The Gear Journal

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.

Go here now!

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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Vans Trek Slip-On

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Need a water shoe, but wouldn’t be caught dead in those Croc things? Vans has ya covered… These aren’t terrible looking and they are priced right.

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Arcturus Heavy Duty Survival Blanket

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“Ryan, do you know of a tarp that is thicker than the Poncho shell that pairs with the Woobie you reviewed? I like the poncho, but I need something with more flexibility.”

Funny you should ask… Check out the Arcturus Survival Blanket. It’s cheap, well sized, and does double duty – heat capturing survival blanket and super durable tarp. Better yet, it’s the perfect outer layer for your Woobie.

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Darn Tough

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Testing my “Best of” script again… This time, I decided to try men’s socks. It’s a tough segment because socks are made for so many different segments and for so many different uses. I decided to ignore all of that and just go after the best reviewed sock for men on the internet – ignore retail site reviews.

The result? Apparently, people that buy Darn Tough Hike/Trek socks are super happy with them. I’m gonna have to buy a pair and see what all the fuss is about.

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