The Gear Journal

The M-65 Field Jacket

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A classic mild weather field jacket made famous by both the US military and Robert De Niro. These things are the very definition of functional.

The best M-65s these days are made by Alpha. Amazon has the best price…

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Triple Aught Design

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I’ve made it a habit to buy American when I can. In fact, I guess you could say that I go out of my way to do so… and not for political reasons, but for reasons of pride. Through those efforts I’ve found that many American made objects aren’t simply “better” or of higher quality, but just more expensive than their foreign made counterparts. And then, there are the goods that are really MADE in America with obvious pride and craftsmanship. When I find these goods, I’m a customer for life.

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Smuggler’s Belt

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Need to smuggle some black tar heroin across the Canadian border? No sweat… Choose Barrett Alley!

American Made Levi’s

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Yeah, I know… They are expensive, but dammit – they are made in the USA and they are Levi’s. A pair was recently gifted to me and I have to say, they are worth every bit of $200. There is something so reminiscent about raw shrink-to-fit denim. Magical.

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Filson Rules…

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An old school brand that never lost sight of their original goals and values… Bags, clothing, and other shit. It all rules.

Go back to them.

5.11 Tactical – Vest & Cargo Pants

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When 5.11 Tactical approached me about doing a review of some of their products, I was pretty fired up. I’ve always loved their bags and packs and couldn’t wait to get my hands on their offerings. So, I was pretty let down when I learned I was actually going to be reviewing their “Taclite Pro Vest” and their “Taclite Pro Pant.”

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Co-Op Leather Sandals

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I know… I know… Flip flops? Buy hey, at least they are hand made and supposedly durable as all hell.

Check it.