it’s calling the TR-660 Dive Watch.

As vintage watches have been revived en masse, entire once-defunct brands have even joined them. Tornek-Rayville is brought to you by the people behind MkII watches, which has specialized in producing affordable vintage military watch homages for over a decade. The new TR-660 is very much in line with MkII’s approach, but adds a more direct connection to a vintage model and brand.

Built to military specifications back in the day (specifically MIL-W-22176A), the modern TR-660 features improved modern features like a “proprietary non-radioactive” Super-LumiNova for the hands and indices, 200m of water resistance and a longer power reserve thanks to the Seiko SII NE15C automatic movement inside. The original watch also called for automatic winding, and it should be noted that this current version of Seiko’s basic automatic movement features hand-winding and hacking.

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Though the original TR-900 watch was different than the contemporary Fifty Fathoms — it used a different type of luminescent paint and a matte case finishing — it shared that watch’s basic design and features. Unique touches included a leak gauge on the dial in the form of a dot which would turn red if moisture was detected inside the case, indicating it had been compromised. The new TR-660 visually nods to this feature with a large dot on the dial where the “automatic” text and water resistance rating are displayed.

With an entirely bead-blasted finish, the TR660 case measures 40mm wide and 14.7mm thick, and it comes with choices of nylon and rubber straps. Pre-order starts today, and a deposit of $450 will get you the watch at a price of $895, while final retail will be $949 with delivery towards the end of 2021. Production isn’t limited, but the first run might sell out quickly, so you should act fast if you want one.

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This Timepiece Is Inspired by a 1984 Land Rover

The 1984 Land Rover Defender is one of the most iconic off-roaders of all time, and now there is a watch inspired by its instantly recognizable styling. REC Watches, the brand behind this unique timepiece, salvages excess metal from notable vehicles around the world and uses it to create tribute watches. With its latest timepiece, REC has joined forces with Arkonik (the purveyor of custom Land Rover Defenders) to capture the soul of this iconic British vehicle. The RNR Arkonik features a dial handcrafted from material sourced from the 1984 Arkonik Land Rover Defender 110. The powerful design with striking blue details, combined with a Swiss-made SELLITA SW290-1 movement, make this watch stand out from the rest. This signature timepiece is limited to just 302 examples and embodies British ingenuity and innovation. It’s a custom creation you don’t want to miss out on.

Price: $1,395

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The Complete Panerai Buying Guide: Every Current Model Line Explained

Welcome to Brand Breakdown, a series of comprehensive yet easy-to-digest guides to your favorite companies, with insights and information you won’t find on the average About page.

Giovani Panerai opened his first watch shop in Florence, Italy in 1860, and his operation soon expanded to include a bustling workshop and Florence’s first horological training center. By the early 20th Century, Panerai had taken on contracts for the Royal Italian Navy, and in 1916 Panerai secured a crucial patent for Radiomir, a radium-based glowing paint.

Like so many firms stuck in fascist countries, Panerai developed watches for the wrong side during WWII, but Mussolini’s dictatorial mandates and deep pockets spurred Panerai to innovate at a rapid pace. They developed the Perspex crystal (1936), massive luminous sandwich dials (1938), integrated lugs with spring bars (1940) and a movement with an 8-day power reserve to reduce wear on crown seals (also 1940). After the fascists fell, Panerai developed their renowned tritium-based lume called Luminor (1949), and their signature lever-activated crown lock (1950).

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The early Panerai storefront.

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Panerai’s wrist watches didn’t reach a wider audience until they offered a civilian collection in 1993 and attracted the endorsement of Sylvester Stallone. By 1997, Panerai had become so successful that the Vendome Group (later the Richemont Group) acquired the firm, moved production to Switzerland, and transformed Panerai into the luxury sport watch company we know today.

It took Panerai some time to shed Sly’s Rocky/Rambo bravado and tell its own story more directly, but once it did, the company offered up a subtler form of badassery that’s all about oceangoing adventure. Italy is almost entirely coastline, and their Navy is famous for innovative maritime technologies and techniques. Panerai was right there making the dive watches, gauges, and compasses for these pioneers of the deep. Meanwhile, the company has maintained a close relationship with yacht racing, including on vintage wooden yachts.

Despite the relocation of its manufacturing to Switzerland, Panerai’s style remains faithful to the original Italian designs of the early to mid-20th Century, and today’s collection is far more diverse than ever before.

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Sylvester Stallone’s Luminor 5218-201A.

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    A Vast and Diverse Catalog
    Broken into four collections, Panerai offers over 20 in-house movements as well a slew of movements built on third party bases, and these calibers are found in well over 200 individual watch models available in steel, bronze, titanium, gold, platinum, and proprietary case materials such as BMG-TECH (bulk metallic glass), Carbotech (polyether ether ketone), and Panerai Composite (synthetic ceramic using micro arc oxidation).

    Sometimes the distinction between models is merely a matter of case material or dial color, but it’s common to grow frustrated shopping for a Panerai because one’s preferred look and fit don’t always come equipped with the movement/functions one prefers—or vice-versa. We aim to make navigating this dense catalog as easy as possible.

    Panerai Numbers
    Each watch is assigned an individual reference or PAM number: PAMxxxxx. Colloquially, the reference numbers are often referred to without the zeros between the PAM and the numbers at the end.

    Panerai’s in-house movements carry calibre numbers in this format: P.xxxx.
    The company’s movements built on a Unitas/ETA base have Roman numeral calibre numbers that start with OP (e.g., OPXXII).

    Panerai’s Four Model Categories

    The best way to divide and conquer the vast Panerai catalog is to start with the collection you’re interested in followed by the case size that’ll fit you best (keeping in mind that Panerais are meant to wear boldly). Using a filter on the brand’s site, you’ll see that while there are 150 models in the Luminor family, so if you know that 42mm is the size for you it handily narrows it down to just 6 (at time of writing). Then, you’ve just got some dial colors and complications to consider.

    However, much of the variety in Panerai comes from its movements and complications. The quintessential Panerai experience is quite possibly a Luminor at 44mm, but there are over 100 models that fit that description so, in addition to narrowing down your choices by case material, you’ll also have a slew of features available. For the most basic and entry-level options, check out the range called Base Logo.

    Panerai Luminor

    Beginning in the late 1940s, Panerai moved away from Radiomir lume to the tritium-based mixture patented as Luminor. In 1950 Panerai introduced its signature crown lock. The Luminor line features this crown lock, integrated lugs, and a cushion case shape that has its roots in the past but was also modernized a bit for 1993’s first civilian collection. This is easily the most recognizable Panerai look today.

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    Panerai Luminor Base Logo PAM01086

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    $5,000.00

    This is he classic Panerai look for the least money possible, and it even comes with an in-house movement. The Base Logo is the brand’s most basic, with several options in the Luminor and Radiomir collections. You get two-hand time telling via a simple manually wound movement — and a painted dial rather than the brand’s signature “sandwich dial.” Newer models have in-house movements but older ones were sourced.

    Diameter: 44mm
    Movement: Panerai P.6000 manual

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    Panerai Luminor Marina PAM02392

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    $7,900.00

    The headline here is 42mm. A lot of people find the bulk of the Panerai catalog at 44mm, 45mm and 47mm simply unwieldy despite loving everything else about the watches. So many rejoiced when this new version was introduced in TKTK, offering the complete package — only in a smaller and more wearable one. Note that it’s water-resistant to 100m, rather than a traditional dive watch’s 300m, but more than sufficient for most needs.

    Diameter: 42mm
    Movement: Panerai P.9010 automatic

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    Panerai Luminor Power Reserve PAM00423

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    $10,200.00

    The PAM 432 is a good representative of the brand’s big-boy 47mm watches, as well as an example of complications. Here we have a power reserve indicator, as you’ll find on many other models, particularly useful since the movement here is manually wound. Other complications you’ll find are the likes of GMTs and flyback chronographs, often in combination.

    Diameter: 47mm
    Movement: Panerai P.3002 manual

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    Panerai Luminor Marina Carbotech PAM01118

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    $16,400.00

    Panerai is strong on style, but the brand shows it horological substance with forward-looking and experimental watches using avant-garde materials, high-end complications and finishing as well as exotic techniques. Here, the brand combined its proprietary carbon composite material Carbotech with lume embedded in the case at unexpected and unconventional places.

    Diameter: 44mm
    Movement: Panerai P.9010 automatic

    Panerai Luminor Due

    Though generally smaller, thinner, and feeling a bit “fancier,” the Due (“two” in Italian) feels like a sub-collection of the Luminor line and features the familiar design and crown guard locking mechanism. It’s understandable that the brand wanted to separate it from the famously rugged Luminor with its dive watch origins, though, as the Due has only a dress-watch-level of water resistance at 30m and a slimmer profile. The Due line premiered in 2018 and is Panerai’s answer to demands for both smaller and more feminine models.

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    Panerai Luminor Due PAM00927

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    $7,400.00

    Offering a similar look and size to 42mm Luminor models, it might at first be hard to tell what makes this a Due. It’s got less water resistance and a thinner case, and this particular model offering features like brushed titanium and an automatic movement with 3 days of power reserve — and an overall elegant execution based on vintage models.

    Diameter: 42mm
    Movement: Panerai P.900 automatic

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    Panerai Piccolo Due PAM01029

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    $15,700.00

    These petite Panerais at only 38mm in the Luminor Due collection are called Piccolo Due. The smallest Panerai you’re going to find, it still has the captivating look (minus the presence) and shows that the brand’s charisma doesn’t rely on its size. This one is fancied up in the brand’s Goldtech gold alloy, but there are more affordable versions in steel as well.

    Diameter: 38mm
    Movement: Panerai P.900 automatic

    Panerai Radiomir

    Referencing Panerai’s earliest military watches from the 1930s, Radiomir models stand out from the rest of collections for a couple of reasons. First, they lack the prominent crown guard and locking mechanism that nearly defines the brand and is a feature of every other collection. They also have a couple of case styles with either wire lugs that detach for strap changes or the Radiomir 1940 models with integrated lugs and spring bars. Radiomir watches might look relatively classical and retr0-feeling — but remember that many are sized to offer a very prominent presence, mostly at 45mm or 47mm diameters.

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    Panerai Radiomir Base Logo PAM00753

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    $4,500.00

    Like the Luminor Base Logo above, this is the most basic and affordable Radiomir model — as well as the brand’s overall entry point. No “sandwich dial” or automatic winding, but you do get an in-house movement, 100m of water resistance and a bold wrist statement at 45mm.

    Diameter: 45mm
    Movement: Panerai P.6000 manual

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    Panerai Radiomir California PAM00931

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    $8,700.00

    No logo or dial text, just a whopping 47mm steel case and a California dial. The brand plays around with dial designs a bit in its Radiomir collection, and Panerai is one of the watchmakers known for California dials (half Roman, half Arabic numerals). This particular model features wire lugs, onion crown and a gradient effect for its light brown dial. Inside, it runs on a manually wound in-house movement offering only hours and minutes but nicely decorated and visible through a display caseback.

    Diameter: 47mm
    Movement: Panerai P.3000 manual

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    Panerai Radiomir 1940 Tourbillon GMT Oro Rosso PAM00558

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    $123,300.00

    This is an example of the Radiomir 1940 case with its integrated lugs — as well as showcasing the brand’s take on classical, high-end horology. Although it’s got a relatively traditional look, a couple stand out features aren’t readily apparent: First is that its caseback reveals a tourbillon and a power reserve indicator, while its straightforward dial displays GMT and day/night functions. Finally, it’s in a massive 48mm case in the brand’s Goldtech alloy.

    Diameter: 48mm
    Movement: Panerai P.2005 manual, tourbillon, GMT, power-reserve, am/pm, 6-day power reserve

    Panerai Submersible

    In 2019, Panerai separated out its dedicated dive watches into this new category, and doing so vastly simplified its catalog. While other Panerai watches might technically deserve to be called dive watches due to their origins and water resistance, these have features like rotating bezels we tend to associate with modern divers. It also differs from other collections due to elements like its dial design and skeletonized hands.

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    Panerai Submersible PAM00973

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    $8,900.00

    Like other collections, many of Panerai’s Submersible dive watches are imposing in size, so when the brand introduced a new version at 42mm a lot of people were pleased. It’s sized right, is water-resistant to 300m and features an excellent automatic movement with 3 days of power reserve. It’s priced to compete for your Submariner money, but incontrovertibly offers a stronger and more distinctive personality.

    Diameter: 42mm
    Movement: Panerai P.900 automatic

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    Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Bronzo PAM00382

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    $10,200.00

    Another feature Panerai is known for is its early use of bronze — and the seductive way it names watches made from it: Bronzo. Looking like it came from a sunken wreck and and is ready to go back to explore it, this massive 47mm dive watch will only look better and more rugged as its bronze case patinas. It also features one of the brand’s most compelling movements offering a 3-day power reserve and automatic winding.

    Diameter: 47mm
    Movement: Panerai P.9000 automatic, 3-day power reserve

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What Is an SD Card, and Which Ones to Buy

If you own a digital camera — be it a compact, mirrorless or DSLR camera — you need to pair it with an SD in order for it to save your photos and videos. Most digital cameras actually don’t come with an SD card so it’s kind of up to you, the photographer, to buy one that fits your digital camera and your shooting needs.

When searching for an SD card for your digital camera, there are a lot of different options out there and it can get complicated fast. Here are the basics you need to know.

What is an SD card?

An SD (Secure Digital) card is a small removable memory card that can be inserted in a number of different consumer electronics — including digital cameras, printers, laptops, smartphones and video game consoles (like the Nintendo Switch) — to save, store and transfer data. A lot of smartphones have transitioned to using Micro SD cards, which is a smaller (in size and capacity) version of an SD card.

The cards: SD, SDHC or SDCX?

There are a few different types of SD cards —SD, SDHC (Secure Digital High Capacity) and SDXC (Secure Digital Xtra Capacity) — but they all effectively do the same job: add storage to your digital camera. SD cards are older and generally have lower capacities and slower transfer speeds. SDHC and SDXC cards are newer (and better) types of SD cards that have higher storage capacities and faster transfer speeds. And yes, they’re more expensive.

It’s important to check which type of memory card your digital camera is compatible before buying one. Most new digital cameras should support three types of SD cards. If the digital camera is more than 10 years old, there’s a decent chance it won’t support support SDHC cards and SDXC cards because they weren’t around, but that’s a problem that should be pretty uncommon.

Why is speed important?

The speed of the SD card refers to two different speeds: there’s the “write speed” and the “read speed.” The write speed is how quickly the SD card is able to record all the information while you’re taking photo or video with your camera, while the read speed is how fast you can transfer data off of the SD card. The write speed and the read speed are typically the same on most SD cards.

The speed of an SD card is important as a quality-of-life feature, but it’s crucial for people shooting with higher-end digital cameras. Higher-resolution photos and videos require an SD card to be fast so that it can record all the data as fast as possible. Most SD cards with a high-capacities generally also tend to have high speeds, so you don’t have to worry as much about a high capacity card with a low speed.

If you don’t see the speed of the SD card advertised, the other thing you want to look out for is its class rating. The SD Association (the governing body of SD cards) created a class system to help standardize SD card speed ratings, and each SD card is given a class rating. The higher the class rating, the faster the write speeds of the SD card

Here are the various classes and their minimum write speeds: Class 2 (2MB/s), Class 4 (4MB/s), Class 6 (6MB/s) or Class 10 (up to 10MB/s).

    Why is capacity important?

    SD card capacities are typically measured in gigabytes (GB) and range from just a handful of gigs up to 512GB. When deciding what SD card capacity you should get, you need to have a knowledge of what size photos or videos you’re taking.

    If you have a fairly modern mirrorless or DSLR camera, uncompressed RAW photos will take up in the neighborhood of 7 megabytes (MB) apiece. With this knowledge, you can fit about 325 photos on an SD card with a capacity of 16GB, or 650 photos on a 32GB card.

    Videos take up more space than photos and complicate things in an additional direction; in addition to resolution and bitrate, you also need to factor in things like video length and aspect ratio. If you’re shooting a 4K video at 60fps (which is pretty standard these days for action cameras, compact shooters and even smartphones), a 16GB card can store about ten 4K 60fps videos.

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    The high-speed performance of Lexar Professional Class SDXC will dramatically accelerate workflow from start to finish.

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    Some buying advice

    • If you can, buy the most advanced card that your camera is capable of accepting.

    • Buy from a well-known SD card maker, such as SanDisk or Lexar.

    • Before buying an SD card, check to see if there are higher-capacity models available — you might be able to get better deal on one.

    All that said, here are some great picks.

    Lexar Professional Class SDXC (64GB)

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    Lexar Professional Class SDXC (64GB)

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    Best All-Around

    The Lexar Professional line of SDXC cards is one of the best you can buy. Its boast Class 10 speeds and a relatively high capacity, and it’s fully capable of handing your camera’s 4K photos and videos. And it’s still really affordable. This line ranges in capacities from 32GB to 1TB.

    SanDisk Extreme SD (16GB)

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    SanDisk Extreme SD (16GB)

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    $8.50

    Best Budget

    The SanDisk Extreme SD line is a great affordable option. Despite its price, it still delivers relatively Class 10 speeds (up to 90MB/s) that are only a slight drop off from the Lexar Professional SDXC line (above). It’s available in a range of capacities, from 16GB to 256GB.

    SanDisk Extreme PRO SD UHS-II (64GB)

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    SanDisk Extreme PRO SD UHS-II (64GB)

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    $107.25 (44% off)

    Best Upgrade

    The SanDisk Extreme Pro is a beast of SDXC card. Its extreme fast read and write speeds — Class 10 — have made it a go-to choice for professional photographers and videographers who shoot in the highest resolution. It’s available in capacities up to 128GB.

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These Are Some of the Best Subscription Boxes for Men

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When it comes to discovering new tastes, new gear or a new hobby, it is hard to beat a subscription box. Stuffed with a curated mixture of goods picked by experts, a subscription box can be a gold mine, offering hard-to-find gems alongside some of the latest and greatest innovations in whatever world you’re diving into. Perfect for newly initiated and seasoned enthusiasts, anyone can find excitement in opening up that month’s box, wondering what new discoveries are in store this time.

Subscription boxes can make an excellent gift — if you know what someone is into, get them a box to match. Boom, perfect gift. What we also love about subscription boxes is that they’re even better to give yourself, if for no other reason than liking the surprise of receiving a box full of new goodies every once in a while.

Whether you’re just getting into premium coffee, want to discover new microbrews or looking to add some upgrades to your wardrobe, there is a box for that. Since there are so many to choose from in 2021, we decided to highlight some of our favorite subscription boxes for men below.

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Best for Coffee Lovers

Trade Coffee

Price: $60
Frequency: Every 1, 1.5, 2 or 3 weeks

One of our favorite subscriptions here at Gear Patrol, the Trade Coffee subscription aims to give everyone who joins a personalized coffee experience that matches their tastes with some of the best coffee roasters in the country like Madcap, Ritual and Sightglass.

Best for the EDC-Obsessed

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Price: $45
Frequency: Monthly

With each box valued at up to $70, you can get the best new gear in a number of cleverly curated categories for just $45 a month. Each box is themed, and there are a ton of options you can choose from, like beer, coffee, style, cocktails, everyday carry and more.

Best for Outdoor Junkies

Cairn

Price: $33+
Frequency: Monthly or quarterly

Perfect for anyone who loves the outdoors, Cairn is your guide to the buzziest of new gear and food in the adventure-ready world. Each box has up to $50 worth of goods packed with the latest from Clif Bar to BioLite to Black Diamond.

Best for Grill Masters

Butcher Box

Price: $129+
Frequency: Monthly

For meat lovers, there is no better subscription than Butcher Box. The company partners with some of the most responsible purveyors of beef, chicken, pork and seafood to make a box that you’ll love firing up the grill for. You can make a custom box or get a combination of meats delivered each month.

Best for Fresh Fits

Nordstrom Trunk Club

Price: $20 Styling fee + price of clothes you keep
Frequency: Monthly

For $25 a month, Nordstrom’s Trunk Club gets you box of custom-picked premium clothes delivered straight to your door for your consideration. You can choose to keep the items and pay for them or send them back for no extra cost. If you do buy something, the $25 styling fee goes toward your purchase.

Best for Whiskey Lovers

Flaviar Spirit Club

Price: $95+
Frequency: Quarterly

Dubbed a “Spirits Club for Explorers at Heart,” Flaviar is a spirits membership that takes your taste to the next level by sending you a quarterly tasting box with three generously sized samples and a premium bottle of your choosing. Plus you get access to Flaviar exclusives and free shipping.  

Best for Frequent Meat Eaters

Porter Road Meat Subscription

Price:$70+
FrequencyEvery 2, 4 or 8 weeks

Porter Road specializes in hand-cut meat sourced from Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Tennessee. Deliveries offer a lot of flexibility for larger families (or those who frequently eat meat) and you can choose between beef, pork, lamb or chicken.

Best for an Easy Grooming Routine

Dollar Shave Club

Price: $36
Frequency: Every 2, 3 or 4 months

More than just a razor company, a Dollar Shave Club subscription provides you with the best grooming products the brand has to offer, including shampoo and conditioner, hand creams and deodorant. You will, of course, get everything you need to keep your beard in order, too.

Best for Wine Lovers

Winc Wine Subscription

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Price:$52+
Frequency: Monthly

Deciding what types of wine you like can be difficult. There are wines from every part of the world in a variety of colors and flavors, how are you supposed to choose? With Winc, you don’t have to. Just take a super quick five-question quiz and then it does the rest, shipping you hand-picked bottles. 

Best for Guys Who Hate Shopping

Stitch Fix

Price:$20 Styling Fee + Price of clothes you keep
FrequencyEvery 2-3 weeks, every month, every other month or every 3 months

Hate shopping for new clothes? It, admittedly, can be a bit of a drag. Plus, nobody likes trying on clothes at the store. Just tell Stitch Fix your sizes, style preferences and price range and it sends the perfect box of clothes straight to your door. If you don’t like what you get, send it back with no hassle.

Best for Foodies

Goldbelly

Price: $45+
Frequency: Monthly

Perfect for foodies everywhere, the subscriptions offered by Goldbelly have anything you could want, from ice cream and cookies to barbecue and pizza. If you want something less specific, you can opt for the best of Goldbelly subscription or even subscriptions to top American restaurants.

Best for Cigar Aficionados

Cigar Subscription

Price:$38+
FrequencyMonthly

Are you the Michael Jordan of smoking cigars? (Seriously, that guy smokes a lot of cigars). If so, get a subscription to Southern Cigar Co. You’ll get four premium cigars a month (a $50 value) delivered straight to your door — perfect for an evening with the grill or a day on the golf course.

Best for Golfers New and Old

Short Par 4

Price: $55
Frequency: Monthly

Golf has seen a boom in the pandemic, thanks to the obvious open air of the golf course and small group sizes. If you’ve been working on your game for your whole life or just a few months, Short Par 4 can help you step up your style on the links. Choose between two membership levels and receive a box of new clothes each month. Look good, play good.

Best for a Consistent Brew

Blue Bottle Coffee Subscription

Price: $11+
Frequency: 1-4 times per month

If you love Blue Bottle, or just want to find your go-to coffee roaster without the hassle of testing a bunch of different beans, then this is the subscription to get. You can choose from any of Blue Bottle’s blends, single origins, espresso, cold brew or even decaf beans. The subscriptions also only start at $11, so there’s no risk in trying.

Best for Beer Nerds

Beer Drop Beer Subscriptions

Price: $50
Frequency: Monthly

No matter what kind of beer you like, Beer Drop is going to be exactly what you want from a beer subscription. Each month you’ll get 10 beers that come from five different breweries, all based on your preferences in styles. Beer Drop has a network of over 50 breweries and 400 unique beers per month, so you’ll never run out of choices.

Will Porter is Gear Patrol’s Commerce Writer.

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Hennessy Performance revisits a Ford SUV in 2021 with the VelociRaptor 400 Bronco

We knew that after the launch of Ford’s highly anticipated SUV, it was only a matter of time before aftermarket tuners would unleash something badass. Sealy, Texas-based outfit Hennessey Performance got their hands on one and worked their magic. What came in as a stock model now rolls out of their doors as the Velociraptor 400 Bronco.

Ever since the Blue Oval gave in to the demand of its consumers, the hype surrounding the new Bronco has been over the through the roof. After confirming its release date, preorders were reportedly overwhelming.

After showing us just how far they could push it in 2020 with the 750-horsepower VelociRaptor V8, Hennessey Performance is ready for another run. This time, work begins with a 2021 Bronco Badlands. The range-topping trim then receives a new intake and exhaust system on top of expert tuning.

This adds 75-horsepower and 88 lb-ft of torque to its 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6 power plant. What follows is an extensive calibration to squeeze every bit of performance out of everything. With these upgrades, the VelociRaptor 400 Bronco now boasts 405 horsepower at 5,700 rpm with 503 lb-ft of torque.

This 4×4 SUV also comes with an in-house Off-Road Package that includes 18-inch Hennessey wheels. These are then shod in thick 35-inch off-road rubber. Other rugged add-ons include retractable side steps, VelociRapter bumpers on both ends, and special badging.

Hennessey Performance keeps all of the SUV’s original off-road systems intact. You can order the VelociRaptor 400 Bronco in two or four-door configurations. If you want to own one, better hurry now because only 200 units are up for production.

Buy – $80,000

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Upgrade Your Gear with This North Face Sale

Get high-quality gear at a price you can’t beat from Backcountry’s sale on The North Face gear. With up to 40 percent off past season styles, you can refresh your adventure wardrobe in preparation for fall and winter. If you don’t know where to begin, check out the Resolve 2 Hooded Jacket, a high-quality and durable jacket that can handle any weather you may run into. If you’re looking for a comfortable and stylish hoodie to throw on after your surf session, take a look at The North Face Himalayan Bottle Source Pullover Hoodie. Plus with deals on women’s apparel as well, you can pick up gear for your adventure partner like the Osito Fleece Jacket which is available in seven colorways. For these deals and much more, head over to Backcountry to view the full selection.

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Set the Night on Fire: Living, Dying, and Playing Guitar With the Doors

Perhaps the most low-key of the 60s-era guitar gods, The Doors’ axeman Robbie Krieger’s understated approach has always added another layer of mystery to the bands’ mystique. That all ends here, with his debut memoir. He packs Set the Night on Fire full of never-before-told stories from The Doors’ most vital years, offering s a fresh perspective on the most infamous moments of the band’s career. Release date: Oct. 12.

Keep Small Stuff Safe in This Watertight EDC Capsule

Dango’s Capsule Mini is an ideal EDC storage solution that will keep those small essentials close at hand. CNC-machined from 6061 aluminum this slender, watertight, & food-grade screw-top tube is the perfect vessel for tiny items you need to keep protected. It’s 2.5 long & .25” in diameter and features a lanyard loop or keyring loop on the lid. Available in stain silver or black.

Here’s How to Get a Navy SEAL-Created Workout at Home (and on Sale)

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Arrange it thoughtfully and outfit it appropriately, and your home gym can be an entirely capable alternative to a pricey gym membership. It doesn’t have to call for heavy, bulky (not to mention expensive) equipment, or newfangled contraptions built into mirrors or walls either. TRX’s Home2 System suspension trainer has exactly this type of functional minimalism in mind — a Navy SEAL squadron commander named Randy Hetrick invented it as a way to stay fit during deployment.

Hetrick made his original version using a jiu-jitsu belt and parachute webbing, but the design has since been refined. The system sets up virtually anywhere, and one size is suitable for upper body, lower body and core workouts. It comes with a mesh bag for storage and travel and includes workout primers developed by professional trainers.

Despite its basic design, the TRX system adapts to various workouts and targeted exercises, just like a pricey as-seen-on-TV apparatus. But unlike that hulking machine, it can be bought in fewer than 12 installments, especially now that it’s 15 percent off with code AFFILTRX15 at TRX’s website.

Plus, if you want more than just a TRX system, the brand just released its own dumbells today — the code will work for those, and everything else on the site, too.

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10 Great Travel Backpacks for Your Next Trip

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Whether you’re globetrotting or planning a weekend getaway, the right bag can make all the difference. And while there are a lot of bags that claim universality, sometimes a bag with a singular focus proves more functional — a la a travel backpack.

Backpacks, as versatile as they are consistent, work well as the primary pack for short weekend trips or as an auxiliary load for longer flights. (They usually abide by airlines’ strict “personal item” size restrictions.) The options on our list vary from small, gadget- and laptop-friendly bags (with trolley slots) to bigger, cargo-centric styles with several compartments for all of your essentials and strapping designed to balance the bag’s weight.

Within all of these, compartments aplenty ease the travel experience. Some have slots for passports and phones; others have loops for keys or zippered pouches for foreign currency; all of them have isolated laptop compartments, and a few have trolley sleeves for sliding the bag over your suitcase’s handle. However, I’m not trying to one-size-fits-all the travel experience. Just as no trips are the same — and no two people prefer the identical itineraries in the same cities — bags are not either, and what works for one may not work for another. (“Who brings their laptop on vacation?” someone might wonder.) And although you may feel tempted to buy a backpack so bold, so brazen that it’ll be unmistakably yours, don’t — get something subtle, loaded with features and sans overt, ugly logos.

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Best Overall Travel Backpack

Tranzpack CNNCT Coated-Canvas Backpack

Once the supplier of bags for the US Army, Eastpak has since — evident by this bag — expanded into civilian gear. Their Tranzpack is made from coated-canvas, features padded shoulder straps and a book-like zipper design that lets the wearer pack it like a suitcase. 

Best Upgrade Travel Backpack

Generation Slipstream Backpack

Troubadour

Troubadour turned the mundane middle school essential into a bonafide luxury bag. This option’s cut from lightweight and water-resistant Italian vegetable-tanned leather, and finished with gun metal zipper and even more leather accents. A trolley sleeve lets you secure the bag over a bigger suitcase’s telescopic handle and a separate laptop compartment and general storage area keeps everything organized and protected.

Best Affordable Travel Backpack

27L Pack

Although outdoor leaning, Roark’s 27L pack features travel-friendly features like an invisible passport sleeve, a mesh accessories pocket, a sunglasses pouch, padded laptop storage and an accessible rolltop closure.

Router Transit Backpack

The North Face

The Transit model is The North Face’s biggest backpack. Clocking in at 41L, there’s room for a laptop, tablet and several more gadgets, plus the rest of the stuff you’d usually pack: a change of clothes, a book, headphones and a water bottle. Plus, a few of the pockets are fleece-lined for added protection.

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Away doesn’t just make suitcases. They know the easiest way around an airport is a wheeled suitcase in one hand with a backpack draped down its handle. As such, they’ve constructed the latter from water-resistant nylon outfitted with pockets for a laptop, tickets and a passporta large center compartment for clothes and other bulky items and an expandable side pocket for a water bottle or umbrella. Best of all, it comes in four colors that match well with the Away suitcase you already own. 

Cordura Ripstop Backback

This bag’s cordura ripstop construction renders it durable and weather resistant. Plus, it’s comfortable, too. Padded shoulder straps lessen the load; pockets divvy up the weight; pouches organize your essentials; a buckled front strap secures it across your chest. 

Webbing-Trimmed Econyl Backpack

Indispensable

Japan brand Indispensable makes an array of bags that are, well, as the name suggests, indispensable. (Sorry.) This one’s cut from Econyl, a material derived from marine and landfill waste. It’s water- and scuff-resistant and features pockets all over.

Journeyman Leather-Trimmed Canvas Twill Backpack

This bag showcases Filson’s range. Unlike the one that appeared earlier on this list, most of the storage compartments are internalized, offering security and a clean, sleek aesthetic. It’s constructed from the brand’s oil-finished Tin Cloth and lined with soft canvas. There’s a separated laptop sleeve, several more pockets, and a few pouches for smaller personal items. 

Tech Backpack

Herschel’s Tech Backpack emphasizes storage solutions for the gear-savvy. Hidden and overt pockets aplenty make room for a laptop, tablet, earbuds, headphones, chargers, cameras, phones, and, for the international traveler, a passport. 

Leather Backpack

Anson Calder

The grail. The I-just-spent-a-flight-ticket-on-this-bag pick. Anson Calder’s sleek, rectangular backpack cut from French calfskin allows for customization, courtesy of the brand’s in-house cases, sleeves and pouches, which can be attached to internal or external loops. Plus, there’s a padded rear laptop sleeve inside to separate your most valuable cargo. 

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