The Gear Journal

Brand Highlight…

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Banks Journal is a company formed with both Australian and Japanese influence. They seem to be focused on a sort of retro coastal vibe. If Brian Wilson got into a fight with Don Draper type of deal… Only cooler. But better, everything I’ve seen is made crazy well. And while it’s all certainly expensive, the value proposition is not off if they have something you love. Unfortunately for me, I love it all…

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Vans EVDNT Ultimatewaffle

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I think Vans has a branding problem. They try to be this legendary comfort brand while still bringing to market all of these “innovations” with weird names. The thing is, nobody wants to spend $100 on a pair of Vans.

Even so, their Ultrarange shoes are some of my all time favorites and I often find myself interested in their other new releases. Their latest is no exception… The Ultimatewaffle take the Ultrarange and throws transparent outsoles into the game. The result is pretty dope looking.

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The Best Board Shorts

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Running my app again… and this one was hard to do because of all the variations with board shorts, but according to the internet, the best board shorts in the world come from Birdwell. More specifically, the 808.

I, however, like to have a zippered pocket on my board shorts. In fact, it’s sort of a must for me. So, I had to dial in that stipulation. What did the internet have to say? The Outerknown Apex trunks by Kelly Slater.. at almost $150!!!

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The Only Shoes I Wear

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No one asked me, but I’m gonna tell ya anyway… Aside from the very rare instance of having to wear dress shoes, I have worn the same three pairs of shoes for almost the entirety of my life. This is them:

  1. Vans slip-ons. I buy these almost exclusively in the all black color way. They aren’t all that comfortable and I don’t necessarily love the way they look… BUT, they are easy to put on and they work with just about anything.
  2. The Red Wing 1178 Boot. If I’m doing dirty work in the shop, I wear 1178s and have since I was 15 years old. In fact, I am on my second pair and have probably gone through a resole every five or so… They are indestructible, comfortable, and unmatched by any boot ever made.
  3. The Jordan 1. I have worn Jordan 1s since grade school and continue to wear them to this day. But about a decade ago, I bought three pairs of Jordan 1 “Banned” bred toes at retail and have worn out two pairs. They go for over $2000 a pair now, but I don’t give a shit – I will wear my last pair until they die, knowing that I will never own another.

TAD Bastion Woobie

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If you have discovered the pure joy of a proper woobie and want something that is a step up from even the amazing OG Woobie, stop what your are doing right now and buy the Bastion Woobie from TAD Gear. They were just re-stocked and they won’t be in stock long… so you had better hurry, but trust me – you’ll be glad ya did.

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Western Rise Versa Hat

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I love Western Rise and live in their pants… However, they recently released a new hat made of the same breathable, but weather resistant material as their pants. It’s waterproof, stain proof, wrinkle proof, and the perfect travel hat.

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Ghostwing TRS Mid-Top

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Triple Aught Design released a new boot. I don’t believe they’ve ever done footwear before and I’ve yet to lay hands on these, but you can bet your ass on one thing – if TAD makes it, it’s made well.

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