The Gear Journal

Kyoto Black

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This is pretty interesting. Reigning Champ has been working with a Japanese Dye house in an effort to perfect the black dye process on western materials. The result is a black with crazy depth and no blue. Apparently, this process took over a century to perfect and the dye includes all kinds of shit in it… Things like tea leaves and bark.

Crazy, no?

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CobraSleepers

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The Brown Buffalo makes some of the best bags in the world. Their attention to detail is overdone and insane. And now, they are making a house a slipper?

I haven’t laid eyes on these yet, but I pretty much guarantee these are built like a brick shithouse… and do the job of a slip-on.

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Birdwell Flannel Work Shirt

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I hate being in the cold… and I hate being cold. Just generally speaking, I believe cold to be the breathe of the devil and I’m not at all interested in being near it.

At times, however, it’s unavoidable and I have to be prepared. I typically do so with layers and one those is usually a flannel shirt of some kind. The thing is though, I don’t typically get along with the style of traditional flannel shirts. They make me feel old and oddly floppy.

So while the Birdwell Work Shirt isn’t the best made flannel on the market… or made of the most traditional (and itchy) materials, it is one of my favorites. It looks right, feels soft, and keeps me warm.

Highly recommended.

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The Ojai Jacket

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So you need a wool jacket to battle the cold with layers? There is no better than the Ojai Jacket… and right now, its available for under $200 due to Cyber Monday. If I didn’t already have one, I’d buy one.

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Marine Layer

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“Ryan, I get that American Giant makes the best hoodie in the world. But, it’s a little too heavy and not as soft as I like. Suggestions?”

Yeah, AG does make the best hoodie as far as durability goes. I have three of them and each is over five years old. Only my shop sweatshirt shows wear. The other two still look brand new despite the fact that I wear them constantly.

That all being said, if you want something softer check out Marine Layer. They are made just as well as American Giant but with softer wearing materials.

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Air Jordan 1 Element GORE-TEX

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I’m a Jordan 1 man… Have been since I was 12 years old. And these? These are interesting. Essentially, Nike took the classic silhouette and built the damned things out of GORE-TEX to create an all weather shoe.

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Rocket Factory T-Shirt

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If you hurry, you can pay too much for a t-shirt, save it, and then sell it for 100x what you paid for it in just a few months. But, you had better hurry… Cuz these won’t last long.

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Island Slippers

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I know a guy that refuses to wear flip flops unless he’s at the beach. “Any other time and sandals are 100% inappropriate for a man.”

That’s noble… I respect that opinion. BUT, yeah… I wear flip flops a lot. Take my man card. I don’t care… I’ll be comfortable in my Island Slippers that are built like brick shit houses in Hawaii and cost almost as much. Good thing they last FOREVER.

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