Topo Designs Mountain Pack

Bags & Wallets

Topo Designs Mountain Pack

I typically use either modern tactical packs or vintage military bags for my camera bags. I guess that makes me a poser. I can live with that.

In any case, a buddy of mine just stopped by and I couldn’t help but admire his pack. It was an artfully crafted Topo Design job… and I really dug it. USA made too…

Source: Topo Designs Mountain Pack 23L Daypack – REI.com

Shit and Shinola…

Watches

Shit and Shinola…

After yesterday’s Seiko recommendation, I fielded quite a few emails about my own patriotism. Here’s one such example:

“Why on earth would you recommend a Chinese made watch when you could recommend a Shinola – a watch quite literally made in Detroit?”

The answer is simple – Shinola is full of shit. I like their watches and even appreciate the side effects of a big money corporation trying to monetize and market Detroit’s peril, but I just can’t get onboard with what is so obviously bullshit. Read this.

If you want an “Americanish” made watch, there are much better options. MKII and Kobold are just two examples of scrappy little companies that work hard to keep their product’s American heritage in check without selling you a line of shit.

The Seiko SNKM97

Watches

The Seiko SNKM97

I’m a watch a guy… And quite often, I’m asked by my non-watch-guy pals for advice on what watch to get for their everyday watch. I recommend Seiko to just about everyone. They are affordable (in the watch world) and frankly, they are also the best watches in the world. Pick the one you like (just don’t get a quartz please) and you are most likely good for many years to come.

Anyway, I think my favorite affordable Seiko automatic right now is the SNKM97. It’s gotta cool retro look to it, a cushion case, and an absolutely fantastic movement.

Get yours here.

Sony FDR-X3000R 4K Action Cam

Tech

Sony FDR-X3000R 4K Action Cam

I hate GoPro with a passion that runs deeper than you could ever imagine. I’m currently on my 5th replacement Hero 4 with no end in sight to the horrible customer service. As such, I’m really pulling for an alternative. And word on the street is that this Sony delivers on the promise.

Source: Sony FDR-X3000R 4K Action Cam, w/Balanced Optical SteadyShot & Live View Remote FDR-X3000R